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Joe Baker's 2005 Show Commitments

***PRESS RELEASE***     Disney tests Family Adventures

Joe Herrington
Cowboy Poet and Campfire Storyteller

Below is an article about the Disney event that Joe Herrington and The Lost Canyon Rangers are involved in. You will notice two tours, "Escape to Paradise" and "Quest for the West." As this program came together we realized the need to do more...go the extra mile, after all, folks expect more of Disney. We had a great line up of things to see and do but we also saw a great opportunity. Disney is a storytelling company and here was a perfect venue for real, traditional storytelling.

Hawaii is and has always been about legend and story. What better place than a luau for an unforgettable story about the Islands. We found some of the best local Island tellers to bring that magic to our guests.

At the same time in Wyoming, our guests are given a glimpse of the real west... the cowboy west. They are picked up by bus at the Jackson Hole airport nestled against a backdrop of the Grand Tetons. They gaze in awe at the spectacular landscape and ride back to town listening to Cowboy Poetry Joe wrote especially for the trip and to the mellow trail songs provided by the Lost Canyon Rangers.

The week-long adventure takes them to Yellowstone and finally back to Jackson Hole and the Spotted Horse Ranch. There they learn to ride and rope and appreciate the Great American Cowboy as an icon this country can't afford to forget. The final spectacle is a cowboy evening on the trail around a flickering campfire where I tell Western stories spiced with a bit of Cowboy Poetry. My objective... to show these guests that real cowboys are men of character with a powerful sense of right and wrong. Duty and honor were a way of life. The kids leave with cowboy heroes again and the parents know they have seen and learned something they should hold on to. We know it, and try to preserve it as The Cowboy Way.

Joe Herrington
Cowboy Poet and Campfire Storyteller

Teresa Plowright,
Your Guide to Travel with Kids.
March 31, 2005

Disney tests Family Adventures: "Adventures by Disney" to debut summer 2005

It all started 50 years ago, with Disneyland. Now there are Disneylands around the globe, a whole World in Orlando, and classy cruises. Still, there are other mountains to be climbed, rivers to be rafted, guided hikes to be hiked: the Family Adventure market beckons, and Disney will sample it this year.

During Summer 2005, Disney is "testing a new vacation concept called Adventures by Disney™ — a story-based guided group vacation experience." Two itineraries are being tested, with limited space available.

Approximately 75 families in total will sample week-long trial adventures to Hawaii and Wyoming, with multiple departure dates for each trip.

The aim is to bring "The Disney Difference" to family adventures:
  • The quality of a Disney theme park or cruise ship vacation
  • Small group sizes
  • All-inclusive and hassle-free experience
  • Flexible "story-based itineraries" and fun activities for the whole family
  • Authentic experiences provided by guides and local experts
  • The "special experiences and surprises for which Disney is known."
Escape to Paradise™ Hawaiian Adventure. Peak experiences on three islands: Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai. Guests will snorkel on a coral reef and hand-feed stingrays, fs, tour a real volcano, learn how to surf, and much more. For ages five and up; six departure dates in July and August 2005.

Quest for the West™ Wyoming Adventure. Explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and Jackson Hole, Wyoming; activities include wildlife viewing, whitewater rafting trips, trail-riding, campfires, and lots more; lodging includes two wonderful historic hotels in Yellowstone.

The 2005 Summer Preview trial will be available to a limited number of families at special introductory rates. Cost of the 7-night/8-day Quest of the West package is $1699 per adult, $1499 per child 17 and under (based on double occupancy), with discounts for shared rooms-- a good price for a Family Adventure. Price includes accommodations, ground transportation, baggage handling, all scheduled meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners), scheduled group activities and gratuities; It does not include airfare to and from Jackson Hole, WY. For ages 6 and up; four departure dates in July and August 2005.

Cost of the 7-night/8-day Escape to Paradise™ Hawaiian Adventure -- not including airfare to/from Hawaii-- is $2399 per adult, $2099 per child 17 and under (based on double occupancy.) This price includes transportation between the islands, as well as accommodations at top resorts, ground transportation, baggage handling, all scheduled meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners), scheduled group activities and gratuities.

For more information on all the above, call Adventures by Disney at 877-728-7282.

***PRESS RELEASE***     ‘Bunkhouse’ Up For More AWA Awards

Julie Carter/For the Ruidoso News
Feb 15, 2005, 10:05 pm

Joe Baker, his Backforty Bunkhouse Show and Ruidoso radio station KNMB are again making news with the Academy of Western Artists. Baker, Ruidoso’s own king of western swing, honkytonk and cowboy music, has again been nominated for disc jockey of the year by the AWA. Baker won that honor in 2004 and was crowned July 13 at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. KNMB made the top 10 cut for radio station of the year in 2004 and has been nominated again for 2005.

Baker’s Backforty Bunkhouse airs on Ruidoso’s radio station KNMB, 96.7 FM, New Mexico’s Bear and KWMW, 105.1 FM, every Saturday from 6 to 10 a.m. The four-year-old show has continually grown in popularity and notoriety. Last fall, an Arkansas artist that Baker had been promoting visited in person during the Cowboy Symposium. David E. Young, cousin of Texas Playboy and hall of fame fiddler Jimmy Young, joined Baker on his Backforty Radio show while he was in Ruidoso. Little did either of them know what those few hours were about to bring. Young headed back to Arkansas, where he hauls logs for a living and uses every extra dollar he makes to spend time in the recording studio. Inspired by Baker’s radio show, Young wrote and recorded a Western swing song called “The Backforty Bunkhouse.”

In November, Baker received a copy of the song and sent it out to his usual promotion list of radio hosts across the country. This week a very excited and honored Baker was notified that the song has been nominated by the AWA for Western Swing Song of the Year. The catchy tune includes sounds of cowboys rising in the dark to start another day on the back forty. “Pull on your boots and let’s get started.” The last line in the chorus of the new hit epitomizes what the Backforty Bunkhouse Show means to its fans: “The Backforty Bunkhouse is home away from home.”

Copyright © 2005 Ruidoso News, a Gannett Co., Inc. newspaper.

"Tiffany Jo Allen has continued the western tradition in Tucson and every other venue she performs, with enthusiasm and true cowboy spirit. The Backforty Bunkhouse salutes these three exceptional musicians, Tiffany Jo Allen, Nana Jo Foster and my pard, John Payne."
Joe Baker

Music Category Winner: Tuscon Rodeo Parade
First Place: Western Music Association, Home Ranch Hands
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