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‘Tis the season at McKay Creek Estates

Published on December 23, 2017 12:01AM

Judge Richard Courson, far right front, who helped resurrect the Pendleton Cowboy Mounted Band more than 32 years ago, welcomed the group for a performance at McKay Creek Estates, where he resides in Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Noemi Wiseman

Judge Richard Courson, far right front, who helped resurrect the Pendleton Cowboy Mounted Band more than 32 years ago, welcomed the group for a performance at McKay Creek Estates, where he resides in Pendleton.

The Nixyaawii Community School choir, under the direction of Judy Farrow, recently performed at McKay Creek Estates in Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Noemi Wiseman

The Nixyaawii Community School choir, under the direction of Judy Farrow, recently performed at McKay Creek Estates in Pendleton.


Music filled the air recently at McKay Creek Estates.

The Pendleton assisted living facility welcomed special guests who performed a pair of concerts. Retired Umatilla County Circuit Court Judge Richard Courson was thrilled to have the Pendleton Cowboy Mounted Band perform at the facility where he resides. He was instrumental in resurrecting the band prior to the Pendleton Round-Up’s 75th anniversary,

In 1985, Courson, who recently turned 95, joined up with then-Pendleton High School band director Bob Herbig to round up horses and musicians. Courson provided the calmest horses he could find, while Herbig wrangled in 18 musicians, including Lewis Thorne and Dan Motanic, who played with the original group before it disbanded in 1938.

The other holiday entertainers featured students from the Nixyaawii Community School choir, who were led by Judy Farrow.

“Everyone really enjoys listening to musical entertainers at the facility,” said executive director Noemi Wiseman.

McKay Creek Estates invites community members to join them for many activities at the center. For more information, contact Wiseman at 541-276-1987 or nwiseman@prestigecare.com.



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