Posted by indy on 17th February 2013
Robert E. Howard Days will take place June 7-8, 2013, at the the Robert E. Howard House & Museum in Cross Plains, Texas.
This annual gathering of fans of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard is presented by the fine folks of Project Pride of Cross Plains, sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation with the help of the members of REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association.
The REH Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 Guest of Honor is Tim Truman, artist and author from Dark Horse Comics. Tim is currently at work on adapting The Hour of the Dragon for Dark Horse.
All of the regularly scheduled events will be taking place again this year: the Howard House and Gift Shop open on Friday & Saturday (and for a short while on Thursday), panels of interest to everyone, the Friday night Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction, the special postal cancellation, the REH Swap Meet at the Pavilion, bus tours of the town + surrounding area, the Saturday night Barbeque at the Caddo Peak Ranch, plus (maybe most importantly) the gathering of friends and fans to honor the Legacy of REH.
Cross Plains Barbarian Days is also that Saturday, and the REH Foundation will host a Legacy Circle Members Luncheon.
The detailed information will be posted soon here and at the REH Foundation site as well as at the Conan Forum and Two-Gun Raconteur.
But now’s the time to make your plans on being there for the best 2+ days in Howard Fandom. If you’re a returning attendee, you know what a great time it is – and if you’ve never been, come to Cross Plains and find out! There’s plenty of room for everyone – it’s TEXAS!
Hope to see you there. We’re in the process of getting the details ironed out, so check back soon. Any questions? Let me know at email@example.com.
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Posted by indy on 22nd January 2013
Today is the 107th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Howard, or Ol’ Two-Gun as he is know to some of us!
Raise a glass and read some Howard today and think about all the good things both endeavors have brought to our lives!
Here’s to you, Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard. Thanks for all the words!
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Posted by indy on 5th March 2012
Robert E. Howard Days 2012 is happening June 8th and 9th in Cross Plains, Texas, and we’d surely like to see you there! This annual festival to celebrate the life and work of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard features the gathering of Howard fans from all over the world at the very spot where he created all of his marvelous work.
Project Pride of Cross Plains, The Robert E. Howard Foundation and the Robert E. Howard United Press Association join forces each June to present two days of REH fellowship and everyone is invited. Come and enjoy tours of the Howard House and the town of Cross Plains, a Bus Tour, a Banquet and a Barbeque, panels, a silent auction, swap meet, a commemorative postal cancellation, plus some special events – and best of all, the opportunity to gather with fellow Howard fans to celebrate his life and legacy.
This years is the 80th anniversary of the birth of REH’s most famous creation, Conan of Cimmeria, and we’re having a party! While nobody knows the words to Happy Birthday in the original Cimmerian tongue, there will be cake! (Without the 80 candles – too much of a fire hazard!)
So make plans to join us in Cross Plains June 8th and 9th. I’m in the process of getting the fully detailed schedule together, but all of the usual fun activities continue this year. Here’s a short schedule so you can start planning. Hope to see you there!
2012 HOWARD DAYS SCHEDULE
FRIDAY JUNE 8
8:30 – 9 am: Coffee and donuts at the Pavilion, compliments of Project Pride
9 am – 4 pm: Robert E. Howard House Museum open to the public.
9 am – 4 pm: REH Postal Cancellation at Cross Plains Post Office
9 am – 11 am: Bus Tour of Cross Plains
10 am – 5 pm: Cross Plains Public Library open
11:00: PANEL: Glenn Lord Tribute
Noon: Lunch hosted by Project Pride. Donations Welcome.
11:00 am to 4 pm: Pavilion available for REH items Swap Meet
1:00 pm: PANEL: Conan the Existentialist
2:30 pm: PANEL: Conan’s Birthday!
5:30 – 6:30: Silent Auction items available for viewing & bidding at Banquet site
6:30: Robert E. Howard Celebration Banquet & Silent Auction at the Cross Plains Community Center
Following the Banquet & Silent Auction: The Third Annual Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards at the Cross Plains Community Center
Afterward there will be some extemporaneous REH Poetry Reading at the Pavilion.
SATURDAY JUNE 9
9 am – 4 pm: Robert E. Howard House Museum open to the public.
9 am – 4 pm: BARBARIAN FESTIVAL held this year at Treadway Park, 3 blocks west of REH House
10 am – 3 pm: Cross Plains Public Library open
10:30 am PANEL: REH at the Gates of Academia
Noon to 4 pm: Pavilion available for REH items Swap Meet
Noon: The Robert E. Howard Foundation Legacy Circle Members Luncheon.
