After the transportation of the public by shuttles was completed, the re-enactment of the battle took place at Allan’s Corners. It was very spectacular and a curator from Parks Canada offered commentary. About an hour later most of the public came back by shuttles to the camp site to get back to their cars or to wander around a bit longer. Another part of the public, probably those how had their cars close to the interpretation center went in for a visit. It was a first time for most of them.
By late afternoon, in the dining room of the Fairground, staff was getting ready for the diner offered to the re-enactors and the public. Under the temporary tent, a stage and sound was ready and a band conducted by Chris Crilly started to play traditional Celtic music. They played non strop for three hours and in the middle of their set they accompany dancers in costumes led by Neva Shelton, doing period popular dances (quadrille which is the origin of square dance). Around 7, 8 pm, night had fallen on the camp which offered a real feel of the past with all the camp fires and the lanterns. The music from the tent was floating in the air and a walk through the camp was a real trip. Unfortunately, as the event ended, there was only a few visitors left to share that moment.
The next day, Sunday, was cold and rainy. The camp opened to the public at 10 am but half of the re-enactors were packing to leave. The remaining soldiers did some drills around 11 am and a short version of the Saturday’s scenario. But this time, on the race track of the Fair and in front of 100 visitors.
All the people involved in the organisation, from the three partners, Parks Canada, Historical Society and MRC, were very pleased with the event. It was worth the effort. Discussion started two years ago when partners applied for founding from Heritage Canada in 2012, and it became a full time job for Luc DeTremmerie last spring. Everything went as planned. Of course the weather helped a lot and everybody was in such a good mood that nobody complained about the waiting for the shuttle busses.
The re-enactors were happy to be able to act on the real site and to raise such an interest.
For the three main partners who started to discuss about the project at the Cultural Committee, it was obvious that something had to be done about the 1812 commemoration.
“A re-enactment doesn’t show the horror of war, I know. But our goal was to attract attention on the context of 1812 and, by giving it a large echo, to raise curiosity for history among our youth. And also, of course, we wanted to bring visitors from outside,” says DeTremmerie.
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Thanks to Luc DeTremmerie for this story.