Wine Tasting Event
A year has almost gone by since our last wine tasting event and preparations are underway for this years part. Invitations will be going in the mail soon and if you do not receive one and wish to attend please contact me at (580) 762-4815 and I will see that you get an invitation. Admission donation is $25 per person in advance or $30 per person at the door. Must be 21 years of age to attend.
The event will be held at Marland's Grand Home at 1000 East Grand in Ponca City on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can look forward to a good number of vendors with a wide variety of wines and beer for everyone to taste along with heavy hors d'oeuvres. There will also be silent auction of various western items along with a live auction of wines and other items.
If you want to spend an interesting and enjoyable evening please plan to attend. We will be looking for you.
Finally I think we can say the cold weather is finally gone. Can't complain too much about this past winter as it could have been much worse. At least our part of the country wasn't too bad. It's nice to work in the sunshine once again.
As it is every year things slow down in the winter months, but not everything. Our fellow directors James and Jerry have left their marks at the ranch site and everything is looking good even this early in the year. Thanks fellas.
We have a new person in charge of Marland's Grand Home. Barbara Vaile was given the position last fall and is doing a great job of learning the operation of the mansion especially the museum. She has been reading up on the 101 Ranch history and is currently reading Michael Wallis's book, "The Real Wild West".
Barbara is also working on a computer program that was purchased some time ago but never really used. The program will be used to inventory everything in the museum including the City's part, The Old Timers and the Collectors.
Al Stehno, president of the Collectors, and I spent some time this past week making some improvements in the museum. Displays were cleaned up, re-arranged and new information cards were printed up for the displays. Much more time will be scheduled for this purpose during the spring months to give a new look for our displays.
Sometime in June after the boiler is no longer needed the City will hire someone to replace some badly eroded steam pipes in the Collector's side of the museum. Al and I removed some of the displays recently so the pips could be inspected.
During the last directors meeting it was approved to make an additional twelve small informational signs for the 101 Ranch Headquarters site. As an ongoing effort we are trying to give visitors as much information about the ranch as we can to make it more interesting to visit the Ranch site.
A Visit to Pond Creek
By Joe Glaser
Sometime late last March while working in my shop I received a phone call from Judy Rutt who lives in Nash, Oklahoma. During a rather interesting conversation with Judy she asked if I would give a talk about the 101 Ranch at the Pond Creek library on April 18, 2013. After such an interesting visit on the phone I couldn't refuse. Being as busy as I am and also being absent minded as older folks get April 17 arrived and Judy called and reminded me or our agreement.
Well I gathered what I needed that evening and was ready to head to Pond Creek the next morning. About twenty five people showed up at the library and when everyone was ready I proceeded with my oration of the 101 Ranch. I did not realize the time had went by so quickly but indeed almost three hours had passed by. The audience was very interested in the history of the 101 Ranch and many questions were asked during the talk. Everyone seemed to have a good time with a number of attendees staying over to continue the conversation about the 101 Ranch.
For those who may want to plan for our next 101 Ranch Old Timers annual reunion please mark your calendars. The reunion will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
There will be more about the reunion in the summer newsletter coming out in early July.