Wardsville Bicentennial: 1810 – 2010. Honouring the settlers who suffered during the War of 1812 – 1814
thru fabric, film, paint and pen
Volunteer Tally – approximate
Number of hours tracked = ~2500
Number of quilters = 20
Total artisans who painted barn quilt blocks = 146
Glencoe District High School artisans = 15
Mosa Central School artisans = 30
Heritage Spedialists = 33
Musicians = 38
Artists = 11
Organizers and Local Partners = 86
Barn quilt sponsors = 12
Total volunteers approximately 325. (See Attachment A for detailed tally.
Wardsville’s 200-year celebration goal was to build community pride and put Wardsville back on the map. Another goal was to kick off the Commemoration of the War of 1812 -1814 (which does not officially begin until 2012). Wardsville celebrated its past, its present, and the future. It was a thrill to have a government sponsor who demanded that we involve our local artists and artisans in our community and it was the perfect time to commemorate local history and heritage.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ward established their homestead at the request of the British government in 1810. War was imminent. The eventual conflict was a terrible disruption to settlers’ lives. Wardsville’s Bicentennial honoured the role that the citizenry played in the War.
Volunteers invested 2500 hours into various projects this year. See attachment A for a table showing the number of volunteers, artists, sponsors, and groups who engaged with the project. Volunteers:
· stitched the 30-block George Ward Commemorative Quilt which won second prize at the International Plowing Match in St. Thomas.
· painted thirty 8’ x 8’ replica Barn Quilt blocks
· produced a video, Barn Quilt Tour by Crocodile Productions
mounted the 30 quilt blocks on barns and important buildings throughout Wardsville area
· attracted “kith and Kin” to the village for a rich musical and historical experience on Father’s Day weekend, June 18 – 20, 2010
· hosted a re-enactment about George Ward and pioneer life in 1810 by Shaymus (Doug Ferguson) and friends. The re-enactors set up a camp featuring trading post, farm, potting studio, and military encampment of Royal Scots and local militia.
· hosted the first ever reunion of the Twin Valleys Community & School (1972-1984) which was attended by 80 alumni and their family and friends. See testimonies below.
· held a Free Open Air Jam Session at Dave’s Cafe featuring many acts, Dave’s hamburgers, and Bicentennial Funnel Cakes
· other downtown activities:
o TCCU Wardsville community credit union dressed to the nines and in serious business mode.
o Wardsville Museum with Curator, Ken Willis, and Wardsville interpreters.
o Wardsville firefighters displaying the brand new Rosenbauer 2010 tanker.
o Crossroads Bistro serving pizza, subs, fresh cut fries, and burgers.
· photographed the Photo Legacy project:
o two professional photograhers, David Chidley and Larry Merrin photographed over 50 groups in a special studio over an 8-hour period
o John Kendall documented the Wardsville Bicentennial celebrations start to finish on Father’s Day weekend
· sponsored the 10-minute video “Walking Wardsville” directed by Cara Spooner and Rabyniuk
· hosted reunions for the Ward descendants and the Lutchin family
· held a volunteer appreciation event at the Made on Earth Art Gallery in August.
· presented plaques to all the super volunteers who worked on the barn quilt project
· held an evening premiere at the Wardsville United Church in early October when the various artistic endeavours thru fabric, film, paint, and pen were shown