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Hammonassett Festival: For culture, environment & bison burgers

September 18, 2018

The Hammonassett Festival — spelled with two t’s at the end to honor the Hammonassett tribe that lived in the area — also looks to raise awareness of indigenous culture and history as it fosters respect for the environment, according to festival Chair Barbara Hanson.

The fest was founded in 2005 by Madison residents Dale Carson and Don Rankin, and this year’s eighth version — Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30 — features the theme of “Children and Families: We are All Connected.”

The event is presented on the Guilford Fairgrounds by nonprofit Friends of Hammonasset (who advocate for the state park in Madison). In a news release, Hanson said the group has brought together a selection of family-centered activitities to promote the ideas of honoring each other, respecting the environment and healthy food/healthy families.

Some features: dance circles; storytelling/magic by performance artist Tchin (Narragansett/Blackfeet); music by the likes of Allan Madahbee (Ojibway); and competitions/demonstrations of the atlatl on the south side of the fairgrounds. Vendors will have Native American goods for sale.

Food options include Native American food vendors with traditional and non-Native food), Cousins Maine Lobster on Sunday and Tutters Treats (ice cream). You’ll find Venison Steak, Chicken Cheese Steak, Shrimp Kabobs, Curly Fries, Snow Cones, Harvest Stew, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Bison Burgers and Chili, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Grilled Lobster Sandwich, Lobster Tots and New England Clam Chowder.

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane, Guilford. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 10-5; $5, children free. Free parking. See Hammonassett Festival on Facebook.

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