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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: An Annual Festival of Music, Stories & Poetry of the West

Program Number: 14371RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/19/2014 - 2/23/2014; 2/25/2015 - 3/1/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Fort Davis, Texas
Price starting at: $768.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Festivals, Misc.; Music Appreciation
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

After a hard day on the trail, cowboys of the Old West entertained one another around the campfire with poems, songs and tall tales. The annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering continues this rich tradition by gathering singers, songwriters, storytellers, artisans and craftsmen in the west Texas mountains. Observe chuck wagon cooking and blacksmithing or try the Texas two-step while learning about life on the trail in encounters with performers.




Highlights

• Enjoy a behind-the-scenes performance by two musicians and storytellers featured in the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
• Step back in time and into historic, post-Civil War Fort Davis to learn about buffalo soldiers, skirmishes with Native Americans and life at the fort for soldiers and their families.
• Enjoy performances at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and absorb the spirit of Country and Western music through lively performances.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



To see the headliners who will be featured at the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, check http://texascowboypoetry.com.




Date Specific Information

2-19-2014

In 2013, Baxter Black made a special appearance. Visit texascowboypoetry.com to see who will headline the 2014 Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering!




Fort Davis

Established as a major station on the Overland Route, the west Texas town of Fort Davis is situated amid the beautiful Davis Mountains. Home to numerous outdoor recreational and conservation parks, Fort Davis' clear skies attract stargazers, while abundant wildlife draws birders and nature lovers.



Accommodations
Homey cabins with two double beds, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, and private porch.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Glenn Moreland

Glenn Moreland began playing the fiddle and guitar in the late 1960's around Austin, Texas. He fell in love with cowboy songs and took up the fiddle in order to learn the tunes that were the favorites of the cowhands. After receiving his B.A. in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University, he worked for the USDA as a cattle inspector, and spent a year in the feed lots near El Paso. For the past 30 years, Glenn has worked on area ranches, as well as the family ranching interests. While working as a cowboy in West Texas, he added many songs to his repertoire, including some that he wrote. He has been nominated by his peers as a performing musician to the Academy of Western Artists. Glenn's quick wit, wry humor and knowledge of cowboy history make him a favorite performer.
 
Washtub Jerry

Named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the Western Music Association in 1999, Washtub Jerry is a recognized authority on building and playing the washtub bass. Jerry has performed with Patsy Montana, Yakov Smirnoff, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Peter Yarrow, Johnny Gimble and hundreds of other musicians. He has participated in musical cultural exchanges in Russia, Germany and Ireland, and has authored and published four books. Washtub Jerry is the fifth generation descendant of South Dakota homesteaders, and has lived among West Texas ranchers and cowboys for over four decades.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
  Fort Davis, TX 4 nights
 Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
Type: Lodge
  Description: The lodge is located on 10 acres less than a mile south of historic Fort Davis, Texas. The relaxing, inviting atmosphere features lectures, entertainment, meals, and lodging all on site within easy walking distance. Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center, formerly Davis Mountains Education Center, in association with Elderhostel and Road Scholar, has provided educational adventures to adults and youth since 1989.
  Contact info: 501 E Musquiz Dr
PO Box 1138
Fort Davis, TX 79734 USA
phone: 432-426-3481
web: www.mountaintrailslodge.com
  Room amenities: Duplex cabins feature wireless Internet access, heating and air conditioning, and private porches. Each cabin has a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, private bath with shower, reading lights above the beds, and sitting area.
  Facility amenities: From your front porch, enjoy wide vistas of the Chihuahuan Desert and foothills of the Davis Mountains. Star pad and telescopes are located on premises for star gazing with our staff astronomer. Classroom and dining areas are within easy walking distance. Parking is available at each room with secure parking on site during your program travels. Satellite television and telephone for local calls are available in common areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $94.00 Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY. If you wish to arrive early or stay late, you may rent a car at the El Paso airport and park it at the Lodge.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $94.00 Lodging is available nights before and after program. For those arriving via our El Paso shuttle, please remember that our shuttle runs on program start and end dates ONLY. If you wish to arrive early or stay late, you may rent a car at the El Paso airport and park it at the Lodge.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in to Mountain Trails Lodge starting at 3:00 PM. Program begins with orientation at 4:30 PM. You will be staying at Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Shuttle departs for El Paso airport at 8:00 AM. Independent departures check out by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must sign and return the Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center Liability Release Form before the program starts.
  Parking availability:
Free outdoor parking is available at Mountain Trails Lodge during your program. We do have RV parking but do NOT have RV hook ups.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fort Davis, TX
  Nearest highway: Texas State Highways 17 & 118; Interstate I-10, 36 miles north
  Nearest airport:  El Paso International Airport and Midland International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Fort Davis, TX
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

El Paso to Fort Davis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mountain Trails Lodge
phone: 432-426-3481
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$150 round trip ($75 one way)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 

 

Distance:

 

200 miles

   

As a courtesy, the lodge offers shuttle service from El Paso to Fort Davis on program start and end dates ONLY. Participants must be at one of these pickup locations before departure time of 11:00 AM Mountain time on program start date: Hyatt Place El Paso Airport (915.771.0022), Wyndham El Paso Airport Inn (800.996.3426) or Microtel El Paso (888.771.7171). Shuttle returns you to the airport by 11:00 AM Mountain time on program end date. Pay on arrival at the lodge by cash, check or credit card.

