Sunday, April 29, 2012


The annual Heritage Days Civil War Historical Reenactment took place at the Pierce College Farm Center in Woodland Hills, California on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th.  On each day, a few hundred soldiers in blue or grey stormed the battlefield at noon and again at three, each time followed by President Lincoln presenting his Gettysburg Address. 

The battle itself involved several cannons on both sides, and soldiers armed with rifle and pistol.  Much of the Union Army was behind a breastwork that offered some protection, whereas the majority of Confederate soldiers were in the open, and officers of both sides were on horseback.  There were bleachers sponsored by a fraternal group, and plenty of standing room along the lines of skirmish.  The hundreds of observers who packed the place were mostly family groups, photographers and, to my surprise, teenaged high school students who seemed genuinely excited at the event.

As both sides advanced, each trying to outflank the other, the cannon and long-gun fire continued, and a stretcher was rushed onto the field to retrieve a wounded soldier.  Observers near the temporary medic station were startled to see blood gushing from an open wound, and soon after, he was laid aside with his face covered, his hands folded across his chest.  A twin barrage of rifle-fire from both sides abruptly littered the battlefield with bodies, and brought even the most gabby observer to a gasping silence.

This being the third reenactment I’ve attended, I am again struck that the soldiers taking part often look much more like Matthew Brady’s photographs than the actors in Civil War movies do.  The reason is that these soldiers, like the genuine ones, didn’t have their uniforms issued en masse from Western Costume, but assembled them and had them sewn from patterns.  They don’t all match perfectly, and they take note of the fact that there was a vast difference in uniform design from regiment to regiment.

In addition to the battlefield, tent encampments were full of era-attired civilians, some demonstrating arts and crafts to passers-by, others more passively presenting a visible history lesson.  Beyond the encampments, tented shops sold clothes, uniforms, books, and food of the period.  Many a girl tried on her first hoop skirt; many a boy pleaded for a Springfield Rifle with an orange tip, and a kepi, blue or grey.  My favorite overheard exchange was at a stall where a man in his early twenties was buying four books, and also wanted to know, “What is the Gettysburg map?”

“It’s a map of Gettysburg.”

“Is that a city?”

Gettysburg.  Like the Gettysburg Address.”

“Wait a second,” he said, fumbling out a pen.  “Is that a web address?”

I know, I know, but I’m cutting the guy some slack.  At least he’s buying four books: hopefully he’ll learn about Gettysburg from them.

Speaking of books, author David H. Jones was there with his book, TWO BROTHERS, ONE NORTH, ONE SOUTH, a novel based on the true story of the Prentiss brothers, who were divided by the War Between the States, and met in the battlefield.  It’s available in hardback and trade paperback as well as an audiobook.  You can learn more at    

Last year there was only a representative of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans, but this year there was also a representative of the Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War. 

Among the displays by representatives of Civil War-related museums was a contingent from Fort Tejon, near Frazier Park.  I’ve detailed in the Round-up that with California’s financial woes, combined with the state’s financial incompetence, many sites of great historical value are endangered, and listed for closure.  While Los Encinos Park and Santa Susanna Pass Park have been saved by generous and undisclosed donors, many more are still threatened, including Will Roger Park, Pio Pico State Historic Park (home of the last Mexican Governor of California) and now Fort Tejon.  John Harman, a volunteer at Fort Tejon for fourteen years, told me some of the history behind the fort.  “The Fort was established in 1854, initially garrisoned by various companies of the First Regiment of United States Dragoons…the Dragoons being a mounted force, but also trained on various weapons, including the mountain howitzer.  At the beginning of the Civil War, the first Regiment of Dragoons was re-designated the First Cavalry.”  

Among the historical events coming up at the Fort is a Dragoon-era period program on the first Saturday of every month – the next one is May 5th.  There is a Civil War Battle weekend on May 19th and 20th.  He went on to tell me, “At this time, the park is scheduled to be closed at the end of the fiscal year, on June 30th.”  If you would like to find out more about Fort Tejon, to visit, or to help in the fight to save the Fort and other historically important places on the chopping block, please visit  Incidentally, the Pierce College Farm Center is also said to be in danger of closing.

