Old Fort Niagara warmly welcomes visitors to a candlelit and festively decorated French Castle for its annual "Castle by Candlelight" fundraiser, which benefits its educational programming.
Unique to this event are the "feu de joie" (firing of joy) musket and cannon firings, which recreate an 18th century military ceremony usually employed to celebrate a great victory, at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. each night. In addition, visitors will meet historical characters - soldiers, Native Americans, fur traders, skilled artisans and camp followers - and do hands-on activities like writing with a quill pen, playing an 18th century game, and making cornhusk dolls.
The festive atmosphere will include music of fifes and drums, Celtic favorites and tavern songs. Cooks will prepare and discuss traditional holiday fare, while period characters entertain visitors with tales of winter in the 18th century.
Homemade soup, hot cocoa and cookies will be for sale onsite at the Trading Post, while musicians provide live holiday music for customers.
Admission $10 per person (available at the door). Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear and bring a flashlight.
More information visit: http://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100049/the-castle-by-candlelight?session_id=100009