2012 Hammonasset Jamboree
The Hammonasset Jamboree featuring music, live creature shows and Native American skills, will take place on October 6th and 7th at Hammonasset Beach State Park at the Meigs Point meadow. This free event, coupled with free entrance to the Park, honors the life of Naturalist, Robert Schumann and is presented by the Friends of Hammonasset. This event is sponsored by Liberty Bank and The MadisonFoundation.
8AM bird walks starting from Meigs Point Nature Center will be led by John Picard on Saturday, October 6th and by Jerry Connolly on Sunday, October 7th . Both days at 10:30AM, a Native American blessing and smudging ceremony led by Allan Saunders(Mohegan) takes place at the Boulder Monument near Pavilion 4. The New England Atlatl Championships occurs 10-4PM on Sat and 10-1PM Sunday. The public is invited to participate. Dr. Nick Bellantoni, our State Archaeologist, will conduct a demonstration dig on Saturday and there will be associated exhibits by the Connecticut Museum of Natural History, the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and flintknappers demonstrating primitive tool making.
Both days live creature presentations begin at the Discovery Tent by Russ Miller, Director of the Meigs Point Nature Center at 11AM, followed by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo at Noon and raptors by A Place Called Hope at 2PM. The Field House Farm will exhibit a variety of farm animals.
Live concerts initiate at 1PM Saturday starting with Pete Onfrio and Super Trance. This lively group presents appealing rhythmic sounds-a fusion of jazz, blues and rock. At 3PM, both days, Gene Morrison from Jamaica, Vermont, and his blue grass band perform at the concert area. A brief tribute to our military will precede each performance. Sunday at 1PM Amalgamated Muck, a popular shoreline group, performs a benefit concert for A Place Called Hope.
Numerous additional non-profit and environmental educational exhibitors including the Peabody Museum, Trout Unlimited, Shoreline Greenway Trail, Menunkatuck Audubon, Habitat for Humanity, A Call to Care, Look for the Good Project , Hope Water Foundation and the Unites States Coast Guard Auxillary will participate. Authors Jason Marchi(The Legend of Hobbomock) and Dale Carson(Native American cook books and crafts) will have tables as well! Food vendors will be available. Folks are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the concerts. No pets are permitted. Parking is free. This is a rain or shine event although severe weather may result in cancellation. The Friends of Hammonasset website, hammonasset.org, should be consulted for up to date news. For additional inquiries call 203 245 9192.