Blog post – Week of May 6
Over the weekend I sat down at my kitchen table with my dry erase board and magic markers and began filling in my calendar. Yes, I know there are all of these high-tech methods of setting up programs with reminders and priority flags and color coding, but I just prefer my white board on the front of the refrigerator.
Anyway, summer is almost here, and several of my favorite acts and attractions in Cody/Yellowstone Country are opening for the season in the next month or so.
This weekend the town will host our Annual Buffalo Bill Top Notch Horse Sale. On Saturday we will close down the street at the Irma Hotel and set up a corral as close to 100 horses are bought and sold.
From May 15-19 is our first Spring Into Yellowstone festival. This will be a great opportunity for folks to learn about and observe some the local wildlife, especially the birds of the area. I am planning on spending equal time in the seminars listening to some of our wildlife experts and out in the field putting some of that newfound knowledge to use.
On May 17 Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue opens for the season. Led by the handsome Dan Miller (don’t tell Dan’s wife I said that, but he is a bit of a hottie), the Empty Saddles Band performs every night starting at 8 p.m. except for Sundays through September. Every summer he puts together a different show and I always enjoy listening to the cowboy music, poetry, jokes and stories. I love watching this show in the neat art deco Cody Theatre on mainstreet.
On June 1, things really shift into gear as three popular attractions get going.
The Cody Nite Rodeo kicks off the season and will feature cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money in riding, roping and racing each night until August 31 – except during the Cody Stampede. Ours is the only rodeo in the country operating seven nights a week in the summer, and it’s been in business for 75 years making it the longest-operating rodeo in the world!
The Cody Gunfighters will begin their nightly – except for Sundays – performances in the street next to the Irma Hotel June 1 as well. This group of not-so-scary outlaws and lawmen put on a lighthearted skit featuring inept crooks who try to pull a fast one on some unsuspecting yahoo – often an Easterner – but the sheriff saves the day. My favorite part of the show is the message beforehand stressing gun safety to the kids in the audience. One other thing I want to say – nobody really gets hurt in these skits.
At the Cody Cattle Company, the Triple C Cowboys Band will begin its nightly performances as people enjoy the Western buffet. The buffet is served from 5:30-8 p.m., and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. The Cody Cattle Company is open to mid-September.
And those are just the attractions opening in the next four weeks. I’ll let you know about more later.
I might need a bigger white board.
Until next time, I’m loving life in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country!