Friday, September 23, 2022

The 36 West Motel is No More


Word has come to us today that the 36 West Motel in Cross Plains is no more. The property was bought and the structure has been removed.

Since Howard Days began in 1986, the 36 West was "the" place to stay for Howard Days activities, as it was located next door to the Robert E. Howard house.

In truth, the 36 had seen its better days before the 1990's, but it was always a serviceable place to stay for fans who came to Howard Days. However, the last several years it had  become pretty run-down and fell out of favor with most Howard Days attendees. But there was still that convenience of being right  next door. Sigh.

No plans have been announced as to the future of the property. We certainly could hope for a nice new motel on the spot that would compliment Woody's Car Museum as well as the Howard Museum.

There will be 36 West stories to be told in the Pavilion at Howard Days 2023, coming April 28-29 at the Howard Museum in Cross Plains. Hope you can be there!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

HOWARD DAYS 2023 WILL BE HELD APRIL 28-29

 


After considerable discussion, polling and debate, Project Pride of Cross Plains and The Robert E. Howard Foundation are pleased to announce the dates for Robert E. Howard Days 2023: April 28 & 29.

The main reason for the date change from June is due to the furnace-like temperatures that attendees have endured for the last two Howard Days. Moving the event to late April will provide everyone with a more inviting environment and make the outdoor activities more pleasant.

The theme of Howard Days 2023 will be "100 Years of Weird Tales" in celebration of the century birthday of The Unique Magazine. Not only was Weird Tales Bob Howard's first and foremost market, it provided us with a plethora of famous writers, like H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and many others. We will celebrate Howard's impact in the pages of WT, of course, along with Weird Tales' pioneering of several literary genres.

The Guest of Honor at Howard Days 2023 is To Be Announced. He or she will headline all the regular events that happen at Howard Days; plus there's always room for surprises and continued Howard Fellowship.

We hope you can make plans to join us! Check back here soon for all the updates. Y'all come!


Friday, June 3, 2022

Updates and Info for Howard Days Next Week!

 Crunch time is here! As we prepare for travels and anticipate the upcoming Howard Days Fellowship, we've still got more last minute info to share.

First off, we'll tease you with a couple of items to be found in the Silent Auction. Scott Rowell of Colorado had this nifty laser engraved plaque made, showing Old Two-Gun hoisting a brew in honor of all his fans coming to visit him. It will be up for grabs at the Silent Auction on Friday Night! Also on the docket is a nice little engraved glass piece (unframed - shown here with a frame) that was made from a pane of the window from Bob's room at the house! (Renovations a couple of years ago made the glass available.) Another one-of-a-kind item only found at the Silent Auction!




The Waitlist for the Banquet has gotten a bit longer, but Project Pride is doing everything they can to accommodate as many folks as possible. Don't forget that you may still attend the Silent Auction and hear Guest of Honor Fred Malmberg's speech, so we hope you come and hang out.

The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press will be under their large canopy in the yard at the Howard Museum Friday and Saturday. In addition to a good quantity of the original 300 run of their Howard books, they will have two new offerings on hand, in limited quantity: The Collected Letters of REH Vol.2 and Steve Harrison's Casebook. These are the reprint editions that are offered when the original edition sells out, and now you can get your copy and save on shipping before they become available on Amazon June 14th. Plus, you get a prize with every purchase.

The Cross Plains Review newspaper offices will be open for visiting on Friday from 12 to 4. Come and see how newspapering was once done, view all the old-time equipment and stand where Bob Howard once had a brief job!

Don't forget that the Howard Days 2022 souvenir postal cancellation is only available on Friday at the C>P. Post Office (and they are closed for lunch between 11:30 and 12:30). 



The 30+ Minutes with HP Lovecraft pod cast recently interviewed Bill Cavalier about Howard Days. You can hear it all at https://anchor.fm/lcpl.

In addition to hosting The Whole Wide World movie at Treadway Park on Friday night, Cross Plains has put together a Spring Bash festival at Treadway Park on Saturday. There will be a classic car show, vendors and food booths for all to enjoy (especially the non-Howard fans...)

