Stay tuned for the plans for the
2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree: ”300 Years in the Indiantown”
Saturday October 11, 2014
The NHPA wishes to thank the sponsors of the
2013 Nanticoke River Jamboree:
In part from a grant from:
Additional Sponsors include
Healing Hands Animal Hospital, Salisbury, Maryland
Rob Davis, CPA, Salisbury, Maryland
The 3rd Nanticoke River Jamboree was held October 5, 2013. With the theme “Waterway to Freedom” the NHPA joined all of Dorchester County to commemorate the 100th year of Harriet Tubman’s death. Tubman, born in Dorchester County, led over 300 enslaved people to freedom through the fields, woodlands and marshes of the Eastern Shore as she headed north to Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Along with our usual Environmental Displays, the 2013 Jamboree commemorated the of the struggle of those who sacrificed so much to find freedom along the Underground Railroad Byways.
Every year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can paddle along a protected and pristine Eastern Shore creek, ride a bike on country roads and enjoy displays from more than a dozen nonprofits. In 2013 we have an exciting schedule planned:
Ongoing throughout the day:
*** Environmental Exhibits by groups such as, but not limited to Dorchestery County Citizens for Planned Growth, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.
*** ”Origins”, a native American presentation by Daniel Firehawk Abbott at the newly constructed Longhouse at Handsell. Come meet the men who constructed this amazing native lodge and hear about the methods used to build it. Walk through this full-size native dwelling house–the children MUST see this!
Native Lodge under construction at Handsell pictured here August 2013.
*** ”African American Story of the Indiantown” Tent presented by the NHPA Native American Steering Committee, exhibits and discussions with family members. Also “Voices of the Indiantown”, with Audio and Visual interviews displayed on a computer of descendants of slaves and sharecroppers of the Indiantown area. View Video Teaser of the new project.
Collage of the Filming of
“Voices of the Indiantown”Living History Re-enactors including Art Malestein, 17th century re-enactor of Christopher Nutter, early owner of Handsell trading post; Jeff Dunkelburgher, a colonial blacksmith from Virginia; Warren Saunders, Maryland Master Apprentice and Decoy Carver; Frank Bittner, faux painting and much, much more!
*** Living History and Historic Craftsmen!
1812 Eastern Shore Militia, a re-enactment unit complete with full military uniforms, equipment and muskat demonstrations. This will be there first appearance in the mid-Shore area.
Warren Saunders, decoy carver and Frank Bittner, faux painting;
“Uncle Jon’s Soaps”, makers of soap that is healthy, handmade, hand-molded and natural. They specialize in soaps and offer other fine products including sugar scrubs, soap dishes, laundry powder and an all natural lip balm made from only the most healthy ingredients;
Jeff Dunkelburgher, a Virginia colonial Blacksmith
Actors Carolyn and Monte Hailey portray “Mr. and Mrs. James Steele”
and Angela Pinder as a Runaway Slave Girl
and much much more!
- Jeff Dunkelburgher, Colonial Blacksmith of Virginia at the 2012 Jamboree
*** Children’s Tent: New this year, a Handsell Children Art Show. Come let your child particpate in the coloring of four line drawings which will be displayed the day of the Jamboree. Your child will receive a special “certificate” thanking them for participating in a Historic Art Show!!! (All ages under 12)
The Dunkleburger boys from Virginia enjoy the Childrens Tent at the 2012 Jamboree.
*** Food Tent – the usual burgers, hot dogs and drinks! Have a bite to eat while you visit the History Tent OR listen to Daniel Firehawk Abbott’s Native American presentation!
“History Tent Performances” – Events scheduled throughout the day:
1.Harriet Tubman researchers (1 to 1 1/2 hours) John Creighton and Pat Lewis will lead discussions of the continuing research being done about this iconic Underground Railroad conductor and her knowledge of the Nanticoke River area. (third annual discussion to be held at the Jambnoree).
2. SPAAA Singers Presentation (1 hour) The Society for the Preservation of African American Arts (SPAAA) Singers are a group of professional musicians formed by Barry O. Foreman with the intent of teaching the public about the rich African American history through reenactments, song, and theater. The singers have performed throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the past two years. Singing slave songs, spirituals, and reenacting slaves living on a plantation in the 1800′s, the singers have captivated audiences of all ages.
3. Kathleen D. Lindsey, Living History Slave Interpreter and Performer will perform once in the morning and again in the afternoon:
A. One-Hour “Run Faredy Run”. Dressed in slave attire, a reading and presentation of an original story of a slave girl and runaway. Includes hands-on props such as quilts, cotton, tobacco (enclosed), rice, slave chains, drums and much more. This presentation includes spiritual songs that had double meaning and the interpretation of the song’s lyric. The audience will role-play what life was like for Kathleen’s Great-Great Grandmother who was a slave on a Southern plantation.
B. One-hour “Harriet Tubman and African American Slavery and Quilt Making”. For centuries quilting has played a major role in the lives of people of different cultures including African American’s who used quilting as therapy, recreation, storytelling and warmth. Quilts have spoken to many admirers throughout history with their fine artistry, color and stitching technique.
During this presentation she portrays Harriet Tubman and brings her love of quilting and desire to bring African American history alive to the public. One of Kat Lindsey’s most beloved quilts is the one she named, “The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad” quilt. It has won first place, twice, in the prestigious Cold Springs Village quilt competition in Cape May, New Jersey. It features 12 blocks, each one depicting an event in the event-filled life of the heroine. During this performance, visitors are encouraged with a favorite Tubman quote, “If you’re hungry, tired, sick, or scared; if you can’t make another step – keep-a-goin!”
Kat Lindsay’s portrayal of an American slave.
Admission of $4 per person or $10 per family helps defray our costs and bring this great event to Dorchester County!
The 2012 Nanticoke River Jamboree: “Life on the River 1612-1812” was held on June 23, 2012 at Handsell. Virginia Blacksmith Jeff Dunkelburger had this to say about the 2012 Jamboree at Handsell:
“We were priviledged to demonstrate colonial blacksmithing at the Nanticoke River Jamboree, this past Saturday at Handsell to support the efforts to restore the house of Handsell and to celebrate the historic nature of the area. It was an amazing event, filled with interesting people and fascinating history. We’ve never been at a place before where the content of a festival was so solid – early American history and the war for Independance….the Underground Railroad and African American history… and Native American history all focused on one place. I was so jealous of the folks that got to attend all the various talks. There was so much to learn!” —Jeff Dunkelburger, blacksmith
You can follow Jeff’s blog at: http://www.blackforestartworks.com/2012/06/demo-at-nanticoke-river-jamboree.html
For a complete Photo Album of the 2012 Jamboree go to our Handsell Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=206090382789171
All the photographs of the Jamboree posted on Facebook and shown here are by volunteer Beth Barbush. Thank you Beth for the very professional photographs!
For a short video collage of the Jamboree on You Tube go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HS8kZwmCxs&feature=plcp
Presented last year – The Baltimore United Volunteers, War of 1812 Reenactors! With full uniform dress, rifles and equipment! Come join us for the Star-Spangled fun!
Come see the Baltimore United Volunteer 1812 Re-enactors at Handsell!