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Summer 2014


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Alive After

For thirteen Thursdays this summer, starting June 5, Downtown Billings will host Alive After 5, featuring good eats, drinks and local musical talent. Pages 8-9



Downtown Billings: From dining to shopping and everything in between, summertime fun awaits around every corner in downtown Billings ................................................10-12 What’s new downtown?: Four new businesses make downtown Billings even more diverse & inviting..14-15

Seasonal Events ........................................ 4-7 Calendar.................................................16-17 Style Watch ............................................18-19 Feast!..................................................... 20-23 Arts & Culture ........................................24-28 dotORG .......................................................30 Backlot ........................................................31


From Jake’s delicious cocktails to The Rex’s smoker sampler dinner downtown Billings has food to sate anyone’s palate.

pages 20-23 Cover photo by Casey Page of The Gazette Staff

On behalf of the dedicated team that lives the mission of the Downtown Billings Alliance, including our two Billings Police Department Resource Officers, greetings and thank you for supporting a vibrant, clean, safe and growing city center, Downtown Billings. In looking back over the nine years I have worked for downtown Billings, the recurrent theme for every good and successful initiative or campaign that we have achieved has been brokered through successful partnerships. And so for nine years, I’ve been honored to work with the best: the City of Billings, Billings City Council, Billings Police Department, Yellowstone County Commission, Downtown Property Owners, the membership of the Association, Parking Advisory Board, Big Sky Economic Development, Faith Leaders, Billings Cultural Partners, and many more. Together we continue to create what I think is one of the most significant transformations and growth opportunities Billings has ever seen. As always, in order to ensure success, the most senior public officials must be willing to be actively involved, and they are. In 2014 the Alliance kicked off the renewal campaign for the Business Improvement District. To go back through my documents and photos and see the BID in its infancy, and then to see the amount of progress and the difference that our stakeholders have made in downtown is quite staggering. I am just so proud of the program and confident that there will be so much more to come. Thank you, Billings, for your support of The Downtown Billings Alliance and remember, the Next Ten Starts with you!

Lisa K. Harmon

Executive Director Downtown Billings Alliance

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Food for Thought

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Billings Public Library has what’s needed for Brain Power. And what better way to use it than the “Food for Thought, An Evening of Great Conversation” fundraiser sponsored by the Parmly Billings Library Foundation. The evening begins with 6 p.m. check-in and social hour on the first floor of the library. At 7 p.m. activities move upstairs for dinner and conversation with questions like “What makes a city ‘livable’ and why does that matter?” Tickets are $75 each. For more information, contact Leslie Modrow, Development Director of the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, at (406) 237-6149. June 5, 6 p.m. Billings Public Library

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This annual event features arts and crafts vendors, food concessions and live entertainment. Admission is free, but bring your wallet to cover food and other purchases. A kid’s corner with carnival style games and kid’s crafts will entertain the young for a nominal fee. For more information call (406) 256-5100 or see June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Moss Mansion


Close off the street and enjoy the heat. Add an optional beer garden to some fabulous local music and there you have it—Alive After 5. The concert moves to a different sponsor locale each week, and the venue changes—but the fun doesn’t. Admission is free and weekly information available at Thursdays, June 5 thru Aug. 28, 5 to 8 p.m. Various locations

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Alive After 5

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The 4th annual Montana Brews & BBQs will take place in the beautiful Lakeside setting at MetraPark. What makes this a true “Brewfest” is that it is outdoors and features only keg beers from Montana. Kegs are used because it offers the purest and freshest beer. All of the local breweries will be there along with many others from across the state. Many of the breweries will showcase seasonal brews typically not available year-round. Admission is free. July 12, 1 to 11 p.m. MetraPark

All Original Car Show

Original condition is best—if that is your mantra and you love cars, then this show is for you. Admission is free. Look under the hood—these beauties are at least 90 percent original, no matter what the age. See for more information. July 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. North Park

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this: Head down to Skypoint for the 23rd Annual Strawberry Festival. Stroll about, perusing more than 100 arts, crafts, food and “cool stuff” booths. If you have kids, look for the children’s activity area, and enjoy free entertainment all afternoon on two different stages. Don’t forget to check out the crafting and cutting of the gigantic strawberry shortcake. Yum! June 14, pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Festival 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Under Skypoint

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Montana Brews & BBQs

Hosted by the YAM, this annual summer gala features more than 100 of the best artisans, craftspeople and entertainers in the area. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children; good for both days. See for more information. July 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans Park

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Fresh produce? Check. Local meats? Check. The Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market is the place to check off the items on your summer meal check-list—plus a few extras like live music and family entertainment. For more information, call (406) 697-5295 or (406) 855-1299. Saturdays, July 19 thru Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to noon Under Skypoint

August Artwalk

A number of downtown galleries, businesses and the Yellowstone Art Museum will open their doors and provide refreshments for the public as they enjoy the work of local artists. Admission is free. For more information log on to August 1, 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Billings

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Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market

Big Sky State Games

Montana has hosted Big Sky State Games (BSSG) since 1986. After 28 years, Montana athletes are still just as energetic and competitive as ever, standing as the largest State Games per capita in the nation. According to the BSSG organization, “No matter where you finish, the Opening Ceremonies is the place to start!” So, start on July 18 at 5:30 p.m., and let the games begin! For details, visit July 18 thru 20 Various locations


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Dirty Dash Getting down and dirty was never more fun. The Dirty Dash is a fun run with a twist. Participants wind through a muddied course littered with obstacles, and taking time to wallow in the mire is expected. Kids ages 2 to 12 can participate in the piglet plunge – a shorter race with the same mud pits and grime covered obstacles. Race proceeds support the Billings Family YMCA. For more information, visit www. July 26, 8 a.m. MetraPark

