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June, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 5
In This Issue
Feature Story: The Fight to be "Seen as Green"....written by Jayne Skeff
Featured Photo: Pictorial view of Western Americana....featuring Myron Beck
The Feed Bag: Banana Boats
Auction Tips #4
Did You Know?: Sage Tips, Tidbits, Trivia and Terminology
Collector News
In The News: Cody Old West Show & Auction Moves to Denver, June 26-28, 2009
Bits & Pieces: Information and Updates for High Noon Show Dealers
Dealer Spotlight: A closer look at 15 year High Noon Show veterans Ilene & Bruce Johnson - Mystic Warriors Gallery
Who's Who at High Noon: A little insight into who makes High Noon happen
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Jayne Skeff
The Fight to be "Seen as Green"

by Jayne Skeff

As antiquers, we've known all along that antiques are green. We've known that the wicker basket bought at Target will be in the trash bin long before that Indian basket begins to show wear. We've known all along that the Monterey cupboard will long stand after the Ikea bookcase has bit the dust. We've been preserving and recycling before the word "recycle" hit Webster's. But have any of us really thought about the benefits of being designated "green" businesses. Well head's-up HN'ers!

Ever been to a Green Expo? They're popping up everywhere and I can tell you, there's not one antique dealer to be seen. Is the High Noon Western Americana Antique Show (or any antique show for that matter) a "green" show? Is your antique shop a "green" enterprise? You bet your recycle bin they are!

Featured Photo by Myron Beck
Myron Beck Photo
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives.  www.myronbeck.com
Recommended Reading
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

Written by our own beloved Ron Soodalter of Chappaqua, NY, this is Ron's 2nd book on Slavery.   His first, written in 2007, Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader, was a run-away hit.  The Slave Next Door is the first definitive study of modern day slavery specifically in the United States.  There have been a lot of books on global slavery, but this one holds up a mirror to Americans as to what is actually going on in our own country.  Initially, he broached the subject while writing the final chapter of the Captain Gordon book, entitled "Captain Gordon's Legacy".  It was then he realized there was much more to the story.  He called his friend Kevin Bales, President of "Free the Slaves" in Washington, DC (the world's foremost expert on global slavery) and asked him to co-write a book on human trafficking in America today.  Congratulations, Ron!!!!

Available from Amazon.com

High Noon Music Box
Ranch & Reata Radio

Empty Saddle

Monte Hale
(June 8, 1919 - March 29, 2009)

One of the latest of the singing cowboys who rode hard, shot straight and crooned tunes in Hollywood westerns, in the glory days of the silver screen

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The Feed Bag
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Campfire Cookin'

Many of you have grown up eating S'mores by the campfire. Here is a slightly healthier (Ha!) variation of this old standard.

Banana Boats

1 banana
1 Hershey bar (milk or dark, whichever you prefer)

Slit banana lengthwise but not all the way through.
Leave the skin on (do not peel).
Put marshmallows and pieces of chocolate into slit.
Wrap tightly in foil, being sure to seal ends.
Place on grill over campfire or coals, seam side up,
or, bake in a 300 degree oven.
Takes 5-6 minutes to cook.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter before cooking - smooth or chunky.
Sprinkle chopped peanuts or toffee pieces over top after cooking.

Serve as is or with vanilla ice cream.


Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

Auction Tips

Tip #4
Do your research:
Look through the catalog and highlight all items of interest. High Noon offers a full color catalog for their auction, available online or at the door. Research what the current value is. Research can be comprised of any or all of the following:
  • Look through previous catalogs and prices realized sheets
  • Research databases that have current or past pricing
  • Talk with a trusted dealer
  • When available, walk through the Auction Preview, writing down specific comments and pricing
Based on your research, decide what you want to spend on each item, taking into consideration any premiums added by the auction house, then write down that number next to each item. When bidding, be disciplined. Do not bid over the number written.

Did You Know?
  1. The Pony Express was in operation for only nineteen months from April 1860 through October 1861. The Pony Express carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail over more than 650,000 miles during those nineteen months and lost only one mail sack. The typical Pony Express rider was nineteen years old and made $100-$150 per month plus room and board.
  2. The crescent shaped pendant that is centerpiece of squash blossom necklaces, or Naja, has Moorish derivation.
  3. An image printed on glass then backed in gold, Orotone is also called gold-tone or curt-tone. It is often found in ornate, molded and gilded frames.
Collector News

Antiques are Green Campaign is launched

Antiques Trade Gazette, 08 June 2009

"Our product is sustainable, re-usable and re-saleable. We must all work to make people aware that antiques are green." So says Beaconsfield dealer Nigel Worboys, who this week launches a campaign to change the public perception.  >>Read More

In The News

Get ready Denver 'cause here comes the Cody Old West Show & Auction!

