Okay, we’re down to the wire here. In the next 60 days we have a lot to prepare for, and a lot to look forward to. FossilFest is just weeks away and the Peace River Adventure is just a few weeks after that. Squeeze in a couple of meetings, and some more field trips and we have one loaded schedule for March and April.
March 1st, 2014
And the Restoration of a 40 Foot Vessel from Weedon Island
With Chris Hunt of the Florida Archaeological Network
In 2001 the accidental discovery of a prehistoric wooden canoe in the brackish waters around the Weedon Island State Preserve prompted a large community effort to recover and preserve a rare archaeological find. Since 2010 this conservation and preservation effort necessitated creative and cost effect techniques, which were unique to the project. The presentation will recount the often difficult road of conservation and the incredible history of this 40 ft. canoe.
Christopher Hunt has seven years of archaeological experience. His emphasis is in historic archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, ceramic analysis, human skeletal identification, and remote sensing/geophysical applications in archaeology. His research interests include submerged prehistoric artifact conservation, heritage tourism, museum design, and prehistoric coastal communities. Mr. Hunt will receive his Master's in the spring of 2014 and received his Bachelor's in 2008, both from the University of South Florida where he specialized in Cultural Resource Management. He has worked across the Southeast and Mesoamerica and currently is the President of the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society, and remains an active member in professional organizations, such as, the Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.
March 15th & 16th, 2014
At the time of this writing, FossilFest 2014 is just a few weeks away. As I’ve reported to you before, the majority of funds TBFC operates on throughout the year are generated at FossilFest. The event is important to TBFC, not just because of the financial earnings though, almost all of the media attention that helps attract new members to TBFC is received during the weeks leading up to FossilFest.
Any help you can provide as a volunteer or the donation of needed items is greatly appreciated. Please help make FossilFest 2014 another great and record breaking event!
Volunteers - We will need to staff FossilFest for three days. Everything begins with set-up on Friday morning, March 14th and will end with break-down on Sunday afternoon. You can volunteer for as little as three hours, or for the entire weekend. We have a job to suit everyone’s capabilities. Volunteers will receive a free FossilFest t-shirt, free admission and free parking! Plus, I give you the TBFC Presidential Guarantee that you’ll enjoy a weekend spent meeting other paleo-enthusiasts and helping teach our community about Florida’s exciting prehistory.
Please contact Seina Searle at (813) 909-9358, or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your volunteer hours. You can also speak with Seina at the March 1st meeting if you have any questions.
Silent Auction - TBFC needs donations of fossil and “paleo” related items for the silent auction. Do you have a few extra Metaxytherium or Platygonus teeth lying around? How about too many megalodons for your shelf to handle? We’ll take ’em! Any fossil or fossil related items including books, rocks, shells, or minerals are great for the silent auction. Please go through your collections to see if you can find any fossils that you can spare. Director Phil Mathes will be running the Silent Auction and accepting donations at TBFC’s March 1stmeeting, or you can drop them off on the morning FossilFest begins. It will sure help Phil get the Silent Auction items prepared though, if he can get them in advance.
Kid’s Fossil Sand Mine - The fossil mine is a huge hit with the children who visit FossilFest. If you haven’t done so already, you need to take the time to stand by the pit for a while and watch these kids digging for fossils. It’s unbelievable how excited they get (and how much they learn). TBFC needs both scrap fossils and identifiable fossils to throw into the pit. Please take the time to "dig" out some donations for the kids. To make donations to the kid’s fossil mine, please drop them off at the Paleo-Store at TBFC’s March 1stmeeting, or bring the donations along with you to FossilFest. These items too are very helpful to get in advance, as they will need to be sorted prior to going into the pit.
Display Cases - This is a great opportunity to show off the fossils that you and your family have found. The display cases are important as they educate the public and get new folks excited to learn that they can find these same prehistoric treasures too. Make signs and labels for your fossils, use photos, get creative, and decorate your case to attract a crowd! You can sign-up for a display case with George Overhuls at TBFC’s March 1st meeting, or drop him an email at: email@example.com
Please help us with advertising! If you know anyone who may be interested in FossilFest, please take the time to tell them about our event. Forward FossilFest information to your email contacts; share it on your Facebook page and other social media. If your child can take flyers to their school, please don’t hesitate to ask for as many as you may need. If you would like some FossilFest flyers to pass out to friends and neighbors, please see me at the meeting or contact me ( firstname.lastname@example.org). And if you know someone who owns a television or radio station, give me a call!
Peace River Adventure
April 26th – 27th 2014
The Peace River Adventure has turned into one of TBFC’s most popular outings. With FossilFest comes many new members, some who have never set foot into a river or mine in search of fossilized creatures from the past. The Peace River trip has become these folk’s freshman outing in paleontology and the perfect opportunity to learn how to hunt for their very own fossils. The trip is also a sort of reunion for many of us who have attended the event for more than a decade.
The Peace River Adventure is a wonderful family outing and the only TBFC fieldtrip when we invite non-members to join in on the hunt. This is your opportunity to introduce friends and family to TBFC and Florida’s prehistoric past. The river is at its shallowest level and accessible by hunters of all ages.
The Peace River Adventure will take new and seasoned fossil hunters into the beautiful Peace River near Zolfo Springs. An afternoon barbeque dinner, benefit auction, and campfires galore will follow the day of fossil hunting. On top of all of that, the Peace River outing boasts some of TBFC’s hottest selling t-shirts of the year. You can find registration forms in this edition of the Chronicles. Sign up early! This weekend trip only comes around once a year (with some folks arriving as early as Thursday). If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: (813) 909-9358 or email@example.com). And, if you’re interested in volunteering at the event for a couple hours, please let me know.