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  • nevadafiddler
    Jan 21, 2010
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      Jan Peterson asked me to re-post this as she needs to get your reservations now for the events you plan on attending!

      Carolyn

      --- In ECHO-NV@yahoogroups.com, "nevadafiddler" <nevadafiddler@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Folks,
      > Here's the scoop from Jan Peterson for us homeschoolers. Please contact
      > her now to register for these events!
      >
      >
      >
      > Dear Educators:
      >
      >
      >
      > The 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering's youth education programs are
      > ready for reservations! This year we once again have an exciting
      > selection of artists and events for you and your students to enjoy.
      > Space is limited so please schedule your students as early as possible.
      >
      >
      >
      > To schedule your students to attend the Western Folklife Center's
      > 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering education programs, please contact
      > Jan Petersen by phone at 775-778-5478 or 775-738-5668.
      >
      >
      >
      > Hundreds of poets, storytellers and musicians have walked across the
      > stages during the last 25 years of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
      > The occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Gathering gives us an
      > opportunity to feature some of our favorite programs and artists for
      > your students this year. We hope these programs will have special
      > resonance with your students. Please feel free to call Devon Blunden at
      > the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508 x236 or Jan Petersen at
      > 775-778-5478 for more information.
      >
      >
      >
      > Programs offered for the 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering include:
      >
      >
      >
      > Student Art Show
      >
      > The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering student art show features artwork
      > from Elko County students, and will open Tuesday, January 19, 2010. In
      > honor of our guests – Cracker cowboys from Florida and Creole
      > cowboys from Louisiana – this year's suggested art theme is
      > Workin' Dogs, although students are also encouraged to create
      > artwork that illustrates cowboy poetry, the West and Elko County.
      > Artwork will be on display from Tuesday, January 19, 2010 through
      > Saturday, March 27. A reception will be held March 24, from 4:30 pm
      > – 6:00 pm, for the artists, their parents, friends and the public.
      > All grades are welcome to enter artwork; there is no cost for
      > participation. Due to space limitations, a maximum of 25 pieces from
      > each school will be accepted for exhibition. Please contact Jan Petersen
      > at 775-778-5478 for more information about the Student Art Show.
      >
      >
      >
      > Western Folklife Center Youth Festival
      >
      > The Youth Festival will once again be held at the Western Folklife
      > Center on Tuesday, January 19, Wednesday, January 20, and Thursday,
      > January 21. This year's program will provide students with a range of
      > activities that will educate them about ranch life and arts, tours of
      > the Western Folklife Center exhibition Florida Cattle Ranching: Five
      > Centuries of Tradition (see description below), leather stamping with
      > Karla Chapin, and a special activity featuring a free cowboy scarf
      > paired with a glass of sarsaparilla. The event is appropriate for grades
      > 3 through 5. Please contact Jan Petersen at 775-778-5478 to schedule
      > your students' visit to the Western Folklife Center. This program
      > costs $2 per student.
      >
      > Rural and Home School Program
      >
      > The Rural and Home School Program will be held on Wednesday, January 27,
      > at the Flag View Intermediate School Auxiliary Gym stage from 10:00 am
      > – 11:00 am. Rural and home-schooled students are invited to
      > experience a performance featuring saloon pianist and
      > multi-instrumentalist Dave Bourne and cowboy poet Janice Gilbertson.
      > After the 45-minute concert, students will have the opportunity to meet
      > the artists. The show is appropriate for all grades. To register your
      > classes for this program please contact Jan Petersen at 775-778-5478.
      > This program costs $2 per person (including students, parents and
      > siblings), which can be paid at the door.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Cow Kids Stampede
      >
      > The Cow Kids Stampede will be held at the Elko Convention Center
      > Auditorium on Wednesday, January 27, with two 45-minute performances
      > held at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The program will feature Grammy
      > award-winning musical artists Riders in the Sky, a band that serves up
      > lively cowboy music and yodeling with a side of comedy. There will be a
      > question and answer session following the 1:00 pm performance. The show
      > is appropriate for students in all grades. To register your classes for
      > this program please contact Jan Petersen at 775-778-5478. This program
      > costs $2 per student.
      >
      >
      >
      > Young Buckaroo Poetry Session
      >
      > The Young Buckaroo Poetry Session is an open-mic opportunity for young
      > people age 18 and under to share their creativity with our Gathering
      > audience, and will be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday,
      > January 30, at the Flag View Intermediate School Auxiliary Gym stage.
