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      Please circulate the attached Press Releases to whomever you feel would like them. If you have any questions, inquiries or would like pictures please contact me anytime via e-mail at davidbrunelle@..., or at Cell – 705-716-7124.



      David Brunelle

      Co-ordinator

      Wasaga under Siege 2010



      Press Release – Wasaga under Siege 2010

      Recipient of the 2006 Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce Tourism Attraction of the Year Award

      Wasaga under Siege – “A War of 1812 Experience”

      Nancy Island Historic Site, Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

      July 23rd, 24th, 25th/2010

      Lt. Miller Worsley of the British Royal Navy was in a tight situation and he knew it. From his position at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River looking out onto Georgian Bay, he could see the sails of three warships approaching. They were not flying the British Union Jack, but the Stars and Stripes of the infant republic to the south. It was August 13th, 1814 and Great Britain had been at war with the United States for two years.

      From the narrow strip of land on which Worsley lay, the Nottawasaga River curved behind him running almost parallel to the lakeshore for about four miles, a piece of waterfront, which to future generations would become a popular tourist destination.

      But now it was war and Worley‟s main concern was the schooner Nancy which sat anchored in the river behind him, her masts concealed by the trees. She was his to command along with 21 seamen of the Royal Navy, 23 Indians and 9 French Canadian Voyageurs. This was Nottawasaga Landing an important British supply post. It was guarded only by one crudely built blockhouse on the inland side of the river and was the only means of defence which stood between the Americans and the Nancy, if she was to be discovered.

      The American ships Niagara, Tigress and Scorpion, under the command of Captain A. Sinclair had sailed to the mouth of the Nottawasaga River and dropped anchor. They believed the Nancy whom they were seeking, was still on route from Fort Michilimackinac. Perhaps the Nancy and her crew would escape the Americans after all……

      Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience” hosted by Nancy Island Historic Site and the Town of Wasaga Beach will feature authentic War of 1812 tactics, historical battles, marine assault landings, artillery, and much more. A professional public address announcer will narrate each battle event as a series of fictional and historical battle scenarios will be presented to the public over a three day period. The Grand Encampment at Nancy Island Historic Site will feature over 400 re-enactors opening their

      living history encampments to the public along with 19th century merchants, artisans, period cooking, musket and cannon demonstrations and period entertainment featuring, Tamarack, Caber Toss, The Zoom Daddy's, Dr. Quimby‟s Medicine Show, Laura Secord, Shaymus the Storyteller, Sutler Cyrus, War of 1812 Surgeon, On-gwe-ho-way and Backroads.

      "The sandy beach and the modern attractions that surround it have overshadowed Wasaga Beaches rich history for such a long time, that only a small percentage of visitors and residents actually know that a War of 1812 battle was fought here. Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience” is an annual large scale re-enactment that will help bring to live this important historical event in Wasaga Beaches‟ history. Battles and activities will no longer be restricted to the Historic Site of Nancy Island as all battle events will take place off the island in various beach park locations throughout Wasaga Beach. The battles taking place off Nancy Island will bring more awareness of our rich history to our visitors and residents as well as bringing more exposure and visitation to Nancy Island Historic Site itself.” - Town of Wasaga Beach

      Visit www.wasagaundersiege1812.com for more event information.



      Looking for Volunteers - July 23rd-25th - Nancy Island Historic Site

      We are also looking for community volunteers to help out with admissions, refreshment booth, shuttle service, parking and other positions. Anyone interested in helping out at the event will receive an event T-shirt, event souvenir, endless bottles of water and meals depending on the day and time you volunteer. Volunteers will also receive 2 free admissions for the weekend for friends and family. Contact:

      Marilyn Beecroft at: marilyn.beecroft@... or (705) 429-2728.



      The Peak 95.1 FM & The Beach 97.7 FM

      The Peak FM and The Beach FM have also come on board as radio sponsors and will be providing great pre-promotion of the event in the form of radio commercials, talk show appearances, free give-ways and live on-site broadcasting during the event. We encourage all participates to tune into the Peak or the Beach FM when you are coming into the Wasaga Beach area. For more information please visit:

      www.thepeakfm.com www.977thebeach.ca



      Service Clubs Support Local Heritage & Community Wellness

      Wasaga under Siege would like to recognize the generous ongoing support of two community service clubs who have been contributing to the success of Wasaga under Siege since its debut back in 2003. The Lioness Club, Lions Club and the Kinnette Club of Wasaga Beach have been great community supporters who recognize the importance of educating and promoting Wasaga Beach’s rich heritage. Their ongoing support over the past 8 years has contributed directly to the quality and success of Wasaga under Siege and community wellness throughout the town.



