Christian Pencarinha is all smiles as he dons the uniform of the Essex Light Infantry at the Leamington Marina celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
The intermittent sounds of musket fire, cannon fire and old fashioned music filled the air at the Leamington Municipal Marina on Saturday as the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations made their way to Leamington.
The day began with General Brock’s Sail-away, as local boaters and dignitaries made their way to Pelee Island for a luncheon with the famous general at Pelee Island Winery pavilion.
Meanwhile, back on the mainland, members of the Provincial Marine and other historical groups set up their displays near the marina shelter, teaching visitors about life in 1812.
There were large canoes, a covered wagon, firearms display and cannons on display at the marina for the day.
The authentic three-pound cannon even sent a couple of volleys out into Lake Erie so that visitors could witness the power of the guns from so long ago.
Visitors were able to try on an authentic Essex Light Infantry jacket to experience how it felt to be a part of the local militia in the day.
Musket demonstrations were also popular as members of the Provincial Marine out of Amherstburg shot blanks from the antique guns while explaining how they work and how British soldiers loaded them 200 years ago.
Upon General Brock’s arrival back on the mainland, it was time for Brock’s Officers Mess and the event was a sell-out. The music played and patrons were treated to a carvery-style meal similar to what the soldiers ate during the war. The general gave a rousing speech and local history buffs got a first-hand look at life in 1812.