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Lifestyle Letter

The one.

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knew my husband was the one this past winter when I’d come home a raging mess of snot in snow-caked coveralls—evidence of a long day’s work in subzero temps. I knew he was the one several times throughout our nine years of dating, through silly things like assembling a full-size bed in the oversize closet that was our second apartment. Or when I added up all the hours he'd spent watching me horseback ride when he could’ve made other plans. Or when he’d driven to meet me anywhere, no matter what scenario, just because I’d asked him to.

I really knew through the hard things—surviving each other’s families, surviving food poisoning on his birthday by way of decadent (albeit definitely undercooked) cookies, and surviving arguments, hangups, and deep truths. I had always imagined this to be what marriage might be like—a roller coaster to which you aren’t strapped in but holding onto each other, at each rise in the tracks a snapshot of you at your worst and then you at your best and all the while, when you’re riding this thing out together, you remind yourself why he’s the one and you grasp tighter. My marriage still carries that new car smell, still sports the tag of the unworn. We childishly enjoy the cling of our rings when they tap against anything, the chance to fit husband or wife into any conversation. I recently marched myself into the Social Security office to change my last name like I was boarding a boat to America. One ticket to forever, please. The stories within this issue are the patchwork of love—whether it be a humble beginning or the celebration of a 47-year anniversary (congrats, Vicky and Robert!). For the Emma and Evan Foundation, love could be the thread we use to sew something much larger than ourselves. It’s the places we find to commit to one another, with our mountains as our witnesses. It's us in the raw, with our something blue, something true.

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October 2017

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Departments 8

Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Financial Buzz

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Road Trip

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Hops & Vine

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Trend Setter

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

16 A Gown to Clothe Our Heart

The Emma and Evan Foundation gives hope to our community.

22 Love of My Life

Three Missoula couples share their love stories.

28 Something Blue

The road to raw beauty.

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Good Times

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After five years of dating, Kelly Nelson and Brian Hixon celebrated the beginning of their forever as husband and wife at the Missoula Winery and Event Center. Together with their friends and families, the happy couple arranged their own flowers, visited favorite spots around town, and recuperated at brunch following their big day. PHOTOGRAPHY ETB TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Good Times

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Our Pets Are the Best

The 12th annual Pet Fest transformed the Missoula Fairgrounds into an adventureland for our four-legged besties, and their humans were entertained by and educated about the wonderful world of pets. Proceeds from the event were distributed to organizations working to help our furry friends find forever homes. PHOTOGRAPHY LINDA BAUMANN

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project at 1527 Wyoming St. in the Home ReSource  Education Room. The $40 fee includes medicinal herbs, farm fresh flowers, and a small vase to take home your creation in! Register online at EarthWithin.com. 

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT Congratulations to Pamela Dunn-Parrish of Open Lens by Pamela Photography on becoming a certified professional photographer! Pamela has been taking photos and doing darkroom work since her high school days. She's pursued her passion of photography through the last 20 years and loves to capture the intricate details of nature and natural light for portraits. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Photo Club, Professional Photographers of America, and Montana Professional Photographer's Association.  She is now one of only 11 certified professional photographers  currently in Montana to earn and maintain this honor. Bravo!

ADOPT A SHELTER DOG MONTH! Let's face it, Missoula loves dogs. Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with a trip to our local shelters to peruse the kennels in the hope of finding a new addition to the family! The Humane Society of Western Montana has a 98 percent adoption rate and welcomes you to experience  behavioral classes,  one-on-one time with a trainer, and several workshops and seminars with your new best friend to ensure the best relationship possible. They are located at 5930 Hwy 93 S., open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Before you go, take a look at their website, MyHSWM.org, to see who might be waiting to meet

A-MAZING FUN

you! And don't forget to also check out Missoula Animal Control at

Bales of fun await at the Missoula Maze! Covering more than an

MontanaPets.org or visit them in person at 6700 Butler Creek

acre of land and providing more than 4,500 feet of passageways, the

Road Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday

hay and corn maze provides some of the best fall fun around. Beyond

from noon to 4 p.m. 

the maze, you can challenge a friend to the obstacle course, check

TIP-A-COP MISSOULA Our local law enforcement officers are trading in their badges for

out the petting zoo, and purchase a pumpkin from the patch. There's also a mini maze for young children—in age and spirit—as well as food and drinks. The maze is located at 1010 Clements Road. Open

tips. Don't worry, it's just for a day. On Saturday, October 21 from 11

through Tuesday, October 31. Visit MissoulaMaze.com  for hours,

a.m. to 9 p.m., officers will be volunteering as "celebrity servers" at

admission/pricing, and more information.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 2901 Brooks St., in an effort to earn "tips" for Special Olympics Montana. All "tip" proceeds are donated to local and statewide Special Olympics Montana programs. Red Robin...yum! Learn more at SOMT.org and RedRobin.com.

