My family and I recently attended the Runestone Viking and Celtic Festival in Heavener, Oklahoma. We camped in the park, and had a great time. My husband is one of the Jomsborg Vikings, in the Black Wolves.
|My husband and I, in our Viking clothes.|
|Black Wolves, the Ulfgrimr Lag|
|Black Wolf with his Ax and furs|
|Preparing for a demonstration fight.|
|The Black Wolves Styrsman and a brother from Austin test the strength of the wall.|
|Shields are weapons as well as protection.|
|Viking and early Medieval musical instruments.|
One of the stands I found the most fascinating had a wide variety of early Medieval/Viking age musical instruments, including a rebec, a variety of early harps, and several types of lyre. I got to try to play the rebec, an interesting experience for a modern violin/viola player! These were all made by Instruments of Antiquity, which custom builds ancient instruments for a very reasonable price. Someday...
|A lady with an owl from the Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey show. Put on by a rescue/rehabilitation organization for birds of prey.|
|This owl is not happy having her picture taken, so she's swelling up to make herself look bigger!|
|A beautiful falcon.|