On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1:00 to 2:30, the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will host the Cowboy Poets of Mesquite return and share their time and talents at the pavilion behind the museum. We are grateful that they will take time to introduce us to this unique and entertaining form of poetry.
The Cowboy Poets of Mesquite were organized in 2006 by the late Butch Burkholder and are sponsored by the Virgin Valley Artists Association. Their goal was to preserve the traditions of western cowboys, ranchers and pioneers through verse and rhyme. Today, the group consists of local poets from Utah and Nevada,
along with snowbirds from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Lee Kimberlin is the last of the original members to remain with the group. Joining him are Marleen Bussma, Marc Bradshaw, Kenny Marshall, Mike Prince, Hap Stuart and Russ Westwood. Members perform their poetry in venues throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
The organization meets twice monthly. Meetings and workshops are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. The next meeting is Oct. 18. at 6:00 p.m. in the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery classroom, located at 15 West Mesquite Blvd. The poets are preparing for the Mesquite Western roundup, which is presented in February of each year.
For more information about the Cowboy Poets of Mesquite, check out their website www.mesquitewesternpoetry.com or contact Russ Westwood at (385) 241-1123.
For more information about this event and the Museum,call (702) 346-5705, find us on Facebook at MesquiteNVMuseum or stop by the Museum at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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