Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011 Sierra Vista and Tombstone

On Saturday, the 12th, Tom and I drove down to Sierra Vista to attend the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering.  There were 70 artists from throughout the U.S. and Canada that perform Western poetry and music.  Major stage performances are held on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon which we did not attend.  We attended the all day sessions that are held in the school on Saturday.  From 10am until 5pm a group of  3-4 performers perform in one of the 8 rooms for about 50 minutes.  Each hour there is a change of performers and we were free to move from room to room as we chose.  We enjoy the music best.  I never cared much for yodeling but there was a female, Judy Coder, that really did an amazing  job yodeling that I even had to get a CD of hers.  Actually, this is one of the reason we are staying in this area of Arizona at this time.

Cowboy Gathering- Stampede performing

Today, Sunday, we attended the local Methodist church this morning and then went out to a local restaurant for breakfast.  In the afternoon, we went to Tombstone (20 plus miles away).  We walked about the town stopping in the shops and watching the entertainment in the streets. 

Tombstone, Az Street Performers

Reenacted gun fights  were taking place on a regular basis- apparently on the 2nd and 4th Sundays this is done as a means of raising money for charity.   We went into “Big Nose Kate’s Saloon” for lunch which proved to be lots of fun.  A keyboard player with a nice singing voice entertained the entire time we were in the “saloon”.

Big Nose Kate's Saloon, Tombstone, Az.

The food was good- Tom had a burger and I had a salad- and cost was reasonable.  It was loud and bawdy but a fun place.

This evening the campground had an ice cream social- anyone with a birthday or anniversary in the month of August or February got a free dip of ice cream. How lucky for me with a birthday in August and an anniversary in February I got 2 free dips, Tom got 1 but he purchased the second dip for $.50.  LV