      > Students are encouraged to perform original poetry, classic recitations
      > and western music. This event is free to all participants and attendees.
      > Session registration begins at 8:30 am on the day of performances;
      > spaces fill quickly, so sign up early. Hosted by Deb Howard and Valerie
      > Aguirre-Alt.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Youth Workshops
      >
      > Our youth workshop series provides an opportunity for young people to
      > work closely with master artists to learn some of the basics of a
      > traditional art or skill. This year we have two workshops available:
      >
      >
      >
      > Basic Leather Tooling
      >
      > Saturday, January 30
      >
      > 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
      >
      > $25
      >
      > Learn the basics of leather tooling from a local saddlemaker. Students
      > will learn how to handle tools and how to turn simple shapes into
      > intricate designs. Kids will take home a leather concho or a key fob.
      >
      > Best for ages 10 – 18.
      >
      >
      >
      > Writing Workshop
      >
      > Saturday, January 30
      >
      > 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
      >
      > $25
      >
      > Authors Terri Farley (The Phantom Stallion and Wild Horse Island series)
      > and Suzanne Morgan Williams (Bull Rider) team up to inspire young
      > writers with their images of the West. In this workshop, students in
      > grades 5 through high school will develop characters and a plot line
      > from western settings and will leave with a plan for their own story.
      >
      >
      >
      > To register for these workshops please contact the Western Folklife
      > Center ticketing office at 775-738-7508. The registration fee for each
      > workshop includes workshop supplies.
      >
      >
      >
      > To schedule your students to attend the Western Folklife Center's
      > 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering education programs, please contact
      > Jan Petersen at 775-778-5478 or by e-mail at
      > dcblunden@...
      >
      >
      >
      > Also, please note that it costs the Western Folklife Center between $8 -
      > $12 a child to produce and host these programs. We are able to
      > underwrite these programs and keep costs affordable to students and
      > schools by seeking grants and donations from a variety of federal,
      > state, business, foundation, and individual sources. We are grateful for
      > your continued participation and for your willingness to work with the
      > District, parent/teacher groups, parents and others to help finance your
      > students' participation. Thank you!
      >
      >
      >
      > We hope your students will be able to participate and look forward to
      > another season of good poetry and music and enlightening educational
      > opportunities. We'll see you there!
      >
      >
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
      >
      >
      > Tamara Kubacki & Jan Petersen
      >
      > Western Folklife Center
      >
      >
      >
      > We'd like to thank the following organizations and people for
      > generously providing funds that keep these programs affordable for young
      > people and help make them possible: Barrick Gold Strike Mines, Inc.,
      > Bretzlaff Foundation, Newmont Mining, Reno Rodeo Charitable Foundation,
      > Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, National
      > Endowment for the Arts, Wrangler, many others business and
      > organizations, and the many generous individual donors who have
      > contributed funds to the Western Folklife Center's Stakeholder
      > Program for Youth Education.
      >
      > Artist Biographies
      >
      >
      >
      > Dave Bourne is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing music
      > professionally since 1958. He played with the Wagonmasters at Knott's
      > Berry Farm, with the Dawn of the Century Ragtime Orchestra and with his
      > western singing group, The Lobo Rangers. Dave appeared on the HBO
      > series Deadwood, where he played piano in the Gem Saloon. He has also
      > recorded and released numerous solo albums featuring the saloon piano.
      > www.saloonpiano.com
      >
      >
      >
      > Geno Delafose relies on his traditional Creole sensibility for guidance
      > in music, and divides his time between touring and operating his Double
      > D Ranch outside of Eunice, deep in Southwest Louisiana's bayou
      > country, where he breeds cattle and raises quarter horses. Born into a
      > family of Zydeco musicians, Geno picked up the rubboard at age seven and
      > joined his father's band the Eunice Playboys, which he later led.
      > Geno plays various accordions with his band French Rockin' Boogie.
