EAST NEW MARKET — Everything Oyster is returning to East New Market for a second year celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the East New Market Fire Department.
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, showcasing more than one dozen collections. The collections will be displayed by the individual owners and are informational and educational in nature. No artifacts will be sold at this event.
In addition, there will be a Native American exhibit, featuring a Dorchester County oyster midden that was found at Elliotts Island. This display will further educate about the native people that 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.
Several oyster related displays will be out, including a demonstration on working on a log canoe using traditional methods. Hands-on activities will engage children and adults alike. Visitors will be encouraged to race oysters, too. Other exhibitors will be on hand to illustrate different marine trades and the area’s early settlers.
The Dorchester County Historical Society will host “They Followed the Water” again at this event. Volunteer genealogists will be on hand to assist those interested in family research. An area of particular difficulty is research in a family where there is Native American heritage. If you have queries in regards to family history in general, or Native Americans specifically, you are encouraged to pose them to these researchers.
Daniel “Firehawk” Abbott will present throughout the day his “Origins” demonstrations. This presentation focuses on Native American’s life skills.
Oysters will be the featured food — raw, fritters and oyster stew. Other food will be available on site. A silent auction will be held and contains some local artwork, oyster plates and more.
There will be a $2 admission for visitors older than 12 who are not DCHS members. Memberships will be available at the event. For more information, call 410-228-7953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.