Friday, June 25, 2010

Cactus, Cattle and Cowboys

Cactus, Cattle and Cowboys
July 17, 2010
West Lorne, Ontario
Schedule of Events

Arts & Cookery Bank Public Opening - 8:00-1:00

Farmers’ Market 8:30 - HIGH Noon
Breakfast Fire Hall 8:30 - 11:00
Library Book Sale 9:00 - 1:00
Live Music by Back Porch WECHC 9:30 - 11:00
Dotsy the Clown Face Painting WECHC10:00 - 11:00
Amazing Corbin the Magician-Library 11:00 -11:45
Square Dancers 11:00 - HIGH Noon
BBQ Community Support Services 10:00 - HIGH Noon

Horse Parade - HIGH Noon - 1:00 P.M.
Skit “The Hanging” - HIGH Noon - 12:15 pm West Elgin Dramatic Society
Cheerful 2 The Clown Horse Rider & Expert Balloon Twister - 12:00 - 1:00

Beer Garden
Food Vendors
34 Artisans & Consultant at the Vendors’ Village 11:00 - 6:00
Gift Certificate Draws 1:30
Pam Brooks’ Band 2:00 - 6:00
Gift Certificate Draws 2:30
Last Gift Certificate Draw 3:30

Breed Display: 1:00 - 5:00
Parelli Riding: Jan Brooks 1:00
Farrier Demonstration: Claire Trickey 1:00 - 1:30 - 2:00 - 2:30 - 3:00
Standard Breed Versatility Demo: 1:30
Dressage: Marianne Degret 2:00
Shedden 4-H Saddle Club: 3:00

Children’s Author and Magic Tricks - David Carruthers - 11:00-5:00
Splash Pad-FREE-1:00 till closing
Cheerful 2: The Clown Balloon Twister - 1:00-2:00
Nellie’s Artistic Face Painting: $4.00 per face -1:00-4:00
Pony Rides: $3.00 a ride 1:00-5:00
Petting Zoo: FREE 1:00-5:00
EquiMania-Guelph FREE colouring books, cowboy hats, horse fact sheets
Equine Proline Photography-Lisa Yates On site Photo Printing
Lopin’ Lou Brown the Mild & Photogenic Gelding

Event Vendors

Food Vendor - Lazenby Investments
Food Vendor - A&M Home Product-Incredible Edible Garlic Spreads
Legion Beer Gardens- Cold Drinks Vendor
Delightful Creations Stained Glass,
Kneading Knowledge Equine Massage Therapy & Riding Lessons
Iris Patch Flower & Gift Shoppe
Smith’s Book Store
SheShe Independent Consultant
Jersey Photography
Collins Wood Crafts
Strong Arm Forge
Debt Freedom
KWL Enterprises Themed Jewellery
Random Ink T-shirt Printing
XOCAi Healthy Dark Chocolates
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Epicure Independent Consultant
Rope Horse Tack
Bonsai Guy
Rosemary’s Fine Art Studio
Enjo Independent Consultant
Lavender Sense Farm Products & Amber Jewellery
My Unique Boutique
John Boy Sharpening
Hydro Massage Therapy Beds
The Sweet Spot
Fair Frog Creations
Penelope’s Pots
Meridian Energetic Spa
2010 International Plowing Match
Freedom 55 Financial
Jet Streams Mobile Massage Inc.
Author - John Schlarbaum - Fiction & Mystery Books Children’s
Author & Magic Tricks - David Carruthers Equi ProLine Photography
MPower Booth
Canter Lope Tack Shop

Cheerful 2 - Balloon Twisting Horse Riding Clown
Artistic Face Painting By Nellie

Vendors Unable To Attend Festivity Who Wanted To Contribute To The Communities Of West Elgin And For Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys

• Country Lane Chocolates

Live Music:
Back Porch (at Farmers’ Market)
Pam Brooks Band (at Miller Park)

Vendors Unable To Attend Festivity Who Wanted To Contribute To The Communities Of West Elgin And For Cactus, Cattle & Cowboys

Country Lane Chocolates
Jenny Phillips Artist Donating IPM Limited Print & Certificates

