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Founders Day Weekend set to relive Ogdensburg’s colonial past

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This weekend will see Ogdensburg once again become a battle ground as re-enactors portraying French, English and Native American forces skirmish on Lighthouse Point.

Founder’s Day Weekend is that time of year when re-enactors and history buffs from both sides of the St. Lawrence River descend upon Ogdensburg to serve as vivid reminders of the city’s rich history.

And this year youth 17 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be able to participate in the event for free on Sunday.

“We’re going to have some drills and demonstrations throughout the weekend,” Timothy W. Cryderman, Founder’s Day Committee chairman, said.

This year Lighthouse Point will be home to an armed camp, Mr. Cryderman said, which will enable onlookers to see what it was like for 18th century soldiers guarding their positions.

A notable addition to this year’s offerings, the armed camp will give visitors a first-hand look at what life was like for 18th century sentries.

“You’re going to see people dressed up in 18th century gear,” Mr. Cryderman said. “There will be people selling wares from that time period and there will be some fire side cooking.”

The event, which draws up to 5,000 people every year, will have something to offer everyone, Mr. Cryderman said.

At noon on Saturday Dennis McCarthy will give a presentation about his discovery of a wrecked war ship from the 1700’s near Clayton.

Mr. Cryderman said the ship, His Majesty Schooner the Anson, was sunk during the Battle of the Thousand Islands during the French and Indian War in 1760.

The Anson was docked for some time at Lighthouse Point, where Fort de la Presentation was located in the 1700’s, as well, Mr. Cryderman said.

On Sunday at 2 p.m. James Bruchac will be sharing Native American legends, Adirondack tall tales and comedic stories of his own life.

This year’s Founders Day Weekend will also feature artillery workshops, land and sea battle re-enactments and a colonial trade fair.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday the Freight House will be turned into an 18th century ballroom where people of all skill levels can go and participate in traditional country dances.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Admission: Adults are $7; children ages 6 through 17 are $2; children 6 and under are free. On Sunday children 17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

There will be drills, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY – JULY 20, 2013

10 a.m. GATES OPEN

11 a.m. Water Battle begins

12 noon. Illustrated talk - His Majesty Schooner the Anson, Late the Iroquois, 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, 2013

7:30 a.m. MASS, Lighthouse Point: Bring your own chair. On-site parking for the service. Rain location - Notre Dame Church

10 a.m. GATES OPEN

11 a.m. Water Battle begins

11:30 a.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 & history

3 p.m. GATES CLOSE

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