 
Driving Directions
  From Eastern U.S. - San Antonio to Fort Davis Take I-10 West to Balmorhea. At Balmorhea, take the Highway 17 exit and turn left under the overpass. Follow Highway 17 South to Fort Davis. You will see signs to Fort Davis National Historic Site and McDonald Observatory. When you reach Fort Davis, Highway 17 merges with Highway 118 at a “T” intersection. Turn left, and continue past the Fort Davis National Historic Site (on your right). Just past the courthouse, go left at the "Y" towards Alpine on Highway 118 South. Travel 3/4 mile and turn left through the gate into Mountain Trails Lodge.
  From Northern US - Dallas/Fort Worth and Midland/Odessa to Fort Davis Take I-20 through Midland/Odessa to Pecos. Take the Highway 17 exit and turn left. Travel south on Highway 17 to I-10. Highway 17 and I-10 merge for about a mile. At Balmorhea, turn left under the overpass and follow Highway 17 South to Fort Davis. You will see signs to Fort Davis National Historic Site and McDonald Observatory. When you reach Fort Davis, Highway 17 merges with Highway 118 at a “T” intersection. Turn left, and continue past the Fort Davis National Historic Site (on your right). Just past the courthouse, go left at the "Y" towards Alpine on Highway 118 South. Travel 3/4 mile and turn left through the gate into Mountain Trails Lodge.
  From Western U.S. - El Paso to Fort Davis Take I-10 to Van Horn. Take the Highway 90 exit, and turn right at the light. Follow Highway 90 east through Valentine. Several miles past Valentine, you will see a sign for Fort Davis. Turn left onto highway 505. Follow Highway 505 northeast to Highway 166. Turn right, and follow Highway 166 East to the junction of Highway 17. Turn left and follow Highway 17 to Fort Davis. At the “Y,” bear right towards Alpine on Highway 118 South. Travel 3/4 mile and turn left through the gate into Mountain Trails Lodge. REMEMBER WHEN TRAVELING FROM EL PASO OR NEW MEXICO, THERE WILL BE A TIME CHANGE OF ONE HOUR FORWARD TO CENTRAL TIME.
Elevation Note: Fort Davis, Texas, is located at 5,050 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals/Western Entertainment
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Afternoon: Welcome and orientation session begins at 4:30.
 Dinner: Authentic West Texas BBQ in the Lodge dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes performance by two musicians/storytellers featured in the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cowboy Culture / Fort Davis National Historic Site / Museum of the Big Bend
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the lodge dining room.
 Morning: Embark on a journey into historic post-civil war Fort Davis. A local historian will take you into the world of buffalo soldiers, Native American inhabitants and skirmishes, and life at the fort for the families of the guardians of the Last Frontier.
 Lunch: In the lodge dining room.
 Afternoon: Lecture by local expert, and featured musician and storyteller at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, on cowboy culture. Later, view western art at a local gallery.
 Dinner: Regional cuisine served in the lodge dining room.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cowboy Poetry Gathering
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Cowboy chuckwagon breakfast served outdoors.
 Morning: Compare the styles and subject matter of various performing artists on stages around Sul Ross State University.
 Lunch: In the University Center on campus.
 Afternoon: Cowboy Poetry Gathering performances.
 Dinner: Home cooked meal near the campus.
 Evening: Absorb the spirit of Country and Western music through a lively stage performance.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cowboy Poetry Gathering
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast served in the lodge dining room.
 Morning: Cowboy Poetry Gathering performances.
 Lunch: Hearty box lunches on campus.
 Afternoon: Cowboy Poetry Gathering performances.
 Dinner: Authentic home cooked Tex-Mex near campus.
 Evening: Final evening wrap-up: Stage performances.
   
Accommodations: Mountain Trails Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Departures
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served in the lodge dining room.
 Morning: We say our goodbyes after breakfast. The shuttle leaves at 8:00 AM to arrive at the El Paso International Airport by 11:00 AM. For those departing independently, check out is at 11:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Cowboy Poets and Cowboy Poetry


Author: David Stanley and Elaine Thathcher


Cowboy Poetry Matters


Author: Robert McDowell


Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin'


Author: Virginia Bennett




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