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2003 Information

The 14th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Arvada, Colorado

For Immediate Release
 . . . Dec. 9, 2002

The Arvada Center Presents a World Class Round-Up at the
14th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
 
ARVADA, CO - The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents the 14th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 9-12, 2003. This four-day event features a line-up of 38 cowboys and ranchers from 14 states and Australia who capture the spirit and lifestyle of their western heritage through poetry, song and verse. 

During the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, cowboy poets, western balladeers and yodelers help guests experience the real-life joys and hardships of modern ranch life, from driving cattle during the 1880s to waiting behind the chutes at the rodeo. Participants can take a break from the fast-paced, high-tech world to be entertained and enlightened by the performers' rhymes and rhythms.

This long weekend of Cowboy Poetry features four on-stage concerts of poetry and music (Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1:00 p.m.) as well as two days filled with theme-poetry and western music sessions (Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.). Details on the performers featured in the daytime sessions and concerts are attached.

Three Australian poets will attend the Gathering this year. Milton Taylor of Portland, New South Wales, Australia, returns for his third appearance at the Colorado Gathering. Taylor is one of Australia's leading "Bush" (cowboy) poets, having won the title of Australian Bush Poetry Champion four times since 1996 including his current holding of that title. Joining Taylor are two young Aussies who are new to the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Carmel Dunn of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia is a 19-year-old university student who grew up on a small farm riding horses, bushwalking and helping out with the family's cattle. Dunn has been performing since she was 12 and was awarded the title of Australian Junior Bush Poetry Champion three times. She has also won the Australian Ladies Poetry Championship. Jennifer Haig of Eulo, Queensland, Australia is 20-years-old and comes from a sheep and cattle property whose nearest town has a population of 60 people. Haig has twice been Junior Australian Performance Champion. This new generation of cowboy poets ensures that the tradition of Gatherings such as this one will continue long into the future. Dunn will be featured in the closing performance on Sunday, Jan. 12. All three Australian poets will perform in the daytime sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Two renowned Colorado Cowboy Poetry veterans, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn, have been performing western and swing music as a duo since 1988. The pair has performed at major cowboy poetry and western music events across the continent, including the Calgary Cowboy Festival with Dale Evans, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Lincoln Center in New York City. The duo will perform at this year's gathering on Saturday, Jan. 11 and at the closing performance on Sunday, Jan. 12. Masterson and Blackburn will also perform at the daytime sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Also returning are crowd-pleasers like Bill Barwick, Jon Chandler, Elizabeth Ebert, Sid Hausman, Brenn Hill, Pop Wagner and Angel Vigil. Newcomers to this year's gathering include the O'Brien Family Band, a group that is quickly becoming a fixture on the regional fiddle contest/gospel/bluegrass festival circuit and Maggie Mae Sharp, who was named the National Lady Cowboy Poet by the Academy of Western Artists. Chuck Pyle returns to the Gathering after a brief absence. Pyle is an accomplished writer whose songs have been recorded by an impressive list of artists: Jerry Jeff Walker, John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss, Tish Hinahosa and Chris LeDoux. Pyle's song "Colorado" became the theme song for the PBS series "Spirit of Colorado," which is beamed worldwide via satellite.

The Arvada Center's 14th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering is presented in partnership with Wells Fargo.

A complete list of performers, performance times and dates is attached. Biographical information is available on all participants in the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering by contacting Kristin Stork at 720-898-7272 or kstork@arvadacenter.org.

Tickets for daytime sessions of the 14th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering may be purchased at the door and are $12 per day for an all-day pass for Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11.  Daytime sessions run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tickets for evening performances, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., and the matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1:00 p.m. are $22.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area's 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20 minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center's web site at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720-898-7272 or kstork@arvadacenter.org.


Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Jan. 9-12, 2003 at the Arvada Center
Schedule of Events

Daytime Poetry and Music Sessions
Tickets: $12
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 10-11, 2003
10:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Daytime sessions include such themes as Western Humor; Vaquero Influence; Mules, Cooks & Other Stubborn Critters; Down Under; Gals in Calico; The Land; Family Ties; Cowboy Songs - Old & New; Good Horses, Bad Rides; Music of the Mountains & Plains and many more.  Guests can register to recite, sing or tell a story during one of the open stage sessions.  Registration for these open sessions begins at 9:00 a.m. each day (for the same day only).

DAYTIME PERFORMERS:
Bill Barwick (Denver)
Duane Dickinson (Scobey, Mont.)
Elizabeth Ebert (Lemmon, S.D.)
Larry Glenn (Rifle, Colo.)
Peggy Godfrey (Moffat, Colo.)
Jennifer Haig (Eulo, Queensland, Australia)
Jeff Hildebrandt, Englewood, CO
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Bob Huff (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)
Gary Knighting (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
John Nelson (Gunnison, Colo.)
The O'Brien Family Band (Evergreen, Colo.)
Howard Parker (Valentine, Neb.)
Jean Prescott (Ovalo, Texas)
Francine Robison, Shawnee, OK
John Schaffner (Wray, Colo.)
Bud Strom (Hereford, Ariz.)
Milton Taylor (Portland, New South Wales, Australia)
Angel Vigil (Denver)
Pop Wagner (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dick Warwick (Oakesdale, Wash.)
Georgeann Wearin (Hyannis, Neb.)

and more 


Note:
A soup and sandwich grub line is available each
day for the guests' eatin' pleasure.
 
ON-STAGE CONCERTS/PERFORMANCES:
Tickets: $22

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring:
Dee Johnson (Buckshot Dot) (Payson Ariz.)
Rod Nelson (Almont, N.D.)
"Curly" Jim Musgrave (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.)
Patty Clayton (Edgewater, Colo.)
Jon Chandler (Westminster, Colo.)

Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring:
Jean Prescott (Ovalo, Texas)
Gary Robertson (Newbury Park, Calif.)
Dave Stamey (Nipomo, Calif.)
Deb Carpenter (Rushville, Neb.)
Brenn Hill (Hooper, Utah)

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring:
Sid Hausman (Teseque, N.M.)
Pat Richardson (Merced, Calif.)
Richard Elloyan, Dayton, NV
Ann Sochat, Canutillo, TX
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn (Denver)

2002 Information

January 
13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Arvada, Colorado

New December 10, 2001:

The Arvada Center Presents a World Class Round-Up

The Arvada Center Presents a World Class Round-Up at the
13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents the 13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 10-13, 2002. This four-day event features a line-up of over 35 cowboys and ranchers from 11 western states and Australia who capture the spirit and lifestyle of their western heritage through poetry, song and verse.

During the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, cowboy poets, western balladeers and yodelers help guests experience the real-life joys and hardships of modern ranch life, from driving cattle during the 1880s to waiting behind the chutes at the rodeo. Participants can take a break from the fast-paced, high-tech world to be entertained and enlightened by the performers’ rhymes and rhythms.

Superb songwriters and musicians New West will play at both the opening and closing concert performances. This award-winning group combines guitar, mandolin and bass with comedic routines. New West will perform as part of the concert line-up on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Three Australian poets will attend the Gathering this year. Janine Haig, returning for her second year of Colorado Cowboy Poetry, lives on sheep and cattle property in Far South West Queensland. She has been writing poetry for more than 10 years and performing for four years. Haig’s poetry is about life in the Australian bush and usually finds the humorous side of real-life incidents. She is a two-time winner of the Ladies’ Australian Bush Poetry Championship. Haig will perform at the concert on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and at the daytime sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Also from Australia, Milton Taylor of New South Wales continues the tradition of making social commentary and recording history "as it happens" in the way the classic Australian poets did in earlier times. His poetry writing and performing talents have won him many prestigious poetry competitions, including the Australian Bush Poetry Championships in both 1996 and 1998. Taylor will perform at the concert on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and at the daytime sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Another returning poet is Carmel Randle, an award-winning bush poet from Queensland, Australia. She last performed at the Center for the 10th anniversary celebration of Colorado Cowboy Poetry in 1999. Randle has won numerous contests and trophies for her rhymed renditions of a life in the Outback raising cattle, thoroughbred horses and seven children. She has authored books and recorded tapes, in addition to her busy cowgirl life. Randle will perform at the Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and at the Friday and Saturday daytime sessions.

Two renowned Colorado Cowboy Poetry veterans, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn, have been performing western and swing music as a duo since 1988. The pair has performed at major cowboy poetry and western music events across the continent, including the Calgary Cowboy Festival with Dale Evans, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Lincoln Center in New York City. The duo’s band, the Cactus Crooners, will perform along with them at this year’s gathering on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30, and on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 p.m. Masterson and Blackburn will also perform at the daytime sessions on Friday and Saturday

Angel Vigil of Denver, Colo. takes audiences back to the 1800s with his stories featuring the days when cow-hands from Mexico and California moved north into Nevada. These cow-hands were called "vaqueros," Spanish for "cow-man." Vigil will perform during the Friday and Saturday daytime sessions.

Other featured performers at the 13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering include Patty Clayton, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick, Gary McMahan, John Nelson, Peggy Godfrey, Bob Huff, John Schaffner, Larry Glenn, Gary Knighting, Roger Stone, "Buffalo Bill" Boycott and many more.

The Arvada Center’s 13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering is presented in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank and the Colorado Council on the Arts. The entertainment begins Thursday evening, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert of poetry and music. Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12 feature all-day theme-poetry and western music sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. There are also concerts Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes with a matinee concert at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

A complete list of performers, performance times and dates is below. Biographical information is available on all participants in the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering by contacting Kristin Stork at 303-431-3962 or kstork@arvadacenter.org.

Tickets for daytime sessions of the 13th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering may be purchased at the door and are $8 per day for an all-day pass for Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12. Daytime sessions run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tickets for evening performances, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 10-13 at 7:30 p.m., and the matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 p.m. are $18.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 10th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20 minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information, call the Arvada Center box office at 303-431-3939 or visit the Center’s web site at www.arvadacenter.org For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 303-431-3962 or kstork@arvadacenter.org.

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Jan. 10-13, 2002 at the Arvada Center

Schedule of Events

Daytime Poetry and Music Sessions

Tickets: $8

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12, 2002

10:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Daytime sessions include such themes as Western Humor, Vaquero, Down Under, Native American, Home on the Range, Tall Tales, Crossing the Plains, Cowboy’s Prayer, Women of the West, The Land, Modern Ranch Life and many more. Guests can register to recite, sing or tell a story during one of the open stage sessions. Registration for these open sessions begins at 9:00 a.m. each day (for the same day only.) Western music and yodeling will be featured from 11:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. each day.

Daytime Performers:

· Bill Barwick, (Denver, Colo.)

· Deb Carpenter, (Rushville, Neb.)

· Patty Clayton, (Edgewater, Colo.)

· Larry Glenn, (Rifle, Colo.)

· Yvonne Hollenbeck, (Clearfield, S.D.)

· Gary Knighting, (Colo. Springs, Colo.)

· Lyn Messersmith, (Alliance, Neb.)

· Roshana Moojen, (Sparks, Nev.)

· Jackie Morgan, (Pinedale, Wyo.)

· John Schaffner, (Vernon, Colo.)

· Ann Sochat, (Canutillo, Tex.)

· Roger Stone, (Karval, Colo.)

· Dolores Tozer, (Cortez, Colo.)

· All of the individual, on-stage/evening performers (listed at right)

Note:

A soup and sandwich grub line is available each

day for the guests’ eatin’ pleasure.

On-Stage Concerts/Performances

Tickets: $18

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring:

· Duane Dickinson, (Sanders, Mont.)

· Peggy Godfrey, (Moffat, Colo.)

· Janine Haig, (Eulo, Queensland, Australia)

· Sid Hausman, (Tesuque, N.M.)

· Gary McMahan, (Bellvue, Colo.)

· New West, (Santa Clarita, Calif.)

Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring:

· Richard Elloyan, (Dayton, Nev.)

· Brenn Hill, (Ogden, Utah)

· Liz Masterson & Sean Blackburn with Patty Clayton, (Denver, Colo.)

· Milton Taylor, (Portland, New South Wales, Australia)

· Dick Warwick, (Oakesdale, Wash.)

· Georgeann Wearin, (Hyannis, Neb.)

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring:

· "Buffalo Bill" Boycott, (Lander, Wyo.)

· John Nelson, (Gunnison, Colo.)

· Howard Parker, (Gordon, Neb.)

· Carmel Randle, (Tawoomba, Queensland, Australia)

· Gary Robertson, (Newbury Park, Calif.)

· Pop Wagner, (St. Paul, Minn.)

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, 1:00 p.m.

Featuring:

· Jon Chandler, (Westminster, Colo.)

· Elizabeth Ebert, (Lemmon, S.D.)

· Bob Huff, (Pagosa Springs, Colo.)

· Chuck Larsen, (Saratoga, Wyo.)

· New West, (Santa Clarita, Calif.)

· Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn with the Cactus Crooners: Patty Clayton and Johnny Neill (Denver, Colo.)


2003 Information

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada

August 27, 2002 media release:

This year the Western Folklife Center's Nineteenth National Cowboy Poetry
Gathering is January 25 through February 1, 2003, and the theme is "Year of
the Horse."  Many of the West's finest cowboy poets, storytellers,
musicians, ranchers, and gear makers head for the small northeastern town of
Elko, Nevada, to participate in the "granddaddy" of all cowboy poetry
gatherings.

In the Asian lunar calendar 2003 is the Year of the Horse, so the Western
Folklife Center thought it would be an auspicious time to make horse culture
the theme of its 2003 Gathering. Man's relationship with the horse stretches
back through history to the steppes of Asia, where a human first climbed on
the back of a horse sometime between 3500 and 3000 BC. Since then human and
equine history have been intertwined through millennia of warfare, empire
building, and agricultural evolution, from the Mongol armies of Ghengis Khan
to the cowboys of North and South America.  The horse has been one of
mankind's closest animal partners. Entire cultures and economies have
developed around the horse, some of which endure to this day, including
cattle ranching in the American West.


Activities this year include..

* Wednesday, January 29, Bryan Neubert's half-day demonstration on colt
handling followed by a half-day clinic on horsemanship. Neubert has had the
opportunity to work with and learn from such respected horsemen as Bill and
Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt.  He has also been featured on PBS documentaries
on horse training and is known worldwide for his horsemanship clinics.

* Friday, January 31, Joel Nelson and Randy Rieman will join Neubert in a
roundtable discussion on horsemanship.  Poets Nelson and Rieman are well
known for their horsemanship and have trained horses on various ranches
throughout the United States.  Later Friday evening Joel Nelson will recite
poetry about the horse alongside award-winning poets and musicians Linda
Hussa, Red Steagall, Wally McRae, and others.  Also that evening Montana
poet Paul Zarzyski, western songwriter Tom Russell, and the "last American
troubadour," Ramblin' Jack Elliott, will weave songs and poetry in a
performance titled "Good Horses & Bad Rides."


 Other highlights of the NCPG include..

* A new program for parents with children, where youngsters can enjoy a day
of youth buckaroo activities, including leather carving, poetry and more at
Great Basin College.

* The Western Folklife Center will open its exhibition: Everything for the
Vaquero: the Legacy of G. S. Garcia.  Guadalupe S. Garcia was the individual
most responsible for establishing Elko's reputation as a vaquero gear mecca,
and his work is sought after by gear collectors throughout the world.  A
unique collection of gear, memorabilia and photographs will comprise this
tribute to Garcia and the men and women that worked for him.

* An entertaining dinner theater with Montana's Vigilante Theatre Company is
scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  The show features
this company's version of the epic quest of Lewis and Clark, with songs by
Greg Keeler.

* Friday and Saturday night dances will feature Lorraine Rawls and the Tack
House Band, a western swing band from Talent, Oregon.  Brush up on those
dance steps earlier in the day at the dance workshops where instructor Craig
Miller is sure to get your feet back on beat.

* Educational hands-on workshops will be offered in the early part of the
week.  Participate in a variety of workshops as experts facilitate the
crafts of rawhide braiding, leather carving, and gourmet Dutch oven,
Mexican, and Basque cooking. Also available are photography, oral history
and poetry writing workshops that demonstrate ways of preserving Western
heritage.

 Tickets go on sale September 3 for members of the Western Folklife Center
and October 3 to the general public.  To become a member or to obtain
tickets or a schedule of event for 2003 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
call the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508 or toll-free at
888-880-5885.  You can also visit the Center's Web site at
www.westernfolklife.org/gathering.html for an in-depth look at the Gathering
and its participants.

Other Western Folklife Center programs include the media presentations for
public radio and television, exhibits, performances, and educational and
youth-oriented programs throughout the year.  The WFC is a regional
nonprofit organization supported by contributions from foundations,
businesses, and individual memberships. Supporters include the Ford
Foundation, R. Harold Burton Foundation, Dick Burton Foundation, William &
Sally Searle, National Endowment for the Arts, Anne Pattee, City of Elko,
Nevada Arts Council, International Game Technology, Full House, Inc., Elko
County Recreation Board, The Bretzlaff Foundation, Wes & Sue Dixon,
McClaskey Enterprises/Red Lion Inn & Casino, Nevada Commission on Tourism,
Sierra Pacific Power Company, Nevada Humanities Committee, Reds Ranch, and
the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority.

 

December 12, 2003  Media Release:

January 27-29, 2003
Western Folklife Center
Poetry Writing Workshop

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held annually in Elko, Nevada, is more than just a week-long celebration of Western song and verse. Along with reciting and rhyming, NCPG-goers can take part in various informative workshops designed to preserve the culture and traditions of the American West.

This year writing enthusiasts can enjoy three days of poetry writing with Jim Brummels – January 27-29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nebraska rancher Jim Brummels has been writing poetry for more than 25 years and is the author of three poetry books, an edited anthology and a novel. Brummels currently teaches at Wayne State College and has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. His workshop entitled the Ins and Outs of Poetry Writing will focus on poetry essentials including imagery, connected language, and structure. Brummels will introduce reading models and provide a forum for responding and sharing writing. For more information about J.V. (Jim) Brummels visit his web site

For more information about workshops, to become a member of the Western Folklife Center, to order a schedule of events or to obtain tickets for the 2003 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, call 775-738-7508 or toll free at 888-880-5885. Visit www.westernfolklife.org for an in-depth look at the NCPG workshops, events, and participants.  


2003 Information

Montana Country Poets and Pickers  Chinook, Montana

The Chinook High School Speech and Drama Department is sponsoring the Montana Country Poets and Pickers in the third annual Western Heritage Roundup February 7th and 8th, 2003.  Poets, musicians and story tellers from across Montana and Southern Canada will assemble for two family oriented, fun filled evenings at the Chinook High School Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from  any Chinook Speech and Drama member for $5.  Further information can be obtained by calling the Chinook High School 406) 357-2236.  Free day sessions will also be held from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 8th in the lower level of the Chinook Motor Inn.  Poet and Picker
registration will begin at noon on Friday, February 7th.  Contact the Montana Country Poets and Pickers, Pres. David Molitor (406) 395-4458

A tentative list of performers includes: Arnold Hokanson, Fred Liese, Jim Faber, Ron Pegar, David Molitor, Merlyn Huso, June Elges, Dena Fritz, Sherrill Forsyth, Joyce Castillo, Stacey Sue, Pol Haldemann, Tom Watson, Lorraine Watson, Tom Wilson, Rose and Garth Bibby, Geoff Haggard, Hi Line Cowboy Symphony, Meda Terry, Dusty Huestis, Steve Hughes and Phyllis Rathwell-Olson.

