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18th Annual Durango Cowboy Gathering Durango, Colorado
Report by Linda Mannix, photos and captions by Yvonne Hollenbeck
The sunshine and glory of golden Colorado fall week deteriorated into a rainy downpour by the time the 18th annual Durango Cowboy Gathering began on October 5th, but there isn't a cowboy on earth that would complain about moisture, so the show went on, and it went on with great success.
T. J. Casey and Waddie Mitchell kick-started the event with a sold out (and over-sold!) show on Thursday evening. Both performers were at their peak and kept the audience entertained with songs, poems and stories that made 'em laugh and made 'em weep. T.J. was in fine voice and Waddie always amazes with his talent.
Sam Noble, Committeeman, Rusty Feathers, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and R. P. Smith
On Friday, the bottom really fell out of the sky, but the evening shows of poetry with R.P. Smith, Ken Overcast, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rusty Feathers, Rough String, and Carin Mari & Pony Express warmed everybody up. Carin Mari was new to the Durango Gathering this year and put on an outstanding performance with her young, skillful voice and talented brothers.
Bill May (Kearney, Nebraska) and Carin Mari Lechner (Buena Vista, Colorado). A year ago they were both at Valentine and both on crutches [see a photo here from that gathering's report]. This is a year later and they are ready to run a foot race.
Saturday morning the skies parted and the sun came out just long enough for the annual Cowboy Parade to roll down Main Street. Twenty four mounted and horse-drawn entries braved the mud to haul their livestock and wagons to town so the "city folk" could see some real cowboys. On a sad note, the original founder of the Durango Cowboy Gathering, Kevin O'Farrell had passed away the week before at his home in Santa Fe. Kevin was internationally known as a master hat maker with his trademark O'Farrell Hat Company opening his first store in Durango and then later in Santa Fe. In 1989, Kevin attended the Elko Gathering and came back to Durango with a vision for starting a poetry gathering here. And by October of 1989 he had organized and started the first Durango Cowboy Gathering with Don Edwards and Mad Jack Hanks along with 15 other poets.
To honor Kevin, a riderless horse with hat on the saddlehorn was led down Main Street in the Cowboy Parade. After the parade, a "wake" was held at the world famous Diamond Belle Saloon in the Strater Hotel. Many toasts were made to Kevin and the fine hats he made. Poet Mike Querner recited several poems in Kevin's honor.
Saturday afternoon, the Open Sessions of Poetry were full with audiences and poets prowling the meeting rooms of the Strater Hotel to hear wonderful verse and song. The coffee pots were steaming in the Sales Room as folks lined up to buy CD's and books from each poet. The poster for this year's Gathering was called "And There He Was" by artist Tom Lea. It showed a lone cowboy finding a stray, droop-horned Longhorn steer in the brush. It garnered the most poems in the Poster Session with each poet describing in rhyme, the hunt for that old Longhorn.
Both Saturday evening shows were packed despite the continuing onslaught of rain and folks also turned out to do some twirling at the Western Swing Dance featuring famous fiddler Johnny Gimble and his family. The Gimbles performed for two nights at the Wild Horse Saloon and some of the best swing dancin' Durango has ever seen accompanied the band.
Sunday morning the Gathering began to wind down with a free inspirational session called "The Cowboy and His Creator" hosted by local poet, Sam Noble. Over 250 people attended and got a little closer to God with the poems and music presented by a wide variety of the attending cowboy poets. The local chapter of SASS also hosted a Shooting Session on Sunday just before the rain began to fall again.
Special thanks go out to all the poets and artists who attended the Durango Cowboy Gathering, but also to Lindy Simmons who made arrangements for the poets to perform in schools and at senior centers. This is some of the most valuable work that the poets do, to impart their stories and lifestyles to the youth of the area. Also this year, the local chapter of FFA and the 4-H Horse Council were supported by the Gathering, and in return, they volunteered to help with the many activities throughout the weekend.
The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo was also held the same weekend and brought in a fine array of gear makers and horsemanship clinics, along with amazing demonstrations by the Preifert Draft Horse Hitch called "Texas Thunder." It was a good combination to have horses and cowboys all mixed together in Durango, Colorado on the first weekend of October. For sure, we'll do it again next year! Visit our website www.durangocowboygathering.org for updates on next year's performers.
