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S: Battle of Queenston Heights Bicentennial October 12-14, 2012 Lewiston, New York

2: First Meeting of Volunteer Leaders, January 11, 2012 Focus on preliminary work had been ongoing, but the first time the group of volunteer leaders met was in January 2012, nine months before the event. The group met regularly for one hour a month at the Lewiston Museum at 469 Plain Street. The meetings were held an hour before the regular monthly meeting of the Historical Association Board of Trustees.

3: Reenactor Welcome and Registration More than 200 reenactors were registered to attend our commemoration of the Battle of Queenston Heights. They started to arrive as early as Wednesday afternoon, October 10, but the official registration began at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. Some of the soldiers arrived dressed ready for battle. The day was sunny but cold and windy. In the beginning, our tent did not have sides and being under it was like being in a wind tunnel. Someone came up with the idea to use the bales of straw we had for the campers to make a wall to block the wind. That, along with a propane heater supplied by a sympathetic town employee, made the day tolerable. After finding a workable system, we were able to streamline the registration process and get the reenactors signed in. Anyone among the first 120 who had an authentic uniform received a $50 bounty for their attendance. This included women as well as men. (There were several women who were sutlers and some who dressed in men’s uniforms and fought in the battle!) And anyone who had a working musket received $20 to cover the cost of their black powder. The re-enactors who were going to Queenston to take part in the battle on October 13 had to register with both U.S. Customs and the counterpart on the Canadian side. After all, they were crossing an international border with weapons! Bob Graczyk, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was instrumental in pre-screening them, coordinating with the Canadians, and streamlining the process. More than 140 reenactors were cleared through customs, in each direction, in less than 10 minutes. The best part was that I got to meet most of the reenactors. They were friendly, patient, and excited to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Thanks to my registration colleagues, volunteers John Stewart, Ron Colangelo, Claudia Carnes, and Bob Graczyk, who were there to greet everyone at all hours, and temperatures! -- Pamela Hauth, Director, Lewiston Museum | Pamela Hauth greeted the arriving reenactors. | Reenactors Cross Border in Record Time Thanks to the hard work of Bob Graczyk and his colleagues on both sides of the border, the reenactors were able to cross the bridge smoothly and quickly. 140 reenactors were "pre-cleared" and were transported on five school buses. You can see Bob on the right as he prepares to accompany the buses to Canada. | John Stewart and Claudia Carnes were there to welcome reenactors into the night. | Ron Colangelo made sure that registration went smoothly.

5: Reenactors Receive Commemorative "Challenge Coin" Reenactors camping in Lewiston received the popular Battle of Queenston Heights commemorative coin as a souvenir of their stay. Event sponsors also received a complimentary coin. The Historical Association minted 600 of the coins and the Queenston Residents Association minted 100, for a total mintage of 700. Hundreds of the coins were sold as a mini-fundraiser at the price of $10. | The visiting reenactors brought their own tents and set up camp to precise 1812 standards on the Lewiston Plateau -- an ideal location and in full view of Brock's Monument. You can see a faint outline of Toronto on the horizon. To the right, you can see a small photo of what the camp looked like from near Center and 8th Streets.

6: Reenactors Arrive and Set Up Camp at Upper Artpark Entrance Road | Thank you so Much for the GREAT treatment that you gave us. I cannot remember any time in 24 years of reenacting that our unit has been so well treated. -- Bruce Bruegge Michigan Legionary Corps of Artillery

8: Outside of Event Brochure | Inside of Event Brochure | To those who organized and to those who volunteered, congratulations are in order! From registration on Thursday through to our final events on Sunday, all facets went as well and better than expected. The Friday night bombardment and fireworks were spectacular! Our processing for Saturday's Queenston Heights Battle went off without any snags, from pre-registration to border crossing and our return, many thanks on both sides, especially to Major Bob Graczyk. Being part of that Battle was a once-in-a-lifetime happening that I am proud to have been able to participate in. Great food and a great time was had by all! On behalf of the men of the U.S. 3rd Artillery, Old Fort Niagara Volunteers, we are grateful to have participated in this great adventure. -- Nick Cristiano

