Monday, September 30, 2013

Phoenicia Wild West Weekend

I got this message from Michael Koegel of Mama's Boy Market. Apparently, there is a Wild West Weekend being planned. Here are the details.

"Cowboy Upstate" this Columbus Day Weekend at Phoenicia's first ever Wild West Weekend, October 12th and 13th.

Phoenicia, NY, recently voted one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" by Budget Travel Magazine, is hosting a weekend of wild west themed events, including a Barn Dance, Gene Autry Film Festival, Chili Cook Off, Cowboy Concert and more.

Events will take place at various venues across Phoenicia including STS Playhouse, Mama's Boy Coffee Shop, The Phoenicia Library and the Parish Hall. Proceeds from some of the events will go to rebuilding the Phoenicia Library after it's devastating fire in 2011 and towards refurbishing The STS Playhouse.

In addition to these events, all local stores have been encouraged to adopt a Wild West theme over the weekend and western themed clothing will be sold at various locations across town. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately to join in the fun!

Event creators, Michael Koegel and Holly George Warren came up with the idea for this event when Koegel (Owner of Mama's Boy Market and Artistic Director of STS Playhouse) heard local resident and writer Holly George Warren being interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross about a book that George Warren had published on Gene Autry. Ms. George Warren, who has published many books on a variety of subjects and was a writer for Rolling Stone, enthusiastically embraced the concept and the weekend was born.

Those interested in competing in the Chili Cook Off need to sign up at Mama's Boy Market and deliver their Chili to Mama's Boy by 11:30AM the morning of the event. Samples will be available for tasting to the general public, who will then vote on their favorites. Prizes will be awarded for best chili.

A complete events list follows.

Saturday October 12
Cowboy Poetry Slam
Phoenicia Library

Gene Autry Double Feature
The Phantom Empire (Episodes 1 and 2) and Back in the Saddle (Featuring live music provided by the Catskill Ukelele Group)
$5 admission

7:30 PM
Barn Dance and Square Dance featuring The Earl Pardini Band
Parish Hall, Phoenicia
$10 admission, Kids under 12 free
Cowboy Grub Available (Tamales, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, "Cow Pies, sarsaparilla, etc.)

9:30 PM
Marshmallow Roast and Bonfire
Mama's Boy Market


Chili Cook Off
Mama's Boy Market
Sign Up to enter at Mama's Boy Market
Sampling begins at noon.

Sons of Phoenicia Concert (Featuring Robert Burke Warren and Friends)
Followed by an encore showing of South of the Border
STS Playhouse

For More information Contact Michael Koegel at

Michael Koegel
Mama's Boy
7 Church St.
PO Box 418
Phoenicia, NY 12464