POINT PLEASANT — A celebration of Native American culture and history will return to Krodel Park during the second Shawnee Spring Gathering.
This free event is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
Last year, a large crowd turned out for the first event of its kind that included ceremonial dancing and music.
This year’s event will see the return of the group “All Nations Drum” with Emcee Danny Two Eagles. The arena director is Russell See. Bud Eaglewolf will be performing on flute.
One of the main attractions this year is the appearance of award-winning recording artist Michael Jacobs from 6-8 p.m. Jacob’s professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville, Tenn. His debut solo CD, “Sacred Nation,” received the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording.
His follow-up, “They Come Dancing” was nominated in 2004. “The Journey,” Michael’s third CD, received a 2006 Indian Summer Music Award and was nominated for a 2006 Just Plain Folks Award and two 2007 Native American Music Awards.
“Mystery,” Michael’s next release, covering topics from the environment and politics to, what his biography describes as the “ecstasy and agony of life and relationships,” received two 2008 Indian Summer Music Awards, for Best Pop Recording and Best Rock Recording. “Chasing The Wind” was nominated for four 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards.
Jacob’s latest, “The Art Of Peace,” is described as a blend of powerful roots rock, pop and folk, with Native American influences. It received three 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards and was nominated for two 2013 Native American Music Awards. To date, Jacobs has performed at more than 200 colleges and universities in 45 states, besides numerous libraries, museums, pow-wows, festivals, and fairs across the United States and Canada.
Also scheduled for this year’s gathering, popular, local reenactor Dan Cutler will appear as Chief Cornstalk.
Several unique vendors as well as concessions will be available at the event. There are to be no weapons, no alcohol, no drugs and no politics at this event, according to organizers.
For more information contact Lynn Fawn Cornwell-Robinson at Fawn_Shawnee@yahoo.com. The event also has a Facebook page.