2002 Information

February 2002
Montana Country Poets and Pickers  Havre, Montana

Montana Country Poets and Pickers are hosting an assembly of very talented
poets and musicians from across the western states and Canada at a gathering
in Havre, Montana on February 1 and 2, 2002.

Registration will begin at noon at the Best Western Great Northern Inn
conference room at 1345 First Street. The evening performance will kick off
at 7 p.m. with a variety of fun country entertainment. This will be held at
the Little Theatre in Cowan Hall on the MSU-Northern campus.

Day sessions will commence Saturday morning at 10 at the Best Western Great
Northern Inn conference rooms and will indeed provide country style stimulus
until 5 p.m. The Saturday night grand finale will further your craving for
this art with a multi-talented program. This will once again be held at the
Little Theatre on the MSU-Northern campus at 7 p.m. For good wholesome
family entertainment, we'll see you in Havre February 1 and 2.

Ticket prices are $5 for the entire weekend and can be purchased at the door.

A tenative list of performers includes:  Dena Fritz, Lloyd McKenna, Bob & Nancy Ross, Lorraine Watson, Tom Watson, Joyce Castillo & Jennifer Hockhalter, Jo Ellis, June Elges, Doris Bircham, John Ulberg, Merlyn Huso, Stacey Sue, Pol Haldemann, Arnold Hokanson, Ron Pegar, David Molitor, Fred Liese, Jim Faber, Pam Renaker, The Cowboy Symphony, Geoff Haggard, Dave & Norma Robertson, Russ & Sarah Baxter, and Jack Hughes.

For further information contact:

David Molitor, Havre @ (406) 395-4458

Arnold Hokanson, Big Sandy @ (406) 386-2275

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CANCELED 
February 7-9, 2002
Rhyme'N'Rhythm Roundup Sun Valley, Idaho 
They're fixin' to have the Rhyme'N'Rhythm Roundup up in Sun Valley, Idaho, February 7-9, 2002.  They tell us they are havin' "some topnotch poets (Joel Nelson, Gail Steiger, Randy Reiman and Paul Zarzyski), a fabulous dance band (Wylie and the Wild West) and we are hoping to add a new dimension to cowboy events by layering on dance. We are dancers and want to add top-level dance instructors, we will provide instruction for both beginners and advanced dancers."  Stay tuned for their web site and more information.

 

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2003 Information

 
Fifth Annual Lewis and Clark Cowboy Poetry Entertainment & Western Arts Festival  Lewiston, Idaho 

Bringing the west to the world

The primary purpose of the Western Heritage Corporation shall be to provide a unified voice of contemporary cowboy poets, musicians and practitioners of traditional practical arts and crafts, and fine artists whose subject matter focuses on images of cowboys and the West.

To perpetuate the cowboy way of life as it applies to music, crafts, skills and knowledge.

To build bonds of friendship between all cultures.

To provide opportunities for young people to participate in activities that foster creativity and public performance

To support established community activities and to provide technical assistance consistent with the stated aims of the group.

To inform the public of the history of the Western lifestyle and its values.

To offer to the public both broad and detailed interpretations of the Western Heritage and its important antecedents and its important contemporary cultural relevance.

For more information about the festival call:

208-937-2352

509-343-4312

 

Lewis Clark Cowboy Entertainment & Western Arts Festival
PO Box 208
Nezperce, Id. 83543
208-937-2352
509-243-4312

 

5th Annual

Lewis Clark Cowboy Entertainment& Western Arts Festival

Welcome to the Festival
February 7-9, 2003
Elks Lodge
Lewiston, Id

 

Free to the Public
Art in the Lodge Room

Friday & Saturday
10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 2pm

 

Free

Cowboy Poetry & Music

Main Stage

Friday & Saturday
February 7 & 8, 2003
10am to 4pm

 

Sunday

Cowboy Church--9am

 

Thursday February 6, 2003

7pm to ?????

Band Scramble
Be sure and attend
$5.00 admission

 

Friday & Saturday
6pm dinner-7pm show
Cost: $25.00 per person

 

For ticket information
And Reservations

Call: 208-743-5591

Tickets go on Sale
December 17, 2002

 

Elks Lodge
3444 Country Club Dr
Lewiston, Idaho

A few of the performers expected at the festival

Charlie Camden,

Bodie Dominguez,

Lee Earl, Don Rice,

Joni Harms, Brenn Hill,

David John &the Comstock Cowboys,

Steve, Terri Taylor,

Howard Norskog,

Alice Hanks, amy brooks

Belinda Gail

,David Anderson,

Silver &George

Janet Bailey,

Mickey Dawes,

Wyoming Red,

Richard Oleson,

Steve Blanchard,

Dallas McCord,

T.J. Casey,

Rod Casteel,

Brenda "Sam" Deleeuw.

Francine Robison,

Barry Ward

Larry Gibson,

Ellie Corrigan,

Sam Mattise, Jake White, The Australians

The Art Show and All Day Performances are FREE

to the public February

7, 8, & 9, 2003

 

A Bronze By John Geis to some lucky ticket holder.

See you at the Festival

Bring the family

 

Liars contest:
Saturday, 1pm to 2pm

Great prize for the winner

 

See the Western Heritage Corporation web site for more.


Read Charlie Camden's report about the 2001 event  

Read Kathy Camden's report about the 2002 event  

 


Annual Lewis and Clark Cowboy Poetry, Music and Western Arts Festival   

Read Charlie Camden's report about the 2001 event  

Read Kathy Camden's report about the 2002 event  

2002 Information

Fourth Annual Lewis-Clark Cowboy Poetry, Music and Western Arts Festival   Lewiston, Idaho
contact: Kathy Camden, PO Box 208, Nezperce, ID 83543, 208-937-2352 fax: 208-937-9899

 

4TH Annual Lewis/Clark

Cowboy Poetry, Music & Western Art Festival
Friday Night Show

February 8, 2002

Patriotic Opening: 6:45
Charlie Camden-Mickey Dawes
Bodie Dominquez

Master of Ceremonies:
Lee Earl

Performers:
Terri and Steve Taylor
Wyoming Red
Dick Warwick
Dean and Dawn Eacker
Carmel Randle—Australian
Gene & Sandy Jones
Leon Flick
Skip Beardsley
Francine Robison
Dean Wadsworth
David Rustabake
"NORTH FORK": George Thompson
Sharon (Silver) Glenn
Clara "Clem" Caufield
Steve Blanchard
Kathy Moss
Fletcher Girls

 

Schedule of Events for
Friday 8th, 2002

Appearances at Radio Station

8:00 AM---9:00 AM

Main Stage at Elks Lodge

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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9:00 AM----10:00 AM

Session Boss:  Pat Threewit

Performers: Rod Casteel, Don Rice, Dean Wadsworth, Nita Arnold, Dave Tingey

10:00 AM----11:00 AM

Session Boss: Sam Mattise

Performers: Steve Blanchard, Mark Holt, Gene and Sandy Jones, Kathy Moss, Dan Nicholson

11:00 AM----12:00 PM

Session Boss: Victoria Ward

Performers: Ellie Corrigan, Wyoming Red, Bruce Pinson, George Thompson-Sharon Glenn (Silver), Terri and Steve Taylor

12:00 PM----1:00 PM

Session Boss: Lee Earl

Performers: Michael Robinson, Roberta Green, Leon Flick, Dallas McCord, Francine Robison

1:00 PM----2:00 PM

Session Boss: Carmel Randle

Performers: Amy Jo Brooks, Clem Caufield, Barbara Hall, Larry Gibson, Alice Hanks, Jim McMillan

2:00 PM----3:00 PM

Session Boss: Gordon Peterson

Performers: Shawn Perisho, David Rustabake, Dean and Dawn Eacker, Harry Wolf--Laura Kinsey, Milton Taylor

3:00 PM----4:00 PM

Session Boss: Mickey Dawes

Performers: Barry Ward, Brenn Hill, Joni Harms, Jim "Curley" Musgrave, Howard Norskog


Saturday Night Show

February 9th 2002

Patriotic Opening: 6:30

Charlie Camden-Mickey Dawes

Bodie Dominquez

 

Art Auction

Sam Matisse Auctioneer

Master of Ceremonies

Dallas McCord

 

Performers:

Amy Jo Brooks
Dave Tingey
Joni Harms
Roberta Green-Ellie Corrigan
Brenn Hill
Sam Matisse
Shawn Perisho
Milton Taylor---Australia
Barry Ward
Jim "Curley" Musgrave
Harry Wolf and Laura Kinsey Howard Norskog
Rod Casteel
Mickey Dawes
Candy Martin

 

Schedule of Events for

Saturday 9th, 2002

Main Stage at Elks Lodge

9:00AM----4:00 PM

 

9:00 AM----10:00 AM

Session Boss: Mark Johnson

Performers: Ham Hamilton, Skip Beardsley, Ken and Allen Romriell, Gary Trexler, Gorden Peterson, Glen Bair

10:00 AM----11:00 AM

Session Boss: Roberta Green

Performers: Faye Briscoe, Dick Warwick, Kathy Moss, Bev Crozier, Michael Robinson, Dean Wadsworth

11:00 AM----12:00 PM

Session Boss: Sam Matisse

Performers: Wyoming Red, Leon Flick, Barbara Hall, Clem Caufield, Terri and Steve Taylor, Pat Threewit

12:00 PM----1:00 PM

Tall Tales Contest

1:00 PM----2:00 PM

Moustache Contest

2:00 PM----3:00 PM

Session Boss: Barry Ward

Performers: Charlie Camden--Bodie Dominquez, Howard Norskog, Dan Nicholson, Joni Harms, Gene & Sandy Jones, David Rustabake

3:00 PM----4:00 PM

Session Boss: Jim "Curly" Musgrave

Performers: Mickey Dawes, Lee Earl, Shawn Perisho, Brenn Hill, Dave Tingey, Francine Robison.

 

Vendor stage

9am to 10am

Session Boss: Milton Taylor

Performers: Rod Casteel, Steve Blanchard, Ellie Corrigan, Harry Wolf and Laura Kinsey, Alice Hanks and Bruce McMillan

10am to 11am

Session Boss: Kathy Moss

Performers: Dallas McCord, Carmel Randle, George and Silver (Northfork) Dean and Dawn Eacker, Larry Gibson, Mark Holt

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Winter Cowboy Poetry Festival Brigham City, Utah 
This was an official 2002 Olympic Event

Press Release



2002 Cultural Olympiad Event Comes to Brigham City
Orrin Porter Rockwell Winter Cowboy Poetry Festival

 

Brigham City, Utah-The second annual Orrin Porter Rockwell Winter Cowboy Poetry Festival held at Box Elder High School is sponsored in part by the 2002 Cultural Olympiad. Slated for February 14th, 15th and 16th 2002, the event will include some of the finest western entertainers, Western art and collectibles and Dutch Oven Cooking.

Every evening will feature famous western headliners along with some of the finest local talent. Nightly line-ups include:

Thursday, February 14, 2002
Brenn Hill-Singer/Songwriter from Ogden, UT.  Winner Rising Star Award 1997, Album of the Year for 2001.

Plus:
Curtis Christensen
Wayne Nelson
Connie Coss
Phil Kennington
Blue Sage
Bill Chilles
Joann Ward
Sam Matisse
Garde Bowman


Friday, February 15, 2002
Rockin' M Wranglers-awarded Traditional Western Vocal Group 2001,
Traditional Female Vocalist 2001, Western Female Vocalist 2000 and 6 times
Harmony Yodeling Champions.

Plus:
Mickey Dawes
Charlie Camden
Mark Nicholas
Sam Deleeuw
Wyoming Red
Vern Woodbury
David Anderson
Barry Ward
Prairie Wind

Entertainers for the dinner show who will perform during our fabulous Dutch Oven Dinner:. 

5:00 to 6:30 PM (Cafeteria)

High Desert Sage - Rexburg, Idaho
Snake River Cowboys - Caldwell, Idaho

Saturday, February 16, 2002

Matinee:

Victoria Ward - Emcee
Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Barry Ward
Jim and Jeanne Martin (Rockin' M Wranglers)
Don Kennington
Steve and Jan Downs (Ridin' Easy)
Curly Jim Musgrave
Francine Robison (Poet Laureate from Oklahoma)
Stanley Stokes
Gwen Thomas

 

Saturday, February 16, 2002

Entertainers for the dinner show who will perform during our fabulous Dutch Oven Dinner:. 

5:00 to 6:30 PM (Cafeteria)

Steve and Rhondalee Paskins - Sandy, Utah
Steve and Jan Downs (Ridin' Easy) Cedar City, Utah

Evening:

Jim "Curly" Musgrave- Singer/Songwriter from Lake Arrowhead, CA.  Has sung for 4 Presidents and the Queen of England.

Plus:
Dallas McCord
Paul Bliss
Steve and Terri Taylor
Gene and Sandy Jones
Don Kennington
Oral Elser
Saddle Strings
Leon Flick
Randy Stokes
Youth Poet Contest

Evening shows are scheduled all three nights starting at 7:00 PM at the Box Elder High School auditorium. A Saturday matinee show is also scheduled. Tickets for the events are $7.00 per person for evening shows and $5.00 per person for the Saturday matinee. Festival passes to all shows are available for $20.00 each. You can order tickets by calling the Brigham City Fine Arts Center at 435-723-0740, Randy Stokes 435-723-8769 or log onto
www.rockwellfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Brigham City Chamber of Commerce and Brigham City Farmers Corner.

Alongside the fabulous entertainment, guest on Friday and Saturday evenings are invited to come early and enjoy an authentic Dutch Oven dinner. Prepared by Log Cabin Grub and Colleen Sloan, the traditional western dinner will have all of the fixin's needed to satisfy any hunger. Tickets purchased in advance for the Dutch Oven Dinner are $8.50 or $10.00 at the door.

Additionally, a Western Arts Show will simultaneously run which includes Western Artisans, Craftsmen and Cowboy Collectables on display in the Box Elder High School gymnasium. The booths and displays will be open Friday at 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. An open Mic will be staged for those looking to show off those hidden talents. Admission to the Western Arts Show is free, everyone is welcome.

 



Headliner Artist Bios



Brenn Hill
Straight from America's West, Brenn Hill is the next generation of phenomenal cowboy artists. Featuring original western music that celebrates a truly down-to-earth lifestyle, it is largely about people who choose agriculture as their livelihood.  From round-ups and brandings to rodeos and ranch weddings, Brenn Hill's music represents those who live a lifestyle they would never trade for money.  Brenn has two recordings released through
a label in Burbank, California- Paras International/Real West Productions. The Academy of Western Artists honored his first recording, Trail through Yesterday, with  "Album of the Year" As well, Brenn was nominated for Entertainer of the Year. Brenn's second, and latest recording is Call You Cowboy, which Billboard has already defined "undeniably appealing"

"The Best new artist I've heard is Brenn Hill." Chris Ledoux
 Source: Utah Arts Council



Rockin' M Wranglers
Jim and Jeanne Martin and Ron Berg (The Rockin' M Wranglers) were awarded the International Harmony Yodeling Championship six times by the Western Music Association (WMA. As well, the Colorado Country Music Association awarded them Traditional Western Vocal Group of 2001. Jeanne was awarded Female Yodeling Championship by the WMA in 1997. The Academy of Western Artists awarded her Western Female Vocalist of the Year 2000. She was also chosen as the Traditional Female Vocalist 2001 by the Colorado Country
Music Association.
Source: Rockin'M Wranglers



Curly Jim Musgrave
Jim's thrown from English stock but blew into Calgary, Alberta in '49.  The cowboy soul in him was stirred as cowpokes from the ranches north of town drove cattle through his school grounds on their way to the stockyards. Early on, he began to express the cowboy way through songs and poems he would write and sing around town.  But, fate took him from Alberta's wild rose country to California, where he came to enjoy a career performing and writing.  For over three decades he's performed for royals, prime ministers, presidents, potentates and pool tables, for grandkids on his knee, friends in the living room and 'round the fire.  During that time he was mentored and managed by the legendary, Cliffie Stone, who said "there ain't an audience that Jim won't like or win over with his singin', pickin', humor and down-to-earth way of goin' into an additional career as a marriage and family therapist.  But no matter what he's wearin', the cowboy's always there, in his wranglers n' boots and an old Martin next to his chair."

But when Curly Jim Musgrave measures his life, he does so in terms of his relationship with his beloved lady Kathleen, his wife of 34 years, and his family.  He still saddles up an hits the trails if the San Bernardino mountains where they live.  For now, dreams of ranch life on the Alberta prairie remain just that, dreams and inspiration for fine poetry and music. While careers, his sons and grandkids keep him working out of California, he remains a Canadian boy, calling Calgary home and returning there regularly to perform for gatherings during Stampede week or any other time there's an ear that'll listen.

Curly's now taking his poetry and pickin' talents to gatherings and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating friendships and new fans of his original songs and poems that speak to the heart of everyone who loves the land and life of the West.  It's not unusual to see folks chucklin' with the whimsical one minute and dryin' a tear the next.  His cowboy colleagues call him, among other things, "a dang fine guitar picker, poet and cowboy crooner". (He still wonders what THAT'S suppose to mean.)

Source: Curly Jim Musgrave Homepage
www.rapidtext.com/curlyjim


Cowboy Poetry


As western folklorist Hal Cannon wrote, "Our civilization puts a premium on the ability of poetry to say our most noble thoughts, to chronicle our history.  The life of a cowboy is conducive to writing poetry.  Endless hours of moving slowly to the rhythm of a horses gait, the vantage of sitting horseback several feet off the ground, living day in and day out in the wide expanse of nature, having to rely on animal intelligence to be at the right place at the right time, living within a display tradition which sets you apart from others by costume and gear, and living a demanding moral code --- all these are elements of a lifestyle fit for contemplation and expression. This is why cowboy poetry is part of our literary tradition, to be valued for generations to come."

Cowboys spent hours on horseback and many of them could be heard singing or reciting various forms of western verse.  Cowboys would often sing certain songs to calm the herd of cattle so that they might keep them together on trail drives and while moving cattle to market.  Many cowboys took advantage of opportunities around campfires, in bunkhouses and on horseback to recite their own poetry or poems they had adopted from others.  They also relished the chance to trade poetry with each other.  This practice carried on in oral tradition until the turn of the twentieth century, when volumes of this literary style became popular to western romantics and folklorists.

Cowboy poetry is riddled with humor and wit.  Some of the stories depicted will drive you into a knee-slapping burst of laughter while others may cause you to well up in tears and emotion.  Some poems are full of the honest truth that stems from long hard days fighting the battles of cowboy life, while others spin far-fetched yarns of absurdity and un-harnessed imagination.  In every case, in his poetry, there is honesty about the life of the cowboy that is most entertaining. The cowboy is as American as apple pie and the honesty of his lifestyle is in refreshing contrast to the deceptions and disappointments that exist in many other so-called nobler professions.  The unique perspective of the American cowboy that comes to
us through his poetry and music is a welcome addition to our western culture.

We want the tradition to continue.  We want our children to learn about it, to experience it, to memorize some of it and we want some of them to grasp it in such a way that they will help to preserve it.

