Weekend Warriors had its first showing Friday February 24, 2017 at the Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario at 7:00 p.m.
Southwestern Ontario independent filmmaker Barbara Urbach, operating as Crocodile Productions completed the 60 minute documentary film featuring the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society, a London based non-profit group whose members participate in living history weekends which recreate battle scenarios from the War of 1812.
Urbach’s film captures behind the scenes footage as she dawns the iconic British Red Coat and joins soldiers on location at some of Ontario’s most famous battlefields including Fort Erie, Chippewa, Fort George, Longwoods and more.
“This film is unique in that we have managed to capture and share personal experiences of key members of the group in addition to the action and drama that plays out before the camera” explains Urbach. “We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished” explains director Gary Van Osch, “It was very difficult since, as in a real battle, the game plan is constantly changing, which although exciting, tends to add a level of complexity to our work, this is also why it has taken seven years to complete the film.
We are certain that audiences will be entertained since we do not follow the normal rules of documentary filmmaking” says Van Osch citing great music, creative sequences and many surprises including roman soldiers dressed in full armour.
The evening’s entertainment started with a musical performance by period singers, and was followed by a short film starring artist/painter Aaron W Smith .
Sharon McDonald’s photos of her mother’s Ward ancestors
Our super historian and the barn quilts’ biggest supporter, Glenn Stott, telling about the origins of the local barn quilt trails:
To commemorate the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of the Longwoods, the UTMRS which portrays the 1814 Light Company of the Royal Scots will be again marching from Delaware to Battle Hill, the site of the battle, a distance of twenty miles. Again they will be raising funds in honour of five-year-old, for Pulmonary Hypertension, a terminal disease from which adults and children are afflicted.
If you wish to donate, or participate, please contact Brad Stott at 519 473 3814 or email@example.com to register and/or receive any further information.
The march will commence at 7:00 am, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the parking lot near the 402 exit on the Longwoods Road. The UTMRS will this year be joined by the Royal Scots Grenadier re-enactment group as well as any members of the public interested in the march or raising funds for PH.
The march will be broken into two components and marchers may do one or both of the components. The first component, will be the march to Melbourne, a distance of about 10 miles, along the Longwoods Road, and the second component, following lunch, will be to complete the other ten-mile march to Battle Hill.
Lunch will be served in Melbourne (location to be finalized) to all participants.
Last year, of the ten original marchers, seven completed the march by 3:30pm and raised over $1500 for Pulmonary Hypertension. There will be a chase vehicle available to provide support as needed.
On Sunday, March 6, at 2:00pm a Longwoods Memorial Service will be held at Battle Hill Park to commemorate the only major battle fought in the London- Middlesex area during the War of 1812.
This year’s service will feature the dedication of the new flagpoles which have the Union Jack and the 15 star U.S. flag. Following the service, there will be a luncheon held at the Wardsville United Church. All are welcome to participate in this annual and unique program.
Battle of Longwoods site is located at 2945 Longwoods Rd., Southwest Middlesex . Arrive early and park carefully on the side of the road.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. To be held at First St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens’ Avenue at Waterloo Street Free parking on nearby streets. www.fsaunited.com.
“Like a Hero Going Home” – the final days of Tecumseh.
A reading and discussion of this play by noted local playwright, Marion Johnson and Chippewa elder and historian, George Henry. Participants will gain an increased understanding of First Nations people, both what they have achieved and what they have endured.
The play is an important follow-up to the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. All are welcome. Free will offering. Proceeds to go to The Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada.