Around The County

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Activities include preparing

salsa, chili, ‘ghoulish gobbling’

Serve yourself a spicy Halloween celebration Saturday in Ralston at the fifth annual Fall Funfest and Chili Cook-off. Registration for the chili and salsa competitions will be at 12:30 p.m.

Chili and salsa preparation will be from 1-4 p.m., and judging will be at 4:30 p.m. Judging for the best popcorn ball will also be at 4:30 p.m. “Ghoulish gobbling” for $5 is offered, until everything is gone.

There will also be a children’s costume contest at 5 p.m., and a “haunted hayride” for those who are not faint of heart.

This festival will be held on 6th Street in Ralston, between Main and Garfield. Sponsors include the Ralston Booster Club, Hart-Cowan American Legion Post 333, and the Ralston Foundation.

“The Conjuring,” a motion picture, is to be shown at the Ralston Opera House following the hayride. Also, a costume party for adults is planned from 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion. Music is to be provided by Chad Harrell.


Halloween storytelling

scheduled Saturday

The Friends of the Fred Drummond Home will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. They invite and encourage all to attend as they continue to preserve and share this part of Oklahoma history. The Drummond Home is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Their mission is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma.

Plan to attend the Drummond Halloween Storytelling Time from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. What a fun evening for guests and their little ones as they are guided through the home to see and hear storytellers dressed in Halloween attire tell ghostly stories and or poems.

Halloween treats and punch will be available at the end of the tours. There will be a small admission fee of $3 per person taken at the door for everyone except children 4 years old and younger. All funding goes to benefit the Drummond Home located at 305 North Price, Hominy.

Normal business hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours offered between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.

For more information, please call 918-885-2374.


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 at Elks Lodge

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 tracyeasley@sbcglobal.net. Other members of ESA may also be contacted for advance tickets.


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.