Randy Stokes
Cowboy Poet
OPR Festival Director
www.rockwellfestival.com

 

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February 22-23, 2002 
The 6th Annual Georgia Cowboy Gathering 
Douglasville, Georgia

From our Honored Guest Doc Stovall

The 6th Annual Georgia Cowboy Gathering will be Feb 22 and 23 in Douglasville, Georgia.  For information contact Doc Stovall at copas@bellsouth.net or 770-948-5570 or 770-941-7592(fax) Looks like a good time for all in the making. 

Most of the lineup is filled and includes Cowboy Envy, The Sisters of the Silver Sage, John Schaffner, members of the Georgia Cowboy Poets and others.  

There will be feature shows on Friday and Saturday evening with "jam sessions" to follow each.  Open sessions will be held on the afternoon of the 23rd at Border's Books and Music in Douglasville.

 

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Cowboy Poetry Gatherin'  Lander, Wyoming

Lariat Laureate runner up Jean Mathisen tells us:

Dust off your boots, grab yur hat and come a runnin' for a good time with poetry and music.  The Lander, Wyoming Cowboy Poetry Gatherin' will be meeting at the Best Western Inn at Lander on Saturday, February 15, 2003 for a big one day event.  There will be open mic sessions all day and a special evening program.  The Lions Club will have a barbecue supper from 4:30 to 6:30, cost $7 

Jean Mathisen says: We will also be featuring local artists and crafts.  Daytime sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon (hourly) and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (hourly).  The night show will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature Larry Gibson from Montana, Kevin McNiven of Lander (who has participated in some movies along with furnishing horses for them); a young fiddle player by the name of Shawn Bush (he's really somethin'), Leslie Keltner of Cody, the Wyoming Reds and Andy Nelson of Pinedale along with us ole regulars from Lander!  [Those "ole regulars" would be Verlin Pitt, Rick Pitt, Lynne Hendrickson and Jean Mathisen.]

For further information contact Lynne Hendrickson at 307/335-7969 or Jean Mathisen at jmathisen@rmisp.comUpdated 1/31

For further information contact Lynne Hendrickson at 307/335-7969 or Jean Mathisen at jmathisen@rmisp.com.

 We also want to mention the formin' of the "Cowboy Poets of Wind River"--a new cowboy poets and musicians association formed in October at the Riverton Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Riverton, Wyoming.  Cowboy Poets of Wind River hopes to help with Gatherings in the central Wyoming and other areas. Anyone interested is welcomed.  Dues are $20 annually (from Sept. to Sept.) and young'ns may join for $10.   For further information contact Cowboy Poets of Wind River at 924 East Adams, Riverton, WY  82501.  Garland Kennington of Riverton is the current president, Pete Davis of Riverton,
Vice President; Lynne Hendrickson and Jean Mathisen of Lander, Wyoming are board representatives for Fremont and Hot Spring Counties of Wyoming and Terry Henderson of Shawnee, Wyoming is serving as a board rep for eastern Wyoming. 


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Kamloops Cowboy Festival Kamloops, B.C. Canada

2002 Kamloops Cowboy Festival, Press release and update to Feb 18 2002

Cowboy Pride

 

Welcome to Canada's original Cowtown and the Sixth Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

 

Since the first cows were brought to this valley over 160 years ago Kamloops has been the Heart of BC's Cattle Country. For a century and a half cattle have been this regions most consistent economic engine. The Cultural legacy of our Ranching History is an incredible treasure most folks downtown are totally unaware of!

The Hollywood stereotypes of Cowboys and Ranchers from the American southwest had little to do the rich and varied culture of BC's Ranchlands.

From Francis Ward's world class polo ponies, to the stable of fine Hunter Jumpers at Ashcroft Manor, from the campfire tales of the Native Cowboys and California Vaqueros to the newspaper empire of Senator Bostock, the depth and diversity of our Western Heritage is nearly impossible for most folks to grasp! When you mention the terms like Cowtown and Cowboy to most urbanites they see only images of tumbleweeds, ignorance and dust! If they could only begin to have some comprehension of the awesome cultural legacy created by the early Ranchers in our region then perhaps they would begin to understand what we mean by, Cowboy Pride.

That's a big part of what a cowboy festival is all about to me, bridging the gap between urban and rural culture in the modern West. As we lay the stereotypes to rest and and focus on the culture and folk art of the real West we discover a reality that is far more interesting than anything Hollywood could have dreamt up.

Come Join us in exploring and celebrating this legacy, after all Kamloops was never just a Cowtown, it is Canada's Original Cowtown!

Mike Puhallo

BC Cowboys Hall of Fame Inductees for 2002. To be inducted at The Kamloops Cowboy festival

7 pm March 8, 2002 Calvary Temple Church 1205 Rogers Way Kamloops

Andy Manuel 1886 - 1956 (Kamloops) Andy was top hand on the range and in the arena. He competed at the first Calgary Stampede as well as early rodeo's through-out the West. He owned many horses and supplied bucking stock to rodeo's as far away as Vancouver. ( He herded the horses there via Coquihalla Pass). During world war 2 Andy and his son in law Gus Gottfriedson broke horses for the Canadian Army.

Thomas Alexander Bulman 1911- 2000 (Kamloops) Alex was one of the most respected stockmen in the West. After stepping into his father's boots at the age of 18 he spent his life raising quality cattle and contributing to the development of our industry. He was a crack shot with a rifle and a gifted writer, as well as being a true ranching pioneer. His book "Kamloops Cattlemen" was published in 1969.

Pike Anderson 1920 - (Vernon) Pike has Ranched in the North Okanagan all his life so far. At one time running over 700 head of cattle.

He earned a reputation as a good cowman, horse trainer and roper. He worked as a pick up man at rodeos for many years and was among the top team ropers in Canada. In 1993 the Canadian Team Roping Assn. named him Cowboy of the Decades for his contribution to Rodeo and Team Roping!

Dick Threlkeld 1923- (108 Mile Ranch BC ) Dick grew up on a The T--- Ranch in Dead Man Creek Valley, near Savona, and has been a working cowboy nearly all his life. He is also one of the best banjo players around. Dick has been playing the Banjo for almost 70 years! He is a favorite entertainer at cowboy festivals and gatherings where-ever he goes!

Advance Ticket sales for this years Kamloops Cowboy Festival are way ahead of last year already! Parsons tours of Red Deer reported that the bus tour they are bringing over is sold out. The motels in the area around Calvary Temple are filling up rapidly.

Looks like this Cowboy Culture thing is starting to take off!

 

Tickets and weekend passes are available at The Horse Barn on Mt Paul Way , at the door or Phone 1-888-763-2224

A weekend Pass is just $30,, Friday and Saturday Evening Concerts are $15 each A day pass is only $5

Mike Puhallo BCCHS president

Box 137 Kamloops BC V2C 5K3

Ph 579-5667 Fax 579-5610

email cowboys@bcchs.com www.bcchs.com

 

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Sahuaro
Ranch, Back to the Past Festival  Glendale, Arizona

Trail Boss Wally Bornmann tells us:

The Sahuaro Ranch Cowboy Gathering and Back To The Past Event takes place at Historic
Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  

There'll be a campfire on Friday evening March 8, 2002 from 7 - 8:30 PM which will be free to the public and feature 3 of our performers plus myself (I've got to get a bit of time onstage before it's all done).  Tentatively scheduled will be Sue Harris, Dean Cook, Steve Goober and me, Wally Bornmann.


March 9 performances will begin at 9 AM and go through the day until 4 PM.  

March 10 there will be Cowboy Church from 10 to 11 AM and performances from 11:30 AM until 4 PM.  

There is a $5/adult/day admission.

There will also be exhibits by many of the state's museums as well as the 9th Calvary (Buffalo Soldiers).

Performers:

Buckshot Dot (Trail Dust member), Byrd WoodwardDean Cook (in my opinion one of
the best songwriters I know by far, Trail Dust member), Jim Cook (Dean's older brother and Arizona's "Official" State Liar, Trail Dust member), Miss Ellie (Jim's wife, Trail Dust member), Sue Harris (great singer, Trail Dust member), Jay Dorris (poet, TD member), Lon Austin (singer, storyteller and orginal founder along with Mason Coggin of Trail Dust), Lyle Suttil
(retired, and proud to claim it, bullrider, TD member), Andy Hurlbut (wonderfully strong female singer and all around great gal, TD member), Stan Young (cowboy poet, TD member), Ken Ralston (singer/poet/storyteller), Dave & Barbara Bauman (singers of oldtime music), Jim Dunham (got about the best straight up cowboy album I've heard in forever, singer), Rolf Flake (the real thing cowboy poet), Steve Goodbar (singer and guitar player extraodinaire), Greg LaCosse (singer), Steve Lindsey (another real life cowboy poet and all around great guy), Rusty Calhoun (cowgirl poet), Ron Brinegar (poet), Larry Harmer (super guy and great cowboy poet), Vance Wapler (poet/storyteller), Virgil & Marlene Cole (singer & harmonica player along with a bit of banjo, how can you go wrong with that?), Ken Clemmer (singer)

Janice Coggin will also be there with Cowboy Miner Productions.

The Gathering is the only one in the Phoenix area at this time to the best of our knowledge.  True, there's Wickenburg, Sierra Vista and certainly the best of the bunch, Prescott, but The Sahuaro Ranch Gathering is the only one today that folks don't have to leave the Valley for.  This is the 2nd Annual Gathering and Back to the Past Days and is pretty much a bootstraps up event started to introduce folks to Cowboy music and poetry as well as to join together as many of the states museums as possible to promote Arizona, its past and its present place in the West.

Sahuaro Ranch Foundation at (623) 939-5782

We asked Wally to tell us more about the Historic Sahuaro Ranch and he obliged:


The idyllic setting of Historic Sahuaro Ranch invites you to step back in time as you stroll through the museum whose 17 acres fenced with wrought iron are the walls and whose artifacts are the many buildings, orchards, landscaping and wildlife contained within the unique historic ranch museum. From the original ranch buildings to the lush grounds, where peacocks roam freely, Sahuaro Ranch's historic area takes you to another time. Buffered
from outside urbanization by rows of original citrus groves, Historic Sahuaro Ranch allows you to enter a bygone era and treats each visitor to a nostalgic, cultural and educational experience like no other available in Arizona.


Fig Newtons May Have Roots In Glendale

In 1891, Historic Sahuaro Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., produced over 100 acres of figs that were later dried for shipping in a specially constructed fruit packing shed. A year later, Nabisco introduced the Fig Newton. Is it coincidence, or history? Researchers speculate that William Henry Bartlett had such strong business connections that he called Nabisco and told them
that he had an orchard of figs ready to produce and to "come up with a way to use them." Bartlett was a grain broker who moved to the area from Peoria, Ill. and homesteaded the ranch in 1885. 

This is just one interesting story surrounding the over 100-year-old Historic Sahuaro Ranch, which originally consisted of the Main House, the fruit packing shed and 275 acres of groves, which produced figs, plums, peaches, pears, olives, date palms, pecans and almonds.  Today the ranch, located at 9802 N. 59th Ave., produces mainly citrus, with one orchard that has been replanted with eight of the original crops including figs, plums and peaches. 

In addition, Historic Sahuaro Ranch is home to a full schedule of historical exhibits, the Fruit Packing Shed Galleries, a gift shop and visitors center, as well as a variety of special
events and educational programs.

Bartlett owned the ranch until 1913. It changed hands a few times before Charlotte and Richard Smith purchased it in 1927 and owned it for the next 50 years. During that time the jersey dairy was developed, citrus groves were planted and pecan groves were enlarged.
They also made improvements to the Main House. In 1977, The City of Glendale purchased the last 80 acres of the ranch and conducted a Historic Structures Report. In 1980, as a result of the report, the 17 acres containing the historic buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Every year more than 30,000 visitors take advantage of the educational, interpretive and cultural programs held at Historic Sahuaro Ranch. Along with historic tours of the Main House, visitors also enjoy historic and fine art exhibits in the Fruit Packing Shed Galleries, a
gardening program, archaeological digs, quilt shows and a lecture series each spring. The Sahuaro Ranch Foundation manages the ranch and works year-round to encourage awareness of the history of Sahuaro Ranch and the agricultural history of Glendale and the Salt River Valley. 

The ranch is a popular setting for weddings. Since 1986, the ranch has hosted more than 800 wedding ceremonies in the Rose Garden near the guest house. The Glendale Historical Society, which is housed in the guest house, books more than 80 weddings every year. For information about weddings at Historic Sahuaro Ranch, contact the Historical Society at (623) 435-0072.

The new Ranch Visitor Center, formerly in the Foreman's House, has relocated to the Adobe
House. New ranch hours for the Visitor Center, Museum Store and Fruit Packing Shed Galleries are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, October through May. Tours of the Main House, Adobe House and Barnyard will be offered Wednesday through Sunday. Tour tickets are $3 per person. Special school and group tours are available Wednesday through Friday. For more information, contact the Sahuaro Ranch Foundation at (623) 939-5782 or call the City of Glendale Office of Tourism at (623) 930-2957 or visit the web site at tour.glendaleaz.org.

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Rhyolite Jamboree April 5-7, 2002
Rhyolite Jamboree Rhyolite, Nevada

Lariat Laureate runner up Charley Sierra will be performin', and here's more from the event Chairman:

This is our first jamboree in the ghost town, and we are looking forward to a wonderful event. Rhyolite was more of a mining town from 1905 until 1914, but, they still had their cowboys. There was a couple of ranches around and even a couple of cattle rustlings going on. On the other end of Nevada from Elko, we are thrilled to bring cowboy poetry into the lives of several people who have not heard it before. If any of the other wranglers there would like to come down and join us, let us know. The more the merrier. 

Suzy McCoy
Rhyolite Historian
Jamboree Chairman
Sucker for anything fun.

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Folkfest  New Braunfels, Texas
Contact Jerry Ford by email or phone 820-620-1607;  fax 820-620-1617; or cell 820-620-8676 or 820-708-4968  

Jerry Ford announces that there'll be a significant  Cowboy Poets Gathering at Folkfest 2002, with some of the best Texas poets, old time Western singers, and storytellers.  Talent includes our own Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols, Lariat Laureate runner up Linda Kirkpatrick and her Sunset Serenade group, Bob Livingston's "Cowboys & Indians," a "Wild East Show of Imagination," and German music, Hispanic dancers and entertainers, craftsmen, activities, fun and good food for the whole family, all preceded by a 150 year old tradition, the Kindermasken Parade, where children show off their finest costumes and are rewarded with special prized.

We asked Jerry if "Wild East" was right in describing Bob Livingston's show, and he said "Bob Livingston is a very good acoustical guitarist in Austin, Texas (right up the road). Last time I saw him perform he was backing up Garth Brooks on the live CBS program from South Padre (in the rainstorm).  He tours for the US State Dept. worldwide. During one of his performances in India, some of the local musicians accompanied him with their local instruments and India dancers choreographed dances to go along with the "Western" music. This was such an unusual performance he brought the idea back to Texas. The Texas Arts Commission underwrites the performance in schools in Texas as a form of cultural awareness to students. Thus the name "A wild East show of the imagination."

Jerry says, "As you can see, we are going to have a very diverse 2 day event."  Sounds great.

Contact Jerry Ford by email or phone 820-620-1607;  fax 820-620-1617; or cell 820-620-8676 or 820-708-4968   

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Red River Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering  Bonham, Texas

 

RED RIVER COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC GATHERING

BENEFITING EQUINE THERAPY

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2002

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MAIN STAGE – CIVIC CENTER

 

 9-10   Gerry Allen and Lanny Joe Burnett

10-11  Ray Owens and Mike Querner

11- 1   Lunch Break

            1- 2   Michael Dowd and J. W. Beeson

            2- 3   Edward Southerland and Gerry Allen

            3- 4   Ray Owens and J.W. Beeson

  4- 5   Lanny Joe Burnett and Jeff Gore

                      5- 7 Bar-B-Que Dinner by "Rear of the Steer"

                      7-8:15 Evening Concert-Jeff Gore, Mike Querner, Lanny Joe Burnett, J.W. Beeson

8:30-Midnight - Dance Music by_______________

 

"KID’S KORRAL" - CIVIC CENTER
Stories and Activities for children ages 4-6 presented by Waynetta Ausmus
9-11 and 2-4

NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES – AMPHITHEATER
Dancers, Arts, and History
9 - 4

FARRIER DEMONSTRATION – CIVIC CENTER GROUNDS
Hoof Care Techniques by Travis Baughman
10-11

CUTTING HORSE DEMONSTRATION – CIVIC CENTER ARENA
Working Cutting Horses
2-3:30

EQUINE THERAPY – CIVIC CENTER ARENA
Benefits and Demonstration of Handicapped Riding
10-11 and 1-2

LADY OUTLAWS DRILL TEAM
Precision Maneuvers performed Horseback
9 and 3:30

FT INGLISH PIONEER VILLAGE – CIVIC CENTER GROUNDS
Stories, Soap Making, and History of the Area
9 - 4

WESTERN GEAR, ARTS, CRAFTS and EXHIBITS
ALL DAY SATURDAY

PROCEEDS BENEFITING
TRIPLE H EQUITHERAPY

HANNAH’S HORSESHOES OF HOPE

 

Ticket info from Lanny Joe Burnett by email or 903-583-0124 or Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce : 903-583-4811; bonhamchamber@netexas.net.  Prices are:

ALL DAY-ALL AREAS: $10
EVENING MEAL: $7
DANCE:  $5

or TOTAL PKG:

$20 per person / FAMILY: $40 (dance separate) 

 

 

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April 26-28, 2002
The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association Annual Gathering  Mountain View, Missouri



Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 26, 27, 28.  Mountain View MO is on Hwy 60 and Missouri 17 hwd. Down in the South Central Missouri Ozarks. We are expecting a great crowd.  We will have Cody Holmes doing a Round Pen Colt Starting Clinic, Rodeo Missouri Toni Erwin, 24 cowboy poets, good chuck wagon food, live music-everything from Guitar and Cosmo the Hi-Tech, (the Lindseys) Washboard to Fiddler Clift Bryan's Solid Country Band.
Jennie Cummings, Mountain View Arts Council  417/934-2213 


Fourth Annual Missouri Cowboy     MCPA    Poets Gathering 2002    MCPA
Community Betterment Arts Council
Mountain View, Missouri
April 26 27 28

Project Partially funded by Missouri Arts Council  a State Agency
Mountain View  Community  Betterment Council of the Arts.
Assistance by City of Mountain View  & Community Volunteers  Time &  Funds
  The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association, Inc.

An Organization for those who have lived and loved the life of the American
Cowboy, in memory and fantasies and those who want to help preserve the
memory and romance of that lifestyle forever.

