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Wilmore Opry Photographs

by
David Rose
(except where otherwise noted)


Daryl Schiff, Chairman of the Wilmore Opry, during his 01 Oct 2006 Wilmore Opry performance with his daughter, Martina (Schiff) McBride, and son, Marty Schiff, at the Heritage Center near Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Rick Sabral.
Daryl Schiff, Chairman of the Wilmore Opry, during his 01 Oct 2006 Wilmore Opry performance
with his daughter, Martina (Schiff) McBride, and son, Marty Schiff,
at the Heritage Center near Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Rick Sabral.

Left to right: Rick Schiff, Martina (Schiff) McBride, Marty Schiff and Daryl Schiff on the evening they performed as a band at the 01 Oct 2006 Wilmore Opry at the Heritage Center near Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Deanie Schiff.
Rick Schiff, Martina (Schiff) McBride, , Marty Schiff and Daryl Schiff
on the evening they performed as a band at the 01 Oct 2006 Wilmore Opry
at the Heritage Center near Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Rick is a cousin of Daryl, Martina and Marty Schiff.
Photo courtesy of Deanie Schiff.


Wilmore Opry Performer
HEATHER SHELLEY NAMED BEST NEW ACT IN COUNTRY MUSIC
At the Colgate Country Showdown National Finals, 29 Jan 2005.

From left: Dan Winter, Heather Shelley, Linda Winter and Vanita Blundell, at the October 2nd, 2004, Wilmore Opry. 

CLICK HERE to visit Heather Shelley's web page.
Above photo, from left: Dan Winter, Heather Shelley, Linda Winter and Vanita Blundell, at the October 2nd, 2004 Wilmore Opry.
Best new country act title goes to Kansas teen

Dan and Linda Winter'Minnie Pearl'  (Myrna Bumgarner) comedy routine at the Wilmore Opry.At left:
Dan and Linda Winter.

At right:
'Minnie Pearl' (Myrna Bumgarner) comedy routine at the Wilmore Opry.
 

Velma Basnett sings at the Wilmore Opry.Vernie White performs at the Wilmore Opry.At left:
Velma Basnett sings at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Vernie White performs at the Wilmore Opry.
 

Rev. Kent Little sings Chris Metzger, at left, and Zack Ellis perform at the November 1, 2003, Wilmore Opry.At left:
Rev. Kent Little sings "Cat's in the Cradle" at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Chris Metzger, at left, and Zack Ellis perform at the November 1, 2003, Wilmore Opry.
 

Wendy Monroe of Greensburg, Kansas, sings at the Wilmore Opry. Micah Thom performs at the Wilmore Opry. At left:
Wendy Monroe from Greensburg, Kansas, sings at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Micah Thom from Pratt, Kansas, 9 years old, performs at the November 2003 Wilmore Opry.
 

Don McKinney at the Wilmore Opry.Daryl Schiff at the Wilmore Opry.At left:
Don McKinney, raised near Wilmore and now an attorney in Wichita, Kansas, plays guitar & sings at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Daryl Schiff of Sharon, Kansas, at the Wilmore Opry.
 

Doug Swonger performs at the Wilmore Opry. Vanita Blundell, emcee for the Wilmore Opry. At left:
Doug Swonger, of Kiowa, Kansas, was the featured guest at the July 2003 Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Vanita Blundell, of Wilmore, emcee for the Wilmore Opry.
 

Chase Foster performs at the Wilmore Opry. Dixie Mowbry, leader of the Generations band, performs at the Wilmore Opry in November of 2003. At left:
Chase Foster of the Generations band plays violin at the November 2003 Wilmore Opry. He is from Iola, Kansas.

At right:
Dixie Mowbray from South Haven, Kansas, leader of the Generations band, performs at the November 2003 Wilmore Opry.
 

Evan Hartnett performs at the Wilmore Opry. Lori Hartnett sings at the Wilmore Opry. At left:
Evan Hartnett, raised in Coldwater, Kansas, entertains at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Lori Hartnett, daughter of Lester & Noreen Fry of Wilmore, sings at the Wilmore Opry.
 

Denise Ayers performs at the Wilmore Opry. the Wilmore Opry. At left:
Denise Ayers of Tucson, Arizona, (niece of Dan Winter) entertains at the Wilmore Opry.

At right:
Carol Bankston lives in Mesa, AZ, in the winter and in Kingsburg, CA, the rest of the year.
 

Cameron Levering performs at the Wilmore Opry. the Wilmore Opry. At left:
Cameron Levering of Wilmore sings at the Wilmore Opry. Her parents are Jeff and Treva Levering.

