Smokey Hills Wranglers®
Mark Bridge - The Lone Hand
Music & 1800's History Show
"Historical Notes - The Songs of America's Heritage"
Smokey Hills Wranglers® Chuck Wagon Supper Show
Minnesota's Original Chuck Wagon Supper Show SM
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Smokey Hills Wranglers - Chuckwagon Supper Show
Hubbard County Historical Society
April 21, 2012
Park Rapids - American Legion
The Songs of America's Heritage
American Heritage In Music
1840 - 1890
With Artifacts From The Period
Dutch Oven Demonstrations and Classes
The soft brush of fingers against guitar strings. The glow of the cook fire reflected off a well worn wagon canvas. A trail weary cowboy, riding night hawk, whistling softly to keep the herd bedded down. The occasional howl of a coyote off in the distance. The night sky is studded with a million stars. This is a night in the old west. This is a night in history.
It seems that teachers of history ignore one very important facet of history. Music of the era. Dates, treaties, battles and philosophies are a very important part of our heritage. Major historical figures serve as examples of American patriotism. We find inspiration in their words and actions. In a way they are our national heroes. But there were many common heroes out there too. Cowboys, pioneers, settlers, miners, explorers, and every day folk helped to create this great nation. Their stories and history are told in song.
Nothing comes close to an eras songs for teaching us what life was like in the past. Through music we learn of peoples goals, passions, concerns, thoughts, and most importantly, their humor. How can a person listen to the song “Clementine” and not smile at the tragic dying scene? “Ruby lips above the water, blowing bubbles soft and fine”. Clementine is a song that has endured for 150 years. It still teaches us and entertains us. Songs like “The Gal I Left Behind Me” and “Cowboys Prayer” had melodies that were developed long before the folks in the old west adapted them to fit their situations. In many cases a melody can be traced back hundreds of years and through many variations. Songs are history.
Much of the history of the old west can be taught in song. From the songs of the gold camps, the civil war, the pioneers and cowboys, people learn how music was a common thread in the old west. The music is presented in a traditional manner, played on acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. In all cases the oldest known lyrics to the songs are used to maintain the accuracy of the music. Traditional music from the 1800's is covered in detail along with fascinating tidbits of history about the old west.
Along with Mark Bridge, The Lone Hand, you will meet figures from history. Pioneers, settlers, miners, outlaws, ranchers and cowboys. Every songand interesting piece of history is a small but important lesson about the old west and our heritage.
The history of westward expansion is presented in a conversational manner and meant to be interactive. Emphasis is placed on everyday life in the old west. Who were the settlers and cowboys? How did they get to where they were going? What was it like to live in the 1800s? Why did people move west? What about the Native Americans?
Comments from past shows.
“A part of our culture I knew little about, very enjoyable and informative
“Lots of fun and serious information
“Better sense of what went on in 1860’s through 1890’s in relation to cattle drives, homesteaders and railroads..”;
“Love the variety.”
“Extremely well done
“Mark’s garb in itself was informative and entertaining”
“Great synopsis of western history
“Music was very entertaining.”
“There’s nothing like music to bond together a community.”
The "Historical Notes - Songs of America's Heritage" show even includes a traveling museum of artifacts from the old west. Specimens include items and photography from the gold rush, pioneers, the Civil War, the cowboys and early logging. It's a fascinating presentation of items and history of the old west.
A very popular addition is to have "The Lone Hand" give Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. The presentation is a fascinating mixture of Dutch oven and Victorian cooking technique and history. Other topics include stack cooking, Dutch oven history, care of Dutch ovens, the art of sour dough, and a variety of techniques that are rather uncommon.
History and music from the 1800's. Interesting history from the gold rush to the high days of logging. Artifacts and curiosities from each period.
The show is wonderful for.
Historical Festivals - Museum Events - Classrooms - Fund Raisers - SASS - Tractor Clubs - Chuck Wagon Events
Experience counts. Mark Bridge
has performed throughout the country.
Some of the events include:
The National Festival of the West
Rex Allen Tribute of the Century
Crown Jewel of Western Music
Medora Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Chuck Wagons of the West
For more information about booking the Lone Hand for your event please use the Contact Page.
Chuck wagon shows are available for your tour group
or special function.
Contact us for more information.
The soft brush of fingers against guitar strings. The glow of the cousies cook fire reflected off a well worn wagon canvas. A trail weary cowboy, riding night hawk, whistling softly to keep the herd bedded down. The occasional howl of a coyote off in the distance. The night sky is studded with a million stars. This is a night in the old west. This is a night in history.
Join the Smokey Hills Wranglers for an evening of good cowboy food and entertainment. You and your family or group can experience an evening in the tradition of the great chuck wagon shows of the west.
This chuckwagon chow line's fare includes tender slices of slow cooked roast beef or delicious BBQ chicken. Included in the meal are cowboy beans, foil-wrapped potatoes, fresh hot biscuits, cool sliced peach, Cookie’s famous cowboy dessert table, hot Arbuckle's’* cowboy coffee and delicious lemonade.
After your cowboy supper, sit back and relax as the Smokey Hills Wranglers entertain you with vintage cowboy, bluegrass, Gospel songs and cowboy comedy. You will enjoy western classics like:
Tumblin’ Tumble Weeds
Ridin’ Down The Canyon
As well as vintage songs from the 1800’s performed as only the Smokey Hills Wranglers can do. The whole family is bound to enjoy an evening at the Smokey Hills Wranglers Chuck Wagon Supper Show.
*The Smokey Hills Wranglers are a licensed distributor of Arbuckle Coffee Roasters of Tucson Arizona.
The Smokey Hills
Wranglers Chuckwagon Supper Show & Historical Notes the Songs of
America's Heritage is wholly owned by Mark Bridge and is a
Lone Hand Production.
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