Nanticoke River Jamboree set for Oct. 8
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.nanticokeriverjamboree.com. Interested historic craftspeople can call 410-228-7458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 6th annual Nanticoke River Jamboree will be held at historic Handsell house on Saturday, Oct. 8.