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FW: Wasaga under Siege Update - Two Weeks Away! July 22nd-24th/2011

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  • David Brunelle
    Wasaga under Siege A War of 1812 Experience July 22nd, 23rd, 24th/2011 Hi Everyone, Just a quick reminder that Wasaga under Siege A War of 1812 Experience
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2011
      Wasaga under Siege

      "A War of 1812 Experience"

      July 22nd, 23rd, 24th/2011

      Hi Everyone,

      Just a quick reminder that Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience" is
      only two weeks away and I have provided an update on what will be happening
      for this year's event. Please review the information that has been provided
      and if you have not registered yet I encourage you all to do so ASAP. There
      are some new things happening this year and if you have any questions please
      let me know or visit our website at <http://www.wasagaundersiege1812.com>
      www.wasagaundersiege1812.com .

      Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic
      Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of
      Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to
      hosting you once again from July 22nd to the 24th/2011. Wasaga under Siege
      "A War of 1812 Experience" will once again come to life as over 300
      re-enactors will take part echoing history once again through the streets
      and waters of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island Historic Site.

      We have put together a great weekend for re-enactors and spectators alike!
      Re-enactors will enjoy a safe Grand Encampment area on Historic Nancy
      Island, water, food, entertainment, drinks, souvenir and 4 battles including
      river battles will take place. Activities and events will take place
      throughout the town of Wasaga Beach with parading, pillaging, cannons,
      muskets, longboats and voyageur canoes. We will be using all our talents
      and proven Wasaga under Siege 1812 hospitality to make sure all re-enactors
      & participants feel welcomed and satisfied that it was worth the trip.

      Wasaga Beach, Ontario as many of you already know host the longest fresh
      water beach in the world and attracts thousands of tourist each day to its
      beaches and attractions. Re-enactors and their families will have the
      opportunity to enjoy the historical components of the event as well as the
      beach and modern attractions such as shopping, restaurants, waterslides,
      midway, paintball and other attractions to numerous to mention.

      Merchants, blanket traders and artisans are welcomed free of charge and the
      musical line-up for the evening hospitality features Backroads, and Caber

      All re-enactors who portray any aspect of the War of 1812 are welcomed to
      participate. They can include - British and American Regulars or Militia
      including Civil War re-enactors portraying American Militia, Navy Personnel,
      Cannon Crews, Natives, Voyageurs and Men, Women & Children civilians.

      Sunday morning will also feature the Redcoat Iron-man and Iron-women contest
      that has proven to be a popular event not only to participate in, but to
      watch as well, with prizes going out to the winners.

      If you are registering on-line please register individually or as an
      immediate family unit. No group registrations will be accepted unless
      pre-approved. This gives us a more accurate number for logistics, food and
      actual people attending and camping on the island.

      Look forward to seeing everyone in July.

      David J. Brunelle

      Co-ordinator - WUS 2011

      New Welcome Centre - Nancy Island Welcome Centre


      Ontario Parks is excited to announce that Nancy Island Historic Site will
      have a brand new 3000+ square foot Welcome Centre opening this summer. This
      new building will become a focal point for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and
      certainly help draw visitors to Nancy Island as we gear up for the

      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 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 9 years has contributed directly to the
      quality and success of Wasaga under Siege and community wellness throughout
      the town.

      Re-enactment of the Relief of Michilimackinac 1814

      Edenvale, ON (Glengarry Landing) to the mouth of the Nottawasaga River
      (Nancy Island Historic Site) - 25 - 30 km River Run.

