Engagement at Bradley 2022

Dear friends, supporters and the War of 1812 re-enactment community,

Regrettably, we will be unable to proceed with the Engagement at Bradley 1812 weekend, originally planned for October 1-2, 2022.

A myriad of challenges presented themselves, and to no one’s fault. A lower than anticipated participant registration, issues securing entertainment, and the likely impact on everyone from a rather full fall calendar with other 1812 events, have all contributed to our decision. It was not what we, or you, wanted, and we know that.

The Engagement at Bradley event is hosted by Heritage Mississauga, a not-for-profit here in the City of Mississauga, and is planned and organized together with the 2nd York. Heritage Mississauga would like to thank the members of 2nd York, and in particular Captain Greg Carraro, for his tireless efforts to promote and gather interest for the Bradley event.

As you know there are certain costs involved with organizing and running any event, including, for us, rental of the space. The Bradley Museum is a City of Mississauga facility which we rent for the weekend. Other significant costs include food, supplies, advertising, etc. Weighing all the issues we faced carefully, we regrettably came to the conclusion that the event was not financially feasible for this year as a smaller participant turnout meant increased food costs and a likely smaller public turnout. You, as the 1812 community, our public, and Heritage Mississauga all want to see and be part of an exceptional event – and that is something we felt we would not be able to provide this year.

But this is by no means the end. We have already begun thinking about next year, and how to best tackle the obstacles we may face. Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond, we plan to have our date announced early, and we hope to gather participation commitments much earlier in the year. With your support, we look forward to bringing the Engagement at Bradley back in 2023, and making better than ever.

Again, thank you to everyone who signed up, to everyone who supports us and the event, and to everyone who was looking forward to the weekend. We appreciate you. Cancelling the event for 2022 was not what we wanted. But we look forward to welcoming you back next year for an amazing weekend!

Engagement at Bradley Organizing Committee , Heritage Mississauga