Cowboy music and heritage

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Do you know the difference between cowboy music and country music?

Ron Scoffield has always had a connection with the Old West. He repairs/restores horse drawn carriages and stagecoaches (in fact, he participated in the Bicentennial Wagon Train), and plays guitar while singing cowboy music. During the summer, his Red Mule Ranch hosts Cowboy Campfire Nights, which offers cowboy music, cowboy poetry, and a BBQ. Ron’s brother, Gary, was in town to join him on stage, so I sat down with both of them as they sang a couple of songs, and shared their stories.

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Old radio shows and creativity

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With podcasts, we’ve actually returned to the good old days of radio, when there were entertaining shows – comedy, drama, suspense. Robert and Rosemarie Gerould of the Bob and Ro Radio Show re-enact old radio shows with scripts actually written during the original radio show days.

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Books and sacred places

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Vintage or antique books are portals for time travel, which is one reason I love strolling through antique fairs; especially antique book fairs. I spoke with a few vendors at a recent Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.

Also, we visit Effigy Mounds in Iowa.

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Shoes and Roosevelt

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Footwear either provide necessary protection or present fashion statements. Vintage shoes provide a visual historical perspective and perhaps a family connection with an ancestor. This week, the Center for Sacramento History is presenting an exhibit of their shoe collection. I sat down with Veronica L. Kandl, Curator of History, and Rebecca Crowther, Photographs Archivist, about shoe textiles used over the last 100 years, stories associated with footwear and methods of storage. And, we visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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