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Cowboys to wax poetic at Blue Goose fundraiser

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Storytelling, old-time music and western-style humor will be center stage for the 2008 version of the Cowpoke Fall Gathering of Cowboy Poetry and Music that runs Nov. 6 through 8 at the Blue Goose. “Anyone looking for a good form of entertainment, that’s close to home, that is affordable and any money that they do spend goes to a good cause, such as roofing the Goose, I can’t think of a better place to spend Thursday, Friday or Saturday than at Cowboy Poetry,” said Cheryl Stokes, chairwoman of the event that benefits the South Placer Heritage Foundation. The 14th annual extravaganza begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with a first-time, and free, Open Mic Night. “Come have a little taste of cowboy poetry for free,” said Bert Braun, who founded the Fall Gathering and still puts it on with his wife, Carol, and volunteers from the Heritage Foundation. A group of local talent has already signed up for an evening of poetry, singing, fiddling and more music at the Open Mic Night. Braun said. Anyone interested in getting on stage can contact him at 652-6290. Refreshments will be available and raffle drawings will be held, too. The experience continues at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening at the poets’ and musicians’ reception prior to the 7 p.m. opening night performance by headliner Yvonne Hollenbeck and returning singer and songwriter J Parson. The reception is an opportunity to greet the entertainers, enjoy an assortment of dishes prepared by Placer Nevada Cattlewomen, taste wine from area wineries, including Loomis’ own Secret Ravine Vineyards, and see the artwork on display by local artists. Reception tickets are $100 each, and include reserved seating for the Friday performance. Joining Hollenbeck and Parson on the Blue Goose stage will be favorites Pat Richardson, Bill Brewster, Jeralyn Strong, Ernie Sites, John Martin and John Kintz. Tickets for the Friday evening show only are $35. Saturday the fun starts early as entries are due by 10:30 a.m. for the Apple Pie & More Contest. Bakers can submit apple pie or any baked goods or desserts using apples. Prizes will be awarded. E-mail Cindy at for more information. Free for kids, young and old, will be rides on an authentic Old West stagecoach beginning at noon Saturday. Then take the kids to the Fall Gathering’s Saturday matinee, with performances by Hollenbeck, Parson and most of the Cowboy Poetry & Music cast of performers. The matinee features poet Ernie Sites and student poets from H. Clarke Powers and Loomis Grammar Schools. Matinee tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 14. “If people want to be really entertained, they should come to the matinee and see those kids perform,” Stokes said. “That will put a huge smile on their faces.” From 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, fill up on a Santa Maria-style western tri-tip barbecue and all the trimmings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 14 and under. “Join us for all the good food, good friends and a good cause,” said Stokes. For tickets, call her at 652-4480 or get them at Main Drug, Foothill Feed & Gift or at Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed.