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Phil Janowsky to present pictures, songs and stories of the American cowboy

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be the venue for a very special evening with Phil Janowsky on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

The program, “Pictures, Songs, and Stories of the American Cowboy,” is a multimedia presentation on the history of the rise and development of the cattle culture in the western hemisphere.

The story begins with the second voyage of Columbus to the New World, at which time he brought horses and cattle from the Andulsia area of Spain to Cuba. From there they were taken to Nueva España, or Mexico. The livestock were driven from there to Baja, California and to Tejas, or Texas. This gave rise to the great cattle drives that followed the Civil War.

Janowsky tells and sings the story, accompanying himself on guitar, against a backdrop of beautiful slides of Western art, including Remington, Russell and others. Among the old traditional songs are “Chisholm Trail,”Red River Valley” and the haunting night rider song “Doney Gal.”

Janowsky has given this presentation in five western states at numerous venues, from Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau and 4-H banquets, to rodeos, stock shows and western museums.

He has also performed at the historic Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyo., and several West Fests sponsored by Martin Michael Murphey.

Following a presentation for Gail Gardner in Prescott, Ariz., Gail remarked, “You sing ‘em, and you sing ‘em right. You made my day and many to come.” Gail was one of the original cowboy poets, having written “Sierry Peets” and “Dude Wrangler.” Janowsky was also a compadre of Curley Fletcher, who wrote the popular “Strawberry Roan.”

The public is invited to this entertaining evening of western history, art and music.

There is no admission fee, though a freewill offering will be taken to support the food pantry.

St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information, call 731-5801.

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