Fort Necessity in Fayette County hosts the Cherokee Cultural Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and next Sunday.
Among the events will be dance performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day by the warriors of AniKituwha and presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by Lt. Timberlake and War Chief Ostenaco. There also will be cultural demonstrations running all day on basketmaking, moccasin making, quill work, weapon making, woodcarving, blowguns and darts and fingerweaving, as well as living history presentations.
Park entrance fee is $5 for adults; children 15 and under free. No additional fees to attend the festival. Free parking is nearby and shuttle bus transportation is provided. Refreshments will be sold by Friends of Fort Necessity.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown and one mile west of Farmington along U.S. Route 40, known as the National Road.
For more information, call 724-329-5811 or visit www.nps.gov/fone.
Following the "Rosie the Riveter" theme, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center in West Virginia is in search of women in the Tri-State area who worked tirelessly toward the positive conclusion of World War II. The museum wants to share stories of such folks as "Amy the Assembly Line Worker" or "Wendy the Welder" or "Shelley from the Shell Plant" with the public and recognize their contributions. These women will be honored at an "Ice Cream Social With Rosie the Riveter" on July 21 at the museum, 3149 Main St. If you have a story to share, contact the museum at 1-304-224-1909 or 1-304-670-8489.
You can find details at www.weirtonmuseum.com.
The beloved Galapagos Islands giant tortoise known as Lonesome George will remain a tourist attraction even in death.
Ecuador's environment minister says the reptile that became a symbol of disappearing species will be embalmed and placed on display on Santa Cruz island.
Minister Marcela Aguinaga told reporters Tuesday that an autopsy determined that Lonesome George died of old age. He was believed to be about 100 years old. He was found dead last Sunday.
Lonesome George was the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoise subspecies, and he failed to leave offspring despite the best efforts of conservationists.
He was discovered in 1972 on Pinta Island and became an ambassador of sorts for the archipelago off Ecuador's coast, whose unique flora and fauna helped inspire Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution.
First Published July 1, 2012 12:00 AM