By: Shirley Adams | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2023
World Champion Barry Patton with Jana Jae and Ron Young, who will sing the National Anthem Saturday.
Grand Lake Festivals is proud to announce three major Summer Music Festivals in Grove for 2023. The American Heritage Music Festival is June 8, 9 & 10 (always the first full week in June), the brand-new Old Time Gathering & Music Festival will be July 21 & 22, and the Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest is always Labor Day Weekend, this year Sept. 1, 2 & 3.
Grand Lake Festivals is extremely pleased to be partnering with Har-Ber Village for the first two festivals. “This is wonderful synergy and a win-win for everyone involved,” commented Shirley Adams, Co-Chair of the festivals. The American Heritage Music Festival and the Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest will bring lots of musical performers, jamming, and competition fun to Har-Ber Village June 9, & 10. Festivities will kick off at Snider’s Camp Thursday, June 8, with stage performances by Prairie Breeze String Band, Rough Riders, I’m Not Lisa, Jana Jae, Barry Patton & Friends, and more.
Har-Ber Village Executive Director, Nicole Reynolds, is offering a reduced special festival admission fee of $5 for Friday and Saturday activities, with demonstrations and exhibitions in addition to all the music. Reynolds said, “There is lots going on in the Village, and we want all area families and friends to be able to come and enjoy our first time to host these wonderful festivals.” The Village will be alive with music and live demonstrations all up and down Main Street and throughout the Village. Saturday will feature the Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest as fiddlers from#2 around the country vie for cash prizes in their age categories and the Grand Champion prize of $1000. Visit https://www.grandlakefestivals.com to register for contests online. Registration Early Bird Deadline is midnight, May 15, online, or call 918-786-8896.
July 21 & 22, Har-Ber Village will host the first Old Time Gathering & Music Festival, presented by Grand Lake Festivals. Music of several genres will fill the Village as will live history demonstrations such as print making, weaving, blacksmithing, and several interesting talks on the history of this music and its resurgence. The festival will culminate with a Contra Dance organized by Glen Schmidt in the Event Tent, with caller Susan Downs and the Silver Dollar String Band. The public is invited to participate!
The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest, September 1, 2 & 3, has a new partner this year, as the Foundation Free Will Baptist Church, north of Grove, opens its doors to the musicians and groups. Not just for fiddles, all acoustic instruments are welcome, from bass, guitar, mandolin, and cello to ukulele and rhythm bones, spoons, and djembe drums! Over 20 instructors are on hand to perform and teach. “We’ll have a fiddlin’ good weekend!” according to Pastor Sam Smith, whose son Colton is a fiddler. Pastor Smith has been generous to donate use of the church and its wonderful technical capabilities for the educational Fiddle Camp & Music Fest. This spacious location will afford more private spaces for workshop pods, as well as shaded outdoor areas for rehearsing. The congregation has invited participants to play for their Sunday morning service!
Grand Lake Festivals is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promote Oklahoma and the performing arts by providing educational workshops, festivals, and performances. Founder, Jana Jae commented, “We are excited to present talented performing groups and individuals for all ages to enjoy in the welcoming and interesting atmosphere of Grove’s own Living History Museum, Har-Ber Village. Approximately 15 acres of non-stop music and the arts on three stages will delight the public during this Festival!” Visit grandlakefestivals.com for a complete Schedule of Events and Entertainment. Grand Lake Festivals thanks all volunteers and sponsors, including Cherokee Nation Businesses, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau, area newspapers, radio and television stations, and the recently formed Grove Area Creative Alliance. Area businesses are invited to sponsor, and area residents to volunteer and enjoy the vibrant energy of these festivals.
Call 918-786-8896 or visit www.grandlakefestivals.com for further information.
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