Re-enactors to descend on Ogdensburg for Founder's Day, also races, stories, 18th century ball
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:28 pm

OGDENSBURG -- Re-enactors from all over the United States and Canada will descend on Lighthouse Point this weekend for Founder’s Day.

Ogdensburg will commemorate the 1760 Battle of the Thousand Islands July 20-21 with races, re-enacted battles, stories and an 18th century ball. Lighthouse Point is off Commerce Street near the waterfront.

Founder’s Day Weekend commemorates the French and Indian War when the St. Lawrence River and Fort de La Présentation were a battle zone.

“We look forward to hosting the annual re-enactment and colonial trade fair,” said Founder’s Day Committee Chairman Tim Cryderman. “The organizing committee always slips something new into the mix of activities each year. We always want to have something different to our visitors.”

Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., award-winning author Jim Bruchac offers Native legends, Adirondack tall tales combined with some of his own often comical life experiences.

On Sunday, those 17 years old and younger accompanied by an adult will get in free.

Throughout weekend experienced presenters will provide slice-of-life views into the 18th century. At regular intervals volunteers will present workshops on artillery, antique tools, lighting the frontier cabin and colonial mansion, cooking on an open fire, and more.

As usual, the French and English troops with their militias and Indian allies have their afternoon skirmishes, which the audience can watch in comfort, seated in the expanded bleachers. An expert narrator provides historical background to the battle fought more than 250 years ago.

“There will be sutlers, too,” said Cryderman. “They are the colonial trade fair flavor of the weekend. Traditionally, these camp-following merchants had everything and then some of what a soldier could need, now they offer food to fabric to phantasies for the visiting public.”

Saturday evening at 7:30, the Freight House banquet hall becomes a ballroom. Admission is free to young and old to learn traditional country dances and promenade with experienced dancers to traditional live music.

Admission will be $7 for adults, $2 for kids ages six to 17 and free for children younger than six. Entry will be free for children 17 and younger Sunday when accompanied by an adult.

The full weekend schedule follows:

Saturday, July 20

• 10 a.m. gates open

• 11 a.m. Water battle begins

• Noon, illustrated talk “His Majesty Schooner the Anson, Late the Iroquoise,” by Dennis McCarthy

• 1 p.m. Pre-battle narration by David Frost

• 1:30 p.m. Land battle begins

• 2:30 p.m. Children`s muster

• 3 p.m. Bateau race

• 4 p.m. Book signing, “The Spike Tomahawk” by Jack Vargo

• 5 p.m. gates close

• 7:30 p.m. 18th-century ball, banquet hall Freight House Restaurant. Music by

Playford Players.

Sunday, July 21

• 7:30 a.m. mass, Lighthouse Point, bring your own chair. Rain location, Notre Dame Church

• 10 a.m. gates open

• 11 a.m. Water battle begins

• 11:30 p.m. Children`s muster

• 1 p.m. Pre-battle narration by David Frost

• 1:30 p.m. Land battle

• 2 p.m. Children's program with Jim Bruchac on Indian stories and history

• 3 p.m. gates close