ALL COWBOY EVENTS ARE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER  COMPLEX
FRIDAY AFTERNOON 1:00 PM APRIL 26 ~ FREE SHOW FOR KIDS
CHUCK WAGON HISTORICAL TOUR AND LECTURE ~ DON COLLOP
ROPE  SPINNER ~ HAROLD CARPENTER
Dedication of  MCPA "Missouri Cowboy Poetry" Book

FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM APRIL 26 ~ ADMISSION $3.00
 SUPPER SERVED AT 4:30 PM ~ $4.00 - Children under 10 $2.00
SHOW STARTS 6:00 PM ~ MICHAEL & REBECCA LINDSEY WITH COSMO THE HI-TECH
WASHBOARD
7: 15 PM Mayor Dave Cattell

COWBOY ROUNDUP
D. J. Fry ~ Oronogo, Missouri
John Beltz ~ Willow Spring, Missouri
Francine Robison ~ Shawnee, Oklahoma
Mike Beville ~ Rineyville, Kentucky
Jay Jones ~ Columbia, Missouri
Carol Ellis ~ Willow Springs, Missouri
Richard Dunlap ~ Louisburg, Missouri
Harold Carpenter ~ Sedan, Kansas

Diane Speer (Smotherman) ~ Wellsville, Kansas
Cliff Sexton ~ Union Town, Kansas
Maggie Beville ~ Rineyville, Kentucky
Flint McPeak ~ Wichita, Kansas
Jim Smith ~ Joplin, Missouri
Buss Keiper ~ Columbia, Missouri
Gail Burton ~ Benton, Arkansas
Don Collop ~ Mexico, Missouri

Cody Holmes ~ Mountain Grove, Missouri
Dawnelle Holmes ~ Mountain Grove, Missouri
Jerry White ~ Springfield, Missouri
Neal Torrey ~ Bolivar, Missouri
Leroy Watts ~ Verona, Missouri


After Each Cowboy Poet Performs
There's Friday Night Live Band Music for Listenin',  Dancin'
Cliff Bryan- fiddler  Chuck Hackworth -guitar, banjo, mandolin
Jim Blackburn -

SATURDAY APRIL 27  - 6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
6:30 AM:  Chuck Wagon Breakfast  12:15 PM LUNCH

10:00 AM: ROUND PEN COLT STARTING CLINIC
BY CODY AND DAWNELLE HOLMES

Cowboy Poets In The Center ~ Miss Rodeo Missouri Toni Erwin
Host  and MC Gery Elkins - Warner, Oklahoma
1:00 PM
1.  Jerry White 
2.  Buzz Keiper
3.  Carol Ellis 
4.  Gail Burton
5.  Flint McPeak

2:00 PM
1. John Beltz         
2.  Mike Beville
3. Maggie Beville  
4.  D. J. Fry
5. Peggy Coleman

3:00 PM
1. Richard Dunlap
2. Francine Robison
3. Harold Carpenter
4. Jim Smith  5. Diane Speer

4:00 PM
1. Leroy Watts  2.  Jay Jones
3.Neal Torrey   4.  Cliff Sexton
4:40 PM  Open Mike until
evening Performance begins at 6:00
4 PM PARADE OF HORSE BREEDS Organized by Amy O'Dell, Cowgirl

April 27th 7:00 O'Clock Evening Feature Performance
Host & Master of Ceremony Gery Elkins
  It's Here !
SATURDAY NIGHT AND THE MOON IS OUT
FOR THIS FEATURE PERFORMANCE WITHOUT A DOUBT
 COWBOY POETRY WITH A TWIST AND SHOUT
THOSE TALENTED WRITERS WITH SKILLS DEVOUT

Round Robin With Each Performer Doing One Poem or Song
1. Gery Elkins 2. Leroy Watts
3. Cliff Sexton 4. Jerry White
5. Francine Robison 6. Buzz Keiper
7. Flint McPeak  8. Maggie Beville
9. Cody & Dawnelle Holmes
10. Diane Speer
11.   Neal Torrey
12. Carol Ellis
13. D. J. Fry
14. Mike Beville
15. Jay Jones
16. Peggy Coleman
17. Gail Burton
18. Jim Smith
19. Harold Carpenter
20. Don Collop
21. Richard Dunlap
22. John Beltz

9:00 am   MCPA Business Meeting-Officers to select
Get there early or you just can't object
Join up! Be a part of this great association
You'll be so famous, you can tour the nation.
                       Jennie Cummings
Always on Sunday Any Cowboy Poet Gathering
COWBOY CHURCH 10:00 am
Cowboy Sky Pilot Gery Elkins
12:15 Roast Beef Sunday Dinner
Public is very welcome!
A Very Fond Farewell Until April 25 26 27, 2003
Always the Last Weekend in April


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APRIL   THIRD ANNUAL COWBOY POETRY GATHERING  Mountain View, Missouri
The Missouri Cowboy Poets Association is holdin' their Third Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Mountain View, Missouri.  Second Lariat Laureate Neal Torrey tells us "This event draws performers from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. As you know, we have some good ones in our association. We look for this one to be even bigger and better."  Like we've said before, they grow mighty fine cowboy poets in Missouri.  

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May 

Jazz & Heritage Festival  New Orleans, Louisiana

For immediate release
For more information please contact
Kerry Grombacher at 512-296-7833 or e-mail kgrombacher@yahoo.com



Cowboy Music at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

Western songwriter Kerry Grombacher will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Thursday, May 2, 2002.  "I'm very excited about the booking," says Grombacher. "The New Orleans Jazz Fest is the best attended music festival in the country, and this is a terrific opportunity to share the music and culture of the West with folks who might not otherwise hear it."

This will be Kerry's second appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. In 2001, he was part of a songwriters-in-the-round set that featured emerging Louisiana songwriters.  "I moved to New Orleans from Austin in 1998," he said, "And being booked this year for a set of my own lets me know that the contemporary western and folk songs that I write belong here. Louisiana has a long history of horse and cattle production, country music -in both English and French - is popular, and the people are open to all kinds of music. I am honored to be included in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and in the Louisiana music scene."  Kerry will be joined on stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by Karen "Rodeo Kate" Howell on fiddle; Allan "Hoot Al" Chapman on bass; Brian "Breeze" Cayolle on clarinet and saxophone; and Bennet "The East Side Flash" Spielvogel on Dobro.

Kerry Grombacher's recordings include the CDs "Sands Motel" and "Riding for the Brand," and the tape release, "Home to the West," and his songs have been recorded by artists including The Texas Trail Hands, Gary Prescott, and Duke Davis. His national tours have included performances at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Newport Folk Festival, Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads (Cody WY), and the Tumbleweed Music Festival (Garden City KS), as well as appearances on television and radio programs throughout the country.

To contact Kerry Grombacher, log onto his website, www.kgrombacher.com or phone 512-296-7833.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place over seven days at the end of April and the beginning of May at the Fairgrounds Race Track. Eleven stages run simultaneously and the average daily attendance is over 90,000 people. The festival features jazz and gospel, Cajun and Zydeco, blues, country and rock, and traditional and contemporary African and Native American music. Hundreds of food vendors serve Louisiana cuisine, and there are pavilions for contemporary and folk art.  For information about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival or to purchase tickets, go to the website, www.nojazzfest.com, or phone 504-522-4786.

(Read more about Kerry Grombacher here at the BAR-D.)

 

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May 

Wild West Extravaganza Show & Auction, with Cowboy Poetry  Makquoketa, Iowa

This should be a great time for all!

Circle M Auctions as a part of the Wild West Extravaganza Show & Auction is hosting Cowboy Poetry May 3rd. 40 ft teepee on sight, chow line, and great music for the night owls! 

More Information at: www.circlemauctions.com

Hope to see y'all there!
Laura


Friday May 3rd 2002

Show starts at 10:00 a.m. Featuring dealers from across the U.S. offering old west antiques & collectibles, taxidermy, Native American, South Western Décor & art, and MUCH, MUCH
MORE!!!

     This Event will Run all three days!

     VENDER SPOTS IN ONE OF OUR 40" TEE PEE'S STILL AVAILABLE !!!  BUCK SKINNER &
     RE-ENACTOR TENTS WELCOME. CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

     ***** FRIDAY NIGHT****COWBOY POETRY, MUSIC & FOOD **** FRIDAY NIGHT*****

Kick back around the camp fire & enjoy the sights & sounds of cowboy poetry performed by some of the top professional cowboy poets in in the midwest! These tall story tellers
will be accompanied by the Oly Mac & T  Band performing acoustic Americana music at its finest.  We will also be hosting an "open mic" segment during the show for amateur poets & music makers to strut their stuff!!!!

A low $6 cover charge includes 2 free kegs of beer while they last, & some of the finest entertainment this side of  the Mississippi. Fine grilled pork chop dinner available, Coolers
welcome. Bring the family & enjoy!

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Saturday May 4th 2002
     Old West & Native American Auction Beginning @ 10:00 AM
     Auction Items Include: Chaps, Saddles, Bits, Spurs, & other Old West
Memorabilia, Winchester & Colt Guns,
     Civil War and Antique Military items. Also included on Saturday: Native
American Items! Fantastic Bead Work,
     Baskets, Blankets, Pottery, Ax Heads, Points, Trade Pieces, and MUCH
MUCH MORE!
     Dealers Show Continues on grounds also!

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Sunday May 5th 2002
     Taxidermy, Antique &Collectible Sporting Goods & Guns Beginning @ 10:00 AM
     Featuring: High Quality Trophy class Taxidermy Mounts: Such as White
Tail Deer, Moose, Buffalo, Bear, Elk,
     Fish, Birds, And Many other North American and African Animal Mounts.
Also Featured in Sundays Auction:
     Antique and Collectible Sporting Goods, Antique and Contemporary Guns,
Knives, Winchester Items, Collectible
     Traps, Old Fishing Lures, Decoys, Minnow Traps and MORE!
     Dealers Show continues & concludes.

________________
     This is only a partial listing and we will be accepting consignments
right up until sale day! This is a  NATIONALLY advertised sale!
     If you would like to consign pieces that fit our specialties, Please
call now to be included in all the ads we will run for this show! 

ADVERTISING DEADLINE FOR DETAILED ADS IN NATIONWIDE PUBLICATIONS
     WILL BE APRIL 15th

     WE ARE TAKING CONSIGNMENTS RIGHT UP UNTIL SALE DAY!!!!

     DEALERS: Call for information on commission specials for participating
in both the show & sale with your items!

     contact Steve Morehead at 563 652 5537 or 563 249 7179 mobile

 

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From Roger Banks, May 2002

Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho San Angelo, Texas

ark your calendars now and plan to attend the shows this year at Historic Fort Concho. We have got some really talented performers for the 2002 summer concerts. This is my 5th year to produce these shows and you can take it to the bank these folks are greats.

5/18- The first show will feature Stan Mahler. He is a one great singer! He is from Olney, Texas and man can he yodel. He is one of Texas very best cowboy tenors.

6/15-The second show will feature Ed Stabler. Ed has been nominated several times for the Western Music Association's coveted Instrumentalist of Year. I promise you will be slack jawed and opened mouthed when you hear him. He is awesome!

8/17- The third concert will be a benefit concert for the Lone Star Chapter of the Western Music Association. All profits from this concert will be donated to the chapter to continue their work preserving and encouraging western music. Here are some of the artist who have expressed an interest in performing.

*********************************
Jim Wilson - VP WM, Alpine, TX
Judy James - President Lone Star Chapter, Weatherford, TX
Mike Loving - Carlsbad, TX
Texas Trail Hands, Fort Worth, TX
Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl, Toy Story
The Pards, San Angelo, TX
*************************************

NOTE: Not all of the above entertainers are confirmed at this time.
*******************************************

9/21- The September show is still being finalized and I'll send you another note just as soon as we get 'er firmed up.

Ticket prices will be the same as last year.

$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors
$5.00 Fort Concho Members
$2.00 Children Under 12.

Show Time 7:30PM to 9:30PM

There will also be a special drawing for a door prize at the September show valued at over $100. See attachment for details.


Make plans to attend... We Value Your Support!
Wrangler Rog.

Web site:  Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho  

 

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May
Miracle Ranch Cowboy Rendezvous Port Orchard, Washington

This year's Cowboy Rendezvous will feature more family oriented, fun cowboy
entertainment.
   Saturday morning will kick off with morning roping, horse rides, wagon
rides and lots of fun at Noah's Landing.  Lunch will be served in town
center with plenty of venues to choose from with cowboy music and Ranch
poetry to boot.  Saturday afternoon will prove to be the highlight as we
entertain you with world class musicians and poets on the center stage.
The evening program will kick off with a "Chuckwagon dinner experience"
including mouth watering Tri-tip bar-b-que and the all the fixin's.  We'll
have the evening stage filled with more music, poetry and western
storytellers. Cowboy Rudy, Barbed wire Ben Aitken, Ben Crane, Bryn Theissen,
Don Wudel, Jake Peters, The Rocky Mountain Ramblers, Brother's Keeper, Mike
Puhallo, Wes Waverly, Kevin Inman, Alan Halvorson, Jerry Iaskoty, Jim Tracy,
Tom Veale, Pickles the clown and more!
    This Cowboy Rendezvous is sure to be memorable.  The Ranch is located in
Port Orchard, WA just 3 miles West of Hwy 16 at Purdy.  To see more about
this event go to <http://www.cristacamps.com/>

For reservations call 360 697 1212 or Email
<mailto:information@cristacamps.com>


Saturday, May 11, 2002                 Ben Crane
 10:00 AM Morning Poetry Gathering Cheney Hall
12 noon Dutch oven, cowboy lunch at town center
1:30 PM Afternoon Poetry Gathering Cheney Hall
3:30 PM Afternoon Concert Cheney Hall
4:30 PM Chuckwagon BBQ Supper CWInn
5:00 PM Supper Entertainment
7:00 PM Evening Show Cheney Hall


Ticket prices: $4 per person pre-sale; $5 at the gate!

Hope to see you here!

Phil Peterson <];:-{)
Miracle Ranch Director
253-851-4410

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MAY   RUTLADER ROUNDUP  La Cygne, Kansas
Rutlader Outpost is a replica western town with great facilities, fantastic shops and accommodations for RV's.  There will be Native American dancers, cowboy poets, balladeers, story-tellers, rope artists, western re-enactors, gun-fights, hangings, chuckwagon cooking, - just all sorts of fun!  Top Performers from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.    
Contact: Bill Earnest,  38890 Coldwater Rd,  Ly Cygne, KS,  66040, 913-376-3332 or Linda Evans,  33581 S. Metcalf,  Louisburg, KS,  66053, 913-377-3350

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May
John
Christensen at the Western Folklife Center  Elko, Nevada 

The Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, has scheduled a reading by Jon Christensen for Monday, May 13, 2002, at 7 p.m. as part of a literary arts series called Tumblewords. 

Christensen, a Carson City journalist, will read from his essays featured in the book, NEVADA, in the G3 Bar Theater at the WFC.  Christensen's stop in Elko will be the third in a month-long book tour as part of the Tumblewords series. He will be reading from his chapter on the Great Basin. In addition, 12 photographs by Oregon photographer Deon Reynolds, who co-created the book, will be on display. A book signing will immediately follow the reading. 

Admission to the reading and photography exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Tumblewords presentation of Jon Christensen and the book, NEVADA, contact the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508, or visit the Center's Web site at www.westernfolklife.org.

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Seventh Annual Gathering High Desert Western Arts Association Redmond, Oregon

Media Press Release from April 4, 2002

For More Information Call:  541/317-3747


Poets, musicians, artists, and makers of western gear ride onto central
Oregon's high desert  when the High Desert Western Arts Association (HDWAA)
hosts its seventh annual Gathering at the Fairgrounds and Exposition Center
in Redmond, Friday through Sunday May 31 - June 2.  Growing in popularity
each year since its inception in 1996, the High Desert Western Arts
Gathering is excellent family entertainment. The theme of the Gathering is
the celebration through music, poetry, and storytelling of the lifestyle of
the American cowboy and the foundations of our western heritage.

Headlining the entertainment for this year's program is Belinda Gail, "The
Lass of the San Joaquin." Gail was named Western Music Association's Female
Entertainer of the Year for 1999 and 2000.  She teams up with award-winning
balladeer and poet Jim "Curly" Musgrave in a program that includes some
outstanding duets.

R. W. Hampton, a popular entertainer who has performed at previous HDWAA
Gatherings will be on hand again to give western music fans a big helping of
his rich baritone voice as he performs songs from his latest album Always in
My Heart.

Oregon-grown country music recording artist and songwriter Joni Harms from
Canby, Oregon, returns to the High Desert performers' spotlight to delight
audiences with her own brand of down-home entertainment and musical charm.
Joni is an avid horsewoman and a former Miss Northwest Rodeo.

Glenn Ohrlin, a seasoned Arkansas rodeo cowboy, rancher, poet, storyteller
and musician, brings his outstanding talent to the local stage at the
Saturday night performance on June 1.  Ohrlin is a recipient of the
prestigious National Folk Heritage Award.

A newcomer to the 2002 High Desert Gathering is Brenn Hill, a cowboy poet
and balladeer from Utah. The Academy of Western Artists recently honored
Hill by selecting his album Trails of Yesterday as the 2001 Album of the
Year.

Also sharing the stage during the 3-day Gathering are Dallas McCord, singer,
"picker," and poet;  Bend resident Ted Lyster, author and poet, and one of
the founders and current president of the HDWAA, and Steve Blanchard and The
Open Range, a trio of western musicians.

Gear makers and western artists from throughout the Northwest will have
their artistry on display and for purchase throughout the three-day show.
The art show and gear exhibits are free to the public and a good opportunity
to browse among some top-notch displays.

Ticket prices  for the main evening performances are $20.00.  Daytime
performance tickets are $5.00.  A Weekend Pass to all of the shows is
$40.00.

Matinee performances  begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and are free to
children under 12 years of age.  Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Sue Humphrey at 22910 Bear Creek
Road, Bend, OR  97701. A complete schedule of events and entertainers is
posted on the web at www.hdwaa.org or call 541/317-3747 for information.


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From Roger Banks, May 2002

Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho San Angelo, Texas

ark your calendars now and plan to attend the shows this year at Historic Fort Concho. We have got some really talented performers for the 2002 summer concerts. This is my 5th year to produce these shows and you can take it to the bank these folks are greats.

5/18- The first show will feature Stan Mahler. He is a one great singer! He is from Olney, Texas and man can he yodel. He is one of Texas very best cowboy tenors.

6/15-The second show will feature Ed Stabler. Ed has been nominated several times for the Western Music Association's coveted Instrumentalist of Year. I promise you will be slack jawed and opened mouthed when you hear him. He is awesome!

8/17- The third concert will be a benefit concert for the Lone Star Chapter of the Western Music Association. All profits from this concert will be donated to the chapter to continue their work preserving and encouraging western music. Here are some of the artist who have expressed an interest in performing.

*********************************
Jim Wilson - VP WM, Alpine, TX
Judy James - President Lone Star Chapter, Weatherford, TX
Mike Loving - Carlsbad, TX
Texas Trail Hands, Fort Worth, TX
Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl, Toy Story
The Pards, San Angelo, TX
*************************************

NOTE: Not all of the above entertainers are confirmed at this time.
*******************************************

9/21- The September show is still being finalized and I'll send you another note just as soon as we get 'er firmed up.

Ticket prices will be the same as last year.

$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors
$5.00 Fort Concho Members
$2.00 Children Under 12.

Show Time 7:30PM to 9:30PM

There will also be a special drawing for a door prize at the September show valued at over $100. See attachment for details.


Make plans to attend... We Value Your Support!
Wrangler Rog.

