“Territory folks should stick together”

The Claremore Museum of History in partnership with the Cherokee Nation presents their second event in the 75 Year Anniversary Celebration of Oklahoma! program series, The Box Social and Lynn Riggs Birthday Celebration.

The museum is throwing a birthday party for Lynn Riggs in Oklahoma! fashion by recreating the famous “Box Social” auction. This event will be held at Rogers State University in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center commencing at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, author Tim Carter will be giving the opening remarks, followed by musical entertainment.

Before this great celebration Rogers State University will be hosting a lecture by Tim Carter the author of Oklahoma! The Making of an American Musical, at 12PM on Friday, Aug. 31 more details to follow.

Cherokee baskets made by renown Cherokee artist Danielle Culp will be auctioned off to the highest bidder complete with deserts made by Claremore’s best bakers. These baskets will be presented by members of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club. It will truly be an Oklahoma! night to remember in celebration of the greatest playwright of the Southwest and Claremore native, Lynn Riggs.

Mike Hosty, Annie Ellicott and Claremore’s very own local talent Travis Peck will be the entertainment for the evening. Out of Norman, Okla. witty guitar guru Mike Hosty, plays as a One Man Band playing drums with his feet, playing the guitar and singing at the same time at the Deli in Norman, Okla., on Campus Corner and entertains as the Hosty Duo sometimes with the addition of a Drummer combining for a tour schedule of 250 shows a year. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. His guitar collection includes an 8 string instrument that allows him to thump three bass strings with his thumb while he fingerpicks guitar. Mike will be performing songs from Green Grow the Lilacs in his solo Okie way.

Annie Ellicott is an interdisciplinary artist working to expand her role as a singer/songwriter through video production, stagecraft, and performance art. Annie has toured the United States as well as Europe, performing both traditional jazz and original compositions. She has also been a prominent stage actress in Oklahoma for over eighteen years. Annie will be performing songs from Oklahoma! with a jazz flavor.

Travis Peck began singing with his sister when they were younger but never sang in public until his senior year of high school. Since then he has competed in multiple singing competitions and even won a local contest back in 2010. He played the role of Bert Healy in the 20017 production of Annie at the Claremore PAC. In May this year, Travis sang the National Anthem for a Tulsa Drillers home game in front of thousands of fans. He also plays guitar and can be seen preforming at pubs and private events around Claremore.

MoH Executive Director/Curator Andy Couch said “In June of 1956 a couple of days before the Southern Premiere of Oklahoma! a ‘box social’ was held at the Oklahoma Military Academy field house with special guest Shirley Jones, that evening was full of entertainment from the Claremore community, and raised a lot of funds for the Lynn Riggs Memorial. By recreating this historic event we thought it would be an appropriate way to celebrate 75 years of Oklahoma! and honor Lynn Riggs on what would be his 119th birthday. We hope everyone can make it to celebrate Oklahoma’s favorite playwright and, at the same time, provide continuing support to the Claremore Museum of History”

Tickets for this event are $75. Register for this event online at claremoremoh.org tickets can be purchased online or by sending a check to the Claremore Museum of History, 121 North Weenonah Ave, Claremore, OK 74017.