Sandwich Towne feels left out of 1812 festivities
Festivities commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 are less than a year away, but the community in which some of the action happened is feeling left out of the party.
The Olde Sandwich Towne Business Improvement Association feels the City of Windsor is not planning enough events for its area.
"I understand that the Festival Plaza, that a lot of money has been invested there, and it is a jewel, and our riverfront's a jewel. But we'd like to see those activities be expanded throughout the rest of the city, especially here in historic Olde Sandwich Towne," said David Grimaldi, a member of the association.
The city admits a concert at Festival Plaza is planned. But it also says Olde Sandwich Towne is being included, with several events at Mackenzie Hall and the dedication of a peace garden at the Duff-Baby House. A tour of some of the sites that played a predominant role in the war is also scheduled.
Jan Wilson is in charge of culture for the city and said the reality is Olde Sandwich Towne is actually the focus of the celebrations.
"Actually, there's a lot more happening in Sandwich than there is at the Festival Plaza," she said. "The signature event for 2012, we are looking at the Festival Plaza for a musical event. However, that commemoration event on the capture and surrender of Detroit, we would be starting in Sandwich."
There will be a planning meeting Monday and the Olde Sandwich Towne business Improvement Association will be represented.