Web site:  Campfire Concerts at Historic Fort Concho  

 

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Rockin H Ranch Cowboy Gathering and Trail Ride  Norwood, Missouri

The Rockin H Ranch will once again host the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Trail Ride May 29-June 2 2002.  The week long event includes camping, trail riding, arena events, chuckwagon meals, hot showers, flush toilets, vendors, real cowboy poets and singers, a theatrical production, Cowboy Mounted shooting and much much more.  The ranch is located 1 1/2 hours east of  Springfield Missouri.  It is a family owned and operated 3300 acre cow/calf ranch opened to old friends and new only a few times each year. The river winds through the ranch where camping is at its best, with the ultimate scenic trail riding anywhere daily.  $25 per person.  $20 for early registration by May 15 2002.  Reservations recommended but not required.  ROCKIN H RANCH; CODY AND DAWNNELL HOLMES; 5805 CURTNER ROAD; NORWOOD MO. 65717  417-668-5031 or email these friendly folks.

Looking forward to seeing yall

Cody Holmes

(Cody's a member of the Missouri Cowboy Poets and is included in their fine new book, Missouri Cowboy Poetry.)

 

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Fifth Annual Conejo Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Thousand Oaks, California

Honored Guest Virginia Bennett sent details about this event:

Afternoon show: 3pm
Steve Dirksen, Paul Hendel, Wayne Austin, Gary Robertson, Buckaroo
Balladeers, Jake Copass, Lobo Rangers

Barbeque: 6 pm

Evening show: 8 pm
Christina Ortega, Gary Robertson, Dave Stamey, Gary Allegretto, Pat
Richardson, Mike Fleming

Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, CA , 3 blocks south of Hwy 101 Phone 805-495-3715 for more information or for reservations www.conejoplayers.org/cowboypoetry.htm

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All Breed Horse Show Special Olympics Benefit   Joshua, Texas

From Debra Coppinger Hill:

Hey there Cowboys and Cowgirls!

I wanted to let you all know about a great day planned to benefit SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Starting at 10 am, June 1,2002 at the Joshua Oaks Arena in Joshua, Texas there will be an Open Horse Show and Cowboy Entertainment. Among those appearing will be Tim Graham, Larry McWhorter, Debra Coppinger Hill, Tim Harmon <COWBOYS FOREVER> Trailboss Tom Hanshew and Miss Gina DeLaune.  All proceeds will go to support the many challenged individuals who wish to participate in the 2002 SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

Come join us for a full day of events and entertainment. (Thank you Parker George for donating its use for this wonderful event.) Concessions will be available, so come and spend the day.

We look forward to seeing you there! FOR INFORMATION CALL STEVE HARDCASTLE at 817-373-2523, Kristy Hanshew @ 817-558-9559 ext. 161 days or 817-309-2011 after dark. Or E-mail questions to trailbosstom@hotmail.com.

 

All Breed Horse Show

 Benefiting Special Olympics

On June 1st 2002 There will be an All Breed Horse Show sponsored by the Galiceno Horse Breeders Association benefiting Johnson, Ellis and Navarro County Special Olympics. This will be held at Joshua Oaks Arena (1.3 miles West of Joshua on 917) starting at 10am. This is a covered arena.                              

There will be events for all ages. Starting with halter classes for everyone, a lead line class for the younger contestants, pleasure classes, reining and speed events.  The concession stand will be open.

Larry McWhorter, Tim Graham, Debra Coppinger Hill, Tim Harmon, COWBOYS FOREVER, “The Trailboss” Tom Hanshew and Miss Gina DeLaune; some of the top Cowboy Entertainers in the nation will entertain. 

We would like to thank Parker George for donating the arena, Mann Farm & Ranch, Keene Pharmacy, Dr. Darrell Bowyer and the many volunteers that will make this possible for their support. All proceeds will go to support the many challenged individuals who wish to participate in the 2002 SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

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June 
First Annual Western Colorado Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Whitewater, Colorado

The Hanging W Chuckwagon is holdin' its first annual festival, and they invite performers and singers.  Rudy Gonzales will be performin' there, and he says they "invite all interested poets and singers.  Everyone is welcome at the Hanging W."  Hanging W, 160 Whiting Road; Whitewater, Colorado  81527 (970) 256-9314 chuckwagon@hangingw.com
http://www.hangingw.com

 

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June 
Brandon Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Brandon, Manitoba 
contact Doc Hayes, 302/725-0758  dhayes@escape.ca

Brandon Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2001

June 8-9, 2001 will see another "gathering" for cowboy poets, story tellers, traditional western musicians and western craftsmen in the city of Brandon, Manitoba.  The gathering is open to all who have an interest in, and love of, cowboy poetry, music and story telling in the western tradition. Last year's successful gathering was followed by many requests and suggestions concerning "...doing it again but bigger..."

The feature shows on Friday and Saturday nights will be held from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.,in the Loren Watson Recital Hall in the Queen Elizabeth II Building on the Brandon University Campus.  Each day's sessions for poets, pickers, and storytellers will begin at 9:00 a.m. in rooms adjacent to the Loren Watson Recital Hall.  Special sessions will be held each day for area cowboy poets, pickers, and story tellers who would like to present their own work.  They are invited to sign up for these "open sessions" at the Festival Office beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday or Saturday.

Featured poets and story tellers will include: Chris Isaac, a working Arizona cowboy, (98 Winner of Best Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, twice winner of the Will Rogers Award for Excellence in Performance), Lee Bellows from Moose Jaw  (Poet and Rodeo Clown), Doug Keith from Anola, Mb. (Poet, Author, and Tall Tale Teller Extra Ordinaire), Jimmy Hyde from Alida, Sk. (Poet, Working Cowboy), Len Carroll from Austin, Mb. (Poet, Retired Cowboy, Packer),
and Dick Winters (Poet, Rancher),  Featured musicians will include Ray Martin (Repeated Winner of Entertainer of the Year/Manitoba Western Music Awards), Al  Beeler from Kelowna, B. C. (Traditional Western Musician),Murray Evans and Karla Ferguson from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (Talented Musicians whose performance last year demanded a return),well known Manitoba musicians Stewart Clayton, the Yodeling Farmer, and Juanita Clayton, the Yodeling Farmer's Daughter. The 2001 Gathering will be hosted by "Doc" Dale Hayes, Author/Cowboy Poet/Folk Humourist. Western crafts, books, audio and video recordings, silver smith, saddle maker, western clothing,  western art and western collectibles will be displayed and available for purchase throughout the gathering..

Thursday evening, prior to the Gathering,  you are invited to a cowboy chuck wagon dinner (barbecue and trimmings) and campfire gathering to be held from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at a ranch near Brandon.  Each of the featured performers will be there and will be presenting during an evening of
poetry and western music.  A "This Ain't No Hogwash!" tall tales contest will be held and three trophies will be awarded for the best tall tales.  If you have a good story and would like to compete, you are encouraged to take part.  Tickets for the chuck wagon supper are $15.00 and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets for the festival are $12.00 per day and include all open sessions and the evening feature show.  Tickets may be obtained at the door each day of the Festival.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10.00 per day or $20.00 for both days.

Ticket information and reservations may be obtained by contacting "Doc" Hayes at 204 725 0758 or at dhayes@escape.ca.

Read "Doc" Hayes' report on the 2001 event

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2002 Information
June
Bulleit Bourbon Roundup - An Evening of Cowboy Poetry Grand Junction, Colorado
presented by the Western Folklife Center

Wylie and the Wild West, and poets Paul Zarzyski and Laurie Wagner Buyer will appear at the Bulleit Bourbon Roundup - An Evening of Cowboy Poetry presented by the Western Folklife Center at the Mesa Theater & Club, Grand Junction, Colorado. Tickets ($10) go on sale Tuesday, May 14, 2002 and can be purchased through the Mesa Theater box office in person or by telephone at 970/241-1717.

 

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2002 Information
Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Celebration of the West  Fort Scott, Kansas
contact: call Judy Howser at 620-223-0736, or by email

Howdy Folks!

Here's some info on the upcoming Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering
and Celebration of the West slated for June 15 and 16, 2002 at Fort Scott
Community College. Note the new events Saturday morning: Colt Starting
Clinic at 8 a.m. and Cow Dog Demonstrations at 10:15 a.m. and again at 5:30
p.m.


This year, the 6th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering and
Celebration of the West will be June 15 and 16, and we've added a couple of
new attractions. Bright and early Saturday morning (8 a.m.) in the rodeo
arena, Cody Holmes (one of our cowboy musicians) will give a colt starting
clinic. Cody (like Lyons or Perelli) will wear a microphone and explain what
he is doing as he takes a colt that has been out to pasture since birth and
never handled, and uses conditioned response methods to get him to accept a
blanket, halter, saddle, and rider. Cody has a working cattle ranch, and he
knows what he's doin'. AND, it's free, you can ask questions after, and
there are bleachers! Then at 10:15 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., Duff & Laura
Sandness of Double S Cowdogs will show the audience how a cow dog herds
cattle. If you've never seen cow dogs do their thing, or even if you have,
it's a beautiful site to watch. They train Border Collies and Hangin' Tree
Cowdogs.


We'll have the usual array of excellent cowboy poets and musicians in the
air-conditioned Round Room of the Fort Scott Community College Academic
Building from about 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. (after the horse and dog
demonstrations) until 10 p.m. The chuck wagon cooks, including Dennis
Williams, Neosho, Mo., Don Collop, Mexico, MO., Bob Thoms, Harrisonville,
MO, and Lynn Doughty, Jay, OK. will give handouts of that good ol' camp grub
and coffee as long as it lasts, and they'll take a turn on stage, too. There
'll be an open mike out by the chuck wagons for those who want to spout
their cowpoke rhymes.


Two new cowboy poets will join us this year: Barry "Bear" Ward of Copeland,
Kan., and Flint McPeak of Wichita. Other performers slated to give several
15-minute segments of heartfelt prose and song are Gerry Allen, Parkville,
MO, Harold Carpenter, Sedan, KS, Wanda Cothren --The Kiamichi Songbird -
from Claremore, OK, Richard Dunlap of Louisburg, MO, Cody Holmes, Mt. Grove,
MO, Jay Jones, Columbia, MO, Joe Lester, Kansas, OK, and Neal Torrey,
Bolivar, MO.

Founders Johnny Kendrick and Arnold Schofield will kick off the Saturday
evening performances at 7 p.m. Steering Committee member Gary Wimmer will
M.C. the event, and member Cliff Sexton will do some strummin', singin', and
recitin' too.

We'll have some great wares to peruse, also. The Lesters will bring their
wonderful hand-tooled and braided tack for sale, as well as those colorful
silk bandannas and much more. The Reeds of Westheart will have plenty of
hard to find tapes of famous western singers from times gone boy. You can
get a hat monogrammed, and there will be home décor, furnishings, pottery,
and much more in the halls. Gary Hawk's Echoes of the Trail Painting will be
on sale as well. The Missouri Cowboy Poet's Assn. will have their great
anthology available to purchase, and there'll be some good home cookin' in
the snack bar, with the proceeds goin' to the African American Heritage
people.


On Sunday morning, we'll have Cowboy Church at 10 a.m., with God's blue sky
above and the chuck wagons as a backdrop. All the poets and singers will
give their most inspirational recitations, and we'll sing some good old-time
hymns. It's a highlight of the weekend. Then, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., we'll
have more entertainment in the Round Room.


All this, all weekend, for only $7 admission, with kids 12 and under free.
There's plenty of lodging in town now, since Microtel built a brand new
motel, and there is a Best Western, a First Interstate, and a couple of
others. And if you make your reservations early, we have two wonderful
Victorian bed and breakfasts, such as The Lyons Victorian Mansion, and The
Chenault, both on National Street. A little way out of town, there is
Hedgeapple Acres, a modern B&B that serves breakfast and dinner, and Rosie's
Cabin -- a secluded rustic cabin with two ponds. There may be a few openings
on Friday night at the Echoes of the Trail headquarters, historic Courtland
Hotel, but it will be full with cowboy poets Saturday night.

Fort Scott also has an 1842 restored fort with guided tours and re-enactors,
Ralph Richards Museum, a beautiful lake with camping spaces, and a miniature
railroad museum, and lots of antique and country item shopping in our
picturesque downtown. Up the road is the Mine Creek Battlefield for Civil
War buffs.

For more information, call Judy Howser at 620-223-0736, or email.

It's a great father's day treat for Dad or Grandpa, whether
they are cowboys or not.

Happy Trails,
Judy Howser
2280 Hackberry Rd.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
620-223-0736
FAX: 620-223-5857

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June 22-30, 2002
Reno Rodeo Week  Reno, Nevada

As part of the Reno Rodeo Week celebration, June 22-30 this year,
Lariat Laureate runner up Hal Swift will be presentin' a readin' at the Sierra View Branch of the Washoe County Library in Reno, 6 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, June 27. Everyone attendin' will receive a gift copy "The Library," a poem Hal wrote especially for the event.     

You'll also find Hal at Corral West Ranchwear, 3345 Kietzke Lane in Reno. Hal says "I'll be sayin' howdy to folks who come in and, when they adopt a copy a' Cowboy Poems and Outright Lies, I'll put my personal brand on 'em (the book, not the customer), no extra charge. Guy, the manager, is gonna let me have a table by the door from noon to five both Saturdays, June 22nd and June 29th.  I'll be the old boy wearin' the Bailey Straw with a red bandana fer a hatband. Same as on the poster in the window."

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June 26, 2002
Cowboy Poetry Gathering Lehi, Utah 

At the Lehi City Legacy Center, 7:30 PM  Some of the featured Poets will be: Phil Kennington, Scott Mackintosh, Colin Sweeten, Jeff Coates, and Randy Lefler. There will be Country & Western music and an Ice Cream social so you can meet the poets.  

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June 27-30, 2002
WESTFEST, hosted by Michael Martin Murphey   Colorado Springs, Colorado

Individual Day Tickets:

Thursday  12.00
Friday       15.00
Saturday  21.00

Sunday     21.00

Multi Day Packages:        

Friday, Saturday & Sunday    50.00
Saturday & Sunday                  39.00

Children 12 and under admitted free

 “We are excited by the line up of entertainers and activities for this year’s WESTFEST,” states Jon Schultz, a member of the board of the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation.  The Foundation is a major owner of Colorado Springs WESTFEST, LLC that produces the annual festival.  “The ticket prices represent a major value for money,” he continues, “Many concert goers don’t blink an eye at spending more for a two hour show - this is for an entire day of music, educational exhibits and hands on activities at two locations.  Plus, a major portion of the net proceeds remain in the community to assist a variety of youth programs,” Schultz concludes.


April 21, 2002

         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

      MEDIA CONTACT: ROSANNE GAIN

                                                                                                                        719-266-8910

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JOHN HIATT TO JOIN PERFORMER LINE UP OF

WESTFEST (JUNE 27 – 30, 2002) HOSTED BY MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY

 

WESTFEST, hosted by Michael Martin Murphey celebrates 16 years in Colorado.  John Hiatt, a respected singer-songwriter, is the latest to join the line up of top-notch musical acts slated to perform at this year’s event.

JOHN HIATT 
Grammy nominated John Hiatt is an inventive performer and poignant songwriter who has captured and held the attention of audiences and critics alike with his distinctive voice and varied styles.  In a career that has now spanned more than 25 years, he has scaled the musical spectrum, recording rock, acoustic, and folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues.

While developing his own signature sound through the years, John Hiatt has attracted performers from all over the musical map to his catalog – his songs having been covered in almost every conceivable style.  Artists who have interpreted Hiatt-penned tunes include Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Three Dog Night, Conway Twitty, Iggy Pop, The Neville Brothers, Jewel, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley and Ronnie Milsap.

In 1989 Bonnie Raitt’s cover of  “The Thing Called Love” became a mega hit and most recently, the B.B. King/Eric Clapton album Riding with the King won a Grammy (Best Traditional Blues Album) on the strength of John’s title track.  He was named artist/songwriter of the year at the Nashville Music Awards in 2000.  As the author of the words that other artists love to interpret, John Hiatt has the unique ability to follow his own advice and let his music speak for itself.

Award-winning producer Kevin Kipp, owner of Kevin Kipp Entertainment, has endeavored to bring a balanced mix of entertainers to the annual festival.  “WESTFEST is a family event so I want there to be a wide variety of entertainers to appeal to festival goers of all ages,” states Kipp.

 “We are pleased with this exciting addition to an already stellar line up of entertainers for this year’s WESTFEST,” adds Jon Schultz, a member of the board of the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation, a partner in WESTFEST, LLC that produces the annual festival.  “The strong musical line up, along with this year’s added activities, makes this a not to be missed event,” Schultz concludes.

 Rounding out the line up of performers is Michael Martin Murphey, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chely Wright, Hot Club of Cowtown, Red Steagall, Eddie Three Eagles, Pin Monkey and Riders in the Sky.

                       

ABOUT WESTFEST

Set against the backdrop of Pikes Peak (America’s Mountain), WESTFEST is a celebration of the music, art and culture of the west.  Entertainment and activities include:  nationally known music stars, cowboy and mountain man camps, trader and trapper camps, fine arts exhibition and sale, western accessories and collectibles exhibition and sale, working ranch rodeo, cowboy poetry, mutton busting, celebrity trail rides, chuck wagon foods, an American Indian village, family entertainment, hands-on activities for children and a special rodeo for the handicapped.  A major portion of the net proceeds from WESTFEST remains in the Pikes Peak region to assist a variety of philanthropic programs and organizations.

