May 2017  Newsletter
Spring is Finally Here!
    It's hard to believe that not only is it 2017 but May already.  Our April 22nd and 23rd show was a Big success. We had a full house of wonderful vendors and the customers were going out with armloads of treasures. Thank you Everyone!
Our next show is a joint venture with Trinity Heart Media
Cowboy-Con will be held in 3 locations around Reno. This is a Celebration of the West and Old-Time Westerns. There will be Hollywood Western Actors, Upcoming Movie Previews and Lots More.  There will be a kickoff concert August 3rd at Baldini's Casino, A Hollywood Dinner and Dance at the Atlantis Friday the 4th, and the Exhibitions and Vendors in the big Reno Sparks Convention Center on the 4th, 5th and 6th.  This will be an Antiques Only show with a few exceptions for Western Related Crafts.  Since it is an Old-West late 1800's show we want items that fit that theme. This will be a Juried show and No modern collectibles will be allowed. There will also be exhibitions relating to the Old West and old time Western Movies.

The Selling Exhibitors cost is a little higher than our regular shows but this is a Much Larger show than we are used to. A 10x10 space is $275.00 and a 10x20 is $550.00.  There will be pipe and drape backdrops and the convention center has very good lighting.
Some of the details aren't finalized yet so the floorplan may change a bit.
Everyone will be required to sign a contract or fill out the online signup page saying they will abide by the rules.

Cowboy-Con Flier

We are constantly striving to improve the shows so if you have any ideas please let one of us know.
Please remember to shop at our small local stores for unique gifts. The antique stores I list here and places like the Buy Nevada First store in the Reno Town Mall are excellent places to shop and it helps your LOCAL neighbors.

Below is the schedule of upcoming  shows
January 28th and 29th
April 22nd and 23rd
November 18th and 19th
Magic of Santa Craft Faire Dec 2nd and 3rd
I'm sorry if any of the dates conflict with other shows,
I do my best to work around them
I'm also constrained by available dates at the Events Center

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The Hollywood Western 

The American Film Institute defines western films as those "set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." The term Western, used to describe a narrative film genre, appears to have originated with a July 1912 article in Motion Picture World Magazine. 

Author and screenwriter  Frank Gruber described seven plots for Westerns:
  1. Union Pacific story. The plot concerns construction of a railroad, a telegraph line, or some other type of modern technology or transportation. Wagon train stories fall into this category.
  2. Ranch story. The plot concerns threats to the ranch from rustlers or large landowners attempting to force out the proper owners.
  3. Empire story. The plot involves building a ranch empire or an oil empire from scratch, a classic rags-to-riches plot.
  4. Revenge story. The plot often involves an elaborate chase and pursuit by a wronged individual, but it may also include elements of the classic mystery story.
  5. Cavalry and Indian story. The plot revolves around "taming" the wilderness for white settlers.
  6. Outlaw story. The outlaw gangs dominate the action.
  7. Marshal story. The lawman and his challenges drive the plot.
Gruber said that good writers used dialogue and plot development to develop these basic plots into believable stories. Other subgenres include the  Spaghetti Western, the  epic western,  singing cowboy westerns, and a few  comedy westerns; such as:  Along Came Jones (1945), in which  Gary Cooper spoofed his western persona;  The Sheepman (1958), with  Glenn Ford poking fun at himself; and  Cat Ballou (1965), with a drunk  Lee Marvin atop a drunk horse. 

The Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Other characters include Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, mounted cavalry, settlers and townsfolk.  The Western was the most popular Hollywood genre, from the early 20th century to the 1960s. Western films first became well-attended in the 1930s. John Ford's landmark Western adventure Stagecoach became one of the biggest hits in 1939 and it made John Wayne a mainstream screen star. Westerns were very popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the most acclaimed Westerns were released during this time - including High Noon (1952), Shane (1953), The Searchers (1956), and The Wild Bunch (1969). 

Western films were enormously popular in the silent film era (1894-1927). With the advent of sound in 1927-28, the major Hollywood studios rapidly abandoned Westerns, leaving the genre to smaller studios and producers. These smaller organizations churned out countless low-budget features and serials in the 1930s. By the late 1930s, the Western film was widely regarded as a "pulp" genre in Hollywood, but its popularity was dramatically revived in 1939 by major studio productions such as Dodge City starring Errol Flynn, Jesse James with Tyrone Power, Union Pacific with Joel McCrea, Destry Rides Again featuring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, and the release of John Ford's landmark Western adventure Stagecoach, which became one of the biggest hits of the year. Released through United Artists, Stagecoach made John Wayne a mainstream screen star in the wake of a decade of headlining B westerns. After the Western's renewed commercial successes in the late 1930s, the popularity of the Western continued to rise until its peak in the 1950s, when the number of Western films produced outnumbered all other genres combined.

