2015 Nanticoke River Jamboree: “FIRE”! at Handsell October 10, 2015

(A Raindate is scheduled for Sunday October 11, IF needed)!

We are busy lining up our past and also new exhibitors for the 2015 Jamboree at Handsell.  The theme this year is FIRE!  Now how more exciting can we get than that?

How did FIRE sustain the native people and colonists?  Besides cooking, many skills necessary to life required the use of fire–brickmaking, blacksmithing, tanning, dying wool–the list goes on.  And how did FIRE impact in negative ways?  Colonist were constantly aware of the possibility of a fire destroying a home, as it did Handsell itself!

Look for not only great living history interpreters this year, but display of Fire Apparatus and trucks, Forest Fire and Marsh burning information and more!

Exhibitors interested in participating this October, please contact us: restorehandsell@gmail.com

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors!

For a Complete List of Exhibitors for 2015 Click HERE

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The NHPA wishes to thank the sponsors of the

2015 Nanticoke River Jamboree:

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Healing Hands Animal Hospital, Salisbury, Maryland

HealingHandsEvery year at this all-day family-friendly event, you can learn from and be entertained by our outstanding Living History Performers, paddle along a protected and pristine Eastern Shore creek, ride a bike on country roads and enjoy displays from several nonprofits.  In 2015 we have an exciting schedule planned:

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NEW in 2015 

Dory Gean Cunnigham comes to us from Historic London Town and Gardens where she periodically demonstrates historic cooking techniques in Lord Mayor’s Tenement.  At the Jamboree, Dory will demonstrate Open Hearth Cooking all day! She has also portrayed historical characters in William Brown House, which requires substantive knowledge of the 18th century and volunteered in kitchen garden since March 2013 and has recently taken the lead on the design and upkeep of the historic kitchen garden and African American Garden.   Dory is a founding member of The Riverdale House and Museum Kitchen Guild. where she demonstrated historic cooking techniques of the early 19th century.

Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations

Open Hearth Cooking demonstrations

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Paul Gasparo, Leather and Horn Wares

Paul Gasparo demonstrates over an open FIRE!

Paul Gasparo demonstrates over an open FIRE!

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Fourteen Year Old Sarah Wright will portray an 18th century girl whose family home was destroyed by FIRE!

Sarah Wright, an 18th century living history interpreter!

Sarah Wright, an 18th century living history interpreter!

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Purchase goods and wares to support the restoration of Handsell at

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Returning to the Jamboree again in 2015:

***  “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!

Chicone Village pictured Summer 2015

Chicone Village pictured Summer 2015

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Meet Chief Norris Howard from the Pocomoke Indian Nation and his family.  Hear the story of the Native People of DelMarVa.

Chief Howard discusses history of the Native People with a Radio reporter.

Chief Howard discusses history of the Native People with a Radio reporter.

The “Unveiling” of the preserved Handsell Kitchen at the Jamboree!  Meet Shirley Jackson, descendant of Charles Jackson who was born a slave in 1814 near Vienna.  Also “Voices of the Indiantown”, with Audio and Visual interviews displayed on a computer of descendants of slaves and sharecroppers of the Indiantown area.  See the newly restored Cooking fireplace!  WOW!

Shirley Jackson re enacting one of her ancestors.

Shirley Jackson re enacting one of her ancestors.

***  Living History and Historic Craftsmen!  For a complete listing of Exhibitors go to Schedule of Events

The Chesapeake Independent Blues Militia, a re-enactment unit complete with full military uniforms, equipment and muskat demonstrations.  This will be there second appearance at the Jamboree.  Also, the Baltimore United Volunteers 1812 and the 16th Maryland Light Dragoons.

Jeff Dunkleberger and Family, a Virginia colonial Blacksmith

Blacksmiths use FIRE!

Blacksmiths use FIRE!

 Angela Pinder as “Rachel Jackson”, house servant for the Samuel Thompson family, 1870.

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and Margaret Ingersoll telling the story of “Ann Ogle Buchanan Steele circa 1838” from original letters by Ann.

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and much much more!

*** Food will be supplied by “2 Chicks Catering”, a truck full of Eastern Shore favorites including crabcake sandwiched!  Have a bite to eat while you visit the History Tent!

***  Environmental Exhibits by groups such as, but not limited to Dorchester County Citizens for Planned Growth, Dorchester Master Gardeners, and the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. 

“History Tent Performances” – Events scheduled throughout the day–see  Schedule of Events

Admission of $4 per person with Children under 12 FREE helps defray our costs and bring this great event to Dorchester County!