10: Key to Success: Lots of Hot Food and Coffee! Scores of community volunteers rolled up their sleeves to make sure that none of the visiting reenactors went hungry, or thirsty! From Thursday to Sunday, the Hospitality Tent was the place to meet new and old friends. When we learned that some chilly temperatures were being forecast, Wendt's Propane donated the gas and Brett Nadeau set up his heaters to insure the tent was always toasty warm and comfortable. | (l to r) Volunteers Steve Frey, Leandra Collesano, Pat Minarcin, Tim Tutko, Elizabeth Kovacs, Jean Aldous, Lisa Ohanessian, Marie Olson, Maureen Sheeran, Pam Holmden. Seated: Fran Bieniek

11: "Thank you to all the groups and volunteers who provided the hospitality for the reenactors during the past weekend. I have visited ten venues this year and none, by a long shot, made us feel as welcome as your group. The food was excellent, but it was the great attitude on the part of the servers that made us feel at home. I truly enjoyed every part of the weekend. I enjoyed the opportunity to bring English Country Dance to a new audience." -- George Cherepon Star Lake, New York | Ice Skating Warming Tent Doubled as Hospitality Tent The Town of Lewiston owned the 40 x 60 framed tent we used for the Hospitality Tent. Its primary function was to serve as a warming tent for the ice skating rink at Academy Park. Town crews put the tent up several weeks early to accommodate the Battle of Queenston Heights event. The Historical Association rented a plastic floor to provide guests a comfortable and clean hard surface.

12: 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Airbase | Rotary Club of Amherst East | Grand Island Lions Club and some very happy reenactors

13: Thank you, Hospitality Tent Volunteers | College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Niagara University | Phi Alpha Theta - History Fraternity, Buffalo State College Chi Alpha Chapter | Sea Scouts of Lewiston | Lewiston Lions Club | St. Peter's R.C. Church

14: I've been to a lot of reenactments and the hospitality is the best I've ever seen. Other communities could learn a lot from Lewiston. -- Joseph Stemper, Peru, New York

15: Pig Roast Greets Reenactors Returning from Battle in Canada on Saturday Evening After working up a hearty appetite losing the battle on the Canadian side during the day, U.S. reenactors returned to the Hospitality Tent to enjoy a delicious pig roast with all the trimmings. A big thank you to Rich Tilyou of T Meadow Farms and Emerson Hewitt of Natural Link, for all the preparations and roasting.

16: Ron Danielewicz (left) and Tom Gerbasi of the Lewiston / Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club. | Rotary Takes Charge of Student Lunch Tent Nearly 800 elementary students enjoyed lunch during Friday's Education Day. The student lunch tent was 40 x 60 feet and students brought their own lunches. The Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary volunteers managed the entire operations.

17: I would like to thank the Historical Association of Lewiston for being such a great host. I have never been treated so well at a reenactment. I worked as a volunteer consultant for the Lewiston committee and have never seen a group of people go out of their way to provide everything we asked for. We realized we would be competing with activities in Canada but our goal was to complement the proceedings on the heights. This was accomplished admirably. Lewiston hosted 200 reenactors who participated in a historical Education Day, a parade and a bombardment on the banks of the Niagara. A full size six gun battery accented by fireworks was a spectacle that will seldom be repeated. The event and the reenactors were appreciated by all who attended. I must also thank the Lewiston committee for providing transportation for 150 reenactors who attended the events at the heights. It was a great support to the Queenston event and provided 2/3rds of the attending U.S. forces. Also a special thanks to the committee for coordinating with U.S./Canadian border officials in expediting the border crossings. U.S. Customs officials pre-registered participants so that buses cleared the border in 7 minutes or less -- an achievement that all involved were proud of. I would especially like to thank all the US commanders who made my job so much easier and to the men whose skill and dedication created an army that could stand toe-to-toe with the best. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend I enjoyed with friends and close company. Thank you, Robt. Trumbull US Officer Commanding Battle of Queenston Heights Bicentennial | Robert Trumbull & Betsy Bashore Volunteer Consultants from Ohio | Nearly two years before the event, Rob Trumbull and Betsy Bashore, became the "Founding Volunteers" -- offering to guide and assist Lewiston's efforts. From Maumee, Ohio, Rob and Betsy were recognized as leaders within the 1812 reenactment community. Their advice was invaluable. Rob was in charge of military operations, and Betsy coordinated the 1812 Fashion Show. Mayor Terry Collesano presented them the "Key to the Village" after the Fashion Show on Sunday, October 14.

