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John Wayne Birthday Celebration May 23-24, 2014 2014 John Wayne Birthday Celebration

THANK YOU ALL for a wonderful John Wayne Birthday Celebration!
Photos from this year’s Celebration

Make your plans now for next year’s John Wayne Birthday Celebration, May 22-24, 2015
and the GRAND OPENING of the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum!

Birthplace Tours | FREE John Wayne Movies! | Rodeo | Western Swing Dance
Jennifer Wayne & Kaley Caperton | Pancake Breakfast | John Wayne 5K Run/Walk | Covered Bridge Tours
Pie Squared | Book Symposium | Cowboy Mounted Shooters
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner and Auction

2014 JOHN WAYNE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 23

9am–5pm

John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace

10am

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Searchers

Iowa Theater

1pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
Stagecoach

Iowa Theater

4pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Iowa Theater

6pm

John Wayne Birthday Celebration Rodeo

Madison County Fairgrounds

9pm

Western Swing Dance

Madison County Fairgrounds

SATURDAY, MAY 24

7am - 11am

Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

Fire Station

9am–5pm

John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace

9am

John Wayne Birthplace 5K Run/Walk
John Wayne Birthplace lot, corner of Washington & Second Streets

John Wayne Birthplace lot

10am

Covered Bridge Tours

Madison County Chamber

10am

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Searchers introduced by Glenn Frankel

Iowa Theater

12:30pm - 3pm

Pie Squared

Courthouse Square

1pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
Stagecoach

Iowa Theater

1pm

Book Symposium with authors Lana Wood, Scott Eyman, Glenn Frankel and Aissa Wayne

Madison County Historical Complex

1pm

Cowboy Mounted Shooters

Madison County Fairgrounds

2pm

Covered Bridge Tours

Madison County Chamber

4pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Iowa Theater

John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner
Madison County Historical Complex, 815 South Second Ave., Winterset

Doors open at 5pm

Social hour, followed by a delicious Dinner and a lively talk about John Wayne, John Ford and The Searchers by Lana Wood (little Debbie)

Auction hosted by Aissa Wayne

SUNDAY, MAY 25

10am

Cowboy Mounted Shooters

Madison County Fairgrounds

10am

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Searchers introduced by Glenn Frankel

Iowa Theater

10am–4:30pm

John Wayne Birthplace Tours

John Wayne Birthplace

1pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
Stagecoach

Iowa Theater

4pm

FREE John Wayne Movie
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Iowa Theater

Hear Executive Director Brian Downes talk about the event on WHO Radio!

Kaley Caperton and Jennifer Wayne

JUST ADDED!
John Wayne’s granddaughter Jennifer and her singing partner Kaley Caperton (far left), accompanied on guitar by Jason Fletcher, will be performing at the Friday Swing Dance, and on Saturday at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner and afterwards at the Little Dublin Irish Pub in Winterset, one block west of the Courthouse Square.

 

JOHN WAYNE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION RODEO & WESTERN SWING DANCE

Friday, May 23. Both events held at the Madison County Fairgrounds.
Food and beverage service available beginning at 5:30pm.

John Wayne Birthday Celebration Rodeo

 


John Wayne Birthday Celebration Ranch Rodeo

Friday, May 23, 6pm

Rodeo starts at 6pm, Western Swing Dance follows at 9pm (see below).
TICKETS: Rodeo, $15. Dance, $15. SAVE $5.00:
Combined Rodeo & Dance ticket just $25!
All tickets available at the Fairgrounds gate.

Event Information:

$1,000.00 Cash Payback
$200.00 per team, 4 men 1 woman or youth

Call in Entries Only. Limit 15 Teams.

Events include Ranch Bronc Riding, Steer Tying, Wild Cow Milking, Wild Cow Riding, Team Branding.

Contact John Porter at (515) 571-5776 for more information.


Western Swing Dance

Back by popular demand, legendary Les Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band, winners of the coveted Wrangler Award by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will be playing fabulous western swing music to kick up your heels!

Dance starts at 9pm. Tickets $15 (dance only) or SAVE $5.00 with a combined Rodeo and Dance tickets for just $25. Tickets available at the Fairgrounds gate.

JUST ADDED! John Wayne’s granddaughter Jennifer and her singing partner Kaley Caperton, accompanied on guitar by Jason Fletcher, will be performing as well.


Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

John Wayne Birthplace 5K Run/Walk

Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, May 24th, 7am-11am
Fire Station, one block east of the Courthouse Square/John Wayne Drive, 2 blocks north of the Birthplace on Court
Saturday kicks off with the great Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast at the fire station. Just $6 per person will nab you all you care to eat with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice and coffee. It’s a great start to your day!

John Wayne Run

Saturday, May 24th, 9am
The tradition of the John Wayne Birthplace 5K Run/Walk continues at 9am, starting at the Birthplace lot at the corner of Washington and Second St. Registration is between 7:30am and 8:45am. If you register for the race by Thursday, May 1st, the registration fee is just $20 (registration increases to $25 after May 1st and $30 on the day of the race). There are several age divisions, and medals will be awarded in each age group. Click for the .pdf brochure with complete information.

John Wayne Birthplace Tours

FREE John Wayne Movies

John Wayne Birthplace

Tour the actual home where Marion Robert Morrison was born on May 26, 1907. The house features a unique collection of John Wayne memorabilia including such items as an eyepatch from True Grit, a prop suitcase used in the film Stagecoach, a hat from Rio Lobo and more.

Tours are available from 9am to 5pm on Friday May 23, 9am to 4pm on Sat. May 24 and 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday May 25. Admission fees are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors 60 and over, and $3.00 for children 12 and under.

Birthplace of John Wayne

In addition to The Searchers, our Celebration will include screenings of Ford’s John Wayne classics Stagecoach and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance on the BIG screen at the historic Iowa Theater right on the Courthouse Square. The movies will br shown onFriday, May 23, Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Show times for all three days are 10am for The Searchers, 1pm for Stagecoach and 4pm for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

JUST ANNOUNCED! New York Times bestselling author Glenn Frankel will introduce The Searchers for the 10am showings of that film on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25!

FREE Movies

Pie Squared

Book Symposium

Pie Squared

Saturday, May 24th, 12:30pm–3:00pm
18 pie stations will be set up around the historic Madison County Courthouse Square. You can enjoy sample-sized slices of 120 pies for a freewill donation.

Savor the delights from the legendary “church ladies” from all over Madison County, who will be baking these delectable pies.

The proceeds will be split between the participating churches and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Continuing our tradition of publicizing new books on John Wayne,at 1pm Saturday the Birthplace is presenting a lively symposium where we'll be joined by authors Scott Eyman, Glenn Frankel, Lana Wood and John Wayne’s daughter Aissa Wayne. Also invited is television producer Dan Ford, who wrote the acclaimed biography of his legendary grandfather, “Pappy: The Life of John Ford.”

Author Scott Eyeman

Noted author Scott Eyman will discuss and autograph copies of his latest New York Times bestseller biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” (Simon & Schuster).

Drawing on interviews that Eyman personally conducted with John Wayne before his passing and more than 100 interviews with the actor’s family, co-stars and close associates, Eyman’s biography shows how both the facts and fictions about Wayne illuminate his singular life. He traces Wayne from his Iowa childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and dozens of films after that.

author Glenn Frankel

New York Times best-selling author Glenn Frankel will discuss and sign copies his book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. Mr. Frankel’s wonderfully engaging and thoroughly researched book is the riveting true account behind that classic Western—and the amazing history of that story, as it was transformed into an American myth. This is the first book to focus on the making of what many consider John Wayne’s greatest film.

Covered Bridge Tours

Covered Bridge Tours


Saturday, May 24 10am & 2pm

Madison County is also world-famous for our covered bridges. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce will have guided tours to some of these legendary structures, departing from the Chamber on the northeast corner of the square at 10am and 2pm on Saturday. Cost is just $8.00 per person.

Cowboy Mounted Shooters

Cowboy Mounted Shooters


At 1pm Saturday, May 24 and again at 10am Sunday, May 25 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, the Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association will hold one of the fastest equestrian sports in the United States today.

Mounted contestants compete in this action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition following courses of fire set in a variety of patterns. It’s fascinating to watch as the riders (mostly in traditional western style or the old time style of the late 1800s) race their steeds through the course to get the fastest time and the highest scores! Watch examples here.


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Hampton Inn Des Moines–West

7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone (515) 223-4700 - Fax (515) 221-1010
www.desmoineswest.hamptoninn.com

Lana Wood To Headline The John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner

Lana Wood

Lana as young Debbie in The Searchers

With big sister Natalie Wood


Please join as we welcome screen actress Lana Wood to our 2014 John Wayne Birthday Celebration. Fans of John Ford’s film classic The Searchers recall that Lana was featured as Debbie Edwards, the precocious 8 year-old who is captured early in the film by the Comanches and who later is seamlessly played by her older sister Natalie Wood. Lana, who went on to star as 007 Bond girl Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds are Forever and countless other film and television productions, will share vivid recollections of her first credited screen role including reminisces of John Wayne—who she adored—John Ford, and filming in Monument Valley.

Miss Wood will attend our annual John Wayne Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner and Auction of John Wayne collectibles and memorabilia on Saturday, May 24. The event will be held on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Complex.

Aissa WayneJohn Wayne’s daughter Aissa will host the Auction. Items will include framed original lobby cards from The Searchers; a two-night stay at Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley; a signed copy of Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography ’Tis Herself; original movie posters, limited edition Duke Special Reserve Brandy (aged 24 years) from the final batch in a commemorative case and much, much more! Proceeds from the auction benefit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, now under construction!

Auction services are provided by Garrison Auction Service, conducted by renowned auctioneers Chuck and Jon Garrison, who are a show onto themselves!

JUST ADDED! John Wayne’s granddaughter Jennifer and her singing partner Kaley Caperton, accompanied on guitar by Jason Fletcher, will be performing at the Museum Benefit Dinner as well.

Birthplace fans who return year after year have requested reserved seating for the Museum Benefit Dinner, which we are now offering to those who book early. Seating will be assigned in the order of reservations. Tickets to the Dinner make great gifts for family or friends, so reserve yours now!

  #7690, 2014 Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner & Auction

$125.00  


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