Fort Malden National Historic Site

Canada Day festivities ramping up as holiday approaches

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Canada’s 151st birthday is coming up and there are a number of festivities planned again this year to celebrate.

The Canada Day activities return to Fort Malden National Historic Site with a number of new and familiar events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Jennifer Ibrahim, tourism co-ordinator with the Town of Amherstburg, said this year’s Canada Day will feature a lot of the same family-friendly activities as in previous years.

“It starts at 9 a.m. with the most patriotic run in our nation,” said Ibrahim, in reference to the Canada D’Eh run/walk that is presented by Running Flat. “I hope our community comes out and cheers on the Canada D’Eh runners. It’s so much fun.”

Opening ceremonies for the Canada Day festivities is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Fireworks annually thrill the thousands of people that attended the Canada Day event at Fort Malden. This is an image of “stacked” photos of several fireworks. (PHOTO BY ADRIAN HARTE)

Ibrahim said St. Peter’s ACHS College School will be joining the Amherstburg Admirals in field hockey games all day with a kids’ activity centre also to be featured throughout that Sunday.

Among the entertainment will be performers from the Kerri Brown Vocal Studio and the Rivertown Dance Academy with singers and bands to include Red and the Barron, Kerri & Joseph and Fresh Breath.

“Our headliners this year are Ashley Lynn & the Spurs,” said Ibrahim. “They are a crowd favourite.”

Ashley Lynn & the Spurs take the stage at 8 p.m.

There will also be children’s robotics activities featuring A-Team Robotics, pony rides courtesy of Sarah Parks Horsemanship and Zumba, the latter scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fort Malden National Historic Site will also offer its own programming throughout the day.

“Not to be missed is the fireworks finale,” added Ibrahim.

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site welcomes March Break campers

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Youth from around the area converged on Amherstburg last week to learn a bit about the town’s history.

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada held its annual March Break day camp From March 12-16 with a variety of different activities, most of which were historically-themed, presented.

“It’s been good,” reported interpretation officer Alex Dale. “For most of the days, we’ve had 15 or so kids and lots of activities.”

Holly Lucier from Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada explains what they will be making in the cookhouse to a group of children.

The week featured scavenger hunts, crafts, making food in the cookhouse and other hands-on activities for children. There were also movies played for the children.

“It’s been fun,” said Dale.

Dale stated it was the third consecutive year for the current format, which saw children stay all day at Fort Malden. The activities were held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The children were from around the area, not just Amherstburg, said Dale. He said Fort Malden National Historic Site’s Facebook site got the word out with some of the students being returnees from previous years. Some came from as far as Niagara Falls and Orangeville, said Dale, as they were in the area visiting grandparents for March Break.

“I think it’s been a lot of fun,” said Dale. “We’ve done (the March Break program) in so many different ways.”

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

Amelie Kinnish breaks an egg and puts it in a bowl with the help of Holly Lucier March 15 at Fort Malden National Historic Site’s March Break camp.

There will also be the first-ever Escape Room Festival June 16. Local escape room companies will bring numerous timed puzzles to Fort Malden with different themes. That event will also include live entertainment, food and beverages.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

Fort Malden’s Facebook site is www.facebook.com/FortMaldenNHS.

 

—With files from Jonathan Martin

2018 will be busy at Fort Malden National Historic Site

By Jonathan Martin

 

Fort Malden National Historic Site is marching into a busy season.

The park will host a variety of programs, including Windsor-Essex County’s first ever escape room festival.

The festival is set for June 16.  Local escape room companies will bring 7-9 of their timed puzzles to the fort, complete with “varying themes.”  The fort itself will design and execute an additional two it has titled “Escape the Barracks” and “Escape the Marquee.”  The event is set to include live entertainment, food and drinks.

More immediately, from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, Fort Malden will run a March break day camp for youth.

March Break programming is underway at Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada.
(Submitted photo)

According to Parks Canada public relations officer Rae Kingdon, the activities included in the camp will range from crafts to hands-on cooking in the Fort’s 1840s-era cookhouse.  Kids will take part in both indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts and be introduced to period games.  The camp targets youths aged 6-12.

The camp participation fee is $24.50 per participant, per day.  Kids can take part in one day or all five.  The programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  To register, participants must call 519-736-5416 or e-mail ont.fort-malden@pc.gc.ca

Fort Malden won’t officially open for the season until May 19, though, when it will reveal its newest exhibit, titled “The British Wore Red?”  According to Parks Canada, the exhibit will feature a timeline of military uniforms, clothing and artifacts from Fort Malden’s history.