      > www.genodelafose.net <http://www.genodelafose.net/>
      >
      >
      >
      > Richard Elloyan is a singer, songwriter, and poet of unique wit and
      > imagination. Raised in the historic mining town of Virginia City,
      > Nevada, Richard grew up surrounded my the romantic stories and
      > characters that shaped the growth of Nevada and California. Using the
      > backdrop of the high desert, Richard writes about the images and
      > philosophies of the cowboy and those who are cowboys at heart. He works
      > and lives in the Sierras, surrounded by ranches and mountains. His
      > latest CD is Rodeo Bones. www.richardelloyan.net
      > <http://www.richardelloyan.net/>
      >
      >
      >
      > Janice Gilbertson lives in the Salinas Valley of California, where she
      > was born and raised. Growing up on horseback in a ranching community,
      > she started riding her own horse when she was four years old. She is
      > proud to be a volunteer member of the Monterey County Sheriff's
      > Mounted Unit, which is a search and rescue team. Janice considers
      > writing to be a bit like therapy, and she uses her experiences as
      > inspiration. Her new book of poetry is Sometimes, in the Lucias.
      >
      >
      >
      > Riders in the Sky are preserving the traditional genre of western cowboy
      > music, music that was kindled by such singing cowboys as Gene Autry and
      > the Sons of the Pioneers. They have incorporated into the genre their
      > own personal style with a well-balanced mix of classic and original
      > western songs that feature "smooth yodelin' harmony, hot licks
      > and zany comedy." Since their beginning in 1977, the Riders have
      > given over 5,000 performances, been awarded the Grammy for Best Musical
      > Album for Children in 2001 and 2003, starred in their own Saturday
      > morning Children's TV series on CBS, and made several other TV
      > appearances. Riders in the Sky are guitarist Ranger Doug, upright
      > bassist Too Slim, fiddler and vocalist Woody Paul, and accordionist
      > Joey, the Cowpolka King. They are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.
      >
      >
      >
      > Doyle Rigdon is a sixth generation Floridian and a fifth generation
      > Cracker cowboy or, as many Florida cowboys have long called themselves,
      > a "cowhunter." Growing up, the tales his grandfather and uncles
      > told about cowhunting and breaking horses inspired him to keep up the
      > tradition. Doyle wrote his first poem at the age of 13, about how much
      > better horses were than women, because they didn't give you any lip,
      > and you could do more work with a horse, although by high school he
      > found himself writing poems to woo women instead. Doyle's poems
      > express the excitement and frustrations of everyday life of the Florida
      > cowboy and are often marked by side-splitting humor. He performs around
      > Florida, dayworking on area ranches and breaking horses on the side.
      >
      >
      >
      > Dave Stamey learned to play the guitar at age 12. He performs his share
      > of classic cowboy songs, but he mainly focuses on his own more
      > contemporary songs of the West and on the plight of the rancher trying
      > to maintain a ranch in these modern times. He has been bucked off and
      > stomped by many horses, stepped on by mules and dragged around branding
      > pens by angry cattle of various sizes. Dave is now an entertainer and
      > finds that he prefers it to being stomped on. He's been awarded the
      > Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association and is a
      > three-time nominee for Songwriter of the Year.
      >
      >
      >
      > 2010 Exhibit in the Wiegand Gallery
      >
      > The Western Folklife Center produces educational exhibitions based on
      > original fieldwork with traditional artists. These exhibits are
      > installed in the Wiegand Gallery at the Pioneer Hotel in Elko, and often
      > travel to other sites around the West. Past exhibits have featured
      > subjects such as Latino traditions of Christmas and cowboying, Native
      > American arts and crafts, documentary photography, the legacy of cowboy
      > poetry and music, the renaissance of contemporary handcrafted cowboy
      > gear, and the history and contemporary life of the buckaroo of the Great
      > Basin.
      >
      >
      >
      > During the 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Wiegand Gallery
      > will feature:
      >
      >
      >
      > Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition
      >
      > Western Folklife Center, Elko and the Florida Folklife Program/Florida
      > Department of State
      >
      > Major support for this exhibition is provided by the E.L. Wiegand
      > Foundation
      >
      >
      >
      > The exhibition will tell the story of one of Florida's oldest and most
      > important cultural and occupational activities. Cattle ranching in what
      > is now the United States began when Spanish explorers introduced horses
      > and cattle to Florida in the 16th century, and continues to contribute
      > to the culture and economy of 21st century Florida. On loan to the
      > Western Folklife Center from the Florida Folklife Program/Florida
      > Department of State, the exhibition explores the continuity and change
      > in Florida's unique ranching traditions and the cultural expression they
      > have generated.
      >
      > The exhibition's grand opening in the Western Folklife Center Wiegand
      > Gallery for members only will be Thursday, January 28 at 3:30 pm, with
      > general admittance starting at 4:00 pm. However, the exhibit will be
      > open during the Youth Festival and the Gathering.
      >
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