2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee
Workshops and Demonstrations
Scroll down to browse the various Workshops and Demonstrations planned for the 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee. When there is a fee for a workshop, that money goes directly to the workshop coach/instructor for their time, trouble, and/or supplies. Times listed are estimates—depending on the number of participants it may take a bit longer or go a bit faster.
Also, please note several of our Cowboy Way Crossroads Vendors will be doing demonstrations at their respective booths. Stop by and visit with them, ask questions, and please support them when you are able. It’s a whole lot of work for them, too.
Workshops will be held in the following locations:
The Commissary Building,
The Quarter Master’s Building,
The Parade Grounds.
Check your schedule once you arrive at the 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee to verify times and locations. (Changes may occur between this newsletter and the actual event.)
We hope you find these to be fun and educational. Please do send in your suggestions for future workshops.
To Sign up for Workshops—
Send an email to CowboyWayFest@gmail.com with “Workshops” in the subject.
List the workshop(s) and how many are signing up with you. Or simply sign up at the Registration table when you arrive.
You will PAY the Workshop Leader @ the Time of the Workshop! Bring Cash!
60 mins. $15/person (Harmonica included) OR $35/person includes harmonica and book
The ten-hole, twenty note harmonica (aka harp) is perhaps one of the most uncomplicated musical instruments in the modern world to play. It may look and sound like an intimating little instrument but, really isn’t. Dale will be able to uncloak it’s simple mysteries and show you how to handle your harp with your hands and few basic songs.
However, I’m getting the cart before the horse. There will a very brief history about the harp, from its humble beginnings to where it is today. From there, we become familiar with your course furnished 10-hole harmonica. There is a beginners book that will be for sale the Harmonica Primer Book for Beginners with Video and Audio Access if you wish to buy, that it will explain and show you good information. But you will only get better if you practice.
Next, we will go over learning the basic scale, once you get that down, most everything will come to you much easier. Then, on to basic songs most of us know, like Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and a few others. I know it sounds a little corny but that’s what I started on and some of the greats in music started the same way, playing very basic tunes.
I can show you some tricks I have picked up by myself and from other Harp performers. A great way to learn is by watching the best Harp players crank down on their contraptions, look on You Tube, there are multitudes to learn from but more on that later. But a word of caution, some of them who claim to show you how to play your harp, they even confuse me.
There are so many types of harmonicas and they all have their place in the industry. I will bring along the ones I have to show you examples. Plus give some ideas of what you can accomplish with that simple little ten-hole harp. Here’s a tip the Ol’ Dough; Blues is the easiest type of harp playing there is, no kidding!
So, come one, come all to the fascinating world of harmonica playing where you too, will leave a performer!
Dale “Sourdough” Myres has been playing harmonicas since the age of eleven. Along the years he bought more expensive harps and taught himself types and styles of harp music he heard from records. Over time and learning other music instruments, he became a second-tier professional performer known as “Sourdough Myres Edutainer Extraordinaire”. He was in the Texas Touring Artist Program for six years with his living history camp setup and songs of the 1800’s with the history to go with the music. Also, a member of the Cow Town Opry off and on since 2000.
60 mins. $10/person, $5/child (15 & under)
It is very important to the National Yodeling Queen, Janet McBride that you know she is not a teacher of any kind. However, she is a wonderful coach. She “coached” LeAnn Rimes and Kacey Musgraves to yodel and our wonderful Kristyn Harris as well. Yodeling star Devon Dawson refers students to Ms. McBride.
Janet also ask it be pointed out that she has “…been ‘hooked’ on yodeling since I was eight years of age and ‘self taught,’ but I will do my best to have the kids and adults yodeling along with the most famous yodeling song ever, I want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” What fun!
She goes on to say, “I am not doing a ‘yodeling demonstration’ but a ‘yodeling lesson’ with them yodeling along… I will be 86 years old by May and not all that great [a singer anymore], but I can still get a yodel out of them.” Well, we know she can and will!
Janet was born in California she grew up in Maine where her love of yodeling developed. After marrying she moved back to California in order to record and pursue a yodeling/singing career. Her list of credits is long, suffice it to say. She has worked with Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Roy Clark and even Tex Williams. In 1984, she achieved a life-long ambition by singing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry with Patsy Montana, whose yodeling had always been her inspiration. 1991 she was crowned the “World’s Champion Yodeler” at the Tucson Western Music Festival. Janet has won many awards, with many miles and many CDs under her belt.
45 mins $10 adults, $5 children
Join Award winning performer Kristyn Harris for the basics of guitar playing. Chords, tips, kinds of guitars and more. For beginners — basic parts of the guitar, how to hold the guitar, the names of the strings, how to tune your guitar and how to care for it. And for more advanced how to amp up your skills.
30 mins $10 per person
Ever started humming a tune you weren’t sure where it came from? Have you ever listened to a song on the radio and said “I could do that.” Well, here’s your chance to learn how. Old time Country Music Hall of Fame member Buck Helton has written songs recorded by Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV and many others. Come learn to craft lyrics, Melody, basic arrangements and more!
30 mins no charge
Learn about the U.S. Calvary of the mid- to late 1800s. The uniforms, gear, and weapons with Fort Concho’s Curator of Collections, Cory Robinson. He shares the recently acquired and exquisite McChristian Collection — formerly one of the foremost private collections of cavalry objects.
45 mins. $10 per person
When Daisy Sutton married Col. Benjamin Wettermark, he was mayor and president of the biggest bank in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 1903, he robbed his own bank and left his wife, his children and his mansion behind and became the most wanted man in the U.S. Linda Thorsen Bond, author of the historic novel Saving the Oldest Town in Texas, takes audiences back to the turn of the century with the true story of the woman left behind.
