Did you miss out on the festivities celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie at the beginning of the month? Perhaps you were able to participate and want to relive the spectacle?
The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial documentary, produced by Nick James Productions, will air next Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. on WGTE PBS Toledo as part of the public television station’s “Toledo Stories” series.
From Aug. 29–Sept. 10 communities in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region celebrated the bicentennial of the battle, which was a turning point in the war and secured the Great Lakes for the United States. Festivals, live entertainment, tall ship tours and sightseeing sails, and living history reenactments brought thousands of visitors. The highlight of the celebration was a reenactment of the battle itself, which took place in the waters of Lake Erie, northwest of South Bass Island. The battle reenactment included sixteen tall ships representing the original ships involved in the battle, including a replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship Niagara. More than 2,000 pleasure and excursion boats witnessed the event or took part in the fleet. It was truly a sight to behold and a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Don’t miss the Thursday, Oct. 3 airing of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial documentary. Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a sponsor of the program. A preview of the show is available at: http://youtu.be/4MZHEeztMK0
The program will be available as a DVD for purchase after next week’s airing.