Symphony in the Park


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Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of free entertainment with some of the area’s most talented musicians. Food vendors and the Instrument Petting Zoo begin at 4 p.m. The Billings Community Band opens the evening at 5 p.m.; the Instrument Petting Zoo re-opens at 6 p.m. At 6:45 p.m., young conductors will have an opportunity to “try their hand” at Maestra Anne Harrigan’s position. Then, at 7 p.m., sit back, relax and let the music of Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale take you into the night. See for more information. June 29, event starts at 4 p.m. Symphony at 7 p.m. Pioneer Park

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MontanaFair brings a mix of must-see attractions, entertainment, food and fun. Concert lovers can enjoy the music of top talents on stage in the Rimrock Auto Arena, including Chris Young with Danielle Bradbery. Back at the grandstands, fair-goers can enjoy the excitement of Supercross racing and the PRCA Rodeo. For more information, log on to August 8 thru 16 MetraPark

Warm summer evenings turn hot during the Magic City Blues Festival. Headliners this year include Ben Harper and Charlie Musslewhite, Huey Lewis and the News, Jonny Lang, Matthew Curry, plus numerous other talents that will electrify the stages on Montana Avenue and at South Park. More information can be found at August 7 thru 10 Various locations

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Magic City Blues Festival


Dancin’ in the streets celebrates



rockin’ years By Brittany Cremer

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Alive After

Alive After 5 has been bringing friends together for a good time for the last eight years. As part of the Downtown Billings Association’s mission to infuse culture, fun and interest back into our fair city, Alive After 5 (or AA5 as it’s known to regulars) continues to rock on. For thirteen Thursdays this summer, starting June 5, attendees can take in the free event, which features local and regional musical talent, delicious eats and cool beverages from area vendors. A different downtown venue plays host to AA5 each week, spreading around the fun and cheer. Although admission is free, attendees do have to pony up for drinks and food.

Alive After 5 Lineup Every Thursday, June 5 thru August 28 5 to 8 p.m. DATE - (VENUE) .......................................................... BAND

Come fun, come all

Although only attendees who are older than 21 can partake in drinking alcohol, music enthusiasts young and old are encouraged to attend the events. Parents with kids in tow can stand on the periphery and dance the evening away while those who want a closer look at musicians on the stage tend to congregate toward the front of the venue.

Do you hear what I hear?

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The Downtown Billings Association and its partners who produce the event take great time and care in selecting talent for Alive After 5. (See performer and event schedule). Hard rockers, ‘80s rockers, alternative, blues, big band and everything in-between will be showcased on this year’s schedule. Music cues up at 5 p.m. and the fun lasts until 8 p.m. Plan an evening of it by making reservations to eat dinner downtown then drop over for dancing and dessert. For additional information, log on to

June 5 - (Fieldhouse Café) ................................ Lil’ Smokies June 12 - (Don Luis) ............................................ Maw Band June 19 - (The Billings Depot) ......................... The Clintons June 26 - (McCormick Café) ....................Funk in the Trunk July 3 - (Yellowstone Art Museum) ....... Adam Ezra Group July 10 - (Walker’s Grill)..............................South Park Line July 17 - (Tiny’s Tavern) ............................ Yabba Griffithes July 24 - (Monte Carlo) ....................................... Downtime July 31 - (Montana Brewing Co.) ........... Repeat Offenders August 7 - (Pug Mahon’s) .......... The Big Caboose Allstars August 14 - (The Rex) .......................................Dirty Power August 21 - (DBA @ N. 31st).....................Midlife Chryslers August 28 - (Stampede) .................. Cure for the Common

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Summertime fun awaits around every corner in downtown Billings

If downtown Billings is command central for summer fun, then Skypoint is home base. Crafted 12 years ago, Skypoint is the unofficial gathering point for all downtown-related events and remains a vital cornerstone for event planning and aesthetics. From Skypoint, shoppers are just steps away from award-winning cuisine, world-renowned art, interesting architecture and one-of-a-kind boutique-style shopping. Take advantage of free parking on the weekend, or park in one of the convenient nearby parking garages while you let your feet explore our fair city. Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend discovering what makes the heart of Billings so special.

Farm-to-table fantastic

you covered. For a change of pace, try tapas and a glass of wine (or your favorite spirit) at one location, travel to an adjacent restaurant for the main course then follow up with coffee and a sweet treat at Rock Creek Roasters or City Brew. There are several local dining gems waiting to be discovered, and a few, like the Montana Brewing Company and Juliano’s offer open-air seating.

Nestled under Skypoint on Saturdays this summer, the Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market offers its bounty in fresh produce, jams, crafts and more every Saturday this summer starting July 19. Stock up on fresh flowers for your summertime centerpiece and stick around for lunch. Afterward, spend time leisurely browsing local boutiques.

Lose yourself at the Library

Take me out to the ballgame

Whether you decide to snuggle into a chair with your favorite book or enroll your kids in one of Billings Public Library’s summer reading programs, the new library is ripe with entertainment potential. Try out their expansive media center or attend one of the several children’s reading groups. The fun and Dine divine learning is endless—all you need is a library card and A wide array of fine dining and unique cuisine your imagination. is available downtown. Craving a juicy steak? No problem. In the mood for fresh seafood? We’ve got

Pack your ball cap and sunscreen for an afternoon at the park—ball park, that is. Enjoy a wide variety of concessions and energetic atmosphere at Dehler Park while you root, root, root for the home team (Go Mustangs!)

