Native American Artifact Exhibit back to ENM by popular demand

DANIEL FIREHAWK ABBOTT

EAST NEW MARKET — On March 7, the East New Market Volunteer Fire Department will provide the venue for the eighth offering of this quality event. Doors open for visitors at 10 a.m. and exhibits, food and activities will run until 4 p.m.

This year the exhibit will feature “Shoreline Treasures” which include fossils, colonial artifacts and anything found while artifact hunting in the region. The public is encouraged to bring their relics to share and be dated and/or identified. More than 50 tables will be shown this year, with several new exhibitors and some very impressive additions to already amazing collections. On display will be the famous Sandy Hill collection, recently augmented. Dr. Darrin Lowery will be present with his incredible dated collection and prepared to answer your questions.

Quality vendors will include craftspeople and artists such as basket coiler Jane Tolar, sea glass artist Sue Posey, Teresa Collins with Native beadwork and more, Cindy Sharer with Native American artistry, Gail Todd’s oyster shell jewelry and others. See them work on their art, purchase and/or commission pieces for your collection.

There will be a regional book corner with local authors. Mosaic artist, Patty Logan will lead a Children’s Make It, Take It craft corner, where young historians can fabricate works of art made of debitage and other found “treasures.” In addition, a large work of art will be crafted throughout the day by young volunteers to commemorate this year’s event.

Daniel “Firehawk” Abbott will interpret Native American life skills with his “Origins” presentation. All manners of Native American life will be touched upon throughout the day, with flint knapping, fire starting, weaving, potting and other demos. This year, Phillip Goldsborough will demonstrate his flint knapping skills.  These presentations will be ongoing throughout the day.

As a fundraiser to support this educational event, the Dorchester County Historical Society is raffling three pendants: two wrapped arrowheads and one fossil. These one of a kind pieces will be raffled at the event, although you need not be present to win. Tickets are available for $5 each or 3/$12 at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, as well as being on sale at the event. In addition there will be a silent auction at the event.

Of course, there will be food available that includes DCHS’ famous oyster fritters and oyster stew. Landlubbers can choose from other fare, reasonably priced. You may preorder fritters on Friday by calling 410-228-7953 or e-mail dchs@verizon.net with credit card orders and time for pick up.

For more information, please call or visit www.dorchesterhistory.org. This event supports the operations of the Dorchester County Historical Society. Please visit DCHS’ campus the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge to see its Native American Exhibit — the best on the shore.

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