Lunch & Festival Activities at your leisure during the day
2:00 pm PANEL: To Be Announced
3:30 pm PANEL:What’s Up with REH? at the Pavilion
5 pm: Sunset BBQ at the Caddo Peak Ranch
HOWARD DAYS PRE-REGISTRATION
PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to pre-register to partake of the weekend’s festivities. All are welcome to attend, visit the House and enjoy all of the activities free of charge. Project Pride likes to pre-register folks primarily to get a head count of how many will be attending the Banquet on Friday night. All the panels, tours, Swap Meet, Pavilion activities etc. are presented at no cost. Your registration fee covers coffee & donuts Friday morning, lunch at the Pavilion Friday noon, the Friday Banquet and the Saturday BBQ.
The cost for pre-registration this year is still only $15 per person. Please send your name(s) & address with a check or money order or register via PayPal: ProjPride@yahoo.com
Attn: REH Days 2011 Pre-registration
PO Box 534
Cross Plains, TX 76443
Please pre-register before June 1, 2012.
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Posted by indy on 21st January 2012
Ok, so I’m jumping the gun by a day – January 22nd is the anniversary of the 106th birthday of Robert E. Howard!
This way, you can blaze your pistolas and brandish those Bowies all night long in celebration of the reason why you’re looking at this website (among other things)! Make sure you raise the libation of your choice in Ol’ Two-Gun’s general direction and honor his memory and legacy by reading some of his words. Prose or poetry will suffice. Satisfaction will ensue on both accounts!
Raise your glass to Robert E. Howard, King of the Adventure Writers! Happy birthday, Bob!
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Posted by indy on 22nd January 2011
January 22, 2011 marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of Robert Ervin Howard.
As he is the reason we have all gathered here and in similar places all around the world, let’s toast his shade with a favorite libation and break out a favorite Howard story or poem. We can honor his memory, feel a bit warmer about it (depending on the libation) and know that we support the Legacy of the World’s Greatest Adventure Writer, who let us all partake of his marvelous imagination.
Thanks, Bob, for all the words…
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Posted by indy on 18th January 2011
For those of you lucky enough to live in the “immediate” area of Cross Plains, Texas, head on over this coming Saturday for a Robert E. Howard Birthday Bash.
January 22nd marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard, so Project Pride and REH Days 2011 Co-Guest of Honor Dennis McHaney are hosting a party! The Howard House & Museum will be opened for a while, ice cream and cake will be served and anyone showing up can treat themselves to a showing of both the Solomon Kane movie and the Thriller Pigeons from Hell episode up at the Cross Plains Public Library.
Sounds like an excellent way to celebrate not only Howard’s birth, but the kick-off to Cross Plains own 100th birthday festivities. We’ll be looking for pictures and a trip report, so y’all have fun.
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Posted by Damon Sasser on 29th October 2010
The world’s one and only No. 1 Howard Fan, Glenn Lord will be 79 years young on November 16. Glenn has dedicated his life to bringing Robert E. Howard’s prose and poetry to Howard fans the world over, so we are throwing him a well deserved birthday bash in recognition of his efforts.
Last year, 20 people gathered at Tampico Seafood & Cocina Mexican in Houston for a birthday party for Glenn. Everyone attending agreed it was a resounding success, so we are doing it again this year.
Among those who made it last year were Patrice Louinet and Fabrice Tortey, who traveled clear across the Atlantic, lugging a bottle of champagne for Glenn. Wherever you are in the United States its closer than France, so you’ve got no excuses for not attending.
Join Glenn Lord and the rest of the gang at the Monument Inn in Baytown, Texas on Saturday, November 13. The celebration begins at 12:30 pm. Be sure and e-mail Paul Herman today and make your reservation. And don’t forget to bring your copies of Glenn’s books and he’ll gladly personally autograph them for you.
If you can’t attend, be sure and mail Glenn your birthday wishes to P.O. Box 775, Pasadena, TX 77501, or wish him a happy 79th via Facebook. Either way, I know he’ll appreciate hearing from you.
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Posted by Damon Sasser on 15th June 2010
Now that the 2010 Howard Days has entered the hallowed halls Howardom history, it is time to reflect on the annual gathering in Cross Plains to honor Bob and his contributions to the literary world.