See Fun-central, page 12

Did you know?

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Skypoint was originally called “Defining Element,” until the Downtown Billings Association held a contest to rename it. Completed in 2002, Skypoint is comprised of three sails, one of which is moveable and can be opened to let in sun or closed to block out rain.

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(Right) Tiffany Miller and her daughter Ellie O’Brien, age 3, sign up for library cards from Heather Leander, left, at the new Billings Public Library.

11 (Left) Quell your artful yen with a stroll downtown to one of the many unique art galleries, like Toucan Gallery on Montana Avenue.

A World of Entertainment

Pick up a copy of our new brochure at a Billings Cultural Partner’s location.

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Get the brochure stamped by 3 BCP members and mail it in for a $10 voucher for a performance ticket or annual membership!

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YAM’s Birthday Bash

June 14, 2014 Come help us celebrate our 50th! Free admission

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Vintage Vehicle Show June 28, 2014

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Fun-central, from page 10

The Gazing galleria

Fine tune your artful eye

Yellowstone Art Museum makes art accessible and interesting for everyone. Rotating displays ranging from sculpture and pottery to oils and watercolors are sure to envelop your senses and creativity. Come in the morning and stay on into the afternoon for an art class.

Creativity looms just around the corner in downtown Billings, an area ripe with art galleries and artists. From painting to photography, jewelry making to mixed media, the city is truly a melting pot of talented, diverse artists willing and eager to share their Hot off the press Ever wonder how the newspaper arpassion. Also, be sure to check out this summer’s ArtWalk on August 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. rives, without fail, to your front door every morning? Arrange a tour at The Billings Gazette and see how stories are transformed Shop ‘til you drop from a reporter on the scene to articles on a Boutique shopping at its finest, down- page and online. town Billings offers a unique sampling of The Gazette’s distribution center is trustores perfect for the hard-to-buy-for per- ly a sight to behold during deadline time. A son on your list. Friendly and trained staff host of trained staff and professionals work are eager to assist in sizing and styling a look in concert to write, edit, paginate, print, that’s uniquely-you! Strappy sandals, gents bundle and deliver the paper to your door formal and casual wear, unique accessories 365 days a year. are just a few of the gems you’ll find.

Travel back in time

Ripe with historic value and charm, the Moss Mansion celebrates visages from the past with daily tours and seasonal events. The tour captures turn-of-the-century life as the prominent Moss family lived it. Guests see original draperies, Persian carpets and artifacts displayed in the 1903 red sandstone home—the perfect treat for the historian or architecture enthusiast in your home. Be sure to mark your calendars for their June 7 SpringFest event, featuring fun for the entire family. Casey Page of The Gazette Staff

If you’ve never been to the Western Heritage Center, put it on your to-do list. Full of local history and lore, The Western Heritage Center features 3D imaginings of some of Montana’s most beloved figureheads and characters from the past. Their knowledgeable, friendly and passionate staff is on hand to answer any curious questions you might have.

Get lost at the Moss

A growing number of downtown eateries, like Bin 119, offer openair seating during summer months.

Fresh produce on display at Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market, which is open every Saturday this summer starting July 19.

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Immerse yourself in history—take a walk through the Western Heritage Center, located at 2822 Montana Ave.

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Find something for that special person on your list at one of the city’s downtown boutiques, like Desmond’s Store for Men.

Pick up a copy of our new brochure at a Billings Cultural Partner’s location. Get the brochure stamped by 3 BCP members and mail it in for a $10 voucher for a performance ticket or annual membership!

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OPEN! Four new businesses make downtown Billings even more diverse and inviting

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Crazy Mary’s Fish ‘n Chips 1404 6th Ave. N.

Catherine Lane Interiors offers jewelry, one-of-a-kind gifts and accessories in addition to home furnishings and design service.

Some people have to sing for their supper. At Crazy Mary’s Fish ‘n Chips, likely you will hear singing with your supper. Owner, Mary Jackson has been known to belt out in song as she cooks, with a preference toward Janis Joplin’s Me and Bobby McGee. “I’m rude, obnoxious and belligerent as hell, but sometimes my customers sing with me,” she laughs about her non-traditional atmosphere. Jackson is no stranger to the kitchen. She has owned her own restaurant before opening the doors to Crazy Mary’s in January, 2014 on a shoestring budget. The environment is family-friendly environment, with no alcohol, and


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Jackson encourages her customers to feel right at home. She even spoils the kids with fruit rollups, cookies and a free reign to doodle on the windows. And then there’s the fish. Jackson has fresh fish brought in daily, sometimes twice a day. In land-locked Montana that’s no small feat. “I can’t get fresh fish on Saturday, that’s why I’m only open Monday through Friday.”

Crazy Mary’s Fish‘n Chips owner, Mary Jackson.

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Courtesy of Tina Stinson


Ca-Layla, a children’s boutique in downtown Billings, offers unique gifts, toys, layette and clothes to size six for children and mothers.