Cody Old West Show and AuctionWhen Brian Lebel, Director of the Cody Old West Show and Auction, made the decision to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this exciting event by moving it to Denver, he not only changed locations, he took the challenge and recreated this event making it bigger and better then ever. Watch out Denver - here comes the most amazing Western Show and Auction(s) (yup, there are two auctions) to ever grace the Rocky Mountains!

And how do you come into town with a new event and make sure it's a smashing success? You do what Brian has done, come in with both barrels loaded, tumbleweed flying - advertising from billboards to print - allying yourself with the city movers and shakers - and making yourself indispensable to the Denver Art Museum, home to the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Well done, Brian!

The weekend event kicks-off on Thursday evening, June 25th, with a dealer and guest reception hosted by the galleries in the trendy "LoDo" district of Denver.

The show, which opens on Friday, June 26th and runs through Sunday, June 28th, has had a waiting list of dealers for months. This year, the attendees will see many new faces including a whole new group of artisans from across the country specializing in exquisite furnishings for home and lodge. Over 200 dealers in all will fill the Denver Merchandise Mart with everything from the finest Western Americana antiques, art, Cowboy and Native American trappings.

Navajo Weaver Mary H. YazzieA very special guest at the show will be premier Navajo weaver Mary H. Yazzie. On Saturday and Sunday, she will be demonstrating her hand carding and spinning techniques which she uses to create her works of art - her rugs.

The first of the auctions to take place will be a Western American Art Auction on Friday, June 26th, (6:30 pm) to benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisition Fund. Over 150 works will be offered. A separate catalog is available for this sale for $12.

The "big daddy" auction will go off on Saturday evening, June 27th at 5pm and wow, what a sale this will be. Bigger and more important than ever, over 500 lots will come to the block including two of the most important Main & Winchester saddles to ever be offered and historic items from the personal estate of Annie Oakley. Art from Will James to Remington, rare Colt firearms, the finest Native American offerings...the list goes on. The catalog itself is a walk through American Western history. (Catalog is available for $30)

From all of us at High Noon, "CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN!" We can't wait for it all to start and we will be there with boots on!

For all the info on the Cody Old West Show and Auction(s), visit www.codyoldwest.com

Auction Buyers: If you want to purchase for resale, be sure to remember to bring your resale license. The State of Colorado requires it.

Bits & Pieces

Bits and PiecesHigh Noon 2010 Dealer Update from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

Thank you so much for your support over the last two months. Danny is recovering beautifully and even has a fishing trip lined up at the end of this week. What more could we ask for?

We are both back to work...Danny has slowly worked up to part-time, and as of this week, I'm almost full-time.

I want to thank you all for your patience. I know that I usually have contracts in the mail right about now...but as you can imagine, I'm several weeks behind in my work. Dealer contracts are my first priority when we return from Denver, in early July and you may expect them by the end of August.

In the meantime, here's some basic information for you:

High Noon Show Lobby EntranceWhat: 20th Anniversary High Noon Western Americana Antique Show
Where: Mesa Convention Center / 263 N Center St / Mesa, AZ  85201
When: Dealer set up: Jan 29; Show open to public: Jan 30-31, 2010

"Bits & Pieces" was created for me to keep in contact with all of you, so you know what's going on. I'll have more details for you in the July issue of Smoke Signals. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at the office (310) 202-9010.

Danny & I leave for Denver on June 16th. I hope to see you all at the Cody Old West Show & Auction...it's going to be a BLAST!

We'll see you down the trail,

PS Robin is busy creating a NEW website for us...once it's up & ready to go, all dealer info & forms will be up there for you. YIPPEE!

Dealer Spotlight

Ilene and Bruce JohnsonIlene and Bruce Johnson
Mystic Warriors

It's no surprise to us that a practicing attorney (Ilene) and daily newspaper executive for 28 years (Bruce) are the foundation behind Mystic Warriors - one of the country's most renowned resources for Northern and Southern Plains Indian art, antiques and artifacts.

Well, everyone has to have a "day job" but their passion for Native American culture goes back over 30 years. Bruce first became interested in collecting and trading during his college days in Montana where his roommate was a Crowe Indian.

Who's Who at High Noon

Each month, Smoke Signals will give a little insight into who makes High Noon happen.
Who really is Rawhide, the man in the High Noon vest who commandeers the High Noon Auction preview room surrounded by a staff of beautiful bright women.

