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The Cowboy Times
2020 Vol #2 - May

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From the Editors
From the President
2020 2021 Kamloops Cowboy Festival
Awards and Honours Move to 2021
100 Mile Cowboy Concert Review

Ed Wahl New CD
David Griffith Book Review
Ian Tyson here in 2021
Liz Twan 2021 Poster Artist
2020 2021 Spirit of the West Cruise


From the Editors
Kathy and Mark McMillan

Kathy and Mark McMillan

In the last issue, which was supposed to be the Festival program, I said something about a "challenge in putting this issue of the Cowboy Times together" ... at that time I had no idea what the word challenge would mean in the coming months. Well here we are in May after going through a couple of months of challenges!

So in this issue we'll let you know what the plans are for 2021 ... for the Festival itself and for the award presentations that were supposed to take place ... the student scholarships, the BC

Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Joe Marten Memorial award, and the honouring of Ian Tyson. Oh ya ... and what's going to happen to the 2020 belt buckle!

Billie and Hugh's "Bringing it Home" cruise of course had to be cancelled as well, so there's an article on it, too, or at least what will take place in 2021.

To shed some light in these dark times we were happy to receive a copy of Ed Wahl's new CD and you'll find a review on it and also there's a review on a great book by David Griffith. The 2021 poster artist has been picked and we'll tell you who that is and show you the artwork.

Kathy & Mark McMillan, Editors,   msprings@bcinternet.net

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May 2020, Pres report by Mark McMillan

It was, of course, a real let down to have had to cancel the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. A full year of planning and organizing and then ... nothing! But in hindsight, and seeing all the sick and dying people, and the number of businesses effected, and jobs that have been lost we really can't complain. Besides, guys like Ryan Fritz and Tom Cole have made the Festival happen in a way ... on Face Book and YouTube so our audience could enjoy some of the great music that they would have heard at the Festival.

Mark McMillan

I'm sure this year's BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, and the Joe Marten Award recipient, were pretty let down too ... probably one of the biggest days of their life and there it was ... gone! It will happen though, and they will be honoured, but in 2021.

At this point in time we're figuring the other Society business will carry on the same as normal ... but really, who knows ... fingers crossed and we hope everyone came through this Covid19 scenario in good health and in a good state of mind.

Mark McMillan, President, BCCHS
cowboys@bcchs.com


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Members: The BC Cowboy Heritage Society would like to thank you for your support over the past year. We hope you will continue supporting the society by renewing your membership annually. Membership information, and a membership form, can be found on our web site at: www.bcchs.com/membership.html

BCCHS Memberships
If you're not a member but are interested in what we do to preserve cowboy heritage in BC, then you should think about joining. There are no commitments whatsoever and your $20 membership ($30 for a family and $100 for corporate) would be greatly appreciated. Membership dollars go towards the society's administrative costs.


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The 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert
20th Anniversary and an End to a 20 Year Tradition.

Well I touched on the 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert in the last issue but at that time I said that I'd do a review in the May issue so here it is.

As always there were two shows a 2:00 matinee and a 7:00 evening show ... both shows were great and the audience all went home happy, at least all those that we spoke with. The matinee was pretty much sold out and the evening show, although it could have used more ticket sales, was well attended.

MLA Donna Barnett was at the evening show and presented Kathy and Mark with a mounted photo by April Roberts. A nice photo of horses taken at Skadays Bridge. On the photo, along the bottom, was the wording, "Thank You Mark and Kathy McMillan for 20 years of "The Cowboy Concert" in 100 Mile House. MLA Donna Barnett Feb 7, 2020. Thanks Donna!

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The 20th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert poster
Kathy, MLA Donna Barnett, Mark

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All three performers were well received as they did a great job. They, too, all said that they really enjoyed the shows. The lineup consisted of Gary Fjellgaard, Jeremy Willis and Bruce Rolph.