Live Music:
Back Porch (at Farmers’ Market)
Pam Brooks Band (at Miller Park)

Cheerful 2 - Balloon Twisting Horse Riding Clown
Nellie’s Artistic Face Painting

The North Star Meets Southern Cross

The North Star Meets Southern Cross
Exhibition of Aboriginal Art:
Parallel Directions in The Woodland School in Canada
The Western Desert Movement in Australia
On Thursday, July 8, 2010
At 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Blind River, Ontario
(on Leacock Street & Hwy 17 Look for The Northern Ontario Logging Memorial)

Burns Spirit Walk

Burns Spirit Walk: June 27th at 1:00 p.m.‏

Join Burns Presbyterian Church - Mosa for a stroll through time as eight characters materialize to present six stories detailing some aspect of Burns' history. Burns Spirit Walk starts at 1:30 pm from the sanctuary located at 24493 Dundonald Road, Southwest Middlesex (1/2 way between Glencoe & Alvinston on Hwy 80). Some walking involved. Refreshments. Donation. Burns Celebrates 175 years.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience”

Wasaga under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience

Building on the huge success of past Wasaga under Siege events, the Historic Military Establishment of Upper Canada in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, Ontario Parks and Nancy Island Historic Site look forward to hosting you once again from July 23rd to the 25th/2010. Wasaga under Siege “A War of 1812 Experience” will once again come to life as over 400 re-enactors will take part echoing history once again through the streets and waters of Wasaga Beach and Nancy Island Historic Site.

We have put together a great weekend for re-enactors and spectators alike! Re-enactors will enjoy a safe Grand Encampment area on Historic Nancy Island, water, food, entertainment, drinks, souvenir and 4 battles on 3 different battlefields including river battles will take place. Battles will be fought all over the town of Wasaga Beach with parading, pillaging, cannons, muskets, longboats and voyageur canoes. We will be using all our talents and proven Wasaga under Siege 1812 hospitality to make sure all re-enactors & participants feel welcomed and satisfied that it was worth the trip.

Wasaga Beach, Ontario as many of you already know host the longest fresh water beach in the world and attracts thousands of tourist each day to its beaches and attractions. Re-enactors and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the historical components of the event as well as the beach and modern attractions such as shopping, restaurants, waterslides, midway, paintball and other attractions to numerous to mention.

Merchants, blanket traders and artisans are welcomed free of charge and the musical line-up for weekend features Tamarack, Backroads, Caber Toss and the Zoom Daddys.

The Grand Encampment will also feature a Friday and Saturday evening self guided tour with snacks and drinks on sale as well. The self guided tour will feature musket and cannon demonstrations, Dr. Quimby’s Medicine Show, Shaymus the Storyteller, Laura Secord, Sutler Cyrus and the Snake Oil Show, War of 1812 Surgeon, On-gwe-ho-way drumming and singing, period music, merchants, sentries and much more!! We will be looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of this self-guided tour, if interested please contact me anytime or sign up at the registration tent. We will also be looking for sentries to guard the bridge during regular historic site hours to add some colour and interact with the public.

All re-enactors who portray any aspect of the War of 1812 are welcomed to participate. They can include – British and American Regulars or Militia including Civil War re-enactors portraying American Militia, Navy Personnel, Cannon Crews, Natives, Voyageurs and Men, Women & Children civilians. Re-enactors who wish to bring cannons, bateaus and canoes can negotiate with me for travel, haulage or powder compensation.

Sunday morning will also feature the Redcoat Iron-man and Iron-women contest that has proven to be a popular event not only to participate in, but to watch as well, with prizes going out to the winners.

If you are registering on-line please register individually or as an immediate family unit. No group registrations will be accepted unless pre-approved. This gives us a more accurate number for logistics, food and actual people attending and camping on the island.

