• Tickets on Sale for 15th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

    Celebrate your inner and outer cowboy or cowgirl. The 15th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace at the Monterey Conference Center, One Portola Plaza in Downtown Monterey will be held from Fri. – Sun., Dec. 13-15.(www.montereycowboy.org).Tickets are now on sale.

    The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a popular annual event for all ages. It celebrates Monterey’s contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, music and a first class Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy and learn more about the “cowboy way of life,” including its history, current values and culture. The Festival’s outstanding 2013 performer line-up which includes Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Mike Beck, Paul Zarzyski, Don Edwards, Kristyn Harris, Carolyn Martin, Ed Peekeekoot, Gary Allegretto, Mustang Mikki, Brigid Reedy, Jim and Karen Ross, The Old West Trio and Diane Tribitt.

    The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days plus a fabulous Cowboy Happy Hour with “meet & greets with some of the performers on Friday night. There is also a Late Night Jam Session on Friday night, a Saturday Night Dance with a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest, the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace, a Vaquero Breakfast and silent auction. There is a special Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and features many of the top performers of the weekend. There are different performance sessions throughout the weekend with a great mix of cowboy music and poetry. There will also be a harmonica class with Gary Allegretto on Sunday afternoon.

    About the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace:

    The Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace features more than two dozen artisans offering an array of interesting items for Christmas gifts and collectors, including outstanding Western art, photography and books, clothing, (hats, jewelry, handmade boots, belts, purses, jackets, etc.), custom and antique saddles, Navajo blankets and much more.

    About the Cowboys in the Schools Program:

    The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival also coordinates the popular “Cowboys in the Schools Program” with a special educational event that will be held at the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club for hundreds of visiting schoolchildren. During the school year, volunteers work with local educators to introduce the concept of Cowboy Culture and the influence of the vaquero to a diverse group of elementary school students. This “Cowboy Way of Life” program helps to teach youth self-esteem, ethics, values, writing, art and history. Young people also participate in the “Open Mic” event during the festival weekend. Monterey County has a long historic cowboy tradition that is celebrated at the Festival events.

    For more information about the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, to become a valued sponsor, or a volunteer, visit the website at www.montereycowboy.org .


    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 10, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Arts & Music


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