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Wednesday, April 18 2012

Heritage Arts Music and Stories Festival

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“A Providential HAMS Festival” (It’s Gettin’ Crowded!)

Art and heritage lovers ought to follow Sam Campbell’s example in search of HAMS.  Okay, we’re not looking for Christmas dinner. “HAMS” is the “Heritage Arts Music & Stories” Festival being held in Providence, Utah near Logan on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.  It’s part of their Providence Founder’s Day celebration, centered at the Old Rock Church and Providence Inn (10 South Main Street – starting at 6:00 PM on Friday and running all day Saturday.

Sam Campbell was the first man to claim land in Providence , choosing it because in 1857 it was getting “too crowded” in Ogden – he could see the neighbors! Well, you’ll see the neighbors, the historic homes, artists painting pioneer scenes, pioneer games, and nonstop entertainment at Providence ’s Founders Day HAMS Festival.

Friday night there’s a $15 dutch oven dinner and a free-to-the-public heritage concert (The Heart of a Pioneer) including a short children’s pageant created by David Low. Then you’ll see “The Heart of a Pioneer”, featuring Utah ’s Pioneer Band, “Willingly” (like the pioneers, they came willingly because they had to), which has been presented in more than 100 schools from Loa to Hyrum for four years to critical acclaim.

Saturday all events are free to the public, and there will be a 1k hoop trundling race at 9:30 a.m. followed by pioneer era and pioneer-inspired music and storytelling on the festival stage, and a plein air (outdoor) painting competition featuring some of Utah’s finest artists*. Heritage foods will be provided by a local caterer.  And at 5 p.m. there’s a pioneer family community dance where the entire family can participate.  It’s a Founder’s Day celebration in its purest sense.

But there’s even more in store if you stay at the historic Providence Inn Bed & Breakfast.  You’ll stay in themed rooms ranging from the “Monet’s Garden” to the “English Cottage” to the “Grand Canyon Suite.” Your breakfast is cooked to order. You’ll also tour historic homes in this charming National Historic District.

And if you want the rest of the story and the whole story, Mary Ellen Elggren is taking a guided tour group to Providence in a large van on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Mary Ellen knows northern Utah and its stories well, and will give you the royal tour. The tour group will stay overnight at the Providence Inn, and return to Salt Lake City after the festival, arriving at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday the 21st. Call Mary Ellen at 801-541-6937 for tour details.

For festival details, call Carol Nyman at 435-770-4977, Clive Romney at 801-706-1997, or visit

Entertainment includes Sam Payne , Clive Romney , Dave Lemmon, Cinnamon Creek, Sassafras, Willow Valley Shape-note Singers, Willow Valley String Band, Old Ephraim, The Ghosts of Gardner Village, Larry Slade, Marlowe Adkins, David Sidwell, and Leah Adkins-McMullin.

*Artists painting at the HAMS Festival include Trent Gudmundsen , Kay Homan , Jerry Fuhriman , Lynda Burruss , Harold Stack , Sandra Rast , Torgeson Murdock , Cynthia Ellis , Linda Curley Christensen , Ken Spencer , Carolyn Davidson , and Mike Malm.

...the passion of the pioneer experience



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