Friends of Heavener Runestone will be holding their Viking/Celtic Festival on April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to raise funds for operation of the park.
The festival will provide great entertainment for a cost of only $10 a car load.
This is a family event for all ages. Costumes are encouraged and there will be entertainment, some history and magic. In addition, there will be food vendors with everything from drinks, burgers, hot dogs and BBQ sandwiches.
Craft vendors scheduled will have wares ranging from Celtic jewelry, stained glass, metal and leather crafts, wooden toys, handmade bags and instruments, handmade wire wrap precious metal and semi-precious stone jewelry.
We will also be blessed with Viking re-enactor, Michal Carson and a group from Louisiana, lead by Olaf and wife who are coming up with tents, costumes, and bring their animals (Icelandic sheep and Norwegian Fjord horse).
More re-enactors are coming from Texas and will be conducting an axe throwing demonstration that the public can also try their hand at.
Blacksmithing demonstration – Joshua McIntire with Razor’s Edge Knife Works from Des Moines, Iowa will provide demonstrations of Viking style blacksmithing and have his numerous wares for sale. They also allow the public to try their hand at this ancient skill. This will be a sight not to miss.
He strives to place the best quality blade in your hand, at an affordable price. A blade you will be proud to own for years to come. Razors Edge Knife Works is a small company primarily devoted to bladesmithing. They do offer a wide variety of products from swords and knives to chainmaille armor and accessories.
They also offer a wide variety of services such as sharpening, repair, restoration and customization as well as a wide variety of custom made swords, knives, and novelty items.
Black Oak Shillelagh (BOS), A Celtic pub band – with a twist!
The idea of Black Oak Shillelagh was conceived by Roger and Rebecca; both already members of a Celtic pub band called On The Doss, they also liked attending and performing in garb (costume) at Renaissance Faires and Scottish Festivals.
BOS began rehearsals in September, 2010, and was invited almost immediately to fill an open slot at Sean Cummings Irish Pub in Oklahoma City, providing traditional music during the evening dining hours. A very short while later at Global Oklahoma (an international music and dance festival held annually at Rose State College in OKC, Black Oak made its festival debut, and the band has been off and running ever since.
Black Oak Shillelagh has performed at pubs, weddings, St. Patrick’s Day activities, Scottish Festivals and Renaissance Faires, providing stage entertainment and dance music in the Celtic style. Their repertoire includes traditional Irish and Scottish ballads and songs, jigs and reels and other Celtic tunes for dancing, and covers of the music of modern Irish artists such as Christy Moore.
The Royal Gauntlet-Birds of Prey will be bringing their conservation education program to the Heavener Runestone Park with two demonstrations. They will have a number of exotic birds as well as your favorites.
The professionals of The Royal Gauntlet have been instrumental in helping preserve the delicate balance in nature. For over 30 years, the members of The Royal Gauntlet have been dedicated to returning sick or injured wild animals back to their homes in the wild. Led by licensed Master Falconer and animal rehabilitator, Bob Aanonsen, The Royal Gauntlet has provided care and rehabilitation services to sick or injured wildlife as prescribed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Currently, The Royal Gauntlet has over 30 volunteers that donate their time, talents, and finances to ensure as many animals are released back into the wild as possible.
Bear Creek Troupe – Is a local Tahlequah Celtic music group in love with their instruments and the beautiful sounds they make. They enjoy beautiful Celtic music and love to share it with their community. Founded in July of 2012 in the community of Tahlequah by a group of local musicians whose true love of Celtic music joined them together. Bear Creek Troupe was named for the local creek that runs through the town of Tahlequah. The various members of the group enjoy spending time with their families and friends and playing the beautiful instruments that call to them.
Members include: Farren Mayfield on mandolin, keyboard and penny whistle; Mike Allen on fiddle, Celtic harp and bagpipes; Marnie Cope on penny whistle, autoharp and percussion; Lesa Cordle on guitar; Paul Ross on bohran and bagpipes; and Courtney Creel on hammered dulcimer and vocals.
Celtic Cheer perfectly describes Timothy O’Brian’s Celtic Cheer Band which will also be performing.
Once described as “joyous noise” by the Tulsa World, Timothy O’Brian’s Celtic Cheer has made thousands of fans lives well… more cheerful by entertaining them in a broad variety of venues from the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Tulsa Scottish Festival, Blue Grass Chili Festival, Oklahoma City’s St. Patrick’s Day events, Tulsa, Eureka Springs, Claremore and many other large scale events.
Performing in Oklahoma and Arkansas, they put a delightful twist on traditional Celtic music intermixed with rock, pop, and country classics that peek out between tongue in cheek Scottish and Irish rebel songs that their fans seem to love hearing again and again.
Featuring one of the most unique Celtic sounds thanks to an English horn (euphemistically called the Scottish blaster in disdain for all things British), this group of kilted musicians have a knack of involving the crowd.
For information on the Runestone Viking/Celtic Festival call (918) 653-2241 or check on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Heavener-Runestone/119474274794176 and go to the event page.
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