Ca-Layla 219 N. Broadway

Boutique equals unique and Ca-Layla (pronounced kaa-lay-la) in the heart of downtown Billings is no exception. Now in its second year, Ca-Layla caters to moms-to-be, grandmothers and mothers of young children—and, those looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Owner Tina Stinson grew Ca-Layla out of her photography business, which started with her two daughters, Calli and Layla (the store’s namesakes). Originally, Stinson offered clothing and unique accessories for her photography clients. However, after she relocated her studio to the Broadway location, Stinson was able to expand into a second business. “I wanted really great photos of my daughter but no one offered what I was looking for; it wasn’t what my baby resembled to me,” noted Stinson of her grassroots start in photography. “But the boutique is something I’ve always wanted to do.” Ca-Layla offers trendy, often earthy and artistic layette and clothing items up to age six, toys, accessories and special “Mom” items. Most of the “to die for” items at Ca-Layla are not found anywhere else in Billings, much less in Montana. “Most everything we carry is unique, we get lots of compliments on our boys’ clothing because it’s trendy and chic,” noted Stinson, pointing out that many are earth- and community-friendly, too, like handbags made of reclaimed canvas and leather. Almost all are also logical and functional. For example, the popular “chew beads” is a necklace for Mom that baby can chew on without harming the necklace or herself. In the back of store, separated by barn doors, lies Stinson’s photography studio where she specializes in photographing babies, families and graduating girls. Stinson adores her downtown location and finds that her clients do, too. “Once people get downtown, they see how much is going on,” she said. “They can get a coffee, see some art and go shopping, all within walking distance.”

Belle en Blanc 114 N. Broadway

Refined. Elegant. Unique. Belle en Blanc, the new bridal boutique in the heart of downtown Billings, is all that and more. Owner Taryn Reitz experienced, first-hand, the area’s need for an upscale bridal shopping experience when she accompanied her sister during her quest for a wedding gown. She designed Belle en Blanc precisely to meet that need. “We focus on making the bride feel special; the day really is all about her,” Reitz explained. “The entire experience is custom, quiet and enjoyable for her and those close to her.” While customers may come in to browse, Reitz dedicates a two-hour time slot to each bride. The appointment includes champagne, personal attention and privacy, all within a unique setting. Located in the historic Babcock Building, Belle en Blanc takes advantage of the vintage building with plenty of space, enhancing the “less is more concept” by letting each dress, each bride-to-be to speak for themselves.

Reitz, who was raised in Montana and has only one employee, believes that each bride deserves one-on-one attention and an opportunity to see, feel, try on and simply be with a gown. She carries lines from Lillian West, Blush, Ti Adora, Tara Keely and Justin Alexander, most of which a future bride will not see unless she travels outside of Montana. Shopping for a bridal gown is a truly special experience at Belle en Blanc, and Reitz notes that many customers make the entire day an adventure. “I have customers walk over from Rock Creek Coffee Roasters,” she said. “And then they head over to The Bin or the Brew Pub for lunch—they really enjoy making a day of it here downtown.” Belle en Blanc is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays by appointment only.


Catherine Lane Interiors 2820 2nd Ave. N.

Travel a bit, learn a lot, then come home— and it bring it with you to share. Kelly Buchanan Ewing, co-owner of Catherine Lane Interiors, believes that makes for a great recipe. Opened in February of 2014, the interior decorating business is an extension of the Catherine Lane in Livingston and the former Bozeman location. Ewing, who has been in the business for 12 years, knows that Billings’ residents love making their homes beautiful. “By walking in here, you know that we are a design firm, but you can touch, and see, and smell the products. Plus, we are not just limited to what is on the floor, we have access to so much more.” Ewing emphasizes that Catherine Lane carries a wide range of products. “We really are more than a design store,” Ewing added. “We offer furniture, accessories and gifts along with an enticing selection of unusual jewelry. Don’t let the design element intimidate you.” And Ewing, herself, is far from that. As a Billings native and mother, she knows that home really does matter and that not one style fits all. Catherine Lane Interiors offers an eclectic array of home furnishings, from the classic leather club chair to an edgy vase that makes your friend squeal, “Where did you get that?!” and everything inbetween. Ewing also appreciates clients who just stop in to see what’s new, what colors are trending and are maybe, casually looking for that one piece that inspires them. Catherine Lane Interiors is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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In addition, she has four fryers, so the batters remain separated. “The french fries taste like french fries, not fish,” Jackson added. Word-of-mouth has folks streaming in and Jackson delights. “Sometimes it takes a bit of time, but I make everything fresh to order.” Most popular menu items include the one-pound haddock and the fish tacos with mango salsa. “It’s a secret, but I actually put fish in them,” she jokes. The menu expands to shrimp, scallops, chowder and numerous other sea-faring delectables. One Facebook post reads, “I’ve been to Mexico and had freshcaught fish tacos. This was better by a mile.” The restaurant is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. but if there are still cars in the parking lot, I’ll keep the lights on, Jackson noted. In addition, she hosts fund-raising events on designated Saturdays.

Belle en Blanc, an up-scale bridal boutique, opened February 1 in downtown Billings. The boutique specializes in personal shopping experiences for brides-to-be and those closest to them.

Style Watch Photos by Larry Mayer of The Gazette Staff


captivating colors

punctate this summer’s trendiest styles at downtown-area boutiques


Gents: travel in style this summer in this uber-soft checkered button up by Tommy Bahama. Pair the shirt with these stylish (and comfortable) silk shorts— also by Tommy Bahama—for the perfect stylin’ island vibe. Desmond’s Shirt: $118 Shorts: $98

This aqua Blue Hobo purse is a chic look. Cricket Purse: $243 These Blingy bracelets from Lisa Freede are the perfect accessory for any outfit. Bottega Prices vary

Step out in this colorful tunic by Zaza that screams “hot town, summer in the city” and exudes comtempo-casual flair. neecee’s Tunic: $115


This tangerine satchel by Big Buddha will have all your girlfriends drooling with purse envy. neecee’s Satchel: $105

Jazz up your outfit with these sultry strappy sandals by Jeffrey Campbell. Bottega Sandals: $125

Add this silver and turquoise necklace to your outfit for a bright pop of color. Cricket Necklace: $36

Pair this striped over shirt by Zaza with a pair of white cropped jeans for a fresh, crisp look. neecee’s Striped over shirt: $60 Cricket Cropped jean: $119

Step out in this airy jacket by Indigenous with this 100% silk scarf by Tolani, light enough for summer, but warm enough for those breezy evenings. Complete the look with these cropped skinnies from Henry & Belle. Cricket Jacket: $76 Bottega Scarf: $98 Skinny jeans: $150


Convenient Location Come stay for Starting at

Back Porch Deli 207 N. Broadway

3024 2nd Ave. N.

