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Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival 2018 – Day 3

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This blog post is the third, and final, post about this year’s Kinzua Heritage Festival.  The festival has been held the fourth weekend in August, each year, since 2006.  Click here for details and photographs from Day 1 and here for Day 2 of the festival.  The festival hours on Sunday (8/26/2018) were 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Bob dropped me off at the festival grounds around 9:30 am.  He returned around 2:00 pm.  We left for home around 5:20 pm.

As I did the previous two days, my day was spent photographing the festival vendors, artisans, entertainers, and attendees.  Live music was provided by Rik Palieri, Garry Campbell, Barry Lee, Mark Mincarelli, Rik Paleri and his Polish stories and instruments, and Spirit Wing.  Storytelling and hula hoop demonstrations took place at the back stage, as well as a benefit auction at 2:00 pm. Cannon shots and “fire in the hole” reverberations were heard a couple times during the afternoon.  Social dancing by the Eastern Woodland Pathway dancers was at 3:00 pm at the front stage. Audience participation in the dances was good. I enjoy everything about the Kinzua Heritage Festival. Social dancing is my favorite event, though.  I enjoy watching, photographing and, this year for the first time, participating in social dancing.  As always, Spirit Wing ends the show with the song “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow”. Anyone who wants to join in with vocals and/or instruments is encouraged to come up on the stage. As always, it was an enjoyable 3 days at the festival.

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Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival 2018 – Day 2

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This blog post is the second of three posts about this year’s Kinzua Heritage Festival.  The festival has been held the fourth weekend in August, each year, since 2006.  Click here for details and photographs from Day 1 of the festival.

The festival hours on Saturday (8/25/2018) were 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. I arrived on the festival grounds around 10:30 am and left shortly before 6:00 pm.

As I did the previous day, my day was spent photographing the festival vendors, artisans, entertainers, and attendees.  Live music was provided by Rick Palieri (with Barry of Spirit Wing and of Old Dawg Bluegrass), Old Dawg Bluegrass, The Blue Mule Band, and Spirit Wing.  Storytelling took place at the back stage, as well as a benefit auction at 2:00 pm.  Social dancing by the Eastern Woodland Pathway dancers was at 3:00 pm at the front stage. Audience participation in the dances was good.  At 4:00 pm Mandy, of Vivacious Hoopster, talked about and demonstrated hula hooping at the back stage.  Attendees had opportunity to do some hula hooping as well.

You may view photographs and video by clicking here, which will take you to my Flickr photo page.  Please note that you may view the content of this page, as a slideshow if so desired.  Click on the “toggle slideshow” button on the right side, above the photo album header.  Enjoy!

Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival 2018 – Day 1

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This year marked the 13th year of the Kinzua Heritage Festival. Counting this year I have attended the festival eight of those 13 years. I attended the first festival in August 2007. Since 2011 I have attended the festival each year, except in 2015. In 2007 I attended the festival for only a few hours. Since 2011 I have attended the festival all three days, all day long. Also, I have been the official photographer for this event since 2011. I photograph this event on a volunteer basis and share my photographs in order to promote the festival.

The Kinzua Heritage Festival grounds are located at 4047 Fox Hill Road in Russell. The festival is a family-oriented event featuring living history portrayal, vendors from both in and out of the area, period dress, recreations of crafts and trade of the time period, storytelling, Native American social dances, live music from folk to bluegrass to Native American flute and drum, food and children’s activities.

The festival hours on Friday (8/24/2018) were 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. I arrived at the festival around 10:00 am and departed the grounds at approximately 8:30 pm. I spent the day photographing the festival vendors, artisans, entertainers, and attendees. It felt like “home week”, as the festival organizers, vendors, artisans and entertainers welcomed me warmly.  Many of the vendors, artisans and entertainers were those who have been at the festival year after year, although there were several new faces this year.  The festival grows year after year.

Live music was provided by Barry of Spirit Wing and Rick Palieri, Earth Angel, Spirit Wing, Rick Palieri and his Polish instruments, and Rick Palieri and his original content.  For the first time an open-air concert was held after the festival events of the day concluded.   At 8:00 pm Ron Carrington Sr and the Touch of Gold put on a free concert, open to the public.

