We’re down to one month to go until Robert E. Howard Days! On June 8th folks from all over the US and the world will converge on Cross Plains, Texas, where we’ll share in the fellowship of being fans of the works of the incomparable Robert E. Howard. 2012 marks the 80th birthday of REH’s most famous creation, Conan the Cimmerian, so come to Texas for Howard Days and make sure you have a slice of Conan’s birthday cake! I told you there would be cake!
The Robert E. Howard Museum will be shining under the Texas sun, open for all to explore and enjoy, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Project Pride organization in Cross Plains. Every year I get a special thrill just being in the same house where my favorite author lived and worked and it’s a special joy to read his poetry out loud next to room where it was created. If you haven’t experienced this, give yourself a treat!
Once again this year there will be all kinds of interesting panels about REH and Conan, but we’re also presenting a tribute to our dear departed friend and mentor, Glenn Lord. A narrated bus tour of Cross Plains is on tap, a special souvenir postal cancellation is available and the Pavilion will be open for a Swap Meet for REH items. We’ll do another poetry reading under the street lamp in the backyard, after we try something new: a Friday night (9 pm) panel presentation at the Ice House uptown: Fists at the Ice House. Bring your flashlights!
We can’t forget about the Celebration Banquet on Friday night (where we’ll also present the 3rd Annual Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards). A popular part of the Banquet is the Silent Auction – if you haven’t already sent your donated items for the Auction to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443 – this is Indy asking you to please do so! Generous folks like y’all help keep Project Pride perking right along with upkeep on the Howard House, among other things.
The Cross Plains Library will host most of the Panels in their award-winning library – if you could see your way clear to make a small donation to them for their wonderful hospitality and generosity, your reward will be that great “pay-it-forward” feeling!
The Barbeque at Caddo Peak Ranch happens on Saturday night – nothing tastes better than brisket and beans under the Texas sky! Plus you can climb to the highest point in Callahan County and *almost* see Bob Howard’s house from there!
If you do plan on coming down, take the time to register by June 1st so the Project Pride folks can be sure they can accommodate everyone. Check the REH DAYS 2012 tab at the top of this page for a complete schedule and all the info you’ll need to make sure you have a great time celebrating Robert E. Howard. In your mind you can brandish those Bowies and blaze those pistolas for two of the best days you can have in June. And it’s only a month away!
Y’all come and we’ll see you there!