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Visit Butte: Historic buildings, beautiful scenery, festivals galore Things to see and do ANSELMO MINE YARD Started in 1887, Butte’s best preserved mine yard is in almost the same condition as when it closed in 1959. Guides from the World Museum of Mining conduct tours during the summer. Call the museum at 723-7211 for details. Location: north Excelsior and Caledonia streets.
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CLARK CHATEAU Art gallery and museum located in the 1898 French-style mansion of the son of Copper King W.A. Clark is operated by the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation. Location: 321 W. Broadway St. Call 723-7600.
VENUS RISING ESPRESSO HOUSE The coffee house, with an art gallery, is operated by the Butte
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THE OPENING of the 2011 Montana Folk Festival attracted large crowds to the Original Mine stage area.
Butte calendar of events May 5-Oct. 4: Butte Art Walk
June 9-10: Butte Mineral & Gem Show
Local businesses and unused building space in Butte’s historic Uptown area are transformed into art galleries for this special celebration of the arts, held on the first Thursday of each month. Artists from all over the U. S. and Montana display their work and local entertainment is featured. The event is free and various venues offer free refreshments. Call 782-5217 or visit http://www.mainstreetbutte.org
This two day show sponsored by the Butte Mineral and Gem Club offers a variety of vendors selling and displaying fossils, gems, minerals, polished stones and rock and gem collecting equipment. Held at the Butte Civic Center, activities for children, door prizes, raffles, educational talks and related day tours are available. Call 723-8524 for information.
July 6-7: Butte Vigilante Rodeo
May 26-Sept. 29: Butte’s Farmers Market Each Saturday throughout the summer, an entire city block in Historic Uptown Butte is converted to an outdoor marketplace, featuring baked goods, crafts, locally grown flowers and vegetables, and seasonal fruits and vegetables from the region. Visit http://www. mainstreetbutte.org/fmarket.htm or call 497-6464 for details. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
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LEROY EASH of Fortine braves a bronc ride during the 2011 Butte Vigilante Rodeo.
Expect NRA Rodeo action, complete with rodeo clowns nightly at 7 p.m. at this Butte Vigilante Saddle Club sponsored event. Expect plenty of thrills and spills as professional riders compete in bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, calf roping competitions. For information, call 494-3002 or 490-8006. See BUTTE, Page 6
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JENIFER SCHNEIDER, “The Cannon Lady” was blasted out of the 27-ft. barrel of a truck-mounted cannon into the air some 40 feet landing in a safety net down the street in front of the Finlen Hotel on East Broadway during the opening day of the 2011 Evel Knievel Days in uptown Butte .
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July 13-15: Montana Folk Festival This free, family friendly festival brings more than 250 of the nation’s finest musicians, dancers and craftspeople to Butte’s Uptown area. Seven stages offer non-stop entertainment in addition to multiple themed areas including: two festival marketplaces, a Montana folk life area, a family area with activities for the kids and food courts with local and regional cuisine. Visit http://www.montanafolkfestival.com or call 497-6464. See BUTTE, Page 7
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July 26-28: Evel Knievel Days Home to legendary stunt man, Evel Knievel, Butte hosts this celebration of America’s greatest dare-devil each summer. A must for bikers on their way to Sturgis, the event offers a classic motorcycle and car show, fireworks, music, a parade, thrilling stunts, and a street full of food and merchandise vendors. Call 491-6066 or visit http://www.knieveldays.com.
Aug. 2-4: Butte Silver-Bow County Fair From farm animals to Patsy Cline tribute performer, Jean Coady, this county fair’s got it all. Expect to see arts & crafts, exotic animal shows, timberjack logging and dine on plenty of traditional “Fair food.” Visit http://www.butteciviccenter.com or call 494-3648.
Aug. 10-12: An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival Celebrate Irish Culture with three days of Irish music, dance, language and culture. Lectures, workshops, documentaries and plenty of activities for the kids. Visit http://www.mtgaelic.org , call toll free at (800) 735-6814 or 498-3983.
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See and do ... Continued from Page 4 Silver Bow Arts Foundation and encourages creativity in adults and young people. Location: 128 W. Granite St. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Call 723-1150.
BUTTE-SILVER BOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, VISITOR & TRANSPORTATION CENTER Location: 1000 George St. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10-4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 723-3177, (800) 735-6814.
GRANITE MOUNTAIN - SPECULATOR MINE FIRE MEMORIAL A memorial overlooking the sites of the mines where hard rock mining’s greatest disaster took place in 1917 with a loss of 168 lives. Turn east at the directional sign at the top of Main Street, north of the St. Lawrence O’Toole Church.
BERKELEY PIT Once among the world’s largest truck-operated, open-pit copper mines, the Berkeley Pit closed in 1982. The 1,800 foot deep pit is filling with acidic water. Public viewing stand located off Continental Drive. Fee: $2. Time: daylight hours. Call: 723-3177.