19: Education Day Attracts Hundreds of Elementary Students from Area Schools: Young People See and Hear "History Come Alive!" | Engel Heads Up Student Field Trips (l to r) Jeanette Engel, Volunteer Chairperson of the Student Education Day; Andrew Auer, Principal of Lew-Port Intermediate; and Bruce Sutherland, Director of Field Operations, discuss plans for the student field trips to Academy Park. The entire 4th and 5th grade classes from Lew-Port attended. Students loved the programs and, in fact, one 5th grader was telling everyone he knew he wanted to grow up to be an historian. Students were placed in groups of 35-40, and rotated every 30 minutes through various program/interpretive tents, each with a different theme. Cannons fired when it was time for the students to go to the next tent. | Niagara County and New York Council for the Humanities Team Up to Give Students a Rare Opportunity to Experience 19th Century History and Culture Just days before the event, the NY Council for the Humanities announced it would match Niagara County's grant to provide students a unique interpretive experience. Students were able to visit over a dozen program tents featuring hands-on activities from learning how to dance the Virginia Reel to hand feeding the bald eagle, Liberty. The county grant was spearheaded by County Legislator Clyde Burmaster, a strong advocate of local history and a long time supporter of the Historical Association of Lewiston. No tax dollars were used because the county allocated funds it had received from the Seneca Casino.

20: Academy Park is Venue for Student Activities Here is the final planning layout for the 20 x 30 and 20 x 40 foot tents used for the student programs. Teachers were given an itinerary of the order of the tents their respective classes would visit. Special emphasis was placed on the "Musket Drill" tents 16 and 17, that gave students an opportunity to hold wooden muskets and be instructed on how to drill an march. You'll notice the cannon range took up a considerable amount of space because of safety rules -- the area was roped off and off limits to park visitors. Artillerists blasted the cannons at the :20 and :50 mark every hour to signal everyone to move to their next tent. The interpretive programs started at the top and bottom of every hour and lasted 20 minutes. The small red lines you see on the tents designated where drapes should be placed to buffer sound and wind.

21: Some lucky students got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hand-feed a bald eagle -- definitely a big hit and a highlight of Education Day. | During Education Day, reenactors drilled, marched and shot muskets, providing students a close look at what military life was like in 1812. This was the first time students had a chance to interact with 19th Century reenactors. | Scan to see a video of visiting Lewiston-Porter students singing the famous War of 1812 song, "The Battle of New Orleans"

22: Cricket Students enjoyed playing cricket -- a game that children would have played 200 years ago. | Dave Ruch sings 1812 songs. | Miles Linnabery showed students how to tie knots just like a sailor.

23: Mauri Coover Reid demonstrated 19th Century foods and cooking. | Karen Sherwood explained Colonial Times and aspects of everyday life in early America. | Spirits of 1812 | Tim Henderson and Eva Nicklas portrayed early Lewiston settlers. | Ship's Company Chanteymen from Baltimore | Scan to see a video of the visiting students at the various program tents.

24: Virginia Reel Robin and Brenda Simonson, two area educators, offered students a 20 minute lesson on how to dance the Virginia Reel. The kids had a blast! | Genot Picor, Storyteller Students were fascinated by the 18th Century tales of French explorers and adventurers.

