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Fri, Oct. 18

Voices of Western Women Saturday talk at Phippen

Facing West: Voices of Western Women, a special extended presentation, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Phippen Museum. Six female authors from Yavapai County will read or perform their works.

The name of the event comes from the book “Facing West: Voices of Western Women” by local author Sally Harper Bates. The event features the voices of local women sharing their lives in story, poem, prose and song.

Speakers scheduled to attend include Amy Hale Auker, Heidi Thomas, Shawn Cameron, Daisy Dillard and Janet Moore.

Born and raised in Prescott, Bates’ roots are sunk deep in the malapai ridges of Yavapai County. Her ancestry rambles through the culture and heritage of the working cowboy, with her dad working ranches in the shade of Camp Wood Mountain for more than 50 years, and her grandfather cowboying in western New Mexico as a young man.

Bates is a writer, poet, songwriter and photographer, and has been nominated four times as Female Cowboy Poet of the Year through the Academy of Western Artists. She spent most of her life in the company of cowboys and their families and, having both friends and family who worked on ranches and earning their keep as cowboys, she brings an authentic, first-hand observer’s insight to her writing.

Join the Phippen Museum for this heartfelt presentation, and experience the poems, stories, and lyrics that reflect the vibrant world of the working West through the unique insight, reflections and recollections of some of the area’s most creative, local cowgirls.

Admission for this event is free for museum members and included in the price of general admission for guests. Get there early as seating is limited.

For more information, call 928-778-1385. Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89 at the roundabout.

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