Oct. 28—Since the opening of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in 1938, Claremore has celebrated the birthday of its most famous resident, Will Rogers.
This year, the grand tradition continues with the Museum staff hosting the Will Rogers Days events starting Wednesday this week, November 1-4. Festivities include a motion picture festival with daily showings, an RSVP whiskey tasting event at Melton's downtown, the traditional wreath-laying ceremony by the Indian Women Pocahontas Club, a public participation parade and a free admission, family friendly birthday party on the Museum grounds Saturday afternoon.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is located at 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore. Call 918-341-0719 for information or visit willrogers.com.
Rachel O'Donnell, Museum public relations director, outlined the weeks events:
Wednesday-Friday: The Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival features G and PG-rated films from artists all over the world. The festival entries will be screened daily in the Will Rogers Theatre in the Will Rogers Theatre at the museum. Screenings run Wednesday through Friday this week. Admission is free.
Thursday evening: "Celebrate the end of prohibition" with the Claremore Chamber of Commerce "Gentleman's Cigar & Whiskey Evening." Attendees will gather at the Melton Gallery near West 4th Street and North J.M. Davis Blvd. The event features whiskey/bourbon tasting, choice cigars and networking. Attendees will be able to purchase cigars as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes.
Saturday, Nov. 4, Will's 144th birthday, members of the Pocahontas Club will host their traditional "Hats Off to Will" wreath-laying at 10 a.m., followed by entertainment and lunch. Admission to the museum will be free and open to the public on Saturday to celebrate Rogers' birthday. Will's favorite meal of white beans and cornbread will be served following the ceremony. Register at claremore.org.
Also on Saturday the Will Rogers Days parade begins at 3 p.m. crossing from west to east, starting at Expo Center with lineup and traveling along Will Rogers Blvd. through downtown Claremore, across two railroad tracks to the area around the Museum of History on Florence Avenue.
Immediately following the parade, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host a birthday party on the museum grounds with cake, inflatables and other family-friendly activities. No admission is required.
The weekend will wrap up with a formal reception on Saturday, 6 p.m., to honor the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival entries. The Dog Iron Awards Ceremony is 7 p.m.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society.