MEDICINAL CENTERPIECES

WAY TO GO! Missoula In Motion has granted nine employers mini-grants as part of its Way to Go! for Workplaces initiative. The grants provide up to $1,000 in funding to support the implementation or expansion of workplace projects aimed to reduce the number of Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV)

Local herbalist and ethnobotanist Melissa Lafontaine shares her tal-

trips traveled by employees. Funding was awarded to the following

ents in collaboration with the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project

projects: Homeword: outdoor public bike pump stand located on the

in a public medicinal arrangements workshop on Thursday, October

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Painting

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river trail; Old Sawmill District: two bikes to start a workplace bike

HELP KEEP THE WHEELS IN MOTION

share; Poverello Center: incentives program encouraging employ-

Missoula Parks and Recreation is partnering with a local non-

ees to commute sustainably more regularly; Ecology Project

profit foundation and two neighborhoods to raise funds to build

International: expansion of its employee incentives program; City

bicycle skills courses in Bellevue and Syringa parks, but they need

of Missoula Wastewater Plant: tricycle for employee use for daily

our help. Through a grant from Montana State Parks and donations

on-site transportation; Missoula City-County Health Department:

from the Tanner Olson Memorial Foundation, the partners, including

one bike to start a workplace bike share; Home ReSource: expan-

Friends of Missoula Parks, are working to raise an additional $175,000

sion of incentives program to include Work Program participants

to $200,000 in cash and donated services or materials to fund the

and long-term volunteers; Missoula Aging Services: implementing

construction. And hey, there’s potential naming rights for large donors

incentives program to encourage employees to commute using

and on-site donor recognition! Some highlights include:

sustainable modes; and Rocky Mountain Research Center: lockers

• A progressive bike skills layout allowing riders to progress not only

for active commuters. “We are excited to see the effect these proj-

through the park but as their skills develop to larger features within

ects have on encouraging employees to make the decision to bike,

the same park

walk, bus, carpool, or vanpool in lieu of driving alone in a car,” said

• Pump tracks with continuous hills and berms

Katherine Auge, program specialist at Missoula In Motion.

• A progressive jump line for BMX riders

HALLOWEEN FOR HOSPICE Forget the thermal underwear and winter jacket and bring the kiddos to Southgate Mall on Tuesday, October 31 for indoor trick-or-

• Bicycle work station with basic tools available for public use • Walking paths and connectivity to sustainable transportation trails and bus stops • A shelter and rest room (at Syringa)

treating, carnival-style games, and a costume contest. Games and

Parks and Recreation is currently in the process of selecting design

the costume contest will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost for the games

and construction management services for the two parks. Pending

is $1 each or $15 for a wristband and all the game playing you want.

a successful capital campaign, Phase 1 construction at both parks

Entry for the costume contest is $2 per person or $5 per family. All the

could start as early as 2018. To learn more about the projects and how

proceeds from the carnival games and costume contest benefit the

to donate, visit Ci.Missoula.MT.US or call 406.552.6265.

Hospice Care Foundation. Trick-or-treating begins at 6 p.m. Head to the JCPenney Court at 7 p.m. for a performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" by On Center Performing Arts. Happy Halloween! Visit ShopSouthgate.com for more.

DRIFT AWAY

THE ULTIMATE WEDDING EVENT Next month, the Bitterroot Wedding Association's premier wedding fair is returning for its second year after a very successful first! Take a scenic drive down into the Bitterroot Valley to the Ravalli County Fairgrounds next month on Saturday, November 4 between 11 a.m.

