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Experience The Battle of Black Creek

07/24/2009

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On Father’s Day weekend, Black Creek Pioneer Village will present the Battle of Black Creek - June 20 and 21 – a Revolutionary War Re-enactment that pits Loyalists against Patriots in a fight for control of the Village. Visitors can walk through the opposing camps to see how soldiers lived, interact with them to learn about military life at that time, and watch as skirmishes break out throughout the Village. Children can join the Mini Militia and participate in drill exercises.

 

Now in it’s 29th year, the Battle of Black Creek is organized by the Reg James, Lt. Col. of the King’s Royal Yorkers – a local historical society that stages re-enactments throughout Ontario and the Northeastern US.

 

“We try to recreate the battles of the American Revolution at Black Creek and stage various scenarios and vignettes that show the public what happened to Loyalist refugees – the problems that they encountered and various other aspects of life at the time of the American Revolution,” said James.

 

Watch a political “haranguing match” as the Villagers debate the issues of the day, then watch a mob evict an elderly widow from her home and drive her out of town for refusing to renounce her Loyalty to the King.

 

Then elements of the Queen’s Rangers, Butler’s Rangers, Brant’s Volunteers and The Company of Select Marksmen arrive to protect the Loyalists, all of it culminating in a large-scale pitched battle in the Valley.

 

“We talk to people about refugees and Loyalists, about Native Americans and Black Loyalists and how all-encompassing the American Revolution was for the Canadian experience, using Black Creek Pioneer Village as a stage set,” said Christian Cameron, who runs the Northern Brigade or the Army of Canada.

 

“It’s one of our most colorful events of the year,” said Geri Smith, Marketing Supervisor, Special Events and Market Development. “The village really comes alive and it’s packed full of people in period uniforms and costumes. It’s pretty amazing.”

 

The Battle of Black Creek takes place on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2009, from

11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

A special Father’s Day Feast of barbecued ribs will be served in the new Black Creek Historic Brewery Restaurant on both days. Visitors can also enjoy a lively tour of the new Black Creek Historic Brewery.

 

Admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village is $15 for adults;

$14 for students and seniors; $11 for children (age 5 – 15);

Free for children 4 and under, and free for members. Memberships are available at the admissions desk.

 

Parking is $6.

 

Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto (one block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University). For more information call 416 736-1733.