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September 19, 2012

Halseys to serve as Will Rogers Days Parade Marshals



“Like Will Rogers,” Wooley went on to say, “Jim Halsey is a beloved Oklahoma entertainment figure. His appearance at the 2012 Will Rogers Days parade will continue a tradition of honoring famous entertainment figures who would ‘ve made Will proud.”
“We are honored to be participating in this parade,” the Halseys said.
Will Rogers’ grandson, Kem Rogers, and his daughter, Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry, are expected to come from California for the celebration.
The first two days focus on children, but traditionally draw a large number of adults.  
Thursday is Children’s Day at the Museum (reservations required because of space limitations) when several hundred children will swarm the Museum’s hills and grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for old fashioned games, music and a Cherokee storyteller.
Friday is the traditional birthday party at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch from 10-11:30 a.m., complete with cake. Entertainment will be by Oologah-Talala school children, directed by Kim Grazier, in an original musical production and champion trick roper Kowboy Kal.
Friday night is Night at the Museum at the Claremore Museum, a ticketed event.
Saturday opens with an Antique and Classic Car Show on the Museum grounds.
Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will pay tribute to Will Rogers on Saturday as they have since the Museum opened Nov. 4, 1938. “Hats Off  to Will” begins at 1 pm. in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Theatre, followed by the club placing a basket of fall foliage in the Museum rotunda and a wreath at the Rogers’ family tomb. It was a tradition of Will Rogers’ mother, Mary, to decorate their ranch home with fall foliage, said Ollie Starr, Pocahontas president. The club and guests will gather for a reception after the ceremonies.
Sunday will finalize the annual celebration, which dates back to Nov. 4, 1938, when the Claremore Museum opened, with dedication of a Commemorative Plaque to be installed on the south wall of the Claremore Museum at 2 p.m. by Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, A.F. & A.M. Will Rogers was a Mason, inducted into the Claremore Lodge, later named Will Rogers Lodge, and was a Shriner. A new Shrine plaque was dedicated last year.

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