An Unexpected Encounter

April 21, 2018 – Saturday Night

We drove to Ft. Smith, AR for the Symphony’s Bicentennial Celebration Pops concert featuring Ole West Movie and television theme songs.  Everyone attending was encouraged to dress in period clothing.   We had none, so we just showed up in 2018 clothing as many others did…EXCEPT

Rooster Cogburn, Miss Mattie, Judge Parker, his lovely wife and an unknown friend.


The Ft. Smith Symphony is ninety-four years old.  For a small town (population 88,000+) It is quite talented.  It seems music is still taught in the Arkansas public schools and the orchestras throughout the state are blessed with talented musicians.  

The encore piece was a rollicking rendition of Raw Hide.  An excellent and fun way to end a wonderful evening.