The Wichita Falls Museum Coalition is gearing up for the fourth annual Stroll 'n Roll. The free event will be held Saturday, September 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature eleven area museums and attractions and one historic site. A new stop on the Museum Day route this year will be the Wichita Falls Downtown Farmer's Market. Also back again this year will be Museum Day co-partner, The Red River Valley Tourism Association.
The Red River Valley Tourism Association has members as far West as Paducah, East to New Boston, south to Jacksboro and Munday as well as the Oklahoma communities of Frederick, Lawton, Duncan, Ardmore and Hugo.
"The Red River Valley Tourism Association is excited to be participating again this year," said Sammie Hatfield, CVB Group Sales Representative and association member. "This is going to be a wonderful day of exploration and excitement for citizens who venture to some of our surrounding communities to share in their colorful culture, history and art," said Hatfield.
Twenty five of the association's 53 member cities will welcome visitors to their museums, galleries and points of interest: Bonham, Denison, Duncan, Henrietta, Jacksboro, Nocona, Paris, Quanah, Medicine Mound, Roxton, Saint Jo, Seymour and Vernon. Stops in these cities will include the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site, Horton Car Museum, Hardeman County Jail Museum, and many more. For a complete list of participating communities and attractions, please visit www.RedRiverValley.info.
"Museum Day is a fantastic way for friends, families and visitors to explore our culture, history and art," said Cynthia Laney, coalition member and Executive Director of Downtown Wichita Falls Development. "I would encourage everyone to make a day of it. Visit some local venues, stop for some lunch, and then take a little road trip to one or more of our neighbors to enjoy what they have to offer. It will certainly make for a fun, memorable day." said Laney.
The featured museums on this year's tour in Wichita Falls include the Hotter'N Hell Hundred Clubhouse, Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at MSU, Kell House Museum, Kemp Center for the Arts, Museum of North Texas History, Wichita Falls Art Association Gallery, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU, Wichita Falls Railroad Museum, WWI Call Field Aviation Exhibit, Wichita Falls Fire and Police Museum, and Wichita Falls Downtown Farmer's Market. The historic site on the tour is the Riverside Cemetery, a picturesque cemetery with tree lined roads and pathways leading to the resting places of city leaders, honored members of the military, philanthropists, business leaders, industrial innovators, pioneers, politicians and the infamous.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Travel Information Center located on Interstate 44 in Wichita Falls for directions to any of the participating Wichita Falls locations as well as directions to the Red River Valley Tourism Association participating communities.
Free shuttle service will again be offered beginning from the MPEC, 1000 5th Street, to the eight downtown area museums and attractions and the Riverside Cemetery. The WWI Call Field Aviation Exhibit, Museum of Art at MSU, Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at MSU and Red River Tourism participants can be reached by private vehicle.
In addition to the downtown museums being open for the tour day, many of the downtown merchants and restaurants will also be open and welcoming tour participants. For up to date information about this year's Museum Day Stroll 'n Roll.