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The Old West comes alive in Newhall next weekend

Posted: April 22, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Grammy-nominated singer-guitarist Don Edwards will return to perform at this year’s Cowboy Festival — on the Melody Ranch Stage on Saturday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

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Next week the Santa Clarita Valley will again celebrate its signature event as the Cowboy Festival lassos the town. With related activities taking place at other venues from Wednesday through Sunday, the heart of the festival beats at Melody Ranch on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This don't-miss, Western-themed weekend offers a perfect family outing, day-date or opportunity for any Old West buff to put on his spurs!

The big show!
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1

Behind the Scenes Tour of Melody Ranch
8:30 a.m. Tickets: $40.
Take a walking tour of Melody Ranch with local historian E. J. Stephens. Hear tales of building the ranch, learn about the ranch's film history and visit Melody Ranch Motion Picture Museum. Please remember: This is a walking tour that covers a wide area of Melody Ranch.

Street shows, Living History, Art, Gear and Dry Goods, and the Gold Rush Food Court
Melody Ranch 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., included in general admission.
Shop Main Street Melody Ranch and Mercantile Row for quality Western merchandise, enjoy living history performers or stroll over to the Gold Rush Food Court by the Melody Ranch Stage and order some food from one or more of the many food vendors. Enjoy performances up and down Main Street and visit The Buffalo Soldiers at their encampment or the festival blacksmiths.

Children's Activities
Free activities for the kids! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the Pioneer Living exhibit and pan for gold, spin wool and re-live the old days like children of the early West. Stop by Biskit Saddle Arts and learn about leather working or let your children hear authors as they read from their award-winning children's books during Buckaroo Story Time. Step into the Buckaroo Book Shop and browse book titles for the whole family.

Melody Ranch Motion Picture Museum
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: free
Visit this one-of-a-kind museum on the grounds of Melody Ranch and enjoy a walk through the history of filmmaking at the ranch.

California Music Stage
Melody Ranch 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Included in general admission.
Ongoing shows featuring Western music, cowboy poetry and storytelling by the best performers in the business.

Heritage Stage
Melody Ranch 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Included in general admission.
Take in the history and culture of the American West with Native American, Hispanic and Old West music and dance.

Melody Ranch Stage
Melody Ranch 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Included in general admission.
Melody Ranch Stage shows will feature nationally known Western musicians and poets. Seating is first-come, first-served except for Friends of the Festival patrons.

Other don't-miss events

Wednesday, April 27

Cowboy Couture
Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St. in Old Town Newhall. 7 p.m. (Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets: $25 and $35.
Back by popular demand! Cowboy couture will launch the 2011 Cowboy Festival with Western designer fashions, vintage cowboy apparel, models and a wine reception. Shop for the latest Western wear before and after the show for a great opportunity to outfit yourself for the Cowboy Festival.
For tickets call: (661) 288-0000 or visit

Thursday, April 28

SCV Film Tour (new)
Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park. Noon to 3 p.m. Tickets: $35.
Join Local historian E. J. Stephens for a bus tour of the Santa Clarita Valley and visit locations where dozens of famous movies were filmed, complete with photos of the productions and revealing stories of the area's movie history.

Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park. 6 p.m. Tickets: $40.
A feast for the Western senses, featuring chuck wagon cooking demonstrations and dinner prepared by award-winning Manflo Ranch, Montie Montana's show wagon. And, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Stuntman's Association, there will be a presentation by world famous stuntmen Diamond Farnsworth and Loren Janes. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. No-host saloon.

Friday, April 29

Californio Fiesta De Rancho Camulos with Don Edwards
11 a.m. Tickets: $50 (Includes lunch, tours and concert).
Award winning Don Edwards' concert at Don Ygnacio del Valle's estancia highlights your afternoon at Rancho Camulos (Est. 1853), the site that inspired the novel "Ramona," where the history, myth, and romance of old California still linger. Enjoy a Southwest vaquero buffet, music, and costumed docent-led tours as you step back in time in Heritage Valley. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit museum's historical preservation. Visit

Walk of Western Stars Unveiling
2 p.m. - free.
For the first time, a director will be honored on the Walk of Western Stars when legendary western film director John Ford will be inducted into the Walk. Ford was director of numerous Western classics including "The Searchers," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence," "Stagecoach" and "Rio Grande." Ford's 1939 version of "Stagecoach" will be shown Friday evening at the Melody Ranch Movie Night.

Wyatt Earp - Hero or Villain? (new)
Repertory East Playhouse 24266 Main St. in Old Town Newhall. 3 p.m. Tickets: $15.
Join editor and publisher of True West Magazine, Bob Boze Bell, as he walks you through history with fascinating stories and anecdotes about Wyatt Earp. Some thought of him as a hero...others thought he was a jerk. Bob knows the story from all sides and will surprise you with his insights.

An Evening of Music with the Sons of the San Joaquin
William S. Hart Mansion. 8 p.m. Tickets: $80.
The Sons are back to perform their international award winning Western harmonies in a unique, up close and personal concert. Tour Cowboy star Bill Hart's historic residence and then relax in his living room, among his Remington's and Russell's, as The Sons take you on a special, memory filled, musical journey. Hear the West, the way it should be sung! Limited to 70 seats.

Melody Ranch Movie Night
Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. 7 p.m. Tickets: $60.
Enjoy an intimate Western-style dinner under the stars on Melody Ranch's Main Street, and experience a once in a lifetime viewing of the classic film "Stagecoach" on Melody Ranch street. Seating is limited and only ticket holders will be admitted to Melody Ranch for this event.

Saturday, April 30

Cowboy Cabaret (new)
Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 Main St. in Old Town Newhall. 8 p.m. Tickets $30.
This is a show you won't want to miss! Spend an evening of unbridled musical fun with Hot Club of Cowtown, Sourdough Slim and The Lucky Stars as they jam the night away. This small, intimate theater will put you up close and personal with the best Western Swing musicians in the country. (No Host Bar)

Wylie Gustafson
William S. Hart Mansion. 8 p.m. Tickets: $80.
Yes, Wylie of Wylie & the Wild West as you have never experienced him before in a rare, intimate, acoustic concert in cowboy star Bill Hart's living room. From Lincoln Center, to the Grand Ole Opry to Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Wylie has charmed them all with his special brand of energy and good time cowboy music. Expect the unexpected! Limited to 70 Seats.

Sunday, May 1

Cowboy Church
Free admission
Masters College, 8 a.m.
For information call (661) 268-8863.


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