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Riding the Rhymes
Cowboys saddle up for four-day poetry event

By Nicholas Dewart
January 10, 2008

Doris Daley paints pictures of ranch life, but not in the usual way.As part of a family who ranched in the foothills of Alberta, Canada, for five generations, she knows how to shoot gofers, blow up a beaver dam and jump-start a 1955 John Deer tractor. It’s those experiences she paints with words. And she will give local residents an earful at the 19th annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Arvada. Entertainers from the United States, Canada and Australia will round up at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities to perform poetry and songs from their western heritage. Tales of ranch life, cattle drives and rodeos will transpire at the event…


Cowboy Poets Hoofing it to Arvada



Cowboy Poets Hoofing it to Arvada
Bill Barwick, left, harmonizes with Roz Brown on Jan. 5 at the Buckhorn Exchange, 1000 Osage St., Denver. Barwick will be performing at the 2008 Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

Contributed by: Seth Davis/ staff on 1/11/2008

Liz Masterson, a Denver native, has been involved in organizing the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Arvada since it began in 1990. The singer and yodeler also gives classroom lessons about cowboy poetry and music, and said the efforts to keep the Western traditions alive through today’s youth seem to be paying off.

“I think it’s working real well. I just did (a lesson) out in Nebraska where I spent a week in the schools to talk about singing and yodeling,” Masterson said. “I think kids are really receptive to that. I think it’s a real important mission.”


2007 Denver Post Ovation Awards

2007 Denver Post Ovation Awards: All the winners

Winners were determined by theater critic John Moore from among the 154 Colorado productions opening after Jan. 1 that were either reviewed or observed by all Denver Post critics. Separate “Readers’ choice” designees were determined by an online survey that drew 1,044 unique voters.

Check out all of the Winners and the Reader’s Choices at Denver Post.


The Arvada Center’s talented crew takes home three Ovation Awards and seven Reader’s Choice top five placements.

A good note to start off the new year on…

Congratulations Arvada Center!!!