April 2021 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Updates

No Fooling!

Here is the latest news from the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation.

Our first Stories from Seniors book, featuring biographies and poems based on the stories of local seniors is now available. To order your copy, contact Jen Zollner by email: jzollner10@gmail.com or by phone 403-529-6384. Own this important piece of local history for only $15.

Special thanks to our print sponsor, Hale Hearing of Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat News did a story on our Stories from Seniors project, where they interviewed our President, Jen Zollner. See the article on our events page or go to the Medicine Hat News link.

Our April 2021 Stories from Seniors video is about George Rissling and his dairy farm. Ayrshire Canada graciously supplied the Ayrshire image used in the video and the book.

To see this story and all previous stories: https://mhcowboylife.com/cowboy-stories/stories-from-seniors/

Did you miss the March Newsletter? Go to https://mhcowboylife.com/newsletter-medicine-hat-cowboy-life/ to see all previous newsletters.

March 2021 Newsletter Now Available

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is pleased to release the March 2021 edition of the newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life.

This month we celebrate barns. Farm and ranch kids all have stories about playing and working in barns. President, Jen Zollner and our in-house videographer, Cheryl Dust recently toured the Medicine Hat area to take photos of local barns, which inspired us to feature barns in the March issue.

Did you know farmers could order a barn from the Eaton’s catalogue? Read about the history of the “original Amazon”.

Find the link to our latest Stories from Seniors, The Old Barn, featuring 93-year-old cowboy poet, Buddy Gale. Read the interview in the newsletter.

Learn about the legacy of Daniel Massey of Massey-Ferguson, name synonymous with farm equipment.

Our featured horse is the Curly, so named for its curly coat, mane and even eyelashes!

We’ve also added more information to our web site page ‘Round Medicine Hat featuring Chappice Lake.

Hope you enjoy our celebration of barns.

Bonus for our blog readers: link to Little Jimmie Dickens’ song Out Behind the Barn

New Senior Story, AGM and other news from Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry

Already a month of the new year is gone! We are excited to bring you our latest mini-documentary in our Stories from Seniors series, We Got Charolais Cows by the charming Grace Roth. See for yourself:

https://mhcowboylife.com/cowboy-stories/stories-from-seniors/

You can also link to all our previous videos.

The Stories from Seniors program has proven to be most gratifying for all. Jen and Cheryl (videographer) report that the storytellers show up for the shoot dressed to the nines and carrying themselves like they are Hollywood stars! If someone you know has a good story to tell and would like to “experience fame” contact Jen Zollner, 403-529-6384 or mailto: jzollner10@gmail.com.

Notice of Annual General Meeting:

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation ‘s annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 7PM via Zoom. All members will be sent the meeting details. On the agenda is a plea for a new treasurer. Our current treasurer, Carol Eisenbarth, is needing to step away from some of her commitments. She reports that the job is not onerous, a few hours per month. She is willing to train and guide the new treasurer. If you or someone you know is willing to take on this vital role, please contact Jen Zollner.

Book of Senior Stories Coming Soon

From our Stories from Seniors project came the inspiration to create a book with the biographies of the contributors, the printed poetry and art by two local artists, for readers to enjoy anytime. Jen and Shelley have been working tirelessly to bring this book to print. If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring the first print run of the book, contact Jen Zollner. You can also pre-order your copy for $15 by connecting with Jen.

Visit our web site: http://www.MHCowboyLife.com

See our past Medicine Hat Cowboy Life newsletters. See our Cowboy stories, including Stories From Seniors. See ‘Round Medicine Hat for interesting history of places in the Medicine Hat area. http://www.MHCowboyLife.com

Join Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation

Members receive the 2021 edition of our souvenir coaster. This year’s is rawhide and will be available soon.

Your $20 membership helps us collect Stories from Seniors and share them with the world. We also work with 4-H members to bring youth and seniors together.

With our partner, Medicine Hat Public Library, we are committed to preserving cowboy culture. One way we do that is by building a collection of cowboy poetry and music for patrons to borrow from the library.

Donations to the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation are gratefully accepted and rewarded with a tax receipt.

Country fun:

Happy New Year 2021

The next mini-documentary in our Seniors Stories series has been posted to our web site. It features Florus Bouman and his story about Hockey Night in Canada. Link

If you or a senior in your life has a country story to tell, contact Jen Zollner at 403.529.6384 or by email:jzollner10@gmail.com.

While you’re on our website, MHCowboyLife.com, check out our additional story on Chappice Lake, featured in our first newsletter. In 1921 Chappice Lake was the scene of Charles Hatfield’s infamous rainmaking venture. Link

If you know anyone who is interested in cowboy life around Medicine Hat (or farther afield) please share our links with them.

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation wishes you all a safe and prosperous new year. Hope to see you along the trail.

December 2020 Medicine Hat Cowboy Life

See the latest news from the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation in our newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life. You’ll see highlights from the September 2020 show and you’ll learn about Will James, a Canadian Cowboy with connection to Medicine Hat.

In the spirit of the season you’ll even learn what treats to put under the Christmas tree for your favourite equine companion!

We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

2020 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Show a Complete Success!

September 27, 2020, Kin Coulee, Medicine Hat, AB

The second Annual Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Music Show sponsored by the Medicine Hat Public Library was wildly successful.

