History relived with a blast May 17 and 18 RICHARD MAHONEY

have a historic photograph taken near the Higginson Tower, dressed in costumes that are on loan for this day. A small fee is being charged for each photograph. Photographers Sharon Graves-MacRae (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Bruce Toombs (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) have volunteered their time to take the photographs of costumed sub- jects. 1860s church service Sunday, May 18, a historical church ser- vice takes place at St. John’s Anglican Church. An old-fashioned worship service will include re-enactors in costume, old 1860s hymns and those attending are wel- come to attend in period dress. During the afternoon, historical demonstrations will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a drill at the encampment and at the tower. The site closes at 5 p.m. In keeping with the historical theme of this weekend at the tower, a special exhi- bit is in the works for Arbor Gallery for the six-week period around the Victoria Day weekend. The exhibit will focus on the his- tory of the Higginson house (home of Arbor Gallery) and three members of the Higgin- son family: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Hig- ginson, his son, Lieutenant Colonel William Higginson and his cousin, Thomas Tweed Higginson and their involvement in the 18th Battalion of Prescott Militia. Higginson memorabilia, military items and the teles- cope, donated to the Higginson Tower Res- toration Project by the late Thomas Higgin- son, will be on display as part of this exhibit,

along with many local memorabilia items related to the family. The 1800s Living History group, members of the Brockville Light Infantry Company, the 1860s Artillery Unit and the Civilians in the Midst of Alarums (CITMA) will be on-site during the weekend During the events, organized by the Frien-

ds of the Higginson Tower, funds raised will be matched by Vankleek Hill’s Scotiabank branch. Cobblestones will be on sale at Scotiabank as of May 7. Visitors to the Hig- ginson Tower will have the opportunity to purchase cobblestones that can be added to the existing cobblestone walkway sur- rounding the tower and path.

VANKLEEK HILL | Visitors to Vankleek Hill will be able to relive the past May 17 and 18 during activities portraying life in 1860 and a battle re-enactment. During those two days, visitors to the Hig- ginson Tower can meet re-enactors, who will be camping on-site and will be avai- lable to speak to visitors. Saturday, May 17 is a day filled with spe- cial events around the Fenian Raid battle. Although the Fenians never reached Van- kleek Hill and there was no battle, a skir- mish between the Fenians and the Prescott Militia will be staged May 17. Activities be- gin at 10 a.m. with a cannon salute to open the event, followed by an 11 a.m. march on Main Street. At 12 noon, there will be a can- non and musket salute to Queen Victoria. At 1 p.m., children can attend soldier school. Following the 1:30 p.m. battle, some of the Fenians will escape and the children’s brigade will be called upon to find the esca- pees, beginning at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be a second march down Main Street. The day’s events close at 5 p.m. with a final cannon salute. Artists are being invited for “en plein air” sketching, painting and photography on- site at the Higginson Tower throughout the day, to capture scenes as they work. Also, on Saturday, visitors will be able to

Photo Richard Mahoney

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