Durango Colorado is one of the most beautiful locations to have a fall Gathering, so don't miss it next year! Happy Trails and hope to see you down the road!
Dakota Cowboy Poets and the Western Writers Group Cody, Nebraska
Report and photos by Slim McNaught
October 22, 2006, a day of Sunshine and crisp Sandhills breezes, found the members of two writers groups meeting to round up and share ideas. This word posse met in the Community Hall at Cody, Nebraska, at 1:30 in the afternoon with five poet/writers in attendance. Also present were two spouses and a guest. Following some stormy conditions across the three state area where the bulk of this membership is from and with many activities and work related responsibilities going on, the attendance was small but the gathering was productive and fun.
The two groups are the Dakota Cowboy Poets and the Western Writers Group. These are loosely organized and informal groups with Marty Blocker, who works on the Moreland ranch east of Merriman, Nebraska, the leader and Yvonne Hollenbeck, from Clearfield, South Dakota, the acting secretary of the Western Writers Group. Yvonne is also the secretary/treasurer for the Dakota Cowboy Poets group.
The theme for the meeting was "Halloween" with each member reciting an original poem for the occasion. Slim McNaught, of New Underwood, South Dakota, read a poem his mother, Troy McNaught Westby also of New Underwood, had written the day before for the Halloween theme. She was not feeling well and could not attend. Troy has been writing poetry since the early 1920's and, at age 90, is still busy writing her memoirs and children's poems as well as others. She does her own illustrating with watercolor, pencil etc. She writes several types of poetry including Haiku, sonnets, etc., and has three saddle stitched books published. She also has been published in Ranch Romances (1933) and several other magazines from those early days until now.
The importance of rhyme and meter in keeping the old cowboy poetry style alive was discussed. Each member had input on how they constructed and edited their poems. Yvonne stressed the fact that writing cowboy poetry with proper rhyme and meter takes a lot of work. It is not something that everyone has the ability to produce. She also informed the group about a text book on writing poetry.
Slim offered the opinion that if a person has experienced the rope burns, calvin' problems, horse wrecks, etc., that come from actual involvement in the ranching cowboy life, they can write cowboy poetry. If they haven't experienced these things they can write poetry about cowboys. He noted that there are excellent poets in both categories, and one should not be perceived as better than the other.
Marty Blocker discussed the importance of presentation. As Marty said, a person can have a perfectly composed poem but if it is not presented properly, it can spoil the audience's perception of the piece. He added that each person has their own style of presenting to an audience. He gave some well received pointers on presenting and communicating with an audience and some things he does to get the desired results.
Bob Moreland, who lives on a ranch east of Merriman, Nebraska, gave a demonstration on the difference in presentations. After he presented the poem he had just written for the gathering, he had Yvonne read this same poem to the group. The results were very interesting. Both did a good job of presenting, but the group could definitely see and hear the completely different style of presentation. Bob also writes a weekly column for the Martin, South Dakota newspaper, the Booster. He has two books published and a third on the way.
Don Hilmer, who is just getting started in cowboy poetry presentation, recited one of his original poems. He presented himself and his poem very well. We'll have him addicted to performing before long, just wait and see.
Don is a rancher living south of New Underwood, South Dakota, and writes good poetry.
After a very successful group discussion, Donna Blocker, Marty's wife, served a delicious meal of soup, sandwiches (on homemade buns), desert, and coffee. Now, here's a lady who really knows how to make potato soup. Excellent. And it sure seemed to me that she was the most popular person at the gathering. With Darlene McNaught ("Mrs. Slim" as the neighbors call her), and Don Hilmer's guest, Carol Phillips, enjoying the conversation and adding their thoughts to the discussion, we reluctantly ended the meeting.
Don Hilmer and Carol Phillips and the McNaughts stopped at the Bob Moreland ranch on the way back to South Dakota to view several rooms full of his paintings, pictures, and collections accumulated over many years. What an interesting personal museum. He showed us the layout for his latest book, Friends and Fancies #3. Very colorful and attractive. A stagecoach and an eight passenger buggy that Bob has for sale were also looked at. Both in excellent condition.
