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ZANE GREY FANS CIRCLING WAGONS IN KANAB, UTAH

BLOG #24, SERIES #8

WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE

CALLING ALL MOVIE BUFFS, FREE SPIRITS,

LOVERS OF THE OLD WEST, RETIREES

CIRCLING WAGONS IN KANAB, UTAH

June 14, 2017

THE HISTORIC PARRY LODGE

89 East Center

Kanab, Utah

(435) 644-2601

For the first time in 35 years, we are borrowing an approach that is being used with great success by cruise ship companies to fill their ships with people who are geared to short-notice excitement and growth. Since so many millions of people today are self-employed, working at home, retired, or just plain have a permanent case of wanderlust, here is your personal invitation to join us next Monday through Thursday in Kanab, Utah, the Hollywood of the Southwest. Over a hundred western movies were filmed here.

Zane Grey (1872-1939) is the writer who, more than any other, (in his 70 western books, over a hundred movies, and television series) created the concept that once upon a time there existed a Romantic West, a Western Camelot, in America’s Southwest.

Thirty-five years ago, in Texas, the international Zane Grey’s West Society was born. A laid-back, down-home, informal organization of young-at-heart individuals who like to gather every year in fun places to visit and travel to. Where prices and dues are kept low, where officers all serve pro-bono, where annual conventions are run at cost so that even those who are on fixed incomes can afford to attend. Numbers of attendees are kept down to 75-150 so that smaller towns can serve as venues and so that everything can be run informally. There is no hierarchy: all meet and interact on the same level. Friendships have proven to be lasting and rewarding.

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to learn more about our great West, you’ll want to drop everything and show up in Kanab next week. If Parry Lodge should prove full, no problem: there are lots of other motels to choose from in Kanab. And you’ll soon see why so many members tie their annual convention attendance to travel destinations they’ve long wished to visit. For instance, Kanab is a jumping-off point to the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Great Basin, Bryce, Zion, Arches, and Capital Reef, national parks, as well as Moab, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Monument Valley, and so much more.

It would be helpful to contact Sheryle Hodapp (15 Deer Oaks Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588-8236) email: sheryle@zgws.org; cell: 925-899-8698) for further information. Hodapp is Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. But even if you should do a last-minute showing up, we’ll find a way to squeeze you in. Believe me, the Society will change the course of your life, enrich it in ways you probably never thought possible.

Do give Hodapp a call, or email her, this very minute!

Just think: if you’d joined the Society 35 years ago, here are places you could have seen and explored (in reverse order of dates):

 

  • Islamorada [Florida Keys]
  • Mormon Lake, AZ
  • Durango, CO
  • Provo, UT
  • Spearfish, SD
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Gold Beach, OR
  • Glacier National Park, MT
  • Payson, AZ
  • Lackawaxen, PA
  • Catalina Island, CA
  • Ogden, UT
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Zanesville, OH
  • Cody, WY
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Washington, PA
  • Kerrville, TX
  • Taos, NM
  • Great Falls, MT
  • Matamoras, PA
  • Kanab, UT
  • Fort Davis, TX
  • Page, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ – and
  • Keene, TX

Next year, we’ll be meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

See all you’ve missed?

I hope to see you in Kanab.

 

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