2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in Ontario. Specifically, General Brock was in Port Dover on August 5th, 1812. The Harbour Museum in Port Dover will commemorate this event with a production called “The Lion on the Lake” by curator Ian Bell. Mr. Bell has extended an invitation to participate in the following email message via our website:
I’d like to invite you all to take part in a really unique event that’s taking place in Port Dover on August 11th. It’s an outdoor pageant and parade commemorating Isaac Brock’s visit here 200 years ago in 1812. It’s called “The Lion On The Lake” and it will take place in Powell Park with a pageant involving music, drama, giant puppets and history. This will be followed by a parade (by participants and audience) down to the dock where General Brock will board a tall ship. We’re putting together a wild marching band for this that will include fiddles, brass, accordians, drums and – if you’re willing, lots of ukuleles. We’ve got a “Lion On The Lake” Facebook page if you need more info. We’re having a weekend of workshops and rehearsals on June 9 and 10 at the Harbour Museum if you can come out. Call the museum for details on exact times. (519-583-2660)”
This production involves: giant puppets and puppets, stilt-walkers, outdoor theatre techniques, a multi-instrument marching band. From the museum’s website, http://www.portdovermuseum.ca/events_details.php?Details=26 . Also listed on Ontario’s Southwest website, under War of 1812: http://www.ontariossouthwest.com/experiences/the-lion-on-the-lake,393.
According to museum staff that I spoke to, we are lucky to have a brigantine out of Kingston, the St. Lawrence II, to be berthed at the Port Dover dock, co-inciding nicely with Ian Bell’s War of 1812 historical theatre production. Mr. Bell said it has always been a dream of his to have a giant ukulele rhythm section, so let’s help him out.
SEE YOU THERE!!