30 mins. no charge, children require guardian permission
Non-shooting course that teaches students the basic knowledge and skill related to firearms in general. Oren explains the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms/ammunition in the home.
Historic Guns with Oren Truitt
45 mins no charge
Examine authentic 1800s firearms up close! Oren Truitt, History Teacher, Curator, and Firearms Instructor shares some of his in-depth knowledge of guns used throughout history and Hollywood. All ages are welcome (we recommend ages 10 and up), no ammunition will be present.
30 mins no charge
What are the basic needs for livestock? How do you know what to feed and do they always eat the same thing? What about grooming? How do you wash a horse? Leslie provides historic information and answers your questions regarding livestock, barn management, and more.
30 mins no charge
What is a mule anyhow? How did they come about? Why does Fort Concho have three mules? And, how were they used by the U.S. Cavalry? Leslie Marshall, Barn Manager for Fort Concho’s Living Stables introduces Barney, Betty, and Mack to Jubilee attendees.
30 mins (a horse, that is) $10 per person
It’s a cinch to saddle a horse! (pun intended) Learn general equine care and how to saddle a horse in this workshop lead by Rancher, Singer, Songwriter, Performer Kristyn Harris. Workshop participants get hands on experience with a real live (very patient) horse.
Horses are pretty smart creatures. Find out what makes them tick, what they like and dislike, and how it varies from horse to horse, just like people. Learn horseback riding theory — mounting, rein handling, guiding, and the all important, stopping.
60 mins $10 per person, ages 7 to adult (cost is for kit)
Focusing on sculpting what you see as well as creative idea development. Learn basic scuplting techniques. Hands on, with scuplting tools and techniques explained. Limited eight per class.
30mins $10 per person
(or get a $5 discount on either an autographed photo or purchase of one of the Silke Justice novels).
Join Award winning Author and Master Acting Coach, Ken Farmer! This workshop will focus will be on Creative Writing, Painting a Picture with Words and believable dialogue. How do you tell the damn story? It’s been said there are three rules to writing a novel…the fly in the buttermilk is, nobody knows what they are. What we do know is the writer must bring the reader into the story by presenting the five senses…See, Hear, Feel, Taste, and Smell. Now when I say Feel, I’m not talking about ‘touch’, I’m talking about emotionally. If the writer doesn’t feel what he’s writing about…neither will the reader.
How do you suck the reader into your story? By writing Believable Dialogue. So, you might ask, ‘What is that?’ The answer is by writing like people talk…not like they write. Learn how to listen to your characters…and then write down what and how they say it.
45 mins $10 per person
What do you need to know to be a great actor? What are the big no-no’s? Do I need to change ___ (fill in the blank)? Do all characters need a back story? What are the drawbacks to acting? What’s the best ___ (fill in the blank)?
You have Questions! Ask, and Gary will answer! 45 minutes of detailed instruction. Gain more confidence. Become an insider. Oh, and remember, this is supposed to be fun! With Gary Clarke as the instructor, how could it not be?
30 mins $5 per person or $5 discount on any book by T.C. Miller
You’ve watched them perform on stage, on television, and in the movies. You love their work, and you’re one of their biggest fans. It’s obvious they’ve worked hard at their craft and are dedicated to their profession. So how do you return the favor?
I’ll give you a step-by-step plan in my hour-long session at the 2020 Cowboy Way Jubilee in San Angelo. There are more ways than ever before to show your love, (including being there in person to shake hands, hug them, and get a picture.)
60 mins $10 per person (includes kit)
Try your hand at beginning leather working. Will the bug bite! Make / embelish a leather key fob or luggage tag to take home or give as a gift. Learn the basic tools and techniques. *MYO = make your own
Voice Overs A-B-Cs with Kathy Garver
30 mins $10 per person
Well…everybody has heard a voice over at one time or another. There are three main categories of voice overs: Character voices, Movie narration, and Commercial Advertising. Veteran actor Kathy Garver walks you through the labyrinth to make sense of this lucrative business.
What’s it Take to be a Rodeo Clown?
with Daryl “Table Legs” Knight
30 mins $5 per person, $1 per child (to cover make up expenses)
Do you have what it takes to be a Rodeo Clown? It’s more than just guts and funny clothes. Get hot tips and a word or two of caution from former Rodeo Clown Daryl “Table Legs” Knight. And you get to play with make up a bit too!
15 mins $10 per person, $5 per child, permission required
Join John Phipps in learning to crack a bullwhip! AKA“Tonto” or “Cisco”, John was tutored by old masters of the whip, teachers to the stars. Each student in the workshop gets 1 on 1 instruction in how to hold a whip, how to draw it back, and bring it forward to snap. Real time practice is also allowed. Phipps discusses the physics of how a whip works, and why you need to move in just the right way. Without proper instruction, one can really get cut up by that flying strip of leather!
If you have your own whip already, bring it along. There will also be vendors selling whips. It is recommended beginners start with the shorter whips (6–8˝). Beginning with a 20+ foot long whip can be quite painful and discouraging.
Concho Cowboy Company Historical Re-enactors
30–45 mins No charge — tips welcome, all ages welcome
Come watch these dedicated amateurs shoot it out! Stand back though — their guns may “only” shoot blanks but a blank can knock over a tin can at 25 feet! All re-enactments will take place on the South Side of the Quarter Master’s Building (the 1 with Art & Celebs). Do let your little ones know its going to get really noisy for a few minutes. But it’s all in good fun, no one really gets hurt, it’s all just pretend.
Open to all ages and free of charge. (There will be a donation can, please feed it, these guys are doing this completely on their own dime!)
Friday May 1 & Saturday May 2 10am and 2pm
Sunday May 3, 2020 11am and 2pm
Workshops Schedules to be Available here, soon!