Summer time is sandwich time, and the turkey club at Back Porch Deli delivers in spades. Stacked with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato this triple-decker is a classic, times three. Eat in, order to go or request delivery for wholesomeness in a brown paper bag.

Summer and smoothies go hand-in-hand. Refresh your senses with a hand-squeezed, allnatural fruit and veggie smoothie from Good Earth Market. Try an organic infusion for an extra lift.

Downtown Is Where It’s At!

60 a Night


*before taxes

823 N. Broadway • Billings, MT 59101 North 28th Street at 9th Avenue, Across the street from Billings Clinic


Good Earth Market

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Are these Feast pages making you hungry? Turn the page for a list of all the great restaurants downtown has to offer.

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A directory of the best food Downtown Billings has to offer.

• Walk Downtown • Friendly! Comfortable! • FREE Continental Breakfast • Kitchenettes 406-252-5603 • 800-237-5882

family owned & operated since 1971. • AAA Approved


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Pug Mahon’s

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The Rex

Located in the heart of Billings’ downtown historic district, The Rex offers fine dining and spirits. With an extensive menu ranging from soups and salads, to sandwiches, to steaks, it may be difficult to choose. Try the smoker sampler dinner, which includes brisket, hot link, ¼ chicken and ¼ rack of ribs—all smoked in-house. Your nose will lead the way.

“The pork chop sandwich—it’s what we do.” That’s what owner Bill MacIntyre says of his “world’s best” fare. Pug’s specializes in feelgood food and legendary tales in a home atmosphere.

Sizzling, steaming and perfectly-seasoned—your mouth will be watering before this scrumptious creation arrives at your table. Known for their authentic Mexican fare, Guadalajara has been a downtown favorite for more than 30 years.



Café Zydeco

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Blueberry cooler—just the cocktail’s name conjures images of sun and fun. Try one, or another signature drink, with your upscale dinner at Jake’s. A Billings original, Jake’s is known as “Montana’s Premier Steakhouse” for a very good reason.

A downtown cornerstone, Stella’s is known for its mouth-watering lunches and hearty breakfasts. With seasonal fare like a pulled-pork sandwich, strawberry milkshake, cupcake sundae and strawberry lemonade, Stella’s meals continue to hit the mark. Bullseye!

“Git some South in your mouth” at Café Zydeco, located on historic Montana Avenue. From jambalaya to po’boys, their menu will amaze. Try the crawfish or shrimp etouffee, smothered in a rich, spicy, garlic sauce and served over rice to awaken your palate with a full-on gastronomical treat, Cajun-style.

Feast A directory of the best food Downtown Billings has to offer.

Casual Cuisine Back Porch Deli 207 N. Broadway (406) 254-9519 Bernie’s Diner 19 N. Broadway (406) 867-6767 The Burger Dive 114 N. 27th St. (406) 281-8292 Café Zydeco 2503 Montana Ave. (406) 248-3440 Crazy Mary’s 1404 6th Ave. N. (406) 252-0089

Featured restaurants are marked with a shaded box.

Denny’s 501 N. 27th St. (406) 256-7335 Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 2519 Montana Ave. (406) 969-3909 Dude Rancher Restaurant 415 N. 29th St. (406) 259-5561 Good Earth Market 3024 Second Ave. N. (406) 259-2622


Harper & Madison 3115 10th Ave. N. (406) 281-8550 Hog Wild Cafe/Party Pig Catering 204 N. 22nd St. (406) 839-3154 McCormick Café 2419 Montana Ave. (406) 255-9555 Perkins 825 N. 27th St. (406) 248-8320

Pug Mahon’s 3011 First Ave. N. (406) 259-4190 Rockets Gourmet Wraps & Sodas 2809 First Ave. N. (406) 248-5231 Soup and Such 2716 Third Ave. N. (406) 294-0148 The Soup Place 106 N. Broadway (406) 294-7687 Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery 2525 First Ave. N. (406) 248-3060 Sweetgrass Sandwich Co. 2908 First Ave. N. (406) 252-4282 The Fieldhouse Restaurant 2601 Minnesota Ave., Suite 3 (406) 534-2556

Coffee/Specialty Shops Broadway Deli & Café 313 N. Broadway (406) 281-8568 Brockel’s Chocolates 117 N. 29th St. (406) 248-2705 City Brew 1131 N. 27th St. (406) 294-4620 Log Cabin Bakery 2519 Montana Ave. (406) 294-5555 Muddy Waters Espresso 2817 Second Ave. N. (406) 294-5555

Paula’s Edibles Specialty Chocolates & Espresso 2712 Second Ave. N. (406) 655-0865 Rock Creek Coffee Roasters 124 N. 28th St. (406) 896-1600 Starbucks 27 N. 27th St. (in Crowne Plaza) (406) 252-7400

Mamacita’s Café 304 N. 19th St. (406) 252-9950 Sarah’s Mexican Food 310 N. 29th St. (406) 256-5234 Shanghai Village 2926 Second Ave. N. (406) 245-6887 Taste of India 216 N. Broadway (406) 281-8001

