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Where do you find a Cowboy, you know he's a vanishing breed
Cause it's tough to live in modern times and follow the Cowboy Creed
You'll find him on the prairie if there's any prairie left
Or you'll find him somewhere on a horse doing what he does best
                                              
Doc Stovall from "Cowboys Forever," BMI 1996

 


2011 Event Information
 

2010 Event Information

Report from the 2010 Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry  Event

2009 Event Information

Report from the 2009 Event  separate page

2008 Event Information

2008 Cowboy Poetry Week Events

Report from the 2008 Event separate page

Report from the 2007 Event

 

   

 

 

About the Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is an 80,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch – featuring hands-on art activities. Visitors to Booth Museum also enjoy the intimate downtown setting with unique specialty and antique shops, boutiques and nationally featured restaurants all within walking distance of the Museum. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.

 


2011 Event Information

 

Booth Western Art Museum to Host

8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering

Ed Mell: New West Visionary exhibition opening to coincide with annual event 

CARTERSVILLE, GA – The Booth Western Art Museum will host the 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, March 10-13, 2011, in Cartersville, GA. Scheduled events include a concert by featured entertainer Asleep at the Wheel; chuck wagon and Dutch oven cooking contests; mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo contests; finals of the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest; children’s activities; and an evening lecture by featured artist Ed Mell. The event will take place at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville. 

The Gathering begins Thursday, March 10, with an Opening Reception for Ed Mell: New West Visionary from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to tour the exhibit in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery, as well as enjoy refreshments in the Booth Café. At 7:00 p.m., Mell will present a lecture in the Booth Theatre on his artistic style and career highlights. He will be available to sign copies of the official Gathering poster in the Museum Store following his lecture.

Born and raised in the West, Ed Mell has a true passion for the West and the flora and fauna which make up its beautiful landscapes. He credits artist Maynard Dixon as a major influence in his career, which can be seen in the abstracted forms that often dominate an Ed Mell painting. He is best known for dramatically geometric views of Western vistas, often combined with powerful weather events.  However, his work also includes landscape, floral, and figurative subjects that incorporate elements of abstraction and cubism, all of which will be featured in his exhibition at the Booth Museum.

On Friday, March 11, guests are invited to participate in a gallery walk with Ed Mell at 11:00 am or 1:30 pm, as he discusses his exhibit on display at the Museum, Ed Mell: New West Visionary.  Also on Friday, at 11:00 am, there will be a lecture and movie clips from the movie Tombstone in the Booth Theatre. At 1:30 pm, My Darling Clementine will be shown in the Booth Theatre.

Throughout the day Saturday, there will be a variety of events for the entire family. As part of the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, teams of cooks will prepare beans, meat, potatoes, bread and desserts just as they did during the cattle drives of the 1800s. Those interested may purchase tickets in advance for $12 to sample the menu items. Other activities include a fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo contest, adult Cowboy Poetry workshop, and children’s activities throughout the Museum.

A Saturday night concert at the Grand Theatre will feature famed western-swing band, Asleep at the Wheel. The group, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, has released more than 25 albums over the years and received eight Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed musical play A Ride with Bob has further catapulted them into popularity, making them much in demand at concert venues and festivals around the country.  Tickets for the 7:00 pm evening performance are $25 for not-yet members and $20 for Booth Museum members. Members of Asleep at the Wheel will be available to sign CDs and meet fans in the Encore Room adjacent to the Theatre following the show.

 The weekend wraps-up Sunday, March 13, beginning with Cowboy Church in the Booth Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. This is a non-denominational church service that will feature cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music. After the service, from Noon to 4:00 p.m., a Dutch Oven Cooking Contest will take place on the Museum’s festival grounds. Top cooks will compete for prizes and bragging rights in three categories: bread, main dish and dessert, and will serve samples to the public. Also during this time the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals will be held in the Booth Theatre. The top 10 Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest finalists in four age divisions, representing grades five through twelve, will compete for cash prizes. Children’s activities will also be offered throughout the Museum.