Jeremy and Gary have been before but this was a first appearance for Bruce Rolph, a terrific cowboy poet that we've tried to get in the past but he's been too busy with ranch work. He was great and the good news is that he said he'll probably be able to take part in the 2021 Kamloops Cowboy Festival, our 25th Anniversary!

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Gary Fjellgaard
Gary Fjellgaard

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Bruce Rolph
Bruce Rolph

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Jeremy Willis
Jeremy Willis

A special thanks to all the sponsors, a lot of who sponsored this concert for all 20 years!! It's the sponsors that made this concert so great, as it was their dollars that allowed us to bring in some top names in the cowboy entertainment world over the years ... and still be able to keep the ticket price low. Here's a list of this year's sponsors:

  • Country 840 in 100 Mile
  • Cariboo Country 570 in Williams Lake
  • 100 Mile House Free Press
  • The Williams Lake Tribune
  • Timber Mart
  • 100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply
  • Sunrise Ford
  • PMT Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Work n Play
  • A & W
  • Meridian RV
  • Carstar Collision & Glass
  • Castle Fuels
  • ABC Communication
  • Hub International Insurance
  • Regency Chrysler
  • Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza
  • Michelle Lewthwaite Re/Max
  • Gisela Janzen Re/Max
  • Kim's Cleaning Service
  • The Days Inn 100 Mile House
  • BC Tractor Parts dot Com

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The Horse Barn

The Horse Barn's web site is: www.horsebarncanada.com.


The Horse Barn!

We are so glad to have the Horse Barn as a major sponsor of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

Festival Tickets will available once again
at the Horse Barn!


The Horse Barn - Rafter HB!

The Horse Barn
517 Mt Paul Way
Kamloops, BC, V2H 1A9


The Horse Barn will once again present the Keeper of the West Award
for the best new song or poem, performed on the Festival weekend, that audienve feels best suits the award title.

photo by Jerry Stainer
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The Keeper of the West Trophy Buckle!


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The 25th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival

25th ... ?? Well that's what we're going to call the 2021 Festival. We can't undo what we did do for the 2020 Festival so we're going to consider it done. The pins were made, the posters done, the program was out, and in the end even entertainers were doing sets, digitally, but they were there for our audience to enjoy.

Ryan Fritz did the first one with a shout out to all those that were geared up to head to Kamloops. He and his son and bass player Hoss, did a live concert on Face Book. Tom Cole started, and is still doing, a series on YouTube and FaceBook called "Homebound". Each segment featuring different guests, including the one he did with Hugh McLennan and the complete Western Spirit Band, each member doing their part from home. As I write this in early May Homebound 7 was aired. It's amazing how Tom got this all put together but there were seven different musicians on the screen at one time ... all in their own homes. Drums, piano, lead guitar, bass guitar, harmony vocals, pedal steel, and Tom himself with vocals and rhythm guitar. He also featured Patricia Dyck, a female vocalist from Northern BC. In Homebound 6 Tom featured Ryan Fritz and his new single "One More Circle" honouring Ian Tyson.

The biggest problem for 2021 is figuring out which entertainers to bring to Kamloops ... we had a full slate for 2021 but now we feel that we should still give the 2020 performers their shot. So we're (Kathy) going over the books to see how many of these amazing entertainers we can afford to bring to Kamloops. One of the biggest problems is the US dollar ... it could kill us paying the Americans US dollars with our 70 cent dollar ... but we think we can do it ... after all this is the 25th anniversary! And of course there are the Canadians, too, lots of them ... man we need a longer weekend.

Here's a few names that are tentative for 2021, and this is just a few of them! Mike Fleming, Gary Allegretto, Tim Hus, Kristyn Harris, Naomi Bristow, Doug Figgs, Ryan Fritz, Gary Fjellgaard, Ian Tyson (see the article on Ian Tyson), Ed Wahl, Tom Cole, Hugh McLennan, Bryn Theissen, Mag Mawhinney, Floyd Beard, Jim Hamilton, Kathy Moss, Brian Salmond, Terry Nash, Larry Miller, Phyllis Rathwell ... whew, that's already more then we usually bring in!

