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Celebrate Tasty Traditions At Family Fun Day At Buffalo Bill Center Of The West

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For many Americans, November evokes thoughts of food, family and good cheer. With that in mind, on Nov. 15, 2013, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, will host a Family Fun Day that will be all about food.

"Tasty Traditions" invites attendees to share stories, swap recipes, sample some great western food and gain a better understanding of several aspects of our Western heritage through food. The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m.

bbcw_familyfood"There will be plenty for everyone to sample!" said the Center's interpretive specialist, Emily Buckles. "We hope everyone goes home inspired to prepare delicious meals for the holidays." Buckles encouraged participants to bring their own favorite recipe to share, adding "After the event, we will post the recipes online so everyone can try them at home and continue to enjoy these tasty traditions."

"Tasty Traditions" is inspired by the "Key Ingredients: America by Food" exhibit recently on display at the
Homesteader Museum in nearby Powell, Wyo. A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, "Key Ingredients" examined the evolution of the kitchen and America's food industry.

At the Center of the West's event, Chuck Wagon Cookie Ron Reed will prepare his popular Dutch oven beans and biscuits; visitors will help make frontier ice cream; and Center staffer and resident cake decorator Rachel Lee will demonstrate her artistic decorating techniques.

The names of all who bring recipes will be entered into a drawing for a free
Center of the West membership (or a membership renewal for those already a part of the membership program). From 5 to 6:30 p.m. the Center's Eatery will offer a family-friendly meal of traditional Indian tacos at a family-friendly price, Buckles said.

Thanks to a special grant from the R. Harold Burton Foundation, this year's Family Fun Days are free to Center of the West members and just $10 per non-member family. To find out more about Family Fun Days and other educational programing, contact Buckles at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (307) 578-4110.

On Dec. 7, the Center hosts its annual Holiday Open House, a free community celebration of the holiday season, with festive decorations, Santa Claus, and entertainment by several area music and dance groups. For more information on upcoming events, visit

Since 1917, the
Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience-history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone-into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association's Award for "favorite museum for groups," the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, one of the "Top 10 Must See Western Museums" by True West magazine.

The Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Dec. 1, the schedule will change to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; and closed Monday through Wednesday. For additional information, visit
centerofthewest.org or the Center's page on Facebook.

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