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Texas Frontier Trails

Texas Frontier Trails, a local group seeking to create a Western cultural and educational site at Pollard Park, has started selling tickets for the Aug. 7 performance of “Charles Goodnight’s Last Night” by Barry Corbin.

As workers are cleaning out the brush and dead trees at the theater site at Pollard Park in preparation, the group is seeking sponsors and selling seats for the evening performance of Andy Wilkinson’s play, a one-act monologue, underneath the trees and the stars.  

The play is the first performance put on by the group and planners hope to attract 300 or 400 people to the site they hope will become home for historical heritage and cultural events to be held in the community.

Tickets are available, or will be available shortly, at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, the TFT office at 103 N.E. 1st Street and at Farm Bureau Insurance from Pat Bazzell, the board president.

General admission tickets cost $75, though sponsors who donate $250 or more can get special seating at the event.

Corbin, who played Roscoe Brown in Lonesome Dove as well as many other movies and television shows, will also be on hand for a meet and greet after the performance, according to current plans.

The brainchild of longtime Mineral Wells resident Don Price, Texas Frontier Trails was organized in 1991 and had a goal of building an amphitheater and producing its own play.

The group had a kick-off and raised funds but has not had a production before now.  

“They set a very good groundwork for what we’re doing,” Bazzell said.

Bazzell said the board of directors met in the fall and decided to change directions somewhat by reorganizing with a smaller, working board of directors.

They are now focusing on a more immediate goal of using the park for cultural and historical heritage events for the area, according to Bazzell. The goal of building an amphitheater is more of a longterm goal for now, Bazzell said.  

Tourism is also a goal, Bazzell said. They hope to be able to include interested people from surrounding counties who are interested in the area’s Western history.  

About 100 people, many former board members or others involved with the group, met on a rainy Saturday in May with playwright Andy Wilkinson and Barry Corbin and discussed plans for the park.  

They hope to begin holding functions at the park regularly.  

“We might be able to do two of them next year if things go well,” Bazzell said.  

The group is hoping to raise at least $30,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales for the August event.  

More information can be found online at www.texasfrontiertrails.org or on their Facebook page.  

A ticket order form is also expected to uploaded to the website soon, as well, and the group’s phone number is (940) 327-8386.

Staff writer Christin Coyne can be reached at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3428, or ccoyne@mineralwellsindex.com.

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