The dates: March 18th to 21st, 2021. Tickets will go on sale November 1st. Fingers crossed, this time we can make things actually happen!


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BC Cowboy Heritage Society Student Scholarships

One thing that can still carry on, no matter what the Covid 19 situation is, is our Scholarship program! We have helped many promising students over the years and in the process those who enter increase their awareness of our BC cowboy heritage and the role of the cowboy and ranching in our history.

In the BCCHS Scholarships entries can be in any of three categories: original art; cowboy crafts; and the written word. Up to three $500 scholarships are awarded annually. This might be one in each category or all in a single category or only one total. The Chair of the committee is Sharlene Puhallo.

In the Mike Puhallo Memorial Student Scholarships we will award up to two $500 scholarships for Cowboy Poetry. The judges are Kathy Moss, Dave Longworth, and Rod Miller.

The winning entries will be acknowledged at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival during the main evening feature show on Saturday in the Ball Room and they can be seen / read on the Scholarship page at www.bcchs.com/scholarships.html and/or in the Art of the West Show and Sale at the Festival. This year's winner are currently posted.

Entries will be accepted this fall up until the deadline of December 31st, 2020. Entry rules and regulations and an entry form are available on the web site.


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The BC Cowboy Heritage Society Still Set to Honour Ian Tyson

We were pondering over the plaque that we had ready to present to Ian Tyson at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival ... do we send it to him in the mail which would seem like not much of an "honour" or do we hold off till 2021 and give it to him in person which seems like much more of an honour?

Well we didn't have to think on this too much because about the time we were thinking my cell phone rang ... the display came up "Tyson Ranch" unknown number. Ian himself answered our question ... he phoned specifically to tell us to hold onto the plaque as he really wanted to attend our Kamloops Cowboy Festival and receive the plaque in person!

Wow! This was great news! Not only did not we not have to make a decision, but the words from Ian Tyson saying that he wanted to take in our Festival were cowboy music to my ears!

A little about the award in case you missed
the last issue of the Cowboy Times:


Although we focus on BC in our mandate, and Ian is an Alberta resident, we recognize the preservation of our cowboy / western heritage wherever it takes place. And besides, Ian Tyson was born and raised in BC.

This is one more award in a long list for this Cowboy and Canadian music hall of famer, but the BC Cowboy Heritage Society and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival would feel remiss if we did not acknowledge Ian Tyson for his contributions to preserving the way of life that we all love!

The award presentation will take place twice during the weekend giving more Ian Tyson fans the opportunity to see it and hear Ian sing.

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Ian Tyson on the right with Ryan Fritz
Ian Tyson


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Awards and Hounours Move to 2021

The 2020 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductees, the 2020 Joe Marten Award recipient, and Ian Tyson have unfortunately all had their ceremonies postponed. At this point in time we really have no idea when some of these will take place but we do know that the Kamloops ones will all be at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in 2021.

The Kamloops 2020 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, Allison Everett and Gordon Armes, will join the 2021 inductees to be honoured during the main feature show Friday night at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival as usual (if we indeed have a "usual" next year).

Richard Tenisch will be honoured with the Joe Marten Memorial Award Saturday evening at the Festival along with the 2021 recipient.

Ian Tyson will be honoured at two different times during the weekend of the Festival, March 18th to 21st, 2021.

At this point in time it looks like the 2020 Williams Lake BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, Buck Mammel and the Bayliff Family will be inducted next year along with the 2021 inductees at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.

