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Re: 1812 Wasaga under Siege 2009 - Big Thanks!

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  • Victor Suthren
    David By all accounts your leadership in this event was impressive. As you are heading up one of Ontario s six commemorative divisions for the War of 1812
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 14, 2009

      By all accounts your leadership in this event was impressive. As you are heading up one of Ontario's six commemorative divisions for the War of 1812 Bicentennial, sounds like good things will happen up there in 2012-2014. Good luck with it all.

      Vic Suthren

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      To: WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com ; 1812_ProgressiveCampaigner@yahoogroups.com ; Royal Navy 1812 ; Ladies of Reenacting
      Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:48 PM
      Subject: 1812 Wasaga under Siege 2009 - Big Thanks!

      Hi Everyone,

      Sorry for the delay in getting this thank you out to everyone who
      attended Wasaga under Siege 2009 and helped make it happen. Please pass it
      along to your group members and anyone else you think it should be sent to.

      On behalf of the Town of Wasaga Beach, Nancy Island Historic Site,
      Wasaga Provincial Park and the Historic Military Establishment of Upper
      Canada, I would like to thank all the re-enactors and participants who
      attended Wasaga under Siege 2009. The event was a great success with over
      300 re-enactors participating. Big thanks go out to everyone who helped make
      this event successful by participating in the battles, parades, pillaging,
      raiding parties and animation within the grand encampment at Nancy Island.
      Everyone's patience getting on and especially off the island and using the
      shuttle service getting back and forth from Wasaga Nordic Trails parking
      area was greatly appreciated.
      I would also like to thank everyone for your patience with the weather and
      making the best out of a very wet weekend especially on Sunday when everyone
      was packing up and leaving.

      The great music and entertainment provided by Hardtack & Harmony, Washboard
      Hank, the Zoom Daddy's, Freshwater Trade, Shaymus the Story Teller,
      On-gwe-ho-way, Caber Toss, Backroads, Dr. Quimby and Pauline Grondin as
      Laura Secord added much value to the event. The open stage performance on
      Friday and Saturday evenings was excellent with more than 15 performers and
      musicians on the stage at some points.

      E.L.M catering provided great food and the Community Emergency Response Team
      providing 24hr first aid on-site service did an excellent job.

      The biggest thank you goes out to the volunteer crew and the staff at Nancy
      Island Historic Site who worked extremely hard setting up, driving the golf
      cars, registration, admissions, snack bar, shuttle service and various other
      duties too numerous to mention and of course clean-up and take down. I would
      personally like to thank the following people for their extra effort in
      making this event happen:

      John Fisher - Superintendent - Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

      Greg Forbes - Assistant Superintendent - Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

      Marilyn Beecroft - Natural Heritage Education Specialist - Ontario Parks
      Keith Johnston and his staff - Nancy Island Historic Site
      Holly Haire - Special Events Co-ordinator - Town of Wasaga Beach
      Andy Hulme and the Parks and Recreation Staff - Town of Wasaga Beach

      Volunteers - Friends of Nancy Island & Wasaga Beach area
      Roger Flint - HMEUC (Registration Guru)
      Ed, Nancy, Heidi & Leah Kristufek - RNR
      Kevin Brookes - RNR

      Lisa Brunelle - HMEUC

      Jean Brunelle, Kathy Jehle & Laura Kaus - HMEUC

      David Mc Meekin - HMEUC
      Rick & Mary Hayward - HMEUC

      Andrew Flint - RNR

      Colin Brown - RNR

      Lyn & Nancy Downer - RNR

      Richard Feltoe - Battle Narration

      Diane Feltoe - IMUC

      David Hutchings - Sound Technician

      Daryl O'Shea - Website Design

      Stephen Jupp - P.A. System

      Keith Robillard - Georgian Bay Sanitation

      I would also like to thank our local sponsors who helped make this
      event possible:

      Town of Wasaga Beach
      Ontario Parks
      Nancy Island Historic Site
      Friends of Nancy Island
      Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada
      Dardanella Beach Bar

