Originally Published: July 26, 2012 10:02 p.m.
The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society presents its first Western Storytellers and Cowboy Poets this weekend at the new D-H Historic Museum building.
A chuckwagon dinner starts the event at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $5 donation gets a hamburger or hotdog, cowboy beans, corn, and a drink.
The first performer begins the show at 6 p.m. Six poets and storytellers will perform each evening for about 20 minutes with a 5-minute break between performances and a half-hour intermission.
During the event, George and Lynn Phippen will have artwork on exhibit and for sale. Many of the performers also have CDs or books available for purchase. The event will be filmed for a future DVD and possible book release.
Special guest Gail Steiger, nationally known poet and grandson of Gail Gardner, will close the show on Sunday. As J.P. Gorham put it, "This is like putting on a high school talent show and having Jennifer Lopez show up to perform."
Buck Miner winters in Prescott, plays guitar and writes his own songs.
J.P. Gorham has performed his cowboy poetry for 17 years around the country.
Chris Berry of Dewey-Humboldt is a television, film and music producer, comedy writer and musician.
Kevin Leonard, Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society president, author, and pack trail adventurer, will speak about his trips to historical mining and Native American sites.
Don Fernwalt lives in Mayer and is a working cowboy and poet.
Joe Briggs, storyteller, hails from Chino Valley and has retired from a life of large animal veterinary and ranch work in the Four Corners area.
Jim Orr, a cowboy who worked on ranches in Goodwin, he writes poetry and currently resides at the Pioneers Home in Prescott.
Betty Dickinson Kent, another Pioneers Home resident, spent most of her life as a working cowgirl in the Verde area.
Gerald Hoyer, a D-H resident, entertains himself and grandkids with his poetry and hymn lyrics.
Special guest Gail Steiger, grandson of Gail Garnder, closes the show on Sunday with his poetry and storytelling.