Your Wardsville community association would like to welcome Crocodile Productions – Barb Urbach and Gary Van Osch – to the community. Barb and Gary and their son are film makers and they are the perfect owners of Wardsville’s Community Hall which was built in 1931. It has been on the market for some time and the local community was unable to purchase this gem which many believe is the architectural heart of the community.
There were mad negotiations over the course of the Wardsville Bicentennial weekend in June and they’ve been working hard since they took possession to adapt it to be a comfortable home and film studio, without disturbing the historical integrity of the building. They’ve been looking at halls and churches in southwestern Ontario for months and Wardsville was their final choice.
On a trip to Louisbourg, Cape Breton, last summer they were inspired by the French fort and started filming the re-enactors. Now, they are filming a documentary focusing on the Upper Thames Military Re-enactor Society – our history friends who are the keepers of the Battle of the Longwoods site and story. It’s not so much the history, as the re-enactors who bring the history alive, that interest the film makers.
Gary and Barb attended a recent Bicentennial organizing meeting to offer the community the use of a clip from their work – the Royal Scots. Check it out.
The Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society is based in London, Ontario Canada. With the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 – 1814 imminent, the Royal Scots are hard at work getting ready. Wardsville News will keep you up-to-date.
The UTMRS portray the 1st Royal Scots Light Company. They stage the re-enactment of “The Battle of the Longwoods” each year in May at the Longwoods Conservation Authority near Delaware. They also commemorate the battle and honour the fallen on the first Sunday of March every year at the cairn on the actual battle site. The battle occurred March 4, 1814.
Welcome to Wardsville, Barb and Gary!