25: Tuscarora Culture | Belinda Patterson | Neil Patterson Sr. and Francene Patterson | George Cherepon giving a lesson in English Country Dance | Ann Marie Linnabery 19th Century Games & Toys

27: A new bar for reenactor-friendly. Lewiston is far and above the best place we've visited. -- Gary Greene Davison, Michigan | I attended the 1812 weekend and it was GREAT. I was one of the 1812 reenactors and I have to tell you folks in Lewiston what a great job ALL of the volunteers did. The effort and support of all of these folks were appreciated by all who came and stayed these four days of the event. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. THANK YOU all. -- Jim Brown

31: Just wanted to say everyone in our unit who made the long ride from Rhode Island last week thoroughly enjoyed and fully appreciates all the hard work and coordination that went into making the Battle of Queenston Heights the success that it was. I personally have not enjoyed a tactical so much since we went to the 1995 Siege of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. We hope to see you again and wish you success in any future endeavors. Best regards, Col. Gregg G. Provost Rhode Island Militia Wood's State Corps. | Thank you for the incredible effort that you and your people put forward for the past weekend. I heard nothing but positive comments and we certainly had a great time. You have set a high bar for the other upcoming Bicentennial events. Should you ever decide to do anything similar rest assured we will be there. -- Paul Schulz, 4th US Infantry

32: "Off to War" Cannon Procession: The Magnificent March At 4pm, Friday, October 12, 2012, local residents had their first view of the assembled reenactors -- dressed in their magnificent uniforms. The purpose of the parade was to manually convey the cannons from Academy Park to 4th Street, where the cannons would be taken by trucks down to the riverfront for the 7pm cannon/fireworks/music demonstration. Cannons were brought to Lewiston from all over the country to create the largest period cannon battery ever assembled in one place, at one time. The parade also featured drummers, fifers, and President Madison and his entourage in a horse drawn carriage.

36: Commemorative Reception Planning Committee (left to right) Seated: Leandra Collesano and Mary Ann Aranyosi Standing: Tricia Mezhir, Mary Machelor and Jayne Brasser | Commemorative Reception To thank the event sponsors, a Commemorative Reception was held during the Friday night bombardment at the waterfront. The Planning Committee organized the event for over six months, and ensured every detail was considered and planned for. The Fall Harvest themed reception was held at the Barton Hill Hotel in the second floor Lewiston Room, which overlooks the Niagara River. President James Madison (Gary Costello) and Dolley Madison (Kim Schobert) greeted guests in the receiving line and The Ship’s Company Chanteymen from Baltimore serenaded guests a cappella. At 7pm, attendees moved to the expansive terrace off the reception room and all invited guests were treated to a spectacular view of the cannon blasts and fireworks during the bombardment. When the guests returned back inside, they were treated to desserts and beverages, including a rum punch and hot mulled cider. Each of the sponsors, including the reception sponsor, KeyBank, were thanked for their support. At the end of the evening, all guests were presented a small gift bag filled with BQH goodies, including chocolates bearing the event logo and the official Commemorative Coin, which the committee hopes will be displayed at the Tricentennial. -- Leandra Collesano, Reception Chairperson | Historical Association President, Bruce Sutherland (left) with KeyBank VP Marie Hare, Reception Sponsor

37: (l to r) Tim Henderson (as Congressman Peter Porter), Jim Murphy from the USS Constitution 1812 Marine Guard from Baltimore, Marie Hare from KeyBank, and Gary Costello (as President James Madison.) | Tom Schofield (left) from the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council, greets President Madison (Gary Costello) who is accompanied by Dolley Madison (Kim Schobert) and Eratus Granger (Tom Schobert) who was Western New York's first Postmaster. | The Ship's Company Chanteymen from Baltimore supplied the singing entertainment for the evening. | (l to r) Historical Association President Bruce Sutherland; Event Director Lee Simonson; and Reception Sponsors from KeyBank, Marie Hare and Robert Fagiani.