Craig Campbell of Gravitas Drift Boats always wanted to build

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the party favors your guests talk about long after the wedding. This

• Every boat built is a personal experience. Each customer has

event is interactive, fun, and relaxed all while being educational and

direct access to the boat builder, and each boat is built with the cli-

inspiring. Tickets are on sale now and will also be available for pur-

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Giving Back Sherri Howe

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n 2011, my wife and I endured the unthinkable. She was 18 weeks pregnant with our first child and

an ultrasound came back with some curious results. Within 36 hours we found out that our unborn baby was not well, and the prognosis was bleak. The fol-

lowing 18 weeks were filled with doctors we didn’t know existed, tests we had never imagined, and finally a baby being born and immediately put on life support. After 26 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, her life support was removed.

Our Heart A Gown to Clothe

THE EMMA & EVAN FOUNDATION GIVES HOPE TO OUR COMMUNITY ARTICLE STEPHEN COLWELL | PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN PARRISH

Then came an entirely different set of events: the gut-wrenching planning of a funeral for a six-pound baby. It was by the grace of God that we found people who could walk us through some of the choices we had to make, one of which was finding a burial gown. She was too small for baby clothes, and they just don’t make doll clothes big enough. Sherri Howe, a Montana native and Missoula local since 1989, had walked back and forth past her wedding dress for six years as it hung in her garage. In 2015, she began looking for a way to donate her dress to bless someone and came across a Facebook page that explained how women were donating their dresses to be repurposed as burial gowns for infants. Her mother and grandmother were excellent seamstresses, and she had a sewing machine, so she took her seam ripper out and got to work, much to the horror of her oldest daughter. This wasn’t an aimless venture or a spur of the moment decision. This opportunity was something her heart needed. Sherri has two close friends who had buried stillborn children, and after searching a little more, she realized that Montana is one of only a handful of states that isn’t currently serviced by the Angel Gown Program. Thus began the Emma and Evan Foundation, Montana’s first wedding dress repurposing program.

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Fifty women donated dresses in the first year of its existence. In just the last year, another 314 dresses have come in. On average, 10 gowns can be made from a single dress, but some of the volunteer seamstresses have created as many as 30 from a single dress. Each gown takes about four hours to craft. The foundation quickly found themselves with too many wedding dresses and not enough seamstresses, so they partnered with Amazing Grace Wedding Dress Rentals. While each dress waits around 18 months to be transformed into multiple gowns, it’s available for rental to budget-minded brides. Each rental brings important revenue back to the foundation, and this program has been fundamental to its financial sustainability. “[Families] without access to Angel Gowns clothe their stillborn infants in t-shirts or wrap them in a blanket. It is my opinion that these precious little souls deserve much better than that,” said Sherri. “This child will not experience baptism, communion, prom, or a wedding. Therefore, this child should be adorned with a beautiful garment to help celebrate these events that this child will not experience. It’s important to the family to bury their child in something beautiful. To a grieving family, knowing that someone (our seamstresses) cared enough to create something special for them brings comfort.” The healing potential for this program is much larger than the families who receive a beautiful handmade baby gown in the middle of their grief. “Ladies who have been through unspeakable abuse have donated their dresses in hope to pay beauty forward—to heal from the ugliness of their past,” said Sherri. “And several of our seamstresses and volunteers have found a purpose in their lives and love being able to help others through this organization. I, myself, have found purpose, not only in running the organization but in leading my volunteers and in forming relationships with dress donors.” My wife and I were lucky. The day before our daughter’s funeral my wife found one white dress hanging alone on a rack at a department store, and it nearly fit our daughter, but it sure would The Emma and Evan Foundation is always seeking new volunteers, seamstresses, and anyone willing to donate to help them reach their goal of providing burial gowns for the whole state of Montana. For further information, visit EveFoundation.org.

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have been a relief to have someone there to point us to an organization like the one Sherri started— to land in the arms of an angel here on earth.


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Financial Buzz

LOVE AND MARRIAGE AND FINANCES SAYING 'I DO' TO FINANCIALLY WEDDED BLISS

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ARTICLE PROVIDED BY RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND GARY KIEMELE

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id you know October is one of the most popular months to

wedding debt, one person may assume it will be paid off immediately

marry? Almost as popular as a June wedding. This month,

to reduce interest payments while the other may be content to make

you’re likely to see happy couples posing for photos before and after

payments over time. A couple’s entering marriage with an under-

tying the knot. That day will mark the end of months of planning and,

standing of how they will approach finances is important.

for many, the beginning of one of the most stressful conversations couples face—finances.