At right:
Chelsea Horner, 19, of Hugoton, Kansas, performs at the Wilmore Opry.
 

Sarah Unruh performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004. Charles Bain performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04. At left: Sarah Unruh performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004.

At right: Charles Bain performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04.

 

Alexa Blake performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004. Walter Smith performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04. At left: Alexa Blake performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004.

At right: Walter Smith performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04.

 

Brandi Morris performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004. Wendy Monroe performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04. At left: Brandi Morris performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004.

At right: Wendy Monroe performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04.

 

Sheryl White performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004. Jennifer Johnson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04. At left: Sheryl White performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004.

At right: Jennifer Johnson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04.

 

Jerry Ferrin performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004. Mary Fry performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04. At left: Jerry Ferrin performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 2004.

At right: Mary Fry performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Nov 04.

 

Elizabeth McKinley performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005. Kara Forgeson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.At left:
Elizabeth McKinley performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

At right:
Kara Forgeson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.
 

Diana Morford and David Loesch perform at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005. Charlene Forgeson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

At left:
Diana Morford and David Loesch perform at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

At right:
Charlane Forgeson performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

 

Hootin' Annie performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005. Steve Dargel performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005. At left:
Hootin' Annie performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

At right:
Steve Dargel performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.
 

Ann Dixon, the Singing Judge, performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005. Traci Dawn Werner performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.At left:
Ann Dixon, the Singing Judge, performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.

At right: Traci Dawn Werner performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.
 

Michael Gracey performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005. Sue Matthews performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005. At left:
Michael Gracey performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.

At right:
Sue Matthews performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.
 

John Fitzwater performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005. Nona Fitzwater performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005. At left:
John Fitzwater performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.

At right:
Nona Fitzwater performs at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.
 

Chelsea Beck performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. Fiddlin' Jake Simson performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. At left:
Chelsea Beck performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.

At right:
Fiddlin' Jake Simson performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.
 

Melissa Ramski performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. Ernie Masden performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. At left:
Melissa Ramski performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.

At right:
Ernie Masden performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.
 

Aly Sutherlin performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. Brandon Smith performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005, Greensburg, Kansas. At left:
Aly Sutherlin performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.

At right:
Brandon Smith performs at the Wilmore Opry at the Twilight Theatre, 15 Oct 2005.
 

Daryl Schiff and Hitchiker (Gene Winter) perform at the Wilmore Opry.Daryl Schiff, at left, and Hitchiker (Gene Winter).


 

 The Dodge City Wild Bunch at the November 1, 2003, Wilmore Opry:  Jerry Miller on guitar  (from Sublett, Ks.); Ike Ritter on Bass (from Dodge City, Ks.); Joe Coyne on guitar (from Lakin, Ks.); Fred Voelker,  92 years old, on fiddle (from Fort Dodge, Kansas). The Dodge City Wild Bunch at the November 1, 2003, Wilmore Opry: Jerry Miller on guitar (from Sublett, Ks.); Ike Ritter on Bass (from Dodge City, Ks.); Joe Coyne on guitar (from Lakin, Ks.); Fred Voelker, 92 years old, on fiddle (from Fort Dodge, Kansas).


 

THE BEEN THERES: Mike and Linda Crowe.THE BEEN THERES:
Mike and Linda Crowe.

Before becoming a Wilmore Opry regular performer, Michael E. Crowe was the History Book Chairman for the Comanche County History book in 1980.

Linda Crowe is the VP of Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance in Coldwater. As well as being a "Been There", she also plays an electronic woodwind at Wilmore opries.


 

THE BEEN THERES: Mike and Linda Crowe.At left:

THE BEEN THERES:

Mike and Linda Crowe of Coldwater, Kansas.


 

Vanita Blundell, Chris
Metzger & Linda Crowe. Chris is singing 'Mustang Sally' at the Wilmore Opry.From left: Vanita Blundell, Chris Metzger & Linda Crowe. Chris is singing 'Mustang Sally' at the Wilmore Opry.


 

THE LEADER OF THE PACK, Wilmore Opry.At left: "The Leader of the Pack" comedy act at The November 2003 Wilmore Opry.

From left: Mike Crowe, Dr. "Fun" Sharma, Jennie Cronin and Linda Crowe.


 

The Unruh Twins sing with Dan Winter at the Wilmore Opry Dillion & Haley Unruh first performed at the June 2003 opry. In the photo at left, the 5 year old Unruh twins sing with Dan Winter at the June 7, 2003, Wilmore Opry. They are the children of Wendell and Saundra Unruh of Wilmore .


