- From: Calvin Arnt <americantory@...>
Date: October 6, 2009 11:36:04 PM EDT (CA)
Cc: 1812Civilian@yahoogroups.com, Authentic1812er@yahoogroups.com, 1812AndNow@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [TheWarOf1812] Fanshawe thank you!
I would like to sincerely express my personal and my unit's
appreciation for the recent 1812 weekend at Fanshawe. Thanks is
deserving of so many and I am likely to miss some people but
nonetheless I want to point out a few people.
First to Cpt. Dennison, Sgt. Westhouse, and the rest of the 1st Scots
Grenadier Coy; thanks for organizing this show every year. It was our
first one and it is a very cool site to hold an event on.
To Sheila, Anne and all the site staff, thank you for being gracious
hosts for us. You ran a very good weekend.
To EVERYONE who helped Rick; who helped us help Rick - thank you.
Never did find a shako that fit his big melon but that's OK we went
with what we had and the viewing audience won't care much either way
once it's aired I think. Thanks to all for trying to find him a fit
anyhow. Thanks to everyone who helped set up scenes with him. Thanks
to Sgt. Major Hartwig and also the retired Principal from the Royal
Scots Light Coy who tried over and over to get Rick's musket to work
in the rain Saturday. Thanks to all the various people and crews who
took Rick on so that he could participate on camera with every facet
of the hobby. He was on infantry with us; naval & artillery with
others. We even thank all the American army for attacking us so well
in that street battle on Sunday. I kinda think we were set up so
people could get at Rick but that's OK because it worked out fine for
the camera. It was really funny seeing Rick roughed up by the
Americans, and that shot at the end with all of us together
advertizing his show was a great memory all of us can share and
rehash over the camp fires of the future. Thanks to "Major Tom" for
agreeing to die from Rick's "great musketry skills" from the boat,
and the two American drummers too. All this is great set up for what
will be great advertizing for our hobby.
To the members of my own unit, 1st Lincoln Militia, thanks for
coming! Our Sgt. came and left the event with a cold, but toughed it
out anyhow. Artificer Jackson was likely the most excited about Rick
and yet didn't get much on-camera time with him. Our women did a lot
around the camp with cooking and minding the children, without much
being filmed about them or women's role in the period, which is
unfortunate. Thanks to our new Private "Delta" who sacrificed a night
in camp with us so the film crew could use his tent at the hotel for
one of the gag scenes. A free $230 hotel room later, paid by the
show ... pretty rough.
I suppose I should also pat myself on the back a little though I hope
this doesn't come across as bragging. This was an initiative I
started 2 years ago. I knew if we could get Rick doing this with us,
it would give the hobby exposure to millions of viewers and plenty of
free advertizing that money just cannot buy. So perhaps that is our
big contribution to the hobby; arrange this free promotion of the
1812 timer period. I sincerely hope we all reap the benefits of this
via increased recruits for us all, and an increased awareness and
appreciation of this war by the public.
If I missed mentioning anyone, please excuse my oversight; it was not
The episode will be aired on Rick's show next Tuesday, Oct. 13, 8pm
EST (on the CBC). After that, it will be loaded onto his website for
people to watch as many times as they want. The live part of his show
which will incorporate the Fanshawe footage will be taped this Friday
evening in Toronto with Rick in front of a live audience, and then
with the taped pieces added in. If interested in tickets contact the
CBC but from what I hear, there are likely none available at this
Mr. Calvin Arnt, Captain.
1st Reg't, Lincoln Militia.
Cpt. James Crooks' Light Coy.
God Save the King!