These writer's group gatherings are not only a lot of fun, but they are also very informative and helpful to those who are writing and reciting cowboy poetry.
The next meeting will be announced at a later date.
18th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Art & Music Show Alzada, Montana
Report and photos by Slim McNaught
ALZADA COWBOY POETRY, MUSIC, and ART SHOW
Once again we had the good fortune to be able to attend the 18th Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show on Sunday, October 1, 2006, in Alzada, Montana. After having attended this event for several years I have to say this is one of the most "down home" events we attend. That little community hall on the prairie gets filled to over flowing with ranch folks who come for good music, good poetry, good food, and a whole lot of good conversation.
Gay Arpan and Chris Maupin have co-chaired this show since it started in 1989 and it is sponsored by the Alzada Community Club. Marge Waterland is in charge of the kitchen and food is served all day, and good food it is. Randy Arpan has been the emcee of this show for as long as we have been attending and he does a very professional job. It's a credit to these ranch folks that this community can come together, get paper work, buildings, food, and entertainment all lined up to produce an event that, although on a smaller scale than some, is second to none. For an event that was planned to be a one time affair, this gathering has come a long way.
Chris Maupin, Gay Arpan and Randy Arpan drawing for door prizes
Step inside this building that was constructed in 1929 and the first thing to grab your senses is the smell of dinner (lunch to the city folk) being prepared. Wow! Can't wait! Gotta have a pie and coffee right now. After an absolutely delicious (and large) chunk of pecan pie, I stepped into the hall and was greeted by the gals checking in the performers and handing out programs. Then I stopped and took in the art work. Three walls of that hall are hung with paintings of various mediums, photographs, leatherwork, quilts, beadwork, sculptures, hand made saddles and tack, and several antique saddles, all of which would satisfy the most critical art connoisseur. I was down to one hand carved leather picture to hang with the rest, seems like folks pick them up faster than I can draw and carve them.
Shana Jahnig and Jim Niner
Each year six people are featured during the show. This year the featured artists were Darrel Martin of Rapid City, South Dakota and Kat Thompson of Whitewood, South Dakota. Shana Jahnig from Cheyenne, Wyoming and Jim Niner of Big Horn, Wyoming were the featured musicians. Shana also opened this show by singing the National Anthem. The featured poets were Pam Nisley of Broadus, Montana and me, Slim McNaught, of New Underwood, South Dakota. There were over fifty poets and musicians from four states in attendance.
Pam Nisley and Slim McNaught
Kay Sperb donated an original drawing that was auctioned off during intermission. All proceeds from this event goes toward upkeep on this hall. Each year the club has been making improvements to this hall and they now have a handy kitchen, table space for artists books, CDs, and other items for display and sale. The entertainment area has a "just right" stage with seating arranged so the whole audience has a clear view of the stage.
Bob Petermann from Wibaux, Montana, furnished the sound equipment and set it all up. What a job. He does an excellent job of making us all sound as good as possible. Bob is also an accomplished song writer and singer of cowboy songs and is one of three in attendance here that was invited to perform in Elko, Nevada, later on. Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Newcastle, Wyoming and Georgie Sicking of Kaycee, Wyoming, both of whom performed poetry at this event, are the other two performers to be invited to Elko. Having three folk performing at the same function, picked to go to Elko is something to be noted. Congratulations, you three, our hats are off to you.
Georgie Sicking, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, and Bob Petermann
The hall seating area was full and extra folding chairs were put out and folks were standing where they could. And what a great audience. This event is probably one of the better places for new talent to get started, as this is one of the most attentive audiences a newcomer could ask for.
They liked what we were doing up there and that's what makes the whole thing so much fun.
