Annie, get your guns
RIFLE – The Rifle Rendezvous features Old West entertainment such as gunfight re-enactments and an appearance by Annie Oakley.Or at least her likeness.
Barbara Melfi, recognized by the Colorado State Legislature as one of “Colorado’s Own,” brings to life the real story of Oakley in a recreation of her persona. Legend, the stage and screen popularized Annie, but her real story has been left untold.Until Melfi came along.
Genetics may have played a part in Melfi’s love of the Old West. Her grandfather was a renowned western saddle maker. Her great-grandfather was widely known for his architectural design work on military forts that he also helped build throughout the West. He was a major in the regular Army and was originally commissioned by Abraham Lincoln. The Clement family is also known for their prize Herefords and their contributions to Hereford breeding.Along with Oakley, Melfi portrays Old West heroines Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Cynthia Ann Parker and Sacajawea.
Parker has for the most part lived in historical obscurity. Taken captive by the Comanche as a young child, she later became the wife of the chief. Her son Quanah became the most famous of all Comanche chiefs. Melfi’s award-winning portrayal brings Parker’s legend to life.Melfi has appeared at Dodge City, Kan., for five years, and all over the West – The Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyo. and Golden; Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kan.; Buckskin Joe’s in Canon City; The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs; Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden; and the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver. She has also been filmed at the 125th memorial reenactment of the Battle of the Little Bighorn at Real Bird. She just finished a historical documentary for the Pueblo Historical Society, and most recently performed as Oakley in “The Great American Wild West Show.”Visit http://www.riflerendezvous.org for a schedule of events and additional entertainment information.
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