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Our Readers Write

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 Tales 2016 at the Jersey Lilly

Saturday October 15th

For something fun to do, come to the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT, Saturday, October 15th for great cowboy poetry, western music, and terrific grub. This evening of western entertainment features top performers in the field.

2016 Cowboy Tales in Ingomar flyer

“No matter where you begin to talk about these folks, they are some of the very finest in the cowboy poet, western music, entertainment crowd,” said Ingomar resident cowboy poet, Owen Badgett.

Badgett has appeared in the previous four shows and is excited to feature some great talent that will appear in Ingomar at Cowboy Tales for the very first time.

“This combination is definitely a crowd pleaser,” added Badgett, “I am really looking forward to the show.”

The evening will feature three well-known Montana performers; Jim Hamilton, Gwen Petersen and Almeda Bradshaw. Bradshaw is one of Montana’s talented western Americana singer songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the western way of life is expressed in heartfelt songs that give voice to the westerner: cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, farmers and more. A lifetime of writing and playing stringed instruments places her work above the ordinary. Clear vocals, a compelling stage presence and accomplished musicianship guarantee Almeda to be an audience favorite.

“I had to move EAST to find the WEST. Though raised a town girl on the Oregon coast,” said Bradshaw, “All I wanted was to be a cowgirl. I spent hours riding the range of my imagination in a swing set saddle and when tall enough, I threw a leg up on my family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a sunset.”  Almeda, along with cowboy poet Jim Hamilton – who will also be appearing on the bill in Ingomar, took top honors in the 2016 COWBOY IDOL contest at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, WA. “It was a MONTANA sweep!” Almeda Bradshaw, from Huntley, MT, was the top musician; Jim Hamilton of Decker, MT – the top cowboy poet.

Hamilton is the real deal who performs his great poems and stories with a delivery that takes you right onto the range. Hamilton is a lifetime rancher on the east slope of the Wolf Mountains in southeast Montana.  He has been married to wife Marge for a long time. “We do our work horseback and try to preserve the old cowboy ways,” said Jim. “My poetry is about what I know, ranching and the cowboy way of life. I strive for authenticity and am highly flattered if a real cowboy or rancher tells me, ‘I could sure see that happening when you told about it.’  Most of my poetry is humorous, but I have several serious ones that I like to do in the right setting.”

Hamilton has written and recited poetry for over thirty years. He has performed in many venues throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and for the last ten or so years, at several gatherings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Hamilton has recorded three CD’s and is currently starting work on another.

And filling out the evening entertainment is cowboy poet, (deigning not to call herself a “cowgirl poet”) and humorist, the outrageous Gwen Petersen (who said “Just call me a ‘Cowpoet’). Gwen will deliver her brand of tall tales, tribulations, and tidbits, as only she can on October 15th.  Gwen’s appearances are legendary. She is at once hilarious and thoughtful, and with all her life experience, she has seen it, done it, thought about it, or caused it. “It” being adventures that she shares with audiences through performances, books and other published meanderings.

According to Gwen, “In the mid 1980s I began writing cowboy poetry and was chosen to be one of four poets to represent Montana at the first National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Then, I’ll be danged if the phone didn’t ring one day and a rep from the Johnny Carson Tonight Show asked if I’d care to go to Los Angeles and recite one of my poems on the show. At first I thought the phone call was a joke. It wasn’t. I went. I recited. I sat next to Johnny Carson and breathed in the aroma of his tweed sport jacket.” After Elko, Gwen returned to Big Timber and established the first Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Her Chili Contest and Toot, Snoot, ‘n Hoot Whippin’ and Spurrin’ Comedy Show has been – well, you can only imagine the fun had there.

With these top three performers, you are guaranteed to laugh, reminisce, be musically swept away, and just be downright entertained. With a delicious meal at the Jersey Lilly as part of the deal, it is bound to be one heckuva show.

Tickets are $25.00 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 6:00PM.
Call 406-358-2278 for ticket reservations. See ya there.