Come join the fun at the City of Cape Canaveral’s Southern Style BBQ/Heritage Day event as the city celebrates its 50th Anniversary and the 500th Anniversary of Florida. Fun for the whole family, includes kids’ activities, classic car show, local displays and arts & crafts vendors. There will be an old fashioned BBQ live music by Sound Traveler. 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.
A lineup of historical proportions is planned with the re-enactments divided up in three time periods.
1) 17th Century Spanish/Florida history
The first one is with the local Spanish explorer of Alvaro Mexia to 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.
Other activities: Include but not limited to an unveiling of the 50th anniversary commemorative sea turtle sculpture, a ceremonial sealing of a 50-year time capsule and a special announcement about a pictorial postmark for the city anniversary in May.
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