Annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek just around the corner

News May 27, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek blasts into town next weekend.

Discover Canadian heritage and relive first-hand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812 on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Battlefield House Museum and Park.

Re-enactments of the battle will take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Fireworks also will light up the sky following the battle on Saturday evening.

“This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek,” park curator Susan Ramsay said. “A wide variety of activities, sights, sounds, the Battlefield Monument, battle scenarios and, of course, the fireworks on Saturday evening make it an educational, as well as fun event to attend.”

Attendees can journey through the encampment and mingle with re-enactors portraying early 19th century settlers and soldiers as they go about daily life, shop among one-of-a-kind merchants, take in historical demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking and dancing, try out period games, wander through the original 200-year-old Gage homestead or listen to Indian war hero Tecumseh, as he recounts the story of his life.

Ramsay said the event also will feature a special lecture in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

The lecture, entitled Quelle affaire! The Irresistible Allure of the Battle of Waterloo, will take place on June 6 at noon at the tent beside the Nash Jackson building and will be delivered by Major John Grodzinski of the Royal Military College of Canada.

“Each year, we strive to ensure that the re-enactment is an event that not only commemorates what occurred at the site over 200 years ago, but also provides historical information related to what was occurring around the world in the early 19th century,” Ramsay said. “Hundreds of re-enactors from Ontario will be travelling to Belgium to participate in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in June, so we thought it was fitting to offer the lecture at the event.”

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek garnered its 12th consecutive Top 100 Festivals and Events designation earlier this year.

The honour, awarded annually by Festival and Events Ontario, recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.

Ramsay said the re-enactment’s continued success can be attributed to the support of the community and dedication of many volunteers and re-enactors.

“Local residents attend each year and often express their support and appreciation to the many volunteers and re-enactors for providing such an event,” she said. “Often when we tell them the re-enactors provide their own equipment and clothing and travel sometimes several hours to attend, they are amazed that folks do such a thing to share the importance of Canada’s history.”

Ramsay said the re-enactment brings the community together to commemorate its heritage.

New Canadians also come to learn about their “new community,” she said.

“They wish to learn its past and enjoy sharing with us their heritage,” Ramsay said. “It’s important to remember our past.”

For more information on the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek, including its admission rates, and parking and shuttle service from St. David Catholic Elementary School, visit battlefieldhouse.ca.

Annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek just around the corner

News May 27, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek blasts into town next weekend.

Discover Canadian heritage and relive first-hand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812 on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Battlefield House Museum and Park.

Re-enactments of the battle will take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Fireworks also will light up the sky following the battle on Saturday evening.

“This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek,” park curator Susan Ramsay said. “A wide variety of activities, sights, sounds, the Battlefield Monument, battle scenarios and, of course, the fireworks on Saturday evening make it an educational, as well as fun event to attend.”

Attendees can journey through the encampment and mingle with re-enactors portraying early 19th century settlers and soldiers as they go about daily life, shop among one-of-a-kind merchants, take in historical demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking and dancing, try out period games, wander through the original 200-year-old Gage homestead or listen to Indian war hero Tecumseh, as he recounts the story of his life.

Ramsay said the event also will feature a special lecture in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

The lecture, entitled Quelle affaire! The Irresistible Allure of the Battle of Waterloo, will take place on June 6 at noon at the tent beside the Nash Jackson building and will be delivered by Major John Grodzinski of the Royal Military College of Canada.

“Each year, we strive to ensure that the re-enactment is an event that not only commemorates what occurred at the site over 200 years ago, but also provides historical information related to what was occurring around the world in the early 19th century,” Ramsay said. “Hundreds of re-enactors from Ontario will be travelling to Belgium to participate in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in June, so we thought it was fitting to offer the lecture at the event.”

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek garnered its 12th consecutive Top 100 Festivals and Events designation earlier this year.

The honour, awarded annually by Festival and Events Ontario, recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.

Ramsay said the re-enactment’s continued success can be attributed to the support of the community and dedication of many volunteers and re-enactors.

“Local residents attend each year and often express their support and appreciation to the many volunteers and re-enactors for providing such an event,” she said. “Often when we tell them the re-enactors provide their own equipment and clothing and travel sometimes several hours to attend, they are amazed that folks do such a thing to share the importance of Canada’s history.”

Ramsay said the re-enactment brings the community together to commemorate its heritage.

New Canadians also come to learn about their “new community,” she said.

“They wish to learn its past and enjoy sharing with us their heritage,” Ramsay said. “It’s important to remember our past.”

For more information on the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek, including its admission rates, and parking and shuttle service from St. David Catholic Elementary School, visit battlefieldhouse.ca.

Annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek just around the corner

News May 27, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek blasts into town next weekend.

Discover Canadian heritage and relive first-hand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812 on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Battlefield House Museum and Park.

Re-enactments of the battle will take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Fireworks also will light up the sky following the battle on Saturday evening.

“This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek,” park curator Susan Ramsay said. “A wide variety of activities, sights, sounds, the Battlefield Monument, battle scenarios and, of course, the fireworks on Saturday evening make it an educational, as well as fun event to attend.”

Attendees can journey through the encampment and mingle with re-enactors portraying early 19th century settlers and soldiers as they go about daily life, shop among one-of-a-kind merchants, take in historical demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking and dancing, try out period games, wander through the original 200-year-old Gage homestead or listen to Indian war hero Tecumseh, as he recounts the story of his life.

Ramsay said the event also will feature a special lecture in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

The lecture, entitled Quelle affaire! The Irresistible Allure of the Battle of Waterloo, will take place on June 6 at noon at the tent beside the Nash Jackson building and will be delivered by Major John Grodzinski of the Royal Military College of Canada.

“Each year, we strive to ensure that the re-enactment is an event that not only commemorates what occurred at the site over 200 years ago, but also provides historical information related to what was occurring around the world in the early 19th century,” Ramsay said. “Hundreds of re-enactors from Ontario will be travelling to Belgium to participate in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in June, so we thought it was fitting to offer the lecture at the event.”

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek garnered its 12th consecutive Top 100 Festivals and Events designation earlier this year.

The honour, awarded annually by Festival and Events Ontario, recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.

Ramsay said the re-enactment’s continued success can be attributed to the support of the community and dedication of many volunteers and re-enactors.

“Local residents attend each year and often express their support and appreciation to the many volunteers and re-enactors for providing such an event,” she said. “Often when we tell them the re-enactors provide their own equipment and clothing and travel sometimes several hours to attend, they are amazed that folks do such a thing to share the importance of Canada’s history.”

Ramsay said the re-enactment brings the community together to commemorate its heritage.

New Canadians also come to learn about their “new community,” she said.

“They wish to learn its past and enjoy sharing with us their heritage,” Ramsay said. “It’s important to remember our past.”

For more information on the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek, including its admission rates, and parking and shuttle service from St. David Catholic Elementary School, visit battlefieldhouse.ca.