You may view photographs and video by clicking here, which will take you to my Flickr photo page.  Please note that you may view the content of this page, as a slideshow if so desired.  Click on the “toggle slideshow” button on the right side, above the photo album header.  Enjoy!

 

Preservation March

This past weekend was the Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival , an annual event held at 4047 Fox Hill Road in Russell, Pennsylvania.  The festival is held on the fourth weekend in August, Friday through Sunday, each year.   My husband and I attended this year’s festival all three days.  One or more blog posts will provide details and photographs of each day at the festival.  I have over 600 photographs to sort through, edit and upload. It will be some time before I am ready to share blog post(s) about the festival itself. Today’s blog post is about a preservation march, made cross country, to the festival grounds.

A friend of ours, Bob Grant Jr., is a member of the 23rd Virginia Infantry companies A-K. Bob invited my husband  and me to Norberg Hill the evening of August 26 (Friday), to photograph his unit’s drills. Eight men were expected; only Bob and one other man were present. Drills did not happen; however, I did take a couple photographs of the two men, waiting for the arrival of rest of their unit.

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Pointing out what can be seen from Norberg Hill

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Awaiting arrival of rest of their unit

On Saturday, August 27, four men representing the 23rd Virginia Infantry companies A-K made a Preservation March cross country, through the woods, from Norberg Hill to the Kinzua Heritage Festival grounds on Fox Hill.  This map shows the general location of Norberg Hill (1301-1657 Norberg Road) and the location of 4047 Foxhill Road.  The blue line shows the route via car.  Obviously I can’t draw the exact cross country route.  The gray line, though, represents where the Preservation March may have taken place.

Preservation March

A Preservation March is made in order to raise money for battlefield preservation. For Saturday’s Preservation March, money was received from individual contributors. Half of the monies raised will go to Trevilian Station Battlefield in Louisa Co., Virginia. It is believed that the remaining monies will benefit disabled veterans.

Preservation March participants included Bob Grant, Jr.; his brother, Dave Grant; Ike Borland, and Addison Speer. Zo Speer did not participate in the march. He was the first “Confederate soldier” to arrive on the festival grounds to ready the camp.

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Zo Speer of the 23rd Virginia Infantry companies A-K
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Preservation March drawing to a close on Fox Hill

Great job men!

If you are interested in learning more about the 23rd Regiment of Infantry Virginia companies A-K, you may do so by clicking here.

Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival 2014

I spent the weekend of August 22-24 at the Kinzua Heritage Festival at the top of Fox Hill Road in Russell, PA.

Harper and June’s paternal grandparents took them to the festival on Saturday morning.

I couldn’t spend too much time with my granddaughters, as I was “working”.  This is the fourth year that I have worked as the official photographer for the Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival.  I photograph the event on a volunteer basis and have a wonderful time doing so.

Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival 2013

I spent the weekend of August 23-25 at the Kinzua Heritage Festival at the top of Fox Hill Road in Russell, PA.

My personal festival highlight was photographing our twin granddaughters at the festival.  Harper and June’s paternal grandparents took them to the festival on Saturday afternoon.

Harper and June enjoyed seeing the Ox Hill Devons.
The girls especially liked hearing the oxen say “MOO”.

My favorite place to photograph the girls was in the Longhouse.

I couldn’t spend too much time with the girls, as I was “working”.  This is the third year that I have worked as the official photographer for the Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival.  I photograph the event on a volunteer basis and have a wonderful time doing so.

Flood Waters

There are a number of rivers and other waterways in the United States approaching, at or above flood stage. The Conewango Creek, which joins the Allegheny River in my hometown of Warren, PA, is one such waterway that is flooded. The flooding is more severe in Russell, a few miles north of Warren, and in the vicinity of Beaty Park in Warren.

A friend owns this kayak and canoe livery, which is located in Russell, PA.

There is not much clearance between the bridge and the creek.

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Playground and picnic pavilion surrounded by flood waters

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Flood waters inundated baseball field.

Beaty Park in Warren, PA

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