Early Westerns were mostly filmed in the studio, just like other early Hollywood films, but when location shooting became more common from the 1930s, producers of Westerns used desolate corners of  ArizonaCaliforniaColoradoKansasMontanaNevadaNew MexicoOklahomaTexasUtah, or  Wyoming. These settings gave filmmakers the ability to depict vast plains, looming mountains and epic canyons. Productions were also filmed on location at  movie ranches.
Often, the vast landscape becomes more than a vivid backdrop; it becomes a character in the film. After the early 1950s, various wide screen formats such as  Cinemascope (1953) and  VistaVision used the expanded width of the screen to display spectacular Western landscapes.  John Ford's use of  Monument Valley as an expressive landscape in his films from  Stagecoach (1939) to  Cheyenne Autumn (1965) "present us with a mythic vision of the plains and deserts of the American West, embodied most memorably in Monument Valley, with its buttes and mesas that tower above the men on horseback, whether they be settlers, soldiers, or Native Americans".

Spaghetti Westerns:
Spaghetti Westerns is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western film that emerged in the mid-1960s, so named because most of them were produced by Italian studios. Originally they had in common the Italian language, low budgets, and a recognizable highly fluid, violent, minimalist cinematography that eschewed (some said "demythologized") many of the conventions of earlier Westerns-partly intentionally, partly as a result of the work being done in a different cultural background and with limited funds. The term was originally used disparagingly, but by the 1980s many of these films came to be held in high regard, particularly because it was hard to ignore the influence they had in redefining the entire idea of a western up to that point. 

The best-known and perhaps archetypal spaghetti Westerns were the so-called Man With No Name trilogy directed by Sergio Leone, starring the American TV actor Clint Eastwood and with musical scores composed by Ennio Morricone (all of whom are now synonymous with the genre): A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The last is one of the most famed Westerns of all time.

Many of the films were shot in the Spanish desert region of Almería, which greatly resembles the landscape of the American Southwest. (A few were shot in Sardinia.) Because of the desert setting and the readily available southern Spanish extras, a usual theme in Spaghetti Westerns is the Mexican Revolution, Mexican bandits and the border zone between Mexico and the USA. 

Spaghetti westerns are known as "macaroni westerns" in Japan

From Wikipedia:
Cowboy Jokes

Where do cowboys cook their meals?
On the range.

He sees a guy tying up his horse in front of the saloon and calls, "Hey, are you folks gonna hang someone?"
The guy nods. "Yup. We're fixin' to hang Brown Paper Larry."
The cowboy's brow furrows. "How come he's called Brown Paper Larry?"
"Well," says the guy, "the man always wears clothes made of brown paper. Brown paper shirts. Brown paper pants. Even brown paper socks."
The cowboy ponders this for a moment, then asks, "What are ya hangin' him for?"

This cowboy rides into town one day and stops at the saloon for a drink.
The locals in the saloon have a nasty habit of picking on strangers, which of course the cowboy was.
After he finishes his drink, the cowboy goes outside only to find his horse has been stolen. So he goes back into the bar, flips his gun into the air, catches it over his head without looking and finally fires a shot into the ceiling.
He then angrily yells, "Which one of you fools stole my horse?"
There's a silence as no one answers, so the cowboy yells even more angrily, "Alright, I'm gonna have one more beer, and if my horse ain't back outside by the time I finish, I'm gonna do what I did in Texas! And let me tell you I don't like to have to do what I did in Texas!"
Some of the locals shift nervously in there seats.
The cowboy has another beer as he said he would and then walks outside. His horse has been returned and tied to the post where he originally left it.
So the cowboy saddles up and starts to ride out of town. As he does so, the bartender walks out of the bar and asks him, "Say pardner, before you go... what happened in Texas?"
The cowboy turns to him and says, "I had to walk home."

What do you call a frog who wants to be a cowboy?
Hoppalong Cassidy.

If you wear cowboy clothes are you ranch dressing?

