Crab Island is focus of today's bicentennial events

PLATTSBURGH — Today, the bicentennial celebration will salute the happenings that took place on Crab Island, where wounded soldiers were taken during the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Today’s commemoration, sponsored by American Legion Post 1619 and Clinton Community College, will start with re-enactments and end with a blast of fireworks.

Crab Island Hospital re-enactments will take place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. behind the main building at Clinton Community College.

People can attend the annual wreath ceremony on Crab Island at the monument and flagpole honoring the soldiers and sailors who were killed in 1814 and are buried together in a mass grave.

At 6:30 p.m., another wreath ceremony will be held on the CCC veranda.

At dusk, Coyote Fireworks will put on a pyrotechnics display on Crab Island, which can be be viewed from the shores of Lake Champlain or lakeside at CCC.


Here’s what’s coming up in the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration (all held in Plattsburgh unless otherwise noted):

TODAY

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Plucky Rooster Exhibit, Food Court, Champlain Centre mall.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Crab Island Hospital re-enactment and demonstrations, lakeside behind main building, Clinton Community College.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: War of 1812 Quilt Exhibit, City Hall Rotunda.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Battle of Plattsburgh Association, War of 1812 Museum, 31 Washington Road, featuring period crafters and demonstrators.

11 a.m. to noon: Crab Island Memorial (limited viewing from behind Clinton Community College main building or provide own transportation to the island).

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Book lecture and signing by Col. David Fitz-Enz, lakeside behind main building, Clinton Community College.

4 to 5 p.m.: Riverside Cemetery Memorial, Steltzer Road.

6:30 to 7 p.m.: American Legion Post 1619, Welcome and Naval Engagement Memorial Ceremony, Clinton Community College.

7 to 9 p.m.: Adirondack Jazz Orchestra big band concert, Clinton Community College.

Dusk: Fireworks display over Crab Island, view from Clinton Community College.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 12

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Plucky Rooster Exhibit, Food Court, Champlain Centre mall.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: War of 1812 Quilt Exhibit, City Hall Rotunda.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Alice T. Miner Collection, guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Chazy.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Battle of Plattsburgh Association, War of 1812 Museum, 31 Washington Road.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: USS Champlain Bell Dedication Ceremony, Peace Park (near Plattsburgh marina).

Noon to midnight: W2W ham radio on the air, Trinity Park.

1 to 2 p.m.: Macdonough Monument Commemoration Ceremony, at the monument, with self-guided tours from 1 to 5 p.m.

3 p.m.: Eleazer Williams and the War of 1812, lecture by Keith Herkalo, Press-Republican Theater, War of 1812 Museum, 31 Washington Road.

4 to 11 p.m.: Israel Green Tavern, vintage dining and entertainment, 18 Trinity Place.

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Roy Hurd concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

5 to 6 p.m.: Eliza Mooers Historic District Walking Tour, with Melissa Bistor-Cross, starts at Macdonough Monument.

6 to 7 p.m.: Victory Dinner re-enactment, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Alice Knight and Speedy Arnold, concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Bluz House Rockers, concert, City Hall steps.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Gratto Family Stilt Walkers and Balloon Sculptors, City Hall steps.

9 to 11 p.m.: Charlie Stone & Split Rock concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

9:30 p.m.: Rockets Red Glare Fireworks Display, behind Macdonough Monument.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: W2W ham radio on the air, Trinity Park.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Plucky Rooster Exhibit, Food Court, Champlain Centre mall.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Farmers and Crafters Market, Durkee Street.

9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.: Children Re-Living History: Kent-Delord House Junior Encampment, 17 Cumberland Ave.

10 to 11 a.m.: 1814 March of the British Battle Re-enactment (narrated), behind Beekmantown Town Hall.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Alice T. Miner Collection, guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Chazy.

10 to 10:30 a.m.: Saratoga replica, demonstration, Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue.

