Saturday, March 16, 2013

Heritage Day in Cape Canaveral 2013

Putting on the final touches

A lineup of historical proportions is planned at the 50th anniversary of the City of Cape Canaveral Heritage Day and Bar B Que event on March 23rd.

In addition to music provided by the sound travelers, several costumed events are planned including native tribal dancers in full regalia.

Local residents with native ancestry will open the anniversary in a celebration of our diversity with a tribal dance. In addition to their dance they will have a table whereby the audience can meet and talk about Native American culture and their regalia.

Reen-actments are divided up into 3 time periods.

1) Spanish Period: 17th Century

A re-enactment of the local Spanish explorer of Alvaro Mexia will be given by José Gueitz-Romero. Mexia visited our area in 1605 on a diplomatic mission to the Ays Indians and not only was successful but made an incredible map of the area. In addition to Jose's on-stage talk he will have a table to field questions on the Spanish period in Florida.

A presentation on 17th Century Spanish clothing and herbal medicine will be given by +Kim Welborn. In addition to her on-stage talk she will have a table displaying early Spanish medicines and clothing of this time period.

2) American Revolutionary War period

Ladies of the Commodore John Barry chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will talk about Brevard's County history including the final naval battle of the American Revolution, that was fought off the coast of Cape Canaveral. +Deb Plaag, Vice Regent and Event Chair will have an active display of this historical battle.

The DAR is an heritage society founded in 1890 with over 168,000 members and over 9600 just in Florida alone. To become a member a candidate must prove lineal descent for a patriot of the American Revolution.

3) Space Days

Jay Barbree, currently writing NEIL ARMSTRONG'S LIFE OF FLIGHT for St. Martins Press, is a New York Times bestselling author will give an on-stage talk about the early days in the Cape Canaveral area. He is an NBC News Correspondent -- the only journalist to have covered every space mission, all 166 of them with American astronauts.

And more Space stuff as the US Air Force Space and Missile Museum will have a table that includes information about upcoming Free trips to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

And the activities don't stop there, as the City of Cape Canaveral plans even more fun with a ceremonial sealing of a time capsule and an unveiling of new sculpture depicting sea turtles.

Be sure to stop back to see slide-show for more fun pics of these events. See the Press Release for all the details.