Also present were representatives from THE DRUM BARRACKS, in Wilmington, California, the last remaining Civil War era military facility in the Los Angeles area.  Built in 1862, with 22 buildings on sixty acres, the Drum Barracks is the last remaining building, and houses the museum.  You can learn more, and enjoy an on-line tour by going to  There’s a link there that features a great run-down of Civil War-related events all over Southern California.

One of the most striking elements of events like these is the realization that you are surrounded by so many people with a great passion and knowledge of history.  I was on the way back to my car when I spotted a young Union soldier walking my way.  I asked his name.  “Bridger Zadina.  Over the weekend, Corporal Bridger Zadina.” I asked him if he’d been involved in reenactments before.  “I’ve been doing it for about five years now.  It’s been a heckuva five years.  I’ve always been interested in history, and I’ve always had the desire to feel closer to my ancestors, and the struggles they’d gone through.  And I feel that by partaking in this, I can….educate the public about what happened before.  Seeing soldiers on a field; it’s not something you can get out of a book.  This summer I went to First Manassas, in Virginia, where there were 7,000 re-enactors in the field: that was a grand old time!  I actually got to fight in the same regiment – the 2nd Mississippi – same company as my family, the Brookshires, did.  It was quite an experience.  A little intense.  A little crazy.”  I asked him how old he was.  He said eighteen: he’s been taking part in reenactments since he was 12 or 13.  I bet even then, he knew what Gettysburg was.    


Back in November of 2011 I started following ‘WESTERN X’.  By far one of the most ambitious webisode productions I’ve seen, WESTERN X, the creation of Michael Flores, is available online through Youtube and ITunes, and tells its story in six to ten minute ‘bites’. Chapter #8 is now available, and I believe the whole will be fifteen chapters. Shot in striking desert locations and Western towns, its hero is named X because he awakens after a beating, not knowing where, or who, he is.
Overall the chapters are elegantly produced, with eerie music, striking editing and often beautiful photography. But they’re heavy on atmosphere and light on plot – there’s a lot going on at times, but while I assume it will all become clear down the line, at times, much of it is incomprehensible. But it’s certainly worth a peek. Here’s the official website link:  That page has links to all the chapters.


Daily horse shows and an equestrian musical showcase on May 5th.  At the Los Angeles Equestrian Center,  818-842-8444.


On Saturday, May 5th, The Autry will present, at noon, a double-bill of Gene Autry Westerns: DOWN MEXICO WAY(1941) and THE BIG SOMBRERO (1949).


Celebrating California life in the mid-19th century with music, dance, food, crafts, reenactors, presentations by local historians, and hands-on activities.  Heritage Hill Historical Park.  949-923-2230.


More and more, classic TV Westerns are available all over the TV universe, but they tend to be on small networks that are easy to miss. Of course, ENCORE WESTERNS is the best continuous source of such programming, and has been for years. Currently they run LAWMAN, WAGON TRAIN, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, LAREDO, RAWHIDE, GUNSMOKE, THE REBEL, and MARSHALL DILLON, which is the syndication title for the original half-hour GUNSMOKE.

RFD-TV is currently showing THE ROY ROGERS SHOW, first at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Pacific Time, then repeated several times a week. They show a Roy feature every Tuesday as well, with repeats -- check your local listings.

INSP-TVshows THE BIG VALLEY Monday through Saturday, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE seven days a week, DR. QUINN: MEDICINE WOMAN on weekdays, and BONANZA on Saturdays.

WHT runs DANIEL BOONE on weekdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Pacific Time, and on Saturdays they run two episodes of BAT MASTERSON. They often show western films on the weekend, but the schedule is sporadic.

TVLAND has dropped GUNSMOKE after all these years, but still shows four episodes of BONANZA every weekday.

For those of you who watch TV with an antenna, there are at least a couple of channels that exist between the standard numbers – largely unavailable on cable or satellite systems – that provide Western fare. ANTENNA TVis currently running RIN TIN TIN, HERE COME THE BRIDES, and IRON HORSE.

Another ‘in between’ outfit, ME-TV, which stands for Memorable Entertainment TV, runs a wide collection: BIG VALLEY, BONANZA, BRANDED, DANIEL BOONE, GUNS OF WILL SONNETT, GUNSMOKE, MARSHALL DILLON,RAWHIDE, THE RIFLEMAN, THE REBEL, and WILD WILD WEST.Some of these channels are hard to track down, but if they show what you’ve been missing, it’s worth the search.


