SAGUACHE — Cabin fever? Grab a hat, find a partner and dust off those lyrics and yarns, and head on over to Saguache to celebrate this special area and its people during the 12th Annual Ranching Celebration sponsored by the Saguache County Museum and ScSEED (Saguache Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development.)
The passion for ranching and the frontier spirit will be shared in story, song and poem on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Saguache Community Building from noon to whenever it’s done. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ranching way of life, and the men and women who live daily with the elements and rhythms of the land.
The afternoon begins with a potluck meal to bring a favorite dish to share. ScSEED will supply coffee, tea, juice, plates and plastic ware. Enjoy western pickin’ by local musicians during the potluck.
The remainder of the afternoon will be filled with cowboy stories, songs and poems. Typical time slots are 10 minutes or less. A timekeeper will be on hand to keep the storyteller honest. The program includes an open mike session towards the end of the afternoon for those who might get a burst of bravery on that day.
The theme of the 12th Annual Celebration of Ranching and the Frontier Spirit is Cowboy Sweethearts. Think about featuring a cowboy or cowgirl sweetheart in a story, poem or song.
Fred Hargrove is the perfect host for this event. A native Kansan, he now lives near Monte Vista. Through countless hours in the saddle, raising cattle and horses, and managing the land, Fred has gained the knowledge needed to write and sing his original cowboy songs. He has been performing on stage since 1992. He is a member of the Western Music Association and has performed throughout the United States.
Fred’s album, “My Sacred Ground,” released in 2010, has bee on four Top 20 Western Music Charts, across the U.S. and in England. The same album was nominated for 2010 “Best Traditional Western Album of the Year” by the Western Music Association. In 2011, a song from the album, “Code of the West,” was nominated for “Song of the Year” by the WMA. Fred’s album number five is titled, “Watching Eagles Fly,” and the song is about the plight of the ranchers and farmers in the San Luis Valley.
Artisans and antique collectors with western art and crafts for show or sale are encouraged to host a table for this event. If items are for sale, then a donation will be requested.
The Saguache Community Building will be decorated for this event with saddles, tack, blankets and other miscellaneous western items. Decorating will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Volunteers are welcome.
To reserve a time slot to share a story, reserve a table or to volunteer for the event, please call Liza Marron at 719-539-5606.
The Ranching Way of Life DVD will be for sale at $10 each.