10 a.m. to noon: Fife & drum and pipe & drum musical performances, Trinity Park and downtown area.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kent-Delord House Museum, self-guided tours and 1814 Military Encampment on museum grounds. Closed during parade; Champlain Valley Transportation Museum & Kids Station, 12 Museum Way; Clinton County Historical Association Museum, 98 Ohio Ave.; Boy Scout Booth Cachet & Stamp Cancellation, Trinity Park; Craft Demonstrations by guides from Montreal’s Chateau Ramezay Museum, on grounds near City Hall.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Boy Scout Historic Trail, starts at Trinity Park; Macdonough Monument self-guided tours; War of 1812 Quilt Exhibit, City Hall Rotunda (closed during parade); Trinity Episcopal Church self-guided tours, 18 Trinity Place; Confiance anchor exhibit, talk with Bill Van Stockum, City Hall; Kids Games, City Hall lawn.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Battle of Plattsburgh Association, War of 1812 Museum, 31 Washington Road.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Presbyterian Church, self-guided tours, 34 Brinkerhoff St.

11 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Israel Green Tavern, vintage dining and entertainment. (Closed from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for lunch but bar will be open) 18 Trinity Place.

11 a.m. to noon: The Rogues, tavern singers, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Battle of Plattsburgh Challenge Cup, bateau race, Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: TOM 24 (Tom Ventiquattro), concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

12:15 to 1 p.m.: Kids Muster, immediately followed by Kids Parade, City Hall grounds.

1 to 4 p.m.: Bicentennial Parade starts at Elks Lodge on Cumberland Avenue to City Hall, ends on lower Bridge Street (re-enacted street skirmish leads parade.) Immediately following: Beat Retreat by massed bands, City Hall, then Roducky Derby at Macdonough Monument, then Rotary Bed Race, City Hall Place.

4 to 5 p.m.: The Rogues, tavern singers, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

5 to 7:30 p.m.: Inca Hoots concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

5 to 6 p.m.: Eliza Mooers Historic District Walking Tour, with Melissa Bistor-Cross, starts at Macdonough Monument.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band of Cobourg, Ontario, concert, Strand Theater, 25 Brinkerhoff St.

Dusk: Artillery barrage, mouth of the Saranac River.

8 to 11 p.m.: Macomb Ball, English Country Dancing, Wendy Gilchrist and Bruce Kokernot with live period music, Elks Lodge, Cumberland Avenue, Plattsburgh.

8 to 11 p.m.: Too Tall String Band, concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 14

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Cannonball Run registration, Old Base Oval.

8 to 10 a.m.: 19th Century Anglican Church Services, Trinity Episcopal Church, 18 Trinity Place.

9 a.m.: 10th-annual Cannonball Run, Old Base Oval, 5 and 10K Fun Run, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, guided tours, U.S. Oval; and Pipe and Drum units, musical performances, downtown.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: War of 1812 Quilt Exhibit, City Hall Rotunda; Confiance anchor exhibit, talk with Bill Van Stockum, City Hall; Kids Games, City Hall lawn; Craft Demonstrations by guides from Montreal’s Chateau Ramezay Museum; Children’s Old-Time Fair, City Hall Place; Kent-Delord House Museum self-guided tours and 1814 Military Encampment on museum grounds, 17 Cumberland Ave.; Battle of Plattsburgh Association, War of 1812 Museum, 31 Washington Road; Boy Scout Booth Cachet and Stamp Cancellation, Trinity Park; Clinton County Historical Association Museum, 98 Ohio Ave.; and Boy Scout Historic Trail, Trinity Park.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Children’s Old-Time Village Fair with storytelling, horseback rides, arts and crafts, dolls and teddy bears, old-time country store and more, Macdonough Monument grounds.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Plucky Rooster Exhibit, Food Court, Champlain Centre mall.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shape Note Singing, second floor of City Hall.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Israel Green Tavern, breakfast served and entertainment, 18 Trinity Place.

11 to 11:45 a.m.: Stan Ransom the Connecticut Peddler, concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

11 to 11:30 a.m.: Saratoga replica, demonstration, Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue.

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Soup Cookoff sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Champlain Valley, Trinity Park.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: TOM 24 (Tom Ventiquattro) concert, Israel Green Tavern, 18 Trinity Place.

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Kids Muster, immediately followed by Kids Parade, Trinity Park.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Tall ships in naval battle re-enactment, narrated by Keith Herkalo at the Champlain Monument. Watch along the lakeshore from Wilcox Dock to Plattsburgh Marina, but to hear narration, be at the Champlain Monument slope.

1 to 3 p.m.: Macdonough Monument self-guided tours, City Hall Place.

2 to 3 p.m.: Lecture/show by Theodore Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand talks about the importance of the Battle of Plattsburgh, City Hall.

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