By Randi Somers
Local talents will be performing western style music and poetry at Alice’s Champagne Palace at 5 p.m. May 18 at the annual Cowboy Cabaret sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.
On the program are the Homer Ukulele Society (starring former Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday), the S-Curves (Sunrise Kilcher, Sally Wells, Sue Butler and Sharon Schultz). East End cowboy Mark Marette will be the master of ceremonies.
Other performers just show up, while more are expected to call to be included in the show, according to a key organizer Tim Quinn.
“ In addition to the entertainment and feast, there will be a silent auction of items donated by businesses around town,” Quinn said. “Every year they have been so generous. And we also hold a live auction of desserts and a couple of larger items, such as flight seeing trips. One year we auctioned a painting by Alex Combs.” (A well-known and loved Halibut Cove artist.)
Quinn explained another feature of the Caberet. “JoAnne Eden (she’s 80 years old) has a rich frontier life history in this area and her children created a slide show of her life which will be shown on the screens around the room.”
Proceeds go to maintain and improve the Cottonwood Horse Park 1.5 miles out East End Road which is used for many events throughout the year; horse shows, clinics, pony clubs and 4-H club events. Quinn added that some bring trainers from the lower 48. And, a bonus attraction at the Cottonwood, Carmen Field has created a mud wallow in a pit below the arena. Kids and adults roll around in the mud. “The mud wallow has become a national sport and has become quite popular,” Quinn said. “And when the property is paid off we’re planning to develop a natural playground.”
“The first Cabaret was staged in 1995 at Tammy Barnett’s barn on Bear Creek Drive,” Quinn said. “It didn’t happen for a few years and then when we started developing the Cottonwood Horse Park eight years ago we needed to restart the Cabaret fund raiser.”
“We still owe $45,000 on the property,” Quinn said. “Every year we’ve made a $30,000 payment. Clem Tillion owned the property and the purchase price was $200,000. The house above the park is where the younger Tillions lived when they went to school here. Marion (Tillion) Beck is a horse person and a big supporter and on the board of directors of the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.”
People who would like to perform are urged to contact Tim Quinn at 299-2780.
Tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore. They are $25 for adults and $10 for children. They’ll be available at the door as well, according to Quinn.
For more information visit www.kbayequestrian.org.
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