Events and activities take place at the Pikes Peak Center Grounds and the Penrose Equestrian Center.  For ticket sales call Ticketmaster:  719-520-9090 in Colorado Springs or 303-830-8497 in Denver.  For more information about WESTFEST hosted by Michael Martin Murphey, go to www.westfest.net

 

MUSICAL PERFORMERS

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY, founder of WESTFEST, is the best selling singer of American Cowboy Music today, as well as an award-winning artist in Pop and Country music.  He is also an actor, film producer/director, environmental award-winning rancher, writer, and seminar teacher in American Studies and Music.  His legendary song "Wildfire" is one of the most played songs in the history of radio.  Murphey is a 5-time award winner in The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1999 award-winner for Best Album (Cowboy Songs Vol. 4) and Best Song (Summer Ranges, from Cowboy Songs 4"), from The Academy of Western Artists. 
www.michaelmartinmurphey.com

 

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND, which has played together for more than 35 years, has never gone out of fashion because they don’t define themselves by current style and has never let go of its jug band roots.  The longtime rock-folk-country aggregation has been part of the musical landscape for several generations of music lovers.  Their current Reunion Tour revisits the Cajun and bluegrass style best demonstrated by their multi-platinum "Circle Be Unbroken" music of the 70's as well as evergreen hits such as “Mr. Bojangles.”
www.nittygritty.com

 

CHELY WRIGHT, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Artist of 1995, is best known for hits such as her runaway best seller, “Single White Female.”  The MCA Nashville recording artist is a songwriter as well as a singer who recently penned and performed songs with Brad Paisley.  Chely grew up in a Kansas family of players and singers who exposed her to church music, the bluegrass of regional festivals and country music broadcast from Kansas City radio stations.
www.chely.com

 

JOHN HIATT is an inventive performer and poignant songwriter who has captured and held the attention of audiences and critics alike with his distinctive voice and varied styles.  In a career that has now spanned more than 25 years, he has scaled the musical spectrum, recording rock, acoustic, and folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues.  His songs have been covered by artists such as Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Three Dog Night, Iggy Pop, The Neville Brothers, Jewel, Emmylou Harris and Don Henley.  He was named artist/songwriter of the year at the Nashville Music Awards in 2000. 
www.johnhiatt.com

 

RED STEAGALL, designated by the Legislature as the “Official Cowboy Poet Of Texas,” grew up in West Texas where he learned the skill, cow savvy and songs of men who worked the range.  Known for his Texas swing dance music, cowboys revere him for the quiet times they have spent with him around remote campfires as he chronicles the West in story and song. 
www.redsteagall.com

 

RIDERS IN THE SKY - For 25 years the quartet has honored the singing cowboy legends and their classic songs chronicling the west.  The foursome adds their own distinct brand to these thrilling songs of yesteryear through a well-balanced mix of classic and original western songs, smooth harmony, hot licks and slapstick comedy.
www.ridersinthesky.com

 

PIN MONKEY is an up and coming group whose tight harmonies and guitar work are reminiscent of the Eagles. Speak no Evil, their debut on Drifter’s Church Productions, spans the musical bridge from the old time country beginnings of the Carter Family to the soulful sounds of Muscle Shoals.  The group’s music owes a lot to tradition, but its strength is due to their experimentation with style and influence.  It can best be described as progressive country music with influences ranging from pop, rock, soul and Southern gospel.
www.pinmonkey.net    

 

EDDIE THREE EAGLES grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation where he was first introduced to the haunting melodies of the Native American flute. The Colorado Springs Independent described several songs on a recent CD by the Colorado resident as “an expert blending of traditional harmonic singing with classic rock arrangements and guitar.  The songs play like a long drive across a high plain, well worth the listen.”
www.aancorecords.com/eddie

 

HOT CLUB OF COW TOWN is a trio of musicians with a trademark sound of blazing fiddle, guitar licks, and upright bass.  Their repertoire includes Texas fiddle tunes, western swing songs, and Tin Pan Alley standards from the 1920s and '30s. The group’s name refers to the hot jazz playing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the legendary Quintet of the Hot Club of France, and to the fiddle tunes and cowboy songs that are also central to HCCT’s sound.
www.hotclubofcowtown.com

 

For photos and additional information about the artists, please go to their official websites, listed below each performer’s bio, or contact Rosanne Gain at rgpubrel@codenet.net

 

 

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July 5-7, 2002
12th Annual Festival of the Arts  Saratoga, Wyoming

The Platte Valley Arts Council (PVAC) is sponsoring the 12th Annual Festival
of the Arts on July 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2002 in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Cowboy singer, Jon Chandler performs at 6:00 p.m., July 6th.

Cowboy singer Kevin McNiven performs at 7:00 p.m., July 7th along with a
special performance by local cowboy poet, Chuck Larsen.

Visit their web site.

 

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2002 Information
California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Salinas, California 

Honored Guest Virginia Bennett is a featured poet at the 2002 California Rodeo-Salinas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Salinas, California at the Fox Theater in Old Town Salinas.  Scheduled featured poets include Jesse Smith, Montie Montana Jr., Belinda Gail, Dave Stamey, and Virginia Bennett.   There is an Open Mike at 6:00 pm and the Show Starts at 7:00 pm. For more info, call 831-758-3758 or visit their California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering web site.

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July 13-19, 2002
Kamloops Cattle Drive Kamloops, BC, Canada

Cattle Drive 2002, Sittin' Tall in the Saddle!

What better way to celebrate The Year Of The Horse ?


Of course, no matter what calendar you use, when you come for a vacation in
British Columbia's ranching country, it's always the year of the horse. Just
ask any cowboy.

Cattle Drive 2002 promises to be another great adventure as we wander
through the Nicola Valley, and over the rolling hills to Kamloops. Will
Rogers once said, "Every thing man has made can be seen from the back of a
car, what God has made is best seen from the back of a horse." Even if you'
ve never ridden before, once you've spent a day Sittin' Tall in the Saddle
you will know exactly what he meant!


July 13 and 14, we will all be camped at the historic Nicola Ranch where
novice riders will have the chance to get to now their mounts on a series of
short rides. There is no shortage of entertainment and hundreds of new
friends to meet at a Cattle Drive Camp!

Of Course there is also a pioneer tea and the infamous Scoot your Boots
Dance.

Monday morning comes early on a cattle drive, and by the time the sunlight
hits the valley floor we will be in the saddle and well on our way. The
adventure begins!

Much of our journey will be on trails have seen a century and a half of
cattle drives, campfires and cowboys. In fact part of the way we will be on
the old Brigade Trail following the route used by the Hudson Bay Company's
pack horse trains between Kamloops and the Columbia River.

But The Cattle Drive adventure is about far more than following a bunch of
cows over the hills. It is week of good times, great entertainment, and a
chance to get a feel for a way of life most city folks think is gone for
ever. As you'll quickly discover when you ride with us the Old West is far
from dead. The values and ideals that sustained western folks in the past
are still alive and well in ranching country. Cowboy poets still write of
their life on the range, new cowboy songs are still being written and sung
around campfire along with the ones from long ago. If you're up for more
active cowboy activities, you can try your hand in the Cattle Penning
Competition. Of course if your taste runs to dancing in the dust, you will
have lots of chances to dust off your Two Step, before after and during the
ride. From the kick off party to the wind up dance, Cattle Drive 2002 will
be the adventure of a lifetime!


This is our Twelfth Annual Kamloops Cattle Drive, it was originally supposed
to be a one time, once in a lifetime event. But it turned out to be so much
fun we just kept on doing it year after year, allowing nearly two thousand
more people to share in the magic enjoyed by the lucky few who were on that
first Cattle Drive!


A truly great vacation leaves you a collection of memories and stories that
stay with you always. Cattle Drive is that kind of adventure.

For information on Cattle Drive 2002  call 1-800-288-5850  email;
info@cattledrive.bc.ca   www.cattledrive.bc.ca

Cattle Drive, PO Box 1332, Kamloops BC V2C 6L7 Canada

 by Mike Puhallo (Twilight Ranch Productions )

mikepuhallo@direct.ca

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July 13, 2002
CHAPS Cowboy Gathering  Houston, Texas

CHAPS - Cowboy Gathering

Saturday, July 13th

6 p.m. - midnight

Blanco’s, 3406 W. Alabama

 

Adults $5, Members $3

Chuckwagon Dinner $5, Members $3

Cowboy Music, Poetry, Storytelling, & Western Swing Dance

 

Featuring:

The Wild River Band

Wiley Pat Gavin & His Buckaroo Band

Scott Bumgardner – Poet / Storyteller

Ted Dennison – Poet      Lloyd Shelby – Poet

Jim Delony – Poet   Gene O’Quinn – Poet

John Pickul - Musician

& More

 

Cowboy History and Performance Society

A 501 (C 3) not for profit organization

For Information Call: 713-981-0599

www.cowboysociety.org


 
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July 23-24, 2002
Ogden Pioneer Days Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering Ogden, Utah

Once again the Pioneer Days Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering will be held July 23, 24 2002 in conjunction with the Traces of the West Art Show and the Utah Western Film Festival. All events will be held in the new David Eccles Conference Center and the majestic Peery Egyptian Theater. 

Featuring Jim "Curly" Musgrave, Joni Harms, Bill Lowman & Andy Nelson 

July 23 6:30-8:30 Tickets $8 Adult $6 Youth
July 24 Noon - 2pm Tickets $8 Adult $6 Youth

Contact Wynn

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2001 Information

All Clearmont Day  Clearmont, Wyoming

Rhonda Berlinger asked us to put out the word that they're lookin' for cowboy poetry for All Clearmont Day in Clearmont Wyoming, July 21, 2001.  She says " Everyone is welcome to attend.  Events start at 7:00 am and end when the cows come home. Parade line up at 9:00am starts at 10:00am. Booths, games, and other events in the Branding Iron park. Anyone interested in doing Cowboy Poetry please contact Rhonda: 307-758-4607. Free dance in the park at 8:00 pm., music by Rob Staffig. Booth set up is free, provide your own table."

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2001 Information

Annual Cowboy Festival and Wild West Show  O'Keefe Ranch, Vernon B. C.

The O'Keefe Ranch Cowboy Festival & Wild West Show  features Cowboy poetry, cowboy music, artists,  a ranch rodeo, and the gunslinging, fast paced action of the Wild West Show.  You can visit these folks' site and learn "The Ranch was founded 1867 by Cornelius O'Keefe who, along with his
partner, Thomas Greenhow, was driving cattle north to sell to the hungry miners in the gold fields. Impressed with the lush grass, ample water and the beauty of the Valley, they pre-empted 160 acres of prime meadowland and began cattle ranching."

O'Keefe Ranch
12 km North of Vernon on Hwy 97
Vernon, B.C.

www.okeeferanch.bc.ca
(250)542-7868

e-mail:   okr_chin@junction.net

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2002 Information

August 10, 2002
September 2, 2002
November 9, 2002
Cowboy Campfire -- Music, Poetry, and Stories  Mineral Wells, Texas

David Owens
Interpretation/Education Manager
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Mineral Wells, TX

Public Event Listing
Field Contact:
Name: DAVID OWENS    Voice Phone: 940/ 327-8950   FAX: 940/325-8536
Address: 100 PARK ROAD 71 MINERAL WELLS, TX 76067
electronic mail (E-mail) david.owens@tpwd.state.tx.us
Link to Event web page: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/news/tpwcal/s_0096.htm

EVENT INFORMATION (USE THE BACK IF NEEDED)
What?
 Event name: COWBOY CAMPFIRE - MUSIC, POETRY AND STORIES
Brief Description :
ENJOY A PEACEFUL EVENING OF COWBOY MUSIC, POETRY AND STORIES AROUND A
CAMPFIRE. EXPERIENCE THE COW CAMP LIFESTYLE AND LOCAL HISTORICAL TREASURES
THROUGH THE MUSIC, POETRY AND STORIES OF THE OLD TIME COWBOYS. BRING A LAWN
CHAIR.

When?
Dates: SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2002 Start time: 8:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2002 Start time: 8:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2002 Start time: 7:00 P.M.
Where?    
LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE PARK & TRAILWAY. 
PARK AT THE STATE TRAILWAY PARKING AREA AT THE STATE PARK TRAIL HEAD.


Who?
Event Leader: DAVID OWENS, PARK INTERPRETATION / EDUCATION MANAGER

Reservations Required? NO Available but not required:  NO
Reservation phone number max. Number of participants you can accept 

Event Fee Charged? EVENT IS FREE WITH A PAID ADMISSION TO THE PARK.

ENTRANCE FEES TO THE PARK ARE $3.00 PER PERSON
CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE

DO YOU WELCOME LOCAL TV NEWS COVERAGE
FOR YOUR EVENTS? YES
IS THIS AS ON-GOING PROGRAM? YES
IS THE PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST? NO

 

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 2002 Information

August 8, 2002 
Wild West, Celebrities & Katie West Art Fest Studio City, California

Old pard Jeff Hildebrandt, Managin' Producer of the Westerns Movie Channel, where Jeff Hildebrandt is Managing Producer sent along information about this event, and says "If you've been to one of these Meet & Greet autograph shows, you know how much fun they are. And, it's a chance to fill out that memorabilia collection."

The Wild West, Celebrities & Katie West Art Fest takes place Thursday, August 8 2002, 4-8 PM in Studio City at the famous "Sportsman's Lodge" 12825 Ventura Blvd,  Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 769-4700.  Admission is a  $5 donation to benefit "Happy Trails Children's Foundation" "America, A Nation In Healing."

The invitation reads:  You are invited to attend a wonderful western gathering of your favorite Western Stars for autographs, photos and down-home fun & The Western - Celebrity Exhibit of KatieYWest Western Stars confirmed in alphabetical order: (other stars to be confirmed) Julie Ashley, grand-daughter/ Roy & Dale; Ernest Borgnine; Grace Boyd, Mrs. Hopalong Cassidy; Dwight Brooks, Director/Producer; Edd Byrnes; Ben Cooper; Mickey Dawes; Don Durant; Cliff Emich; Diamond Farnsworth; Kelo Henderson; Jeff Hildebrandt/Western Channel; Bo Hopkins; Whitey Hughes; Will Hutchins Sugarfoot; Herb Jeffries; Dick Jones Buffalo Bill Jr./Rangerider; Sue Ane Langdon; Jon Locke Gunsmoke / Wagon / Train / Virginian; Donna Martell; Dale Robertson; Dean Smith; Robert Aaron Stephens; Peggy Stewart; Steve Stevens; Neil Summers; Ruth Terry; and Rob Word.

For more information email or visit the Katie West web site

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2002 Information

August 15-17, 2002
15th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering  Prescott, Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           Contact:  Warren Miller
January 24, 2002
928.445.3122

Fifteenth Annual ARIZONA COWBOY POETS GATHERING Scheduled for August 15-17,
2002


A fascinating blend of traditional and contemporary poems, songs and stories of the Old West's most popular symbol, the American Cowboy, can be heard August 15, 16 and 17 in Prescott, Arizona, when the Sharlot Hall Museum presents the Fifteenth Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering.

The Gathering will present more than 100 poets, reciters and old-time singers who keep alive the working cowboy's oral traditions by writing, reciting and singing narrative poetry about their lives on the Arizona range.

The Gathering gets started on Thursday evening with a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.  Free multiple daytime sessions begin at noon Friday on the Museum grounds, followed by an 8:00 p.m. performance at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.  The entire day Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m., will again see the period buildings and beautiful grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum jammed with activity.  The daytime sessions will feature traditional and contemporary cowboy poetry, humorous poetry, old-time singing, cowboy yodeling, stories of ranching old-timers and much more.  Two Saturday evening shows at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00
p.m. at the Yavapai College Performance Hall round out the Gathering program.

All daytime sessions are open free of charge to the general public.  Tickets for the four evening shows are $12 each in advance and $13 each at the door. Advance tickets may be ordered by mail from the Yavapai College Community Events Box Office, Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Or call the toll-free number 877.928.4253 (877.YCTICKETS).  For additional
information about the Gathering, call 928.445.3122 or look at www.sharlot.org.

We welcome media participation in this event.  For details, contact Warren Miller at 928.445.3122 or FAX 928.776.9053 or send email to warren@sharlot.org.


2001 Information  (2002 follows)

14th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering  Prescott, Arizona


COWBOY POETS TO GATHER IN PRESCOTT AUGUST 16–18

The 14th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering will take place August 16 through 18 at the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Yavapai College Performance Hall in Prescott, Arizona. The Gathering presents cowboy storytelling in verse and song, Western harmony bands, cowboy singer/songwriters, and cowboy traditions—from the latest range-country styles to fine art of the West—in a mix that is refreshingly different and delightfully entertaining. For people coming from Arizona’s cattle culture, the Gathering offers renewal through familiar, traditional, and beloved art forms. For city folks, the Gathering offers a chance to experience the Arizona cowboy’s life through his own eyes and in his or her own carefully crafted words.

The Gathering is entertainment and eye-opening education. Some professionals will be on hand to provide the very best of cowboy entertainment: Don Edwards and Sunny Hancock will headline the 7:30 pm kickoff show on Thursday with Featured Poets Joette Conley and Andy Hedges and musical highlights provided by Jean Prescott.  Friday night’s 8:00 pm performance is headlined by the Due West Trio from Tucson, Arizona, Dan Roberts, Featured Poets Leon Autrey, Chris Isaacs, Janet Moore, and Jerry Warren, and special guests.  Two Saturday performances will be offered at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  Each performance will feature the Desert Sons, with different Featured Poets and special guests.  All evening performances will be held at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon, Prescott, Arizona. All shows were almost sold out last year, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.

Center stage of the Gathering is reserved for the real working-cowboy poets who represent the best of authentic cowboy storytelling traditions. Fourteen Featured Poets have been chosen from over one hundred applicants; they are: Leon Autrey, Mountainaire, New Mexico; Bob Bird, Elida, New Mexico; Joette Conley, Phoenix, Arizona; Jim Dunham, Prescott Valley, Arizona; Elizabeth Ebert, Lemmon, South Dakota; Ray Fitzgerald, Van Horn, Texas; Andy Hedges, Crosbyton, Texas; Chris Isaacs, Eagar, Arizona; Suzi Killman, Wickenburg, Arizona; Janet Moore, Camp Verde, Arizona; Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas; Gary Robertson, Newbury Park, California; R. P. Smith, Broken Bow, Nebraska; and Jerry Warren, Clarkesville, Georgia.

The Gathering offers a mix of events. Formal evening shows take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Free daytime sessions Friday afternoon and all day Saturday take place at the Sharlot Hall Museum—with as many as nine different small sessions at once. A reception at the Phippen Museum Friday at 5:00 pm is open free to all; it offers a great show of Western art, entertainment by Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers, and light refreshments. Reserved seat tickets for the evening shows are only $11 and may be ordered by calling the Yavapai College Community Events box office, toll free, at: 1-877-928-4253. The Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley Street, Prescott, Arizona 86301. For further information, call Warren Miller at 928/445-3122 or visit http://www.sharlot.org.

The Gathering is presented by the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Hassayampa Inn with partial funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and from Arizona artshare.


 

See our full report on the 2001 event here.

 

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August 25, 2001
Pioneer Dinner at the Western Folklife Center  Elko, Nevada

WESTERN FOLKLIFE CENTER TO HOST PIONEER DINNER AUGUST 25, 2001

Join friends and supporters of the Western Folklife Center for a relaxing evening of western hospitality filled with fine dining, entertainment, and a chance to win a new ATV on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at the Pioneer Hotel on Railroad Street. The highlight of the evening will be the drawing for the Arctic Cat 300 ATV sponsored in part by Ship's Cycles.  Anyone may purchase an Arctic Cat ticket for $50 at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.  Only 100 tickets will be sold so your chances are 1 in 100 of winning this top-of-the-line machine!  Ticket buyers need not be present to win.  Tickets to the Pioneer Dinner are $75 each or $1,000 for a reserved table for eight. As the premier sponsor of this benefit dinner, the Red Lion Hotel and Casino chefs will prepare 10-ounce steaks over an open pit grill as the centerpiece of the meal.  Native Nevadan and Cowboy Poetry Gathering newcomer Richard Elloyan will perform original songs and classic poems as entertainment for this year's dinner.


The Pioneer Dinner fundraiser provides the Western Folklife Center much needed operating funds to continue to bring music, art, poetry, and cultural events to Elko throughout the year.  A live auction is also part of the evening's events.  The featured auction items at the dinner this year include:  a signed copy of Cowboys & Images by William Matthews and featured cowboy Waddie Mitchell, a signed and framed 1988 Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster by Buckeye Blake, a 2002 Winter Olympics ticket package, a unique pearl and silver necklace by local artist Kim Klass, dinner for six prepared in your home by executive chef Xavier Leveau and a handmade shawl by local
weaver Linda Bolles.


The Western Folklife Center is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Elko, Nevada, committed to preserving and presenting the varied traditions of the American West.  Its work is funded by contributions from foundations, sponsors and individual memberships.  For more information contact Kelly Shrock at 738-7508 or visit www.westernfolklife.org.