      Voyageur Canoes & Longboat Flotilla – Nottawasaga River

      Wasaga under Siege 2010 is excited to announce that a re-enactment of a convoy of voyageur canoes and longboats will be re-enacting a trek of the Nottawasaga River from Schooner Town Park to Nancy Island Historic Site. Local residents and spectators alike will have a great opportunity to watch as hearty re-enactors experience the environment and hardships that original native, voyageurs, sailors and soldiers experienced firsthand as they paddled and rowed down this historic waterway. Wasaga Beach residents, especially those who reside along the river and other public spectators who show their loyalty to King George III by cheering on our hearty crews, flying the British colours or showing their loyalty in other forms will receive a token of the King's appreciation in the form of a musket or cannon salute. The flotilla will leave Schooner Town Park on Friday, July 23rd at 2:00pm and make their way down river to Nancy Island Historic Site arriving at the island no later than 4:00pm.



      Pillaging and Plundering Americans Invade Wasaga Beach

      During Wasaga under Siege 2010 the Town of Wasaga Beach will feel the wrath of the invading American forces. They will be marching into town pillaging and plundering local participating merchants and organizations between 12:00pm Friday, July 23rd to 9:00pm Saturday, July 24th. British and ally troops will be on guard at participating merchants and organizations attempting to hold back the Americans from pillaging and plundering local food stuffs and other supplies vital to the war effort and local residents. Participating merchants and organizations include: Giant Tiger, Major‟s Guardian Pharmacy and Grandma‟s Beach Treats. Contact each participating merchant or organization for pillaging event dates and times.



      Book Release & Signing

      The Lake Captain; 1812 - Ron Burgess

      The Lake Captain; 1812 deals with a small and forgotten chapter of Canadian

      history during the War of 1812 which took place on Lakes Erie and Huron.

      Captain Alexander Mackintosh and his uncle Angus Mackintosh were involved

      in the fur trade with the North West Company. Angus eventually became the

      twenty-fifth Chief of Clan Mackintosh in Inverness, Scotland.

      In the spring of 1812, Captain Alexander Mackintosh brought his ship, the six

      gun, eighty foot, fur trader Nancy to its home port of Sandwich. The Nancy was

      pressed into service with the British in an armed struggle with the newly formed

      United States, for the fur rich heartland of North America. In addition to serving

      with some of the best officers of the British Army and Royal Navy, Mackintosh

      found that he had to endure a few of the worst. After American victories

      over the Royal Navy on Lake Erie and the British army at Moraviantown, Mackintosh

      found himself in command of the „last British ship‟ on the Upper Great

      Lakes facing a formidable American fleet.

      Ron Burgess has taught high school history for over thirty years, and has

      been involved in the tourism industry of Northern Ontario as owner operator of

      North Huron Charters Ltd. operating out of Blind River, running bareboat sailing

      charters and safari sailing charters in the North Channel of Lake Huron.

      That has given him the background and inspiration to write The Lake Captain,

      1812.

      Ron Burgess will be present during Wasaga under Siege 2010 to answer questions and sign copies of his book. For more information contact: Ron Burgess at: sailing1@...



      Activities and Battle Scenarios include:

      Nancy Island Grand Encampment Open to the Public

      Friday July 23rdth/10 – 10:00am to 10:00pm Presented By:

      Saturday, July 24th/10 – 10:00am to 10:00pm

      Sunday, July 25th/10 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

      The Grand Encampment at Nancy Island Historic Site features over 400 re-enactors opening their living history encampments to the public along with 19th century merchants, artisans, demonstrators, entertainers, live period musical entertainment and much more.

      Skirmish in the Woods! Presented By:

      Friday July 23rd/10 - 7:00pm - Beach Area 2 – Fictional Battle

      American scouting and foraging parties have been sent ashore for firewood and reconnaissance in search of any signs of British forces and the Schooner Nancy hidden up the Nottawasaga River. British pickets have already alerted Lt. Worsley of the American presence and re-enforcements have been sent out to stop the American advance and hopefully discovering the Nancy.

