The Creative Gathering
Date: February 17-19, 2005
Place: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave.
Sponsors: Ameristar Casino & Best Western Crossroad of the
Contact: Western Trails Historic Center: (712) 366-4900
Dick Zion, Museum Guide; Teressa Sward, Museum Guide; K.C. Hummel, Site Manager
The Western Historic Trails Center will host “The Creative Gathering”
February 17-19, 2005, at 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The event is a collection of fun activities that focus on entertainment and education
for the entire family.
17, 1-4 p.m.
The creative weekend
kicks off with our regularly scheduled jam session from 1-4 p.m. Termed “Jam
and Bread,” attendees are served fresh baked bread and excellent traditional
18, 7-9 p.m.
area “Slow Jam” group will move their regularly scheduled Friday evening
jam to the Western Historic Trails Center for our event. As the name implies,
they play mostly fiddle tunes at a slower pace. This allows the musicians to concentrate
on learning the song. This Friday evening jam will allow musicians who normally
work during the day to experience the great jamming at the Trails Center. Refreshments
will be provided.
There is a
five-dollar fee for the Saturday day events. One $5.00 ticket will let you into
any or all-daytime events. There is a $10 per person charge for the Saturday evening
concert in the theatre and seating is limited.
- Cherie Beam Clark
Cherie Beam Clark,
A noted historian, teacher, naturalist, and educator, Cherie presents GETTING
CRAZY WITH RHYTHM in the Rotunda.
“Ready to be silly, laugh a lot, have fun and make music?
We’ll use drums, unusual instruments, our mouths and even our bodies.
Come on, let’s rock and vibrate with rhythm.
What to bring: Your hands, legs, arms, feet and mouth.”
Group size limit is 35
children and participants must be at least 8 years old.
Dennis Devine, Johnny Cash Fan #1
Council Bluffs resident, is recognized in two recent books on the life of Johnny
Cash as the “World’s Number One Johnny Cash Fan.” It is a title
Dennis is very proud of. He was instrumental in bringing Johnny and his show to
Council Bluffs twice in the past. Dennis has closely followed John and his career
since 1960 and through the years became a personal friend of Johnny and June Carter
Cash. A recent collection of remembrances written by those who knew Cash best
includes only two fan-written chapters and Dennis Devine wrote one of them. His
stories, remembrances, opinions, knowledge, photos, and memorabilia of and about
Johnny Cash are the valuable core of Dennis Devine’s presentations. Dennis
will autograph copies of the book after his presentation.
dinner on the ground with blankets on rotunda floor. Bring your own lunch and
blanket or use the provided seating.
Elder Ron Thurber will
conduct a fiddle tune workshop during the lunch period. Elder Thurber comes to
the metro area from Weiser, Idaho. Weiser has hosted a National Old-time Fiddlers
Contest since 1953 and Ron will teach us how they learn fiddle tunes out West.
Joe Watson, "How did I get here?"
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 since. 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 first book, a fictionalized biography, is named Raincrow and
deals with that topic. Joe will visit about his creative process and perform his
songs, prose and poetry. Joe will autograph copies of his new book in the Trails
West Gift shop following his presentation.
Peter, Paul, and Morrie; Parody Song Writing for All
In the spring
of 1989, three middle-aged retreads—all of whom were old enough to know
better—decided to form a trio. Three weeks later they were on stage as a
warm-up act for the Florence Days Melodrama in Omaha. They sang every song they
knew—all five of them. Now they create good parody songs and will talk about
that process and demonstrate their trio's folk music style.
7:30 p.m. Saturday
Night Concert: The Acoustic Billy Buffalo Band
brings The Acoustic Billy Buffalo Band from Fort Dodge to share his brand of original
music. Songwriter and recording artist Smith began his career as a folksinger
in Iowa City in 1970 and recorded the original Billy Buffalo Band album in 1978
in Otho. He's done songwriting workshops for the Iowa Arts Council and has played
all over the state as a member of various groups, including the Frontier Fiddle
Band, the Bobby Awe Band, and P.J. Winn & Southbound. His songs have been
recorded by Leon Redbone, Chuck Henderson, Greg Brown, and Dave Moore. He currently
operates a website at www.shadric.com
where you may download samples of his folk, country, swing, boogie & blues
music. Accompanying Shadric will be longtime Billy Buffalo sidekicks Brian Nelson
on bass; Kris Karr on vocals; acoustic guitar, lap steel & harmonica; and
David Parker on vocals, snare drum, washboard, spoons, mandolin and fiddle. Admission
price is $10.00. Seating is limited.
For information on this
event, please call (712) 366-4900.
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