Yvonne shares her surprise at how everyone but her has changed at her class reunion. Yvonne Hollenbeck performs "The Class Reunion" during "The Real Deal" show from "The Wild Ride" 2022.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yvonne Hollenbeck is a South Dakota cattleman’s wife, who writes poetry about her life on a beautiful and remote ranch where she helps with everyday duties, such as putting up hay, feeding a crew, doing bookwork, or working cattle. Although her poetry is often humorous about situations that were not humorous when they happened, her writing also takes a serious side when she reflects upon the hardships experienced by her parents and ancestral family members. Yvonne also is a freelance author, penning a weekly column in the Farmer & Rancher Exchange, an avid quilter, and creator of her one-woman show, Patchwork on the Prairie. Most of her writing is done or quilts made by hand in what she calls her “found time”…while waiting on meals for her husband and hired hands, waiting for a cow to safely birth a new calf, or in evenings when the ranch day’s work is done. An example of her beautiful quilt and applique work is on display in the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon.
"The Class Reunion" poem by Yvonne Hollenbeck.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 28, 2022.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.