The Miami Arts and Humanities Council is hosting “Follies and Flicks on Route 66” on Oct. 13.
Activities will be held on Main Street, in the parking lot of the First National Bank, and at the Coleman Theatre, according to Leslie Swan, president of the Miami Arts and Humanities Council.
Designs of Autumn, sponsored by the Miami Arts and Humanities Council for 15 years, usually takes place on Miami's Main Street in September.
It was canceled this year.
“We normally start planning the fall festival nine months ahead of time,” Swan said. “This year we anticipated work being done on Miami's Main Street and decided to cancel the festival.
“We decided to do ‘Follies and Flicks on Route 66' in lieu of the festival.”
“Follies and Flicks” will bring Will Rogers to the forefront.
William Penn Adair Rogers, known around the world as Will Rogers, was born Nov. 4, 1879, in what was Indian Territory near today's Oologah. He died Aug. 15, 1935, the result of an airplane accident in Point Barrow, Alaska,
Rogers was known as Oklahoma's favorite son.
He was an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor.
He ultimately traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”) and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.
He's known to have performed at Miami's Coleman Theatre several times.
Miami's Will Rogers Middle School is one of 13 public schools in Oklahoma named after him.
Interstate 44, just outside of Miami from Joplin, Mo., to Tulsa, is known as the Will Rogers Turnpike.
Steve Gragert, curator at the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, will introduce Roger's movie, “The Ropin' Fool,” at the Coleman Theatre at 1:30 p.m.
“The Ropin' Fool” is a 22-minute silent film in which Rogers stars and that he produced.
At 42, Rogers saw a need to preserve on film the incredible feats possible with a rope … the lariat, the cowboy's work tool.
The film provides a permanent record of Rogers performing roping tricks, many of which were never duplicated.
Slow-motion photography showed how it was done and dispelled the belief that it was fake.
Rogers also wrote the subtitles.
Activities will conclude with a performance by Doug Watson, a Will Rogers impersonator.
But, the public should not worry. Two highlights of Designs of Autumn will be continued.
The chili cook-off, which actually began before Designs of Autumn, and the children's art contest continue.
Teams must enter the chili cook-off by Friday. Cost is $20.
There are two categories - competitive and anything goes chili.
Several new teams have already entered.
Taster kits, which include a bottle of water, are $5 and available at 11 a.m. the morning of the cooking which will be in the parking lot of the First National Bank.
Each kit comes with a ballot for the taster to vote for the people's choice winner.
The Barton-Sweeney Trio will perform during the chili-cook-off.
Proceeds from the chili cook-off will be donated to the Integris Hospice.
Everything will be off Miami's Main Street by 1 p.m. for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College homecoming parade.
The art competition is open to Miami Elementary School students and those of the same age that are home schooled.
The theme is the Oklahoma centennial.
The school entries are being picked up Thursday.
The parents of home schooled students may still pick up the paper for the contest at the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce. It must be returned to the chamber by 10 a.m. Monday to be part of the judging that afternoon.
Connie Benedict, art teacher at Will Rogers Middle School, will be the judge.
Students in the Miami High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will help with hanging the ribbons on the pictures, which will be on display in the windows of Sooner Printing on Main Street.
Members of the board of the Miami Arts and Humanities Council have assisted with the “Follies and Flicks” activities.
They include Becky Acupan, Mary Booth, Kim Folks, Lynn Forkum, David Froman, Marcia McManigal, Ann Neal, Greg and Julie Smith, Ginny Stinson, Jessica Stout and Marcy Thompson.