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Calusa Heritage Day returns to Pineland March 25

March 16, 2017
FL Guide

Calusa Heritage Day is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland. This year's event will include the first public tours on the parcel that contains the Smith (burial) Mound.

The Smith Mound was described as early as 1895 and is a burial mound made mostly of sand from about 1,000 A.D. The Smith Mound is named after Capt. John Smith who saved the mound from being taken down entirely in 1926.

Calusa Heritage Day is a history festival celebrating the Calusa Indian legacy. There will be outdoor archaeology and ecology exhibits/presentations with guided walking and boat tours.

Under the speaker's tent attendees can listen to Dr. Torben Rick of the Smithsonian Institution at 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Rachel Kangas of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at 11:30 a.m.; Dr. Bill Marquardt, Randell Research Center Director, at 12:30 p.m.; and Merald Clark, anthropologist and graphic artist, at 1:30 p.m.

A highlight of this year's event are the "Harbor History Boat Tours," narrated by Denege Patterson, the author of "A Tour of the Islands of Pine Island Sound: Their Geology, Archaeology, and History'."

The Harbor Tour also includes the fish houses of Pine Island Sound, Captiva Pass, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key and the mysterious Mondongo Island. The tours are often joined by dolphins.

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The day will be filled with information about historic preservation and conservation with numerous organizations on hand to share information. There will also be opportunities to taste food enjoyed by the Calusa at Pineland over 1,000 years ago. Visitors can sample shellfish and fruit.

Adults and children can learn how to twine, make baskets and more, and children will enjoy Calusa-inspired crafts. Artists Peter Sotong, Felix Rodrguez and Marty Haythorn will have their works for sale.

Food will be available from Little Lilly's Island Deli and The Perfect Cup, and free water will be available. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Park at the Randell Research Center. Make your reservation now by calling Captiva Cruises 239)-472-5300 for either the 10:30 am departure or the 1:30 pm departure.

The cost for Calusa Heritage Day is $5; free for members and children ages 11 and younger.

For more information, visit or call 239-283-2157.



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