An Annual Tribute to Will Rogers

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(L-R) Indian Women's Pocahontas Club active member Ollie Starr, current President Vicki Baker, secretary Lynette True and past president Debra West.

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club is celebrating 120 years in existence and will be hosting their annual tribute to Will Rogers, Saturday at 10 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019. The Wreath Laying Ceremony by the Pocahontas Club will begin at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in the Rotunda. The ceremony begins with the club members, dressed in their Cherokee tear dresses and shawls around the bronze statue of Will Rogers.

After the Wreath Laying Ceremony, there will be a musical tribute in the Will Rogers Theatre honoring Will Rogers. We are honored to have Jana Jae, the first lady of country fiddle, performing the “Fiddle Tribute,” sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. Jana’s one-of-a-kind style blends country fiddling, western swing, bluegrass, pop, and the classics and was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame in 2015. In addition, Becky Hobbs, Pocahontas Club member and piano-pounding honky-tonk songwriter for celebrities such as George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and many others will also entertain us. Becky is also co-writer of Alabama’s “Angels Among Us,” and in 2015, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She also, co-produced, co-wrote, wrote and sang the signature song “Let There Be Peace” in the short film “Nanyehi,” which was inducted into the Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame. We may even get an opportunity to view the short film while we are in the theater.

Shortly, after the “Musical Tribute,” there will be a reception in the Rotunda. There will be a Haute Hat Contest, in remembrance of Will’s wife, Betty. Join in or cast your ballot. Betty Blake Rogers was famous for always wearing her Haute hat.

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