      Gunboats on the River Presented By:

      Saturday, July 24th/10 – 1:30pm – Nottawasaga River, Beach Area 1 – Fictional

      American gunboats have been dispatched up the river to survey the defences of the British. British gunboats and shore batteries await the Americans as the roar of cannons and muskets thunder across the water informing both commanders that hostilities have begun.

      The Americans have Landed! Presented By:

      Saturday, July 24th/10 - 2:00pm – Beach Area 1 – Fictional Battle The Americans unprepared for the previous evening battle have re-grouped and landed with force as they come closer and closer to detecting H.M.S. Nancy. Once again Lt. Worsley and his small force will try and hold off the Americans and avoid detection. Will they succeed?

      Defending H.M.S. Nancy! Presented By:

      Saturday, July 24th/10 - 7:00pm - Beach Area 1 – Historical Battle Having successfully staled the American advance hours earlier and believing that the Nancy‟s hiding place is still safe, Lt. Worsley was unaware that the tall masts of his ship had been spotted by American troops during the day battle and a full scale American assault was being planned to capture his ship. Lt. Worsley did all he could to defend her from the American onslaught. Badly outnumbered the Nancy was destroyed in battle, though its defenders escaped upstream to fight another day.

      Battle Aftermath Grand Encampment Presented By:

      Friday, July 23rd/10 & Saturday, July 24th/10 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

      See the aftermath of a 19th century battle: Nervous British pickets guarding the bridge from American infiltration, looters pillaging the dead and wounded, widows looking for new husbands, bartering for goods in the marketplace. Presentations by: Laura Secord, Dr Quimby's Medicine Show and Shaymus the Story Teller. Musical Entertainment on the main stage, Cannon and Musket demonstrations, and above all...never let your guard down, as American surprise riverboat attacks can occur with no warning!

      Avenging the Nancy! Presented By:

      Sunday, July 25th/10 - 2:00pm - Beach Area 2 – Fictional

      The Americans having obtained there objective in destroying the Nancy, have left

      behind two small ships and crew to guard the mouth of the Nottawasaga River. Lt. Worsley having re-supplied rowboats with goods and ammunition from an upstream depot; must first clear the way for his rowboats to safely pass and re-supply besieged Fort Michilimackinac. Forcing the Americans to once again land and fight, Lt. Worsley will have the final taste of victory as British cold steel and Native support save the day!



      For public information, media pictures and schedules for daily activities and musical entertainment contact the following:

      Nancy Island Historic Site – (705) 429-2728 www.wasagabeachpark.com

      Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce – (705) 429-2247 www.wasagainfo.com

      David J. Brunelle – Co-ordinator – wasagaundersiege1812@...



      Entertainment



      Tamarack

      Drawing on traditional sounds and contemporary influences for their timeless melodies, Tamarack is folk music at its best. With vocal harmonies as true as the stories they have to tell, Tamarack's music explores the Canadian landscape and the people and events that shape our national character.

      Expertly weaving a rich wall of sound with an array of instruments (guitar, mandolin, bass, violin, bazouki, concertina, bodhran, pennywhistle), a Tamarack live performance is charged with the same passion and commitment as the characters in their songs. With finely-honed songwriting skills this group creates new songs out of old legends, literally making history sing. The songs of Tamarack go beyond place and time to speak to all of us about where we've been and where we're going. See public schedule for performance times.



      Backroads

      Backroads, with Ken Allen and Joe Springall, bring a diverse mix of acoustic guitar playing, harmonicas and harmonies to their festival audience. From their original tunes to other artist’s songs, you will feel that you have traveled, north, south, east and west. The unique blend of music is enjoyed by all ages, and will have you toe tapping in no time. Kick back, relax and enjoy the warm, sweet, summer sounds of Backroads. See public schedule for performance times.



