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Michele E. Buttelman: Welcome to the new home for ‘SCV Scene’

SCV Scene

Posted: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Welcome to the new home of "SCV Scene." I hope you didn't have too much trouble locating the column in its new location! It's like coming home!

When I first started at The Signal in 1999 this column was written by my predecessor, Janet Gossom and ran on Tuesday's Lifestyle page. There have been so many changes since that time.

Janet's column was named "Gossom City." When I became the Lifestyle editor, after a short stint as an education reporter, I renamed the column SCV Scene. It stuck. I wrote my first "SCV Scene" column on Oct. 5, 1999.

I am so thrilled by the number of loyal readers to this column. I am humbled when I meet and greet you at the many events around and town and am told by you how much you enjoy the column. It means the world to me!

Thanks for your support. The SCV is the best place to live and has the most wonderful people. We are blessed.

If you've not checked out the "SCV Scene" Facebook page please do so!


Visit the Cowboy Festival

It's supposed to be cooler today. Here's hoping! Today is the last chance to head over to historic Melody Ranch to get your cowboy/cowgirl on at the annual Cowboy Festival. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Take the Cowboy Festival shuttle at Railroad Avenue and 13th Street.

For more information, visit


Cowboy Festival today

Highlights for today's Cowboy Festival include: Dave Stamey at 1 p.m. on the Heritage Stage, R.W. Hampton and Dave Stamey beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the Medicine Show Stage, the Quebe Sisters Band at 3 p.m. on the Melody Ranch main stage and R.W. Hampton and Cow Bop at 5 p.m. on the Melody Ranch main stage. Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell can be found at 11 a.m. on the Melody Ranch main stage.

There's a host of other performers to be found on the California Music Stage, Heritage Stage, Medicine Show Stage and Melody Ranch Stage as well as at locations scattered throughout Melody Ranch. Don't forget to get your Cowboy Cobbler from the Cowboy Cultural Committee in the Gold Rush Food Court.


Western Walk of Stars

It was so much fun to watch Joel Cox unveil his saddle plaque in front of Pulchella Winery on Thursday night. Cox is the latest addition to the Western Walk of Stars on Main Street in Newhall.

In addition to the large crowd from the Senses street festival, Joel's lovely wife, Judy, and children and sister Marjanne Priest attended.

Also in the crowd was Peggy Stewart, a Western film actress who began her career in the 1937 film "Wells Fargo," alongside Joel McCrea. She starred regularly in films with Allan Lane, Sunset Carson and Wild Bill Elliott. She also appeared in several episodes of "Adventures of Red Ryder." Stewart has her own saddle plaque on the Western Walk of Stars.


Cowgirls and Crystals

Carousel Ranch will present a Ladies Day At The Ranch - "Cowgirls & Crystals", 2 p.m. until dusk on Sunday, May 19. Presenting sponsor is Comfort Keepers In-Home Care. Proceeds will be used to fund programs for therapy on horseback for disabled children and adults. This event will be held outdoors in the Western Town at the ranch located at 34289 Rocking Horse Road, Agua Dulce.

Included in the day's upscale cowgirl fun is a gourmet barbecue from Salt Creek Grille Catering, including gourmet s'mores and a special brew of Cowgirl Punch created especially for Carousel Ranch by Tamra Levine, director of catering. "Dude Ranches are not just for dudes anymore" said Shelley Hann, event chairwoman. "Put on your rhinestones and jeans, and join us for an afternoon of barbecue, shopping, line dancing and much, much more. This experience is sure to bring out the cowgirl in all of us."

For further information or online ticket reservations for Cowgirls & Crystals or Carousel Ranch, visit or contact Carousel Ranch at 661- 268-8010.


Gentlemen for a Cause

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley is hosting "Gentlemen for a Cause" to benefit the Domestic Violence Center of SCV. The Signal's own "silver fox" Jim Walker will be up for auction at the event. Dinner, entertainment and the bachelor auction will be held 6 p.m. May 5 at Westridge Clubhouse, 27200 Sycamore Meadow Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Tickets for the event are $40 each.

Visit for more information.


‘Wartime Romance'

"Wartime Romance, A Time to Remember" will be performed on stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia on Saturday, April 28. There will be two performances of this patriotic production about a World War II love story. The afternoon matinee performance begins at 3 p.m. The evening performance begins at 7 p.m.

This family-friendly production is written and produced by Marilyn Hackett, and based on love letter correspondence during WWII between her mother, Margaret Wolff, and her father, Tom Johnson.

More information and about the production is available at or call 661-755-8629. Tickets are $25 and $50 and benefit Bridge to Home, Single Mothers Outreach and Prayer Angels for the Military.

Visit for links to purchase tickets to benefit the nonprofit of your choice.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.



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