Busy schedule of ´True Grit' events throughout Stillwater and Perkins March 27-31

STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 24, 2015) ––Area community members should grab their cowboy boots, hats and calendars for the busy upcoming week of events scheduled for the “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” series.

On Friday, the OSU Student Union will hold a reception at 6 p.m. for the Western Heritage Art Exhibition. The event will highlight the work of winning artists for the juried art show celebrating the West. Art work is on display in the Student Union’s Cowboy Underground through April 20.

After the reception, at 7 p.m., the Student Union Theater will feature a screening of the 2010 version of “True Grit” directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen and starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. The film is rated PG-13 and lasts 110 minutes.

The 2010 version was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best acting roles for Bridges who played Rooster Cogburn and for Steinfeld who played Mattie Ross. The Cohen Brothers purportedly tried to be more faithful to Portis’ book than the 1969 version, including more of its humor, as well as more of its violence.

An overflow audience attended the 1969 film screening last Thursday, which included Dr. William Hagen’s insight into the filming of the movie. Hagen will also provide commentary for the 2010 version.

The Student Union Activities Board is co-sponsoring the program and will be selling refreshments during the movie. The movie is free, and an ASL interpreter will be present.

The next day, Saturday, March 28, RoundUP Stillwater will be holding a square dance for adults and high school students with developmental disabilities. The event includes dinner, games and contests, including roping and pig calling.

“Jim Howard & the Highway Home” will provide music and square dance calling, while experienced square dancers will be on the floor to help participants with the different steps.

Prior to the dance, Cosmetology students form the Meridian Technology Center will be doing make-up and hair styling for women. For more information about dance details or to sign-up for a hair and make-up session, email sdelano@stillwater.org or call (405) 372-3633 x8124.

To round out the busy week, the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins will be hosting several Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton activities on Tuesday, March 31.

At 6 p.m., participants may tour the Eaton home, as well as other historically significant buildings in the area. Afterward, attendees will meet at the Old Church for a presentation by OSU Library’s David Peters featuring materials from the Frank Eaton Collection.

Peters has been with the Edmon Low Library for 28 years in the General Reference Department, Map Room, and Special Collections and University Archives, where he is currently Acting Head and Coordinator of Special Collections. 

Peters was a co-author of the book “The Campus,” part of the OSU Centennial History Series.  In 2007, he authored a coffee table book titled “The Campus of OAMC 1891-1957,” and he is currently working on another OSU pictorial volume.  Peters co-authored the book “Tabor College: a Century of Transformation, 1908-2008” and writes historical articles for OSU’s STATE Magazine. He has been named an OSU Library Outstanding Employee, received the OSU Distinguished Service Award, and a multiple recipient of the Greenberg/Howland Personnel Development Award. 

The free event is co-sponsored by Co-sponsored by Payne County Historical Society, and will include ASL interpretation.

For anyone who has not yet gotten a free copy of “True Grit,” there is still plenty of time to get involved in this community-wide reading event. Just go to the Stillwater Public Library’s “True Grit” webpage at http://library.stillwater.org/TrueGrit.php to sign-up for a book and to look at the full schedule of remaining events.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” is a community reading series sponsored by the library, OSU library and the Sheerar Museum. It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

For more information, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).