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Bitterroot Business News

406-363-2400 - fax 406-363-2402 105 East Main - Hamilton MT 59840 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER -- April 2017

111th Annual Chamber Banquet

The 111th Annual Chamber Banquet was held Saturday, February 4 and was well attended. The event was catered by Caffe’ Firenze and the food, as usual, was fantastic. We changed our Chamber Banquet to concentrate on our award winners, which is what the Chamber Banquet is about - recognizing our Chamber Businesses for their outstanding service and committment to our valley. The 2016 Chamber Awards were as follows: l2016

Business of the Year - Ravalli Electric Co-op Business Persons of the Year went to: Pamela Kaye, Backroad Cider & Marie Christopher, Townhouse Inns of Hamilton l2016 New Business of the Year was awarded to Lolo Peak Brewing Company l2016 Community Asset Award went to Ravalli Services Corp. l2016 Economic Development Award was given to Hamilton Farmers Market Co-op l2016 Unsung Hero went to Mel Walters l2016 Volunteer of the Year was given to Bitterroot Valley Volunteer Fire Departments lSpark Plug Award was given to DeDe Adams l2016 Community Service Award was given to Rotary Club of Hamilton l2016 Laurel Award went to Dale Burk l2016

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In This Issue Letter from Director .............. Page 2 Letter from President .............Page 3 Annual Brewfest ................... Page 3 Ribbon Cuttings ................. Page 3-4 Ambassadors ......................... Page 5 New Members ...................... Page 6 Banquet Photos ..................... Page 7 Calendar of Events ................. Page 8

The Chamber would also like to thank those who contributed to our Silent Auction:

AAA MountainWest ATR Smart Procedures Barb Garten Bitterroot Crossfit Bitterroot Chiropractic Bitterroot Star BR Drug Caffe Firenze Caleb Pernsteiner Cheers Dominic Farrenkopf Farmers Insurance, Scott Edman Farmers State Bank First American Title First Security Bank Flower Happy Foxwood Boutique Hamilton Gifts Hamilton Quality Electric Helen Gurtner Higherground Brewing Iron Horse Athletic Club JCCS JKL Electric

Lost Trail Powder Mountain Marie Christopher Mary Kay Browning Mikesells Fine Jewelry Old West Gallery Opportunity Bank Paper Clip Peacock Floral Robbins on Main Sapphire Lutheran Homes SP2M Marketing Stewart Title The Edge The Catered Table TownHouse Inns of Hamilton Tim’s Cleaner Carpets Tire Rama Ugly Bunny Valley Drug & Variety Valley Mini Storage Valley View Estates Wayne Wardwell Wildflower Confections

Letter from Director . . . Al Mitchell It is hard to believe that the first three months of 2017 have zipped by, and it’s time to write another news article. I must start out with a confession. When I get writer’s block, I often look to old articles for inspiration. For example, last Aril, it was 70 degrees out and I was sitting on my deck contemplating mowing the lawn. Now I wonder if putting the snow shovel away was such a good idea? Oh well, our 23rd Annual Microbrew Festival is only 90 days away. Perhaps if I go back five years, I can find some sage words previously penned. This statement still rings true, “Your Chamber of Commerce is quite possibly the greatest asset that your business or organization can participate in. At the very least, your basic membership gives you great advertising value with listings in the local directory and on the Chamber website. Your membership also gives you the ability to place your business cards and flyers in our office and in or South Valley Visitor Information Center. Referrals given about your business by our friendly volunteers are also a very valuable tool. The Chamber’s various committees, business after hours functions, and community luncheons provide members with the opportunity to network with other members and to interact with their customers and local communities. The Bitterroot Chamber also has a gift certificate program that is highly successful in bringing customers to your door. Your Chamber of Commerce is constantly looking for new ways to benefit you and your business or organization. I can’t emphasize enough, this is YOUR Chamber working for YOU. We must her from you so we can better sere you and all our members.”

