The second annual fundraiser for the Lovell-Kane Area Museum is set for Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m., at the Lovell Community Center. The evening will include dinner, live music, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction.
Two great-great-granddaughters of historic figure Henry Clay Lovell are expected to attend. Both live in New Jersey and have never visited the area named after their ancestor.
“We are excited to have Lisa Lovell Zayac and her sister Maria Vogt attend the event,” said event organizer Karen Spragg. “The mayor will present them with keys to the city and we plan to take them on a scenic tour of the area while they are here.”
John Allred and the Allred Family Band are this year’s featured entertainment. The band will provide an evening of country western music and space will be made for those inspired to get up and dance. The band will feature Allred, his sister Kathy Leonhardt, “a couple of close relatives” and one of his fiddle-playing granddaughters, Colette Boyette from Midlothian, Texas.
Allred was born and raised in Lovell and started playing in bands around the Big Horn Basin area when he was only 16 years old. He now lives in Groesbeck, Texas. Allred is retired but still spends much of his time raising cattle and playing music.
Brett Marchant will also make an appearance at the event. Marchant delighted the audience last year with his stories set to music about life in the Big Horn Basin.
A silent auction will offer a number of unique items including beautifully framed copies of historic photographs of the area, two framed Charles Russell prints and a custom lampshade made by Anita LaFleiche. These and other donated items will remain up for bid most of the evening at a silent auction. Framed and matted reproductions of vintage photos of the area will also be raffled this year.
The Lovell Woman’s Club will be serving pulled pork prepared by Wayne and Sam Spragg this year. Dinner will also include coleslaw, dessert and beverage. The cost is $12. All proceeds will benefit the museum.
In its first year the event sold 382 out of 400 tickets offered. The 400 tickets that are available this year are expected to sell out before the event.
The tickets can be purchased at the Lovell Chamber of Commerce or from any Lovell-Kane Area Museum board member. For more information, contact Spragg at 548-7212.
By Patti Carpenter