Calico Ghost Town is holding its annual Spring Fest this Mother’s Day weekend, May 10 and 11. Entertainment includes a variety of Blue Grass and Country artists as well as artisans and street performers in period costumes.
On Saturday at 2 p.m. Law Dogs ’N Ladies is performing “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” Law Dogs 'N Ladies is a live theater/gunfight group that has been performing together since 2000. Members portray “The Fighting Earps,” their wives and Doc Holliday from the Tombstone, Ariz. period of 1879 to 1882.
John Gilbert (no relation) is one of the founding members. Gilbert says of the group, “We have performed in Tombstone, Ariz. in the "real" O.K. Corral, including the world Famous, 125th Anniversary of the O.K. Corral gunfight. We had the honor of performing for Hugh O'Brian, television’s ‘Wyatt Earp’ at his 80th Birthday Bash at the Gene Autry Museum.
“We have performed our famous show for the Pro Rodeo Circuit not to mention most all western events that have come up in the cowboy area.” Their credits also include a variety of movie productions for the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
One of the newest members to the group is Tino Luciano, a high desert director and producer and former deputy sheriff. He says he knew about the group for about seven years before being asked to join. “I have loved their rendition of the movie ‘Tombstone.’ I, like many out there who love the movie, know it verbatim. I got a call to watch them perform in Pioneertown one day and I was amazed at what I saw! The dialogue was verbatim and their wardrobe was nothing short of period correct and accurate to the movie,” says Luciano
“In 2013, I was in Calico filming a reality pilot for my production company, Law Dog Productions. We wrapped for the day and while we were unwinding in the parking lot, making plans with the producers for the next day shoot, I was approached by John Gilbert (Wyatt), Robert Boustedt (Morgan), Michelle Boustedt (Louisa) and Jerry Rushing (Virgil). I thought we were in trouble!
“They approached me asked if I would be interested in joining the group. I was elated and tried to compose myself! LOL I thought I was going to be one of the background cowboy or something small, but when they asked if I would be interested in playing John Henry "Doc" Holliday, I just about fell over!”
They gave him some time to think about it and a week later he accepted. “And the rest is history! Now a year and a half later I am one of the Armorers, Assistant Director and the Promoter for our group. If anyone is interested in hiring us for an event, please don't hesitate to contact me,” says Luciano. He can be reached at 760.677.9169.
The group prides itself as family oriented and family friendly. “That is something that drew me to them as I was able to see the love they had for what they do as well as one another,” Luciano says.
Entrance to the festival is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-15, and kids 5 and under are free. The Calico town and stores will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Calico Ghost Town is located at 36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo, Calif., 92398.
For more information visit http://www.calicotown.com or call 1-800-86-CALICO.