From there, determine how to blend your finances and who will be responsible for day-to-day bills or long-term financial obligations.

Wedding costs have increased quite a bit in recent years as cou-

Decide a minimum threshold for big purchases that require a dis-

ples focus on creating unique, personal experiences for their guests.

cussion with your significant other, so that a car showing up in the

In February, TheKnot.com released its annual Real Weddings Study,

driveway one day doesn’t result in a big fight the next day.

which captures detailed information on the average cost of a wed-

Vows usually end with the line “until death do us part.” Yet, and

ding in the U.S. The average cost of a wedding in 2016—excluding

understandably, most newlyweds don’t want to think about death. By

the honeymoon—was $35,329 even though the average number

addressing some of the less desirable financial decisions early, you

of guests dropped. In Manhattan (NYC), the most expensive city

may prevent the need for more difficult conversations down the road.

to marry, the average cost was $78,464 while those marrying in Arkansas spent the least: approximately $19,522.

After saying, “I do,” change your beneficiary documents, including insurance policies, retirement accounts, benefits, wills, trusts, and

The bottom line? If saving for a wedding wasn’t a financial goal

any document that requires the designation of a next of kin. Give your

leading up to marriage, newlyweds are likely to enter wedded bliss

spouse power of attorney and designate him or her as a healthcare

with the burden of debt.

proxy in the event of illness or disability.

A first step is to have an honest conversation with your significant

Getting married is a monumental event that affects all aspects

other to determine your financial personality. If you haven’t already, sit

of your life, including your financial life. Talking to each other and

down with your betrothed or spouse and have a heart-to-heart talk

learning to compromise can help ensure a smooth transition and

about your financial picture. This means discussing everything—sal-

help with the happily ever after…at least financially.

ary, current savings and investments, assets and debt. This should also include a discussion about short- and long-term goals. Do you plan to go back to school for your MBA? Do you want children? Will

This article is provided by Gary Kiemele, a Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth

you need or want a bigger house? When and where do you hope to

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love of My

life Three Missoula couples share their love stories

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Paige Devlin and Nick Litt

The Pure Maple Syrup Paige Devlin and Nick Littman met eight years ago

to His Pancakes

in spring, among the green wheat fields of Walla Walla, Washington. He was in his last semester of college, she was a sophomore, and they were both on the cycling team. Paige

Early romantic highlights include Paige asking to borrow Nick’s

had her eye on him from the time he helped load her bike

helmet even though she knew it was way too big, Nick putting his

into the van at the end of a race, but as a much-too-serious

arm around her even though he knew she wasn’t cold, and Paige

cyclist, Nick was oblivious to her subtle advances until she

walking home barefoot from a graduation dinner with his family

asked him if he’d like to have breakfast and make pancakes

because her feet were too squished in her shoes. After having been

together. (She knew he ate a plateful every day.)

caught looking at Paige acutely love struck, Nick’s dad said to him,

On the first date, Nick made a heaping pile of pancakes from

“Don’t screw it up,” the morning after the graduation dinner.

scratch and she brought pure maple syrup from her home in

When the time came to propose—on a remote ridgetop, 15 miles

upstate New York. Afterward, they walked to a reservoir and

deep into the Bitterroot Mountains—they were both ready, more

immediately there was a feeling of familiarity. Their conversa-

ready than they’ve ever been for anything else in their lives. They

tions were intimate: who they were, where they were from, and

married in September 2015 and they’re the proud fur-parents to

how much better pancakes were with pure maple syrup.

Ollie, a black Lab/Border Collie mix.

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LOVE OF MY LIFE (CON TI N U ED)

s s i M o t t o N e m a AG

Missy and James Adams Their paths weren’t meant to cross, at least not the weekend they did. Missy, then a freshman at the University of Montana, was

mostly stayed quiet. The boys, however, didn’t, laughing, telling jokes and stories, making bets, doing what college-age boys do.

scheduled to ride with two girlfriends to Bozeman for the Griz-Cats

Three hours later, the van pulled into the Cats parking lot and bod-

football game. A snowstorm rolled in and the mother of one of the

ies began to file out. James, who had been sitting shotgun, turned his

girls who was lending them the car said, “I don’t want you girls driv-

head, confused: “There were girls in the van?” Yes, three. And one

ing alone over the pass in this snow.”

very special one. Missy and James married four and a half years later

They decided to catch a ride with the girl’s boyfriend, who had

in Missoula and have two children, Isabella and Jake.

a 12-passenger van, and a half-dozen of his friends, one of whom

The Griz won that game (any surprise?), and so did James and

was James, also a freshman at the university. The three girls piled in,

Missy who celebrated 22 happy years together last month and are

taking the last row in the van. They buried their faces in books and

looking forward to many more.