Built by cowboy actor, singer, baseball and TV entrepeneur Gene Autry, and designed by the Disney Imagineering team, the Autry is a world-class museum housing a fascinating collection of items related to the fact, fiction, film, history and art of the American West. In addition to their permenant galleries (to which new items are frequently added), they have temporary shows. The Autry has many special programs every week -- sometimes several in a day. To check their daily calendar, CLICK HERE. And they always have gold panning for kids every weekend. For directions, hours, admission prices, and all other information, CLICK HERE. 


Across the street from the Hollywood Bowl, this building, once the headquarters of Lasky-Famous Players (later Paramount Pictures) was the original DeMille Barn, where Cecil B. DeMille made the first Hollywood western, The Squaw Man. They have a permanent display of movie props, documents and other items related to early, especially silent, film production. They also have occasional special programs. 2100 Highland Ave., L.A. CA 323-874-2276. Thursday – Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for senior, $1 for children.


This small but entertaining museum gives a detailed history of Wells Fargo when the name suggested stage-coaches rather than ATMS. There’s a historically accurate reproduction of an agent’s office, an original Concord Coach, and other historical displays. Open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Admission is free. 213-253-7166. 333 S. Grand Street, L.A. CA.

That's about it for now.  I've been working all week on a doumentary about early TV comedians, and didn't think I'd get half this much written!

Happy Trails,


All Original Contents Copyright April 2012 by Henry C. Parke -- All Rights Reserved

Monday, April 23, 2012


Yesterday and today, Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd, thousand of devotees of cowboy poetry and western music, literature, movies and television poured into Melody Ranch for the 19th Annual Cowboy Festival.  What started as a Cowboy Poetry event at Santa Clarita High School got ‘Earthquaked out’ in 1994.  The Veluzat family, who own and have operated Melody Ranch since they bought it from Gene Autry in 1990, invited the displaced poets to hold their event at the ranch, and they’ve been doing it there ever since.  The event gets bigger and more enjoyable, every year.

The ranch opened to filming in 1915, was later bought by Monogram Studios, and sold to Gene Autry in 1952.  Over 750 ‘B’ westerns were shot there, as well as many ‘A’s, and countless TV episodes – over 2000 productions in all.  The main western street served as Dodge City in GUNSMOKE, and the main street of DEADWOOD, and just finished up as the primary location of Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED.  

The New Livery Stable

As Melody Ranch is only opened to the public this one week-end a year, it is an event not to be missed, and I was particularly eager to see what changes Tarantino, who reportedly had the ranch sewn up for six months, had wrought.  Happily, the changes made were so in keeping with the place that they were all but unnoticeable.  The biggest addition, right at the beginning of the street, is a livery stable.  The other addition – and I’d never have noticed it if a man who’d helped build it hadn’t pointed it out to me – is to the Adams Hotel.  A balcony has been added to the second story.  Overall, everything looked just a bit sturdier – not ‘newer’, because they’re expert at hiding any inappropriate newness, but somehow more substantial.

Hotel with new balcony

That livery was occupied by a group of Buffalo Soldiers, including Justin Collins, who is pictured showing an officer’s saddle.  He also told a joke about the difference in design between the enlisted man’s and the officer’s saddle, and if there was any way to clean it up, I’d repeat it. 

The street was full of entertainers, from lariat-spinners to fiddlers.  The shops sold a wide variety of art, hats, and anything you could make out of leather. 

LAREDO star William Smith, set up in a saloon, did land-office business selling his book of poetry, sharing the space with VENTURES guitarist Nokie Edwards. 

Nokie Edwards and William Smith
picture by Mike Gaglio

Bobbi Jean and Jim Bell

Across the street was the Buckaroo Bookshop, run by Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell, whose OutWest store in Newhall is a hub for western literature and music.  They’ve taken on a massive project: identifying all of the cowboys in a photo taken at the Madison Square Garden Rodeo in 1944!  Among authors out on the patio was Peter Sherayko.  His TOMBSTONE: THE GUNS AND GEAR, details all of the weapons and props he provided for that film, and his new book, THE FRINGE OF HOLLYWOOD explains, as its subtitle says, THE ART OF MAKING A WESTERN. 

