February 3rd, 2012 marks the 53rd Anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), and pilot Roger Peterson. The Buddy Holly Center would like to invite the public to an all day event celebrating their lives and legacies. Patrons are invited to the Center FREE of charge on Friday, February 3rd from 10:00 am-9:00 pm. 

Friday, February 3rd includes screenings of Buddy Holly: Rave On with host Harry Smith, Peter Graves and Jack Perkins who profile the most important people of our century and centuries past with rare footage, new research and exclusive interviews that go beyond the myths to bring their stories to life. Buddy Holly: Rave On will be shown at 11am and 2pm. Ryan Vandergriff, author of the book Dancing As If There’s No Tomorrow, will host a talk at 5:30pm followed by a book signing. The Buddy Holly Center will stay open from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for patrons to view its exceptional exhibits during the First Friday Art Trail. The Buddy Holly Center will have three exhibitions on display all day. The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibit on the life and music of Buddy Holly. The first installation of West Texas Walk of Fame will be on exhibit in the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame gallery. Renee Steger Simpson will be available to visit with patrons in the Fine Arts Gallery where a retrospective exhibition entitled A Few Of My Favorite Things, will be on display

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012

Free Admission All Day
Special exhibits from Renee Steger Simpson, A Few Of My Favorite Things and West Texas Walk of Fame on display

SCREENINGS OF BUDDY HOLLY: RAVE ON
Hosts Harry Smith, Peter Graves and Jack Perkins profile the most important people of our century and centuries past. Rare footage, new research and exclusive interviews go beyond the myths to bring their stories to life.
Times: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

TALK & BOOK SIGNING
Author Ryan Vandergriff will discuss his book, Dancing As If There’s No Tomorrow and sign copies
Time: 5:30pm

FIRST FRIDAY ART TRAIL
Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

This information courtesy of the Buddy Holly Center

Buddy and the Crickets perform "Peggy Sue":

A video compilation from the "Day the Music Died":

The crash site as of 2009:

A news story about a man who found Buddy's '58 Impala:

Sonny Curtis: The REAL Buddy Holly Story