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Time to Play Vicky and Robert Bostick It happened on Labor Day 1969. Vicky’s arrow was still hot from

their own. After a decade of marriage, Vicky and Robert delighted in

playing cupid for a friend by introducing him to his wife. But before

bringing home their first adopted son, Bryan. And six years later, they

she knew it, Vicky, too, had been struck, fast and fierce by Robert,

brought home their second, Brandon.

someone her friend had, in turn, introduced her to. And to no one’s surprise, they were engaged five weeks later on Vicky’s birthday.

Vicky and Robert settled in Missoula in 1992 and couldn’t imagine their lives elsewhere. Robert announced for the Big Sky basketball

They had planned for an August wedding the following year but Robert

games for 13 years and Vicky, too, has a long list of volunteer experi-

was sprinting to the altar, and toward starting a family. Vicky agreed to

ence with Mount Jumbo Little League and Missoula Aging Services.

an earlier date, and then an even earlier date soon after. And, so it was:

After 36 years with his company, Robert happily retired last year,

a small church ceremony in Lake Stevens, Washington, in March 1970.

encouraging Vicky to do the same. “Come play, let’s go play,” he told

Just a couple of kids themselves (Vicky, 18, and Robert, 19), Vicky

her. And play they do. The happy couple celebrated 47 years in March,

was adamant about waiting to have children. But by the time they had

in Arizona, living the life of snowbirds. They have four grandchildren:

hit their mid-20s, it was discovered that they couldn’t have children of

Memphis, Kylan, Chanelle, and Bella.

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Road Trip

Anna Provost

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THE ROAD TO RAW BEAUTY ARTICLE CHELSEA LYN AGRO | PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH

C

larity, color, cut, carat—these four C words

brightly lit glass counters, and its walls are

meant little to me as a single woman. They

shimmering—copper, silver, the rugged edges

didn’t shine or sparkle or mesmerize me the way

and crystals of geodes having taken their

the movies or fancy ring shops always let on.

places like crowns on a shelf. There are bags of

I hadn’t known the real, raw beauty of a stone

material waiting to be sifted through, a gambler

until I held an uncut sapphire in my hand. Its

or adventurer’s dream come true.

shape and color—the way it looked in the sun or

The backyard is a maze of tables, troughs, and

in a room, always different with each turn of it in

a running water flume. This is the place where

between my fingers—was stunning.

the washing and setting yourself up for success

As a married woman, two of those four C

will take place. First, the material will need to be

words have since graduated their way into my

set into a screening pan, then rinsed, then stirred

vocabulary when engaging in ring talk—cut

and shifted appropriately so, and if all is done cor-

and color. Or maybe it’s colour—the embel-

rectly, your fortune of sapphires will end up at the

lished version, for emphasis when describing

bottom of your pan and preferably in the middle.

the object of our affection, like Woody Allen’s

The next tricky step is flipping the pan onto

replacement of the word love with luuurve,

a table. Ideally, the weight of the sapphires—

loave, luff in Annie Hall. A sapphire is endless in

heavier than the surrounding gravel and stones—

its blues, each shade exquisite. Is it any wonder

will allow them to stay grounded in your pan until

why a bride would wear anything else as her

the flip, revealing themselves at the top of your

something blue?

mound when you’ve successfully heaved them

In true Montana fashion, these raw beauties

upside down without disrupting the contents.

are found right here in our Treasure State.

Tweezers are used to pluck the gems and safely

Within a few hundred miles between our bor-

stow them in a plastic tube to be evaluated inside.

ders are several mines to which jewelers have

Easy, right? Like all processes, sapphire

access to sapphire gravel through miners

mining has its own intricacies. It all depends on

working personal claims, one of those shops

what your reason is for a visit.

being a stone's throw away.

