Creativity is flowing at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop as we work on new ideas and projects for the 2010 season. We have some new ideas and products we will be introducing this year. Now that the weather is warming up a little, Florida temperatures might be back to normal in a couple weeks when we head south. Here are the shows we will be at in Florida.
Gator-Knap ’10 January 29 to 31
The third annual GATOR-KNAP ’10 Prehistoric Technology Show will take place at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. Admission= $4 per vehicle. The event will be an educational experience geared at bringing together professional and a vocational archaeologists, and all those interested in prehistoric technologies. Demonstrations and classes in technologies such as flint knapping, ceramics, cordage, and carving of stone, shell, bone, and wood will be held at the scenic Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center along the banks of the Suwannee River. Come and teach, learn, or just crack some rock! Featured Speakers: Kenneth E. Sassaman, Hyatt and Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology, University of Florida. Archaeological Insights on the Ancient Shellworks of the St. Johns River, Northeast Florida . Second Speaker TBA. ISAC Atlatl competition. Flint knapping competition. Late night knapping sessions for campers. Free dry camping with access to bathing/restroom facilities for registered knap-in vendors and participants (no reservations needed). Vendors and Exhibitors- (vending fee $25, exhibits free) displays and materials for sale must be related to prehistory and relevant themes. Event staff reserves the right to have any inappropriate material removed from public. To reserve your spot or if you have any questions/concerns call Lucy Spencer @ Toll Free 1-877-635-3655, or email Lucy.S.Spencer@dep.state.fl.us If you plan on staying in our campground please make your reservation in advance by calling Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521. Regular camping fees will apply. For more information about the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center State Park and direction see: http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster
Feb. 12-14, 2010. 3rd annual Ochlockonee River Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival This event will be held two weeks after the Gator Knap-in held in White Springs, Florida and a week before the Withlacoochee Knap-in held near Dade City, Florida. This will give out of state travelers an opportunity to attend three events in three weeks. The park holds this event to showcase primitive and stone age art forms from around the world and to educate the public about the world’s rich prehistory. This event is dedicated to stone age technologies and the park will not allow any artwork that does not fit the theme to be displayed. Please plan on displaying high quality hand made arts, no plastics or trinkets. Vendors will be allowed to sell their art work and knapping supplies. No original artifacts of antiquity can be sold, reproductions only please. . The park provides a primitive camping area for vendors near the event area.. Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles southwest of Sopchoppy, Florida off of US Highway 319. Regionally this is 35 miles southwest of Tallahassee near the gulf coast. To pre-register for the Ochlockonee River event please contact Linda Trice or Kevin Patton by phone at 850-962- 2771 or contact them by e-mail at Linda.Trice@dep.state.fl.us or Kevin.Patton@dep.state.fl.us To learn more about Ochlockonee River State Park Please visit their .web site at www.floridastateparks.org/ochlockoneeriver To contact the park by mail please mail to Ochlockonee River State Park, P.O. Box 5, Sopchoppy , Florida 32358.