Peter Sherayko

Among the authors signing books inside, and taking part in panels, were Roy Roger’s daughter Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, JR Sanders, Troy Andrew Smith, Larry Kenneth Potts, and C. Courtney Joyner, whose THE WESTERNERS is an unbeatable collection of interviews with Western-makers, in front of and behind the camera. 

JR Sanders and C. Courtney Joyner

The Children’s Corral featured all manner of arts and crafts like wool spinning, and money-makin’ propositions like gold-panning. 

Among non-musical performers was the always impressive and amusing champion quick-draw artist and gun-slinger, Joey Dillon.  Having trained Josh Brolin with a gun for JONAH HEX, his behind-the-scenes training will soon be demonstrated in the upcoming LOOPER, DUKE, GANGSTER SQUAD and THE BIG VALLEY remake.   He’s also working at putting together a series for the History Channel, which he describes as, “basically WILD WEST TECH and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE squeezed together.” 

Joey Dillon about to shoot an apple off a volunteer's head

There were five performance spaces, from the intimate to the Texas-size, featuring poets like Waddie Mitchell, Gary Robertson and Doris Daley.  They alternated with music acts like The Quebe Sisters Band, Don Edwards, John Bergstrom and Cow Bop. 

Cow Bop performs

The Gold Rush Food Court featured all manner of barbecue, Mexican and Native American food, and the Visalia Cowboy Cultural Committee was present with their famous cowboy peach cobbler and cowboy coffee.  I tried an Indian dog, which was a hot-dog cooked in fry-bread; like a corn-dog, only not rancidly sweet.  At the food court I ran into Jeffrey Richardson, who curated the wonderful new Colt Firearms show at the Autry, and actor Mike Gaglio, who was enjoying his last day wearing a scruffy western beard, knowing he’d have to shave it on Sunday, to play a military part in a web series.

Costume designer Karin McKechnie

As always, my favorite part of the event was walking the Western street, strolling along the boardwalk, trying to recognize where things were shot, admiring the folks who came in costume, the horses, and odd pieces of rolling stock.  It was a great event, and I only wish I could have come back on Sunday to hear more of the music. 


Just as it has been since 1923, RAMONA, California’s official outdoor play, will be presented at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre in Hemet, California.  Now in its 89th season, RAMONA is a grand tradition, based on the novel written by Helen Hunt Jackson in 1884.  Her intention was to draw attention to the plight of California Indians in the same way that Harriet Beecher Stowe exposed the evils of slavery with UNCLE TOM’S CABIN.  A work of fiction, but set in real locations, RAMONA was a publishing phenomena, and it was decided to present a play based on the book, in a natural outdoor setting, in the area where the story takes place. 

It’s a remarkably colorful presentation, with about 350 participants, and only the two leads are usually professional actors.  Some locals have taken part, in various roles and positions onstage and behind the scenes, for decades.  Among the famous actors who have taken part are GONE WITH THE WIND villain Victor Jory, who played the lead early in his career, and was associated with the show for years, and Raquel Welch, who played Ramona in 1959.  To learn more, and buy tickets, call 800-645-4465, or go HERE.


If you want to smell the black powder, feel the thunder of cannon, and be transported back to America’s greatest inner-conflict, visit the Pierce College Farm Center as hundreds of re-enactors recreate The Civil War.

Whether you want to give your kids a stirring lesson in living history, or immerse yourself in another time, you can’t beat it. You’ll see cavalry charges, artillery barrages, and infantry assaults.  Each day will feature demonstrations of Victorian dancing, military drill, and skills and crafts from the era.   And you’ll see President Lincoln deliver his Gettysburg Address!  I’ve attended for the past two years, and enjoyed it immensely both times.  To learn more, and order tickets, go here:

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I am hugely jealous of anyone who gets to attend the event Sara Monacelli is organizing on May 11-13, in Orvieto.  In addition to a great line-up of films to be screened, here are some of the guests who will be making personal appearances:  composer Ennio Morricone; Spaghetti Western stars Tomas Milian, Fabio Testi and Gianni Garko; director Giancarlo Santi (The Grand Duel); screenwriter Sergio Donati (Once Upon A Time In The West); editor Nino Baragli (all of Leone’s Westerns!); and producer Claudio Mancini (many Leone films).  For more information, go here:


Continuing with their monthly What Is A Western? Saturday series, curator Jeffrey Richardson will be showing THE GUNFIGHTER (1950) on June 9th; CAT BALLOU (1965) on July 14th; BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) on August 11th; MARK OF ZORRO (1940) on September 8th; 3:10 TO YUMA (1957) on October 13th; ONE EYED JACKS (1961) on November 10th; THE TALL T (1957) on January 19th 2013; and LAST OF THE MOHICANS on February 8th, 2013.  All prints will be 35mm, unless we’re informed otherwise.  I’ll be talking about the rapid disappearance of 35mm film in next week’s Round-up.