Velvet Cravings 225 N. Broadway (406) 294-0308

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Ethnic Cuisine

Fast Food

The Athenian 18 N. 29th St. (406) 248-5681

Bagel Inc. 3012 Fourth Ave. N. (406) 254-0445

Café Italia 2417 Montana Ave (406) 896-9700

Burger King 520 N. 27th St. (406) 245-7911

Cham Thai & Cuisine 2916 First Ave. N. (406) 256-1812

Hardee’s 608 N. 27th St. (406) 259-3344

Ciao Mambo 2301 Montana Ave (406) 325-5100

Jimmy John’s 122 N. Broadway (406) 281-8282

Don Luis 15 N. 26th St. (406) 256-3355

Kentucky Fried Chicken 719 N. 27th St. (406) 259-2641

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 17 N. 19th St. (406) 259-8930 Guido’s Pizza 3005 First Ave. N. (406) 259-1041 La Tinga 113 N. 30th St. (406) 969-8828

Subway 2624 Minnesota Ave. (406) 294-7827 Wendy’s of Montana 2906 Second Ave. N. (406) 248-7647

Fine Dining Billings Petroleum Club 27 N. 27th St, 22nd Floor (406) 252-6700 Bin 119 119 N. Broadway (406) 294-9119 Crowne Plaza Montana Sky 27 N. 27th St. (406) 252-7400 Jake’s 2701 First Ave. N. (406) 259-9375 Juliano’s 2912 Seventh Ave. N. (406) 248-6400

Lilac 2515 Montana Ave. (406) 969-4959

Carter’s Brewing 2526 Montana Ave. (406) 252-0663

The Bookie 3011 First Ave. N. (406) 245-4900

TEN 19 N. Broadway (406) 867-6767

Himmelberger 3008 First Ave. N. (406) 252-1200

Tiny’s Tavern, Inc. 323 N. 24th St. (406) 259-0826

The Rex 2401 Montana Ave. (406) 245-7477

Hooligan’s Sports Bar 111 N. Broadway (406) 259-3328

Trailhead Spirits 2314 Montana Ave. (406) 969-1627

Walkers American Grill & Tapas Bar 2700 First Ave. N. (406) 245-9291

Montana Brewing Co. 113 N. Broadway (406) 252-9200

Uberbrew 2305 Montana Ave. (406) 534-6960

Rock Pile 1207 N 27th St. (406) 245-5985

Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company 2123 First Ave. N. (406) 245-0918

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Angry Hanks 2405 First Ave. N. 20 N. 30th St. (406) 252-3370

Stampede Country Sports Bar 222 N. Broadway (406) 281-8425

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Arts & Culture ALBERTA BAIR THEATER Kenny Rogers

Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly five and a half decades. The audience will delight upon hearing The Gambler, Lucille and Love Will Turn You Around from this Grammy-winning legend—come sing along, too. Date & Time: June 5, 7:30 p.m. Location: ABT Tickets: Call ABT at (406) 256-6052 or visit


Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and  persona.  A cultural  phenomenon, Rolling Stone put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs  for her  second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with  her sometimes brazen sexuality  and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‹confessional› songwriter performances. Jones’ live performances reach a pinnacle of honesty and excellence. Date & Time: June 5, 8 p.m. Location: Babcock Theatre Tickets: Available at; at the Tickets300 box office (2911 3rd Ave. N. in downtown Billings); at Ernie November Records; or by calling (866) 300-8300. 



After nearly two decades together, six albums and countless sold-out gigs, the Chicago alternative rock outfit—Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Dean Bernardini—confidently sail through unchartered waters to emerge with a collection that’s equally intricate and intimate. Celebrating their seventh full-length record, La Gárgola, Chevelle’s signature style naturally morphs into a powerful and passionate new beast. Date & Time: June 29, 8 p.m. Location: Babcock Theatre Tickets: Available at; at the Tickets300 box office (2911 3rd Ave. N. in downtown Billings); at Ernie November Records; or by calling (866) 300-8300. 


Man Man with Landlady

Man Man is a fearlessly unique band from Philadelphia. The group’s fifth full-length album On Oni Pond features an arresting reconstruction of  the group’s visionary sound – stripped  to its core and rebuilt as something new and compelling, yet still very much Man Man. This marked shift is a direct result of an intensive collaboration between  the band›s frontman, Honus Honus, and drummer Pow Pow, who has assumed a  new-found  prominence in the songwriting process, bringing an exhilarating array  of new rhythmic ideas to the mix. Date & Time: August 13, 9 p.m. Friday Afternoon Crafts & Location: The Railyard Tickets: Available at; at Activities: the Tickets300 box office (2911 3rd Ave. N. Every Friday, June 13 through July 25 (exin downtown Billings); at Ernie November cept July 4) at 4 p.m. in the Cosmic Café (Craft Records; or by calling (866) 300-8300.  Corner)

BILLINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY This summer the Library’s getting all sci-

entific! The Summer Reading program is for all ages. We have “Fizz, Boom! Read!” for children, “Spark a Reaction!” for teens and “Literary Elements” for adults. Sign up online and start reading! Kids will keep their reading skills sharp, and everyone will have fun. The Library offers a plethora of programs for all ages this summer—there’s something for everyone! All information will be posted at the Library’s website at

Summer Reading Kick-Off : Night of Magic

A family magic show, put on by the Billings Magic Society. All are welcome; held in the Community Room on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Thursday Morning Programs

All programs are at 10:30 a.m. June 12 - Moss Mansion Program (at the Moss Mansion) June 19 - A Story Time to Remember (Community Room, Library) June 26 - Master Gardeners and Your Senses (Community Room, Library) July 10 - Pictograph Caves - Geology (Community Room, Library) July 17 - Story Time (Story Tower, Library) July 24 - ABC Band - (Community Room, Library)

Saturday Science Programs in Partnership with Wise Wonders

Come enjoy some hands on science activities with Wise Wonders Children’s Museum. A project of the Junior League of Billings. June 21 - Explore Geology (Craft Area) June 28 - Explore Magnets (Community Room) July 12 - Explore Nature (Craft Area) July 19 - Explore Senses (Community Room)

Community Library Activities

Story times at the Community Library on the campus of City College on these Wednesdays: June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16 and July 23 at 2 p.m.

