Nan­ti­coke River Jam­boree set for Oct. 8

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VI­ENNA — The 6th an­nual Nan­ti­coke River Jam­boree will be held from 10 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 8 at the his­toric Hand­sell house, 4837 In­diantown Road, in Vi­enna.

The theme this year is games. Nan­ti­coke His­toric Preser­va­tion Al­liance will be en­gag­ing and en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to par­take in hand­son fun with a va­ri­ety of sport­ing and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties that African-Amer­i­cans, Na­tive Amer­i­cans, and Euro­pean set­tlers en­gaged in dur­ing three cen­turies in Amer­ica.

The pur­pose of the Jam­boree’s theme is to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors, through liv­ing his­tory pre­sen­ta­tions, that these fore-bear­ers were able to take time out from their hard-work­ing days to have mo­ments of re­lax­ation, com­pe­ti­tion, skill-build­ing, and en­joy­ment.

Each ex­hibitor to this year’s Jam­boree has been asked to demon­strate or dis­play a type of his­toric game, toy or leisure ac­tiv­ity. Where there is a game dis­played, sig­nage will be posted so that vis­i­tors learn the name of the ac­tiv­ity and a brief his­tory of how and when it was de­vel­oped.

Ex­am­ples will in­clude lacrosse, hoops, board games, cards, base­ball, kites, and pup­pets–many ver­sions of which are still played to­day. Many of the games will be pro­vided and demon­strated by ex­perts in the field and some of the games will be created specif­i­cally for this event.

The His­tory Tent this year will high­light the Beale Street Pup­peteers with their ver­sion of the his­toric Punch and Judy Show, along with hands-on pup­pet mak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween shows.

Also fea­tured will be Rachel O’Con­nell, who trained with and served as As­sis­tant to the “Nat­u­ral Philoso­pher”, Dean Howarth, O’Con­nell will demon­strate many fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties such as: trap­ball, cro­quet, game of graces (hoop toss), shut the box (dice game), lawn bowl­ing, mir­ror box, New­ton’s in­er­tia toy, table­cloth pull trick, fric­tion tug-o-war, bed of nails, and singing wine glasses.

The Fair Play Vin­tage Base­ball Club of Tal­bot will dis­play his­toric base­ball in­for­ma­tion and present in pe­riod uni­forms.

In the Hand­sell kitchen, three gen­er­a­tions of African Amer­i­can in­ter­preters will dis­cuss past time ac­tiv­i­ties of en­slaved and free chil­dren, in­clud­ing rag doll mak­ing.

In the Hand­sell par­lor, ac­tors Carolyn and Monte Hai­ley have been in­vited to in­ter­pret leisure ac­tiv­i­ties rep­re­sent­ing a 19th cen­tury gen­tle­man farmer and his wife in­clud­ing read­ing, needle­work and Vic­to­rian par­lor games.

In the Chicone Vil­lage, Na­tive in­ter­preters will demon­strate pre­his­toric lacrosse played by the Na­tive peo­ple while en­gag­ing with mod­ern col­le­giate lacrosse ath­letes.

Tra­di­tional crafts peo­ple and liv­ing his­tory in­ter­preters will also be ex­hibit­ing at the Jam­boree as they ex­plore life in the 18th and 19th cen­turies with bas­ket weav­ing, wood lathe turn­ing, faux paint­ing, doll mak­ing, spin­ning, and de­coy carv­ing.

Other demon­stra­tions in­clude fire-mak­ing, weav­ing, pot­tery, chip­ping of im­ple­ments, tech­niques used for the build­ing of the long­house, mak­ing of a dug-out ca­noe, and na­tive life skills such as camp­fire cook­ing and weav­ing.

Food and bev­er­ages will be avail­able from Two Chicks Ca­ter­ing. Ad­mis­sion into the event is $4 for ev­ery­one 13 and older, and free for chil­dren 12 and younger. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sun­day, Oct. 9.

Hand­sell is lo­cated on the site of the pre-his­toric Na­tive Vil­lage at Chicone, later set aside as an In­dian Reser­va­tion (1721-1769). To­day it is a state and na­tional Reg­is­ter Listed His­toric site, held with a MHT Preser­va­tion Ease­ment on a Mary­land Scenic By-Way and the Mich­ener Ch­e­sa­peake By-Way. There is wa­ter ac­cess to the prop­erty by the Chicone Creek, which makes Hand­sell an ad­di­tion to the John Smith Na­tional Wa­ter Trail and other pad­dling ex­cur­sions.

The Nan­ti­coke River Jam­boree is spon­sored this year by NRG En­ergy, WCEM 106.3 “The Heat”, Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts, Heal­ing Hands An­i­mal Hospi­tal, Prov­i­dent State Bank, and The Drug Store.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.nan­ti­cok­eriver­jam­ In­ter­ested his­toric crafts­peo­ple can call 410-228-7458 or email re­store­hand­


The 6th an­nual Nan­ti­coke River Jam­boree will be held at his­toric Hand­sell house on Satur­day, Oct. 8.

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