The weather was downright pleasant – not too hot, with a cool breeze and clouds keeping the heat at bay. Jim and Ruth Keegan were gracious and wonderful Guests of Honor, as was the always entertaining Paul Sammon. The banquet was full and the food from Cross Plains’ Mexico City Café was delicious. Saturday night’s barbeque at Caddo Peak Ranch was fantastic as always — nothing like that Texas hospitality the Middelton family extends to the Howard Days attendees every year.
One new item that caught my attention was a sign on the front of the Howard House. The sign states that the house is Doc Howard’s residence and is an exact replica of the one that appears in the famous photo of a young Bob with Patch on the front walkway. I thought that was a nice little addition that added some historical authenticity. When times were particularly tough during The Depression, Doc had to work from the house and the sign helped folks find their way there.
Another neat addition to Howard days this year was a flatbed trailer with chairs pulled by a pick-up for the walking tour (which I suppose is now the riding tour). This certainly makes it easier than walking in the oppressive Texas heat, since in past years people dropped out of the tour early as the heat took its toll on them. The tour is even longer now that folks can ride in style through the streets of Cross Plains as Rusty tells all about the places around town where Bob lived, worked and played
Next year’s celebration will be a big one, with 2011 being the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cross Plains, the 75th anniversary of Howard’s death and the 25th anniversary of the very first Howard Days.
As the old saying goes, be there or be square.
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Posted by indy on 22nd April 2010
The seven week countdown to Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains starts today. I’ve been periodically updating the REH Days 2010 Information Page, so you might want to check that out by clicking on the tab at the top of this page…if you would.
And how can you help out REH Days this year, you ask? Howzabout going through your “stuff” and donating Howard and Howard-related items to the Silent Auction, held every year at the Celebration Banquet at Howard Days? We’ve all got extras or dupes of Howard matter in our collections, and what better way to help out the fine folks of Project Pride in Cross Plains than to donate a few of those books or magazines or fanzines or posters or artwork or the odd things we’ve all acquired but really don’t need anymore. It’s a very good thing to perpetuate the Legacy of Robert E. Howard, and that’s exactly what Project Pride does with the Robert E. Howard Museum. It’s an all volunteer outfit, folks, so you’d be doing them a great favor by sending items to the Silent Auction. So box that stuff up today and send it to: Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Or, you can bring it with you to Howard Days, and we’ll find room! Indy sez Thanks!
Paul Sammon (author of Conan the Phenomenon) will be joining us this year to enhance the already fun-filled dance-card that is Howard Days. He will really help to round out this year’s theme, The Illustrators of REH, by joining our 2010 Guests of Honor Jim and Ruth Keegan on a couple of panels. Conan the Phenomenon is an award-winning book chock full of fantastic REH graphics, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, Crom may not be ignoring you… Plus, the erudite Mr. Sammon has worked on ALL THREE Conan movies, so you know he’s got some good stories. And he even told me he won’t charge his usual fee for autographs!
Arlene Stephenson of Project Pride tells me there will be a new t-shirt for sale this year, plus a new hat design and a polo shirt available in the Gift Shop at the Howard House. This year’s Keegan design for the Postal Cancellation is a wonderful addition to that ongoing collection, and there’s always some goodies at the Swap Meet held at the Pavilion as well.
Things are shaping up nicely for another great REH Days, so bring your sunscreen and Howard stuff, be prepared for a surprise or two (aren’t there always?) and we’ll see y’all real soon!
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Posted by morgan on 22nd January 2010
Here we are to January 22 already. What better reason to have a little celebration in the middle of winter than celebrating Robert E. Howard’s birthday.
One would like to think that Howard’s birth was accompanied by swirling winds, black clouds, thunder, and lightning. He has gone on to be a world wide icon. I am looking at my Webster’s New World Dictionary and one of the meanings for literature is “those of an imaginative or critical character valued for excellence of form and expression.” I think we can apply that to Robert E. Howard. Writers are still trying to figure out that magic formula that he had for combining atmosphere, action, and background all into one.
I find it amazing that this Texan writer is popular in the British Isles, France, Germany, and even Russia. There is a quintessence that appeals around the world. Robert E. Howard was totally unique at the time. He has become a standard that others aspire to reach. I am here with an open bottle of Guinness on the desk and remembering all the hours of pleasure this man has given to me.
Happy Birthday in that Tir Na Og, Valhalla, Almuric, or undiscovered country your spirit has gone.
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