“Our El Dorado material tends to produce

Anna and Gary Provost, owners of Montana

the bigger sapphires, so if you’re wanting a big-

Gems of Philipsburg, has the pleasure of

ger stone for a ring, that’s going to be a better

uncorking this natural wonder to visitors from

choice,” said Anna. “Our Rock Creek stuff tends

all over the country. Their shop is adorned with

to give you better color but it usually doesn’t

the glitter of glistening cut stones beneath

produce as big of a stone.”

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Road Trip

(CON TI N U ED)

Anna and her team are there to encourage all the right moves, and of course let you know what to look for. The raw sapphire will appear in a variety of colors with the majority belonging to the blue family, and they’ll look like pieces of sea glass. “After you find your stones, we’ll do a free evaluation and let you know which ones look good enough to cut and we can send those stones out for you,” said Anna, referring to the processes that can enhance a natural stone’s beauty and ready it for a polished look inside a setting. “There are way more memories and personal touch behind [mining for your own stone],” she said. “Anybody can go to a department store and pick out a diamond. Not everybody gets to go into their own backyard and mine their own sapphire and have it for a lifetime.” And she’s right. My husband knows Anna well, having panned and found the perfect stone—a round gem, greenish blue in color, set in a custom setting. I remember fawning over it in its raw state, and now the way it dances in the light around my finger, I love it all the more.

Ready to find your gem? Visit MontanaGems.net to sneak a peek at what’s in store or road trip to Philipsburg and experience the mining magic! Montana Gems of Philipsburg 204 W. Broadway St. Open daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 406.859.6725

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Hops & Vine

THE CORE OF OUR CITY WESTERN CIDER IS BRINGING THE APPLE BACK TO MISSOULA

ARTICLE NICHOLAS LITTMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH

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T

he fun in apples begins with their names—Somerset

Redstreak,

Michael Billingsley

Frequin Rouge, Hudson’s Golden

Gem, Ashmead’s Kernel, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Wickson Crab, Harry Masters Jersey, Brown Snout. Taken together they could be a cast of eclectic barn-

yard characters in a Babe film. For

Michael Billingsley, Matthew LaRubbio, and Jon Clarenbach, co-owners of Western Cider, these apple varieties are the basis of their vision: to return apples to the Bitterroot Valley and bring craft cider to Missoula. “Cider is a new thing to people in Montana,” Michael told me as I sat down with him in Western Cider’s taproom and production facility on California Street. “We wanted to open a tasting room so we could educate people who come in on how it’s made and all the different flavors you can taste.” Indeed, until I tasted the flight of eight ciders available in the taproom, I had no idea how varied and complex ciders could be. The tastes range from crisp and dry to sweet and floral. There is a rich oak-aged Farmhouse cider fermented from a blend of apples grown on Michael’s orchard and a dark crimson Aronia Rose cider that mixes apples with aronia berries and infuses them with rose petals. “Right at the turn of the [19th] century, the Bitterroot grew more apples than Washington or anywhere else in the West,” Michael explained. During the heyday of the apple harvest in the Bitterroot, up to 500 railroad cars of apples left the valley each week until drought, blight, hard frosts, and the expansion of Washington apples quickly sunk the industry around 1920. In 2010, he planted 2,000 trees comprised of 18 main varieties on his 20-acre property outside Stevensville. Today, he has more than 4,000 trees and 50 different varieties. “Pruning is one of my all-time favorite things to do. You develop a relationship with every tree. All 4,000 trees are a little different, and I know each one, every single one,” said Michael. “There’s really only one orchard in the Bitterroot [Swanson’s] that’s established enough to provide us with apples.” Western Cider buys all the McIntosh apples from Swanson’s 100-year-old trees but most of their apples are sourced from Washington. CONTINUED >

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Hops & Vine

(CON TI N U ED)

Even though Washington apples are readily

Michael toured me through the warehouse,

GRAB A TASTE

available, Michael also wanted to produce fine

where pallets were stacked high with Western

WESTERN CIDER

craft varieties of cider from apples grown on his

Cider’s two distributed can lines—the Poor Farmer

501 N. California St.

own orchard. At the time, the problem was there

Classic and the Poor Farmer Hopped.

• Mon-Wed: 12 to 9 p.m.

was sparse information about growing cider-spe-

“Typically, distributors put cider by Angry

• Thurs-Sat: 12 to 10 p.m.

Orchard and Twisted Tea, but our cider’s so much

• Sun: 12 to 9 p.m.