See show highlights here:

Over 100 fans gathered to enjoy a variety show on a mild, albeit windy, fall Sunday afternoon in the park.

Chief Librarian, Ken Feser welcomed the audience to the one live event scheduled for the library’s Culture Days.

Ken Feser, Chief Librarian, Medicine Hat Public Library

President and foundation founder, Jen Zollner thanked volunteers and recited her poem about the Medicine Hat horse, which she suggested could be official mascot of Medicine Hat!

Jen Zollner, President of Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation.

Mayor Ted Clugston handily recited Rudyard Kipling’s “If”; while not a cowboy poem, it embodies the cowboy spirit. (He had another engagement so left his cowboy gear at home!)

Medicine Hat Mayor, Ted Clugston

Local 4-H member, ten-year-old Kimberley Straub battled her nerves and recited a poem, written by Jen Zollner based on Kimberley’s speech about her favourite place: her family farm’s barn. One of the mandates of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is to build connections between rural seniors and rural kids, like 4-H members.

Emcee, Shelley Goldbeck with
4-H Member, Kimberley Straub

The first half of the show featured Doris Daley, one of the current top Cowboy Poets on the circuit. COVID-19 actually helped us: usually Doris would be on tour in the US this time of year.

Doris did not disappoint. She delivered original poems that everyone can relate to, even if they don’t have roots in the country.

Doris Daley, Cowboy Poet

Following her part of the show, Doris presented some books and CDs to Ken Feser, Chief Librarian of the Medicine Hat Public Library, the inaugural resources for the future cowboy poetry “shelf” at the library. See Doris’s presentation here:

At intermission, Darren Lutz conducted a live auction for a jacket donated by Murray Chev Olds, a camp stove donated by Peavey Mart, and the handmade Horse Wisdom blanket donated by Jen Zollner, which the successful bidder, Bill Haysom, donated back to the Foundation to be displayed at the Medicine Hat Public Library.

In the second half local singer/songwriter, Jessica Schnell, who happens to be Jen’s granddaughter, sang three songs, showcasing her amazing musical talents.

Jessica Schnell, Singer Songwriter

The final performer of the show was Doc Mehl, who entertained the audience with a mix of serious and goofy poems and songs. Doris joined him (her husband) on stage to play the soda pop bottle for his final song, a parody of “Big Bad John”, called “Long, Long Johns”. Very entertaining stuff.

Doc Mehl, Singer Songwriter

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation was thrilled to be able to offer a live show in the midst of the live-performance desert known as COVID-19! The positive feedback has encouraged us to plan a show for next fall.

If you are interested in being part of the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation, we are interested in you. Send an email to Jen at mhcowboylife@gmail.com.

Hope to see you all next year!

Medicine Hat Cowboy Life September 2020 Newsletter

The Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation is pleased to release its first issue of their official newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life.

In its pages, you will see the announcement of our LIVE! 2020 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show on September 27, 2020.

Riding on the success of the 2019 Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Show, Singer-Songwriter-Bandleader, Get-It-Done-Chief, Jen Zollner was inspired to form the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation.

Since its inception as a registered society, Jen and her team have worked on many fronts to meet the mandate of the Foundation: To preserve, promote and perform Cowboy Poetry and Western Music in Medicine Hat and Area.

Our show during Medicine Hat Public Library Culture Days later this month (September 2020) is one vehicle for realizing the Foundation’s goals. We are pleased to feature Doris Daley, cowboy poetry royalty!

Another is our newsletter, Medicine Hat Cowboy Life. In its pages you will learn more about the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation, Medicine Hat history, Cowboy Lingo, the Medicine Hat Horse breed, poetry and tidbits about Cowboy Life.

We welcome your feedback and contributions.

Welcome to Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation

Welcome to the Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation web site, MHCowboyLife.com

The foundation was created to bring Cowboy Poetry and Western Music to the Medicine Hat area.

Our initial plan was to organize a Cowboy Poetry and Music event each year.

Our hope was to attract young people as in 4-H Clubs, to our unique art form using stories, poems and music to preserve and celebrate cowboy history and the cowboy way of life.

When Covid-19 hit, our live shows were suspended as was all hope of in-person connections with 4-H.

In the true “git-er-done” cowboy fashion we began developing other ideas.

Like having a virtual Cowboy Show. We are currently working on what that looks like. You might want to check out the Willow Creek Virtual Cowboy Gathering.

We also started a Cowboy Vernacular document to record vocabulary for country and cowboy life. That has morphed into a book that will be available on this site.

We developed a Cowboy Poetry Writing workshop that we will be offering online.

We’ve also started collecting local rural stories from seniors with the goal to create poems and songs from their stories. The seniors we’ve connected with love to share their stories and we are delighted to be building a library of local history on our web site.

How do you get involved with Medicine Hat Cowboy Poetry Foundation?

We are actively seeking members who want to be part of this exciting adventure. Perhaps you are able to spare $20 for an annual membership.

All 2020 memberships include this handsome souvenir coaster.

2020 Membership Coaster

Perhaps you have some time to spare and would like to visit with seniors to collect their stories.

Or share your writing know-how at one of our workshops.

Or try your hand at writing poems from your experiences.

There are many ways you can be involved.

To get your 2020 souvenir coaster, connect with Carol Eisenbarth at MHCowboyLife@gmail.com