At our winter retreat in January, the new board adopted the following mission statement: To Enhance the Economic Vitality of the Bitterroot valley. The board identified how this relates to our three key customers businesses, tourists and community. We are now working on branding and the question of what do you feel is most important to you as members of this organization. What is the “it” factor? What brings you pride in being a member? Any thoughts you are willing to share are greatly appreciated. I have been very fortunate and take great pride in serving as your director over the past five years. The folks who were on my original board of directors have all termed out and been replaced with new faces over the years. I thank all the board members, past and present for making this a great place to work each and every day. Our office manager, Pat Easley is a joy to work with and our staff and volunteers are wonderful. We have lost a few great volunteers over time, the last being Donna Haley-White; just this past week. Donna had a booming voice that was only surpassed by her great heart and belief in always doing what was right. She will truly be missed. In closing, I wish you all a warm and productive Spring --- In the Very near future! –Al Mitchell, director

What is Leadership Bitterroot? Leadership Bitterroot is a 9 month program, offered through the Chamber of Commerce, that runs from September to May of each year. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the morning and embarks on an all day tour of local businesses and organizations, usually arranged in a specific area of the valley. The tours are hosted by local community and/or business leaders who discuss a wide range of topics. If you’ve ever been curious about this program or would like to learn more, keep reading. 10 Reasons to join Leadership Bitterroot. 1) Field Trips! - One day a month you get to “skip work” and go on a field trip to different destinations around Ravalli County. 2) Meet local leaders – Many of the field trip destinations are to local businesses who open their doors and allow you a glimpse into their world. You will also have the opportunity to visit with local community leaders and gain a better understanding about many things going on in the Valley. 3) Free Lunch! - Okay, so nothing is really “Free” but the cost of all your meals is included in the course fee. When you are on the tour, you may have to drive your own vehicle (car pooling is encouraged) but you will not have to worry about lunch. Always local and always great! 4) Meet new people – The class size is restricted to 25 people each year. There is an orientation class to help you get to know the other participants. You will be meeting once a month so you really get to know people. It is also a great way to network. 5) Make new friends – One of my favorite aspects of this course

is that the composition of the group is extremely very diverse. From those who have only lived in the valley a short time to long time “Bitterrooters”, there is a wide range of both experience and perspectives which many times leads to great conversations. 6) Get inspired – You’ll see. There was not a single evening when I wasn’t jabbering my wife’s ear off about the places I’d been that day. I always left at the end of the day feeling blessed to live here. 7) Adventure – Try something new! If you’re new to the Bitterroot Valley, I can’t think of a better way to learn about some of the hidden gems scattered around our county. 8) Get to know your Bitterroot Valley even better! – I don’t know how many times I’ve heard long time locals in my group say, “I can’t believe I never knew about that place.” 9) Grow your leadership skills – The purpose of Leadership Bitterroot is to help foster and encourage active, positive leadership in our community. You will be exposed to many leadership styles and philosophies throughout this program. How will you put your skills to use? 10) Support our local communities - The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the Buy Local movement. When we put our resources back into our community, we all benefit from it. 2016/17 Leadership Bitterroot session is nearing the end and signups for 2017/18 session are now open. Call the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce or visit the website for more information.

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Levi Dunn, 2016 President of Leadership Bitterroot

Letter from our President ...

Chris Edwards

Greetings and Happy Spring! The Bitterroot Valley is heating up both in temperature and economic conditions. While driving through the valley, it is impossible not to notice new construction. New projects are budding up like the trees in my yard. A healthy construction sector is a crucial component to a healthy local economy. As new construction dollars start to change hands in the valley, I hope that every Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce member considers their option to Shop Local. If we all work together to keep new money in the local economy, then, along with the trees in my yard, our local businesses will bear fruit. Here is to a healthy and profitable summer!

Ribbon Cuttings . . .

23rd Annual Chamber Micro Brew Festival The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of

Commerce is getting geared up for our 23rd Annual Micro Brew Festival to be held on Saturday, July 29 on 2nd and Bedford Street. The committee first met in March and are getting things geared up for this summer. This is the Chamber’s biggest fund raiser of the year and it continues to grow, making this the best event held 2017 here in our valley! If you would like to be a sponsor or volunteer to pour at the event, please give the Chamber a call and ask for Pat. We will once again, have some of the best selections of brews in the northwest, some great music and food. So make sure you mark your calendar for Saturday, July 29 for some great brews, food, music and a great time to get together with friends and family.



Grenfell Garage 1102 Hwy93 North - Victor

Community Luncheon . . .

Bailey’s Finish Line Bar & Grill 2420 Railroad Ave - Victor

Bailey’s Finish Line Bar & Grill 2420 Railroad Ave - Victor Newsletter - Page 3

Ribbon Cuttings . . .

Business After Hours . . .

Country Store/True Value 3673 Eastside Hwy in Stevensville

Massage by Robin 350 Lorenz Spur in Hamilton

Lisa Archer Silks 113 West Main Street in Victor Ribbon Cuttings and Business After Hours help expose your business to other businesses throughout the Valley. The Ambassadors help you host these events and encourage other businesses in the Valley to attend. The photos are some of the Ribbon Cuttings held recently. If you are interested in joining the Chamber and having a Ribbon Cutting or Business After Hours, please give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Community Luncheons . .

