Have you ever wanted to munch on some tri-tip and sip some wine while having a cowboy read you his collection of poetry?
Those who attended the Drivers and Drovers fundraiser on Saturday to benefit both the Hospice of San Joaquin County and the World of Wonders Science Museum did just that.
Roughly 125 people spent a night looking at art, eating barbecue and enjoying the warm spring weather as they explored and enjoyed Den Hartog and Stokes Farms.
Horse-drawn carriages led attendees around on tours of the grounds, and the Lodi Mexican-American Lions Club cooked up a decadent barbecue dinner that included tri-tip and asparagus.
Cowboy Gary Adams, one of the main attractions, read from his personal collection of poetry to entertain the guests.
“I think that if I can (write poetry), anyone can,” he said. “You just got to find a place where you can concentrate.”
Adams read from a wide selection of his collection. He even created a handful of special copies of his work for the fundraiser.
One of his poems, “Recipe for Happiness,” details, in his view, just what it takes to not only be happy as a cowboy, but to be happy in life at any point.
“Divide into pieces as big as Texas/ Wrap them in golden rays of the sunset/ Share your happiness with all you greet,” it reads.
A 1906 chuck wagon was also available for guests to enjoy. Fully restored, it not only added to the Western theme of the party, but also served as a glimpse into the history of America’s “manifest destiny” era.
“This is definitely not something that is in everyone’s house,” said the wagon’s owner, Peggy Wagner. “Those wagons that are sitting out on lawns just rot. But this (wagon) stays in the barn. Every night.”
The event took some time to pull off — it has been a year in the making — but according to Peggy Price, who helped coordinate the fundraiser, the timing was just right.
Before the evening fundraiser, the same group of organizers held a Western-themed event for children Saturday afternoon.
The day was a whirlwind, Price said, but fun.
“It is so enjoyable,” she said. “It was all worth it.”
Contact reporter Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.