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering is designed to celebrate our rich Western heritage and is a unique opportunity for residents of the Southeast to explore the West without leaving the South. To purchase tickets for any of the weekend’s events, simply call the Museum at 770-387-1300 or visit the front desk.

For more information on the 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, visit www.boothmuseum.org and click on Events, or call 770-387-1300. 

About the Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.

 


 

2010 Event Information

The 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium will be held October 21-24, 2010
 and features Riders in the Sky, Belinda Gail, and Jim Jones

 

From the Booth Western Art Museum:

The Booth Western Art Museum will host the 8th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, October 21-24, 2010. More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend scheduled events including concerts by Riders in the Sky, gunfight reenactments, children’s activities, living history encampments, and Native American dancing.  Featured artist for this year’s event is sculptor John Coleman, who will present a lecture and a workshop.  The four day event will take place at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville, Georgia.   

The Festival and Symposium begins Thursday, October 21, with a unique school program, Passport to the West. Living history performances, craft demonstrations and more bring the West to life on this special day just for students. Educators interested in bringing students to the program are urged to call 770-387-3849 soon. 

Later that evening, visitors can meet featured artist John Coleman, and listen to Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band perform in the Museum atrium from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Coleman will present a lecture on his artistic style and career highlights in the Booth Theatre beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Considered one of the leading sculptors of today, Coleman creates three dimensional art that captures the historical nature and mythology of western subjects, and has recently completed a series of works called the Bodmer-Catlin Explorer Artists Series. Using detailed portraits by Karl Bodmer and George Catlin of the Native American people encountered during the Lewis & Clark expedition, Coleman sculpturally captured who these people really were. The Booth Museum owns all ten pieces in this series, permanently on display in the museum’s two-story sculpture court. Following the lecture, Coleman will sign copies of the official Festival and Symposium poster in the Museum Store. Thursday evening events are free for Booth Museum members and included with regular admission for not-yet members.

On Friday, October 22, the symposium portion of the event takes place with lectures on a variety of historical and artistic topics from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Booth Theatre. Admission to the lectures is free for Booth Museum members and included with regular admission for not-yet-members. Also on the 22nd, the Booth Art Academy will host a sculpture workshop for artists by featured artist John Coleman. For registration information and costs, please call 770-607-3686.

Friday evening, guests are invited to attend the Western Concert in the Booth Ballroom at 7:00 pm, featuring Belinda Gail and Jim Jones. Known as “America’s Western Sweetheart,” Gail has been honored by the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists as female Performer of the Year and as Entertainer of the Year several times over the course of her career.

Jim Jones is a gifted songwriter, instrumentalist and producer. He has been named the Western Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year and is in much demand at festivals and gatherings throughout the West. Tickets are $15 for not-yet members, $12 for Booth Museum members and $10 for students.

Two Saturday concerts at the Grand Theatre feature the internationally famous Riders in the Sky, who will be celebrating 6,000 career performances during the Festival & Symposium. Made up of Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey, Riders in the Sky has been entertaining audiences since 1977.  In 1982, they became the first exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry. The group has also provided music for several Walt Disney/Pixar albums, most notably “Woody’s Roundup Featuring Riders in the Sky” which was released as a companion album to “Toy Story 2.” Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. matinee are $25 for not-yet members, $20 for Booth Museum members and $5 for children 16 and younger.  Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. evening performance are $25 for not-yet members and $20 for Booth Museum members. Members of Riders in the Sky will be available to sign CDs and meet fans in the Encore Room adjacent to the Theatre following each show.

During the day Saturday, October 23, an array of events for the entire family will be offered in the Cowboy Festival and Western Marketplace on the museum grounds.  Entertainment includes re-enactments of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Western music and poetry throughout the day on two stages, fast draw competitions, humorous Western skits, demonstrations of traditional Indian dances, chuck wagon cooking, children’s activities and a living history encampment with demonstrations of pioneer skills from bygone days. Food vendors at the event will offer homemade root beer, barbecue, hot dogs and other favorite festival food items. Activities will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Admission to the festival grounds, including Booth Museum galleries, is $10 for not-yet members, $8 for seniors, $7 for students, $3 for children and free for active military and Booth members.           

