OGDENSBURG – Traditional boats from Canada and the U.S. will be sailing into Ogdensburg to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Battle of the Thousand Islands during Founder’s Day Weekend, July 16 to18 on Lighthouse Point.
Along Sutlers row, 18th-century merchants and exhibitors offer everything soldiers and families of the mid-1700s would need and a lot modern shoppers may want: pottery; glassware; herbs; jewelry; art; clothing and a host of collectibles.
Beyond the boats ranging from a schooner to bateaux and the potpourri of the colonial trade fair, military re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada salute the spirit of the French and English armies and their colonial counterparts. The events celebrate the last battle of the French and Indian War and Fort de la Présentation.
Children’s activities include the old-time hoop and ball games, miniature logs to build cabins and forts, crafts and a military muster guided by re-enactors.
The shrill of fifes and the skirl of pipes with drummers and highland dancers will entertain, and listen for the barrel organ.
There are lectures each day about the Seven Years War on the St. Lawrence River.
Each afternoon, visitors will witness the two-part Battle of the Thousand Islands unfold: the capture of the French 10-gun corvette L’Outaouaise by armed British row galleys and the siege of Fort Lévis.
Friday evening, July 16 a traditional contra dance at the Freight House Restaurant, across the road from Lighthouse Point, is free and open to everyone.
Over breakfast Saturday, July 17 the public can meet and greet re-enactors in the restaurant. After breakfast, when the event opens, the first exciting event of the day is the bateau race pitting the crews of the traditional boats against each another.
Saturday ends with an artillery duel at 9 p.m., followed by fireworks, all to be seen from Ogdensburg’s waterfront. Lighthouse Point will not be open to the public.