An evening of lively entertainment and home style cooking is planned for the Lovell-Kane Area Museum fundraiser to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Lovell Community Center, starting at 6 p.m. Already more than 300 tickets have been sold. More tickets are available at the door for those wanting to attend the fun-filled evening and to support efforts to raise money that will be used to either obtain a building or build a new structure to house a museum offering historical artifacts and information about the area.
Poet, singer, songwriter Bret Marchant will perform his original music about events in the area, including songs about the Big Horn County Fair, the Pryor Mountain fire, Devil’s Canyon and a tune about the legendary hermit John Blue. Marchant was born in Lovell and spent his summers at the Dryhead Ranch with his grandfather, who piqued his interested in local history. Also performing with Marchant will be country western music performer Kathy Allred Leonhardt. Both Marchant and Leonhardt have roots going back to the original settlers of this area.
Mallory Estes of Deaver and Olivia Frost of Cowley will add their own unique performances to the evening’s lineup of entertainment. Frost, a third grade student from Rocky Mountain Elementary School, has already attracted local interest with recent performances at other events in the area. Frost writes and performs her own music after only one year of musical study and will debut a new song she wrote at the event. Estes is known locally for her country western style performances.
Bob Acton is cooking one of his famous pulled pork dinners. The dinner will also include baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drinks.
Wilma Scott Terrell will be on hand to autograph a book written by her father Bill Scott entitled, “Pioneers of the Big Horn,” which was recently reprinted.
A raffle will be held for a quilt featuring old photos of Lovell, Kane, Hillsboro, the ML Ranch and other historical locations. A knife made by Wayne Spragg will also be raffled. The winner will have his or her choice of either a folding or hunting style knife.
A silent auction will include an antique gumball machine filled with antique marbles, a bear sculpture made by artist Jeff Rudolph of Cody, an 18-inch wooden Indian figurine, a collector’s stein from Germany, a beautiful watercolor painting of a horse by Betty Hubbell, Janice Fink’s homemade “krautburgers,” a unique folding wooden basket, framed old photos from the area, numerous gift baskets, gift certificates and other donated items.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $10. All proceeds will go directly to a museum building fund.
A museum board was formed in February and is working to establish non-profit status, though the organization is incorporated.
Citizens are welcome to become a member of the Lovell-Kane Area Museum organization for $10 per year. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Lovell Fire Hall at 7 p.m.
By Patti Carpenter