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Artist depiction of Smith Mound, Calusa burial site. (By Merald Clark)

Calusa Heritage Day

March 25, 2017

Calusa Heritage Day will be back on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include the first public tours on the parcel that contains the Smith (burial) mound.

 Here is what you can expect:

 • Harbor History boat tours with Captiva Cruises and Denége Patterson are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fee for these tours is $35 per adult and $25 per child under 12, in addition to the festival entry fee. Make your reservation now by calling Captiva Cruises: (239) 472-5300.

 • Speaker’s tent:

 Dr. Torben Rick (Smithsonian Institution;10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

 Ms. Rachel Kangas (Florida Public Archaeology Network; 11:30 am

 Dr. Bill Marquardt, Randell Research Center Director; 12:30 p.m.

 Mr. Merald Clark, anthropologist and graphic artist; 1:30 p.m.

 • Historic preservation, conservation, and other organizations will be on hand to share information.

 • Calusa Tastings: Sample shellfish and fruit enjoyed by the Calusa at Pineland over 1,000 years ago.

 • Local replicators will help you learn how to twine, make baskets, and more.

 • Children will enjoy Calusa-inspired crafts.

 • Artists Peter Sotong, Felix Rodríguez, and Marty Haythorn will have their works for sale.

 • Classroom displays will feature findings from recent archaeological investigations.

 • Food will be available from Little Lilly’s Island Deli and The Perfect Cup.

 • Free water will be available. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

 • Admission is $5 per person, and free for RRC members and children under 12.

 • It takes place on the grounds of the Calusa Heritage Trail at 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, with parking on-site. Please consider carpooling with your friends, family, and neighbors.

 • For more information, call 239-283-2062.

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