It looks like the weatherman is not going to cooperate much this next week. Temperatures in Cross Plains will be near or over the 100 degree mark, so be sure to use your sun screen and stay well hydrated! Some of us aren't used to such hot temperatures, so let's be careful out there!

While you're in town, be sure to support the Cross Plains Library and Senior Center with you donations, enjoy some frosty treats at DQ, great donuts at the Donut Hut, good food at Jean's Feed Barn, Mexico City Cafe, Bubba's BBQ and the Backwoods Grill, to name a few. Patsy's Flowers is also open with Cross Plains gifts & t-shirts, as is Salamander's. And Higgenbothams General Store has just about everything and it's like stepping back into the 1950's when you go there. (We like to buy a new pocket knife every year.)

And new this year, The Bunkhouse has opened up next to Mexico City with 3 bedrooms in a shared space. Call 817-913-3531 for info.

We'll be waiting for you when you come to Howard Days 2022. It will be another spectacular event as we honor and American (and Texan!) original, Robert E. Howard. Come join us!




Wednesday, June 1, 2022

HOWARD DAYS IS NEXT WEEK!


By this time next week, folks from all over the world will be arriving in Cross Plains, Texas for the annual Howard Days event.

Here are a few comments, tips and pointers for enjoying Howard Days as much as possible.

If you do come in on Wednesday (June 8) it will be ok to visit the Howard Museum. While the House is not open, the grounds are available for all. The Pavilion has some seating if you just want to hang out. This is a really good time to get clear photos of the House and grounds. There will be folks stopping by and enjoying some early Howard Fellowship there and this can go on until after dark. Some will gather at Jean's Feed Barn for lunch or dinner too. Believe me, you'll be able to spot fellow Howard fans!

Thursday is when things really start to happen. The Howard Museum and Alla Ray Morris Pavilion will be available during the day for all with tables and chairs. You may play games in the Pavilion at this time (see the Gaming Schedule below) and enjoy a refreshing beverage or bring-your-own-lunch along with the comradery of Howard Fans. Cool drinks will probably be available there, but bring your own just in case.

Speaking of schedules, the entire weekend schedule (+gaming) will be posted LARGE size at the Pavilion.

On Thursday, the Museum will be open from 2 to 4 pm. You may tour the house freely, but there are no docents that day. The Gift Shop will be open as well, filled with new items and Howard stuff you just can't live without. Don't forget that the Gift Shop doesn't take cards, just cash or checks.

And also on Thursday: the Cross Plains Senior Center is having a fund-raising Fish (and Chicken!) Fry from 5 to 7.The SC is easy to find right on Main Street and is a nice gathering place for all Howard Fans! Plus, your $8.00 will help out the Senior Center as you dine among the most friendly of folks!

On Wednesday or Thursday some folks like to take the drive to Brownwood to visit Howard's grave site. Howard is buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery. There are also a wide variety of restaurants and stores there. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/3931/greenleaf-cemetery.

A reminder for the Friday (only) Bus Tour of Cross Plains and environs: the Bus leaves from the Pavilion pretty close to 9am, so you'll want to be there early. We have to do this early morning while it's still relatively cool, so we appreciate your understanding.

Also on Friday: at dusk, the Howard bio-pic The Whole Wide World will be shown in Treadway Park (just west of the Howard Museum). And on Saturday there will be a Classic Car Show in Treadway.

A word about being outdoors in Cross Plains. It will be hot! no matter what the weatherman says, that Texas sun will broil you like a slab of meat if you're not careful. Sun screen and plenty of hydration will be the order of the day. Some bug spray will be available in the Pavilion as well - have you SEEN the size of bugs in Texas?!

Almost all of the information you need is available under the tabs at the top of this page. However, there's nothing like experiencing Howard Days for yourself. Project Pride and the City of Cross Plains have pulled out all the stops to welcome the fans of Robert E. Howard and honor his legacy. There's no hospitality like Texas Hospitality!

If this is your first time, you'll need to know that Howard Days is like a big ol' family reunion, where you know some folks and you don't know others. But when we all get together in the Pavilion, you'll know that all the folks there are family, come to pay respects to Ol' Uncle Two-Gun Bob. We're looking forward to seeing you and sharing much Howard Fellowship!

And here's that Gaming Schedule we mentioned:

A TENTATIVE GAMING SCHEDULE FOR HOWARD DAYS 2022 

Please note that this gaming schedule is not hard and fast and to expect changes, additions, extemporaneous and pop-up games to happen. Please enjoy the freedom to set-up your game and play or demonstrate to other gamers and interested onlookers. Be a Howard Game Ambassador!

Thursday June 9th: Open Gaming IN the Pavilion - ALL DAY.

Friday June 10th:

10 to 4: Open Gaming on tables set up IN THE YARD at the REH Museum. NO GAMING IN THE PAVILION UNTIL AFTER 4 PM. 

10 to 4: REH Table top & RPG gaming at the Cross Plains Public Library.

Check at the Library for specifics.

Tentative Games: Matt John - Conan board game.

                              Bob Byrne: Conan Munchkin card game

Plus other spontaneous games on site.

Also on Friday from 1-5: Mark Finn will present a D&D 5E Conan scenario in the meeting room at the First United Methodist Church. 8 players, pre-gen characters. Sign-up sheet at the Pavilion or at site appearance. FCFS

Saturday June 11th

10 to 4: Open Gaming on tables set up IN THE YARD at the REH Museum. NO GAMING IN THE PAVILION UNTIL AFTER 6 PM.

10 to 4: REH Table top & RPG gaming at the Cross Plains Public Library.

Check at the Library for specifics.

Tentative games: Jeb Boyt - Conan 2D20 from 11 to 3.

                             Matt John - Conan board game.

Other table top games To Be Determined on Site.

Open Gaming at the Library will be limited to table space. The adaptability of gamers to find space is noted and appreciated.

Open Gaming at the REH Museum is a little more viable, of course as weather permits.

Everybody have some fun with all of this!

 


Friday, May 27, 2022

HOWARD DAYS IS 2 WEEKS AWAY!


That's right! Only two weeks until The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom! Hope you've made plans to be there June 10th & 11th at the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas!

We're finalizing the crossing of the "t's" and dotting of the "i's" to make sure that Howard Days 2022 will be the best ever! Project Pride works tirelessly year round towards the preservation of the REH Museum and Robert E. Howard's Legacy. They've got everything ready to go and are anticipating with much pleasure the arrival of Howard fans from all over the world to Howard's town of Cross Plains, Texas.

Here are some bits of information for you to consider as the event gets closer and you get on the road to share in the fine REH Fellowship to be found at Howard Days.

As our theme this year is The REH Influence on Gaming, we hope to be able to accommodate Conan (et al) tabletop gamers as best we can in a limited environment. See the Tentative Schedule under the EVENTS header for a detailed update, but here's the skinny:
  • There will be tabletop gaming at tables in the Museum yard all day both days. 
  • Gaming will be allowed IN the Pavilion after 4 pm on Friday and after 6 pm on Saturday.
  • We will have open and scheduled gaming at the CP Library on both days.
While the Friday night Celebration Banquet is sold out, you can waitlist your name at Projpride@yahoo.com. *Hopefully* there will be some cancellations or no-shows.
But remember that even if you don't have a dinner reservation, you can still show up at the Baptist Church Life Center and hang out, bid on the Silent Auction items and listen to Fred Malmberg's Guest of Honor speech. Howard Fellowship will fill the room!

And speaking of the Silent Auction, it's not too late to send those REH items as donations to Project Pride for a fun night of exciting bidding. 100% of the proceeds goes to Project Pride's maintenance of the REH Museum. Silent Auction, Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Or you may drop off auction items at the Museum on Thursday or Friday.