38: Historical Association Board member, Ned Perlman (left) speaks with Steve Reiter, Town Supervisor and Presenting Sponsor | Clyde Burmaster, Niagara County Legislator | Tom Chambers, Chairman of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area | Terry Collesano, Village of Lewiston Mayor | Chris Castellani, Owner of SuperMarket Liquors and an 1812 Sponsor. | Kathy Walker, CEO of Seneca Gaming Corp.

39: From the Reception Sponsor "What can I say!!?? Friday was simply stunning... it was a fun time, and also a very emotional time... the fireworks brought tears to many eyes... youth & adults alike were thrilled to see the meticulous authenticity -- sight, sound, venue, food, costumes & more -- which heretofore was only seen in inanimate displays, movies, & TV. I applaud you once again for your vision, the fruition of which brings spectacular, memorable opportunities to WNY and beyond!" -- Marie Hare VP Philanthropy & Civic Affairs KeyBank | Bridge Commission Major Event Sponsor (l to r) Leandra Collesano, Bruce Sutherland, Tom Pryce of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, a major event sponsor, and Lee Simonson

40: I would like to express my personal appreciation and congratulations, as well as those of my fellow reenactors, for the outstanding event that you and your hundreds of volunteers and sponsors produced this past weekend. From the initial publicity and information releases to the superb planning and delivery of all the amenities that reenactors needed, everything was top-notch. I heard nothing but compliments from everyone I spoke with in the reenactment camp. Your planning and delivery will serve as a model for organizers of future similar events, but will be hard to beat. -- Mike Woods, Artillerist | Bruce Sutherland (4th from left), President of the Historical Association, got a chance to shoot a cannon. He was inducted into the Order of St. Barbara -- patron saint of artillerists.

41: American Cannons Bombard Queenston About 50 American reenactors stayed on this side of the border during the actual battle reenactment in Queenston on October 13, to man a cannon battery which was positioned at the Upper Artpark parking lot, just a short distance from where Ft. Gray was located at the top of the Escarpment. It was an impressive sight and the cannon blasts could be easily heard by the thousands of spectators in Queenston. It provided a great backdrop for the battle scene taking place across the river. | I agree like all the others I have spoken to, this was the best I attended, with the attention, appreciation and especially the food made available for us. Some were hoping this could happen again. Spoke to quite a few from the general public, both Americans and Canadians. They all loved it. Everything. Well done Lewiston! -- John Sek, 2nd U.S. Artillery | Neil Patterson, Sr., from the Tuscarora Nation (left) and Lee Simonson, event director, share a moment during the bombardment. | Scan to see a video of the U.S. cannon bombardment that took place during the actual battle reenactment across the river in Canada.

43: On behalf of the 25th U.S. Infantry, I would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful event at Lewiston this year. Everyone was just a delight to work with and very helpful when needed. The food was delicious and plentiful, the servers a delight. Thank you very much for inviting us. -- Walt Raisner, 25th U.S. Infantry

44: British Troops Ransack Lewiston Spectators got a first hand look at how British soldiers searched for deserters in Lewiston, prior to the War of 1812. Redcoats, led by reenactor John Sek from Ft. Erie, charged down Center Street and used intimidating force to get locals to fess up and divulge where the deserters were hiding. | The ransacking took place at noon on Saturday, October 13, when most of the American reenactors were in Queenston participating in the battle. The Historical Association extends its appreciation to John Sek's company for adding excitement, color, and activity to our event!