Look forward to seeing everyone in July.
David Brunelle
WUS 2010

The Peak 95.1 FM & The Beach 97.7 FM

The Peak FM and The Beach FM have also come on board as radio sponsors and will be providing great pre-promotion of the event in the form of radio commercials, talk show appearances, free give-ways and live on-site broadcasting during the event. We encourage all participates to tune into the Peak or the Beach FM when you are coming into the Wasaga Beach area. For more information please visit:

Service Clubs Support Local Heritage & Community Wellness

Wasaga under Siege would like to recognize the generous ongoing support of two community service clubs who have been contributing to the success of Wasaga under Siege since its debut back in 2003. The Lioness Club, Lions Club and the Kinnette Club of Wasaga Beach have been great community supporters who recognize the importance of educating and promoting Wasaga Beach’s rich heritage. Their ongoing support over the past 8 years has contributed directly to the quality and success of Wasaga under Siege and community wellness throughout the town.

Voyayeur Canoes & Longboat Flotilla – Nottawasaga River

Wasaga under Siege 2010 is excited to announce that a re-enactment of a convoy of voyageur canoes and longboats will be re-enacting a trek of the Nottawasaga River from Schooner Town Park to Nancy Island Historic Site. Local residents and spectators alike will have a great opportunity to watch as hearty re-enactors experience the environment and hardships that original native, voyageurs, sailors and soldiers experienced firsthand as they paddled and rowed down this historic waterway. Wasaga Beach residents, especially those who reside along the river and other public spectators who show their loyalty to King George III by cheering on our hearty crews, flying the British colours or showing their loyalty in other forms will receive a token of the King's appreciation in the form of a musket or cannon salute. The flotilla will leave Schooner Town Park on Friday, July 23rd at 2:00pm and make their way down river to Nancy Island Historic Site arriving at the island no later than 4:00pm.

Pillaging and Plundering Americans Invade Wasaga Beach

During Wasaga under Siege 2010 the Town of Wasaga Beach will feel the wrath of the invading American forces. They will be marching into town pillaging and plundering local participating merchants and organizations between 12:00pm Friday, July 23rd to 9:00pm Saturday, July 24th. British and ally troops will be on guard at participating merchants and organizations attempting to hold back the Americans from pillaging and plundering local food stuffs and other supplies vital to the war effort and local residents. Participating merchants and organizations include: Giant Tiger, Major’s Guardian Pharmacy and Grandma’s Beach Treats.

Book Release & Signing
The Lake Captain; 1812 - Ron Burgess

The Lake Captain; 1812 deals with a small and forgotten chapter of Canadian history during the War of 1812 which took place on Lakes Erie and Huron. Captain Alexander Mackintosh and his uncle Angus Mackintosh were involved in the fur trade with the North West Company. Angus eventually became the twenty-fifth Chief of Clan Mackintosh in Inverness, Scotland. In the spring of 1812, Captain Alexander Mackintosh brought his ship, the six gun, eighty foot, fur trader Nancy to its home port of Sandwich. The Nancy was pressed into service with the British in an armed struggle with the newly formed United States, for the fur rich heartland of North America. In addition to serving with some of the best officers of the British Army and Royal Navy, Mackintosh found that he had to endure a few of the worst. After American victories over the Royal Navy on Lake Erie and the British army at Moraviantown, Mackintosh found himself in command of the ‘last British ship’ on the Upper Great Lakes facing a formidable American fleet. Ron Burgess will be present during Wasaga under Siege 2010 to answer questions and sign copies of his book. For more information contact: Ron Burgess at:

Invitation to Tea

Wasaga under Siege 2010 invites the ladies & gentlemen of the Nancy Island Historic Site Grand Encampment to take tea on Saturday, July 24th at 3:15 pm in the hospitality tent hosted by
the ladies of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. Please bring your own tea cup, plate, spoon and chair.
To satisfy the appetites of our guests, we shall be serving treats from the Georgian
Period, baked by the finest camp followers of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. The afternoon will also include a presentations and discussions on various topics.

If you would be attending, please send your compliments to Darlene Kingstone at at your convenience. Children accompanied by an adult are also welcome to attend as well.

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the
ceremony known as afternoon tea."
(Henry James)

New Battlefield Location

We have scouted the lands around Wasaga Beach and have decided to try out a new battlefield for the Friday evening battle. The battle will still be located in Beach Area two; however it will be taking place in another location. This will hopefully provide some variety in battle tactics as over the past years we have been limited to the same locations.