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August 31- September 2, 2001
Rim Country Western Heritage Festival  Payson, Arizona
rimmuseum@cybertrails.com

The performers are Rolf Flake; Steve Lindsey; Buckshot & Barb Wire, with Barb and Chuck Casey and Bob Crose


RIM COUNTRY WESTERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL -2001 - SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31        TIME                EVENT                                      PLACE
                                6:30 p.m             * Melodrama                             High School

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1                                      
                       10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.    * Art Show                                Museum
                       11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   * Cowboy Poets & Musicians
                       12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.  * Kids  Activities
                  
                  
                       1:00 - 4:00 p.m.           1) "Buckshot and Barb Wire"
                                                        2)  Authors' book signing
   
                                 2:00 p.m.          *Melodrama                               High School

                       6:30 - 8:30 p.m.          *Rim Country Cowboy Poets          Museum                
                                               Headline Show #1

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

                      9:00 -10:00 a.m.           *Cowboy church and hymn sing
       
                      10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.    *Art Show

                      11:30 - 1:30 p.m.          1) "Buckshot and Barb Wire"          Museum 
                                                        2) Authors' book signing

                      1:00 - 5:00 p.m.            *Kids Activities
                  
                                2:00 p.m.           *Rim Country Cowboy Poet's
                                                           Headline Show #2
           
                               6:30 p.m.            *Melodrama                           High School

See Buckshot Dot's site for more.

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August 21-24, 2002
Annual Western Legends Celebration  Kanab, Utah
(see the associated Cowboy Poetry Rodeo below

2001 Information

This year's Western Legends Round-Up will be bigger than ever. As in the past two years, the glory and glamour of the old-and the new-west will be celebrated in Kanab, Utah, September 6-8, 2001.

"Kanab is situated right on the Utah-Arizona border, right in the middle of the red rock wild west," said Robert Houston, this year's Chairperson and general manager, "If you are looking for true western excitement in a truly western setting, come and be a part of this year's big event. The Western Legends Round-Up has something for everyone. There could be no better family vacation anywhere, and for those who crave adventure, there will be a wagon train re-enactment and lots of back-country opportunities."

The popular event promises to be even bigger than in the past. Western legend movie-hero cowboy, Dale Robertson will be honored Thursday evening and Friday morning and will be available to shake hands with visitors throughout the weekend. Robertson will have a booth where folks can meet him and find memorabilia from Robertson's movie career.

In addition, cowboy poet Baxter Black will be on hand to entertain folks with the best in cowboy poetry, as will cowboy and cowgirl poets, including America's only Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. The event will also feature music by Don Edwards, Sheri Bates, David John and the Comstock Cowboys, and a host of other musical groups, The event will also provide numerous arts and crafts displays, including Navajo rug weaving, smithing, old-time machinery, and on and on.

Come and live it again where the old west can still be found.

For more information call the Kane County Travel Council at 1(801) 733-5263,
and visit our web site at www.westernlegendsroundup.com.


Read a report of the 2000 event from Rope Burns

Read our feature on the Kanab Cowboy Poetry Rodeo here

 

 

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Fourth Annual California Cowboy Gathering  Dublin, California

 

California Cowboy Gathering
A Unique Celebration of California's Vaquero Culture and Traditional Cowboy Arts

 

September 7, 8 & 9, 2001
Historic Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park, Dublin California

 Cowboy Poetry & Music Under the Stars
September 7th, 8:00 PM - $20 adv. $25 @ door
R.W. Hampton with Rich O’Brien
Virginia Bennett, Rich Brumley & Mel Detmer

Cowboy Trappings & Fine Western Art
WRCA sanctioned California Style Ranch Rodeo
Colt Starting Contest, Ranch Roping and Cowboy Horsemanship
Chuckwagon Cooking and Fun for the entire family !

 

General Admission $10      Kids 12 & Under  FREE when accompanied by an adult
For information or tickets call: 866-COW-BOYZ
or  visit our web site at     www.cowboygathering.com

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Mission statement

California Cowboy Benefits Inc.   a 501-c-3 non profit corporation

 

§         Celebrate the heritage and diversity of California's ranching culture
through art, poetry, music, photography, trappings, ranch roping,
horsemanship and Working Ranch Cowboy Association - ranch rodeo.

 §         Share the history and multi-cultural roots of California's working
         ranch cowboy with the entire Bay Area community.

 §         Create an outlet for western artists, craftsmen, musicians and cowboy
          poets, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 §         Record California's ranching culture by creating a permanent collection
         of books, photographs, recordings, artifacts, trappings, art and western
         memorabilia.

 §         Present ranching culture to a major metropolitan audience - in an
          entertaining and educational format.

 


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2002 Information

Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium and Celebration  Cheyenne, Wyoming

PRESS RELEASE 

Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium & Celebration      
Rhonda Stearns, Publicity Coordinator           
1159 State Highway 450
Newcastle, Wyoming 82701
Phone (307) 746-2030
E-Mail  cow_grl63@hotmail.com


                 NO GENERATION GAPS AT
        CHEYENNE COWBOY SYMPOSIUM & CELEBRATION

     Cheyenne, Wyoming --  Saturday, August 30th, will be Youth Day at the
Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium & Celebration.  As General Chairman Pat McKelvey
says, "Our young people need heroes, and what better place to find them than
through a window to true cowboy life and the spirit that settled the West
and carved the civilization we enjoy today.  Cowboys have always been
heroes, and CCS&C offers opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the
real thing.  Our entire show is family oriented, because that's the 'cowboy
way.'  CCS&C is proud and privileged to bring to Wyoming some of the cowboy
culture movement's premiere youth performers, from several states."
     The Prairie Twins are 13-year-old cowgirls from the plains of Oklahoma.
  They've been singing as long as they can remember.  They'd won two
national duet titles singing Broadway music before they fell in love with
cowboy music and yodeling!  They subsequently sought instruction from some
of the best in the field, and are now accomplished at guitar, mandolin and
fiddle.  They also chart and arrange their own music, so they're a
self-contained western singing duo.
     The Prairie Twins won the Patsy Montana National Yodeling Championship
held in Pineville, Missouri last year, as well as recording and releasing
their first album, "Our First Trail Ride," a collection of classic western
music and yodeling songs.
     Along with that talented duo, CCS&C will offer entertainment by a
musical family from Texas with several siblings of all ages playing
instruments and singing.  Another huge favorite will be Jessie, the voice of
the Grammy-winning CD from Walt Disney Records, inspired by the characters
of Toy Story 2, which was released in August 2000.
     Accompanying Jessie are her Cowgirls, another talented young trio.
Ginny Mac is a singing accordionist known as "The Trinity Rose"; 13-year-old
Brook Wallace from Alvarado, Texas, is the 2000 Junior Champion of the
famous National Fiddling Championships at Weiser, Idaho; and Sally Ann is a
Texas champion who sings, yodels, picks the mandolin and plays the fiddle!
     From August 28th through September 1st, all these awesome young talents
will be crossing trails, exchanging chords and swapping yodels with dozens
of performers of every age, including many whose "hair has turned to silver"
- in their 60's and 70's and even 80's!  Their shared love of the cowboy
culture, music, performing and entertaining, crosses all generational
barriers and provides a beautiful blend.
     This exemplifies the Western way of life where, for well over a
century, extended families have shared rural lifestyles. No matter the
limitations of either youth or old age, each had something to contribute,
each did their own part and pulled their own weight, making the whole strong
enough to survive and persevere through the worst of times and against all
odds.  That's the "cowboy way", and that's what the Cheyenne Cowboy
Symposium & Celebration is all about!
     Make plans to be on hand for all four exciting, action-packed days! You
can learn more by going to the Website, www.cheyennecowboysymposium.com
Ticket packages are available at great prices.  Contact Pat McKelvey at
(307) 635-5788 or patmck7223@aol.com.

 

 


PLANNING ON SCHEDULE FOR 2ND ANNUAL
      CHEYENNE COWBOY SYMPOSIUM & CELEBRATION

     Cheyenne, Wyoming - The capitol city of the Cowboy State is in a dither of diligent preparation.  She's pressin' her calico skirts an' polishin' her cowboy boots to a fare-you-well, a'fixin' to kick up her heels way over her head, come Labor Day Weekend.  The 2nd Annual Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium & Celebration (CCSC) will provide the occasion.
     No Western traditions are stronger nor better loved than the shindig, the fandango, the fiesta and the rodeo - and CCSC 2002 will be all of those, rolled into one!  Cowboys, cowgirls, historians, poets, storytellers, yodelers and balladeers from across America will set the town abuzz with tales and tunes of the trail.  Sons, daughters and other descendants of the original pioneers will share awesome memories from the heroic days of their own pioneering, when times were hard and a man's handshake was his bond. Riders and ropers will stir up Laramie County dust competing with skills born on the range more than a century ago. The uniquely varied, colorful, durable, necessary gear of the cowboy, mostly handcrafted, will be displayed and sold at the trade fair.
     For four days and nights, the streets of old Cheyenne will resonate to the sturdy tromp of cowboy boots, the joyful strains of acoustic instruments, and the blend of soft southern drawls and other Western dialects in earnest, happy discussion of cowboy lore and cowboy ways.  The principles of honesty, hard work, humor, and hospitality will be celebrated.   Generosity, gumption and patriotism will be honored, and the sterling ring of authenticity will stand above all as a welcoming light.
     It's time to mark your calendars for Thursday, August 29th through Sunday, September 1st, and to make your reservations and buy your tickets for this one-of-a-kind educational, entertaining celebration.  It's Cowboy Culture at its finest and rarest, an authentic taste of the true West, family entertainment, offering something for everyone at very affordable
rates.
     Pioneer roundtable discussions, chuckwagon dinners, square dance demonstrations, performing yodelers, singers, pickers and poets are just a few of the treats in store.   A big USTRC Team Roping will be in town, with hundreds of contestants from across the West.  The 5th Cavalry re-enactment group will be demonstrating the use of black powder and repeating rifles of their era.  Historians and experts will host workshops on oral history,
weaving, legends of outlaws and lawmen, the Spanish influence on the American cowboy, and other areas of historic import.
   Speakin' of lawmen, are you a John Wayne fan?   Who isn't, after all . ..  and CCSC 2002 brings you the opportunity of a lifetime - to meet and shake hands with the "Duke" personified!
     You'll no doubt come to know and love internationally recognized John Wayne look-alike Ermal Williamson, as thousands of fans already have.  Ermal has been impersonating that favorite American hero professionally, in the first person, for a dozen years worldwide; in movies, television, commercials, infomercials and live appearances.  However, the CCSC will mark his first appearance in Wyoming!
     The historic Wyoming Hereford Ranch just east of Cheyenne on Crow Creek will host Pioneer Day on Thursday, August 29th, concluding with a "Night at the Opry Barn" concert, and the CCSC will return to WHR for Sunday's Cowboy Church, dinner-on-the-ground and concert.  Evening concerts at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 30th and 31st will be held at the Cheyenne Civic Center.  The USTRC Team Roping is at the LCCC Arena.  Most other functions for the weekend will be centered at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn, with something
going on from 9 am to 5:15 pm.  Also, following the concerts each night there will be open Jam Sessions there, offering a time to mingle one-on-one with all the performers as they truly "let down their hair" and have a good time celebrating the cowboy culture and heritage together.

     Watch this publication for weekly news about CCSC and the fascinating, talented folk who'll be comin' to Cheyenne to make it the biggest and best ever.  Or check it out on the Web at www.cheyennecowboysymposium.com.

     To reserve your tickets, contact CCSC General Chairman Pat McKelvey at (307) 635-5788 or patmck7223@aol.com.  The "8-Second Ride" full package, including dinners and concerts, Thursday through Sunday, is only $58.00, a savings of $20.  The "Square Dancer's Run" package, including everything but the dinner, Thursday through Saturday, is available at a savings of $9.00, for only $39.00.  The "Boot Shuffling Boogie" package gets you in to the day
and night events for Friday and Saturday at $26.00, savin' you $6.00. Individual Day Show admission is $6. Concerts Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon are $10 each; and that is also the price for the Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon dinner.  Of course there's no charge for the Cowboy Church at Wyoming Hereford Ranch on Sunday morning, 10 am.
     Get'cher tickets, pack yer duds an' grab yer hat . . . we'll be seein' ya' in Cheyenne next month!

PIONEERS TO KICK OFF CHEYENNE
               COWBOY SYMPOSIUM & CELEBRATION

     The historic Wyoming Hereford Ranch, on Crow Creek just east of
Wyoming's capitol city, will play host to a priceless celebration of history
at "Pioneer Day" there, on Thursday, August 29th.
     Make plans now to be there and hear the true, oral history of the
Cowboy State, in the words of those who actually pioneered from the early
20th Century, including the stories they recall from their parents who
settled the state before 1900 - even before statehood!
     "Pioneer Day" kicks off the Second Annual Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium &
Celebration. Roundtable discussions, moderated by writers and historians,
will be held from 10 am to 4:30 pm, with a break for lunch.   Pioneers from
across Wyoming and other areas near Cheyenne are invited to participate.
     If you have a story to tell, or if your parent, grandparent, or
great-grandparent is articulate about the past and would enjoy participating
in roundtable discussions on area history, contact Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium
& Celebration General Chairman Pat McKelvey at (307) 635-5788 or
patmck7223@aol.com as soon as possible, to be included in the schedule.
Lunch will be served for participants, and prizes will be given for the
oldest pioneers.
     The roundtable discussions will be followed by a Chuckwagon Dinner,
from 5 to 6:30 pm, then entertainment with the Prairie Promenader's Square
Dance Club.  Closing out "Pioneer Day" will be a special "Night at the Opry
Barn" concert, featuring some of the best cowboy singers and poets in
America, who are coming to Cheyenne for CCS&C 2000.
      These premiere artists - many from Wyoming and others from as far away
as Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, California and Utah -- will continue to perform
daily at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn and nightly at the Cheyenne Civic Center
through Saturday, August 31st. Cowboy Church, a Cream Can Dinner, and other
special events will close the celebration at Wyoming Hereford Ranch on
September 1st.
     Ticket packages are available at sizable savings, and you can get full
information from Pat McKelvey at (307) 635-5788 or patmck7223@aol.com -- or
go to the Website, www.cheyennecowboysymposium.com.

 

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The Second Annual Western Music, Poetry and Arts Festival  Paso Robles, California

Honored Guest Virginia Bennett sends news of the:

The Second Annual Western Music, Poetry and Arts Festival
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002,  4 pm California Mid State Fairgrounds, Paso Robles, CA

With special guest Rusty Richards, former tenor with Sons of the Pioneers
Featuring
   Virginia Bennett, MC
   Dave Stamey, western music
   Poetry of Pat Richardson and Gary Robertson
   Western Art of:  Shelley Dodd, Ernest Morris, Teri Rose, Julie Galas, Larry Bees, 
        Nancy Becker, Phil Tognazzini, and Karen Foster-Wells

Wines from select San Luis Obispo County wineries
Western BB, Hors d'Oeurves
Silent Auction
$40 per person For tickets and info call: 805-543-3654

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Bull Bash Gathering Townsend, Montana

Larry Gibson of Best Western Music wants all to know "... we are holding a one day gathering here in Townsend, Montana. September 7, 2002 all day for the day show and then we'll have the night show after the Bull Bash rodeo is over.  We sure would like to see a bunch of day show performers! Contact me at www.cowboyentertainer.com."

 

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The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration   Lubbock, Texas

Plenty BAR-D pards and poets will be on stage at this fine event, one of the originals: Honored Guests Dennis Gaines, Ann Sochat, Rhonda Stearns, Jim Hoy, and Andy Hedges; Lariat Laureate runners up Barbara Bockleman, Gail T. Burton, Linda Kirkpatrick (Cowboy Sunset Serenade) and David Kelley; and old pards Jeff Hildebrandt, Dr. Tim R. Mason, Jim Anderson (Palo Duro), Charles Williams and Lanny Joe Burnett; and our Special Music Guest Kerry Grombacher.

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Bosque, Hill & Johnson County's Texas Chisholm Trail Cowboy Heritage Celebration   
Kimball Bend Park, Texas

Our pard Tom "Trailboss" Hanshew sent us info about this event, and explained that "Kimball's Crossing was the original name of the place. It was the place where the trail herds crossed the Chisholm Trail. Kimball had a ferry there and built several buildings; home, general store etc. It was/is on the original road from Fort Worth, Texas to Waco, Texas. Kimball Park is located on the south end of Kimball Bridge 25 miles south of Cleburne, Texas on Hwy 174S. It is near the town of Kopperl, Texas. A small settlement is just east of there called Indian Lodge."

Tom sent us this advance information:

Folks, this event is a historical happening! Our research indicates the
significance of this Crossing of the Brazos and to our knowledge, to date
there has not been a "multiple" entity coordination for celebrating the
Chisholm Trail anywhere in Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas! Hopefully this event
will become a model for other counties to collaborate and ultimately have a
series of events rollin' up the Texas Chisholm Trail from the Rio Grande to
the Red River!

Thanks to the USPS, Kopperl, Texas postmaster, Judy Shelton and artist Peter
Weisenburger, the cancellation stamp for this special event is complete and
we will be able to offer envelopes with stamps and the cancellation to
visitors to the event.

On Friday evening Cowboy Stew will be the fare, and the renown "Bull-fire"
will feature an open microphone and everyone with a story to tell, poem to
recite or song to sing is invited to share with the Gathering.

Wendy Papasan from Texas Historical Commission is scheduled to present THC's
new Chisholm Trail Brochure in a special ceremony on Saturday, September 14
at this event.

A dedication of Chisholm Trail markers will take place on Saturday. The
markers have already been placed along the trail in Oklahoma and some places
in Texas. Two markers have been donated by Billy Cate (from Bob Klemme) and
will commemorate the Kimball Bend Crossing both on the Bosque County and
Hill County sides of the Brazos River.

Saturday's Gathering will include commemorative presentations of life on the
Chisholm Trail: historic re-enactments of ferry boat crossing, Native
Americans, Comanche Peak Muzzleloaders, and Texas Equestrian Trailriders.
The celebration of the life of the Cowboy with song, poetry & stories will
be taking place all day long. Also, people will enjoy exhibitions of
horsemanship & cowboy regalia, true cowboy crafts, original art, and antique
trappins'. The Tradin' Post Silent Auction will offer unique and original
items.

The drivers of the Texas Longhorn cattle will begin at Indian Lodge in
Bosque County and then drive the Longhorns along the Brazos River to Kimball
Park; crossing the Brazos River into Hill County, and ultimately on up the
trail to near Ben Shepherd Park at Cleburne.

Sunday will bring Cowboy Church and ole' time Camp Meeting with preachin'
and singin' provided by true cowboys!

Judy James is headin' up our lineup of entertainment and with the matching
funds available from Texas Commission of the Arts, we are making headway!

David Short with the Texas National Guard has committed to provide tenting
(natural green), generators if we need them, and flatbed trailers for
stages!

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The Pikes Peak Legacy of the West  Woodland Park, Colorado 

Event organizer Donna Hatton shared this information in June 2002, as the fires raged nearby her Woodland Park, Colorado home.  You can read her additional accounts here.

 

THE PIKES PEAK LEGACY OF THE WEST

The state of Colorado has suffered with the fires of the last few weeks, but we are not giving in or giving up.  Our small hometown of Woodland Park, gathered her people around her, and tied a knot in the Devil's tail, holding on with teeth bared and feet firmly planted on the North face of Pikes Peak.

Our western festival still stands on the date of September 20-22!  We feel the need to celebrate our Western Heritage as a necessary and proper way to express our thankfulness and to show the Cowboy way to pull together in a time of peril and to help those who have lost homes, family or friends. 

