Thursday, April 16, 2009

Events This Weekend

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Several events will be held this weekend that may be of interest to our readers:

1) The Spring meeting of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut will be held on Saturday at the Essex Town Hall. The Spring meeting serves as the Ct. Archaeological Society's annual meeting in addition to a forum that includes speakers on archaeology and time for socializing and sharing archaeological information. Registration ($10 for non-members) begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts; 9:15 announcement by Dan Cruson who is the ASC president; 9:30 state archeologist Nick Bellantoni "With a Spade and a Shovel"; 10:00 Cosimo Sgarlata "Intra-Site Spatial Analysis and the Study of Human Cultural Evolution in New England's Archaoic and Woodland Societies"; 10:30 Ernest Wiegand "Between a Rock and a Wet Place: The Use of Rockshelters in Southwestern Connecticut"; Jeff Kalin "Talking Flakes"; 11:30 - 1;00 Lunch; 12:40 - 1:00 ASC Business Meeting; 1:00 Diana Messer, Daniel Cruson "Back to the Park: Another Look at an Enlisted Men's Hut at the Putnam Winter (Memorial State Park)" 1:30 David Robinson "Underwater Archaeology in Connecticut: Past, Present and Future"; 2:00 Robert Stewart "Archaeology and the Industrial Revolution"; 2:30 Ryan Hewey and Warren Perry "Negrotown: An Archaeology of African Agency from Colonial Connecticut" 3:00 - 4:00 Reception.

2) A discussion on the discovery of spear points in Madison will be discussed at Madison's Scranton Library on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The schedule for the afternoon is: 1:00 Smudging Ceremony by Al Saunders (Mohegan); 2:00 Welcoming Remarks by Dale Carson (Abenaki) and Don Rankin (Cherokee); 2:05 Gathering Drum Song (Mohegan); 2:10 Artifacts donated to tribes by Henry Golet; 2:15 Gary Nolf "Remarks about the atlatl"; 2:30 Don Rankin "Connecticut Native American History" and following Don's presentation will be the special guest speaker Connecticut State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni.

3) Paugusett Powwow on Saturday and Sunday at the Haddam Town Beach from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Grand Entry at noon. Entrance fee $3 for adults, $2.50 for senior citizens and free admission for children under 12. See article below this for directions and more event information.

4) Light the Lodge powwow on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion on the UConn Storrs Campus from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Grand Entry at noon. The powwow will feature Native American dancing, singing and traditional crafts. The Mystic River Drum, Quabbin Lake Drum and Northern Coup Singers Drum Circle will be at the powwow. Admission is free.

5) Okay, Monday is not the weekend but on Monday morning is a workshop at the New London Custom House Maritime Museum on "Oral History for Museums, Libraries and Archives" from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.