Holiday entertainment at the Senior Center

Photos by Lizzie Blumenthal The High Country Cowboys play at the Senior Center.

Holiday entertainment at the Senior Center By Lizzie Blumenthal CCN Reporter The High Country Cowboys and Red Lodge School of Dance performed to a full house at the Senior Center in Red Lodge, Dec. 18. After the attendees enjoyed a wonderful holiday meal, The Cowboys took the stage to sing and play a variety of western ballads and classic country songs. Following their dynamic performance, the Red Lodge School of Dance topped off the afternoon with a holiday inspired dance show. “Every year the Red Lodge School of Dance performs for us before Christmas. This is the first time we doubled up. We’re trying to bring in more entertainment for the center and appeal to a new generation of senior citizens,” said Office Manager, Connie Bell. Entertainment was in full swing as the three Kosel brothers executed perfect vocal and instrumental harmonies. With yodeling Marty and John on both guitar/vocals and Joe playing stand-up double bass, the local band from Red Lodge had full attention of the crowd with their impeccable performance. One member said, “ We should send a recording of them to CBS and tell them this is what music should sound like.” Coming from a family of 12, the boys of Red Lodge Creek are self-taught musicians who have been playing together for eight years. Marty, who is also a saddle maker said they initially started performing for their family, but have been practicing for crowds at the Senior Center, where their CD’s are also available. During their performance, The Cowboys dedicated a song to Adeline Donnes, who not only with her sisters donated the land for the center, but was also celebrating her 99th Birthday. “We’re privileged to have these guys singing for us. I think they’re wonderful and talented and the audience is just in awe with them,” said Bell who explained that the boys are related to the cook, assistant cook and thrift store manager. Continuing the afternoon program, the dancers from the Red Lodge School of Dance entertained the crowd. From the classic Nutcracker ballet to upbeat jazz, the young performers of all levels and ages danced a delightful holiday themed show. “The kids are so precious, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s just love them,” Bell noted.