So says Mark Vozar, one of the actors staged this weekend in Port Clinton as a cannonier, drawing crowds to the booms at the park shoreline downtown, as they flock to visit the Tall Ships Pathfinder and Playfair, docked for part of the island area’s bicentennial festivities.
After the War of 1812, America was recognized as a world power — and the start of the end of the war was marked by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. “It was all set in motion then,” Vozar said, dressed in an authentic blue hemp rifle jacket, linen pants and a round hat. “It was the key to making all those other things happen.”
With Perry’s victory came U.S. control of the Great Lakes, crippling the British in reinforcing its troops through the waterway.
“It was their version of homeland security,” the Brunswick resident said Saturday at the reenactment camp set up at Waterworks Park. Vozar is one of a few dozen actors who volunteered to set the stage for the celebration on the mainland to entertain the crowds who traveled north Saturday to be part of the party.
Vozar was assigned to a 3-pounder brass barrel cannon, one of seven that launched on the hour, several times throughout the day, evoking “oohs” and “aahs” and drawing Tall Ships gawkers a little farther east to see what else festival planners had put in place for the weekend.
The 3-pounder cannon wouldn’t have even been acceptable for battle during the War of 1812, Vozar said.
“They jokingly called them butterflies or grasshoppers, they were so light,” he said.
Today — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., music, DeRivera Park; 8 p.m., OSU Marching Band, Perry’s Monument; 9 p.m., fireworks
Monday — 8 a.m., introduction ceremony for battle recreation, Niagara Events Center; 10 a.m., Tall Ships sail to battle; noon to 2 p.m., battle; 4 p.m., ships return to Put-in-Bay q# http://battleoflakeerie bice...
Today — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., events and celebration at Waterworks Park, 12:30 p.m. OSU Marching Band
Today — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Music Upriver, Memorial Park; 2-5 p.m. Clown Shows, Town Hall; noon, juggler, Kelleys Island School
Monday — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Run Boy Run, Memorial Park; 6:45 p.m., speaker Admiral Perry, Kelleys Island School; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4-H Camp events q#bit.ly/1dx8ZzB