The weekend wraps up Sunday, October 24, beginning with Cowboy Church at 11:00 a.m.  This non-denominational church service features cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music and is free for everyone. After the service, visit the Cowboy Festival and Western Marketplace between Noon and 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Museum, with the same activities as listed for Saturday taking place.         

More details on the schedule of events may be obtained by consulting the Museum Web site at www.boothmuseum.org or calling 770-387-1300.

About the Booth Western Art Museum:

 The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia. Guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, more than 200 Native American artifacts, and Sagebrush Ranch children’s gallery. Visitors to Booth Museum also enjoy the intimate downtown setting with unique specialty and antique shops, boutiques and nationally featured restaurants all within walking distance of the Museum. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia, and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.

 


The 2010 Southeastern Cowboy Gathering will be held March 12-14, 2010 and features Red Steagall, Jean Prescott, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Liz Masterson.

From the Booth Western Art Museum:

The Booth Western Art Museum will host the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, March 11-14, 2010 in Cartersville, GA. Scheduled events include evening concerts on Friday and Saturday night, chuck wagon and Dutch oven cooking contests, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo contests, children's activities, and an artist's workshop with featured artist Nelson Boren. Other special guests include Red Steagall and Sweethearts in Carhartts. The event will take place at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville.

The Gathering begins Thursday, March 11, and will include a Western musical performance in the Museum Atrium by
Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. During this time, visitors may also meet the featured artist for the Gathering, Nelson Boren of Sandpoint, Idaho. At 7:00 p.m., Boren will present a lecture in the Booth Theatre on his artistic style and career highlights, and will be available to sign copies of the
official Gathering poster in the Museum Store following his lecture.

On Friday, March 12, the Museum will host an artist's workshop conducted by featured artist Nelson Boren. This class, designed for novice through experienced artists, will focus on watercolor painting. The cost is $125 for
members and $150 for not-yet-members. Interested participants should register soon as the class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 770-387-3849.

Friday evening, guests are invited to experience a special concert in the Booth Ballroom with musical guests
Sweethearts in Carhartts. Comprised of Western poets, singers and songwriters Jean Prescott, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Liz Masterson, Sweethearts in Carhartts showcases the talent of these three amazing musicians while also paying tribute to the women of the West. Tickets are $15 for Booth members and $18 for not-yet-members.

Saturday evening's concert features famed Western singer, songwriter, poet, and guitarist Red Steagall. A native of Texas, Steagall has entertained audiences all around the world and has been called "a singing scholar of the old West" by James Earl Jones, and "the best of the best" by Rex Allen. In 2006, Steagall was named Poet Laureate for the state of Texas making him the first "cowboy" poet laureate for the state.

Throughout the day Saturday, there will be a variety of events for the entire family. As part of the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, teams of cooks will prepare beans, meat, potatoes, bread and desserts just as they
did during the cattle drives of the 1800s. Those interested may purchase tickets in advance for $12 to sample the menu items. Other activities include a fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo contest, adult Cowboy Poetry workshop, continuous family entertainment, and children's activities throughout the Museum.

The weekend wraps-up Sunday, March 14, beginning with Cowboy Church in the Booth Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. This is a non-denominational church service that will feature cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music. After the service, from Noon to 4:00 p.m., a Dutch Oven Cooking Contest will take place on the Museum's festival grounds. Top cooks will compete for prizes and bragging rights in three categories: bread, main dish and dessert, and will serve samples to the public. Also during this time the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest Finals will be held in the Booth Theatre. The top 10 Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest finalists in four age divisions, representing grades five through twelve, will compete for cash prizes which are awarded for first, second and third place. Children's activities will also be offered throughout the Museum.

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering is designed to celebrate our rich Western heritage and is a unique opportunity for residents of the Southeast to explore the West without leaving the South.

