This time of year we find the state of Oklahoma much like many other states across the nation transformed into medieval or the renaissance period. Some call them medieval fairs, Celtic festivals or fair or faire, whichever way you prefer.
Each festival is a little different and ours will be no different. We are combining Celtic and Renaissance together. This festival has had its challenges. With it being a one day festival it is hard to have a true highland games and so a demonstration was planned instead. However, a big game was planned after our date was set and our demonstration group needed to send the equipment and several teams to New Mexico to compete the 21st.
But, don’t be dismayed, we have quite a bit packed into the park to interest attendees. This totally free to attend event will feature a Kid’s Castle area that will feature a rock climbing wall, moon bounce and a few littler games for the littlest of kiddos. The food venue will feature food trucks serving american favorites along with the well-known turkey leg to make the event complete. For those needing to wash it down with some suds those will also be available with proper id.
Several vendors and demonstrators will be at Shannon Springs Park as well, including blacksmiths, silversmiths, a face painter, storytellers, unique handmade wooden crafts kids will love, jewelers and a crowd favorite at many shows a sheep herder. Working dogs will be working hair sheep in short demonstrations. Handlers will be available to talk to the crowd and answer their question, and yes, just like in the centuries before us, they are still a necessity on a farm or ranch.
The highlight of the day will most certainly be the performances. USAO Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Katie Davis, will be bringing a 90 minute version of “Taming of the Shrew” to the amphitheater.
Following this Shakespearean comedy, Ravens Three will be performing. Ravens Three is an acoustic Celtic-Folk trio with a love for music and good times. Based out of Oklahoma City, the ravens—Audra Blankenship-Pierce (Vocals, Penny Whistle, Bodhran), Russell Pierce covering for Dustin Cooper (Guitar, Bad Jokes), and Shawna Kennedy (Fiddle, Vocals)—enjoy letting loose and having fun with many traditional, and not so traditional Celtic tunes. By blending different Irish and Scottish styles with an “Okie Folk Flair”, the trio brings a fresh and entertaining spin to the Celtic sound. The Ravens have played at a variety of venues including local pubs, festivals, and even busking in the heart of OKC Bricktown. At the end of 2015, they participated in the Our World Series tour with the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma County and in March of 2016 were honored to be included in the line-up for the North Texas Irish Festival. Regardless of where the threesome performs, Ravens Three is always determined to laugh, be merry and make sure the audience has a CAW-some time!
Come out and join us from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 21st at the Shannon Springs Park and “Get your Celtic On!”