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings & Buisiness After Hours ...

Ambassador Updates ... Ambassadors Committee - Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner There has been some great things going on with the Ambassadors the past few months. We have had some wonderful networking events that have taken place. In two recent Business After Hours we had a great showing of local business owners with fantastic food and high spirits. Scott Edman’s Farmers Insurance had his event in March at his wonderful new location on Hwy 93 just north of Main Street. We even had one of our members show up dressed as a Leprichan. Two guesses who that was and I bet you don’t need the first guess. In April we held our gathering at Massages by Robin at her massage studio just west of Sheafman corner on 93. We turned the serene and peaceful environment of her business into a epicenter of social interaction and levity. Interspersed amongst these events have been a smattering of ribbon cuttings that the Chamber helps celebrate with our members, which helps promote their businesses. I cannot thank the ambassadors enough for all they do to continually encourage the growth of businesses here in the valley. There are some changes in how the ambassadors are doing things that are worth noting. First, our Business After Hours events are now to be held consistently on the third Thursday of every month from 4:30-6:30pm, so that we have a greater attendance at these events. Also, we are now offering businesses that are too busy to plan an After Hours an option to have the Chamber do the majority of the work. We will promote the event, as always, and provide all the food and drinks as well. Of course there is a small fee for this service but it means one less thing for you to do. Our next Ribbon Cutting is Friday, May 5 at 12:15 at Heirloom Remedies, at 1711 Hwy 93 North of Victor. Our next Business After Hours is at Heirloom Remedies on Thursday, May 18 from 4:30 to 6:30. We will also have one booked for June 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 at Purity Cleaning & Restoration, located at 1559 Sutherland Lane in Corvallis. Last but perhaps most importantly remember, interested is interesting. So get out there and visit your fellow Chamber members.

Ravalli Electric Co-op

If you are interested in scheduling a Ribbon Cutting or Business After Hours, please give Pat a call at the Chamber at 363-2400 or email

Corvallis, MT - (406) 961-3001 - A Touchstone Energy Partner

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Welcome Some Of Our Newest Members BAILEY’S FINISH LINE BAR & GRILL 2420 Railroad Avenue (307) 680-1995 Victor, MT 59875 Tom Bailey CENTURY LINK 219 Calhoun Lane (406) 255-8316 Billings, MT 59101 Erica Pitsch COVERED WAGON HOT DOGS 1520 Philips Street Missoula, MT 59802 Bryant Knoll HAMILTON SENIOR CENTER 820 North Fourth Street (406) 363-5181 Hamilton, MT 59840 Donna Mundschenk HEIRLOOM REMEDIES 1771 Hwy 93 North Victor (406) 802-4211 Victor, MT 59875 Andi Evans

KERRY A. MORRIS-HANSON, REAL ESTATE BROKER 177 Upper Sky Way (406) 240-4672 Hamilton, MT 59840 Kerry Morris-Hanson MARTIN LOCK AND KEY 1734 Nighthawk Trial (406) 642-3961 Victor, MT 59875 Charles Patterson MICHAEL T WRIGHT - CUSTOM SADDLES & REPAIRS 112 Main Street (406) 490-6002 Victor, MT 59875 Michael Wright ROCKY MOUNTAIN DOORS 374 North Gold Creek Loop (406) 363-0551 Hamilton, MT 59840 Frank Gallaway VLASAK REAL ESTATE, LLC 500 West Main Street (406) 369-5660 Hamilton, MT 59840 David Vlasak

Our Bitterroot Valley Tourism and Relocation Magazine is here. This publication has information regarding our valley from Sula to Florence. It lists 111 Things To Do, Calendar of Events, community information, accommodations, dining, walking, hiking, biking and numerous outdoor activities. This publication helps promote tourism here in the valley as well as information on why making the Bitterroot Valley is the perfect place to live and raise families. We are proud of our valley and its communities. Our businesses are unique and offer home-town service you will not find in larger cities. Stop in the Chamber today and pick up a copy or give us a call and we will be more than happy to deliver some to your place of business. Page 6 - Newsletter

2017 Annual Chamber Banquet

Some of the Chamber Board of Directors

Catered by Caffe’ Firenze

Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting Community Asset Award to Ravalli Services Corp.