      Friday, July 22nd - Starting at 9:00am to 1:00pm - Edenvale to Jacks Lake

      Saturday, July 23rd - Starting at 9:00am to 1:00pm - Jacks Lake to Nancy

      Wasaga under Siege 2011 is excited to announce that a re-enactment of a
      portion of the Relief of Michilimackinac, February to April 1814 will be
      added to the list of great activities taking place in 2011. The Upper
      Nottawasaga River is basically the same way it looked like in 1814 and is a
      great opportunity for those hearty re-enactors to experience the environment
      and hardships soldiers and sailors experienced firsthand on this historical
      journey. This river excursion will not be a leisurely float down the river
      as all participants will be expected to pull their weight on an oar,
      potentially cut paths through fallen trees and log jams and getting your
      feet wet as low fast running water may dictate guiding the boat by hand and
      feet. For those naval groups who would like to get some real first hand
      river negotiating experience this is your opportunity. To date we have three
      bateaux that have confirmed to take part in this great historical
      re-enactment and we are looking for more boats and crews to take part. We
      are also looking for voyageur canoes and crews to take part in this great
      event as well. If you or your group is interested in participating as many
      boats/canoes will need extra rowers and crew, please contact me anytime at

      Pillaging and Plundering Americans Invade Wasaga Beach

      During Wasaga under Siege 2011 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 22nd to 9:00pm Saturday, July 23rd. 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: Major's Guardian
      Pharmacy, Mc Donald's, Saga Resort and Grandma's Beach Treats.

      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: <http://www.thepeakfm.com>
      www.thepeakfm.com <http://www.977thebeach.ca> www.977thebeach.ca

      Book Releases & Signings

      Brock's Agent by Tom Taylor

      It's the eve of the War of 1812, and the United States is aiming to seize
      British North America. Thomas Jefferson declares that it will be a "mere
      matter of marching," but he hadn't counted on British Major General Isaac
      Brock. While Britain battles Napoleon in Europe and considers abandoning
      Upper Canada altogether, Brock begins forging the province into a fighting
      force and in the process engages the services of a young secret agent.

      After witnessing the Battle of Tippecanoe, Jonathan Westlake, a young man
      "ready to make his mark," returns to the town of York [now Toronto] from a
      fur trading expedition bringing hard intelligence of the American
      preparations for war. Intervening in a scuffle to save a young woman's life,
      he appears to have unwittingly killed her stepfather. To escape arrest for
      murder, Westlake is now forced to join the British Army and pose as a fur
      trader while undertaking a vital secret mission for General Brock.

      As nations and men battle for military supremacy in North America, these
      principal characters will fight to the death over love, independence, and a
      fortune in furs.

      Tom Taylor will be present during Wasaga under Siege 2011 for scheduled
      readings, answering questions and signing copies of his book.

      Searching for the Forgotten War 1812

      by Patrick Richard Carstens and Timothy L. Sanford

      The forgotten war started out with an American invasion of what is now
      Canada and ended with a British invasion of the United States, neither one
      successful. The vast majority of the books telling the story of the War of
      1812, are often told chronologically, the events leading to this war, the
      battles and aftermath or the biographies of the leaders on both side of the

      The book "Searching for the Forgotten War 1812" unfolds geographically as
      told in two volumes (Canada- 21 chapters- USA -35 chapters) and tells the
      story of the war using what can be found today in both the Canada and the
      United States. With the use of photography and directions to find the
      historical markers, plaques, monuments, gravestones, graveyards,
      battlefields, fortified locations, naval battles on the Great Lakes and the
      Oceans of the world to tell the stories behind the historical evidence in
      what was British North America and the United States in 1812. The vast
      majority of the location can be found along the United States borders with
      Upper (Ontario) and Lower (Quebec) Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and
      the British Colony of Newfoundland in what is Canada today, and in the
      United States original colonies, territories and emerging states along the
      Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean.

      Patrick Richard Carstens and Timothy Sanford will be present during Wasaga
      under Siege 2011 for scheduled readings, answering questions and signing
      copies of his book.

      Invitation to Tea

      Wasaga under Siege 2011 invites the ladies & gentlemen of the Nancy Island
      Historic Site Grand Encampment to take tea on Saturday, July 23rd at 10:30am
      in the hospitality tent hosted by the ladies of the Incorporated Militia of
      Upper Canada. Guests are requested to provide themselves with a chair and
      place setting (tea cup or glass, plate, and spoon).

      Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Webb

      Topic: Regency Accessorising on a Budget

      To satisfy the appetites of our guests, we shall be serving treats from the
      Georgian Period, baked by the finest camp followers of the Incorporated
      Militia of Upper Canada. The afternoon will also include a formal
      presentation on a selected topic.

      If you would be attending, please send your compliments to Darlene Kingstone
      at ilikebatman@... or Diane Fletoe at feltoe@... at your
      convenience. Children accompanied by an adult are also welcome to attend as

      "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the
      ceremony known as afternoon tea." (Henry James)

      New Land and Water Battle Locations

      Many of you will be relieved to hear that all the land battles will take
      place in Beach Area 2 across the street from Nancy Island. The long walk
      along the beach and boardwalk to the battle at Beach Area 1 has been
      eliminated to the delight of many soldiers' sore feet.

      The location for all the water battles has also changed and they will take
      place in the Nottawasaga River between Nancy Island and the Main Street

      New Coordinator of Naval Activities

      I'm happy to announce that the Penetanguishene Ship's Company has
      volunteered to take over the coordination of naval activities during the
      battle scenarios. They have some great ideas to help enhance the naval
      activities and will be in contact with all the naval units participating in
      this year's event for input and feedback. If you are bringing a boat or
      canoe to the event I encourage you to contact the Penetanguishene Ship's
      Company at <mailto:hmsbadger@...> hmsbadger@...

      Hospitality Tent - Re-enactors, Participants & Sponsors

      Sleeman's Breweries has come back on board and CREW Wines joined the battle
      as official hospitality tent sponsors and will have Ale, Lager and Honey
      Brown on tap as well as various wines to sample. Also on Friday & Saturday
      evening the hospitality tent will come to life with live music provided by
      Backroads and Caber Toss. Do I have to say anything more! See you all

      Registered Units Attending to Date

      Representatives of the following units that have already registered include:

      1st Northumberland Militia

      HMS Magnet

      22nd US Infantry

      U.S. Militia

      British Indian Department

      Canadian Militia

      25th US Infantry

      HMS Nancy Gun Crew

      Canadian Fencibles

      Norfolk Militia

      Provincial Marine

      HMS Kingfisher

      Glengarry Light Infantry


      HMS Charwell

      Royal George Landing Party

      HMS Ferret

      Royal Newfoundland Regiment

      Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada

      Royal Artillery

      Red Tail Brigade

      Registered Merchants and Artisans to Date

      Arnolds Knives British Native Allies

      Celtic Rose Perfumery Ironmonger Al

      La Culotte du Patriote Linda's Early Fashions

      Lion's Den Arms & Antiques Mistress Miller

      Penelope's Pots Sanderson Leather

      Sutler Cyrus The Elegant Thimble

      The Frontier Popcorn Company Timber's Sutlery & Leather Goods

      Glen Farms Preserves Voices of the Past

      Big Thanks to all our 2011 Community Partners:

      Town of Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

      Friends of Nancy Island Service Ontario - Midland

      CREW Wines Pepsi

      95.1 The Peak FM 97.7 The Beach FM

      Enrique Photo Art Saga Resort Mini Condo Motel & Cottages

      E.L.M. Catering Georgian Bay Sanitation

      Stonebridge by the Bay Major's Guardian Pharmacy

      John Mc Tavish Plumbing Molly Maid - Wasaga Beach

      Grandma's Beach Treats Lioness Club of Wasaga Beach

      Wasaga Beach Lions Club Mc Donald's Restaurant

      L & N Graphics Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

      Sturgeon Point Marina Ltd. DOS Technologies

      Ontario Tourism Historic Military Establishment of U. C.

      Remax - Wasaga Beach www.ont <http://www.ontariofestivalsvisited.ca>

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