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Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Cowboy Poetry and Western Ballads at the Jersey Lilly

Cowboy Poetry in Ingomar Cowboy Tales Poster 2015

COWBOY TALES at the Jersey Lilly Ingomar Montana – SATURDAY, OCT 17th, 2015

Folks, it’s that time again. Time to sit back, relax and enjoy “Cowboy Tales,” an evening of Cowboy Poetry, Western music and great grub – Eastern Montana style. It is an evening for celebrating the colorful cowboy tradition, with a mighty combination of songs from Colstrip’s Sonny Buckalew, western ballads by Wibaux’s Bob Petermann and “the real deal” cowboy poetry presented by Ingomar’s Owen Badgett. Badgett has performed for sell-out crowds, most recently at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown, MT; at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV; at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, SD; at Salinas, Ridgecrest and Lone Pine, CA – during the Lone Pine Film Festival. Badgett and Eastern Montana are the subjects of a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman…A Vanishing Breed,” produced by Linda Lou Crosby, of Ingomar, that premiered in Miles City, MT and at the Lone Pine Film Festival. Petermann’s music is also featured on the DVD.

Sonny Buckalew, of Colstrip, returning from his 2011 performance in Ingomar, is no stranger to the Jersey Lilly. Years ago he worked nearby and used to play there. In fact, in 2010, on a whim, Sonny came up and played at one of the popular Jersey Lilly Jam Sessions. As Badgett puts it, “Sonny can really play and he can sing those western ballads.” The entire Buckalew family is a family of musicians in which, according to Sonny, “just about everybody plays an instrument or sings.”

Bob Petermann is a songwriter/ ballad singer, and a Cowboy Tales favorite, with over 200 songs in his repertoire. He can spin a tale with music as gracefully as he swings a lariat. His music celebrates Montana skies, cowboys lookin’ for a few “good horses to ride,” and a hilarious song called “The Wiregrass Blues.” He has entertained audiences across the country (most recently at Lewistown) with songs like the “Old Cowboy Waltz,” and even a poem “Ranching’s Final Stand,” which is a great read for any western cowpuncher.

June Nygren, owner of the Jersey Lilly, is looking forward to offering yet another great meal to evening guests. June’s food fare is legendary. And once again, she is “cooking up” a dandy set of recipes for the evening. “It will be the fourth time we’ve had our ‘Cowboy Tales’ event, and we enjoyed feeding a packed house each time,” added June, “with folks from all over Montana. Not to mention, I get to enjoy an evening of great Western entertainment.”

Meet with the performers after the show and find out more about what inspires them to do what they do. Badgett will be signing his newest book, “Get Your Suger Beet Bluchers, It’s All Lies…”, and might offer insight into how he arrived at the title. Petermann is in the middle of producing his newest CD, and Buckalew has plenty to share about music and his life on the plains.

For an evening of fun, food and cowboy lore, come to the Jersey Lilly, Saturday, October 17th at 6:00p.m. Tickets are $22.00 for dinner and the show. Call 406-358-2278 (Jersey Lilly) reservations or 406-358-2289 (Camp IOU) for more information. Entertainer photos available. This is a Camp IOU production. See ya there!