By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014
A perennial favorite at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch birthday party is Kowboy Kal, a champion trick roper, who demonstrates some of Will’s rope tricks.
Something new has been added to the four-day Will Rogers Days, marking the November 4, 1879 birthday of Will Rogers and the 1938 opening of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore.
A “Mid-Afternoon Frolic” amateur talent show will be Sunday afternoon,
November 2 from 2 to 4. Open to the first 20 applicants, cash prizes will be $150, first place; $100, second place; and $50, third place. Applications are available on the website at www.willrogers.com or at the Museum admissions desk.
The “Frolic” is a take-off of Will’s vaudeville days when he performed in the “Midnight Frolic” variety show on the roof of New York City’s Amsterdam Theatre.
Will Rogers Days, November 1-4, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 1 with a parade through downtown Claremore and continues with the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club traditional program, wreath-laying and a lunch at the Memorial Museum.
Headlining the parade will be Alaska & Madi, a Tulsa duo who competed in “The Voice” as part of Team Blake, according to John Walke, Reveille Rotary Club parade chairman. Parade entry forms are available on the Claremore Reveille Rotary website. Cash incentives are offered marching bands.
Big yellow buses will be lined up Monday, November 3, when hundreds of children hop off for “Children’s Day at the Museum,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schools are required to make reservations to assure available space.
A magician has been added to the list of activities that includes popular Cherokee storyteller Robert Lewis, trick roping, sing-a-along, old fashioned games, coloring and refreshments.
Will’s birthday on Tuesday, November 4 will be a day for a group of area school children to enjoy the ranch near Oologah, where Will was born, and to celebrate his birthday.
Kowboy Kal, a champion trick roper, will entertain. Oologah-Talala students, directed by Kim Grazier, will present her original musical of the life of Will, which will also be presented during “Children’s Day.” The program starts at 10 a.m. and ends about 11:30 a.m. with birthday cake and cookies.
All events are free and open to the public.
“Halloween Night at the Museum”
Young and old alike, come dressed as your favorite character for a “Halloween Night at the Museum” on Friday, October 31 at the museum. Trick or treating will be from 6 to 9. It will also be an opportunity for children and their parents to visit the Children’s Museum and see the newly painted journey to Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch. Who knows? Some of the Museum characters may come alive. There will be a showing of “Headless Horseman,” starring Will Rogers. Admission is free.
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