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Calusa Heritage Day 2010
3/13/2010
Location: 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida

The Randell Research Center's fifth annual Calusa Heritage Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2010. The event focuses on regional archaeology, history, and ecology. Art, music, and replicative technologies, as avenues to learning/education about Pineland's heritage, are included. Activities for children and adults alike will be provided, and food and beverages will be available. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. All proceeds benefit the education and research programs of the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center.

The day-long event (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) will take place at the Pineland archaeological site complex (13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland) and will be centered around the Pavilion/Classroom and Calusa Heritage Trail. Visitors can expect a variety of activity, exhibit, and information stations located in these areas in a festival format as well as site tours.

Here are some of the people you can expect to see at Calusa Heritage Day:

Featured speaker this year is GEORGE BURGESS, internationally recognized ichthyologist and coordinator of the International Shark Attack File. His lecture at 2:00 PM is entitled, "Smalltooth Sawfish: America's First Federally Endangered Marine Fish."

Archaeological exhibits by the Florida Museum of Natural History:
Dr. Karen Walker
Donna Ruhl
Melissa Ayvaz
Ryan Van Dyke
Andrea Palmiotto
Gypsy Price
Austin Bell
Ann Cordell

AND ... The archaeological excavations on Mound 5 will be open for everyone to see.


Hands-on Activities/Special Guests:
Robin Brown
Dick Workman
Rick Tully
John Beriault
David Meo
Merald Clark
Hermann Trappman
Kelgin Knives
Terry Powell/Tools From The Earth
Tin Fins
Felix M. Rodriguez

Authors:
Gerald and Loretta Hausman
Roothee Gabay
Mary Kaye Stevens
Marsha Perlman

Vendors:
Native Plant Sale
Ancient Hands Pottery
Tooth Fairy Shark Teeth
GAEA Guides

Food:
Mel Meo and Co.

Information booths:
Calusa Land Trust
Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Lee County Parks and Recreation
Great Calusa Blueway
Charlotte Harbor Preserve
Sawfish Research/U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Pineland Post Office/Ruby Gill House
Museum of the Islands
Florida Public Archaeology Network

AND ... Calusa Tastings -- free samples of foods eaten by the Calusa Indians, hosted by Karen Walker.

Assisting will be the Randell Research Center volunteers and the Florida Gulf Coast University Anthropology Club.

Schedule Highlights:

2 PM Featured Speaker, George Burgess, on Sawfish

Authors and Storytellers:
10 AM D. L. Havlin
11 AM Mary Kaye Stevens
12 noon Marsha Perlman
1 PM Gerald and Loretta Hausman

Archaeological tours (meet at pavilion): 12 noon and 3:00 PM

All other exhibits, activities, and vendors: 10 AM - 5 PM

 

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