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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 2018

Saturday October 27th, the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT, presents “Cowboy Tales.”

Cowboy Tales 2018 at the Jersey Lilly poster

It’s a western music and cowboy yarn-spinning event, with great grub, great talent and good old-fashioned western entertainment. This year’s event features an extraordinary talent, singer-songwriter Almeda Bradshaw. Among many honors, Bradshaw was recently recognized by the Academy of Western Artists with a nomination for the 2018 Western Music Female Entertainer, and was the 2016 Cowboy Idol Winner – at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, WA. Bradshaw is a consummate western entertainer. Her music is spell binding and her stories deliver you directly to the old west.

For this year’s “Cowboy Tales”, Bradshaw brings her program, offered through Montana Conversations; Community Programs by Humanities Montana, “Into the Sunset: The Forgotten Cowgirl Singers” to Ingomar.  As Bradshaw explains,  “Dale Evan’s success as Queen of the West is owed to a century of cowgirls in show business. From Mary Ann Whittaker’s horseback exhibitions in the 1850s, to the Wild West Shows and vaudeville acts of the early 1900s, to the pioneer radio and recording artists of the 1920s, meet the forgotten women entertainers who wore buckskins and boots while yodeling their way into America’s heart.”

Western yarn spinner Vincent Royer, raised in Eastern Montana, also joins the show. Royer, aka Uncle Vinny, a writer, an educator, and a tall tale enthusiast will be sharing yarns, like the time he visited  “Ole Mad Jacks and encountered that Darned Ole Dog”. Always colorful, slightly irreverent, and pretty much hilarious, Uncle Vinny is anything but predictable. You’ll have to see him to appreciate how far he might go out on a limb, taking audiences right down that rosy path.

Add to this amazing evening, Sandy Matheny Fennessy, melodious western singer/songwriter and guitarist from Whitefish, MT (Cowboy Country and the Gold Dust Girls band), and you have the perfect entertainment mix. Sandy performs her blend of country and folk influenced by her Scottish and Irish background, peppered with a dash of German heritage. Mix that with the sparkle of her personality, her eastern Montana connections, and her savvy down home delivery, this will be a performance you don’t want to miss!

And then there’s the NEWS from KMUK ,  “The Muck”, the local Ingomar Radio station. A KMUK reporter, who changes her name to protect the innocent (her), will be reporting about goings on in and around Ingomar.  With stories like “The Late Ball Playing Racoon”, “The Confrontation at the Dump”, and  “Arlin Sanders’ Shocking Behavior”, the audience will be amazed and amused. “You can’t make that stuff up!” added our intrepid reporter.

Join us for “Cowboy Tales”, Sat. October 27th, at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar. Doors open at 5:30PM for dinner and the show. Tickets are $25.00 ea. Call 406-358-2278 for reservations (which are recommended) and more information. See ya there! Photos Almeda Bradshaw, Sandy Matheny Fennessy, Vincent “Uncle Vinny” Royer. Photos courtesy of performers.