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TOM GORDON, GREAT-GRANDSON OF CON O’NEILL, one of the 168 victims of the 1917 Granite MountainSpeculator mine fire, and his son Colby Shea are pictured at the Granite Mountain Memorial. departure times. For details call (800) 735-6814 or 723-3177. Walking paths start at the chamber office and maps of the Copperway Walking Trails are available along with tourist information.
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Preserves the heritage of Asians in the mining West with an extensive collection of artifacts and interpretation of the culture of Butte’s Asian community. Location: 17 W. Mercury St. Time: 10-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, June 5-September. Phone: 723-3231, www.maiwah.org
DUMAS BROTHEL MUSEUM America’s longest running house of prostitution (1890-1982). Gift shop open during restoration. Location: 45 E. Mercury St. Phone: 494-6908
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The museum, 20 W. Broadway St., celebrates the golden age of motoring in America. Time: 10-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 723-3034.
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A collection of government records, photos, manuscripts, labor and business collections, newspapers, some dating from the 1860s to 1990. The archives is in its new quarters, 17 W. Quartz St. Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 782-3280 for details.
Located: at the Orphan Girl Mine, west of the Montana Tech Campus. This 33-acre museum contains a replica of an 1890s mining camp and walk-through display on mining. An underground tour is offered. It offers kids summer camps. Museum hours: 9-5 p.m. Call 723-7211.
UPTOWN BUTTE FARMERS MARKET Montana farmers and craft workers sell their goods from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 6, on Park Street and sometimes Main Street. Items include garden produce, fruit, flowers, herbs, baked goods, and handcrafted pieces. Phone: 497-6464.
OUR LADY OF THE ROCKIES This statue overlooks Butte from the top of the East Ridge. Gift shop and offices are located at the Butte Plaza Mall, 3100 Harrison Ave. The two-hour bus tour to the statue leaves from the shop in the mall at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. The bus tour is $15 adults, $13 seniors, $11 ages 1317, $7 ages 5-12, and $2 ages 4 and under. For details call 7821221 or (800) 800-5239.
MONTANA TECH MINERAL MUSEUM About 1,300 specimens are exhibited including a 27.5 oz. gold nugget found south of Butte. The Earthquake Studies office is in the museum and records real time seismic data. Location: Montana Tech Campus. Time: 9-5 p.m. daily, 496-4414.
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COPPER KING MANSION Built in 1884 for William A. Clark, this National Historic Site, with 32 rooms, is now a bed and breakfast. Tours begin on the hour from 9 to 4 p.m. Location: 219 W. Granite St. Call: 782-7580.
ART WALKS The “phantom gallery” art walks are held from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month through Oct. 4. Artists, both established ones and those who want their works to be seen for the first time in public display their works for the evening, if not the month. Upwards of 20 establishments provide spaces for artists to show and possibly sell their works. For details, call Marie at 494-8357 or email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Folk Fest offers music, events BY NICK GEVOCK of The Montana Standard
Two dozen bands. Arts and crafts and displays. Tons of food and beer. Sounds like a festival – and the entrance fee is a whopping nothing. The second annual Montana Folk Festival is coming back to Butte this year, July 13-15, offering the same quality entertainment it and its predecessor the National Folk Festival has since 2008. The national event came that year and after three years the reins were handed over to Butte. The Mining City showed that the event will keep the same quality performers from throughout the continent, the same great food, arts and crafts and displays of life in Montana. “We’ll have six stages with continuous performances,” said George Everett, director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte and festival organizer. The event comes back to Butte in the heart of summer, July 13-15. It takes place throughout Uptown, where several streets are closed to cars and turned into walking routes to get from stage to stage. Of course it’s not the same because different bands and performers are brought in every year. The festival is still taking shape, but already Everett said they’ve booked some quality acts. The festival highlights the traditional, folk
DON VAPPIE AND THE CREOLE JAZZ SERENADERS — a group performing New Orleans jazz — are featured in this year’s lineup for the Montana Folk Festival. See FOLK, Page 17
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In its 11th year, Evel Knievel Days 2012 is expected to offer full-throttle entertainment for those visiting the Mining City from across the nation. Evel Days kicks off at noon Thursday, July 26, and continues until midnight on Saturday, July 28. â€œKidsâ€™ Dayâ€? is featured throughout Thursday in addition to numerous daredevil acts, street vendors and other attractions, said Chad Harrington, the eventâ€™s executive director. Returning to the event is the freestyle motocross course, the Wall of Death and a wide range of other high-flying stunts, he said. Event organizers are working now to square away details for the event, which honors Butte native and the king of all daredevils, Evel Knievel. A car and bike show runs all day Saturday on West Broadway and Harrington said everyone is invited to wow the crowd with their wheels. â€œBring your pride and joy and show it off,â€? he said. A lineup of bands will take the stage on Montana Street all three nights of the event, with the first two acts performing Thursday evening.