"With the new expansion complete here at the Booth Museum, visitors can enjoy even more Western paintings and sculptures than before," said Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins. "Not only do we want visitors to
experience America's Story through art, but we also want them to understand the life, work, and play of the American Cowboy by exposing them to cowboy poetry and music. Those attending the events scheduled will hopefully walk away with a greater appreciation of the Western experience. Whether it is a Dutch Oven Cooking Contest or a performance by a cowboy poet, we hope people will learn something new at the Cowboy Gathering."

For more information on the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, including admission prices and schedule, visit www.boothmuseum.org or call 770-387-1300.

About the Booth Western Art Museum: The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children's gallery. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.


 

Report from the 2010 Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Event 


From the Booth Western Art Museum


Booth Western Art Museum Hosts 
6th Annual Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest

The Booth Western Art Museum recently hosted the 6th Annual Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest as part of the annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering in early March. Eight hundred and fifty-one poems were written, and the top 10 in each of four grade designations (fifth and sixth, seventh and eighth, ninth and tenth and eleventh and twelfth) were invited to the finals to recite their poem for judging.

The winners of this year’s Cowboy Poetry Contest included:

Grades 5-6: Caleb Smith, Cartersville Middle, 3rd place; Isabel Montoya, South Central Middle, 2nd place; Bethany Inabnit, Home Schooled, 1st place.

Grades 7-8: left to right: Steven Inabnit, Home Schooled, 3rd place; Anna Hightower, Cartersville Middle, 2nd place; Jordan Croy, Chestatee Middle, 1st place.

Grades 9-10: left to right: Saharra Griffin, McIntosh High, 3rd place; Joshua Parker, McIntosh High, 2nd place; Logan Austin, McIntosh High, 1st place.

Grades 11-12: left to right: Emily Rogers, Adairsville High, 3rd place; Alex Kollhoff, Woodland High, 2nd place; Elizabeth Brown, Home Schooled, 1st place.

“The Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest has grown significantly from its humble beginnings in 2004 when two schools in Bartow County participated and 51 poems were submitted,” said Booth Museum Director of Education Lisa Wheeler. “This year, students from 14 Georgia counties participated, and workshops were presented to 2,218 students. We could not be more thrilled at the success this contest has seen over the years, and that we are able to continue teaching students about cowboy poetrysomething that helps to enrich their writing skills and oral presentation.”

The Georgia Youth Poetry Contest has become one of the keystones of the Museum’s Annual Cowboy Gathering held each March. The Poetry Contest introduces students to the oral traditions of Cowboy Poetry and is open to all students in grades 5 through 12.

Original cowboy poems submitted by the students are judged in age categories by working cowboy poets and cash prizes are awarded. To help prepare students to enter the contest, workshops conducted by Georgia’s official Cowboy Balladeer, Doc Stovall, cowboy poets, and Booth Museum education department staff and volunteers are available to classroom teachers, home school groups, and 4-H clubs. These workshops focus on the basic components of poetry, rhyming schemes and oral presentation, and can be scheduled for the classroom or Museum setting.

Of the 20 participants in the top two grade levels, 12 were from Adairsville High School. This great participation is in large part thanks to Adairsville High teacher Kim Knight. Knight recently accompanied Stovall to the State Capital for Governor Sonny Perdue’s signing of the Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation



On Tuesday, March 30, Governor Sonny Perdue signed the Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation. Joining him for the occasion were: (left to right) Gene Choate, President of Bankers Fidelity and Sponsor of the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest; Adairsville High School teacher Kim Knight; Governor Perdue; and Georgia’s Official Cowboy Balladeer Doc Stovall.

For more information about the Cowboy Poetry Contest or to schedule a workshop, please call 770-387-1300 or visit www.boothmuseum.org.

Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the Museums West Consortium.  In addition to its Western core collection, the Museum houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, Native American artifacts, and Sagebrush Ranch children’s gallery. To learn more, visit www.boothmuseum.org.


The top ten finalists in each age group compete for cash prizes at the Museum during the Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering in March. Here are the 2010 grades 7 and 8 winners with contest sponsor Gene Choate, President of Bankers Fidelity; each finalist also receives the Cowboy Poetry Week poster:

Read more here in our 2010 Cowboy Poetry Week news and find photos and more about the Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest at the Booth Western Art Museum site.