Teen Programs

All Teen Programs held in the Community Room from 2-3 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) June 11 - “The Power of Grains” presented by Stella Fong June 18 - Introduction to Zumba presented by YMCA June 25 - Tech Class presented by Andy Wildenberg, Rocky Mountain College Associate Professor of Computer Science (Learning Lab) July 9 - Nail Tips & Tricks presented by the Academy of Nail, Skin & Hair


Teen Programs

July 16 - Steampunk Craft with Tammie Peterson & Liz Thompson (2nd Floor Large Symphony in the Park It’s a romance 42 years in the making. The anConference Room, 2- 4 p.m.) July 23 - Teen Book Discussion (Teen Study 2 - nual Symphony in the Park is one of Billings’ most beloved summertime events for all ages. Pack up Green Room) the blankets, chairs and picnic basket for a relaxing evening complete with an Instrument Petting Zoo, Adult Programs Young Conductors’s contest and our city’s very own All Adult Programs held in Community Room Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. It’s musical June 17 - Upcycle Craft Program, 6:30-8:30 p.m. magic in the air. June 24 - A  rt of Dressing on a Dime, 4-5 p.m. Date & Time: June 29, 4 to 9 p.m. July 8 - Gardening Program, 4-5 p.m. Location: Pioneer Park July 15 - Nutritional Notes, 4-5 p.m. Tickets: Free July 22 - Book Group – The Orchid Thief July 23 - Book Group – Ender’s Game July 26 - Movies that tie-in with Book Group selections. Adaptation at 10:30 a.m. and Ender’s Game 2 p.m.

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Thursdays: June 12; June 26; July 10 and July 24 from 4-5 p.m. in the Computer Classroom

Literary Elements Film Series


Reds, Whites & Brews – A Celebration and Fundraiser

Partners Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, Überbrew and Abby’s Catering will pair fine wine and Film Series held in the Community Room from delicious beer with each scrumptious course. NOVA’s 7-9 p.m. superb entertainment will perform and numerous June 19: Creation opportunities will be offered to help support and July 17: Moon celebrate the talent, enthusiasm, passion and exJuly 31: October Sky pression that NOVA Center for the Performing Arts August 7: Gattaca offers. In addition, during the Reds, Whites & Brews, August 21: The Dish you will be the first to preview BIG: The Teen Musical. Date and Time: August 2, 6 p.m. Location: NOVA Center for Performing Arts Tickets: Available at; at the NOVA box office; or by calling (406) 591-9535

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BIG: The Teen Musical

If you have only one wish, make it BIG! In this NOVA Youth Conservatory production, a boy finds himself to have grown up overnight after being granted a wish by a carnival machine—and adult struggles emerge. It is a “must see” for young and old alike. Date & Time: August 14-16 and 21-23, 7:30 p.m. and August 17 and 24, 2 p.m. Location: NOVA Center for Performing

Hoof-it with a Historian: Sword’s Rimrock Park

Take a break from your weekly routine and celebrate Billings’ magnificent Rimrocks with a stroll and conversation along the east end of Swords Park with a historian. Enjoy one of Billings’ most visible parklands, just east of the airport, learning the deep history of the region, including its use as a Crow fasting site and cemetery, the site of Yellowstone Kelly’s grave, and in more recent years, a popular stop for curious travelers. Date & Time: June 6; July 11; and August 1, 10 a.m. (arrive by 9:45 a.m.) Location: Meet in Swords Park parking lot (by the picnic covering), Arts off Airport Road Tickets: Available at; at the NOVA box ofTickets: Available at Western Heritage Center or at start of walk; includes pass to WHC. Call (406) 256-6809 for details. fice; or by calling (406) 591-9535

WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER High Noon Speaker Series: The Montana Inspiration

Montana is fertile ground for musicians. Their works are personal with details of their day to day life and people of the region. This series brings four creative people to lead us through their story and the visions they draw from as they share their work with the public. Date & Time: Third Thursday of each month, 12-1 p.m. Location: Western Heritage Center

Hoof-it with a Historian: Downtown Billings

YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM Face to Face, Wall to Wall

This exhibition will explore new approaches to portraiture, the epitome of personal, reflective art forms. It was originally inspired by thoughts about how social media operates and how users represent themselves on social networks. The large scale of many of the works will reflect the resurgence of portraiture in the twenty-first century, and the genre’s growing standing as a vital art form. Additionally, most selections imply a direct connection with the viewer, or reinforce positive or symbiotic relationships. Further considerations were questions of cultural diversity (both artists and their subjects), and objects that had an ability to surprise the viewer with a masterful level of craftsmanship. Part of the Mind, Memory, and Image exhibition series. Date & Time: Exhibit on display thru August 24 Location: Yellowstone Art Museum Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

