Neighborhood picnic features 3 Trails West, music from the cowboy tradition

On Sunday, residents of the Valentine, Volker, Coleman Highlands and Roanoke neighborhoods are invited to the annual “all-neighborhood” picnic in Roanoke Park.

The picnic is a chance for folks from different neighborhoods to get acquainted. This year, they’ll also have an opportunity to celebrate the unique history with the music of award-wining local band 3 Trails West.

Residents of Valentine are familiar with 3 Trails members Leo and Roger Eilts, formerly part of the band Spontaneous Combustion. They’ve recently joined the new musical venture that takes its name from the three westward routes that originated in Westport in the middle of the 19th century.

The band draws from the cowboy tradition of singing songs “about cattle drives and riding horses, pretty girls back home, nature’s splendor, and living the life of a cowboy.” They also throw in some western swing in the tradition of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys or Andy Parker and the Plainsmen.


  • The event is free and open to all residents of Valentine, Volker, Coleman Highlands and Roanoke. It begins at 5 p.m. in the area of the park just across the street from the Roanoke Community Center.
  • Bring your own food and drink and Valentine will supply the music.
  • Come early for tours of the new Roanoke Park trails