Crestone Eagle, March 2004:
ScSeed sponsors 4th Annual Ranching Celebration Potluck ĎDonít Fence Me Iní
by Liza Marron & Linda Joseph
time again for a good ol' story swappin', lie slingin', vittle
slurpin' and fiddle dancin' time. This is ScSEED's fourth
annual Ranching Celebration Potluck on Sunday, March 7, at
1:30pm in the Saguache Community Center, and every time it
gets better. Saguache County's favorite ranch poet, Peggy
Godfrey, will be there to entertain you, along with get down,
get excitin' plunkin' from John Baker and the boys. Locals
will spin some marvelous tales about their daily antics past
Last year the event's potluck sported local lamb, beef, elk,
chicken, enchiladas, chiles, greens, cornbread, desserts and
so much doggone good vittles a person had to stay and hear
the stories for lack of ability to stagger out the door. This
year's feast is expected to be accompanied by much laughter
and sharing as neighbors near and far gather for some homespun
humor, history and old timey music.
If you've never seen Peggy Godfrey's impression of a chicken
laying an egg, you have never really laughed. Her hilarious
antics will free even the most chicken-hearted participants
to head to the mike without fear of appearing foolish. Nathrup's
jewel of a Cowboy poet and old time fiddler Dennis Fischer
had the crowd in hysterics two years ago with the story of
the day he told his daddy he wasn't milkin' cows anymore.
The event is open to all neighbors in the Valley and out.
Stories in Spanish are welcome and there is a time slot at
the end for spur of the moment performers.
ScSEED is inviting individuals and other regional organizations
to be partners on a project to preserve knowledge of the agricultural
way of life—the historical and cultural heritage of
the northern San Luis Valley—for the benefit of current
and future generations here.
Entitled "Don't Fence Me In", this project will
document ranching relics, seasonal activities, stories, poems
and songs that characterize the local ranching families. A
short version of the video and accompanying curriculum plan
will be used to educate students across the Valley and statewide
through school, community and club settings. A longer series
aimed at tourists and adults throughout Colorado will educate
citizens about their rural communities and the threats to
this way of life. A complete archival version will serve to
preserve Valley heritage before many elders are no longer
around to tell their stories.
ScSEED has already contributed funding and documented footage
from it's annual Ranching Celebration. A 2-hour video tape
of the 2003 Ranching Celebration is available for $15, with
proceeds going to support local citizen projects.
ScSEED is seeking partners and matching funds from a variety
of sources in order to receive a grant from the Colorado Council
for the Arts: Please contact ScSEED if you would like to be
a sponsoring partner or for details. ScSEED: P.O. Box 372,
Saguache, CO 81149, 719 655-2775, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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