HootenannyBring your family and friends and participate in Norman’s Fifth Annual Terry Shaw Community Hootenanny at The Depot from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, November 3,2017. Join with folks of all ages in a relaxed, fun atmosphere to sing popular, well-known folk and rock songs. Not a professional performance, a Hootenanny is fun for anyone who enjoys singing. So bring your voice -- and if you play guitar, bass, banjo or fiddle bring it along too. Lyrics will be provided and there will be refreshments too! 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 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 the tradition continues.  

“This has grown into a celebrated annual event” says Depot Executive Director Shari Jackson. “This kind of evening does a hippie heart good. At my first Hootenanny, it was wonderful to hear a room of more than 100 fellow Okies gathered together singing and playing. When the room rang with the sound of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land is Your Land,' it felt like family.” 

Feel free to come and stay or come and go. Refreshments will be served and a good time will be had by all again this year!

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. Hootenanny is also sponsored by Gingerbread Nursery School.