A cowboy appeared before St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.
"Have you ever done anything of particular merit?" St. Peter asked.
"Well, I can think of one thing," the cowboy offered.
"On a trip to the Big Horn Mountains out in Wyoming, I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and threw it on the ground. Then I yelled, 'Now, back off or I'll beat you all unconscious."
Saint Peter was impressed, "When did this happen?"
"Couple of minutes ago."

A tough old cowboy from Texas one day told his granddaughter that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on her oatmeal every morning.
The granddaughter did this religiously until the age of 103, when she died.
She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren, and a 40-foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

The worst job I ever had was working in a record factory making cowboy records.
Howdy pressing.

What did the cowboy say when his dog left?

A cowboy and a biker are on death row, and are due to be executed on the same day.
The day comes, and they are brought to the gas chamber. The warden asks the cowboy if he has a last request, to which the cowboy replies, "Ah shore do, wardn. Ah'd be
mighty grateful if'n yoo'd play 'Achy Breaky Heart' fur me bahfore ah hafta go."
"Sure enough, cowboy, we can do that," says the warden. He turns to the biker, "And you, biker, what's your last request?"
"That you kill me first."

What weights 126 pounds and wears a Stetson?
A nine-stone cowboy.

What do you call a retired cowboy?

A cowboy is riding along a trail in the old west and sees an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground.
As he gets closer he hears the Indian saying to himself "Wagon...two gray horses...two passengers, man and driving"
The cowboy goes "Wow! you can tell all that by just putting your ear to the ground?"
The Indian replies "No. Wagon pass half hour ago, run me over."

A cowboy was trying to buy a health insurance policy and the insurance agent was going down the list of standard questions.
"Ever have an accident?"
"Nope, nary a one."
"None? You've never had any accidents."
"Nope. Ain't never had one. Never."
"Well, you said on this form you were bitten by a snake once. Wouldn't you consider that an accident?"
"Heck, no. That dang varmint bit me on purpose."

A visitor to a ranch says to a cowboy, "Wow,you sure have a lot of flies buzzing around your horses and cattle. Do you ever shoo them?
The cowboy says, "No, we just let them go barefoot."

Who do zombie cowboys fight?

Two cowboys from Texas were sitting at a bar, when a young lady nearby began to choke on a hamburger.
As she gasped and gagged, one cowboy turned to the other and said, "That little gal is havin' a bad time. I'm agonna go over there and help."
He ran over to the young lady, held both sides of her head in his big, Texan hands, and asked, "Kin ya swaller?"
Gasping, she shook her head no.
Then the cowboy asked, "Kin ya breathe?"
Still gasping, she again shook her head no. With that, he yanked up her skirt, pulled down her panties and licked her butt.
The young woman was so shocked that she coughed up the piece of hamburger and began to breathe on her own.
The cowboy sat back down with his friend and said, "Ya know, it's sure amazin' how that hind-lick maneuver always works."

An old rancher had a small ranch that he worked for many many years. Then one year, the IRS claimed that he was not paying proper wages to his workers and sent an agent out to interview him.
"I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," demanded the IRS agent.
"Well," replied the rancher, "There's my ranch hand who has been with me for about 3 years. I pay him $600 a week plus free room and board."
"Any others?" asked the agent.
"Well, the cook has been here for 18 months ever since my wife passed away. I pay her $500 a week plus free room and board." answered the old rancher.
"Is that everyone? You realize that making false statements to the IRS can mean a fine, jail time, or a confiscation of your land and equipment!" said the IRS agent trying to intimidate the old rancher.
"Well," thought the old rancher, "there's the half-wit who works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board and I buy him a glass or two of bourbon every Saturday night as a reward."
"That's the guy! I want to talk to the half-wit!" demanded the agent.
"That would be me," replied old rancher.

The Lone Ranger and his faithful native American sidekick Tonto are riding the plains. It's midwinter and bitterly cold so the heroic duo enter a saloon for a warming drink.
The bartender takes one look at Tonto and shouts: "Get him outtahere. We don' serve no Injuns!"
Faithful Tonto agrees to wait outside while the Lone Ranger has a quick drink. To keep warm he decides to run around his horse.
Alas the drink proved too enticing for the Lone Ranger and poor Tonto was soon forgotten.
Eventually after a few hours, a cowboy sauntered in, looked at the Lone Ranger and said, "Is that your horse outside?"
"Yes, why?" asked the Lone Ranger.
The cowboy answered, "You've left your Injun runnin'."

