Lewiston to be set ablaze on Saturday
The third "Flames Through Lewiston" event will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6:30 until 7 p.m. on Center Street. If you're planning to attend, here are some points to keep in mind.
•Center Street will be closed from Fourth Street to Fifth Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate this free event.
•Bring your cameras and capture the dramatic music and firing muskets for all to see on YouTube. (Or watch the video on this website.)
•A wider safety zone will be in force this year, so spectators along the street will be required to stand behind the curb. Please observe this rule and encourage your fellow attendees to do the same.
•Local citizens of all ages are invited to join this re-enactment by dressing in period clothing and running down the street, portraying actual Lewistonians who ran for their lives from the British troops during the War of 1812. For more information or to register, contact Sarah at 716-210-8427 to get your name and email on her list. She will forward you details.
Don't worry about having "exact" period clothing - the Historical Association of Lewiston will send you ideas and guidelines. Plus, there will be prizes for best acting, best costume, etc.
•Support the Historical Association and show your 1812 pride by getting hats, stickers, books and 1812 flags. Commemorative items and the 2013 calendar will be available at Ashker's, directly across from the Frontier House.
•Dress warm and watch the Tuscarora heroes save dozens of lives! You are encouraged to participate to help bring history to life. If you have never seen this amazing and unusual event, this is your last chance to see an evening performance. Next year, on the actual bicentennial, the final performance will take place in the morning - just like when the British attack actually occurred.
"Flames Through Lewiston" commemorates the burning of Lewiston on Dec. 19, 1813, just a week before Christmas. After the silent nighttime capture of Fort Niagara, the British set their sights on Lewiston and destroyed the small village. Local citizens ran for their lives down Center Street and escaped down Ridge Road with the help of the Tuscarora Indians.