Al Mitchell, Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting Marie Christopher with Business Person of the Year

Al Mitchell, Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting Pamela Kaye with Business Person of the Year. Steve Fullerton, MC announcing

Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting 2016 Business of the Year Award to Ravalli Electric Co-op

Dale Burk recipient of the 2016 Laurel Award

Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting Community Service Award to Rotary Club of Hamilton

Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting Lolo Peak Brewing with New Business of the Year

Fenn Nelson and Chris Edwards presenting DeDe Adams with Spark Plug Award

2016 Volunteer of the Year went to Bitterroot Valley Volunteer Fire Departments

Joan Prather accepting the Unsung Hero Award for Mel Walters

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MAY 2 Pasty Night from 4 to 8 pm at MineShaft Pasty Co. The first Tuesday of each month is Pasty Night. A portion of all proceeds are donated to Hamilton Players. MAY 4 National Day of Prayer event at St. Mary’s Chapel in Stevensville from 12 to 1 pm. 273-0066 MAY 5-7 – MAY 12-14 – MAY 19-21 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘’Fiddler on the Roof’ . 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. For more information call 777-2722. MAY 5 The Fourth Grade Farm Fair. 9:30 to 2:30 at the RC Fairgrounds north parking lot in Hamilton. Lunch from 11 am to 1 pm. Celebrate the 25th Annual Farm Fair, come for lunch, visit and check out the Learning Stations and take a wagon ride. MAY 5 Pie in the Big Sky Pie Auction at Rocky Mountain Bank in Stevensville at 6:30 pm. Call 777-3773 MAY 5-7 & MAY 12-14 & MAY 19-21 Stevensville Playhouse presents Fiddler on the Roof at 7 pm Fri., & Sat. 2 pm Sunday. 777-2722 MAY 6 Bitterroot Performing Arts presents Spring for the Arts, a fund raising event for the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center in Hamilton beginning at 8 pm, Information/ tickets 363-7946. MAY 6 Hamilton Farmers Market officially opens – theme “May Fest For Kids. Hours from 9 am to 1 pm. Call 961-0004 for more information. MAY 12 Culture Crawl downtown Hamilton from 4 to 7 pm. Stop in at all 5 galleries and be entered in a drawing for a $50 give card. The Gallery at Clay Works, 808 S 1st; Art City, 407 West Main St; Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery, 101 S 7th St; Art Focus, 215 Main St; and The O’Hara Commons, 111 South 4th St. MAY 12 Boot, Scoot & Boggie - Annual SAFE Banquet at the First Interstate Center in Hamilton. 6 to 10 pm. Call 363-2793 for more information regarding this event. MAY 12 Hamilton Tonight –Mother’s Day Celebration and Shopping. Call 3609124 or MAY 12 Hamilton Christian Academy’s 18th Annual Spring Auction at 5:30 at Hamilton Assembly of God Church, 601 W Main in Hamilton. Benefit student programs and scholarships at HCA. Call 363-4534 for more information. MAY 13 Daly Mansion presents Mother’s Day Tea from 11 to 2 pm at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. MAY 13 Bitterroot Performing Arts Council presents Annual Spring for the Arts Event at St. Francis Community Center in Hamilton from 6 – 10 pm Call Staci 363-7946 for more information. MAY 13 Hamilton Farmers Market opens – theme “SAFE’s Mother’s Day Cake Walk”. Hours from 9 am to 1 pm. Call 961-0004 for more information. MAY 13 Youth Conservation & Education Expo at Red Slack Barn, Teller Wildlife Refuge, 1180 Chaffin Lane in Corvallis. 10 am to 4 pm. Shooting, hunting, ethics and education. Call Tom 531-4224, John 546-5995 or Lauren 961-3507. MAY 14 Montana A Cappella Society is hosting a free Mother’s Day Concert at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, located on Eastside Hwy. Call 363-5778 for more information.

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MAY 19 Friday May 19th at 6pm | Nez Perce Trail: The Journey of the Resilient Nez Perce People. Join us to celebrate the opening of this very special exhibit Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 MAY 19-21 79th Annual Show and 2017 NFMS Show - Dig This!; Bitterroot Gem and Mineralogical Society, First Interstate Center; Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; $3, under 12 free with adult. Contact Steve Vieth, (406)-381-7597; e-mail: MAY 20 Evening of Chocolate Decadence … by Hamilton Soroptimist .. 7 to 10 St. Francis Parish. 360-3902. MAY 20 Appaloosa Horse Parade & Nez Perce Culture Presentations from 10 am to 12 pm. Come see the Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse parade then join Nez Perce Tribal members for FREE hands on kid’s activities at the RC Museum. Call 363-3338 for more information.