      Northland Media

      Boston Pizza

      Meridian Credit Union

      The Peak 95.1 FM

      Sleeman Breweries - Tony King


      Majors Guardian Pharmacy

      Saga Resort

      Enrique Photo Art
      John Mc Tavish Plumbing

      Giant Tiger

      Wasaga Beach Lioness Club

      Wasaga Beach Lions Club

      Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure

      Kinnette Club of Wasaga Beach

      Grandma's Beach Treats

      Sturgeon Point Marina

      A big thank you to all the re-enactors who did sentry duty at the bridge
      over the weekend, it was greatly appreciated and well received by the
      public. Your help in monitoring re-enactors coming on and off the island
      was also appreciated. A big thanks goes out to all the re-enactors in
      general for maintaining your historical appearance in the grand encampment,
      garbage and recycling rules and exiting the island on Monday morning. Your
      donations of beer cans/bottles and liquor containers totalled $55.00 and
      were greatly appreciated.

      The 50/50 draw was won by Vern Coon from Plymouth, Michigan who is a member
      of the Provincial Marine and he took home $213.50. Thank you to everyone who
      purchased a ticket and also to Marilyn Wooldridge for helping to sell
      tickets as well.

      I would also like to thank Darlene Kingstone and her IMUC crew who had a
      hand in making the Saturday afternoon tea and seminar a great success.

      Special thanks go out to the following groups and individuals for bringing
      there boats and canoes and the local O.P.P. & Ontario Parks marine units for
      aiding in public boat control during the naval battles.

      Amherstburg Provincial Marine - HMS Roulette

      Lake Simcoe Squadron - L'Alliance - Tom Hurlbut

      HMS Ferret - Charles Fitton

      Voyageur Canoe - Ed Maxwell

      I would also like to thank all those hearty re-enactors who took on the
      mighty Nottawasaga River and conquered her during the Voyageur & Bateau Run
      from Nancy Island to Schooner Town and back and all the residents and
      spectators along the river who waited for them to come by and showed their
      patriotic support for King and country.

      The Iron Man contest was cut short this year due to poor weather, however
      Matt Webb at that point had the best time and was declared the 2009 winner.
      The Iron Women contest was a complete weather washout and never took place.
      Thanks to everyone who participated or who were going to participate and
      look forward to seeing you participate next year.

      I would also like to thank all the following units for there participation:

      1st Royal Scots Grenadiers

      16th US Infantry

      21st New York Militia

      22nd US Infantry

      25th US Infantry

      American Militia

      British Indian Department

      British Native Allies

      Caldwell Western Rangers

      Canadian Volunteers

      Glengarry Light Infantry

      HMS Charwell

      HMS Ferret

      HMS Magnet

      Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada

      Kentucky Militia

      Norfolk Militia


      Provincial Marine

      Red Brigade Voyageurs

      Royal Artillery

      Royal George Society

      Royal Newfoundland Regiment

      Saugeen Voyageurs


      Period Merchants & Demonstrators:

      Merchant - Timbers Sutlery

      Merchant - Blacksmith

      Merchant - British Native Allies

      Merchant - Flintnapper

      Merchant - Glen Farms' Past Times

      Merchant - Odds & Ends

      Merchant - La Cullotte du Patriote

      Merchant - Joseph the Chandler

      Merchant - Linda's Early Fashions

      Merchant - Iron Monger & Homesteading Goods

      Merchant - Head of the Lakes Trading Post

      Merchant - Lucy Locket

      Merchant - Voices of the Past

      Merchant - Penelope Pots

      Merchant - Pioneer Knives

      Merchant - Scrimshander Demonstrations

      Merchant - Sew Historic

      Merchant - Sutler Cyrus

      Merchant - The Frontier Popcorn Co.

      Merchant - The Seamstress Miller

      Merchant - Soap & Glim

      Mark July 23rd - 25th /2010 on your calendar as Wasaga under Siege will be
      celebrating its 8th year.

      Also here are the dates for the Wasaga under Siege events till 2014:

      2010 - July 23rd - 25th
      2011 - July 22nd - 24th

      2012 - August 17th - 19th
      2013 - August 16th - 18th
      2014 - August 14th - 17th - 200th Anniversary

      Look forward to seeing everyone next year!

      David J. Brunelle
      Co-ordinator - Wasaga under Siege 2009


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