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Everything Oyster to celebrate Native Americans

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 10:27 am, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

EAST NEW MARKET — Everything Oyster will return to East New Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, for its second year. The event will be held at the East New Market Fire Department, 4020 East New Market Bypass.

This year, the event will focus on the earliest area oyster connoisseurs, the Native Americans. The hall will be filled with more than 50 tables of Native American artifacts. Collections will be displayed by the individual owners, and will be informational and educational in nature. No artifacts will be sold at this event.

In addition, there will be an exhibit featuring a Dorchester County oyster midden that was found at Elliotts Island. This display will educate about the native people who were unique to this region. Several talks will be held on the history of tribes native to the region and the significance in the area’s history, as well as present-day information.

A demonstration will show how log canoes were made using traditional methods. Hands-on activities will engage children and adults alike. Visitors will be encouraged to race oysters, too.

Once again, the Dorchester County Historical Society will host “They Followed the Water.” Volunteer genealogists will be on hand to assist those interested in family research. If you have queries in regard to family history in general or Native Americans, specifically, you are encouraged to pose them to these researchers.

Daniel “Firehawk” Abbott will present his “Origins” demonstrations, focusing on Native Americans’ life skills, throughout the day.

Of course, oysters will be the featured food — raw, fritters and oyster stew. Other food will be available, as well.

This event is sponsored by the Dorchester County Historical Society, which maintains its campus at 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester.

Admission will be $2 for visitors over 12 years of age who are not DCHS members. For more information, call 410-228-7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.

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