And coming on Saturday, September 22nd, the Autry will salute the 75th Anniversary of THE VIRGINIAN TV series.  Cast members scheduled to attend are James Drury, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke, Sara Lane, Diane Roter, Roberta Shore and Don Quine, and the moderator will author Boyd Magers.


On Sunday, April 29th, catch a pair of 1970s Clint Eastwood westerns that are rarely shown on the big screen anymore: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, directed by Clint, and JOE KIDD, directed by John Sturges from an Elmore Leonard script.

That’s all for today’s Round-up – I’ll be working on a comedy documentary most of week!

Happy Trails,


All Original Material Copyright April 2012 by Henry C. Parke – All Rights Reserved

Sunday, April 15, 2012


John Ford Point, Monument Valley

THE LONE RANGER is currently on location in Monument Valley.  Director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp (Tonto) and Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger) are working among the buttes immortalized by John Ford in STAGECOACH, FORT APACHE, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, THE SEARCHERS, and several others.

Leon Rippy in YOUNG GUNS II

Leon Rippy, late of ALCATRAZ and DEADWOOD, plays Collins in the re-telling of the story of the masked man.  Leon’s wife Carol tells me, “Monument Valley is incredible! The Navajo people are everywhere, many in their native attire. The Tribal Leaders came out with their families and blessed the film. Johnny spent time with them, truly interested in their issues.”  More updates to come!

GOOD FOR NOTHING is a damned good Western!  It’s a five year labor-of-love by newlyweds who decided to make a movie instead of buying a home.  If it does half as well as it should at the box-office, they’ll be buying a mansion.   Writer-director Mike Wallis and producer-star Inge Rademeyer met working at Peter Jackson’s celebrated Weta Digital, the New Zealand FX house responsible for some of the astonishing sights in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, AVATAR, and the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy among many others.  For three years they spent their vacations western location-hunting throughout New Zealand, and it was worth it. 

At a time when film stories have become maddeningly convoluted, GOOD FOR NOTHING’s plot is refreshingly direct.  Englishwoman Isabella Montgomery (Inge Rademeyer) is on her way to her uncle’s ranch when she witnesses a killing, and is kidnapped by the man who did it (Cohen Holloway).  The man, in a nod to Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name is simply The Man.  Cowboy heroes traditionally are men of few words, but The Man takes taciturn to a level that approaches William S. Hart.  He says not a word for the first sixteen minutes of the film, and he doesn’t say anything to Isabella for the first 28 minutes, although they are together almost continually from the moment they meet.   And when they finally do speak, here is their first exchange:

Isabella: What do you plan to do with me?
The Man: Give you a poke.

And yes, that’s what propels much of the story.  Because The Man finds to his humiliation that he has a…problem, and captor and captive travel together throughout the West looking for a cure.  So no, it’s not even slightly politically correct, and no, you might not want to take a young kid, unless you want to explain the oblique references to erectile dysfunction. 

The Man is not someone who will ever say a word, or even throw a fist, when a bullet will do.   Holloway is completely convincing as a lightning-fast and deadly shot, and one of the men he kills is a lawman.  That brings his sheriff brother, a deputy friend, and a handful (fistful?) of scurvy gunmen on the trail of The Man, and what they suppose to be The Whore he’s traveling with.  And I don’t think it will be considered a spoiler to say that as the Isabella and The Man travel together, against all her intentions, a romance blooms.  

Writer-director Wallis’ script crackles with crisp but natural dialogue and sly humor; ala Lubitsch, he respects the audience, and expects them to catch the slight inflections in voice, facial expression or gesture to understand things would be much more coarse and less funny if they were directly stated.  The infrequency of the vulgarity is what makes it so funny when it does occur.  His direction of actors and staging of action seems deceptively effortless, the result of a clear vision of his story and characters down to the slightest detail.