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Allison Everett
Allison Everett

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Frank Armes
Frank Armes

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Chilancoh Ranch and the Bayliff Family
Hugh Bayliff

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Paul
Paul "Buck" Mammel

 

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Richard Tenisch
Richard Tenisch

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Ian Tyson
Ian Tyson

 


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The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

presents the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame

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The Museum is located in Williams Lake, BC. For information on the Museum, and what it displays inside, check out their web site at: www.cowboy-museum.com


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Ed Wahl New CD - Keepin' On

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Keepin' On from Ed Wahl
Keepin' On from Ed Wahl

The timing for this new CD was perfect, and the title very appropriate! People stuck at home need something to do, something new to listen to, to keep on staying strong ... although Ed, I'm sure, had no idea at the time how fitting this title would be for the time we're in.

Now about the CD itself ... we all love Ed and we all love Tom Cole! Throw a little Mag Mawhinney into the mix and you know you're going to have good results. Tom Cole produced and engineered this new CD which contains 12 tracks all sung by Ed. The backup musicians are all well known names to us, too, with Mike Dygert on bass guitar, Jim McLennan on lead guitar, Tom

Cole with acoustic rhythm guitar and harmonica, Beau Hughs on steel guitar, and Clint Giesbrecht ads back-up vocals.

Track #2, Big Muddy, was written by Mag Mawhinney and the music composed by Randy Smith. Track #7, and #11 were also written by Mag but put to music by Ed. Three great songs, really nicely done!

To go along with these Ed put together a nice collection of nine covers that we all know and that all go with his message on the inside CD jacket, "I have always been drawn to the concepts of cowboying, ranching and rodeo, so I am happy to be able to share, in my music, my admiration for the people who have chosen those careers."

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Ed Wahl
Ed Wahl

A definite must have for any cowboy / western music collection and you can get a copy from Ed by sending him an email to: wahlcountry@gmail.com


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David Griffith Author Blackwater Crossing

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Blackwater Crossing by David Griffith
Blackwater Crossing
by David Griffith

I had heard about David's book, Blackwater Crossing, and had heard it was based on the drug trade between Mexico and North America. Because the only book reviews I do are cowboy / western related stories I wasn't thrilled about opening this book ... but when I did ...

The very first sentence in chapter one got my attention right away, "Losing my left stirrup was the first sign of trouble." Ok so this is talking my language, lets see what it's all about. Well it is cowboy! The story is based on a rodeo cowboy and one that comes from real working cowboy experiences ... on a ranch in the Blackwater area of BC.

As we travel in the story from rodeo to rodeo with five-time national finalist Lonnie Bowers, and his friend and travelling companion Brian Besser, the story takes a turn and gets really mezmerizing ... after not wanting to pick it up now I found I was having trouble putting it down.

The story is very well written and should be read by anyone that likes the cowboy way of life, anyone that likes action, mystery, or just likes a good read. The long and short of the story is that Brian owned his own plane and used it to travel from rodeo to rodeo. At one point Lonnie got very worried when Brian didn't show up at a rodeo where they were to meet up. Apparently the plane that was stolen wasn't much good without a pilot so they kidnapped Brian, too, to fly it and their drugs across the border. Lonnie, in true cowboy fashion, isn't going to let this end here so he heads for Mexico looking to help his friend ... what happens then is something that you should find out for yourself by reading David's book.

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David Griffith
David Griffith

Blackwater Crossing is the first book in the series of three, followed by The Death Dealers and Without Redemption. I haven't read the other two yet but hopefully I'll get a chance, and if I do I'll share my thoughts in a future issue of the Cowboy Times.

A definite must read and it's easy to find a copy. David's own website where you can find all his books is: www.DavidGriffith.ca/books. Or you can get a copy from Amazon, Chapters, Google Books, Kobo, Barns and Noble, and probably at your favourite book store, too. If you are in Kamloops it is available at the Horse Barn, as well.


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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

Check it out at: www.albertacowboypoetry.com. If you're looking for a performer for an event, or if you are a performer looking to get booked for an event, then you'll find how on their web site. If it's a CD or book you need you'll find tons of them there, too! That's www.albertacowboypoetry.com.


Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association - ACPA

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Liz Twan
The 2021 Cowboy Festival Poster Artist

Not only has Liz Twan always been extremely supportive of what we do but we've always loved her photos, too. It was actually a couple of years ago that we looked at some examples of photos that we thought would fit both the physical dimensions and the theme of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival ... we haven't officially selected the final choice yet but this photo is one of the possible selections.

Liz has spent her whole life in the Cariboo Chilcotin and all her married life at Alkali Lake ... a perfect place to get both ranching and wildlife photos. Many of you will know Liz's work from various publications that she wrote for and/or submitted photos to. The local newspaper in Williams Lake ran a regular column called Cattle Fodder. Canadian Cowboy Magazine, Beef in BC, and other ranching magazines have used many of Liz's articles and photos.

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A photo by Liz Twan will be the 2021 Kamloops Cowboy Festival poster art
A Liz Twan photo

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The 2021 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Poster Artist, Liz Twan
Liz Twan

Liz has published a coffee table book called "Cowboys, Characters and Critters" featuring life on a working ranch. Her rodeo photographs were used in a couple of Williams Lake Stampede Posters. Kamloops Cowboy Festival attendees will know her work, too. In the 2008 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Art Show, Liz won second place against other well-known photographers and in 2009 she won Best in Show. She received the Joe Marten Memorial Award for the Preservation of Cowboy Heritage in BC in 2011.


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The Spirit of the West Bringing it Home!

Yes it's still happening ... just a little later
June 16th to 26th, 2021 are the new dates!

Billie and Hugh, like many others were of course very disappointed when they had to postpone the 2020 cruise but they are really happy that the whole planned itinerary can be used again in 2021.

They are calling this cruise The Spirit of the West Brings it Home cruise because everyone will start out with a visit to the home of the Spirit of the West and Billie and Hugh McLennan. They have decided to step back from hosting cruises after 19 years of doing it and want this cruise to really be special for everyone! The Spirit of the West Cruise itself will however, continue in future years and will support the Spirit of the West Radio Show, hopefully for years to come!

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Your Spirit of the West Cruise hosts Billie and Hugh McLennan

It'll be an easy holiday with little travel involved ... basically a short little domestic flight at the most. Then an overnight in Kelowna and the next day a visit to the McLennan Ranch with a sing-a-long with Hugh and his Western Spirit Band. From there the whole group will ride a coach to the beautiful Sun Peaks Resort for sightseeing and an overnight stay.

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Holland America's brand new Koningsdam
Holland America's Koningsdam

The following day the coach will then take everyone through the amazing Fraser Canyon en route to Vancouver where we'll overnight in the Fairmont Waterfront. On June 19th, after a special morning surprise, everyone will board Holland America's brand new "Koningsdsam" for a breathtaking 7 day Inside Passage Cruise to Alaska and back.

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Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay

The trip includes the incredible White Pass Railway in Skagway (right), the amazingly beautiful Glacier Bay (left) as well as the trip, both ways, through the Inside Passage! All this and a whole lot more!!

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White Pass Railway
White Pass Railway

This cruise is filling up quickly as many folks that booked for 2020 have forwarded their deposits and they are adding to that list with new bookings. So don't miss out, book now!
Get all the details at 1-800-530-0131 and see Hugh's cruise page at www.hugh-mclennan.com and their cruise Facebook page. Download the 2021 Cruise Flyer PDF here

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The Spirit of the West Alaska Cruise group in 2017
The Spirit of the West Alaska Cruise group in 2017


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Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame!

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BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is located in Williams Lake, BC and is the Home of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. It is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street. Phone 250-392-7404 Email: mccwl@uniserve.com

We highly recommend a visit to the
Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin in Williams Lake!
Check out their web site - BC Cowboy, Ranching, and Rodeo Museum


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