Tombstone Western Music Festival Tombstone, Arizona
Report by Voleta Hummel
Photos by Jack HummelTombstone Western Music Festival, "How the West Was Sung"
Take one of those magnificent southern Arizona sunsets where the amazing colors in the western sky reflect on the eastern mountains, while at the same time the full moon is rising over those same Dragoons. Add the kind of November weather where it is not too hot or too cold but just perfect, throw in some of the best in western music, stir a special tribute to songwriter Les Buffham into this mix, set it all down in the historic
western town of Tombstone, and I'd say it just doesn't get any better than this year at the Tombstone Western Music Festival the first weekend in November. (I know, I know... I said that last year—and the year before but, you just should have been there!)
Granted there are plenty of natural and historic props readily available for this festival every year, but the Tombstone Western Music Festival would not be the success it is without the year-long hard work in planning and organizing of the Tombstone Western Music Festival, Inc. committee and the wonderful support of all their sponsors.
Just to give you a sample of the flavor of Tombstone, just read the names of the sponsors: KWCD Radio, Bronco Trading Co, Six Gun City, San Pedro Saddlery, Periwinkle Music Emporium, Pony Expresso, Holiday Inn
Express, Sierra Vista Toyota, Oriental Saloon, Spur Western Wear, Pioneer Title, Silver Nugget Saloon, Tombstone Wild Bunch & Hells Belles, Hey Bales (mention their ad and you get a bag of free popcorn?), Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, Longhorn Restaurant, Shady Lady's Closet, Big Nose Kate's Saloon, Wells Fargo RV, Tombstone Real Estate, Cox Media, Tombstone Mercantile, Frontier Floral, Goose Flats Graphics, Tombstone Times, Sharon & Herald Heikkinenn, Bill Barlow, Rent-A-Center, Tombstone Hardware, Office Smart,
and Fidelity National Title.
Les released a CD last year entitled Les Buffham Writes & Co-Writes which included many of his songs from the original recordings. The Friday night Les Buffham Tribute set the standard of excellence for the music throughout the weekend with Les opening the show singing "Just an Old Cowboy" from back stage. Songs such as "Montana Lullaby" and "Below the Kinney Rim" sung by Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave, "San Joaquin Love Song" sung by George Dickey, and Trails & Rails singing "Nobody Kisses Their Horse Anymore," "Night Train Down the Yellowstone," "Arizona Wind," and "Tres Bells of Ol' Gran Boquillas" were sung at the tribute and throughout the entire weekend.
Les Buffham and George Dickey
The Saturday night concert included Marvin O'Dell, DJ from "Around the Campfire" on ClassicHeartland.com presenting awards to performers in attendance who were listed in the top ten songs played in 2005. George Dickey, Rodger Maxwell, and Doc Stovall were among the recipients.
Marvin O'Dell and Rodger Maxwell
Marvin also make the wonderful announcement that ClassicHeartland.com would be presenting on Heartland Radio #2 a 24/7 western music station streaming from the world wide web!! Marvin, a great songwriter himself, is working on an entire CD of songs about various famous and not so famous historical people of Tombstone. Stay tuned.
In addition to the two night concerts, a stage is set up completely blocking Allen Street (you know—the street famous for the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, etc), and there are several satellite stages throughout the two days as well. What are some of my special highlights other than the performers and songs I have already mentioned?
Liz Masterson! What a treat to get to see her and hear her sing some of her songs. It has been way too long since I have had the privilege. Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave performances just cannot be improved! Seeing and hearing Kerry Grombacher again. Not only getting to hear Doc Stovall (who has recently been inducted into the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame) sing "The First Time I Saw the Rockies From the Ground," but to actually get to meet his wife! We hear about her a lot, but have always wondered if she really existed (and if she is really the paragon of a wife that Doc always says she is for putting up with him. Conclusion—she is!). Rodger Maxwell singing, "Blue River Azul," which he said reminded him of his good friend Paul Hendel. Paul was scheduled to be at the festival but emergency back surgery kept him out of the action this year.
Saturday had a special treat in store for me because The Desert Sons from Tucson were there. We go back to 1989 with them, Liz, and Paul and Chelsea Bair (who were also in attendance) to the first year of the WMA in Tucson. Who would have thought we would all still be doing this western music thing seventeen years later? It was also special to not only see and hear Les Buffham all over town throughout the weekend but the get to visit with some of his family who had come from California and Montana just for his tribute.