      Caber Toss

      Caber Toss is a Celtic band based out of North Bay. We play everything from traditional Scottish and Irish Celtic/folk jigs to modern day Celtic tunes that have recaptured the spirit of the music. We like to cover new music such as Great Big Sea and Spirit of the West but also cover older artists such as Stan Rogers and the Irish Rovers. It has been a goal from the beginning to incorporate tunes that no longer surface at concerts such as jigs and songs that were written as far back as the 1800's but with a new added twist to give them live audience appeal. We have always believed in strong harmony singing and always make a point of adding a few A Cappella tunes to our set. See public schedule



      The Zoom Daddys

      The Zoom Daddys are a band of two musicians, all proud descendants of army deserters from long ago. Armed with guitars, harmonicas, and rocks (for self defence against bears and critics) the zoom daddys combine wit, zaniness, comedy, humour, and even some funny stuff in their songs. They wander around aimlessly throughout the land in search of listening ears, preferably listening ears attached to people. For Over 15 years, these bizarre minstrels have played and sang all across Canada and almost half of the time - from outside prison walls. Tell them your name and you may get a special improvised song just for you! Show them your money and watch their hungry eyes bulge out. Expect the unexpected and be ready to run away if necessary but whatever you do, don't miss the zoom daddys.

      See public schedule for performance times.



      Laura Ingersoll Secord - Pauline Grondin

      A resident of Queenston and heroine of Upper Canada who help save her

      country from the enemy in 1813. Pauline a professional storyteller, heritage performer and historical interpreter

      who has been telling stories and making music all of her life. Following her

      French Canadian and Irish roots, Pauline’s storytelling has delighted audiences

      of all ages in Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. In the oral

      tradition of storytelling she presents a potpourri of stories, legends and myths,

      many of them self-penned and told in first person. Pauline took her love of

      storytelling one-step further to include living history presentations. Dressed in period clothing she will take you back to yesteryear to share tales of the early settlers who planted their roots firmly in Canadian soil through adventure, hardship and joy.

      www.paulinegrondin.com See public schedule for performance times.



      Dr. Quimby’s Medicine Show – Bob Allen

      Meet Dr. Phineus P. Quimby, medical wizard. Marvel at his Medicine Show as he demonstrates his prestidigitation to awe and inspire. Sample his potent elixir - sweet enough to cure all ills or to pour over your pancakes!

      "Dr. Phineus Parkhurst Quimby, you’re most humble and obedient servant is pleased to inform all and sundry who are attentive to this missive that his practice of "Miraculum Medicosity" with its attendant display of prestidigitation to inspire awe and wonder will be presented for two days only on the Village Green at the Faire at the Forks. Phrenological readings and circumlocutory dispensations are a specialty!

      Your Obedient Servant, P.P.Q.

      Don't miss this tongue twister of a performance, and perhaps purchase a particularly poignant product presented to preclude precarious living.



      19th Century Military Surgeon

      If you have concerns about our health care system today, you will appreciate it a lot more after a demonstration of 19th century medical care services. Witness and listen well as the surgeon explains and demonstrates the crude ways of dealing with amputations, infections and other ailments of the time. New patients are always welcomed!!

      See public schedule for performance times.



      On-gwe-ho-way – Drummers & Singers

      The On-gwe-ho-way group includes some amazing singers and sensational storytellers who know a variety of songs that are (and were) sung by a variety of the nations, and several of the legends that have been an important part of the culture for centuries, and hopefully will be for many more. See public schedule for scheduled performance times.



      Sutler Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show

      Sutler Cyrus brings you a dazzling selection of finest quality, well-researched historic games and toys, jewellery, and non-functioning reproduction arms. Our world-famous Cartridge Candy can't be beat! The Monkey Minstrel Show featuring Monkey See and Monkey Do as well as feats of magic and healing potions is pure entertainment for all ages. See public schedule for performance times.



      Shaymus the Story Teller – Doug Robinson

      Shaymus the storyteller know by some as Shaymus Gunn is an amateur historian and life-long entertainer from Chatham, Ontario. Doug draws on the age-old minstrel/jester traditions by sharing hi love of history through entertainment. Well versed in medieval tales and pioneer lore. For the past several years, Doug has been focusing on Canadian pioneer history, specifically the War of 1812 and United Empire Loyalist Settlers. See public schedule for performance times.



      For public information, media pictures and schedules for daily activities and musical entertainment contact the following:

      Nancy Island Historic Site – (705) 429-2728 www.wasagabeachpark.com

      Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce – (705) 429-2247 www.wasagainfo.com

      David J. Brunelle – Co-ordinator – wasagaundersiege1812@...





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