Discover Billings! Join the weekly walking tour of downtown Billings and experience the sights and sounds of present day Billings, while a community historian shares insights and illustrates with historic photos from the Western Heritage Center archive. Explore the founding of Billings as a railroad town, examine architecture - old and new, discuss why the city is configured the way that it is and interpret ghost signs Un/Conscious Bent: that are still visible. Date & Time: June 13, 20 & 27; July 18 & 25; August 8, 15 & 22, 10 A Survey of Regional Surrealism In recent years, many artists have begun to re-emphasize personal a.m. (arrive by 9:45 a.m.; tour is 1 hour) histories. We see a rich new tapestry of ideas about identity as well as a Location: Start at Western Heritage Center Tickets: Available at Western Heritage Center; includes pass to reexamination of how identity finds visual form. Each artist represented WHC. Call (406) 256-6809 for details. in this exhibition pursues work that explores the realm of the unconscious. Date & Time: Exhibit on display thru August 20 Location: Yellowstone Art Museum Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

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Boundless Visions

Kevin Kooistra, community historian, leads “Hoof-it with a Historian” tours of downtown Billings.

In honor of the opening of the new Billings Public Library, the YAM is pleased to exhibit works of art owned by the Library that are cared for at the YAM. Stop by to see works by Joseph Henry Sharp and C. M. Russell through July. Also enjoy three major works by C. M. Russell, from the collection of William I. Koch, which are also on view within Boundless Visions. Date and Time: Exhibit is on-going Location: Yellowstone Art Museum Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

YAM’s B-Day Bash: Kids’ Day

Come celebrate the YAM’s 50th anniversary with the biggest birthday bash ever! It is free and will have art making booths, piñata drops, big painting canvases, sidewalk art, games and food! Date & Time: June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Yellowstone Art Museum parking lot Tickets: Free! Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 for details or see

Yellowstone Art Museum has been the cornerstone of the Billings-area art scene for 50 years, offering classes, exhibits, fairs and education across the community.

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Out of Print Publication Sale

Purchase your grab bag to fill with rare catalogs and literature from the YAM’s archives. Date & Time: June 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Yellowstone Art Museum Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

Vintage Vehicle Show

Bring your treasure down for a fun show—no entry fee, no jury—and an opportunity to share your enthusiasm with others. Car, motorcycle, fire engine … you name it. If it’s at least 30 years old, pick up a show entry form at the YAM or download at Date & Time: June 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Yellowstone Art Museum, Murdock Gallery Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

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Paint ‘N’ Sip

Be sure to mark this one on your calendar. The Instructed painting session with wine tasting, annual Summerfair, hosted by the Yellowstone Art register early! Date & Time: August 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Museum, is the region’s largest arts and crafts festiLocation: Yellowstone Art Museum val of the year. This must-loved event attracts nearly Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see art10,000 visitors and is an ideal way to share your love of art with family and friends. More than 100 artists, community groups, entertainers and food vendors will participate, so don’t miss out on the fun! Date & Time: July 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Veterans Park Tickets: At the event. Call YAM at (406) 2566804 or see

ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

During ArtWalk, see winning entries from the Montana Wilderness Association’s Eastern Wildlands Chapter’s photography contest, held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act. Date & Time: August 1, 5 to 9 p.m. Location: Yellowstone Art Museum, Bair Family Gallery Tickets: Call YAM at (406) 256-6804 or see

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Summerfair, hosted by Yellowstone Art Museum, will feature more than 100 artists, community groups, entertainers and food vendors, all in the picturesque Veterans’ Park on July 12-13.

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Heart and Sole Run

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Kick off Father’s Day weekend by participating in the 35th annual Heart and Sole Run to be held on June 14 in downtown Billings. With a focus on living a healthy lifestyle, seasoned runners and casual participants can enter the 5 or 10K run or the 2-mile Health Walk. The race starts at 8 a.m. in front of St. Vincent Healthcare. This year the race will once again conclude at Dehler Park where the festivities continue. From 8 a.m. until noon, the Montana Active Life Festival takes place in Dehler Park. Sponsored by St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Gazette Communications, the family-friendly festival will feature interactive games and activities sure to get the little ones off and running. In addition, more than 50 vendors will help you “wake up your life” by showcasing great summer activities and healthy life choices. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit www. or call (406) 254-7426.



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For every Frosty product sold that weekend, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents to DTFA to help children find forever families. The goal is to raise $1.7 million dollars nationwide to support adoption. Monies raised in Billings will go to the local chapter of the Dave Thomas Foundation.

Billings Clinic Classic

Grammy winner, singer-songwriter and country-western superstar LeAnn Rimes will headline the Billings Clinic Classic’s signature evening event this year, held Saturday, August 23. Prior to her performance, patrons can enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres paired with specially selected wines during a street party under the stars. After the show, attendees return to the street to dance to live music under the stars, weather permitting. This is the 31st year for the Billings Clinic Classic, a fundraising event organized by the Billings Clinic Foundation. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward surgical services, which include new operating rooms and expansion for technology and innovation. Father’s Day Frosty For tickets or more information, please contact On Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, Wendy’s of Montana will hold their 8th annual Father’s the Billings Clinic Foundation at (406) 657-4670 or Day Frosty Weekend to benefit the Dave Thomas log on to Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

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Photos by Bob Zellar of The Gazette Staff We celebrate sportsmanship and fitness for all under the Big Sky with these images from the event’s inaugural event in 1986.


Big Sky State Games


Olympic marathon runner Julie Brown was the first torchbearer for the Big Sky State Games’ inaugural opening ceremonies in 1986.

Flags are presented at the opening ceremonies of the inaugural Big Sky State games in 1983.

Participants march around Daylis Stadium during the Big Sky State Games’ inaugural opening ceremonies on July 18, 1986.

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