Christmas at the Black Horse 2013

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festive night filled with music
sound of guitar, mandolin and
drum (pa rum pa pa pum)
Red Santa hats
jingle bells and neon signs
brighten the early winter darkness
Voices raised in laughter
and song
on the first day of Christmas
my true love
sang to me
and a possum in a persimmon tree

*** it was a wonderful night at the Black Horse for the Christmas open mic night. I read a couple of poems and we all sang my take on the Twelve Days (see the post on Dec 7) Bob played and sang Wildfire. And our friends, old and new, made merry.
One note – the author, Janet Dailey, passed away this past weekend. She was co-owner of the Inn and the Black Horse. She loved the Ozarks and made it her home for many years. She will be missed.

Open Mic Night at The Black Horse Saloon

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Down from the ridges
And up from the hollows,
Musicians, gourd green
And rock solid,
Find harmonies
Taught from sinew and bone
Thumping boot heel beat
Rhythm dancing in their song-
Mandolin, banjo,
Guitar, fiddle and bow
Move from tables to stage
In a rowdy contradance
Of changing partners
Unlikely collaborators
With the nights neon muse
Its open mic night
At The Black Horse Saloon
And the music is free.

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Christmas at the Black Horse

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Every Monday night, the Black Horse Saloon in Hollister, MO, has an open mic night. Many wonderful local musicians as well as performers from the Branson shows will drop by to play. Guitars and banjos, mandolins, bass and fiddles are brought out of cases and with a little tuning, the music begins. Its an eclectic evening with many different musical genre coming together.
This past Monday night, Bob and I arrived with Bob’s guitar cases in hand. Our talented friend, Sam Clanton, started the evening off with a carol singalong.¬† With a backdrop of Christmas lights, the night continued with amazing guitarists and singers.
It was a joyous and fun way to celebrate the season!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve Eve

Its a bright, sunny COLD day this Christmas Eve Eve. We have a holiday today and Monday, so it is a treat to have all this time ahead of us. This evening will be one of our traditional Christmas activities – out for Mexican food at Little Hacienda in Hollister, MO and then into Branson to see the Christmas lights display.
The picture of the ornaments has our newest, front and center. It’s the first we have seen of a flop eared Schnauzer – just like our most loved LuLu.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and it is filled with joy for you and yours!