Poets, Performers, and others celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week
Following are some of the friends of Cowboy Poetry, poets, performers, and radio disk jockeys who were actively involved with Cowboy Poetry Week in 2005:
Wyoming's Jim and Andy Nelson's popular Clear Out West (C. O. W.) radio show celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week with poetry by Yvonne Hollenbeck, DW Groethe, Pat Richardson, Baxter Black, Doris Daley, and others, along with music by Wylie & the Wild West, New West, and more. They added extra poetry segments to their always-entertaining mix of the best in music, poetry, and conversation, and gave away a copy of The Big Roundup. The C. O. W. boys also displayed the Cowboy Poetry Week poster at their site.You can listen on the web to Clear Out West, and their shows are archived for later listening. (Photo by Stuart Johnson)
Chuckwagon's Best, the Cattleman's Trading Company, purveyors of the legendary taste of the American West, celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week on their web site.
Heritage of the American West (sold out!) celebrated National and South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week on April 20, 2005, with Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Georgie Sicking, and Buddy Meredith & the Cowboys. Heritage of the American West takes place the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM (MT) before a live audience at the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota and is broadcast simultaneously on the web (delayed, archived web broadcasts are available). See our feature here.
The First Consecutive StarrBooks Cowboy Poets' Celebration took place April 22-23, 2005, recognizing Cowboy Poetry Week in Gainesville, Texas at StarrBooks on two special days. The festival included Charles Williams, Ginny Mac, Lanny Joe Burnett (pictured), Waynetta Ausmus, Darin Brookman, and others. For more about StarrBooks, call 940-612-0202 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. StarrBooks is located at 103 S. Commerce, on the Courthouse Square in Gainesville, Texas. See more about the event here.
Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota declared April 17-23, 2005 as South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week. Francie Ganje of Creative Broadcasting Services was instrumental in this effort.
South Dakota's Jim Thompson celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week all week on his Live! With Jim Thompson radio show. Among his special call-in guests: Baxter Black, Red Steagall, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rod Nichols, Bruce Satta, and Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns. You can listen to the show live on the web, at 1:00 PM Mountain and shows are archived for later listening.
In the week leading up to Cowboy Poetry week, Jim had calls from Red Steagall, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Rod Nichols, and read poetry from Hal Swift and others. During Cowboy Poetry Week, he was reading poems from all of those poets, and taking poets' calls, including one from Baxter Black, who recited one of his poems and chatted with Jim.
Governor, Mayor Proclaim South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week
Spearfish, SD - The Governor of South Dakota has proclaimed the week of April 17 - 23, 2005 as South Dakota Cowboy Poetry Week, in conjunction with National Cowboy Poetry Week that was passed by the United States Senate to recognize the great contributions of the cowboy to the written and oral history of America.
As part of the week-long recognition, the City of Spearfish will also salute its place in Black Hills cowboy history along with two community business/service organizations; the Heritage of the American West Performance Series produced by Creative Broadcast Services and High Plains Western Heritage Center in a Mayoral Proclamation to be presented Mon., April 18, 2005 at the city council chambers.
Followed mid-week by a live stage performance, "Rhythm & Rhyme: Poetry & Song of the Cowboy," set for Wed., April 20, 2005 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, (CBSI) the show is part of its monthly series performances that celebrate the music and song of the Great American Cowboy.
Beginning with a 6:00 p.m. reception and memorabilia exhibit from the National Cowboy Song & Poetry Hall of Fame, the stage show gets underway at 7:00 p.m. featuring Buddy Meredith and The Cowboys and Academy of Western Artists Poet of the Year, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Wyoming. "These performers represent the true cowboy western tradition of putting words to music and verse," says Jim Thompson of CBSI. "Considering our focus, both nationally and here in South Dakota and Spearfish during Cowboy Poetry Week, they are perfect for the Heritage stage."
Both the Heritage of the American West Series and the High Plains Western Heritage Center are well known in the region for their representation of the cowboy and western culture. The stage show that hosts western performers from across the country, is popular with audiences and is also carried live by radio stations and on the web. Recognized by the Academy of Western Artists, (AWA) Texas, for original and quality programming, it's home stage is located in the High Plains Western Heritage Center that houses a unique and well presented history of the settlement of the Dakota's, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming.
More Cowboy Poets are expected to perform including Georgia Sicking, an AWA nominee from Kaycee, Wyo., and the show will also display the United States Senate Resolution and the South Dakota Governor's and Spearfish Mayor's Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation's.