 



2009 Event Information

The 2009 Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium will be held October 23-25, 2009 and features Baxter Black and The Sisters of the Silver Sage.


From the Booth Western Art Museum:

Celebrate Western Heritage during the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at the Booth Western Art Museum. Visitors will enjoy a Western art symposium, live entertainment, re-enactments, and more.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with meet the artist reception for featured artist Buck McCain. At 7:00 p.m., McCain will present a special lecture followed by a signing of the official event poster.

For Western art enthusiasts, Friday, October 23, features a Western art symposium. This year Western art scholars from around the country will look at the current state of Western art, Western art’s place within American art history and current trends in exhibiting Western art. The symposium begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Booth Museum Theatre. Friday also presents the opportunity for artists to spend a day with Buck McCain in an artist workshop at the Booth Art Academy.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend three concerts during the weekend. Featured entertainer Baxter Black will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 at the Grand Theatre in downtown Cartersville. Black, a former large animal veterinarian, is a cowboy poet known for shining a spotlight on the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life. On Friday evening, October 23, Sisters of the Silver Sage will perform in the Booth Ballroom at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, October 24, Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band will do a special family performance in the Booth Ballroom.

On Saturday and Sunday, guests will experience the West. Re-enactors will recreate the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Big Mountain Family will demonstrate Indian dances. Guests can shop for Western art and collectibles and enjoy continuous entertainment on two stages including cowboy music and poetry, fast draw competitions, and more. History will come alive in Campfires and Canteens featuring Civil War and pioneer encampments and in the East Meets West Indian Village. Sunday activities will include a traditional cowboy church service.

Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum is an 80,000 square foot museum where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch. To learn more, visit www.boothmuseum.org.

 

See a report from the 6th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering here.


 

The Georgia Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest finals were held at the 6th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering in March, 2009. Winners were declared in three categories, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-12 with a prize fund of $1000 dedicated to each category. See www.boothmuseum.org to view the winners.


 

2008 Event Information

See a report from the 2008 5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering event here.


 

The Booth Western Art Museum, sponsors of the Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, held a statewide 2008 Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest, opened to students in grades 5 -12, with winners announced for Cowboy Poetry Week. The top fifteen finalists competed at the Booth Western Art Museum on Saturday, March 8, 2008 as part of the Cowboy Gathering. Three finalists in each category returned to the Booth to compete for cash prizes in the final competition on Saturday, April 19, in Cartersville, Georgia, in recognition of Cowboy Poetry Week.


Doc Stovall, Moby Radio Personality and Gene Choate of Banker's Fidelity with the Winners
Finalists recited their poems in the Booth Theatre on April 19, 2008.

Read the winning poems and also find audio of the first-place poems recited here at the Booth Western Art Museum site.

Grades 5 and 6

  • First Place: Joseph Nease from Cartersville, Ga., Bartow County 4-H

  • Second Place: Lauren Nicole Seymour from Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville Middle School

  • Third Place: Victoria Staley from Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville Middle School

 Grades 7 and 8

  • First Place: Maria Cabanas from Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville Middle School

  • Second Place: Ben Vagase from Cartersville, Ga., Cartersville Middle School

  • Third Place: Mallory Fleming from Cartersville, Ga., South Central Middle School

 Grades 9 through 12

  • First Place: Kayla Frazier from White, Ga., Adairsville High School

  • Second Place: Rachel Potter from Rydal, Ga., Adairsville High School

 


Below is the announcement for the 2008 5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering event. See a report here.

 

Booth Western Art Museum to Host
5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering

 

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – The 5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, hosted by the Booth Western Art Museum and presented by Comcast, will be held March 6-9 at the Booth Western Art Museum and the Grand Theatre, both located in historic downtown Cartersville, Georgia. Highlights include the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off, an evening concert by Red Steagall, an old-time fiddle contest, children’s activities, a poetry-writing workshop, Dutch oven cooking contests, and a presentation by featured artists Paul and Chris Calle.