Director of Photography Mathew Knight, who has shot documentaries and commercials worldwide, does a stunning job of turning New Zealand into the America West, capturing broad vistas, desert, and rock formations that bring Monument Valley to mind.  The western town they visit at night is notable for being lit believably, with neither too much light nor impenetrable shadows.  Isabella is photographed attractively without being over-glamorized; not surprisingly she looks more feminine and attractive as she progressively wears less and less clothes – though it’s nothing revealing by modern standards.  Actually, one of the most pleasing images is of the two riding double, Isabella behind The Man, her long petticoat covering the rump of their horse, whose tails juts out just below the hem.

In the silent movie that GOOD FOR NOTHING is for long stretches, John Psathas’ score is soaring, stirring and dramatic.  At times it suggests Morricone, but without aping him, and the Elmer Bernstein influence is there as well.  And speaking of sound, every gunshot is so clear that you can hear the metal clink of the hammer hitting the shell.  The combination of that audio with the haze of black-powder smoke subtly underlines the seriousness, as does the fact that The Man frequently takes time to do something rarely seen in even the best Westerns: he reloads!

While much has been made of GOOD FOR NOTHING’s perceived homage to Sergio Leone’s work, to me it is much more reminiscent of the better American Westerns of the early 70’s, especially Don Siegel’s TWO MULES FOR SISTER and Richard Sarafian’s THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING.  Not that GOOD FOR NOTHING is imitative of either, but it manages to tread the same tricky line of balancing tough action, romance and humor.  And speaking of humor, the depraved and inept posse that trails the couple could have come straight out of a Burt Kennedy Western like HANNIE CAULDER.   

The success of such an intimate story rises and falls on the two romantic leads, and whether the audience cares about what happens to them.  Happily, Cohen Holloway, a star in New Zealand television, and South African-born Inge Rademeyer, who is making her feature debut, are both up to the task.  They are natural and believable, attractive (except for that disconcerting cut across his nose) and at times admirable. 

I don’t know yet what the distribution plans are world-wide – I know it played a festival in New York City last month – but I’ll find out.  It’s well worth seeking out.


The History Channel miniseries, toplining Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield, will play for three nights over Memorial Day Weekend.  Here’s a first look!


Saturday and Sunday, April 21st and 22nd you can stroll the streets of Melody Ranch, where all the greats, from Gene Autry to Matt Dillon to Maverick, to the DEADWOOD folks, and most recently Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED cast have trod.  This is a wonderful not-to-be-missed event. 

Admission is $20 a day for adults, $10 for kids, with discounts for two days.  There will be a wide variety of musical performances at four stages.  The Melody Ranch Museum will be open to give you a peek into movie history.  Every manner of Western art, crafts, clothing, boots, and hats imaginable will be available.

Authors of Western fiction and fact will be signing and selling their tomes.   Entertainers like champion gun-spinner Joey Dillon, saloon pianist Professor David Bourne and magician Pop Haydn will be performing.  Cowboy poets and story-tellers will be rhyming words and spinning yarns.  And there will be a ton of activities aimed at kids of all ages.

On Thursday, April 19th -- no admission for this – at Old Town Newhall on Main St. from 7 PM to 11PM, join the party filled with Music, Dancing, Food Trucks, Western vendors, and the unveiling of two new Stars in Old Town Newhall. The plaques for the new inductees into the Walk of Western Stars will be unveiled at 7:30 p.m. on the West side of Main Street. The inductees are Glenn Ford, who will be represented by his son Peter Ford, and Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox, who will attend.
On Friday, April 20th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Repertory East Playhouse 24266 Main St. in Old Town Newhall, join Peter Ford, son of the great Glenn Ford, and author of Glenn Ford – His life and Movies.  They’ll be screening "The Rounders" and afterwards Peter will discuss his father's life and movie career.

And there’s so much more!  For details and directions, go HERE. 

That’s all for this weekend!  Next weekend, among other things, we’ll look at the fight to save 35mm film, which is getting buried by digital projection.

Happy Trails,


All Original Content Copyright April 2012 by Henry C. Parke – All Rights Reserved