Rawhide JohnsonRAWHIDE
Gentleman, Educator, Preservationist

It's not good editorial conduct to refer to one's own feelings when writing a story but in this case, I must. I stared at my screen for over an hour after reviewing my notes from my interview with one of the most engaging, surprising and passionate people I've ever had the honor to interview. I knew that nothing I wrote could do justice to the breadth and depth of this individual we call Rawhide (yes, it's his REAL name), the man who we see in the High Noon and Cody Old West auction preview & check-out rooms. He's the man with the twinkle in his eye, who surrounds himself with a staff of drop-dead gorgeous, bright & hard working young women from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and who runs those rooms with an iron fist. Who is Rawhide? Wow, I had no idea but I'll do my best to encapsulate a most amazing life in just a few short paragraphs. - Jayne Skeff

Born and raised on a ranch in Montana to hard working parents, his father was "pure cowboy." Growing up, the ranch still used teams with wagons and as Rawhide recalls, "I've backed up more teams than most people have driven forward."

On the cusp of the tractor age, the new mechanical wonders were eventually employed on the ranch, but his father, being pure cowboy, wanted nothing to do with their maintenance or repair. The job of engineering those behemoths in order to keep the ranch running fell to Rawhide. Experiencing this transition from horse to tractor to train is likely what inspired his passion for becoming one of the country's most eloquent and definitive resources on the history of western transportation. His dedication to preserving this important part of American history is what consumes most of his time.

He was the founding board member of the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association whose mission is to preserve these vehicles, which enabled the country move West. He's also the Chairman of the Board of the South Museum of Yellowstone where he spends a good portion of his time.  He has developed Western transportation educational programs for museums across the country and has consulted on and been involved in the production of numerous movies and television shows including PBS Frontier House. Oh, did I mention he is also integrally involved in water development and conservation programs for ranches in Wyoming and Montana? Did I mention he just also happens to own more Yellowstone stagecoaches than anyone in the world?

Who is Rawhide? Complex, compelling, committed to everything that represents the heart and soul of the West. Perhaps it was fate he was born with jaundice to a true-to-heart cowboy father who took one look at him and said, "he looks like a piece of rawhide."

Upcoming Events
March 31-July26, 2009   Nicholas Firfires: Views From His Saddle   Santa Barbara Historican Museum
June 12-13, 2009
   Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
June 26-28, 2009   Cody Old West Show & Auction   Denver, CO
June 29-July 5, 2009   World's Oldest Rodeo (since 1888)   Prescott AZ
July 16- July 19, 2009   California Rodeo Salinas   Salinas Sports Complex
July 18, 2009   Living Legacy: The American Indian Collection   Northwest Museum of the Arts (Spokane, WA)
August 7-9, 2009   The Great Southwestern Antique Show   State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, NM
August 8, 2009
   Buckarettes   Albuquerque, NM Expo State Fairgrounds
August 14-August 16, 2009   24th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Lewistown, MT
August 14-16, 2009   Whitehawk's Ethnographic Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
August 17-19, 2009
   Whitehawk's Antique Indian Art Show   Santa Fe, NM
September 10-12, 2009   Western Design Conference   Jackson Hole Wyoming (the Pavillion at Snow King Center)
September 11-12, 2009   Quest for the West Art Show & Auction   Eiteljorg Museum
September 17-20, 2009   Will James Society Gather   Hardin, MT
September 18-20, 2009   Rocky Mountain Horse Expo   Ignacio, CO
September 22-26, 2009   Cody High Style: Designing The West   Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY
October 2-25, 2009   5th Annual Heart of the West Art Exhibition and Sale   National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
October 16-17, 2009   44th Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale   Phoenix Art Museum
November 3-8, 2009   15th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair   Heber City, UT
December 11, 12 & 13, 2009   11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Christmas Art & Gear Show   Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
January 30-31, 2010   20th Annual High Noon Show & Auction   Mesa, AZ
February 25-28th, 2010   10th Annual Saddle Up! (Western Musicians & Cowboy Poetry)   Pigeon Forge, TN

Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com


Looking for something to do in the Denver area while you're waiting for the Cody Old West Show & Auction to begin? All of these places are close to one another...start early & you can see them all in one day!

Here are Ts picks:

Begin at Historic Downtown, Golden...
Have a cup of coffee & read the paper at the Windy Saddle;
Walk across the street and visit the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum;
Cross the bridge & walk into the visitor's center, then take a walk along the river.

Follow the signs to Lookout Mountain. When you get to the top, turn off at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave. When you're done visiting the gravesite & the museum, walk along the perimeter of the parking lot for magnificent views...that's the best part!

When you leave the Buffalo Bill parking lot, hang a right & head to I-70. Look for the sign that says "Buffalo Herd Overlook", and keep an eye out for the bison, and enjoy the view of the rockies. (The sign should really say "Bison Herd Overlook")

Head down I-70 & follow the signs for
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Take your camera!

If you're hanging out downtown and would like something fun to do, Melissa McCracken highly recommends the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. You have to be 13 or older.

Don't Fret About the Future - Invest in the Past!

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Chief Writer: Jayne Skeff, JSLA Media Solutions