Experience the Old West at two upcoming ´True Grit' programs

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 3, 2015) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” will give community members a chance to experience the Wild West at two upcoming events. “Lost Skills of the Old West” at the Multi-Arts Center and “Hands-On History” at the Wondertorium will include crafts and activities popular during the era when “True Grit” took place.

“We have many programs where the audience can hear, and maybe even see, what it was like to live in the 1880s,” said Lynda Reynolds, Stillwater Public Library director and “True Grit” coordinator. “These two events, however, provide an actual hands-on experience.”

“Lost Skills of the Old West” takes place Saturday, March 14, from 1-5 p.m. The half-day program will feature Dutch-oven cooking and a blacksmithing demonstration. Participants will also get to try their hand at spinning and candlemaking.

The program fee is $25 and includes the half day workshop, a Dutch-oven meal with fellow attendees and finished products made during the candlemaking sessions. Registration is required and needs to be made by Monday, March 9. To sign-up or to get more details, call 405-747-8084 or email multiartscenter1@gmail.com.

The Old West fun continues the week of Spring Break, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20 at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium. Members of the museum or those who purchase a day pass will receive a ticket to complete a bonus Old West activity.

“Hands-On History” activities will change each day and include making Dreamcatchers on March 16, Cornhusk Dolls on March 17, Sling Shots on March 18, Basket Weaving on March 19 and Quilt Squares on March 20.

“The Wondertorium activities are a great way for children and adult relatives to spend time together and perhaps discuss family history,” said Reynolds. “Grandparents can use the time to engage with their grandkids and talk about what they enjoyed making as children and what their own grandparents liked to do as kids.”

The activities will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about entry fees, visit the WONDERtorium website at https://www.okwondertorium.org or call 405-533-3333.

For readers who did not pick-up a copy of “True Grit” at the March 2 Kick-off, registration is now open on the library’s True Grit website at http://library.stillwater.org/TrueGrit.php. Participants who register can have a book held for them at the Help Desk for a limited time. Registration is also available by calling 405-372-3633 x8106, emailing askalibrarian@stillwater.org or stopping by the Help Desk in the library.

 “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads True Grit” is sponsored by Stillwater Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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