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Songwriter, storyteller performs at Maryhill, Columbia Hills parks

Event part of Arts and Trails series planned through September

On Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, rancher, farmer and cowboy poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller Dick Warwick, of Oakesdale, presents two evenings of cowboy poetry, song and story in Washington state parks along the Columbia River Gorge.

Warwick has been a featured performer at several National Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Elko, Nev., most recently in 2005. He has performed in Australia twice, including at the 2004 Man from Snowy River Bush Festival.

A fourth-generation Whitman County rancher and farmer, Warwick brings a unique perspective to the dilemma of working the land while nurturing the environment, and to life and history in the rural American West.

The Friday, June 10, program will be at 7 p.m. in Maryhill State Park.

The Saturday, June 11, program is at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Columbia Hills (formerly Horsethief Lake) State Park near Dallesport.

Both programs are free to the public but there is a $5 per car parking fee.

Additional events in the Arts and Trails series are planned through September and feature fiddle music of the Lewis and Clark era, Native American music and dance, Finnish music and dance, old-time logger traditions, and demonstrations of Native American basketweaving.


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