The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
2007 Dominion Conference Welcome Reception
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Our first evening began with a welcome reception at the Art Gallery of Windsor with its panoramic view of the Detroit skyline and the waterfront gardens. The Detroit River received international recognition in 2001 when it became the first river with both Canadian and American Heritage River designations. With greetings from local politicians and a guest appearance by members of the Provincial Marine-Amherstburg Reenactment Unit our conference was off to a great start.

Bicentennial Branch President Margie Luffman introduced Councillor Ron Jones, representing the City of Windsor; John Adams, Deputy Warden of Essex County and Mayor of Leamington; and Robert Bailey, Deputy Mayor of Amherstburg. Sincere good wishes were received from Bruce Crozier, MPP Essex, who was unable to attend. President David May of the Provincial Marine Amherstburg and Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher, noted Canadian Society Marine Artist, extended an invitation to all conference attendees to participate in activities planned for the ‘School of the Sailor’ taking place the same weekend. One of these events was the reenactment of the landing of a Loyalist family at Navy Yard Park in Amherstburg on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd.

The highlight of the evening was music provided by Lloyd Oakes of Hamilton Branch. Thanks to you Lloyd we ‘could have danced all night’. With delicious eats provided by Bamboo Catering and a self-guided tour of the art gallery the evening was complete.

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