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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Utah visit - Second Saturday

Utah visit - Second Saturday

This was the day of the all afternoon and evening Torrey Cowboy Poetry & Musical Festival, Entrada Institute's 11th Annual - our third in a row. Had our program and tickets...

Annette had been watching the weather. It was the one day this week with rain at 30-40% - each other day clear. Sure enough, Saturday morning on the mountain began with clouds, some sprinkles, and then, sleet, in sheets!  The folks in charge down in the valley, decided to change the venue to Loa, a town quite a few miles away from Torrey... But, by 1 pm or so, the rain had stopped. It was still windy, but the sun was shining... they decided to stay in Torrey. Through it all, Annette and Larry were running around, but Nancy and I stayed on the hill.

Finally, with the decision to go ahead, locally, we decided to go down to town, get a sandwich, and check out the weather and the area, a bit. We also stopped at Mom's favorite shop - the carmel candy store.

Driving around, I also took some photos of the Saddlery - where we went to dinner and band on Thursday night. The weekend band bus was there, Charley Jenkins. He was in Top 12 of Nashville Star Season 6, 2008, he was 12th...

They also got a yellow Hummer, to go around to the motels and bring folks in...

Close up of tour bus trailer...

I took Nancy back up the hill and we waited a couple of hours... Annette was up and suggested we come back a little before 6 - we wanted to see the High School Poetry winners read their poems that we had judged.

When the time came, Nancy said she didn't want to go and sit outside, but urged me to go down for a while. I got there a little before 6... here was the posted at the Robber's Roost Bookstore where it was held.

I caught the end of the performance of J.C. Needham, the Buckaroo Balladeer, on the outdoor stage. It was cold and windy.

For the evening program, the decided to move inside. It also turned out that none of the High School students, the three winners, were available to read their poems - it was Senior Trip day...

So, Gary Fulton, the cowboy poet that also performed earlier in the afternoon with Old Leather, agreed to recite to cowboy poems. Real good ones, of course!  ;-)

Then, Steve Lutz, emcee, introduced the evening activities.

He introduced 'Mary Kaye' for the 6:30 to 8:00 segment. She was the Academy of Western Artist's 2011 Western Female Performer of the Year.

The mother of ten, she and her husband live on a century family ranch here in Utah. She now has three albums and has an active schedule of live performances around the western USA and Canada. She is a great storyteller as well as singer. Here is her website, and here it the lens I made of her.

Here are Annette and I in our second row seats. 

Looking to the left, here was part of the audience.

The fellow in the white had, far left, is Mary Kaye's husband (manager) - she played off of him, off and on through the evening. A really great performance.

Finally, some time during the day, the obligatory bird picture - three birds feeding!  ;-)

It turned out to be a another very good day!  ;-)

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