Looking like she had just stepped off the page of one of her many poetry books on Texas history, Linda Kirkpatrick held her audience’s rapt attention when she appeared before the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club on September 15 at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. With her battered Stetson hat and western cut clothing, she set the scene in the old west so convincingly that one could almost smell the smoke from the campfire and hear the sounds of cattle settling for the night.
Ms. Kirkpatrick told the group that she researches stories of the days when Texas began to settle and crowd out the Indians who had lived in the area, then sets the stories to poetry. She is a gifted and award winning reciter as well as being a gifted poet. She lives near Leakey and appears at Garner State Park’s Cowboy Sunset Parade from Memorial Day until Labor Day. She also travels to many cowboy poet gatherings at Lubbock, Alpine, Camp Wood, Ft. Worth. Outside the state gatherings in Elko, Nevada; Arvada, California; Chama, New Mexico; Kanah, Utah; and Hot Springs, South Dakota have also heard and awarded her poetry over the years.
Ms. Kirkpatrick told her audience that she grew up out in the boonies on a Texas ranch and draws from those experiences as well as from written materials that she researches about her subjects and word of mouth passed down through generations of cowboys and their families. She has written from both the cowboys perspective and from the other side, the Indian perspective depending on where her research takes the story.
One of her books is entitled SOMEWHERE IN THE WEST, TEXAS WOMEN WHO LEFT A LEGACY. It contains many stories and legends as well as a chili recipe and a “cow camp peach cobbler” recipe.
Her many books and CD’s are available from Linda Kirkpatrick, P.O. Box 128, Leakey, TX 78873; phone (800)232-5308. Information may be obtained from the website cowboypoetry.com.
Hostess Brinda Pape served old fashioned banana-nut bread to continue the Texas heritage theme.
During a business meeting conducted by club president Mary Hemphill, pledges to the flags of the United States of America and the state of Texas were given by all present as well as a recitation of the Collect for clubwomen. Minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary Julie Harrison and a treasurer’s report was presented by treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel.
A memorial donation in honor of Dr. Tim Stewart will be made to the scholarship fund according to standing rules. A motion to send $10 as requested by Alamo District to cover expenses in sending out a newsletter was made and approved. A get well card will be sent to Merton Pepper.
Next month’s meeting to be held on October 20 at 2:00 pm in the Mason County Library Stribling Room was discussed. Betty Meyer will hostess. The meeting will be a shelter shower benefitting The Haven. A list of needed items was distributed. Members and everyone in the community who will are asked to bring either a cash donation or one of the items to the meeting. A representative from The Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse serving Mason, McCulloch, and Menard counties, will speak. Next week’s Mason County News will contain a list of these needed items.
The Go Texan Style Show is tentatively planned for the first week of December. More information will be given at a later date. This style show to benefit the Ruby Kettner Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is used to help Mason graduates attend the college of their choice, is an annual event. Students model clothing produced and created in Texas. Brad Roeder of the Texas Agriculture Department produces the show. Club members provide refreshments and door prizes. Tickets purchased by community members serve a dual purpose of helping Mason’s young people and of giving the purchaser an evening of entertainment.
A Federation report was given by Tommie Luckenbach. Members were encouraged to become members of ESO which is a part of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs dedicated to the education of its members. A list of books to read and report on is provided to the member.
Attending the meeting were guests Sabin Nelson, Sherry Estes, and Linda Kirkpatrick. Members in attendance were Brinda Pape, Julie Harrison, Mary Ellen Merkel, Betty Meyer, Tommie Luckenbach, Mary Hemphill, and Kristy Powell.