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arts. It seeks to bring in regional music from throughout the United States, Canada and beyond. Last year included a Haitian band that blew away the crowd, and past festivals have featured music styles as varied as gospel, salsa and blues. It doesn’t end there. The festival has featured tango dancers, RUSSIAN FOLK DUO zydeco music and Celtic. This year’s music lineup will be just as diverse. There are performances scheduled including sacred hula dancing, Cape Breton Scottish Celtic music and Congolese soukous, just to name a few. And Everett said they’re still booking bands to come for the festival. This year’s theme will be transportation. The festival will feature displays with the history of how people have and continue to get around, including railroads, horses and automobiles. For more information and a lineup of artists, go to www.montanafolkfestival.com.
Harrington expects another three bands to play Friday, and maybe more on Saturday. And this year’s Evel Knievel Days motorcycle parade is expected to rival past years with more than 350 bikers expected to ride in the parade while also attending the three-day event in conjunction with the Montana H.O.G. (Harley Owner’s Group) Rally. A surprise, nationally known daredevil is expected to perform a record-breaking stunt as well. Evel Knievel Days is a free annual event in Uptown Butte that attracts thousands of spectators from across the FLYING FOOLS High nation and beyond. Online: http://www.knievel- Diving Show set up during last year’s EK Days. days.com
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JUNE 22-23 — National Sr. Pro Rodeo, local rodeo stars, Beaverhead County Fairgrounds, Dillon, 683-5511. 23 — Ride Around The Pioneers In One Day (RATPOD), a one-day, 130-mile bicycle ride to benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream, a costfree, medical camp for young people with cancer. Riders are encouraged to raise donations. The ride starts and ends at the University of Montana Western, Dillon; call 406-549-5987; www.ratpod.org. 30-Oct. 6 — Dillon Farmers Market offers locally grown produce, locally prepared food specialties from 9 to 1 p.m. Saturdays, at 20 Montana St.; call 498-6198.
LINDSAY WILSEY of Dillon, above, and her horse warm up for the Ranch Team Sorting competition during Montana’s Biggest Weekend 2011 in Dillon.
JULY 2 — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Twelfth Night” at 6 p.m. in Jaycee Park. This comedy of wild infatuation among young lovers and mistaken identities is set on the rocky coast of Illyria. Call 994-3901. 7 — Jackson, in the Big Hole Valley, holds Old Timer’s Day with street games, live entertainment, children’s games and hot springs pool, call 834-3264. 21 — Demolition Derby, sponsored by the Dillon Jaycees, kicks off with a parade at 2 p.m. followed the destruction of all competitor’s cars for fun and prize money at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds; main event, grudge match, heat match, powder puff, and Herbie competition; call 683-5771. 27-29 — Wisdom Gun Show, is held inside the Masonic Temple, the Wisdom Community Building and on the streets with gun sales, flea market, barbecue, street dance. A Schuetzen Competition is 1 p.m. Saturday at shooting range. Music is Friday and Saturday night at the Antler’s Saloon. Call 832-3188.
AUGUST 11 — Big Hole National Battlefield (10 miles west of Wisdom) commemorates the Big Hole Battle beginning about 10 a.m. Nez Perce veterans and tribal elders will honor all
AT LEFT, CHANCE ATKINSON of Dillon awaits final word from the judge on his sheep at the Beaverhead County Fair. PHOTOS BY WALLY FELDT / DODGER BLUE CREATIVE
29-Sept. 3 — Beaverhead County Fair, Dillon. The fairgrounds are busy with arena events, 4-H livestock show, vendors, exhibits, karaoke, Thomas Carnival Co., and two PRCA rodeos and outdoor concert. Call 9253645.
who have fought and died on the battlefield through pipe and empty saddle ceremonies. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free; (406) 689-3155 25 — Big Hole Cow Pasture Golf Tournament is held in a pasture near Wisdom and features a golf car parade, prizes for the most original cart and original attire, prizes for the closest to the hole, longest drive and first and last place, call 689-3260.
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1-3 — “Montana’s Biggest Weekend” offers the county fair, the Dillon Jaycee rodeos, big name concert, county fair, National Pro Rodeo, and Jaycee’s Labor Day Float Parade. The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival featuring local and regional artists is 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 to 2 p.m. Monday in Depot Park in Dillon, call 683-5511. 14-16 — University of Montana Western holds its annual Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Competition, approved by the U.S. and Montana Hunter Jumper associations, and American Paint Horse Association, at J&S Sportshorse Arena in Dillon, call 660-0558. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
Bannack State Park 2012 Saturday series All programs are free. Out-of-state vehicles pay $5 park admission; 834-3413.
