By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: February 2012
The staff of the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum welcomes everyone to their free Valentine’s Day Arts and Crafts Show. (L to R): Stephanie Marsh, volunteer; Kim Thompson, accounting office manager; Robert Parris, maintenance director; and Wayne McCombs, director.
If you’re a guy in a panic about what to get your special lady for Valentine’s Day, stop fretting – you’re not alone, and help is available. At the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum’s 2nd annual Valentine’s Day Arts and Crafts Show, you will find a variety of fantastic items your sweetheart is sure to love, and the local vendors are on hand to help you choose the perfect gift.
“Most men have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to Valentine’s Day shopping,” says Wayne McCombs, museum director. “Ladies like for their sweethearts to make an effort in finding them something special. The Arts and Crafts Show makes it as easy as possible and gives men the choices and help they need. At the same time, they have the opportunity to view the world’s largest gun collection.”
The Valentine’s Day Arts and Craft Show will be held Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The show will have booths brimming with candles, cowgirl accessories, Scentsy products, books, glassware and stained glass, and – of course – jewelry. “Our vendors are happy to help guys find the perfect gift for their Valentine,” says Wayne.
If you’ve never been to the J.M. Davis Museum, this is a perfect opportunity to view the impressive collection that houses more than 50,000 items. In addition to the world’s largest private collection of firearms, you’ll see Native American artifacts, German beer steins, Toby mugs, knives, saddles, spurs, World War I posters, local ranching brands, musical instruments and more. Currently on loan from the Lynn Riggs Museum is the dress Shirley Jones wore during the scene in which she sings “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” in “Oklahoma!” The film is also showing in rotation at the exhibit.
One of the rules established by founder J.M. Davis was that his collection would be available to be viewed by the public at no charge. The museum operates on donations and events such as one they’re hosting next month, the Steel Challenge Shooting Match. The competition will be held at the United States Shooting Academy at 6500 E. 66th St. N. in Owasso on Sunday, March 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the shooting is at 10.
Competitors must bring a centerfire, pistol, rimfire pistol or rimfire rifle with a minimum of 150 rounds of ammunition for each gun. Visit www.steelchallenge.com for match rules.
A single entry fee is $30, with a $15 fee for each additional division. Entry fee includes lunch, and proceeds benefit the J.M. Davis Museum. Prizes will be awarded in order of finish for all divisions. You may register in advance at the USAA in Owasso, the Davis Museum, or online at www.thegunmuseum.com.
This exciting event will feature concessions, auction items, giveaways, and raffle tickets for great prizes. Even if you are not a competitive shooter, come and join the fun and bid on arms and related products to benefit the museum. Claremore police officer Lance Jensen will be the match director.
The J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum’s winter hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check out their unique gift shop items too, including a variety of Route 66 merchandise.
330 N. J.M. Davis Blvd.Claremore, OK 74017
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.