The Big Read - Event Schedule

MassMu History Discussion Group: Favorite TV Westerns
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Tuesday, March 7 --- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Who were your favorite television cowboys? Bring stories and memorabilia to share. No reservations necessary. Coffee and sweets available for a donation.

NEA Big Read Kick-off and Book Giveaway
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, March 11 --- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet the NEA Big Read Partners and pick up a free copy of True Grit. Activities for all ages: Get your picture taken with a Nickajack Farms' horse, and create Western-themed crafts with Museum staff. Enjoy live music. Massillon Public Library staff will assist with digital book guides. Western costumes encouraged.

Westward Ho!: True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts Exhibit Opening
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, March 11 --- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academy Award Nominee Mary Zophres’ costumes from the Coen Brothers’ 2010 Paramount Pictures film True Grit, along with Western American Indian artifacts from the Museum's collection, will be on view at the museum through May 14, 2017.

Wild (Mid)West Exhibit Opening
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, March 11 --- 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Located in the lower level of the Massillon Museum, this exhibit will be a picture timeline of nineteenth-century downtown Massillon. The exhibit will be on view through summer 2017.

Book Discussion
Karma Café, 4339 Dressler Rd NW, Canton 44718
Monday, March 13 -- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Massillon Public Library’s director Sherie Brown will lead a book discussion of the classic novel True Grit. Beverages, soups, sandwiches and more will be available for purchase.

A Taste of the Wild West: Book Discussion and Food Tasting
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon 44646
Wednesday, March 15 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Discuss True Grit while sampling some traditional cowboy and western dishes. Registration is required for this free event. Call 330-832-9831 ext. 312.

“Revenge: Vengeance Through Art” Exhibit
Walsh University Br. Edmond Drouin Library, Farrell Hall, 2020 East Maple St., North Canton 44720
March 17 – April 13, 2017 (ongoing display, available during open library hours)
The Walsh University Library will display prints of classical through contemporary artwork that focuses on the themes of revenge and vengeance, whether the art depicts an act of revenge or the art itself is an act of revenge. The display will include an interactive component. Exhibit ends at 2:00 p.m. on April 13, 2017.

True Grit Film Festival
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon 44646
Saturday, March 18 --- 11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Watch the original 1969 film True Grit starring John Wayne at 11 a.m., followed by the 2010 version with Jeff Bridges at 1:15 p.m. Rated PG-13. Free Refreshments! No registration required.

Western-Inspired Candle Workshop with Dawn Groves
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Sunday, March 19 -- 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the book True Grit with the scents of the West. Learn to make candles with aromas like coffee and campfire smoke. For adults and grades 9 and up. $23 ($20 for MassMu members). Call 330-833-4061 by March 12 to register.

Wild West Terrariums (1-day Workshop with Manda’s Plant Farm)
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, March 25 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Take the Wild West home with you! Make a desert terrarium of succulents to enjoy year-round. For adults and grades 9 and up. $30 ($27 for MassMu members). Call 330-833-4061 by March 18 to register.

Book Discussion
Blue Heron Café, 125 Lake Ave NW, Massillon, OH 44647
Sunday, March 26 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a discussion of True Grit! Beverages, soups, sandwiches and more will be available for purchase.

"A Bone to Pick: Cowboys and Cowgirls getting even -- Justice or Vengeance?": A Discussion and Viewing of the Moral Messages in Classic Film Portrayals
Walsh University, Barrette Business and Community Center, Conference Room C, 2020 East Maple St., North Canton 44720
Monday, March 27 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A lecture by Walsh University provost Dr. Larry Bove on the novel True Grit which looks at the question "Is revenge cowboy justice?"

"Roughing It with Mark Twain: True Grit and the True West”
MassMu Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Mark Dawidziak

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Tuesday, March 28 --- 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Mark Dawidziak—author, actor, Plain Dealer TV critic, KSU professor—will present "Roughing It with Mark Twain: True Grit and the True West." Complimentary cookie and coffee provided. No reservations necessary, but seats fill early.

Tracks and Trails
The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Wilmot, OH 44689
Wednesday, March 29 --- 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to read the signs left by wild animals – from tracks to scat! Then, go out on the trail to learn about the animals of the forest and to discover what they have been doing.

Do the Mu: Handmade Books with Gary Spangler
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, April 1 --- 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the NEA Big Read by creating handmade books. Use as a notepad, journal, or the beginning of your own novel! No registration required. For all ages.

First Monday Book Discussion
North Canton Public Library, 185 North Main St., North Canton, OH 44720
Monday, April 3 --- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The First Monday Book Club will discuss True Grit by Charles Portis.

True Grit and the Music and Poetry of the Old West (Book Discussion)
Kozmo’s Grille, 37 First St. SW, Massillon, OH 44646
Monday, April 3 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
This is a discussion of the old west as portrayed by True Grit. Cowboy poetry and Western song lyrics will be the major tools used to demonstrate the world seen in True Grit.