The Cowboy Gathering officially begins Thursday evening March 6, at 7:00 p.m., when featured artists Paul and Chris Calle, present highlights of their careers and show examples of their work in the Booth Theatre. Guests are also invited to a Meet the Artists Reception for Like Father, Like Son: The Art of Paul and Chris Calle and A Time and Place: Landscapes by Ken McClesky from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band will also be performing Western music in the Museum atrium from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On Friday evening, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., guests are invited to experience The End of the Trail Supper and Concert, which will include a barbeque dinner served on the Booth Museum grounds amongst the wagons gathered to compete in the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off.  Cowboy poets Andy Hedges, Kent Rollins, and Jim Hawkins along with several cowboy poets from around the state of Georgia will entertain guests around the campfire. Tickets are $15 for Booth Museum members and $20 for not-yet-members.

Saturday starts early as teams of cooks prepare beans, meat, potatoes, bread and desserts just as they did on the cattle drives of the late 1800s in the Annual Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Visitors are invited to watch as teams use authentic ingredients and cook over an open fire to prepare lunch for the public. Lunch tickets are $12 and should be purchased in advance at the Museum. Lunch will be served at noon.

Throughout the day Saturday, top musicians from around the Southeast will compete in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo contests at the Grand Theatre. The contests will begin with mandolins at 10:00 a.m., followed by banjos at 11:00 a.m., guitars at noon, a junior fiddle division (under 18) at 1:00 p.m. and an open fiddle division at 2:30 pm. Musicians wishing to compete should call 770-387-1265 for details.

A host of family activities and entertainment will be offered throughout the weekend inside the Booth Museum. Children’s activities including story time in the Museum Store and hands-on activities where children can make their own Western art masterpieces will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is a nominal fee for some activities.  Adults will have the opportunity to participate in a Cowboy Poetry Writing Workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest will be held throughout the day on Saturday and will feature contestants ranging from grades five to 12. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy storytelling, open mike cowboy poetry sessions, and Western music in the Booth Theatre.  

Featured entertainer for this year’s Cowboy Gathering is Red Steagall, famed Western singer, songwriter, poet, and guitarist. A native of Texas, Steagall has entertained audiences all around the world and has been called “a singing scholar of the old West” by James Earl Jones and “The best of the best” by Rex Allen. Tickets for the Saturday night concert at the Grand Theatre are $25 for adults, $20 for Museum members and $10 for students and can be purchased at the Booth Museum, Grand Theatre box office or by calling 770-387-1300.  A CD signing will follow the performance in the Encore Room, adjacent to the Theatre. 

Cowboy Church will be held in the Booth Theatre on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. This is a non-denominational church service with a Western flair and is free for everyone. Following the service, top cooks from around the southeast will compete in the Dutch Oven Cooking Contest on the Museum grounds. Cooking will begin at 11:00 a.m. Judging for breads will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by main dishes at 2:00 p.m. and desserts at 3:00 p.m. After the judges have sampled the entries, cooks will serve samples to the public. Winners in each division will be announced at 4:00 p.m.   

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering is designed to celebrate the rich heritage in songs and poetry celebrating the Western experience and is a unique opportunity to enjoy the West without leaving the South.

 “Looking at the paintings and sculpture contained in the Booth collection you can almost imagine what it might have been like to be a cowboy out on the range,” said Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins. “Exposure to cowboy poetry and music can further enhance enjoyment and understanding of our collection. While this will be a fun and entertaining event, we also want to emphasize the educational aspect of the Cowboy Gathering.”

For more information on the 5th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, including admission prices and schedule, visit www.boothmuseum.org or call  770-387-1300.
 

More about the Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering has held a Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest in previous years, open to students in its county and neighboring counties. This year it is opened up statewide to students in grades 5 -12. The top fifteen finalists in each of the three grade categories will compete at the Booth Western Art Museum on Saturday, March 8, 2008 as part of the Cowboy Gathering. Three finalists will then return to the Booth to compete for cash prizes in the final competition on Saturday, April 19, in honor of Cowboy Poetry Week.
 

