Your calendar of events for the War of 1812 bicentennial

Niagara This Week

Jun 21, 2012

From grande parades, opening ceremonies, to historically accurate battle recreations, there’s no shortage of activities planned in Niagara to help the country commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Following is a list of events taking place this year across the region.

Ongoing to Aug. 31: Battle Ground Hotel Museum Tours. Tours of the 1850s tavern house sitting on the hallowed grounds of the War of 1812’s Lundy’s Lane Battlefield. Admission is by donation. 6137 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls. 905-358-5082 or www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca for more information.

Ongoing to Oct. 7: Visit the 1812 Exhibition at Willoughby Historical Museum. Several artifacts related to the War of 1812 and the Battle of Chippawa on display. Admission by donation. 9935 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls. 905-358-5082 or http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca for more information.

June 21-Aug. 31: Petticoats, Boots and Muskets at Niagara Historical Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The theatrical performance will explore the social history of the War of 1812. For tickets and more information, visit www.niagarahistorical.museum.

June 23: Fort Erie’s Grande Parade: a full military parade and celebration for armies returning from war featuring over 50 military units, bands and re-enactors honouring all of the militaries from the three combatant nations in 1812 along with First Nation Allies. For more info visit www.forterie1812.com.

July 1: Canada Day Celebrations at Historic Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake: Featuring special 1812 activities this year. Fife and drum corps at Fort George, spectacular on-stage entertainment, barbecue, entertainment galore and a GIGANTIC Fireworks Display at dark. Visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for more information.

July 13-15: The Navy of 1812: Sailors on the Lakes. A collaborative experience between Parks Canada and the Directorate of Naval History and Heritage of the Royal Canadian Navy, this naval re-enactment will see a flotilla of up to 20 period vessels including schooners and ship boats. Navy Hall and Fort George, 305 Ricardo St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. Visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for more information.

July 21: Grand Opening of the New Niagara Falls History Museum: After two years of renovations and expansion, the brand new museum will allow visitors to explore thousands of years of history of one of the most famous cities in the world. Admission by donation, 5801 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls. 905-358-5082 or www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca for more information.

July 29: War of 1812 Concert: Featuring marches, ballads, drinking songs and patriotic tunes of the time of the War of 1812. Starring the Fort Erie Legion Band, Michael McFarlane, Doreen McFarlane. Free admission, held at Waterfront Park, Crystal Beach. Call 905-994-7188 for more information.

Aug. 11-12: Fort Erie Siege at Old Fort Erie. Put on by the Niagara Parks Commission, the 2012 Siege of Fort Erie will be the biggest re-enactment for at the site of war’s ‘bloodiest battlefield’ to date. 350 Lakeshore Rd., Fort Erie. For more information visit www.niagaraparksheritage.com.

Aug. 18-19: Special 25th Anniversary Fife and Drum Display at Fort George. Bicentennial Fife and Drum Muster and Soldier’s Field Day. A pageant of military music by Fife and Drum corps from the United States and Canada as well as a competition of 1812 drill teams from Fort George, Fort Malden, Fort York and Fort Erie. The 41st Regiment Fife and Drum corps will also be celebrating their 25th anniversary at Fort George. Supported by the Friends of Fort George and the Niagara Bridge Commission. Contact: Peter Martin, peter.martin@pc.gc.ca

Sept. 15: Dinner and debate in Fort Erie. This ticketed, fundraising event features dinner with samples of 1812 food and a debate with the theme “Who Won the War of 1812?” Two experts on the war will duke it out in a war of words.

Sept. 15: Food and Fashion of 1812 presentation at Jordan Historical Museum, 3380 Main St. Pam Munday hosts a delectable afternoon of food sampling and discussion. Cost $8. For more information call 905-563-2799 ext. 292.

Oct. 11: Nov. 30: Water Under the Bridge. A play following best friends Sara and Waneek who live on opposite sides of a river spanned by a bridge in 1812. When war breaks out no one is allowed to cross the river and the girls must try to convince others that there is no need for enemies. Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre and touring schools all over Niagara. 101 King St. St. Catharines. Call 905-682-8326 for more information.

Oct. 13: The Battle of Queenston Heights. In the morning, hundreds of re-enactors will make the historic march from Fort George to Queenston Heights.  During the day there will be military demonstrations, tours of the battlefield, music and period merchants. There will be a dramatic re-enactment of the battle of Queenston Heights, including the death of Brock, native skirmishes and the successful attack by Roger Hale Sheaffe. This will be followed by a ceremony at the base of the monument to commemorate those who fell during the war. At dusk, Brock’s body will be taken away on a wagon, followed by a fireworks display. Food services, parking arrangements and shuttle bus services are being arranged

Oct.14: The Burial of Brock Re-enactment Funeral procession starts from Fort George for a ceremony in front of the Court House on Queen Street near the original site of the Government House where the carts carrying Brock and Macdonell will be placed in the procession. The troops will then slow march to St Mark’s Church where there will be a music commemoration, and then to Brock’s bastion in Fort George. There will be a Drumhead Service, hundreds of re-enactors, with the public participating in the parade to Fort George. Closing ceremonies will honour the 200 years of peace and friendship that has existed between Canada and the United States. For more information contact the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621 or www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca

Oct. 13: Hands Across the Water. An evening of period music from musicians Ian Bell and Lee Murdoch who will entertain with well researched songs from the War of 1812 era. Trinity United Church, 100 Main St. W. Grimsby. $20 per person, for information call 905-945-3556.

Nov. 28: Battle of Frenchman’s Creek Commemoration. In 1812, the Americans attempted to destroy a bridge along the creek which would cut ties between Chippawa and Fort Erie. While it was meant to pave the way for a larger invasion, its failure led to the cancellation of further invasions until 1813. For more details visit http://discover1812.com.

Dec. 1: Christmas in Grimsby, 1812 style. Take a trip back in time as 1812 Christmas celebrations in homes and other sites will be shown to strolling visitors. For further information, contact Joan Hastings-Dove at niagaraevents@cogeco.ca or 905-945-6651.

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