Some of Les Buffham's family
It is always very special for me to get to hear Jon Messenger sing. Thanks for "Welcome to the Romance," Jon!
Kerry Grombacher and Jon Messenger
Jim Wilson brings his exceptional Texas style music with him which is always special to me, and how much fun to hear Jim Jones sing a song about Wichita Falls (Texas), my hometown.
Jim Jones and Doc Stovall
Joe Bethancourt was as amazing as always. Does he really play 60+ instruments as well as all the ones we got to hear? He was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary and had his lovely wife with him. Joe did advise everyone to beware of marrying a redhead!
And for the voice that presents this Wild West extravaganza to the fans every year, the hardest working emcee in the western world, Lee Thompson. There is no equal for Lee and for this amazing western music
festival. It should be on your calendar for 2007.
A version of this report also appeared in Rope Burns
Spirit of Western Entertainment Emmett, Idaho
by Bobbie Hunter
The American Legion came to the rescue of Cowboy Poetry in Emmett, Idaho, by sponsoring "The Spirit of the West," a November 17th cowboy poetry show.
The pre-show was artfully presented by Gary Trexler (Idaho) who charmed the audience with his selection of old favorites. He not only accompanied himself with guitar, but also included a splash of whistling--a fading art. His smooth and flowing voice royally prepared the audience for a night of first-class performances of poets and musicians.
Fay Briscoe (Idaho) opened the show with a patriotic poem--she has made quite a name for herself regarding patriotic poetry and is well respected for this talent. A local family, the Zimmerman's, presented several rousing songs and melodies featuring the fiddle, guitar, and piano--as if that wasn't enough, they sang, too! What a group!
Larry Shiflet, Scott Rhead, and Bobbie Hunter, all local Idaho residents, sparred off with a rapid-fire "shoot-out" of short, humorous poems which gave way to Mallory Shiflet, the "Sweetheart of Treasure Valley," who wove her magic blend of voice and guitar, and soon captivated the audience. Mallory started singing and playing guitar with CPI when she was eleven years old. Those who have faithfully followed the gatherings and shows have seen her grow and mature right before their eyes.
Don Kennington (Utah) shared some of his well-known poems, favorites indeed, delivered in his unique style. The audience alternated between tears of laughter and tears of empathy, reliving with Don the experiences of his life. He is a true entertainer, and always eager to encourage those coming up through the ranks.
The evening continued with Dallas and PJ McCord (Oregon). Their smooth style and quick wit soon won the hearts of the audience. The Emmett show was a place they chose to share some new work--their mistletoe song is a good one and after all, 'tis the season! As always, they left the stage leaving the audience wishing for more.
Dallas and PJ McCord
Appropriate for the occasion, Fay Briscoe finished the night's show with a second patriotic poem--very well received. She was then presented with a "Top Hand" award to acknowledge in some small way the appreciation and gratitude that fill the hearts of her co-workers, the Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poets. A glance at the audience revealed a standing ovation in her honor--and well deserved.
The evening's activities closed as the poets and musicians rested before starting all over again the next day for the open-mic sessions. Twenty-one performers arrived for the day's program. Participants came from as far away as Oregon and Utah. Several came from the outer reaches of Idaho, but many local poets and musicians also shared their talent. Vern Woodbury (Idaho) entertained the audience in his unassuming manner as he brought the house down with laughter. Bob Jackson (Idaho) masterfully recited poems and sang. Bob and Marion Baird (Idaho) performed a harmonica duet which lead to Marion's interesting and true stories shared via poetry. A local first-timer, Ralph Morgan, captivated the audience with his rhymed story about friends traveling to California--and what an ordeal it was!
Necia Hunter and Don Kennington
It was good to see Necia Hunter, a 13 year old Emmett resident, performing poetry and playing guitar. She brings young blood to the organization. Many more performers, too numerous to mention individually, added to the mix and like ingredients in a cake, joined their talent to create an sweet and pleasing final product. On and On--the time passed all too quickly as the clock ticked on, winding down the day's events.
At the end of the day a chili feed was waiting for the poets and musicians at the home of Fay and Melvin Briscoe who traditionally open their home after the entertainment has ended. But did I say the entertainment had ended? Not so! After the meal, everyone gathered 'round to share more music, more poems, more songs. It was a time of relaxation with both old and new friends--a place of comfort, hospitality, and camaraderie.
