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The weekend of August 16th and 17th saw LFD return for its third Fife & Drum Muster at Fort George. Also in attendance: two new members, one bugler and zero ghosts.
After a decade-and-a-half hiatus, the King's Royal Yorkers and other Crown Forces units (including the Loyalist Fifes & Drums) returned to the historic city on the St. Lawrence.
July 19th and 20th, LFD appeared at Niagara-on-the-Lake's Fort George once again. This time however, with some new blood! It was a solid weekend at a favourite site with friends both new and old.
July 1st, The Loyalist Fifes and Drums joined the celebrations on our nation's birthday. Marching in the popular Bath Canada Day Parade once again, The Drums led the way with the same tunes that led the Loyalists over two centuries ago.
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Making a mockery of Rebel propaganda! God save the King!
Our fifth year at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Another relaxing and enjoyable time had by all. Clear sky and bright sunshine set the scene. We missed Rori, but were graced with Max's cute antics. He delighted in pouring cold water on his Mom (to the amusement of us all), and reorganizing the clean cutlery by meticulously licking each piece before hurling it earthward into the grimy Toronto dust. It is truely a blessing that they are so cute!
We were also joined by a couple of enthusiastic young recruits Jonathon and Adam (seen in photo) who assisted in defacing rebel propaganda. Huzzah! Kate began the weekend by announcing that she wanted to spend the event dressed as a lady, and avoid all that uncomfortable marching. By Saturday evening she was begging to rejoin the Corps of Fifers and Drummers. Without further ado Drum Major granted permission to rejoin the ranks. One day in a restrictive stay has made Kate appreciate the joys of fifing.
The Loyalist Fife and Drums attended the ceremony re-christening the Yorkers premier cannon "Priapus", sealed by dousing the glistening brass barrel with chilled lager! It brought a tear to many eyes, especially the poor begger that had to polish all that brass!
We practiced our drill, sans instruments, played for the changing of the guard, and fought the glorious fight. On Sunday we defeated the rebels in battle where the Fifers and Drummers dodged rebel bullets, bravely carrying the wounded to safety!
Once again Leisha provided delicious breakfast fry-ups, and Andrea and Mike provided much appreciated campfire stew and apple crumble which were both first rate! On Saturday night we ate ourselves to a standstill. Some of us retired to our wedge tent early, others shared a musical evening with compatriots.