About the Booth Western Art Museum

The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is an 80,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to explore the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch – featuring hands-on art activities and areas for role-playing, storytelling and reading, all with a Western flair. Visitors to Booth Museum also enjoy the intimate downtown setting with unique specialty and antique shops, boutiques and nationally featured restaurants all within walking distance of the Museum. Open since August 2003, the Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia. To learn more about the Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.boothmuseum.org.

 

Find more details about the event at the Booth Western Art Museum web site.

 


 

Report from the 2007 Gathering 
by Doc Stovall

 

The Fourth Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, was a rousing success with more than 2,000 people attending some portion of the event. Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band kicked off the festivities Thursday evening with a concert in the Booth Museum atrium.  


Doc Stovall and the Tumbleweed Cowboy Band

Featured Western Artist for the event, Donna Howell-Sickles of St. Jo, Texas, capped off the evening with a presentation on her artwork. Earlier in the day, Featured Poet Doris Daley of Alberta, Canada, conducted a workshop for local educators and poets who assist with the Booth Museum's annual Youth Cowboy Poetry Competition.

Friday's activities included visits to local schools by Doc Stovall, Doris Daley, Jerry Warren, Jim Dunham, and Chuck Grice and an artist's workshop led by Donna Howell-Sickles. Meanwhile seven chuck wagons had assembled on the Museum grounds in preparation for the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Immediately following the wagon authenticity judging an outdoor concert and End of the Trail Supper took place.  Featured entertainers included Doris Daley, Doc Stovall, Jerry Warren and cowboy poets from around the state of
Georgia. Jim Dunham served as Master of Ceremonies.


Doc Stovall

Saturday's events began with the second annual chuck wagon cook-off sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter of the American Chuck Wagon Association. This was a very well attended event; all food tickets were sold prior to the start of the judging. Simultaneously, in Cartersville's Grand Theatre, a musical was taking place with contestants competing in mandolin, banjo, junior fiddle and open fiddle divisions. An amazing exhibition of talent kept a huge crowd entertained.  


Mandolin competition winner Ryan Johnson


Banjo competition winner Ricky Rakestraw

A host of junior fiddlers dominated the proceedings with the winner of the Junior Division (Miss Aerin Dejarnette of Snellville, Georgia) also capturing the Open Division championship.


Junior Division and Open Division Fiddle competitions winner Aerin Dejarnette

Throughout the day activities for the children were offered at various locations in the Booth Museum.  Open mike sessions, family sing-a-longs and historical performances were also presented to enthusiastic crowds.  A number of aspiring and experience poets also attended a cowboy poetry writing workshop conducted by Doris Daley and Jerry Warren.


Jerry Warren

The Saturday evening concert in the Grand Theatre featured Don Edwards, the consummate cowboy singer, who held the audience spellbound with his vocals and exceptional guitar work. 


Don Edwards and Doc Stovall

Canada's Doris Daley captured the attention of the audience with her heartfelt presentation of cowboy poetry. Master of Ceremonies Doc Stovall opened the show by presenting the winner of the Booth Museum's 2007 Youth Cowboy Poetry contest, Liliya Plotkina, reciting her original poem, "The Grey Cutting Mare."


Youth Cowboy Poetry Contest winner Lilya Plotkina

Cowboy Church is always a favorite event for those attending the Gathering, and this year was no exception.  Led by Reverend Tom Lanford, the service featured spiritual poetry by Doris Daley and Charlie Holloway,  along with music provided by Doc Stovall and Jim Dorsett.  


Doris Daley with Suzanne and Jim Dunham

Immediately following Cowboy Church, the Southeastern Dutch Oven Cook-off began with fourteen teams vying for cash and prizes.  While observing the cooking teams in action, the crowd was entertained by the Conglomeration String Band, led by Dr. Dan Byrd. Again, throughout the day activities for the children were offered at various locations in the Booth Museum.  Open mike sessions, family sing-a-longs and historical performances were also presented to eager crowds.

It was another great Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, with record crowds and enthusiastic responses.  We invite everyone to save the date for the 2008 Gathering, March 6th through the 9th; when we will welcome featured entertainer, Texas' own Poet Laureate, Red Steagall.

 


 

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