The rain cleared up on Saturday and the sunshine prevailed for the Port Dover Harbour Museum’s pageant, The Lion On the Lake, to take place as planned. Powell Park was packed with happy onlookers by 7 pm. The pageant was produced in conjunction with Shadowland Theatre to commemorate General Brock’s visit to our area in August of 1812 and the role Canadians and Britain played in the War of 1812. For more information on the War of 1812 or Brock’s walk click here: http://www.westerncorridor1812.com/.
Powell Park came to life as characters and puppets acted out various aspects of life in 1812. There was a miller scene, a public debate between Britain and America, a native aspect, a roll call of the red coats and the blue coats, a depiction of pioneer life, a blacksmith’s scene, taking place in various parts of the park.
The main play got under way at about 7:30 in front of the bandshell when Britannia called the group gathered together for a public roll call, Britain’s interests in Canada were declared, and Uncle Sam (Boo! Hiss!) arrived via motorcycle.
Oh yeah, and some of the Dover Uke Heads were marching too, with our little red tunics and ukulele’s. From now on, some of us will never be able to get the melody of Chase Me Charlie out of our memory. We all agreed it was a great experience. We learned different kind of music, playing by ear, marching while playing and still managed to have fun while doing it.
Two video’s of scenes from the pageant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwcrslU_ME0&feature=youtu.be and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN87cjc9VuA&feature=youtu.be.