On behalf of Keith and Carol Lunn, Co-Chairs with us of the Children’s Games of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend, Chris and I wish to thank all the many persons who contributed to the success of the Children’s Games part of the celebration.
Thanks to Keith and Carol Lunn, who transported the 40 games, stilts, hoops and supplies back and forth and who trained volunteers and worked with the children to see that they understood what children did in 1814 so that they were able to play the games themselves. Thanks to those who helped with volunteers, especially Brenda Towne and Ann Brady, parents, and many others.
We especially thank Forrence Orchards for their donation of boxes of fresh Macintosh apples to be placed on strings by volunteers. Children had great fun in trying to bite an apple without using their hands. They received a healthy apple snack as their reward.
Thanks to Bob Parks, Press Republican, who came through with 100 printed flag sheets which were made into colorful soldier hats by the volunteers. Kit Booth loaned us 50 wooden muskets to help make the muster and parade more authentic. Thanks to General Benjamin Pomerance for his masterful drilling of 30 or more recruits in the parade muster. Thanks to the wonderful bagpipers, Gerald Tetrault, Mrs Blaine and others who led the Kid’s Parade around Trinity Park each noon. There is nothing so thrilling as to march behind bagpipers!
We thank the very many volunteers from local schools, Plattsburgh State, Key Clubs and Scouts who after training were able to show the children how to play the games children played in 1814. And the weather cooperated beautifully.
We were very pleased that on Sunday there was a terrific Children’s Fair, which brought many more children to the downtown area. The place was packed with children and parents, all having a good time. What could be a better advertisement for Plattsburgh!
Three cheers for the organizers, the helpers, the volunteers, the parents and all those who helped Plattsburgh to stand out as the place to be and to visit on this special weekend!
Thanks to all.
Stan and Chris Ransom, Plattsburgh