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A fine mess: Officers' dinner returns to Fort George
Tony Chisholm, president of Friends of Fort George, sits in front of the Officers' Quarters where the mess dinner will take place. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Be their guest: the second annual officers’ mess dinner is coming back to Fort George this Friday, April 5.

The fundraiser, hosted at the Offcers’ Quarters at Fort George, is loosely based on the officers’ mess dinners that would have taken place at the fort during the War of 1812. Guests will enjoy a dinner accompanied by interactive activities.

The dress code is “casual dress” and guests will be randomly provided a rank at the entrance.

“Some people come dressed but not everybody,” said Tony Chisholm, president of Friends of Fort George. “No, it’s casual. It’s ‘enjoy-yourself-time.’”

The ranks are assigned to guests “for fun” and “to make it more interesting,” said Chisholm. There will also be rules of decorum at the event. Breaking such rules could result in a “fun” punishment, such as singing a song.

“You can’t stand without asking permission,” Chisholm said, noting some of the rules. “You can’t go to the washroom without asking permission.”

Volunteering guests will also be brought forward to read the rules, demonstrate the mess hunting horn and re-enact the Battle of Queenston Heights.

Last year’s sellout dinner had around 40 guests. Money raised at the event goes toward supporting student employment at Fort George and Brock's  Monument, and promoting Parks Canada activities at the fort.

When asked what he enjoyed most at last year’s dinner, Chisholm said, “The entertainment, the fun.”

“It’s just a fact that it’s a totally different environment,” he said in an interview. “It’s a beautiful location, too. The room itself is spectacular.”

Dinner will be provided by D&T Classic Catering and the evening will also feature live music.

Tickets are $110 for members and $120 for non-members. Call the Friends of Fort George 905-468-6621 or email for more information.