“When I planted my orchard, there were hardly

better,” Michael said. He explained that in Portland

WesternCider.com

any cider apples being grown around this [part of

or Seattle, with so many ciders to choose from,

the] country, so it was a bit of a gamble,” he said.

there’s a whole craft cider section on the shelves.

cific varieties in Montana.

He spent time in Normandy, France, and

Michael is hopeful that by producing another can

Northern Spain to see what they were grow-

line and a bottle line with some of their small-

ing and learn some of the orchard techniques

batch ciders from his own orchard, Western Cider

they’ve used successfully for more than 1,000

can “create its own space on the shelf.”

years. Nevertheless, much of his process has

For now, Western Cider is focused on bring-

been trial and error. “I’ll graft over trees that aren’t

ing back the excitement of the apple harvest

doing well due to disease or cold hardiness,” he

to Missoula and on reminding Missoulians that

said, “to one that is doing well.”

they already love apples.

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October OCTOBER 3

OCTOBER 17 JAMIE FORD: LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES

LATIN DANCE SAMPLER

FACT AND FICTION BOOKS

DOWNTOWN DANCE COLLECTIVE

From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This class is an ongoing exploration of all things latin dance from

comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose

salsa to samba to merengue and mambo. Come ready to explore

life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair. Author Jamie

and DANCE! All levels are welcome. Visit  DDCMontana.com 

Ford will give a talk and sign copies of his books. Begins at 7 p.m. Visit

for more information.

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OCTOBER 7

OCTOBER 18 THROUGH NOVEMBER 8

COMMUNITY DISCOVERY DAY:

LEARN TO SEW GARMENTS: INTERMEDIATE

PATTEE CANYON NATURE WALK

THE CONFIDENT STITCH

SAM BRAXTON TRAILHEAD

This four-week class on Wednesdays will be making the Scout Tee, a

Head out into the woods with a naturalist as your guide. This easy-go-

versatile woven T-shirt from Grainline Studios. You’ll learn the basics

ing nature walk, hosted by the Montana Natural History Center, is

of how to fit a pattern, set in sleeves, and sew a bound neckline. Make

perfect for all ages. You'll discover the evidence animals leave be-

yours out of a pretty cotton lawn, a cozy flannel, or even a quilting

hind and get to know the plants and trees of Pattee Canyon. RSVP is

cotton. Get a supplies list and register at TheConfidentStitch.com.

required. Email Christine at CMorris@MontanaNaturalist.org. Learn more at MontanaNaturalist.org.

OCTOBER 7

OCTOBER 18 SYMPHONY CABARET SERIES: TIME FOR THREE THE PUBLIC HOUSE

PRAY FOR SNOW PARTY

Time for Three—violinist Nicolas Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and

CARAS PARK

double-bassist Ranaan Meyer—is a group that defies any traditional

Winter is coming. Let's welcome it at the 11th annual Pray for Snow Party.

genre classification. The American trio performs music from Bach to

The event is hosted by Missoula Avalanche, and all proceeds fund ava-

Brahms as well as originals and their own arrangements of every-

lanche advisories and education. Visit MissoulaAvalanche.org for more.

thing from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits

OCTOBER 11-15 & 18-22 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S 'AS YOU LIKE IT'

by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. Tickets at MissoulaSymphony.org.

MASQUER THEATRE

OCTOBER 21

With its themes of love, forgiveness, and justice, this pastoral come-

FALL FAMILY FEST AT THE FORT

dy is one of the Bard’s most enduring and romantic tales. Disguises,

FORT MISSOULA REGIONAL PARK

love at first sight, bad poetry, and even a lioness intertwine in As You

This event is based on good old-fashioned fall family fun. Activi-

Like It to form a delightful backdrop for some of Shakespeare’s most

ties include hay rides, cider pressing, music by the Salamanders,

famous phrases. Get tickets at GrizTix.com.

educational activities, food, and more. Attendees are encouraged

OCTOBER 11 SIP AND SKETCH: BONES MONTANA NATURAL HISTORY CENTER

to come in costume and participate in the costume parade and dance party. A suggested donation of $1 goes to the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.