On July 1, Fort Malden will host the annual Canada Day event in conjunction with the Town of Amherstburg.  As in years past, the event will feature “cool activities and entertainment” and will end with a fireworks display along the Detroit River.

More information and a list of special events can be found on the Town of Amherstburg’s website at www.amherstburg.ca or Parks Canada’s Fort Malden page at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortmalden.

House Youth Centre collaborates with Fort Malden for annual “Haunted Fort”

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

Over the last three years, Fort Malden National Historic Site has worked with The House Youth Centre to provide haunting entertainment to members of the Amherstburg community.

“They approached us a few years ago asking if we would be interested in doing a haunted house,” explained Alex Dale, interpretation officer at Fort Malden Historic Site. “They had had a relationship with the Thistle Lodge for a few years and did a Haunted House at the actual House Youth Centre so we thought it would be natural to try it here and to try and do a Fort one.”

The annual Haunted Fort was put on in partnership with The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada for the third year. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses. The organizations also worked together to come up with the storyline.

Since its’ first year at Fort Malden, the haunted house has grown and the organizations have found a great way to work together to come up with the scripts and storylines. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses.

This year’s Haunted Fort incorporated a lot more historical accuracy according to Ashley Marchand, activities coordinator for The House Youth Centre.

The annual Haunted Fort was put on in partnership with The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada for the third year. Fort Malden worked throughout the week carving pumpkins and assembling hay bales throughout the grounds, while The House Youth Centre decorated the grounds and provided its volunteer members as actors and actresses. The organizations also worked together to come up with the storyline.

“We did some brainstorming sessions with the members and some leaders,” said Marchand. “We came up with a rough idea of a script and The Fort helped to vamp it up, fill in the story blanks and add some historical information to it. We talked about identifying the names the places, the barracks, the latrines, the cookhouse, we have soldiers on site firing shots, we refer more to the ditches, the trenches that were dug out for that, however we have started to drift a little bit more away from the haunted fort storyline and this year we are focusing more on the families of the soldiers.”

Thanks to Fort Malden National Historic Site and The House Youth Centre, a spooky time was had by all of those who attended last week’s “Haunted Fort.”

The House Youth Centre and Fort Malden National Historic Site would like to thank everyone who came out to participate in their annual Haunted Fort, which wrapped up Monday night.

Fort Malden NHS bringing evening programs to the grounds

By Jolene Perron

 

“Parks Canada places are gateways to adventure and discovery and Fort Malden is no exception.”

Corrine Ross, site manager at Fort Malden NHS, along with her staff are excited for their October events.

First, they will be offering a Candlelit Tour this Saturday from 6-9 p.m. The tour has a fee of $4.90, and allows visitors to explore the grounds and historic buildings, while listening to lesser-known stories about the site’s history.

“This is a unique opportunity to visit Fort Malden in the crisp fall air with the last glow of the sunset fading over the Detroit River,” said Ross. “Developing new and innovative programs allows more Canadians, including youth and newcomers to Canada, to experience our sites and learn about our history in fun and interactive ways. By building these connections, we can create a community of stewards, people who know and care about these irreplaceable treasures.”

Five days later will be the Haunted Fort tours, put on in partnership with The House Youth Centre. The tours run from Oct. 26-29 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Visitors will encounter horrifying scenes in the historic buildings as they are guided to each vignette,” said Ross. “We recommend that you leave your little ones at home for this event.”

Fort Malden and The House Youth Centre are once again teaming up for the Haunted Fort Tours later this month (RTT File Photo)

This is the third year The House is assisting in running the tours. Initially, The House ran a haunted house in their basement until Fort Malden presented an opportunity to collaborate. The House is responsible for developing the storylines, decorating and acting in the tours.

Marchand said The House youth have spent a lot of time planning and rehearsing for the Haunted House tours.

“This year’s Haunted Fort will have a slightly different storyline than previous years with some new scenes to keep our guests on their toes,” explained Ashley Marchand, activities coordinator at The House. “My hopes for the Haunted House this year are to provide a fun experience for the members while raising funds for The House. We are also hoping to reach out to people outside of Amherstburg as well.”

Admission for the tour is $9.80 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The House. Tours last about 15 minutes. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 519-736-5416.