Hootenanny medYou’re invited to join us for Norman’s Third Annual Community Hootenanny at The Depot, 200 S. Jones, from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, September 11.  Just bring your voice -- and your guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, fiddle or tambourine if you wish.  Words and music will be provided.  It’s all free!

Hootenanny is a Scottish word meaning "celebration" or "party."  The Norman Hootenanny was started in the living rooms of three Irving Middle School teachers and their families in 1988.  These events quickly grew to include family and friends with all being encouraged to bring their voices, instruments and enthusiasm. 

Terry Shaw had longed to share this fun filled event with all the Norman community and saw his dream come true as he spearheaded the first Annual Norman Community Hootenanny held at the Norman Santa Fe Train Depot as one of the downtown 2nd Friday Art Walk events in October 2013.

Unfortunately Dr. Shaw has passed, but his memory lives on in all those who knew and loved him.  It is in his spirit that we are continuing the tradition this year and hope many of the community will drop by and help us celebrate his life and join with folks of all ages in a relaxed, fun atmosphere to sing popular, well-known folk and rock songs.  Words and chord progressions for hundreds of these songs from the 60’s to current times will be projected for all to follow and sing along.  Refreshments are served and a good time will be had by all again this year! 

In The Depot that same evening and through October 30, enjoy the beautiful paintings by Debby Kaspari in “News From the Woods.”  

For information on  this and other Depot programs, phone 405 307-9320.  Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous individual donors.