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Laws Good Ole Days to kick off Sept. 10th

Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site–  Laws Good Ole Days is a long-standing community event since 1977. On Friday, September 1st, 1989, the Old Time Cowboy Poetry and Music Show honored Curley Fletcher for the first time to raise funds for Laws Opera House. In the 2000s, Roberta Matlick did breathe fresh wind into the event, each year centering on a special topic: In 2000 on benefits of not smoking, in 2001 on car history and in 2015 on our armed forces andveterans – to name just a few.

Laws Railroad Museum affords a great opportunity to view historic locomotives and relive the old west days in Bishop. / Laura Austin Photo

Our new COVID normality has set in, and Laws volunteers and staff are ready to bring back Laws Good Ole Days as the community event of the year. As in the past, we have performances, demonstrations, and activities as diverse as our community. If you want to participate as volunteer, demonstrator, or vendor? It’s not too late, contact us at or visit for more details.

Come and join us in our celebration of our community and its heritage. The Laws Good Ole Days will be kicked off with a Dave Stamey Dinner Concert at Whiskey Creek on Friday the 9th. We have limited seating, don’t miss out. Tickets are available at The Saturday event is, as usual, Free of Admission. A suggested donation of $15 (or more) will get you a commemorative Laws Good Ole Days tote. This is a first time, don’t miss out. Totes are available only on first come first serve basis.

On Saturday, September 10, the Laws Good Ole Days invites you to the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site. From 11 am to 6 pm we have planned a fun-filled day. Performances, demonstrations and activities will celebrate the Owens Valley history and heritage, the ones that built the home and lifestyle we have inherited and cherish in the Owens Valley today. Throughout the day, delicious food from Rosa’s Mexican or Pino Pies food trucks will keep your taste buds happy and your energy levels up.

   All around Laws – 11 am to 3 pm

Come and experience a variety of traditional demonstrations and activities. Watch, learn and get dirty. Our local crafters, participants, and volunteers may offer special items for sale.

Demonstrations of traditional trades and craft include:

Mike Mumford, Roadrunner Forge Ridgecrest – Blacksmithing,

Colleen Hart – Loom weaving, Todd Bradlee & Mike Lary – Woodworking, Norma Vedder – jewelry making, Jay Smart – hit-&-miss engine to operate the stamp mill, Wonders of sun & water – how to create electricity Activities – Get creative, get cranking, get dirty.

Goodent team with Gladys – learn to create reuse art inspired by Gladys, Smokey the Bear – cut with a two-man manual saw a slice of a stomp and brand it. All safely.

Calico Quilters Guild – see the quilt show and get a few quilting tips and tricks.

Book signing and special tours – meet Marie Mason, book author & paranormal researcher. Sign up for a tour and learn to investigate the unexplained or paranormal experiences, for details see

Paper bead jewelry – Can you make paper beads?

Ride the rails – using your own power on the hand car, or taking a ride on good ole smokey.

Mine for gold – test your skill in good ole gold panning.

Dueling sewing machine – without using electricity, be 1st to finish your own Laws

Good Ole Days commemorative bandana.

Live Performances on the Curley Fletcher Stage – 11 am to 3 pm

Don’t miss the many great performances planned: 11:00 am 12:00, and 1 pm

The Bishop Community Band will welcome Sage Romero and the AkaMya Cultural Dance Group: Sage was aptly named, as the definition of “sage” is “a profoundly wise person, especially in ancient history or legend.” Sage Romero can offer another perspective on the “Good Ole Days.”

“Return of Vaudeville!” Fiddlin’ Pete hosts a variety show – turn off the cell phones and return to the time when all music, storytelling, and verse captured you live. Listen to: Coale Johnson, Giacomo Trembelo, Duane Rossi, Jim Cardwell, Michael Tcherkersky and maybe you. 

Want to join this fun – musicians, poets and storytellers please contact Pete at .

Auctions – 3 to 4:30 pm

Both auctions have been tremendous annual fundraisers. Your donations to the Pie and Silent Auction and your bids in those benefit the many improvements we can make to the museum. Have you visited the renovated Agent House and School Building?

 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:00 pm Laws famous live Home-baked Pie Auction!

Silent Auction closes – take a last look at your bids. Silent Auction awards bid winners

We have several sponsors that donated items to the silent auction, for instance, our local C5 Studios. Pieces in the Silent Auction are featured on or will be when we get them in. We will accept an opening bid by email. However, to claim your winning bid, one needs to be present at 4 pm or have a designee to claim & donate. Want to help, do you have some great pieces of local arts or crafts? Laws welcomes donations to our silent auction – email submission inquiries to .

Dance with Sandy & The High Country to Wrap up a Great Day – 4:30 pm

Now, Laws Good Ole Days would not be complete without a Good Ole Dance! Sponsored by the American Mule Museum, Sandy & The High Country will rock at the depot dock from 4:30-6:00 pm, as we dance into the evening shade! Or listen to the music while enjoying a great dinner from Rosa’s or Pino’s food trucks. What a fitting way to end our Laws Good Ole Day.

Don’t Miss Laws Good Ole Days 2022

The Good Ole Days is a family fun event! Along with the Community Band, a variety of Performers, Local Food vendors, Pie & Silent Auction, demonstrations, and many activities for adults and kids will make this the best day in 2022.

We are still open for participants in Good Ole Days Sponsors, Silent Auction submissions, Volunteers, vendors, and demonstrators please contact Carola at . Musicians, poets, and storytellers contact Pete at .