'MISS SHIRLEY' HOME ON RANCH As reservations manager, “Miss Shirley” Darlington has attended nearly every Rockin’ B Ranch cowboy supper show since 2004. After 30 years managing a professional building and recruiting physicians for a hospital in the Midwest, Miss Shirley had the proper skillset for work at the Rockin’ B — she just never realized exercising those skills could be so much fun. “What can be better than going to work, listening to music all night, having good food and watching people go through the line raving about the place?” Miss Shirley said. “It’s my happy place.” She says all credit for that goes to Scott and Pamela Brownlee, the founders and musicians who opened the Rockin’ B in 1994 on their property “100 yards south of I-90 exit 299” at the state line. Between Scott’s bass playing,
each night. Even the barbecue sauce and marinade are homemade, Miss Shirley said, and a Cantina is available for the grown-up folks.
Miss Shirley, Dusty and Miss Pammie creativity and humorous acting and Miss Pammie “with her singing and yodeling — I mean, she has brought me to tears — I never, ever, ever get tired of listening to them,” Miss Shirley said. “It’s an easy thing to sell when you love it so much.” The rest of the Riders of the Rockin’ B add their musical gifts to the evening, while the “go back till it’s gone” BBQ supper is made fresh
Then there’s the humor, which starts outside the barn prior to dinner with a rubber chicken-flying, outhouseexploding shootout featuring the Marshal and his bumbling deputy, Dusty Bicuspid. Later, during the stage show, Dusty shares the story of “Rindercella,” which has become such a hit that returning adults will complain if it isn’t included in the set. “He is probably the greatest ad libber in the world,” she said of Dusty, who looks suspiciously like Scott with teeth missing. “Nothing ever floors him. He has a comment back for everything, and his (exchanges) with the kids are absolutely priceless.” Between Dusty’s appearances and the toe-tappin’ music, the cowboy supper shows are known to keep family members of all ages entertained all the live-long evening. In 2020, Rockin’ B Ranch cowboy supper shows are scheduled the final Friday and Saturday of each month, June through September. With only eight dates to choose from, the shows fill up quickly. As reservation manager, “Miss Shirley” encourages you to call her at 509891-9016 or purchase online at www.rockinbranch.com.
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These days, her favorite place to watch the show is from the back so she can watch the joy on the faces of the people she met on the phone or in the ticket line. She said she’s seen many a bad day or bad mood reversed by the Rockin’ B. “It’s like when you go on vacation and you forget that you’re broke and you have problems,” Miss Shirley said. “You walk into the barn, and it’s like those problems just fly out.” For more on Rockin’ B Ranch, see ad on page 70.
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