‘His­tory of the Sas­safras’ set for Nov. 3 in Ge­orge­town

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

GE­ORGE­TOWN — The Sas­safras River As­so­ci­a­tion has an­nounced a new fundrais­ing pro­gram, the “His­tory of the Sas­safras,” that take place Thurs­day, Nov. 3, at The Gra­nary Restau­rant in Ge­orge­town.

The key­note speaker will be his­to­rian Mike Dixon, who will share nar­ra­tives from the Colo­nial era to the 20th cen­tury, while fa­cil­i­tat­ing a di­a­logue with area res­i­dents for an en­gag­ing com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion.

The nar­ra­tive will fo­cus on the Sas­safras River and the sur­round­ing ar­eas in Kent and Ce­cil coun­ties. It will start with Na­tive Amer­i­cans and the ar­rival of Euro­peans, and cov­ers the War of 1812, the era of the steam­boats and the tourism trade that fol­lowed, and much more.

Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to re­count any first or se­cond-hand sto­ries they have about the Sassa- fras River and the his­tory that sur­rounds it.

Dixon spe­cial­izes in com­mu­nity stud­ies and so­cial his­tory. He teaches as an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of his­tory at var­i­ous area uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges. He has ap­peared on the “To­day Show,” Mary­land Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion and other pro­grams, as well as being in dif­fer­ent mag­a­zines like Na­tional Ge­o­graphic and Southern Liv­ing.

The “His­tory of the Sas­safras” will start at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the pub­lic. Cof­fee and dessert will be avail­able.

Do­na­tions are kindly sug­gested at the door. For those guests who would like to dine be­fore­hand, The Gra­nary has of­fered to do­nate 20 per­cent of din­ner sales to the SRA. A coupon is re­quired.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410275-1400 or visit www.sas­safras river.org.


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