Eventually the last poem was told, the last song was sung, the final good-bye's were spoken...but with a promise to meet in Emmett again next year when "The Spirit of the West" would be revived.
Western Writers Guild Clearfield, South Dakota
Report, photos, and captions by Slim McNaught
Western Writers Guild Meets
Have you ever attended a country Christmas program where you only knew a few of the folks attending, but by the time it was over, you were havin' such a good time that you didn't want to leave? That's about the way it went on
December 3, 2006, at Clearfield, South Dakota. The December meeting of the Western Writers Guild Poets was hosted by Yvonne Hollenbeck. She had included us in the community Christmas Program as part of their entertainment. The person hosting this writers group is responsible for naming a theme for the members to write a poem about. Yvonne had picked "Old Fashioned Christmas," very fitting and lots of fun.
Yvonne Hollenbeck--doin' her "Old Fashioned Christmas" poem
The program was held in the Clearfield Hall. This building was built in 1918, and the folks of this community have put countless hours of labor and materials into the upkeep. The end result is heartwarming. In this modern age when it seems most folks are tearing down the old and building fancy new facilities, it is a joy to see a piece of history preserved and utilized. Just standing in the middle of this building and looking around I could see and feel the evidence of generations of use and care.
The 14th Annual Clearfield Community Christmas Program opened with Jaydn Hollenbeck, granddaughter of Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck, leading the audience in singing "The Star Spangled Banner." What a tremendous talent for an eight year old. She's a natural.
Jaydn Hollenbeck singing "The Star Spangled Banner."
Two country music selections by Neil
Ewing and Dan Simons followed with a piano solo by one of the
Millboro school children, Leslie Soles. Continuing with a poem by Marilyn
Herrmann and a music selection by Gary Fast (emcee), Don Covey,
Mary and Stephanie Marso, this section of the program ended with a
singing presentation by the Millboro grade school children. It was great.
Next on the program was our Western Writers Group. Present on stage were Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield, South Dakota; Marci Broyhill of Dakota City, Nebraska; Bonnie Krogman of Wood, South Dakota: Burdena Weidner of
Colome, South Dakota; Don Hilmer of rural New Underwood, South Dakota; and me, Slim McNaught, also of New Underwood. Bonnie Krogman had a case of laryngitis and was unable to talk above a whisper, but the rest of us each
recited our versions of the "Old Fashioned Christmas" theme. My mother, Troy McNaught Westby, was in the audience and since she declined to be on stage, I read a poem she had written. This poem wasn't written specifically for this meeting, but it had a Christmas theme and is one of a group she is writing for another of her children's books. She will be getting it published in the next few months. She has been writing poetry all her life, having had her works published from the 1930s to the present. Yvonne pointed out to the crowd that mother is ninety years old and still writing poetry.
Slim McNaught readin' his mother's Christmas poem
Following our writers group
presentations, Jaydn Hollenbeck sang a solo, followed by a music presentation by
Mary and Stephanie Marso, and closing with Jaydn leading the audience in singing
Christmas Carols. This program was also the kick off for the big centennial year
of Clearfield and Tripp County. After the program at the Hall, the writers group
gathered at the Hollenbeck residence to hold our meeting. We discussed several
topics including dues and reports on various poetry gatherings which several of
us have attended. The meeting was fun filled and humorous, with several folks
discussing some very funny stories that happened during life on the ranch.
Cowboys have almost more fun than the law will allow. Bonnie (laryngitis) Krogman whispered to the group that she would host the February, 2007, meeting. She will attempt to set a date which will interfere the least with calving time, which is a concern for several members. The date will be announced as soon as possible. Yvonne had prepared a bountiful supper (dinner to you city folk) that was enjoyed by all. Delicious, and of course like always when the food is that good, I
After an immensely enjoyable evening we bid our fond adieus and journeyed back home. Every gathering of our group has me thinking they can't get better, but each meeting seems to turn into another "best of times" event. We're sure looking forward to the next meeting.
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