Monday, November 16, 2009

"Christmas on the High Plains" just over the border in Spearfish Nov. 19 is (not surprisingly) a great site for regional events featuring cowboy poets and musicians. Today, the site is promoting an event in Spearfish, S.D., which is not technically in Wyoming but close enough to Crook and Weston and Niobrara counties to hear the twang of the performers' voices.

Here's the info:

The popular Heritage of the American West Performance Series in Spearfish, South Dakota, is returning to the High Plains Western Heritage Center under new direction.

The original monthly show was started by Kay Jorgensen and Jim Thompson (Live! with Jim Thompson) of Creative Broadcast Services and ran for ten years, with its final show in August, 2009. Francie Ganje — the director of the shows under CBSI — has worked, with others, to continue the series.

A November 19 show, "Christmas on the High Plains," features the Cambria String Band. A pre-show exhibit and reception hosts well-known regional authors, artists, and photographers, including Mick Harrison, whose painting, "A Christmas Tale," is the show's poster and theme (the painting was a 2005 Art Spur subject); Custer author and Black Hills historian Paul Horsted with his newest book, Crossing The Plains With Custer, and cowboy and landscape photographer Les Voorhis.

A December show, with details to be announced, will feature South Dakota poet Ken Cook and Montana singer, songwriter, and poet Bob Petermann.

Find details at the High Plains Western Heritage Center web site and read about the new Heritage of the American West and find show details in our feature here.