Wasaga Paintball Mega Adventure Park

As many of you are already aware, Wasaga Beach offers a huge variety of attractions, activities, entertainment and restaurants on top of the longest freshwater beach in the world. For those participants who plan on arriving as early as Wednesday and take advantage of these attractions, Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure Park has put together a great deal for you. All participants who would like to attend Wasaga Paintball during the event will receive free passes which include:

One Full Day Field Admission

Semi-auto Paint Gun

50 Paintballs

Unlimited Co2

Pull Over Jacket

Protective Head Gear

For those who are interested, the committee is organizing a paintball war amongst the re-eanctors and participants who would like to take part Thursday. Team organized play will go from 1:00am till 4:00pm and for those who would like to stay afterwards you are certainly free to do so. Please contact David Brunelle via e-mail or at the event to sign up for the organized paintball activities on Thursday and to reserve a free pass. For more information visit:

Hospitality Tent – Re-enactors, Participants & Sponsors

Sleeman’s Breweries has come back on board and Colio Wines joined the battle as official hospitality tent sponsors and will have Ale, Lager and Dark on tap as well as various wines to sample. Do I have to say anything more! See you all there!

Registered Units Attending to Date:

Representatives of the following units that have already registered include:

2nd Lincoln Artillery
Kentucky Militia

5th Lincoln Militia
U.S. Militia

British Indian Department
Canadian Militia

25th US Infantry Donaldsonville Artillery
Norfolk Militia

Glengarry Light Infantry

HMS Charwell
Royal George Landing Party

HMS Ferret
Royal Newfoundland Regiment

Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada
Royal Artillery

Registered Merchants and Artisans to Date include:

Arnold Knives and Forge

Flintnapper – Jebidiah Grizzly Esq.

Glen Farms Past Times

Lucy Locket Children’s Clothes

Voices of the Past

Iron Monger & Homesteading Goods

Celtic Rose Perfumery

Sutler Cyrus

The Frontier Popcorn Company

Timbers Sutlery

Joseph the Chandler

It’s Thyme Shoppe

Celtic Rose Perfumery

Blacksmith- Les Stanley

Big Thanks to all our 2010 Community Partners:

Town of Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Friends of Nancy Island Service Ontario – Midland

Colio Wines Pepsi

95.1 The Peak FM 97.7 The Beach FM

Enrique Photo Art Saga Resort Mini Condo Motel & Cottages

E.L.M. Catering Georgian Bay Sanitation

Giant Tiger Major’s Guardian Pharmacy

John Mc Tavish Plumbing Kinnette Club of Wasaga Beach

Grandma’s Beach Treats Lioness Club of Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach Lions Club Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure Park

L & N Graphics Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

Sturgeon Falls Marina Ltd. DOS Technologies

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Members of the Tyrconnell Heritage Society are cordially invited to Wardsville!

Members of the Tyrconnell Heritage Society are cordially invited to the Wardsville Bicentennial weekend. Visit for details.
The highlight is Mrs. Ward's County Chicken Dinner on Saturday evening. Tickets are $35 and the evening will be sublime. The year is 1810 and George Ward is just arriving to the area that will be later know as Skunk's Misery. Call Mary Simpson for tickets; 519 319 1074 or visit the Wardsville blog for more info at

Wardsville Bicentennial June 18-20, 2010

Mmmmm Barbeque!

On June 19th and 20th, Empire Valley Farm Market and Greenhouses will be celebrating 25 years in our community. The Tyciety will be on site at 27983 Talbot Line hosting a fundraising barbeque from 1 pm to 4 pm. Come out and help THS members and Empire Valley Market and Greenhouses owners Joy and David Westelaken celebrate a quarter of a century of business here in the heart of the Talbot Settlement. Enjoy a tour of the vegetable fields and greenhouses, have the children participate in a craft activity and buy a hot dog from our Tyrconnell Heritage Society volunteers (money raised will go towards operating costs at the Backus-Page House). Visit to learn more!