Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo will be ablaze with activities on Dec. 7, commemorating the fiery December 1813 attack during the War of 1812.
The public is invited to Market Square in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Queen Street court house from 6 to 10 p.m., for a sound and light show to be projected onto buildings to simulate flames. “Niagara on Fire” will premiere at the court house, with free movie times every half hour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hot cider will be served, and fireworks are planned. Local businesses will extend hours.
Buffalo is planning daylong activities, including Tea with Dolly Madison at 10 a.m., tours of the USS Trippe at the Buffalo Marine Center, a lecture on the War of 1812 by Chris Brown, a tree-lighting ceremony in Market Square and a bonfire at 6 p.m. on Squaw Island. A reception follows in St. John’s Church, 85 Amherst St.
Fort Erie’s fire will be lighted at the Old Coal Docks, corner of Jarvis Street and the Niagara Parkway at 6 p.m. A walking art exhibit along Jarvis Street begins at 1 p.m.
On Dec. 6, a camp-out fundraiser will see 10 local community celebrities spend the night in an 1812 encampment to raise money for local charities. Everyone is asked to bring nonperishable food items and gently used unwanted clothing to support the cause.
This is a Signature Niagara 1812 Event, identified by the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council.
The Legacy Council is a cross-border nonprofit organization, established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the past 200 years of peace between nations. For the full schedule of events, visit www.discover1812.com.