"Campfire, Coffee and Conversation"

Good music, good food, and more good music

For immediate release April 6, 2005



What: Campfire, Coffee and Conversation
Times: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Dates: May 6, 2005
Place: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. Council Bluffs.
Contact: KC Hummel, 712-366-4900

(Special thanks to our corporate sponsor, W. A. (Bill) Petersen, a Council Bluffs resident who's known worldwide for his fine hand-crafted guitars, banjos and Celtic instruments. If you need a new string or a custom built instrument, Bill can handle it. Call 256-0459.)

“Campfire, Coffee, and Conversation” program at the Western Historic Trails Center will be a triple event:

5:30 p.m. – Visitors are encouraged to come and eat Grandma Sward's angel biscuits with sawmill gravy, fixed like it has been for decades in pioneer America.

6:30 p.m. – Joe Watson will open the door on his famous "Museum of Cowboy Songs" and lead the listener around the West using old and new cowboy songs plus county/western favorites. Watson has been a musician, writer, poet, recording artist, and socially active member of the Metro scene for many years. He began stage appearances in the early 1970’s and has played and sung in numerous bands.

He was 38 years old when he was told he was adopted. It came, as you might well understand, as a life-altering event. His recently published first book, a fictionalized biography, is named Raincrow and deals with that topic. Joe will play many songs from his "Museum of Cowboy Songs" at the Trail Center.

7:30 p.m. – Get ready for the Metro area "Slow Jam". These folks joined us during our "Creative Gathering" event in February and the response was thrilling. The metro area “Slow Jam” group will move their regularly scheduled Friday evening jam to the Western Historic Trails Center for Campfire, Coffee, and Conversation. As the name implies, they play mostly fiddle tunes at a slower pace. This allows the musicians to concentrate on learning the song. All jammers are welcome and all acoustic song choices welcome.

This Friday evening jam will allow musicians who normally work during the day to experience the great jamming at the Trails Center. Bring your instrument or just come on out and listen. This jam will last until at least 9:30 p.m.

There is no admission fee for this triple event, although we encourage and support donations, which allow us to continue to present Campfire, Coffee and Conversation programming.

For more information call 712.366.4900.


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