Friday, March 17, 2023

St. Patrick's Day Means Howard Days is 6 Weeks Away!

St. Patrick's Day was Bob Howard's favorite holiday! So, Happy O'Day to you - we hope you're enjoying your corned beef, cabbage and green beer as you plan for the April 28-29 version of Howard Days! Only six short weeks away!

Selecting the various tabs on this page will help you with those plans, as we've tried to include as much information as you would want. The schedule is 95% complete, Project Pride is getting Cross Plains ready and Howard Days is on our minds for a cooler springtime presentation!

That being said, there are a number of things to remind you about for the upcoming Best Two Days in Howard Fandom.

  • If you haven't made your reservation for the Friday night Celebration Banquet, there is still time. But seats usually go fast as Howard Days draws near. Only $25.00 per person gives you a seat at the big social event of Howard Days, plus you can bid on Silent Auction items, enjoy some great chicken fried steak and hear Guest of Honor John Betancourt speak to this year's theme of "100 Years of Weird Tales". You can Pay Pal your fee to
  • As for the Silent Auction, it is always in need of REH and related items to be put up for bid. 100% of the proceeds from this goes directly to Project Pride and the upkeep of the REH Museum! If you can send your items in advance, please do so: Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, Texas 76443; or, bring your items to the Museum on Friday by 4 pm. Thanks!
  • The Postal Cancellation Stamp is available only on Friday, so make sure you get to the Cross Plains Post Office to get this nifty little unique souvenir. There will be a new display of 12 different postcards available in the Museum Gift Shop, compliments of Mark Finn and Janice Schange.
  • The Cross Plains Review will be open on Friday again this year. Come and see what making a newspaper in Howard's time was like at the place where early Howard writings were published.
  • We're trying something a little different this year with an informal panel called Howard's Women. This will take place Friday at 4 pm at the Cottonwood Coffee Shop on Main Street. It will be a fan-based and fan-inspired round-table discussion of "Howard's Women", relating to his life and his fiction, in a coffee shop atmosphere. Give it a try and enjoy their great beverages too!
  • There will be a number of new books debuting at HD this year: the REH Foundation will present The Robert E. Howard Photo Album, Forbidden Magic - REH Poems from Weird Tales will be available in the Gift Shop, Jason Waltz will premiere Hither Came Conan, a collection of essays about Howard's Conan stories, and Bobby Derie gives us (literally) The REH Trivia Book.
So, all these events will be intertwined in a fun-packed two days at the Robert E. Howard Museum. We're hoping you can join us as we celebrate the life and Legacy of a True American and Texan, Robert E. Howard.

And don't forget he was Irish! Slainte!

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