Barbacoa, which in Spanish means “barbecue,” is the first dinner co-hosted by Friends of the Etowah Indian Mounds and the Etowah Valley Historical Society team said Joanne Smith, with the society.
“We are excited to enjoy and highlight such an important historical location in our county,” Smith said.
Smith said guests will be treated to a unique event at one of Bartow County’s oldest treasures.
“The Indian Mounds offers a beautiful outdoor setting for an outdoor dinner,” Smith said.
The night begins with wine and a silent auction, storytelling at the bonfire by interpretive expert, Gary Grizzly Greene, dinner by Johnny Mitchell Smokehouse, torch light hay rides around the Mounds, door prizes and favors as well as an informative speaker on historic sites are on the agenda for the evening.
Greene said the event’s activities are the perfect compliment to the evening setting at the Mounds.
“It’s so beautiful here at night,” Greene said. “To see the Mounds lit up, it’s just gorgeous.”
The Etowah Indian Mounds is one of the most significant archeological and historic sites in the country; however, due to budget cuts, it needs community support for programming and maintenance.
Proceeds from the Barbacoa to repair the roof of the wattle and daub house, which is a reconstruction of an original house at Etowah excavated during the 1950s and 60s.
The Mounds site is an important asset to cultural awareness and generates more tourist revenue in Bartow County than the three neighboring sites of its kind combined.
There also will be an auction at the event. Items already donated for auction include a dinner for six by Chef Frankie B’s Catering, museum passes, an office visit with Dr. Sean Lotterer, a photographic family portrait, jewelry, pottery, a hand-sewn doll, framed photographs of the Mounds, fine art paintings and handmade crafts.