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December 1, 2014

Contact: Robbin Davis
Pioneer Woman Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-765-6108

It's A Holiday Happening in Ponca City

Mark your calendars for the weekend of December 13 and 14 and join in the festivities of a Ponca City Holiday Happening.

Marland's Grand Home, the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue, the Ponca City Art Center and the Marland Mansion are celebrating the season with activities and open houses in the true sense of the holiday spirit. Round up the children, hop in the car, and join the fun while shopping locally 'til you drop and enjoying light refreshments surrounded by the sound and scent of the holidays with garland strung and lights twinkling.

On Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue will host A Very Merry Open House. As a special "thank you" for all the support given throughout the year, the public is invited to A Very Merry Open House. Enjoy hot cider and cookies while the soft sounds of the holidays play in the background. Free gift wrapping on all Pioneer Woman Museum gift shop items will be available. Admission to this event is free. The Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue are located on the corner of 14th and Highland at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. For more information call the museum at 580-765-6108.

The Ponca City Art Center will host The Art of Christmas at the historic Soldani Mansion on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, from 1-5 p.m. each day. This event will be a come-and-go open house. Christmas trees will be on display showcasing the fanciful to the ornate. Get ideas and vote on your favorite tree while the children participate in a make-and-take craft for $1 in the children's craft corner. Gifts will be available for purchase including Fractured Art Pieces and Audrey Schmitz's Limited Art Center ornaments. Munch on homemade goodies while you browse and purchase some treats to enjoy at home. This family affair is free to the public. The historic Soldani Mansion is located at 819 E. Central in Ponca City. For more information please call 580-765-9746 or email poncacityartcenter@gmail.com.

On Saturday, December13, Marland's Grand Home will hold "Yes Mary Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" open house from 1-5 p.m. This annual holiday open house is free to the public. Guests will be greeted by Mary Virginia Marland accompanied by Santa Claus who will entertain visitors with tales of bygone days and exciting things to come. Guests are invited to tour Virginia and E. W. Marlard's first Ponca City home decorated for the holidays each year by the Twentieth Century Club. As a special treat, the library will be decorated in traditional 1920s style. The areas of the home displaying American Indian and 101 Ranch artifacts will be decorated by their respective groups. Family Christmas ornament crafting will be presented by the Friends of Marland's Grand Home. Christmas carols around the piano will delight visitors as they sip a variety of gourmet hot chocolate and nibbling on holiday cookies. A limited number of artisan, handmade fox hunting ornaments will be available for purchase, along with Marland history books, prints and postcards. Marland's Grand Home is located at 1000 E. Grand Ave. in Ponca City. For more information visit www.marlandgrandhome.com or call 580-767-0427.

The Marland Mansion will be open for Holiday Happenings weekend on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, from 1-5:00 p.m. View the mansion at its loveliest, decorated in the splendor and sparkle of Christmas. Tours of the Marland Mansion will be held at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday with specialized guides. The gift shop will be open with plenty of unique holiday gifts found nowhere else, so come do your Christmas shopping with the Marlands! The Marland Mansion was the home of oil baron E. W.  Marland, a gracious and benevolent man who became Oklahoma's 10th governor in 1935. The estate has been home to four gubernatorial balls, galas, weddings, receptions and special events. The Marland Mansion is located at 901 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. For more information call 580-767-0420 or go to www.marlandmansion.com or www.poncacitytourism.com.

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