Monday, January 31, 2011

Old Sheepherders' Party

Last weekend was the 2011 Old Sheepherders' Party at the Border Inn. It was another great celebration, with lots of great food, stories, and general good fun. Friday evening was open mike, and we heard some great stories of life out on the range, some risque jokes, super singing, and much more.

Saturday morning sported the sourdough pancake breakfast and range tour. In the afternoon, , entertainer Sid Hausman kept the crowd in a good mood.

Sid Hausman is a real treat. A talented musician, songwriter, and artist, he had something for everyone in the program. I was in awe of his musical ability, he made it seem so easy!

He switched to a banjo, giving a perfect twang for his Southwest-themed music.

Denys Koyle, who came up with the idea of the Sheepherders' Party, took a couple minutes to dance with the youngest member of the crowd.

Ukelele? You bet. He made it sound good, too!

Then it was time to get ready for the Basque-style dinner. We enjoyed conversing with our tablemates, a mixture of people we knew and people we got to know.

The food was delicious: soup, salad, lamb, beef, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, wine, punch, and ice cream and cookie for dessert.

The cafe was packed, and everyone was having a good time.

Then it was time to visit with friends and tap our feet to the music of the Silver Sage Band. What a great party. We can't wait till next year!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Upcoming Events

There are lots of exciting events coming up this year in Snake Valley! Be sure to mark your calendars, and if you know of any others, please leave a comment.

January 21-22 Sheepherder's Party at the Border Inn (call 234-7300 for more details)

February 25 Harvest Festival at Baker Hall (fundraiser for Baker and Garrison schools)

March 5 Messier Marathon--an astronomy marathon sponsored by Great Basin National Park

May - School year ends and graduation

June 17-19 Snake Valley Festival, a fun family event with lots of activities (fundraiser for Great Basin Water Network)

July 4 - Fourth of July festivities

July 29-31 Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival--peer through one of over 100 telescopes at the great night sky

August 1-3 Bioblitz at Great Basin National Park--join entomologists and park staff as they document Hymenoptera--bees, wasps, and ants in the park and look for new species to science

September 3 Snake Valley Days BBQ & Dance (fundraiser for the Snake Valley Volunteer Fire Department)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a wonderful 2011 from beautiful (but frigid) Snake Valley!