Keynote Address Pre-Reception
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Thursday, April 6 --- 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Stop by the Massillon Museum to see the Westward Ho!: True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts exhibit with Academy Award Nominee Mary Zophres' costumes from the Coen Brothers' 2010 Paramount Pictures film True Grit; then head over to the Lincoln Theatre for the Keynote Address.

Keynote Address and Q&A: Costume Historian Bobi Garland
Lincoln Theatre, 156 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Thursday, April 6 --- 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Costume historian Bobi Garland believes that how we dress is a powerful language that communicates who we are as individuals and as a people. Her unique point of view drew Academy Award winning costume designers to consult with her at the world famous Western Costume Company’s treasured Costume Archive and Research Library. Come hear Garland discuss her work with costume designer Mary Zophres on the 2010 True Grit film project.

Wild West Whistles & Wheels
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, April 8 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
View the Massillon Railroad Club's model trains, create a western-themed craft, sample some cowboy chow, and listen to a storyteller. This is a free open house event for the whole family.

Historic Downtown Massillon Walking Tour
Downtown Massillon (Meet at Massillon Museum), 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon 44646
Sunday, April 9 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A leisurely tour to learn what Massillon was like in the late 1800s, when the NEA Big Read Book, True Grit, was set. The tour will feature buildings, businesses, transportation, historic events, and the people who were prominent during that time period. $7 per person. No prior reservations are required. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be cancelled.

True Grit: A Literary Analysis (Book Discussion)
Kozmo’s Grille, 37 First St. SW, Massillon 44646
Monday, April 10 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
We will take a look at the novel True Grit with an eye toward discovering what "true grit" really is as shown in the work.

From Book to Big Screen – True Grit (2010)
Perry Sippo Branch Library, 5710 12th St. NW, Canton 44718
Mondays, April 10 and April 17 --- 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Bring a lunch to eat while watching the 2010 version of True Grit, then join us the following Monday to discuss the book and movie adaption.

Book Discussion
Kent State University at Stark, Conference Room #1 in Main Hall, 6000 Frank Ave NW, North Canton 44720
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join in a discussion of the novel True Grit.

Nickajack Farms Horse Fun Day
Nickajack Farms 2773 Manchester Ave. NW North Lawrence, Ohio 44666
Saturday, April 15 --- 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of riding, games, trivia, crafts, learning and more! Ages 5 and up. $40 per person. To register, visit www.nickajackfarms.com/funday or call 330-323-9714.

One-Act Play Performance
Washington High School, 1 Paul Brown Dr. SE, Massillon 44646
Wednesday, April 19 --- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Directed by Senior Level students of the WHS Drama Program, the world premier performance of the One-Act plays are professionally written interpretations based on the themes of the book True Grit. Poems will be presented by Massillon Public Library poetry contest winners.

The Essence of Revenge: Exploration through Art
North Canton Public Library, 185 North Main St., North Canton 44720
Thursday, April 20 --- 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Come explore the significance of revenge, a key component in the novel, True Grit, through art exploration with Pam Neff.

Fundamentals of Reading Braille with Erin Byrne
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Saturdays, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13 --- 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This class connects the Big Read promotion of literacy with the Massillon Museum's exhibit, "Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception." The class—sponsored by the Philomatheon Society of the Blind—is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Open to all. Register by April 16. 330-833-4061

NEA Big Read Campfire
Quail Hollow Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville 44632
Sunday, April 23 --- 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In the spirit of True Grit, Stark Parks will host a campfire where you can step back in time and enjoy snacks and traditional music around the fire! This will be located by the firepit behind the nature center of Quail Hollow Park. Bring a chair with you to the event. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Register by April 23 at https://reservations.starkparks.com/programs/.

Self-Publishing Workshop with JoAnn Shade
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Sunday, April 23 --- 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Do you ever dream of holding your own book in your hands? Author JoAnn Shade will walk you through the process of creating your own book through internet-based print-on-demand opportunities. This instructional session will review self-publishing options, manuscript preparation, cover design, uploading to self-publishing websites, and the development of a simple marketing plan. For ages 18 and up. $18 ($15 for MassMu members). Call 330-833-4061 by April 18 to register .

"Katharine Hepburn: On Leaning Against a Great Tree"
MassMu Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Jean Druesedow
Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:10-12:50pm
Jean Druesedow, Director of the Kent State University Museum, will present "Katharine Hepburn: On Leaning Against a Great Tree." Complimentary cookie and coffee provided. No reservations required, but seats fill early.

Poetry Read-In
Massillon Public Library, 208 Lincoln Way E., Massillon 44646
Tuesday, April 25 --- 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Read or recite your favorite poem, or just sit back and listen to others share some cowboy poetry as well as poems of their own. Free refreshments provided. No registration required.