A cowboy walked into a barbershop, sat on the barber's chair and said, "I'll have a shave and a shoe shine." The barber began to lather his face while a woman with the biggest, firmest, most beautiful breasts that he had ever seen knelt down and began to shine his shoes.
The cowboy said, "Young lady, you and I should go and spend some time in a hotel room."
She replied, "I'm married and my husband wouldn't like that."
The cowboy said, "Tell him you're working overtime and I'll pay you the difference."
She said, "You tell him. He's the one shaving you."

A three-legged dog walks into the saloon and announces, "I'm alookin' fer the man what shot my paw."

In the days of the wild west, there was a young cowboy who wanted more than anything to be the fastest gunfighter in the world.
He practiced every minute of his spare time, but he knew that he wasn't yet first-rate and that there must be something he was doing wrong.
Sitting in a saloon one Saturday night, he recognized an elderly man seated at the bar who had the reputation of being a fast gun in his day.
The young gunslinger took a seat next to the old-timer, bought him a drink, and told him the story of his great ambition. "Do you think you could give me some tips?" he asked.
The old man looked him up and down and said, "Well, how fast are you?"
The young man drew his pistol pretty quick and before anyone knew it, then shoots the hat off of the piano player's head!"
The old man looks over at the piano player and says to the young man, "Well, that wasn't bad. But you're wearing your gun too high. You should have your holster lower on your leg so you can get to your gun quicker when you draw. And son, tie the holster down on your leg."
The young man did as he was told, stood up, whipped out his Colt Peacemaker and shot the tie off the piano player.
"That's terrific!" said the young gunslinger. "Got any more tips for me?"
"Yup," said the old man. "Cut a notch out of your holster where the hammer hits it. That'll give you a smoother draw."
"Will that make me faster?" asked the younger man. "You bet it will," said the old-timer.
The young man took out his knife, cut the notch, stood up, drew his gun in a blur, then shot a cuff link off the piano player.
"Wow!" said the young gunslinger. "I'm learning' somethin' here. Got any more tips?"
The old man pointed to a large can in a corner of the saloon. "See that axle grease over there? Coat your gun with it. Just put the gun in it, layer it with grease! "
The young man went over to the can and smeared some of the grease on the barrel of his gun.
"No," said the old-time, "I mean smear it all over the gun, handle and all."
"Will that make me a faster gunfighter?" asked the young man.
"Probably not!" said the old-timer, "But when Doc Holliday gets done playing that song on the piano, that grease will make it hurt less when he shoves that gun up your ass!"

A cowboy walks into a bar in Texas and orders three beers. He sits at the bar, drinking a sip out of each glass in turn.
This goes on for a few weeks till the bartender says " You know beer goes flat after pouring - why don't you just buy them one at a time?"
The cowboy replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona, the other is in Colorado . When they left our home we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I'm drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way.
One day, he comes in and only orders two beers. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss."
The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs. "Oh, no, everybody's just fine," he explains, "It's just that my wife made me quit drinking but it hasn't affected my brothers though."

The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.
Three weeks later, a donkey walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth.
The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes.
He took the precious book out of the donkey's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!"
"Not really," said the donkey.
"Your name is written inside the cover."

More than anything, Bob wanted to be a cowpoke. Taking pity on him, a rancher decided to hire the lad and give him a chance.
"This," he said, showing him a rope, "is a lariat. We use it to catch cows."
"I see," said Bob, trying to seem knowledgeable as he examined the lariat. "And what do you use for bait?"

It was October and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.
Since he was a Chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets.
When he looked at the sky he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.
But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is the coming winter going to be cold?"
"It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold," the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later he called the National Weather Service again. "Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?"
"Yes," the man at National Weather Service again replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."
The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later the Chief called the National Weather Service again. "Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?"
"Absolutely," the man replied. "It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever."
"How can you be so sure?" the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied, "We're sure it's going to be cold because the Indians are collecting firewood like crazy!"

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2017 Show Schedule
At the Livestock Events Center
Tanners Marketplace :
January 28th and 29th
April 22nd and 23rd
August 4,5,6 Cowboy-Con at Reno Conv. Ctr
October 7th and 8th
November 18th and 19th
Magic Of Santa:
December 2nd and 3rd

Please Visit the Somewhere In Time antique mall at 1313 S. Virginia St.
(Paula and Dan are there on Mondays)

Weekly Auctions
Auctions by Sammy B
Lightning Auctions
A Fun Antiques and Clothing Store

Uptown Treasures
Red Hat and Vintage Clothing and Accessories,
Antiques and Art

Buy Nevada First
Gift store in Reno Town Mall

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