47: 1812 Fashion Show Caps Off Weekend Activities Hosted by Betsy Bashore, and organized by local volunteer Louise Wasko, the ladies from the First Presbyterian Church and Messiah Lutheran proudly modeled authentic 1812 fashions to an appreciative Sunday afternoon audience. The fascinating show capped off a memorable weekend that brought history to life in Lewiston. | (l to r) Betsy Bashore, Sue McBee, Elizabeth Davis, Roberta Brown, Lourdes Catalano, Angie Henderson, Mary Hansen, Nancy D'Arcangelo, Alexis Machelor, Rayetta Calderon, Gretchen Morgan, Heather Ewy, Louise Wasko

49: New York State Honor Guard Ceremony Recognizes Brave Loved Ones On Saturday, October 13, at 1 and 4pm, eight families were recognized and presented flags at Academy Park. The families had loved ones who had served in the military but who had not received any military honors at their funerals. Chairman of the ceremonies was volunteer Norm Machelor who coordinated the service. These photographs are from the 1pm ceremony. | Norm and Mary Machelor | (l to r) Rocco DelGrosso, Mamie Simonson, Betty Murphy, Norm Machelor, all received flags in honor of their loved ones who were veterans. | Eight veterans were honored at a ceremony conducted at the Veterans Memorial in Academy Park: Capt. Willard E. Hauth, Jr. US Army, World War II Capt. Richard L. Machelor US Army, World War II PFC Harry C. Matheny US Army, World War II Staff Sergeant Marvin W. Simonson US Army, World War II Sergeant Lawrence J. Desemone US Navy, World War II Staff Sergeant Joseph C. DelGrosso US Army, World War II Capt. Andrew A Murphy US Army, World War II Sergeant Stephan R. Kovacs, Sr. US Army, 82nd Airborne

50: We all want to thank Lewiston for inviting us, and for the warm welcomes and hospitality that was shown. Everyone was wonderful, the community all seemed to pull together (one doesn't see that much anymore), and I hope the event turned out for the town as planned. In talking with one of the other reenactors about the event, I think he pretty much summed up all of our thoughts. He said that other 1812 Bicentennial events are going to have a difficult time following in Lewiston's footsteps -- Lewiston set a high standard. I wholeheartedly agreed and had a wonderful time! We appreciate all the work and effort that went into the planning and executing of that event. Pat on the back, a job well done! Thanks for everything! -- Judy Yokum, Michigan 2nd U.S. Artillery Larwell’s Detachment

51: Those that missed the Lewiston weekend missed the very best event -- ever! Registration was flawless, the campsite, firewood, straw and water all right there. Shuttle service to the park, food service out of sight, plenty of time to relax and/or drill. Everything was well planned. Bus trip to Canada and back, smooth. The battle was hot and heavy, prime and load.... fire... prime and load. I went through 28 rounds. All the towns people went out of their way to help. The people of Lewiston have sure set the bar high. That was by far the best weekend, everything was perfect. It's almost a shame we have to come back in December and burn the town to the ground. -- John Della Penna 6th Brigade NY State Militia

53: President James Madison Addresses the Citizens and Troops Just moments after a low flyover by two Air Force C-130s at twilight, President Madison (Gary Costello) was introduced by Congressman Peter Porter (Tim Henderson). President Madison then spoke to the American citizens and the troops who were standing ready to bombard Canada. Madison spelled out the reasons why America declared war on Great Britain and urged his fellow Americans to join the cause against British tyranny on the high seas. Prior to his address, the President greeted the public and thanked his escorts -- the U.S.S. Constitution 1812 Marine Guard. A minute after the President concluded his remarks, the evening cannon bombardment started. Six period cannons began a simultaneous firing, accompanied by special effects horizontal fireworks, simulating cannon balls being shot across the river. The cannons, fireworks and music all culminated in an 1812 Overture Grand Finale. The show lasted 26 minutes and thrilled the spectators in attendance. Volunteer Zach Collister coordinated the President's appearance and address. | Scan to see a video of the President's speech, along with the cannon, fireworks and music demonstration.

