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Friends of Heavener Runestone to host Viking/Celtic Festival

March 8, 2012

The sounds of music and festivities will soon be wafting through the air above Heavener as the Heavener Viking / Celtic Festival gets underway.
The Friends of Heavener Runestone would like to announce their upcoming festival to take place at the Runestone to help raise park operation funds. The festival is scheduled to kick off on March 17-18 with fun, entertainments and games for all ages.
Festival go-ers are encouraged to don their finest Celtic or Viking garbs and join the friends for a two-day event guaranteed to have something for everyone.
During the festival there will be entertainment, history and magic for all ages and for the kiddos a special game area.
On the list of scheduled events, Viking re-enactors from Louisiana will arrive in full costume with their Viking village and native animals such as Icelandic sheep and Norwegian Fjord horses.
There will be several vendors with wares ranging from Celtic jewelry, handmade pottery, wooden toys, stained glass, handmade instruments such as flutes, ukuleles and guitars, handmade wire wrap precious metals and semi-precious stone jewelry and decorated gourds. For those who find themselves famished and in search for good food, don’t miss out on the burgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and turkey legs that will be available during the festival.
In the spirit of the festival, musicians will perform cultural music both days. The music shows begin at noon daily with the Sister Circle Dulcimer group opening the show. The SCD are a unique group of 12-14 women from across the state who play traditional, gospel and sing along with the beautiful Dulcimer sound. Akin to angels from Heaven, they are a treat to hear.
Local folk singer Doug Russell of Stigler, will entrance the crowd with his mandolin as he belts out tunes such as “Danny Boy” and “Scotsmen’s Kilt”. Russell is a lover of folk music and his robust, rich voice and twinkle in his eye make him an excellent addition to the list of performers.
The Tulsa group, Flat Rock Canyon, will begin their performance of Americana music at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Performing mostly originals written by Tim Crow and Gary Nicks, their good lyrics and fun rhythms in harmony with their guitar and mandolin will enchant your afternoon with stories to please the ears and the heart.
The last performance on Saturday will be provided by the Inde’ Skies, also a Tulsa area band. With a lifetime of musical skill and a band made of seasoned musicians they will bring Americana to the stage with a touch of fire, energy and mystery. Ancient times and forgotten places with a hint of Celtic in the mix are a part of their repartee.
Sunday’s entertainment will kick off the last day of the festival with a performance by Merlin the Magician at noon. His acts of magic and wonder will leave viewers of all ages amazed.
If you miss Flat Rock Canyon or Doug Russell on Saturday, you have a second chance to catch their shows as FRC performs at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and Russell at 3 p.m.
The final show during the festival will be aThe sounds of music and festivities will soon be wafting through the air above Heavener as the Heavener Viking / Celtic Festival gets underway.
The Friends of Heavener Runestone would like to announce their upcoming festival to take place at the Runestone to help raise park operation funds. The festival is scheduled to kick off on March 17-18 with fun, entertainments and games for all ages.
Festival go-ers are encouraged to don their finest Celtic or Viking garbs and join the friends for a two-day event guaranteed to have something for everyone.
During the festival there will be entertainment, history and magic for all ages and for the kiddos a special game area.
On the list of scheduled events, Viking re-enactors from Louisiana will arrive in full costume with their Viking village and native animals such as Icelandic sheep and Norwegian Fjord horses.
There will be several vendors with wares ranging from Celtic jewelry, handmade pottery, wooden toys, stained glass, handmade instruments such as flutes, ukuleles and guitars, handmade wire wrap precious metals and semi-precious stone jewelry and decorated gourds. For those who find themselves famished and in search for good food, don’t miss out on the burgers, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches and turkey legs that will be available during the festival.
In the spirit of the festival, musicians will perform cultural music both days. The music shows begin at noon daily with the Sister Circle Dulcimer group opening the show. The SCD are a unique group of 12-14 women from across the state who play traditional, gospel and sing along with the beautiful Dulcimer sound. Akin to angels from Heaven, they are a treat to hear.
Local folk singer Doug Russell of Stigler, will entrance the crowd with his mandolin as he belts out tunes such as “Danny Boy” and “Scotsmen’s Kilt”. Russell is a lover of folk music and his robust, rich voice and twinkle in his eye make him an excellent addition to the list of performers.
The Tulsa group, Flat Rock Canyon, will begin their performance of Americana music at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Performing mostly originals written by Tim Crow and Gary Nicks, their good lyrics and fun rhythms in harmony with their guitar and mandolin will enchant your afternoon with stories to please the ears and the heart.
The last performance on Saturday will be provided by the Inde’ Skies, also a Tulsa area band. With a lifetime of musical skill and a band made of seasoned musicians they will bring Americana to the stage with a touch of fire, energy and mystery. Ancient times and forgotten places with a hint of Celtic in the mix are a part of their repartee.
Sunday’s entertainment will kick off the last day of the festival with a performance by Merlin the Magician at noon. His acts of magic and wonder will leave viewers of all ages amazed.
If you miss Flat Rock Canyon or Doug Russell on Saturday, you have a second chance to catch their shows as FRC performs at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and Russell at 3 p.m.
The final show during the festival will be a band and wife team who recently relocated to Oklahoma from Austin, Texas. David Gatling and Connie Hoffpauir will have your toes tapping during the 4:30 p.m. performance of original music that ranges from Western Swing to Americana with a hint of Jazz.

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