Around The County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Heritage celebration

rescheduled for Saturday

Want to help the Fairfax community recover from the tornado that hit its downtown Oct. 7? A quick way to help a little bit is to attend the annual heritage celebration on Saturday.

The heritage event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has been planned to include a fun run, a car show, food booths and a street dance. The celebration was postponed from Oct. 13 until Oct. 20 in the aftermath of the tornado.

This is an opportunity to visit Fairfax, spend a little money on snacks, and personally express one’s interest in the future of that community.

During a prayer Monday at the beginning of the weekly meeting of the Osage County Board of Commissioners, District 2 Commissioner Kevin Paslay of Skiatook asked for divine guidance to “show each one of us our part to help Fairfax be restored.”


Grann to visit

Waterbird Gallery

Thursday, Oct. 18, will provide a special opportunity for readers in Osage County as the author and the setting of one of America’s bestsellers come together again for a few hours.

David Grann’s, Killers of the Flower Moon, tells the true story of the murders in Osage County in the early 1920s, which led to a high-profile prosecution at the historic courthouse in Pawhuska. Based on unprecedented oil wealth, vicious hidden greed, a plot twist that is shocking, and the beginnings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Killers of the Flower Moon has captivated the country and Hollywood, as the movie rights have been purchased.

Thursday, the author returns to the setting of the story for a meet-and-greet book signing. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterbird Gallery, located at 134 E. Sixth Street in Pawhuska, you can visit with the author in person and leave with an autographed copy. Waterbird owner Danette Daniels said she will have plenty of copies of the book available for purchase at the signing.


Movie screening starts

Halloween festivities

If Halloween is your kind of holiday, the Constantine Theater, located on Main Street in downtown Pawhuska, has an offering for you this Friday evening.

Don’t miss the movie “Army of Frankensteins” at the Constantine Theater on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. Some of this film was actually shot at the Constantine.

There is no admission charge for those attending, but the Constantine is encouraging donations.


Pumpkin Patch,

Hospital of Horror set

Help Works and Why Knot are holding the Pumpkin Patch fundraiser at 219 Lincoln, in Pawhuska, until all the pumpkins are sold. There are games and a concession stand, and you can have your photo made in the 12-foot fall snow globe. This activity is from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call 918-287-1588.

Additionally, on Friday and Saturday nights in October, Help Works will be holding the Hospital of Horror fundraiser at 119 E. Main St., Pawhuska. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 6-12. For more information, call 918-287-1588.


Auction scheduled Oct. 27

Help Works will be holding an auction Oct. 27, at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with music. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. Dinner will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. A quilt made and donated by Jody Bracken will be raffled during the auction. Tickets are available now at Help Works, 219 Lincoln. For more information or to donate auction items, call 918-287-1588.


ESA to hold

event Oct. 28

The Pawhuska chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization is planning a Lodging Tour for Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each if purchased in advance, and $12 each if purchased the day of the tour.

The Lodging Tour will be a fundraiser for ESA, which sponsors an annual scholarship for a Pawhuska High School senior, and also contributes to charitable and community causes such as the Ministerial Alliance, Special Olympics, Boy Scouts, Christ’s Cupboard, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and others. ESA is well-known in Pawhuska for its U.S. flag service project, which involves the flying of Old Glory at least 10 times a year.

ESA adopts families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and participates in the Back Pack Program that sends meals home with children.

The ESA Lodging Tour will be self-paced. You can buy a ticket at any location on the list of sites to be visited, and you can visit the sites in any order you choose. ESA will have someone at each site to sell tickets and answer questions.

The tour sites include the Frontier Hotel, 101 W. Main St.; the Million Dollar Inn, 816 Grandview; the Cottages, 127 W. Main St.; the Redbud, 308 E. 7th St.; the Farm House and Cottage, 220 and 224 E. 8th St.; Little Rain Song Loft, 617 Kihekah; the Black Gold Motel, 544 Mathews Ave.; and the Historic Whiting Hotel Suites, 707 Kihekah.

For tickets in advance, call Tracy Easley at 918-630-0821, or email at Other members of ESA may also be contacted for advance tickets.


Pawhuska library

helps trace roots

Genealogy will kick off during the week of Oct. 22-26 at Pawhuska Public Library. Visit the library’s re-organized genealogy room. How do you get started in genealogy? With yourself. Write down everything about you – your full name, parents’ names, and other information. Then go one generation back and repeat. Call the library for times a genealogist will be available for assistance. The library phone number is 918-287-3989. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1– 6 p.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Book author to

visit museum

The Osage County Historical Society and Museum will host Lonnie E. Underhill, author of a book titled Osage Indian Reign Of Terror: The Violence of Bill Hale, 1921-23, on Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Osage County Historical Museum is located at 700 Lynn Avenue. You can contact the Museum by phone at 918-287-9119.

Underhill is the author of several books on Arizona history and other topics related to the American West. His book about the Osage murders was published in 2010 and is one of several books on the topic.