54: Thousands Enjoy Spectacular Cannon/Fireworks/Music Show On Friday evening, October 12, 2012, area residents were treated to a rare demonstration -- it was loud, dramatic, and so patriotic that it brought many to tears. Folks cheered when the 26-minute show culminated with the 1812 Overture, a burst of fireworks and the barrage of cannon fire. It was night that will be remembered for a long time.

55: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Held at the Odd Fellows Opera Hall on November 7, 2012 | Ohanessian Reports on Volunteers Once the word went out that volunteers were needed to help throughout the Battle of Queenston Heights Bicentennial celebration weekend, requests began pouring in. Two-hour, four-hour and up to six-hour shifts were needed to keep this once-in-a-lifetime event running smoothly and volunteers were excited about participating. For months leading up to the event, volunteers were emailing and calling me, asking if they could help. With just a few articles in local newspapers, most of the volunteers coming forward were found through word-of-mouth. Volunteers were needed during the Education Day where hundreds of 4th and 5th graders were on a field trip in Academy Park, during the cannon bombardment and fireworks show at the waterfront, and in the Welcome/Information tent where the Historical Association of Lewiston operated a store filled with books, 1812 flags, hats and other 1812-inspired merchandise. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make the Battle of Queenston Heights Bicentennial celebration a success! -- Lisa Ohanessian Director of Volunteers | Nearly 70 volunteers enjoyed an evening of fellowship and celebration at the Opera Hall on Center Street -- sharing stories of their experiences and reminiscing about the memorable Battle weekend. Liz Kovacs organized a crew of kitchen volunteers and provided everyone with wine, a delicious pasta dinner, and apple strudel dessert. All of the volunteers were called out by name to recognize their individual contributions. It was a wonderful evening that capped off a wonderful project. | Claudia Carnes (left) shares a light-hearted moment with Kathryn Serianni. Claudia is a local civilian reenactor and was in charge of vendor relations. Kathy is also a reenactor who portrayed a Lewiston resident during the British Ransacking program. | Enjoying an Evening of Celebration Al Swavy (left), Jeff Jordan (middle) and Jason Dimet (right) were key volunteers. Al represented Lewiston #1 Fire Company and was in charge of safety and first aid preparations along with traffic control. Jeff and Jason teamed up to manage and install all the electrical requirements at Academy Park and the riverfront. | Rayetta Calderon (left) and Dottie Gara share good times at the volunteer party. Rayetta participated in the fashion show and Dottie helped with the elementary students during the Education Day.

56: Liz Kovacs Awarded Event "Most Valuable Volunteer" Liz Kovacs was honored as the Battle of Queenston Heights' "MVV" -- Most Valuable Volunteer -- at the volunteer appreciation dinner for her exceptional leadership, organizational skills and hard work in managing the Reenactor Hospitality Tent. She single handedly recruited over 100 other volunteers to serve in shifts over a four day period to insure that 200 reenactors had hot nutritious food available to them at all times. It was a monumental effort, and Liz was recognized by her fellow volunteers as the key player in establishing Lewiston as the new benchmark in hospitality. | Bruce Sutherland (left) and Lee Simonson (right) announce to everyone that long-time Rotarian Liz Kovacs was chosen the "most valuable volunteer." Each had stories of praise about her amazing efforts to make the event as successful as it was. She received a standing ovation and some parting gifts. The reason she was wearing an apron is because she spent the entire day with her volunteer kitchen crew preparing a delicious dinner for the 70 volunteers who attended the Appreciation party -- and they certainly appreciated it! | Bruce Sutherland served some refreshments to local military reenactors Pat Cristiano (left), Mark Pustulka (center) and Nick Cristiano (right) who represented Ft. Niagara's 3rd Artillery company and manned the cannons during the event. All of the attending artillerists who attended the Battle of Queenston Heights enjoyed being part of the spectacular demonstrations. | Tim Tutko Tim was recognized for doing a great job managing the shuttle buses and helping wherever he could. | Volunteers Erika Zecha (left) and Marlene Krueger worked the kitchens during the Battle weekend and the Volunteer Appreciation dinner.

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