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Friday, July 29, 2011

It's History Weekend at Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Brighton

(News Release)

Presqu’ile Provincial Park, home of the Presqu’ile Lighthouse, a historic landmark for Brighton and Northumberland County, is ready to celebrate History Weekend: July 29th-31st.

Before becoming a Provincial Park in 1956, the Presqu’ile peninsula was used by many different groups of people – soldiers during the War of 1812, rumrunners during prohibition, pioneers, ship builders, pirates and cottagers.  It was even destined to become an important city in Upper Canada before the sinking of the schooner “Speedy”.  Now you can relive Presqu’ile’s storied past by participating in the many fun events offered throughout History Weekend.

On Friday July 30th, come out see how people once lived here at the Peninsula.

Bring the family out on Saturday July 31st and enjoy a War of 1812 mini muster program and come join a guided tour around our infamous lighthouse.  Get ready for the regatta on Sunday and make your very own boat.  Presqu’ile becomes haunted at night with our Ghost Walk on Saturday evening! In addition, the Friends of Presqu’ile will once again be putting on a social.

Sunday August 1st bring the kids out to participate in a children’s sailing regatta.  Also, join us for a Calthumpian parade, an 1812 demonstration and much more!

You can’t miss what is planned for Sunday night, July 31st at 7:30pm. Come take part in Presqu’ile’s very own murder mystery, “Who Killed Ben Kerr?”  In addition, you can start your evening off right with Peter Solmes, as he will serenade the crowd with songs of Presqu’ile Park.

For more details on Presqu’ile’s annual History Weekend, pick up an activity schedule at the park gate or check out the Friends of Presqu’ile website or call Presqu’ile Provincial Park at 613-475-4324 ex 225.  Regular park admission fees apply.



Daily 10am to 5pm - Marine History Exhibits @ Lighthouse Centre
Come see our exciting exhibit about the sinking of the Speedy, the scale model of the Lighthouse, our talking mannequin, Jack Atkins and our treasure chest filled with intriguing historic artefacts.  Don’t forget to test out your nautical knot tying skills! 

Daily 10am to 4pm - Natural History Exhibits @ Nature Centre
Are you fond of fish, frogs, turtles and snakes?  If so, check out the exhibits featuring biodiversity and live specimens at the Nature Centre. 


10am – Children’s Program: Become a Presqu’ile Pioneer! @ Lighthouse Centre
Come visit Justine and Lisa to become a Presqu’ile Pioneer and get a taste of pioneer living!

8pm - Presqu’ile’s History of History Weekend @ Amphitheatre 
Come and learn about the strange, exciting and inspirational events in our past and why we are all here celebrating Presqu’ile’s flavoured heritage. 


10am to 11am - War of 1812 Demonstration: Mini Muster and Changing of the Guard @ Lighthouse Centre
Come see what life was like in a soldier’s camp during the war of 1812. Join in the mini militia to test your musket skills

11am to 1:30pm - Friends of Presqu’ile BBQ Social @ Campfire Field
Join the Friends of Presqu’ile for some mouth-watering burgers and hotdogs and some thirst-quenching refreshments. 

12:30 to 2pm - Old-Fashion Fun & Games @ Field across from Amphitheatre
Come one, come all to Presqu’ile’s fun and games. Come watch our many activities and enjoy our many games like potato sac races, three-legged races, wheel barrow races and croquet.

Make sure your Colouring Contest pictures are complete and handed in at the Lighthouse or Nature Centre.

4pm - Lighthouse Walking Tours @ Lighthouse Centre
Take a journey back in time on this walk around the lighthouse.

8pm – Ghost Walk@ Amphitheatre
Walk among the spirits of shipwrecks past and hear their tails of woe and heroism.           


11am to 12pm - War of 1812 Demonstration @ Field Across from Amphitheatre
Come experience the colour and noise of an 1812 skirmish as British Presqu’ile is invaded by the Americans in this re-enactment.

2pm to 3:30pm -Children’s Boat Building Bee @ Amphitheatre
You will create vessels similar to those used in the Presqu’ile – Rochester regattas. Boats will be put to the sailing test later in the day.

2pm to 3:30pm – Masquerade Masks @ Amphitheatre
Presqu’ile’s past was filled with masquerade balls!  Make your own mask just like they would have done this very weekend at Presqu’ile’s Dance Pavilion! You will have a chance to wear your mask in the Calthumpian Parade at 4pm!

4pm to 4:30pm - Calthumpian Parade @ Campfire Field to Chatterton Point
Bring your pots and pans, noisemakers, masks and voices as we journey through the campgrounds.  There will be prizes for the best costumes and noisiest people!  The Calthumpian Parade will end at the Regatta location. 

4:30pm to 5:30pm - Presqu’ile Regatta @ Chatterton Point
This regatta will test the seaworthiness of the boats made earlier in the day. Come out to cheer on your favourite.

7:00pm to 8pm - Peter Solmes @ Amphitheatre
Join Peter Solmes as he serenades the crowd with his lovely ballads of Presqu’ile and other outdoor adventures. 

Colouring Contest picture winners are announced.

8pm – Who Killed Ben Kerr? @ Amphitheatre
Help us find out what happened to notorious Rum Runner Ben Kerr on that fateful night in February 1929.

All events are free but a park entrance fee of $14.00/vehicle applies.

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