Gift memberships and shopping the museum stores are two ways to support Desert Caballeros Western Museum during the holidays. Gift memberships allow recipients unlimited access to the museum’s programs and exhibitions for one full year. Members also receive a discount on most purchases in the museum stores. The museum stores will offer bonus discounts and shopping specials to members each day throughout Black Friday weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Members can also “donate” their discount back to the museum during those days to be entered in a raffle to win a gift basket with tickets to an upcoming event.
Sunday, Dec. 1 is the last day to see the “Trappings of the American West” exhibition and sale at DCWM. The award-winning exhibition, now in its 27th year, is coordinated by the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship based in Flagstaff, and features contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy, all created by Southwestern artisans, some from the Wickenburg area. All work is be available for purchase. On Saturday, Nov. 30, several artists featured in the show will demonstrate their work in the museum galleries from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. A roundtable discussion and gallery tour with those artists will take place at 1 p.m..
More than 101 students from 11 Wickenburg-area schools submitted poems to the museum’s annual Student Cowboy Poetry Contest this year. Each fall, the museum visits area schools to present educational programs about cowboy culture and history. This year, DCWM brought Arizona’s Singing Cowboy, Gary Sprague, to 12 area schools thanks to a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
A judging panel of community members facilitated by museum staff recognized 25 students with awards and honorable mentions for their poems. These students will read their poems in the museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Their presentation is free to the public. Kash Walter, who took first place in the High School Division, will also present his winning poem, “Ain’t No Poet” at the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce’s Cowboy Reception (part of their annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering) on Friday, Dec. 6.
The 2019 Student Cowboy Poetry Contest winners are:
Elementary School Division – first place, Madi Jones (Wickenburg Christian Academy); second place, Lexi Tecklenburg (WCA), 3rd place (tie), Bradford Layton (Morristown Elementary) and Walter Valles (WCA); and honorable mentions Jasmine Aguilar (WCA), Chloe Edwards (Congress Elementary), Quinci Johannson (WCA) and Audrey Moder (WCA).
Middle School Division – first place, Emma Walter (homeschool); second place, Kallie Sims (Congress Elementary); third place, Reagyn Smith (Morristown Elementary); and honorable mentions Tyson Cole Gillette (Skull Valley School), Dante Gross (Congress), Benjamin Hogue (Wickenburg Christian Academy), Alainah McCormick Shayne (Congress), and Hannah White (WCA).
High School Division – first place, Kash Walter (homeschool); second place, Sarah Clark (Wickenburg Christian Academy); third place, Shaylee Warner (Wickenburg Virtual Academy); and honorable mention Alexa Walter (homeschool).