Williams Entertainment Company: A Brief History
Williams Entertainment Company, the brain child of Vinita, Oklahoma native Kittye Williams, was born in the early 2000s with the launch of the first all female, comedy privateer crew, The Ladies of the Salty Kiss. In 2010, Ms. Williams and her co-actress, Mrs. Pamala Williams were given the struggling Joplin Keltoi Renaissance Festival that they reworked, relocated to Neosho, Missouri, and renamed The Missouri Renaissance Festival.
November 2011 saw the creation of The Shanty Lasses, comprised of both Williams' singing old standards and original songs. In 2014 The Shanty Lasses evolved into a trio and was renamed Native Souls. May 2015 saw the addition of more musicians to Native Souls as well as the incorporation of a Rom encampment to house everyone at events.
Wanting to give something back to her hometown and N.E. Oklahoma, Kittye decided to launch Grand Lake Renaissance Festival near Vinita, Oklahoma in early 2015. Spring 2020 will see Grand Lake Renaissance Festival celebrating its sixth season of operation.
Summer 2019 saw the long awaited achievement of obtaining Not-For-Profit Status for Williams Entertainment Company and all its subsidiary entities; thus opening funding sources for better events and ventures for Williams Entertainment Company and the Festival community at large. The governing Board of Directors have plans in the works for the future of Williams Entertainment Company and new events for patrons residing in all of the Four States Region … and beyond.
Oh behalf of the Board of Directors, the Cast, and Crew of GLRF,
Yours in Service to the Dreams!