FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR — Old Fort Niagara is about to host its largest annual re-enactment: the French and Indian War Encampment. The three-day event will occur Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, and will be packed with French, British and Native re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada, living history camps and exhibits, large-scale battle re-enactments, hands-on activities, special tours and demonstrations, as well as food and historical goods for sale.
The fort recreates this event annually to commemorate an important development in the French and Indian War, which was happening simultaneously with the Seven Years’ War in Europe.
Fort Niagara was the first of three key French posts to fall to the British in the summer of 1759.
Had things gone differently, the Niagara region might have remained French instead of British, which would have created a language and culture different from what we know today.
Old Fort Niagara picks the highlights from an intense and strategic 19-day siege and re-enacts them in three days on the very soil where it happened.
In addition to witnessing large-scale battles, visitors will have the chance to learn manual exercises with wooden muskets, handle Native trade goods and furs, and play period games. They are also invited to accompany tour interpreters as they set the stage for the conflict being re-enacted around them during siege and battle tours.
Visitors will also see demonstrations of British trench engineering, British artillery firing on the French and French firing on the British, as well as Natives and French trading furs for European goods.
The fort’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors should arrive an hour before battles to allow time to get through admissions and to the viewing areas.
CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS DAY — Residents are in for tropical vibes this Saturday when they shop for local produce at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market.
The market’s Caribbean Christmas Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The event will include Caribbean food, music and Christmas décor, along with specialty vendors and artisans. Clarence Center Coffee Company will serve food and coffee with a Caribbean theme and flavor at the market’s Snack Shack.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Rich Manzell, and Santa Claus will visit the market with gifts, sponsored by “Mubu the Morph.”
The Clarence Hollow Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June through October. It is located at 10717 Main St. in Clarence Hollow. Visit the website at www.clarencefarmersmarket.com, or follow on at www.Facebook.com/Clarencehollowfm.
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