by Stacey Janzer • July 26th, 2012
This weekend Leamington and Pelee Island will be celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the Leamington Marina and Pelee Island winery.
The crew at the marina is currently preparing for General Brocks’ Sail Away and Gala this Saturday, July 28. They have already put of the flags of both Canada and America in prepration.
Starting at 9am there is a ‘sail-a-way’ to Pelee Island under cannon fire by the Provincial Marine. While on Pelee Island the Mayor and council will have an island luncheon at the winery. Guests are welcome for a cost of $16.00.
In the afternoon the marina lawn will be a showcase of the 1812 re-enactors. Featuring fur traders, canoes, wagons and artifacts. As well there will be a musket demonstration and photo opportunity for the kids.
At 3pm there will be a musical performance on the marina patio. The of songs of 1812 will be played by Same Latitude as Rome.
Later at 5pm are the opening ceremonies of the Caldwell First Nation. They will be performing a smudging ceremony and dance. No cameras or alcohol permitted during this event.
At 6, you will join General Brock and his men (costume optional) for a feast. General Brock will offer a white-glove greeting to the Mess to enjoy a meal created from what would be served in 1812. The night will also have entertainment themed for the war. It will feature Less is More and the highland dancers.
The dinner menu consists of boiled potato with onions and garlic, tossed salad with only local ingredients, a vichyssoise soup, roasted seasonal vegetables (of local produce that would only be found in the early 1800’s) and two carving stations: roasted pork and veal. Assorted desserts all using authentic 1812 recipes will also be served.
See http://www.leamington.ca/marina for further details.
http://www.1812ontario.ca/ for more on the history of 1812