TAKE ON TOPICS
We always need volunteers and welcome any help offered. We have several of the events that include music in the amphitheater and we are referring to all of these as Music on the Mountain.
· The first Music on the Mountain will be in March for Saint Patty’s Day with a Celtic Festival. So start looking for that four leaf clover now.
· In April the Veterans host their annual Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
· In the month of May there will be a Latin Music on the Mountain.
· This will be followed in June with a craft show that incorporates the Runestone Car Show.
· In July the Runestone will host the Alumni Pancake Breakfast on the Mountain and the Alumni Music /Dance on the Mountain.
· In August there will be an evening music event that is still in the planning phases, we will be calling it Hot August Nights.
· The next event in September we welcome back the Bluegrass Music on the Mountain with the Alzheimer’s Association.
· In October we will host our second Fall Celtic Music on the Mountain. The first one we had this last year was a hoot! People came out in costumes and I look for a much bigger crowd this year.
· The month of November we will host an Arts/Crafts Mania on the Mountain.
· Our last event of the year will be the Annual Runestone Radio Auction in December.
These don’t have to be the only events. We have covered pavilion rentals as well as future camping spots that will open soon. All of these types of rentals help us to generate funds to keep the park operating. So plan your own event at the park this year.
We have been bringing in more merchandise to the Gift Shop. This is still a work in progress. We recently received our first shipments of Gloria Farley’s Book to sell. We also have the Joe Harwell book entitled “Indian Rock Vampire” that is based on the Heavener Runestone. Harwell is a native of the area and a Poteau High School graduate. Joe has donated books and the proceeds to the park. Hopefully sometime this year he will be here for a book signing.
We also have hand carved items by Joe Babcock. Joe is a former Heavener High School Graduate that has graciously helped us in so many ways and has had a lifelong interest in the Runestone. Gloria Farley was one of his earliest mentors. Gloria and Joe’s mother went to school together. Joe told me that he would sometimes get in trouble when he came back to Heavener for spending more time with Gloria than with his mother.
But he believed in Gloria Farley’s efforts. Joe married a real Viking descendent from Copenhagen. In the past 42 years Joe has been back and forth to Denmark some 15 to 20 times. On each trip he would visit another museum or historical site to learn more. He believes that the Heavener Runestone can be a world recognized historical site. Joe says it has been a lifelong dream to play a small role in preserving the park.
My first contact with Joe was on the Friends of Heavener Runestone facebook page. There was a conversation about our Thor’s Hammer Run we were having and he wanted to know if it was an authentic Thor’s Hammer. I remember telling him I didn’t have a clue what an authentic one was. I guess it was my honesty that got him and he started emailing me on the park. It was not too long before Joe had carved two of the most amazing “Thor’s Hammers” for us at the Runestone. He shipped them with a beautiful glass case that is now hanging in the gift shop. Joe is so talented. He also donated an educational booth with Viking sails to the park.
Thank you to everyone who has been working, volunteering, and donating to the park. We are continuing to work on the park making improvements each year.
Everyone on the board for the Friends of Heavener Runestone wishes to thank you for your support. We hope to see you at the park this year and you are always welcome to attend our board meetings.
Until next week…