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Press Release – February 5, 2009

Ox Cart Trails Historical Society will present “Bound For Blessing” on July 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm, July 17 at 2:00 pm, July 19 at 2:00 pm and July 19 at 7:00 pm at Drayton High School gymnasium, 108 South 5th Street, Drayton, North Dakota.  This play is taken from Lauraine Snelling’s “Red River of the North” books.  Tickets are $10.00 each and reservations will be taken.   Wheelchair accommodations are available upon request.

A writing seminar by Lauraine Snelling will be given in Drayton, at H. G. Johnson Memorial Hall, 105 Almeron Avenue on Thursday, July 16, 2009.  This session is scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm with a catered lunch break at a cost of $35.00, which includes lunch.  The seminar is open to everyone from age 12 and up with registration due by July 12.    

A book signing by Ms. Snelling will be held after each of the “Bound For Blessing” performances at Drayton School.  All of Lauraine's books will be available for purchase.  Personal books may also be brought in for her autograph.    These events coincide with the annual Riverfest celebration, which includes an all class reunion in Drayton

Supper at the Soddy, a sodbuster home-style meal served in costume by members of Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, will be at the museum grounds on Saturday, July 18, 2009 with serving to begin at 5:00 pm.  We are asking for a free-will donation for the meal.  Guests will be able to tour the grounds which include the museum, a sod house built by community members, and a log house from the late 1800’s.   The Blessing Square is located at 201 Almeron Avenue, Drayton, North Dakota.   

These activities are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Reservations for the Supper At The Soddy and the Seminar may be sent to: Treasurer, PO Box 213, Drayton, ND 58225.  Please indicate which performance/event you will be attending and how many guests. All questions are directed to 701-454-6103, Marlys Boll, president of Ox Cart Trails Historical Society,



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