Originally performed at Mahoney State Park at Ashland, Nebraska May 25, 1995
It's a hot, dusty day at Sadie's Saloon when Sheriff Jake Jones makes his usual afternoon visit. Lovely young Sadie Spencer, one of the owners of the saloon, is the only person in the bar. Jake orders his usual "Special Sarsparilla", which is supposedly non-alcoholic, but is actually whiskey. They talk about the two main subjects in town, the intense heat wave and the fact that the Stagecoach Line has moved out of town.
Sadie. Well, since nobody's here to see you, why don't you just order
a regular shot of whiskey instead of the special sarsaparilla?
There is a two-person Temperance Committee dedicated to closing down the saloon, Hazel Hoochater and Prudence Purewater. They have been a thorn in Jake's side for a long time. Jake doesn't want the saloon to close for two reasons, he likes the Spencer sisters and he needs a place to drink! He has arrested the two committee members before for disturbing the peace when they have burst into the saloon bent on destroying it.
Jake: Well, I'll be a yaller dog! There sure ain't no
secrets in this town! Well, speaking of the Temperance Committee, you never know when those two goody-goody two shoes
temperance women, that old bat Hazel Hoochater and her mangy partner Prudence Purewater, will show up. Those two are more
trouble than a pair of skunks in a perfume store.
Of more importance to the town is the fact that when the railroad moved out so did most of the people, and business at the saloon has suffered as a result. Sadie and Jake are reflecting on the sad state of affairs when they are joined by Sadie's vivacious younger sister, Sally. Sally is a good-natured girl while Sadie is more serious. They disagree on the operation of the saloon. Where Sally wants to sell it and move on to greener pastures, Sadie prefers to keep things as they are, thinking that things will get better sooner or later.
Sally: Good morning folks! And what a glorious morning it is!
The sun is beating down on the town without respite or pity. And the barren landscape that surrounds us simmers as gently as a blast furnace.
The only person who is interested in buying the saloon is their late father's business partner Dirk Devious. Sadie had promised her father on his death bed that she would never allow his former partner Dirk to gain control of the saloon. It seems that he and Dirk had a falling out over a business deal and became lifelong enemies. Sadie is hoping to keep the Saloon while Sally hopes somebody besides Devious will come to town to buy the place.
Sally: Jake, why don't you help me talk Sadie into
selling this place? There really isn't enough business left to keep it running anyway and that handsome gambler
fellow, Dirk Devious has offered us a pretty penny for it!
So things remain the same in the peaceful little town of Adobe Wells. It's hot, and the stage doesn't come to town any more to break the monotony....