The life of a writer is many things, but one of those should be FUN!
It certainly was for me yesterday evening when I was invited by Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell to be part of the Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for their new store, OutWest Marketing, on Main Street in Newhall, CA. Located on the Western Walk of Fame, the store was the gathering place of a dynamic group of people including city dignitaries.
The Tumbling Tumbleweeds entertained the crowd with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show of musical harmony in the tradition of The Sons of the Pioneers. These talented musicians are award winners having earned the Academy of Western Artists Western Music Duo/Group of the year Award and Western Music Association Crescendo Award for Most Promising Talent in 2008.
Julie Ream, niece of Western movie legend Rex Allen, was present sharing her experiences. Julie was honored in 2007 with the Cowboy Keeper Award from the National Day of the Cowboy for her works in "preserving America's Western heritage and Cowboy Culture."
Jamie Lee Nudie, granddaughter of Rodeo Tailor to the Stars, Nudie Cohen, signed her book, Nudie: The Life and times of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy, for her fans. Jamie brought along Nudie's classic 1964 Pontiac Bonneville, decorated with six-shooter pistols, steer horns and a full Indian headdress.
Chuck "The Rifleman" Connors' son, Jeff Connors, was on hand with the 1892 Winchester SRC from the television series.
And of course, the evening wouldn't be complete without horses. Nancy Pitchford brought along her miniature horses, Star and Angel, from Heads Up Therapy on Horseback. Heads Up provides therapeutic riding to disabled children and adults in group or private sessions. I was so impressed by Star's and Angel's manners as they strolled through the store (yes, that's what I said) greeting guests and having their pictures taken.