We will be celebrating life, sharing our western music, cowboy poetry and history in the spirit of the old and new west as we honor the heroes of our nation and our state.  Georgia State balladeer, Doc Stovall, and Georgia State cowboy poet Jerry Warren, Oklahoma's Debra Coppinger Hill, Curly Musgrave from California, Arizona's Rick Felix, Oregon's Janet Bailey, Utah's Steve and Terri Taylor, Maggie Mae Sharp, Gary Knighting, Larry Glenn and Donna Hatton from Colorado and Kamloops, B.C.'s own cowboy poet, Mike Puhallo and a host of others are coming to sing, recite, reenact and entertain as we
pick up the threads of our lives and move on.

You are invited to come and help us to show the world what America is made of when her people stare adversity in the face, as she remembers 9-11 and reaches out to the victims of tragedies close to home.

For more information call 719 687-2300 or e-mail 

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2002 Information
Buffalo Days, Layton, Utah

New pard Stan Tixier told us about Buffalo Days and the Cowboy Poetry and music event where he'll appear along with Lariate Laureate runner up Sam DeLeeuw, Brenn Hill, Phil and Don Kennington, Robin Arnold, Dave Anderson, and Blue Sage.  Tickets are just $5. The event takes place at 7PM at the Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre.  See the Buffalo Days web site for more information about this event and all the goin's on.  As an introduction, they say "Davis County's Buffalo Days is an annual community event hosted by various communities within the county and by Antelope Island State Park. It features multiple events, from entertainment to shopping, from breakfast to a buffalo barbeque. It includes a fine arts festival, a craft fair and learning opportunities at fantastically historic Antelope Island State Park."   

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A Celebration of " A COWBOYS LEGACY"  Woodland Park, Colorado

"A Cowboys Legacy" is a CRWHA endorsed mini-festival, a celebration of the heritage of the West, featuring cowboy talent from poets to musicians in a truly western setting in the mountains above Colorado Springs. For a three day experience at a family owned ranch in the Rockies join us at the Triple B Guest Ranch just outside of Woodland Park, Colorado. Charley Russell Western Heritage Association members will hold a board meeting during the festival and all members are encouraged to come.

The Pikes Peak Legacy of The West was cancelled due to difficulties resulting from  the recent fires.  The organizers of the Cowboys Legacy wish to proceed with a gathering to continue to support and share our love for the West and its history in a more intimate setting.  For more information contact: Donna Hatton (719) 687-2300 tomhatton@aol.com for reservations at the Triple B Guest Ranch call toll free (877) 687-8899 please tell them you are coming for the Cowboys Legacy. Other accommodations are available in the area, we will be happy to send you a list.

Schedule:
  a.. Thursday Sept. 19, 2002: Check in and jam session in the evening.

  b.. Friday Sept. 20, 2002:  Music and Poetry presented in the schools by
CRWHA members. Evening show for guests of the Triple B.

  c.. Saturday Sept. 21, 2002: Meeting of the Board. Poetry and Music
throughout the day and an evening show for guests of the Triple B.

  d.. Sunday Sept. 22, 2002: Cowboy Church (Brunch available) and Happy
Trails.


CRWHA Board and Members:

The CRWHA Board will meet in Colorado, Sept. 21at noon, at the Triple B
Guest Ranch. We wish to thank the Triple B for stepping in and making their
facility available to us in short notice. All members are encouraged to
attend a general meeting at 2pm. 

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2002 Information
Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup Safford, Arizona


Event Linda Curtis sent us some information about the upcomin' Gila Valley event, and she invites folks to visit the web site for complete information.  We know it'll be a great show, as it includes Lariat Laureate Jane Morton, Lariat Laureate runner up Byrd Woodward, and one of our favorite reciters and poet as well, Dick Morton.  There are plenty other poets and musicians, with details on the Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup web site.

Linda sent this brief overview:  

Friday night at Graham County Fairgrounds (Gazebo) Safford AZ: Twilight concert, team roping, round-the-campfire cowboy jam session and stargazing.

Saturday morning starting at 7am: Cowboy breakfast, Poets and Musicians perform from 9:00-4:00.  Bar-B-Que lunch served. Team roping events, trade show and western vendors. (Fairgrounds Ag bldg)

Saturday 5:30 Twilight Concert.  8:00 Evening Concert.  Both at Eastern AZ College, Lee Little Theatre.  Thatcher AZ

Sunday 9:00-11:00 am  Cowboy Church.  Nondenominational.  Gazebo at fairgrounds.

For event and ticket information call Graham County Chamber of Commerce
1-888-837-1841

You can email Linda: 2blumoon@eaznet.com

For team roping information call Dallas Younger @ 928-274-2431 or email:
yknotroping@hotmail.com

See the Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup web site for much more.


See 2001 information here.

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2002 Information
11th Annual Legends of Western Music Rotary Gala   Wharton, Texas

From pard Doc Blakely: The 11th Annual Legends of Western Music Rotary Gala will be held in Wharton, Texas, September 28, 6pm to midnight. Headliners are Sons of the San Joaquin. Tickets are $50 each and include the show, food and a couple of drinks. Call 1-800-346-3831 for tickets. Wharton is 70 miles southwest of Houston.   

 

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2002 Information
Old West Days Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Valentine, Nebraska

Old pard and poet Yvonne Hollenbeck tells us the gathering features cowboy poets and cowboy music' melodrama; bar-b-que; trade show; mountain man rendezvous; Old West parade; and more.  Contact Willard Hollopeter @ 402/967-3464 or Valentine Chamber of Commerce @ 402/376-2969  Yvonne says "This is a well organized wonderful gathering and has featured some of the best in the business!"

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2002 Information
Eighth Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the State Fair  Dallas, Texas

Old pard Charles Williams tells us that the Eighth Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the The State Fair of Texas will be held Saturday, October 5, 2002.  You can check out the official Fair site here.  The event will be in the Texas Agricultural Products building and  the Texas Cowboy Poets Association will have sales space for the entire fair.  Contact Charles Williams by email for more. More details are forthcoming.  Posted 8/07

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2002 Information
J Bar C Roundup and Cowboy Gathering  

From old pard Scott Bumgardner: Friday night 7:30 and Saturday 10-10 in Madisonville at the 7-F Arena (HWY 21 and I45).  A number of us will be there performing.

Poets:  Scott Bumgardner, Ted Dennison, Lloyd Shelby, Paul Sullivan 
Musicians:  Larry Butler and Band, Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band, The Gillette Brothers, Grady Lee, Gus Andrews, Miss'lette, and more.

Also shootouts, a chili cookoff, a chuckwagon and more. Presented by Cowboy Country Cowboy Rodeo and First Assembly of God  Posted 9/24

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2002 Information
Fifth Annual South"western" Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Emmett, Idaho

Lariat Laureate runner up Byrd Woodward sent us this information:

Sessions Friday 12:30 P.M.  thru 5:30 P.M. and Saturday 9:30 to 5:30 with nightly shows Friday and Saturday (7:30 P.M.) featuring the Best of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho.  Sunday 9:00 A.M is Cowboy Church.   This is an old fashioned gathering where each poet and musician (novice or experienced) is given an opportunity to share his talent.  It is a social event as well as a "show" so put on those boots and hats and mosey on over!!   Sanctioned by the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and Sponsored by the Board of Directors of the South"western" Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Contact Fay Briscoe briscoef@juno.com

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2002 Information

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Honored Guest and Academy of Western Artists' Female Poet of the Year Debra Coppinger Hill supplied this information:

Oct. 29th at 7pm in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, there will be a Cowboy Poetry show featuring Charles Williams and Debra Coppinger Hill with guitar back-up by Tim Graham. Part of the Tuesday Night Series, it's a Halloween theme, so come ready for old west ghost stories and poems. Cost for entrance to the museum and the show is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids and members free. This is your chance to see Charles, Debra and Tim and to hear great cowboy poetry. For more information contact the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy Street , Fort Worth, Texas  76107   817/336-4475 - 817/336-2470 (fax)   Posted 10/3

 

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2002 Information
Marana Western Arts Festival  Marana, Arizona

Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Mitich wants to spread the word about a new event from The Marana Arts Council, of which she's a member. She tells us "Marana is a farming and ranching community northwest of Tucson and Arts Council  is holding their first annual Marana Western Festival on Nov. 2, 2002 at the Sports Park on I-10 (interstate) and Ina Road.  This is a celebration of Marana's Hispanic, Native American, and Western history and culture. It's an all day deal, with activities for the kids (petting zoo, jumping castle, etc.), food booths, vendors, dancers, mariachi bands, performers, and culminates with an evening stage show, under the stars, of Western Music and cowboy poetry from 5 PM to 8:00 PM, ending up with a Country Western Band and dancing from 8:00- 9:00 PM." 

Added October 10, 2002:

Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Mitich sent us the latest on the first annual Marana Western Heritage Festival:

Time:  4 pm - 10:00 pm
Location:  Sports Park at Interstate 10 and Ina Road, Marana, (just north of Tucson)
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for teenagers, Children 12 and under are free.

Performers:

Chuck Larsen, poet from Saratoga, Wyoming will emcee

Music: Belinda Gail
Ken Moore and Roughstring, Rodeo, New Mexico
Troy Olsen, Marana, AZ

Poets: Rusty Calhoun, Queen Creek, AZ
Joette Conley, New River, AZ
Rolf Flake, Gilbert AZ
Steve Linsay, Elgin, AZ
Janice Mitich, Picture Rocks, AZ

Contact:
Janice Mitich 520.682.8836  email  
or Sandy Groseclose  520.682.4488 or email

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2001 Information

 
The 8th Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup  Safford, Arizona
Ridin" Circles .... to treasured moments

8th Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry and Music RoundUp


Sept 14, 2001 Starlight concert

Sept 15, 2001  Performances all day, 5:30 Twilight concert, 8:00 Evening finale.

Sept 16, 2001  9 am Cowboy Church.

For those looking for something a little different our Starlight concert will be attended by The Desert Skygazers Astronomy Club and scopes from Discovery Park.  Last year these folks showed us what a real close up sunset looked like. For information call Graham County Chamber of Commerce
1-888-837-1841 

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 2001 Information

Clifton Fall Ranch Round Up Clifton, Bosque County, Texas

Cowboy poetry by Red Steagall, Andy Wilkinson, Biscuits O'Bryan, and Dennis Gaines.  Western swing dance featuring Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Tophands. Chuckwagons, Youth Poetry Contest, Children's Area, Gunfighters, Longhorn Steer Photos, Cowboy Horse Polo, authentic western arts and crafts, western art silent auction, quick draw art demonstrations, and much, much more. Clifton Main Street Program, Clifton City Park, Clifton, Bosque County, Texas (254) 675-2732 clifton@htcomp.net

 

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 2001 Information

Annual Rafter S Timed Event Championship Roping and Cowboy Reunion  Cyril, Oklahoma

Reprinted from the April, 2001 Charley Russell Western Heritage Association (CRWHA) newsletter:

The Annual Rafter S Timed Event Championship Roping and Cowboy Reunion is set for Oct. 6, 2001. The Invitational Roping at the Rafter S in Cyril, Oklahoma, draws participants from across the country. There will be a chuckwagon dinner, kids events, and Cowboy Entertainers. This years show will hold several surprise guests as well as a line up of well-known singers and poets. Western Vendors are encouraged to come and set-up is reasonable.     Information: 580-464-3103

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2002  Information
Old West Days Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Valentine, Nebraska

Old pard and poet Yvonne Hollenbeck tells us the gathering features cowboy poets and cowboy music' melodrama; bar-b-que; trade show; mountain man rendezvous; Old West parade; and more.  Contact Willard Hollopeter @ 402/967-3464 or Valentine Chamber of Commerce @ 402/376-2969  Yvonne says "This is a well organized wonderful gathering and has featured some of the best in the business!"

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2002 Information
The Eighth Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Loomis, California

Our thanks to Kathy Dombroski for gatherin' this info for us:  Tickets available at the Cowpoke at 3293 Taylor Road, Loomis, or call 916/652-7121,  Events are at the Loomis Memorial Hall, $15. 

Friday night November 8, 8PM featuring Pat Richardson, Bill Brewster, Clarence Wager, and Scott Gerber.  Saturday afternoon November 9 1PM featuring Larry Maurice, John Martin, Doc Barsaleau, and Scott Gerber.  Saturday evening November 9 8PM featuring Pat Richardson, John Martin,  Bill Brewster, and Scott Gerber.  Posted 8/31

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2001 Information

Third Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Monterey, California

The lineup includes Sons of the San Joaquin, Waddie Mitchell, Brenn Hill, Skip Gorman, Paul Zarzyski, Randy Rieman, Jill Jones and Lone Star Chorale, Glen Orhlin, Ian Tyson, Tom Russell, Belinda Gail, R W Hampton, Sourdough Slim, Jeff Gore, Pat Richardson, Janet Bailey, Red Steagall, Hot Club in Cowtown, Benny Martinez, Larry McWhorter, Lone Prairie, Larry Maurice and Dave Stamey.

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November 2, 2002
Marana Western Arts Festival  Marana, Arizona

Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Mitich wants to spread the word about a new event from The Marana Arts Council, of which she's a member. She tells us "Marana is a farming and ranching community northwest of Tucson and Arts Council  is holding their first annual Marana Western Festival on Nov. 2, 2002 at the Sports Park on I-10 (interstate) and Ina Road.  This is a celebration of Marana's Hispanic, Native American, and Western history and culture. It's an all day deal, with activities for the kids (petting zoo, jumping castle, etc.), food booths, vendors, dancers, mariachi bands, performers, and culminates with an evening stage show, under the stars, of Western Music and cowboy poetry from 5 PM to 8:00 PM, ending up with a Country Western Band and dancing from 8:00- 9:00 PM."  Invited performers will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Sandy Groseclose by email  or 520-682-4488 or Janice Mitich by email  or 520-682-8836.

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2002 Information
Annual Larry Chittenden Cowboy Celebration Anson, Texas 

BAR-D pard Nancy Clark gave us this early information on this always-great event:  The program will include Andy Hedges, Washtub Jerry and Glenn Mooreland, Kyle Aaron, Ray Clark, Jean Prescott, Paul Davidson and will feature Dennis Gaines.  

Nancy will keep us posted.  Meanwhile you can contact her at (915) 823-3259 or by email.  

 

2001 Information:

Larry Chittenden Cowboy Celebration   Anson, Texas
(915) 823-3259  Nancy L. Clark:  clarksvil@cs.com 

From Nancy Clark:

"The Larry Chittenden Cowboy Celebration this year on December 15, 2001 will begin at 10:00 am and end around 8:30 pm.  It is a tribute to the late Buck Ramsey.  Buck's wife Bette plans to be on hand and Buck will be remembered throughout the day's events.  The performers this year will include Dennis Gaines, poet from San Antonio, Tx, Jeff Gore, singer from Cedar Park, Tx, Paul Davidson, singer from Levelland, Tx, Andy Hedges poet from Crosbyton, Tx, Kyle Aaron, fiddler from Wichita Falls, Tx, Ray Clark, poet and singer from Stamford, Tx, Washtub Jerry, washtub bass player from Ft. Davis, Tx, Glenn Moreland, musician and singer from Ft. Davis, Tx, Wallace Rennells, poet from Jacksboro, Tx and Clay Coffey, singer from Wayside, Tx."  

 

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2002 Information
Western Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Chuckwagon Dinner  Red Rock Canyon State Park, Hinton, OK

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$5 admission (kids under 10 are free)

Chuckwagon Dinner - $3.50 / person serving at 6:00 pm - while food lasts

For Tickets and Information: 405-797-3608


Featuring:

Debra Coppinger Hill of Chelsea, OK
2002 AWA Female Poet of the Year. Her work has appears in the AWA Top Five the past five years in a row and is included in the AWA's Album of the Year,  Tapestry of West-Jean Prescott, and the Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year, The Big Roundup.

Robert Beene of Eakly, OK
Published in: AWA's Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year: The Big Roundup. Also published in The Christian Ranchman.

Jay Snider of Cyril, OK
Nominated three years for Male Cowboy Poet of the Year by the AWA.  Published in AWA's Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year, The Big Roundup.

 Also Performing:                                      

Lavern "Straw" Berry
Tom "Trailboss" Hanshew
Kevin Davis 
Tim Graham
Francine Robison
Gary Heathman
Gina DeLaune
Stan Paregien
Hank Elling
Kent Rollins
Casey Allen
Dale Myres
LeRoy Jones
Lanny Joe Burnett
Buck Helton
Trey Allen
Peggy Coleman 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. 

**There will also be a kids poetry section, where the top 3 winners from nearby schools will perform their poems live.**

Jo Hargrave (from Keepin' It Cowboy) will be the guest emcee for the event.

Sponsored By:

KJON - 850 AM
Microtel Inn & Suites (Hinton)
Cart's Farm & Home Supply
North Caddo Coop (Hinton) 

Lazy B Productions

 (The gathering seeks and welcomes additional sponsors.  Contact Robert Beene.)

For more about the show go to http://www.lazybproductions.com  (Email:
lazybproductions@yahoo.com )

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2002 Information
Cowboys With a Cause  Green River, Utah 

Cowboys With a Cause

A benefit to raise funds needed for [Allen Clark's daughter]  Amanda Clark
to participate in the
Special Olympics Summer World Games
held in Ireland, June, 2003  

Cowboy Poetry and Western Music

Featuring:
Red Rock Wranglers
Brenda "Sam" DeLeeuw
Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Jerry Brooks "Brooksie"
Gordon Thomas
Allen Clark

Dinner

Roast Beef
Dutch Oven Potatoes
Beans, Salad Bar
Wheat and White Rolls
Cakes, Cookies, Brownies
Dinner  $8                             12 and under $4

Saturday, November 16
Green River High School
Begin serving dinner at 5:00 PM
Show at 7:00 PM
Tickets purchased in advance appreciated
Tickets may be purchased at the Cut and Curl, Weekdays 12-6 PM
or see Valerie or Heidi at the Chow Hound 

 (Can't make it?  They didn't announce this, but we know that you can contribute directly Allen Clark, PO Box 64, Green River, Utah 84525.) 

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2002 Information
Canadian Cowboy Christmas  Brandon, Manitoba

Old pard Doc Hayes sent us news from the Manitoba Cowboy Poets Group:

Dec. 6 we are throwing a Christmas celebration: Canadian Cowboy Christmas featuring "Doc" Dale Hayes, "Diamond" Doug Keith, Ray Martin, Ed Brown and the Fantasy Fiddlers (a group of 25 youngsters who have captured the magic of cowboy fiddling).

It is going to take place in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall at Brandon University at 7:00p.m. - until who knows when?  We are presenting the "Top Hand Award" to the Manitoba Cowboy Poet of the Year and a community service award from the Brandon Cowboy Poetry Gathering to Brian and Dorothy Granger for their many contributions to, and years of service in, helping preserve the traditional western fiddle music.  

Tell anyone who is interested that we will tell them all about it if they call 204 727 7328 or 730 0758 or drop me a note at dochayes@prairie.ca.  Special arrangements at several local motels (Super 8 and Comfort Inn) and prices of $15.00 at the door (that is $10.00US).  Good poetry, good story telling, and great music.  Ray Martin has won over 2 dozen awards up here in Canada for his western music, the Fiddlers just about set the stage afire, and Ed Brown is a wonderful blend of orator/poet and talented musician..  

We will be glad to make arrangements for any of our attenders coming up from the states.  

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