JUNE 15 Daly Mansion presents Mansion Music Series: ‘Romancing the West’ at 7 pm at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JUNE 16-18, 23-25 & 30, JULY 1-20 Hamilton Players presents She Loves Me. Friday and Saturdays performance at 8 pm Sundays at 2 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information. JUNE 17 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Christian Paintball from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. $15 per person, includes 400 paintballs, co2 and all equipment needed to play. Ages 10 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information JUNE 17 Hamilton Farmers Market – theme “Market’s Father’s Day Gift Bag Drawing, SAFE’s Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt”. Hours from 9 am to 1 pm. Call 961-0004 for more information.

MAY 25 Thursday, May 25th from 6pm-8pm | Living with the Land, with Louise Ogenahgeshig Fischer Sponsored by Humanities Montana Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840

JUNE 16-17 Western Heritage Days in Stevensville. Chuck Wagon load of fun for the whole family. Activities, food, parade and beer garden are just a few of the activities that you will enjoy. Call 777-3773 or www.

MAY 27 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton at City Hall (Bedford Room), presents ‘Centershot Archery’ from 10 am to noon. Free family event with prizes. Ages 8 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information

JUNE 17 TnT Dinner and Auction at Teller Wildlife Refuge beginning at 5 pm. RSVP to 961-3507 or

MAY 29 Memorial Day Parade in Corvallis. Biggest, little parade in Bitterroot Valley. Call Doug Mason 546-4244. JUNE 2 Darby Rodeo Association presents ‘Chip n Buck’ event Call Cal Ruark at 544-5536 JUNE 3 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Archery Tag from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Free family event with prizes. Ages 8 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information JUNE 3 Join us at the Daly Mansion to have spring fun, dance to the music of the Salamanders, and learn about pollinators and more! For more information please call 406-363-6004 ext. 2#. JUNE 2-4 JUNE 9-11 AND NOV. 3-5 Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours and Sales from 10:30 am to 6 pm. The tours are an opportunity for the public to view and purchase art work directly from the artists. 381-7898 JUNE 6 Pasty Night from 4 to 8 pm at MineShaft Pasty Co. The first Tuesday of each month is Pasty Night. A portion of all proceeds are donated to Hamilton Players. JUNE 9 Hamilton Tonight presents Outdoor Recreation. Call 360-9124 or www. JUNE 9-11 Mt. Professional Artist Assoc. Annual Art Show and Sale at athe Bitterroot River Inn. Rception June 9 at 6 pm. Event is always 2nd week ofJune. Contact Mary Bolen 961-3887 JUNE 10 Bitter Root Day at the Ravalli County Museum from 9 am to 3 pm. Call 363-3338 for more information. JUNE 10 Saturday June 10th from 9am-2pm | 37th Annual Bitter Root Day. BRavalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 JUNE 10 Hamilton Farmers Market opens – RC Museum’s Bitter Root Day Hours from 9 am to 3 pm. Call 961-0004 for more information. JUNE 9 – 11 Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival at the First Interstate Center in Hamilton. Call 642-3119 for more information.

JUNE 19-22 Daly Mansion presents Youth History Camp at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JUNE 20-21 NSPRA Rodeo in Darby. Conestants from the US and Canada travel to Montana to compete in all standard rodeo events. Rodeo event kicks off at 6 pm each evening. Call 544-5436, Cal Ruark. JUNE 23-24 3rd Annual Bitterroot Valley 50 Mile Garage Sale. Over 250 Vendors, refreshments along the way. Shop or sell, from Lolo to Darby. www. JUNE 24 Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding will hold its Annual BBQ On June 24 at Sky High Arena at 6 pm. Call (406) 880-6599 for more information regarding this event. JUNE 24 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Youth Arise (archery, dance, crafts and jumping castle) 10 am to noon. Free family event with free prizes and hot dogs. Call 350-2360 for more information. Located at 273 Fairgrounds Road (Barnabas Ministries) JUNE 24 Mark Saturday June 24 on your calendar for the best FREE Air Show, Fly-In and Car Show in Montana. The Wings and Wheels Air Show, Fly-In and Car Show features over 100 of the coolest Hot Rods and Classic Cars in Montana, Planes and Pilots from all over the West, and the most amazing Air Show you’ll see all summer. Admission to the airshow is FREE! Pancake breakfast and fly-in starts at 7am. Air Show at 11am. Hot Rods all day long. Only at the Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton Montana. or call Eric 381-2273 JUNE 25 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. JUNE 29 Thursday June 29th from 6pm-8 | American Indian Music: Even More Than Drums & Flutes with Scott Prinzing. JSponsored by Humanities Montana Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 JUNE 30 Sapphire Summer Concert Series Tin Cup. Call 363-2800 for more information or