Banjo Museum goes virtual for homebound folks – The Journal Record

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Joan Gilmore

For all the folks who are homebound during the health crisis, the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown will be virtual, providing tours, concerts and more through its website and social media outlets. The museum will provide online programming to continue its mission of promoting and preserving the banjo.

In addition to archival footage of concerts and special events, ABM Executive Director Johnny Baier will host a series of live tours through Facebook Live.

Additionally, ABM Outreach and Promotions Coordinator Lucas Ross will be providing a behind-the-scenes look at the museum archives as well as fun entertainment for children.

For a schedule and information about upcoming virtual events – or to show your support of the American Banjo Museum through a donation – visit or call 405-604-2793.

Awards rescheduled

The 32nd annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon, sponsored by the Societies of Oklahoma City University, has been rescheduled to June 9. The luncheon, where five prominent women will be recognized, will be at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club at 11 a.m. with a reception and the luncheon.

The women to be honored with the awards are Matilda Clements, Dulaney-Browne Library Society; Gayle Lucas Semtner, Kirkpatrick-Petree Music and Performing Arts Society; Becky Roten, Norick-Hulsey Gallery Society; and Kami Huddleston and Ashley Bowen Murphy, Oklahoma City University Distinguished Philanthropy Awards.

Changes for pets

Pet owners take notice. Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is making COVID-19 changes that include a reduction in adoption fees temporarily to help reduce overcrowding in the shelter at 2811 SE 29th St. The shelter is open for adoptions noon to 5:30 p.m. daily and the adoptable animals are up to date on vaccinations, neutered or spaded and all other needs.

Other change: Only 20 visitors will be allowed inside the welfare shelter. Drop-off for stray animals will be moved to a drive-through area. Volunteer work inside the shelter has been suspended, adoption and volunteer events are suspended and adoption fees are $30.

For more information, visit

More about pets

Many pet parents are finding themselves quarantined at home, so here’s some more advice. More than 80 million American households are home to at least one feline or canine family member.

Here are some tips: ensure adequate pet-care supply, have a contingency plan, do not overfeed, develop a schedule, plan for medical emergencies and I say “Talk lovingly.”