Proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey

 

obtained by Chris Isaacs

 

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey

 

 

 

obtained by Dick Morton and Jane Morton

 

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer

 

 

obtained by Dick Morton and Jane Morton

 

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer

 

 

 

obtained by Dick Morton and Jane Morton

 

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer

 

obtained by Dick Morton and Jane Morton

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer

 

obtained by Dick Morton and Jane Morton

 

Proclamation from Safford, Arizona Mayor Ron Green

Obtained by Ann Blackford and the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets

Proclamation from Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano


Obtained by Ann Blackford of the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets and The Graham County Historical Society and cowboy musician and storyteller Skelly Boyd and poet Bunny Dryden, members of  the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets.

 


 

Proclamation from Safford, Arizona Mayor Ron Green

Obtained by Ann Blackford of the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets and The Graham County Historical Society and cowboy musician and storyteller Skelly Boyd and poet Bunny Dryden, members of  the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets.

 

Gila Valley Cowboy Poets
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2006

Report and photos by Ann Blackford

The sounds of cowboy music, poetry and stories were heard throughout Arizona's Gila Valley during Cowboy Poetry Week April 16 - 22, 2006.

On April 19 the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets partnered with the Graham County Library in Safford for the Library's Open House event. Student poets and musicians joined local musicians, poets and storytellers to provide family entertainment hourly during the daylong open house. Safford Mayor Ron Green, with his trusty bass and Jon Messenger, well known cowboy poet and musician from Sierra Vista, were special guest performers. Visitors were delighted to see the library decked out in cowboy style, with hay bales, saddles, lariats and every cowboy accoutrement imaginable, including the horse accompanying Library Director, Jan Elliott during her welcome speech. Cleanup was not an issue however, as the steed was a stick horse. Special invitations to Senor Citizen groups and all local schools brought members of every age to enjoy a day of refreshments, cowboy entertainment and an introduction to new technology now available in the library.  Director Elliott called the event the best the library has ever had, and plans are already being made for more joint activities between the Library and the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets.


Safford Mayor Ron Green, Ralph Smith and Skelly Boyd

 

The Graham County Historical Museum in Thatcher hosted a Cowboy Poets Week reception the evening of April 20. Gila Valley Cowboy Poets provided two hours of entertainment to those attending the reception, which was held in the Music Room of the museum. Mayor Green again generously contributed accompaniment. Gila Valley Cowboy Poet Bunny Dryden premiered the fall Gathering theme song "Trailin' Memories," which she wrote this winter.


Bunny Dryden

The 7 am breakfast event for the Heritage Days celebration at the Eastern Arizona Museum in Pima was the stage for the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets, storytellers and musicians on April 22. The large group attending the
breakfast enjoyed great cowboy entertainment along with their pancakes.

The Gila Valley Cowboy Poets visited several participating local business throughout the week to provide a bit of cowboy entertainment. Restaurants added special Cowboy Poetry Week menu specials, the local coffee company had a cowboy poetry week special drink for the week and the western wear store featured a special as well as cowboy candy bars. All the participating businesses displayed the Cowboy Poetry Week poster and the Governor's and Mayor's Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations. As one resident said, "it woulda' been pretty hard to be in this community this week and not know it was Cowboy Poetry Week in the Gila Valley!"


Ralph Smith and Skelly Boyd

 

 

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