Advance tickets are $5 and are available in Spearfish at First Western Bank, CBSI Studios and the High Plains Western Heritage Center. Tickets at the door are $10. For more information, call 605-722-2511 or go online at www.LiveWithJT.com
Mayor Jerry Krambeck of Spearfish, South Dakota declared April 17-23, 2005 as CowboyPoetry Week in Spearfish. Spearfish is known as the "Queen City of the Northern Hills," home of the High Plains Heritage Center and Museum, where the monthly Heritage of the American West show takes place. Other attractions in Spearfish are "the world famous Black Hills Passion Play, Mathew's Opera House, the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery and Museum, the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic Spearfish Canyon, and Black Hills State University." Francie Ganje of Creative Broadcasting Services was instrumental in this effort.
Yvonne Hollenbeck was asked to write a poem celebrating Spearfish for the occasion:
Queen of the Cow Towns
Out in Western South Dakota on the North edge of the hills
lies a bit of paradise there on the plain.
It's a pretty town named "Spearfish," born in 1876,
and it seemed that every cowman praised her name.
The hills were filled with miners who had come to search for gold
but the gold they found was not beneath the ground;
soon a million head of cattle would be grazing in her fold
on grasslands besting any gold they'd found.
Now folks, a lot of cow towns have sprung up across the land,
since the coming of the cattle to the range;
but with them came the wire, the wagons and the rails,
and a lot of them could not withstand the change.
But not this grand old' lady, she'd withstand the test of time;
it's been proven by her deeds and not her words.
She played host to the roundups, to the cowboys and their camps
and they found her arms wide open to their herds.
But the blacksmith forged a new day, and the roundups are all through,
though you still can hear the echoes of their sound;
and the cowboys, oh the cowboys...their spirit's in her valleys,
and their trails are but a shadow on the ground.
And though we've seen the changes since the days of long ago,
her beauty's still a notch above the rest.
That prairie town called Spearfish, is to all, without a doubt,
the "Queen" of all the cow towns in the West!
© 2005, Yvonne Hollenbeck
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written
(at the request of Jim Thompson and Francie Ganje)
Andy Hedges, Mike Querner, and Alvin Davis performed Cowboy Poetry and Western music on Monday, April 18, 2005, at Barnes & Noble in Lubbock, as a part of Cowboy Poetry Week.
SilverCreek Books and Music marked Cowboy Poetry Week with an on-demand, streaming audio broadcast of the poetry of the late, beloved poet Larry McWhorter.
SilverCreek offers a wide choice of Cowboy Poetry, Western Music, and other wares. They have popular consignment/distribution/fulfillment programs for small- and self-publishers, recording artists, and small recording labels.
Utah poet and teacher Jo Lynne Kirkwood's Freshman English students at North Sevier High School wrote poems inspired by Kent Rollins' Cowboy Poetry Week poster image, and you can read those poems here.
The British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) recognized Cowboy Poetry Week and invited poetry for their Cowboy Poets' page.
On Saturday, April 16, 2005, Dick Morton and Jane Morton recognized Cowboy Poetry Week in their performance at Arizona's Tempe Historical Society (along with Doc Jordan) at a dinner/fundraiser for the Society.
Jo Hargrave celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week on her Keepin' it Cowboy show and the show's web site. She gave away a copy of The Big Roundup to one of her listeners.
Janice Gilbertson recognized Cowboy Poetry Week at an event at California's Hesperia Community Hall on April 15, 2005 when she emcees the event and appears along with Dave Stamey.
Hailey, Idaho's Blaine County Historical Museum celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week.
Linda Kirkpatrick presented Cowboy Poetry to the Gifted and Talented Students( grades 3-7) of the Leakey Independent School District.
Renee Lavender's fifth grade students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Maple Shade, New Jersey celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week. They had a cowboy campfire, read some cowboy poetry, dressed the part, and wrote some verses for "Old Chisolm Trail." (Renee Lavender is a cousin to Texas Cowboy Poet Linda Kirkpatrick.)
Sophomores at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey in Deb Phillips' class focused on Cowboy Poetry for Cowboy Poetry Week. (Deb Phillips is a cousin to Texas Cowboy Poet Linda Kirkpatrick .)