Artist Nancy Seiler  will instruct students on drawing bones...and

OCTOBER 21

just in time for Halloween! Choose from the museum's extensive

CRAWL-O-WEEN

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DOWNTOWN MISSOULA

troductory framework for the process and assist with tips and

Join Missoula's creepiest and scariest bar crawl around. "A Nightmare

tricks. No experience is needed. Ticket cost includes all materials

of Main Street" is a Halloween-themed bar crawl and promises an

and two glasses of wine: $25 members/$30 non-members. Regis-

evening full of ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. Learn more and register

tration is required at Eventbrite.com.

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OCTOBER 22 PUMPKIN RUN SILVER PARK Join our community of runners/ walkers for Run Wild Missoula's 22nd annual Pumpkin Run. Event includes two races: a 400-meter dash for kids ages 12 and younger and a 5K open to everyone. 5K awards for overall winner (the 222nd-place runner), fastest female and male, and age divisions. Register at RunWildMissoula.org.

OCTOBER 28 CLARK FORK MARKET DOWNTOWN MISSOULA Mark your calendar for the last Farmer's Market of the season! It's your last chance to stock up on your favorite canned jams and fresh seasonal goods before winter moves in.

OCTOBER 28 ROLLING THUNDER CYCLOCROSS RACE BIG SKY BREWING COMPANY This is the 12th year of Rolling Thunder, a cyclocross race. It lasts all day. The morning is kid- and youth-focused with races for striders to 17-year-olds. Later, beginners and adult categories. The evening brings the men and women elite groups. Coffee, beer, food, and a kids skill park will be available all day. Visit RollingThunderCyclocross.com for more.

OCTOBER 28 & 29 ODE TO JOY DENNISON THEATRE Written when Beethoven was  completely deaf,  Symphony No. 9— also known as Ode to Joy and "the Choral"—embodies the strength and triumph of the  human spirit. Join the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale as they deliver Beethoven's enduring  message of perseverance. Get tickets at MissoulaSymphony.org.

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Parting Thoughts

A N i c e Day fo r a

White-Out Wedding! ARTICLE DENISE SNODELL

Dream gown? Check. Persnickety florist? Check. Top-notch wedding planner? Check. Unexpected glitches? Check-Check-Check. I have attended and participated in many weddings. Every blessed event had one thing in common: an unforeseen mishap. Amazingly, not one involved a wacky uncle + booze.

Then, there was the wedding of some friends in the broadcast industry. The bride had asked a talented videographer to tape her big day. He agreed, but privately grumbled to me that her wedding was scheduled at the same time his beloved football team was playing. He had never missed a game in his life. Ever! The videographer found a creative solution. Just before the wedding, he showed me the transistor radio in his suit pocket.

To all future brides and grooms, “zillas” included, the only thing I

The ear bud wires looked like video equipment. He was all grins

can advise is to roll with the fiasco. With every marriage, your sense

until the church’s sound system somehow picked up the game’s

of humor is the necessary icing on the multi-tiered cake. You may as

frequency during the vows. Fumble!

well start laughing on day one.

At my own wedding, my newly minted brother-in-law “decorated”

Here are some true-life wedding blunders from my own experiences:

our getaway car with some beyond-PG-13 innuendos. No. “Innuendos”

A dear friend invited me to be her maid of honor. We lived in dif-

is too soft a description for what was scrawled across the windshield.

ferent cities. When I arrived days before the wedding, we noticed my pink taffeta frock endured travel wrinkles—despite my direct flight, oversized garment bag, and careful packing. “No problem,” said the giggly bride. “I’ll have my dry cleaner press it!”

But I gave him a pass, probably due to what happened at his wedding a few years earlier. My future husband and I were a new item. I was keeping a low profile as “the girlfriend.” So, when it came time for the bride to toss the

The morning of the Sunday wedding, my friend realized she forgot

bouquet, I hid in the back of the room. Way back. The bride’s throw

to pick up the dress the evening before. The dry-cleaner was closed

was so wild, it surpassed the anxious “single ladies” in the front, went

with the maid of honor’s gown locked inside! Luckily, her groom and

through the chandelier, and literally fell into my arms.

his buddy were freshly minted journalists. They quickly employed their investigative skills, tracked down the owner’s home number (via the fire department), and met the grumpy bed-headed man at the shop. Hours later, I began my promenade down the aisle. It was an outdoor wedding. The sky was blue. My gown was as smooth as a rose petal. The guests had no idea what had happened. But they did notice when the heel of my left shoe got stuck between the garden bricks. Good times.

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