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World War I

Madeline Festival

Madeline Festival

The 3rd annual Madeline Festival will be held on Saturday June 1, celebrating the connection that Oswego and Fort Ontario have with Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the beloved Madeline book series.

The event features kite flying, period games, crafts, a children’s parade, an art exhibit, Madeline book readings, a play, food booths and free admission to Fort Ontario.

Scheduled Events

  • Play at the Gypsy Wagon 10:00, 12:00 and 2:00
  • Puppet activities with Marionette Magic Theatre before the first Madeline & the Gypsies skit, 11:40, 1:40
  • Parade 1:00 – Starts at the Art Association
  • Ice Cream Social – after the Parade, about 1:30. Free. Parade Participants line up first

Free and continuous all day

  • Kite Flying – professional kiters available for advice!
  • Arts & Crafts at the Art Association
  • Entrance to the Arts Exhibit “Madeline in Oswego” in the top floor of the Art Association
  • Old Fashioned Games with Miss Clavel
  • Madeline Book readings in a tent by the fort entrance – except during plays, parade and ice cream social
  • Free entrance to the stone Fort. See the buildings, casemates and view from the ramparts!
  • Bookmobile distributing free books
  • Scavenger Hunt starting at the Art Association
  • Photo opportunities with the cut outs of the Madeline characters and author Ludwig Bemelmans

KiteFest – Professional Kiters flying all day!

  • Bring your own kite or buy one from the Kitefest vendor.
  • Make a Kite at the Art Association – buy a $7 white kite and decorate it. Then fly it!

Food 11:00 to 3:00

  • Hot dog booth run by Friends of Fort Ontario near the Entrance to the Stone Fort
  • Hot Dogs $3, Chips and Candy $1, Water $1. Soda $1.50.

Parade 1:00

  • Costume hats available for anyone needing a quick costume – the Art Association is selling Madeline for $3 and Pepito hats for $5 for the Parade.
  • The Parade assembles at the Art Association and marches at to the Fort
  • The free ice cream social, by the Children’s Museum of Oswego, is in the fort after the parade. Parade Participants get served first!

Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

“Reflections on the Great War, 1914-1918” is this year’s theme for the Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology. Most of the presentations will center on World War I, but there is a variety of topics.

Saturday Speakers

  • Paul Lear – Fort Ontario in the War of 1917
  • George A. Bray III – Bradstreet’s 1758 Raid on Fort Frontenac
  • Rene Chartrand –  Canadian Army Uniforms and Equipment 1914-1918
  • Timothy J. Abel, PhD – Lake Ontario’s Forgotten War of 1812 Naval Shipyard
  • Brian Leigh Dunnigan – Historic Links in the Waterways of the Early Great Lakes
  • Dianne Graves – John McCrae, The Armistice and the Remembrance Poppy
  • Donald E. Graves – The Daily Life of the Canadian Soldier on the Western Front, 1915-1918, and Those Who Waited at Home for Him

Sunday’s Bus Tour will take guests to sites of the War of 1812: Oswego, Great Sandy and the Great Cable Carry route.

Pre-registration and payment required

  • Saturday 4/21 registration, including lunch and breaks – $35
  • Sunday 4/22 Bus tour including lunch – $35
  • Both Days – $60

To register, call the fort at 315-343-4711.

Or Register Online here

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