Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Stanley-Sawtooth Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering

Stanley-Sawtooth Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering

Fasten your western bling belt, put on your fanciest cowboy boots, don your ten gallon hat and round up your family and friends…..we’re going to the 6th Annual Stanley-Sawtooth Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering!

Poets, singers, songwriters and musicians are gathering in Stanley on Labor Day weekend to share with you their cowboy lifestyle. Riding the range is a tough life filled with hard work, love, loss and laughter. These cowboys transferred their experiences into poetry and western music. The results are truly electrifying.

Here’s a video preview from a husband and wife duo, Stampede.

Stampede – photo courtesy of Sawtooth Mountain Mamas

Cowboy poetry has a long history dating back to when cowboys gathered around the campfire after a long day’s work and passed the time with tall tales and folk songs. Through the years, the cowboys stayed true to the tradition of rhyme and meter while telling stories of the American West. The cowboy way and the cowboy values are still alive and well in all of the 2017 performers.

This year’s Stanley Cowboy Gathering has all of our returning favorites plus some new additions including 13 year old Thatch Elmer.  Bring your kids — they will be entertained too! Here’s your chance to meet the cowboys before the shows.

Mark Seely – photo courtesy of Sawtooth Mountain Mamas

Experience the Cowboy Gathering at various places around Stanley. You don’t need to purchase tickets, just a small donation at the show.

Friday, September 1
1pm:  River 1’s back deck
3pm: Mountain Village Saloon Porch
6pm:  Stanley Town Square

Saturday, September 2
1pm:  Redfish Lake Lodge
3pm:  Stanley Town Square
5pm:  Bar-B-Q at the Stanley Town Square
6:pm: Stanley Town Square

On Saturday at the 6pm session, the drawing will be held for the Sawtooth Mountain Mamas quilt. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at various businesses in Stanley or at the Cowboy Gathering.

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Quilt

The Stanley Cowboy Gathering is organized by the Sawtooth Mountain Mamas. These amazing Mamas have been a pillar to the Stanley community since 1976. Not only are they a social network for the women of the Sawtooth Valley, they raise funds and support local organizations. Thank you, Sawtooth Mountain Mamas, for your continued dedication and for sponsoring the Stanley Cowboy Gathering since 2012!

2016 Stanley Cowboy Gathering – photo courtesy of Sawtooth Mountain Mamas

Through their lyrical storytelling, you can experience the beauty and challenges of ranching from cowboys who embraced the lifestyle. They will have you laughing, crying and tapping your feet (sometimes all at the same time). You may even find yourself yodeling! Now won’t that be a great Facebook post?

The Cowboy Gathering draws visitors, locals, cowpokes, bronco-busters and urban cowboys to Stanley so jump on the bandwagon and join us on Labor Day Weekend!

Blog written by Erica Cole



Featured Local Events

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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