And speaking of Thursday, don't forget that the REH Museum (and Gift Shop!) is open from 2 to 4 pm, and the Pavilion is open all day until late night! Gaming on Thursday will be allowed in the Pavilion.
The Cross Plains Senior Center also has a Fish Fry fund raiser from 5 to 7. Don't care for fish? They have chicken, too!

Don't forget that Cash is King at Howard Days. Checkbooks work very well also, as those are the only forms of payment allowed at the Museum Gift Shop (and Auction), There are several ATM's located around Cross Plains for your convenience, so not to worry.

There are still Dealers Tables available for set-up in the yard around the Pavilion. Cost is $25.00 for both days, payable in the Gift Shop (or in advance at Pay Pal: Projpride@yahoo.com. We'd prefer that the bulk of your items offered are either REH or directly related. This IS HOWARD Days!

The Schedule pretty much says it all, but please know that changes may happen, including add-ons, surprises, extemporaneous fun and spontaneous events may pop up. Howard Days is not unlike a Family Reunion, and fellowship and good will are a big part of what is happening, all under the umbrella of honoring Good Ol' Uncle Two-Gun Bob.

Hope to see you in two weeks. Safe travels, y'all.


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Howard Days 2022 Celebration Banquet is SOLD OUT

 The Friday night Celebration Banquet at this year's Howard Days is now SOLD OUT.

For the first time ever, all the seats at the Banquet have been sold three weeks in advance of Howard Days. We are now taking names for the Waitlist, as there are usually some cancellations or no-shows.

You may still come for the Silent Auction, place bids and hang out - and even listen in on the festivities and speech by our Guest of Honor, Fred Malmberg. There just won't be a seat for you at the dinner table.

This is the first time the Howard Days Banquet has sold out this quickly! We're very glad for that, as all proceeds go to Project Pride and their ongoing perpetuation of the Legacy of Robert E. Howard.

So, get your name on the Waitlist  and keep your fingers crossed.

See you soon!

Friday, May 13, 2022

HOWARD DAYS IS 1 MONTH AWAY!

One month to go for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

We've "finalized" the Howard Days schedule as best we can and you can see it by clicking on the "EVENTS" tab up top. Of course, nothing is truly "final" until HD 2022 actually gets here, but we hope you can plan accordingly with what we're showing here.

Some additional information, reminders and suggestions are what we have for you now.

Please note our previous post where we ask for your help in donating items to the Silent Auction, to register as early as possible for the Banquet, postal cancellation souvenir info and The Whole Wide World showing.

As this year there are number of anniversaries in the World of REH, we note how it's been 40 years since the first Arnold Conan movie, Conan the Barbarian. This previously undetermined panel slot goes to Paul Sammon and his entertaining presentation of his involvement with both of the Arnold movies.

Another added guest is Joel Bylos, the CCO of Funcom, who will give us some up close looks at the World of Conan video games.

There will be REH gaming in the Cross Plains Public Library as well, where table-top and role playing games will be presented on a limited basis by some notables in the REH gaming industry. Information on that will be available in the Pavilion of Friday morning.

We need to remind everyone that when you make a purchase in the Gift Shop or win a bid at the Silent Auction, you must pay in cash or with a check. There are several ATM machines available in Cross Plains. (You can bring your own checkbook!)

2022 finds us at the 90th anniversary of Howard's masterpiece poem, Cimmeria. For the last several years, we've read Cimmeria in multiple languages, stanza by stanza, from Bob Howard's porch. And we will certainly continue this tradition, but this year, the poem will be read completely in each language, rather than stanza by stanza in all the languages. We will interspace each language in between other Howard poetry read in our open mic setting.

We will have more announcements and bits of information in the now few weeks until Howard Days. If you are still on the fence about coming, know that Texas is a big state and there's plenty of room. Also, everything at HD is FREE, except for a seat at the Banquet! And those seats are going fast, so be sure to register right away so you can enjoy great food, a Guest of Honor speech from Fred Malmberg and helping Project Pride with your bids at the Silent Auction!

Hope to see you in a month's time! It will be here before you know it!

Y'all come.