 

Dia Sherman and Maggie Hackney perform at the  Wilmore Opry.At left: Dia Sherman of Coldwater and Maggie Hackney of Wilmore perform at the Wilmore Opry. Both are 12 years old (2003).


 

The Generations Band, left to right: Leslie Brazle, Sara Trillo, Kevin Wills, Bret Billiter, Dixie Mowbray and Rick Schiff.GENERATIONS: this country band has played at several opries.

The members are, left to right: Leslie Brazle, vocals; Sara Trillo, 13 yr. old on vocals; Kevin Wills on lead guitar; Brett Billiter on bass guitar; band leader Dixie Mowbray on drums, guitar and vocals; and Rick Schiff on Keyboards. Not pictured is Chase Foster, 13 yr. old fiddle player.

Thanks to Deni Billiter for permission to use her photograph on this web page!
 

Jerry Ferrin, Nancy Smith and Linda Winter perform 'Further Along' at the 6 Nov 2004 Wilmore Opry.Jerry Ferrin, Nancy Smith and Linda Winter perform 'Further Along' at the 6 Nov 2004 Wilmore Opry.
 

Lona and Chelsea Huck perform at the 2 April 2005 Wilmore Opry.Lona and Chelsea Huck perform at the 2 April 2005 Wilmore Opry.
 

The Rob Northcutt Band  at the August 6, 2005 Wilmore Opry.

Left to right: Mike Alley, Rob Northcutt, Arron Peck, Scan Herrington, Todd Herrunbruck. The Rob Northcutt Band at the August 6, 2005 Wilmore Opry. Left to right: Mike Alley, Rob Northcutt, Arron Peck, Scan Herrington, Todd Herrunbruck.
 

Sheryl White performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.Sheryl White performs at the Wilmore Opry, 6 Aug 2005.
 

Rick Schiff and Daryl Schiff perform at the Wilmore Opry.Rick Schiff, at left, and Daryl Schiff perform at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.


 

The Stragglers perform at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005. Band members: Rick Schiff, Nigel Soria, Mark Brownlee, Ryan Brownlee & Darren Bishop.The Stragglers perform at the Wilmore Opry, 3 Sept 2005.

Band members: Rick Schiff, Nigel Soria, Mark Brownlee, Ryan Brownlee & Darren Bishop.
 

The Joyful Singers perform at the Wilmore Opry Gospel Show, 5 November 2005. 

Photo by David Rose.The Joyful Singers perform at the Wilmore Opry Gospel Show, 5 November 2005. Left to right: Judy Montei, Dean Holland & Lorretta Looney.
 

Vernie White performs at The Wilmore Opry, 2003. 

Vernie White performs at The Wilmore Opry, 2003.


Vernie White ...... "Last week brought on some sad news for a lot of us in Comanche County. Vernie moved to his heavenly home. Vernie White was a member of the Wilmore Opry. We not only enjoyed his entertainment on stage, but we all loved Vernie's laughter and jokes. what a good friend he was, and he will be greatly missed. We are sure Vernie is entertaining the angels with his heavenly friends and on that heavenly stage. We all will miss you a lot, Vernie!"

-- "Wilmore News" by Dan & Linda Winter
The Protection Press, 25 September 2003.


 


 


Want to request tickets or to appear at the Wilmore Opry?

For Tickets, or to Entertain on the Wilmore Opry,
call Dan or Linda Winter at 316-617-7682
or e-mail:
wilmoreopry@webtv.net

Vanita Blundell
Stage Manager and Program Director.
Phone: 620-582-2542.
Author of the "Country Gal" humor column in The Western Star.

Entertainers: call Daryl Schiff at 620-886-3293, or call Dan Winter at 316-617-7682
for Special Venues and Legends Shows.
Email: legendshows@webtv.net



Wilmore:
A fun place to spend an evening each month with old & new friends
at Wilmore's Little Opry.

Want to help support the efforts of The Wilmore Opry?

Please make your check payable to The Wilmore Opry and send it to:

The Wilmore Opry Account
Peoples Bank
101 East Main
P.O. Box 727
Coldwater Ks, 67029

Phone: (800) 889-9887   or   (620) 582-2166
      Fax: (620) 582-2209


More Photos From The Wilmore Opry

Wilmore Opry News - Dan & Linda Winter's Web Page Dan & Linda have created their own web page about the Wilmore Opry and update it regularly. Check it out!

Wilmore Opry Shows & Events Another webpage created by Dan & Linda Winter, also updated regularly with photos and news items.

Wilmore Opera House, November 17, 1917 "An evening with the Osceola Pooler Concert Company"


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