WASAGA UNDER SIEGE
 

Overview
Friday, July 23rd/10 - Public & Entertainment Agenda
Saturday, July 24th/10 - Public & Entertainment Agenda
Sunday, July 25th/10 - Public & Entertainment Agenda

Wasaga under Siege – “A War of 1812 Experience”

Nancy Island Historic Site, Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

July 23rd, 24th, 25th/2010

Lt. Miller Worsley of the British Royal Navy was in a tight situation and he knew it.  From his position at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River looking out onto Georgian Bay, he could see the sails of three warships approaching. They were not flying the British Union Jack, but the Stars and Stripes of the infant republic to the south.  It was August 13th, 1814 and Great Britain had been at war with the United States for two years.

From the narrow strip of land on which Worsley lay, the Nottawasaga River curved behind him running almost parallel to the lakeshore for about four miles, a piece of waterfront, which to future generations would become a popular tourist destination.

But now it was war and Worley's main concern was the schooner Nancy which sat anchored in the river behind him, her masts concealed by the trees.  She was his to command along with 21 seamen of the Royal Navy, 23 Indians and 9 French Canadian Voyageurs.  This was Nottawasaga Landing an important British supply post.  It was guarded only by one crudely built blockhouse on the inland side of the river and was the only means of defence which stood between the Americans and the Nancy, if she was to be discovered.

The American ships Niagara, Tigress and Scorpion, under the command of Captain A. Sinclair had sailed to the mouth of the Nottawasaga River and dropped anchor.  They believed the Nancy whom they were seeking, was still on route from Fort Michilimackinac.  Perhaps the Nancy and her crew would escape the Americans after all..

Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience" hosted by Nancy Island Historic Site and the Town of Wasaga Beach will feature authentic War of 1812 tactics, historical battles, marine assault landings, artillery, and much more. A professional public address announcer will narrate each battle event as a series of fictional and historical battle scenarios will be presented to the public over a three day period.  The Grand Encampment at Nancy Island Historic Site will feature over 400 re-enactors opening their

living history encampments to the public along with 19th century merchants, artisans, period cooking, musket and cannon demonstrations and period entertainment featuring, Hardtack & Harmony, Freshwater Trade, Caber Toss, Washboard Hank, The Zoom Daddy's, Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show, Laura Secord, Shaymus the Storyteller and Backroads.

"The sandy beach and the modern attractions that surround it have overshadowed Wasaga Beaches rich history for such a long time, that only a small percentage of visitors and residents actually know that a War of 1812 battle was fought here.  Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience" is an annual large scale re-enactment that will help bring to live this important historical event in Wasaga Beaches' history.  Battles and activities will no longer be restricted to the Historic Site of Nancy Island as all battle events will take place off the island in various beach park locations throughout Wasaga Beach.  The battles taking place off Nancy Island will bring more awareness of our rich history to our visitors and residents as well as bringing more exposure and visitation to Nancy Island Historic Site itself."  Bonnie Smith - Town of Wasaga Beach

Visit www.wasagaundersiege1812.com for more event information.

Public Agenda  

Wasaga under Siege – “A War of 1812 Experience”

Public Agenda  
Wasaga under Siege - "A War of 1812 Experience"
Friday, July 23rd/10
Nancy Island Historic Site - Admission: $5.00 per person, 16 & under free
Musical Entertainment
Time Band/Performer
12:00pm to 1:30pm Backroads
1:30pm to 3:00pm Zoom Daddys
3:00pm to 4:30pm Caber Toss
4:30pm to 6:00pm Backroads
6:00pm to 7:30pm Zoom Daddys
8:00pm - 10:00pm Caber Toss & Guest
Daily Activity Schedule
Time Activity/Presentation
10:00am to 10:00pm Nancy Island Historic Site Open
10:00am to 10:00pm War of 1812 Living History Grand Encampment Open
11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm Musket Demonstration
10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:45pm Cannon Demonstration
11:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm & 8:15pm War of 1812 Surgeon Demonstations
10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm & 8:45pm Native Drumming and Singing
11:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm & 8:00pm Sutler Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show
11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 8:30pm Laura Secord Presentation
12:15pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show
1:45pm, 3:45pm & 7:45pm Shaymus the Storyteller - HMS Nancy & Nancy's Revenge
7:00pm Skirmish in the Woods Battle Scenario - Beach Area 2
8:00pm to 10:00pm Battle Aftermath Grand Encampment
Saturday, July 24th/10  
Nancy Island Historic Site - Admission: $5.00 per person, 16 & under free
Musical Entertainment
Time Band/Performer
12:00pm to 1:30pm Zoom Daddys
1:30pm to 3:00pm Backroads
4:00pm to 5:00pm Tamarack
5:00pm to 6:30pm Zoom Daddys
6:30pm to 7:45pm Backroads
8:00pm - 10:00pm Tamarack
Daily Activity Schedule
Time Activity/Presentation
10:00am to 10:00pm Nancy Island Historic Site Open
10:00am to 10:00pm War of 1812 Living History Grand Encampment Open
10:30am, 12:00pm, 4:30pm & 8:00pm Cannon Demonstration
10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm & 8:15pm War of 1812 Surgeon Demonstations
10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm & 8:45pm Native Drumming and Singing
11:45am, 2:45pm, 4:15pm & 8:00pm Sutler Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show
11:15am, 12:30pm, 4:00pm & 8:45pm Musket Demonstration
11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 7:45pm Laura Secord Presentations
11:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:45pm & 8:30pm Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show
10:45am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm & 9:00pm Shaymus the Storyteller - HMS Nancy & Nancy's Revenge
1:30pm to 2:00pm Gunboats on the River Battle Scenario - River, Beach Area 1
2:00pm The American's Have Landed Battle Scenario - Beach Area 1
7:00pm Defending H.M.S. Nancy Battle Scenario - Beach Area 1
8:00pm to 10:00pm Battle Aftermath Grand Encampment
Sunday, July 25th/10
Nancy Island Historic Site - Admission: $5.00 per person, 16 & under free  
Musical Entertainment
Time Band/Performer
12:00pm to 1:30pm Backroads
1:30pm to 3:00pm Zoom Daddys
3:00pm to 4:30pm Backroads
Daily Activity Schedule
Time Activity/Demonstration
10:00am to 6:00pm Nancy Island Historic Site Open
10:00am to 4:30pm War of 1812 Living History Grand Encampment Open
10:30am to 12:00pm Redcoat Iron Man and Iron Women Competitions
12:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm Musket Demonstration
12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm Cannon Demonstration
12:15pm, 3:45pm War of 1812 Surgeon Demonstations
10:45am, 12:45pm  Native Drumming and Singing
11:30am, 2:45pm  Sutler Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show
11:15am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm Laura Secord Presentation
10:45am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show
11:45am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm Shaymus the Storyteller - HMS Nancy & Nancy's Revenge
2:00pm Avenging the Nancy Battle Scenario - Beach Area 2
4:30pm Wasaga under Siege Concludes/Grand Encampment Closed
 

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