Texas' Storyteller and radio host Waynetta Ausmus celebrated Cowboy Poetry week at her web site. She hosts Waynetta's Western Roundup, an hour of Western music, Western Swing, Classic Country, Cowboy Poetry and Storytelling. Archived shows are available for listening with playlists on her web site. Waynetta Ausmus also produces and broadcasts Hide & Horn, 2 1/2 minute stories in the spirit of the West. They air daily on five radio stations and are also available for listening on her web site. See our feature here.
Larry Gibson's CowboyEntertainer.com celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week at the Cowboy Entertainer Magazine web site.
Colorado's Tom and Donna Hatton presented An Evening Of Cowboy Poetry on April 6, 2005 to celebrate National Poetry Month and to introduce Cowboy Poetry Week for the Douglas County Libraries at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock, Colorado. Donna reports, "We had a wonderful turnout and the library gave us the red-carpet treatment. We did an hour and fifteen minute presentation of poetry and music, and had an hour afterward to meet with the audience. The Library provided refreshments and decorated the room in a western theme...the folks
who visited with us had some great questions about western history..."
The Columbia River Cowboy Heritage Society celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week at their web site. The Society's own Columbia River Cowboy Gathering was held April 15-17, 2005, with lots of Western entertainment, including Devon Dawson, Ginny Mac, Mike Puhallo, Tammy Gislason, Smoke Wade, A. K. Moss, and many others. Visit the gathering site here.
The April issue of The Wyoming Arts Guide featured Cowboy Poetry Week in a full-page, front-page story.. The Wyoming Arts Guide "helps you plan your vacation and travels to and through Wyoming with an emphasis on the arts and culture. The Wyoming Arts Guide will help you find the best performing and visual arts, artists, museums and cultural events around Wyoming." Read more and subscribe at The Wyoming Companion web site.
The Leakey, Texas Public Library celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week.
Charles Williams, Executive Vice President of the Academy of Western Artists announced the 2005 Will Rogers Medallion Award winners here at CowboyPoetry.com, Monday, April 18, 2005, during Cowboy Poetry Week. The Will Rogers Medallion Award is given annually by the Academy of Western Artists to Cowboy Poetry books that exemplify outstanding excellence in content and design. Read more about the award, the winners, and past winners in our feature here.
Classic Heartland celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week on its 24/7 web radio site, where they host Jo Hargrave's Keepin' it Cowboy and other top Western music programs.
North Dakota's Jeri Dobrowski featured Cowboy Poetry Week and CowboyPoetry.com in her April Cowboy Jam Session column.
Australia's Chris and Merv Webster's Bush Poetry, Ballads and Yarns site featured Cowboy Poetry Week.
New Mexico's Joe Baker celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week on his Backforty Bunkhouse radio show, and he'll be giving away copies of The Big Roundup to his listeners. Joe displayed the Cowboy Poetry Week poster on his Backforty Bunkhouse Promotions web site and in his Bunhkouse Tales.
The Western Music Network, offering on-demand custom CDs with tracks selected from the best Western musicians announced Cowboy Poetry Week on their web site.
Texas poet Carl Condray brought a special focus to his Cowboy Poetry in the Schools program. His 4th graders had a contest judged by a panel that included the local sheriff, the Justice of the Peace, and a famous rodeo clown. Savings bonds and other prizes were donated by local merchants and banks.
The Grass Valley California Elks Lodge gave Cowboy Poetry Week an early kickoff with a supper and show April 16, 2005 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 South School Street starting at 4:00 pm. Featured entertainers were include Jim Cardwell (pictured), Karen Macy, Jeralynn Strong, Patty Costa, David Gallino, Bill Schultz, and Tony Argento, Jr.
Texas poet and Cowboy singer/songwriter Tim Graham celebrated the week on his web site.
Washington state's Lauralee Northcott celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week on her Dollar Watch Cowboy Show and gave away a copy of The Big Roundup to one of her listeners.
Nevada's Hal Swift distributed printed posters, book marks, and the Cowboy Poetry Week media release, which were welcomed by Nevada's Washoe County Library and its branches.
Colorado's Lincoln Rogers created his own poster and celebration at his web site, and has talked about Cowboy Poetry Week with Dana Taylor on her Definitely Dana show. You can listen to the archived show here, and his part starts at about 25 minutes into the broadcast
Poet and writer Dave P. Fisher celebrated the week on his web site.
Ranching Perspectives, at North Dakota's Prairie Public Broadcasting marked Cowboy Poetry Week. Prairie Public Broadcasting "provides quality radio, television, and public media services that educate, involve, and inspire the people of the prairie region.
See some of the 2004 activities here.
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