JUNE 2 — “Classic Country,” 7 p.m., Jerry Burtts, Ross Stocker and friends perform classic country, western and gospel tunes. 9 — “Living With the Land,” 2 p.m., Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer, an Annishinaabe tribal member describes the American Indian struggle for survival in often harsh conditions, triumph over hardships, and spiritual and creative achievements. 16 — “An Evening of Cowboy Poetry,” 7 p.m., features Rick Kuntz, Val Prophet and Ron Russell. 23 — “Henry Plummer Speaks,” 2 p.m., Sterling Schmidt gives his first person presentation. Was Henry Plummer the worst road agent in western history? Or, was he robbed at the gallows by a politically motivated lynch mob? Hear his side of the story. 30 — “Mountain Moongrass,” 7 p.m. This 6-piece, high energy string band from Butte performs their old country and bluegrass tunes and originals.
PEOPLE GATHER inside a new shelter, above, dedicated in April at Bannack State Park. TOP PHOTO: A RE-ENACTMENT of a shootout is played during Bannack Days in this file photo.
7 — “Montana’s Fish and Aquatic Species,” 2 p.m. Fisheries biologist Matt Jaeger of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks offers a look at fish and other life in Grasshopper Creek. Kids will help electroshock fish. 14 — “Prairie Rose,” 7 p.m. This Helena group sings and plays bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo and Dobro. 21-22 — “Bannack Days” celebrates Bannack’s sesquicentennial with traditional music, skill and craft demonstrations, gold panning, gunfights, food and more. 28 — “Mark Twain in Montana,” 2 p.m. Michael Delaney tells of Twain’s breakfast with the notorious Virginia City desperado Bad Jack Slade who was later hanged by the Vigilantes. Twain survived the encounter and later returned to Montana on a worldwide lecture tour.
that year of the Homestead Act that promised another kind of riches. Find out where the prospectors and sodbusters crossed paths and learn who found lasting wealth. 11 — “The Best of Bannack,” 7 p.m. An old fashioned barn dance features the group, The Best of Bannack” composed of musicians who have performed for 25 years in Bannack in a fun-filled evening of dancing in the new shelter. 18 — “Rattlesnakes!” 2 p.m. Frightening and misunderstood, learn the truth about these fascinating animals from expert Roger Siemens. You can safely get up close and personal with live rattlesnakes. 25 — “Mountain Gospel Express” 7 p.m. Back from Arizona by popular demand, don’t miss this energetic four-piece band for an evening of “foot-stomping, hand-clapping” gospel bluegrass music.
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Beaverhead County attractions BEAVERHEAD COUNTY MUSEUM A log structure at 15 S. Montana St., housing artifacts and photos of area history, Lewis and Clark exhibit and natural history exhibit. Walking tour maps available. Times: 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Phone: 683-5027.
WESTERN MONTANA COLLEGE MUSEUM AND GALLERY The campus houses a gallery/museum that features traveling exhibits. Location: 710 S. Atlantic St. Phone: 683-7201.
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abor Day Weekend in Dillon — “Montana’s Biggest Weekend” — offers the county fair, the Dillon Jaycee rodeos, big name concert, county fair, National Pro Rodeo, and Jaycee’s Labor Day Float Parade. The Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival featuring local and regional artists runs from 10 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 to 2 p.m. Monday in Depot Park in Dillon. PRCA Rodeo and concert will be at the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, with a Labor Day Parade in downtown Dillon on Monday morning at 10. The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Dillon Jaycees are bringing another first rate concert to Dillon this year. Rodney Ackins, country music superstar will be on the stage, with opening act Morgan Frazier. The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday. Advanced tickets are $20 for general admission. The day of the show, thickets are $25. Ticket sales start Saturday July 28, 2012 8 am - 5 pm at the JC Building-Beaverhead County Fairgrounds This year, tickets will also be available online beginning Monday July 30 at 12:01 am. Follow our link from our tickets sales button under the “Ticket Sales” heading at dillonjaycees.com. Tickets will be on sale at the Interpretive Center, 10 W. Reeder St., Dillon, on Thursdays and Fridays starting Aug. 2 through Aug. 23. Sales continue during the Fair at the JC Building, staring Thursday, Aug. 30. Call 683-5771 for more information. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
The site of Montana’s first major gold discovery in 1862. Located CLARK CANYON RESERVOIR 5 miles south of Dillon on Interstate 15, then 21 miles west on Secondary 278, then 4 miles south on county gravel road. This park is open year-round, weather permitting. Features: information center, RV and tent camping, picnic areas, fishing, disabled access. A summer highlight is Bannack Days, July 21-22, a celebration of pioneer life, music, demonstrations, talks, skits, poetry. Call 834-3413.
CRYSTAL PARK From Dillon, go south on Interstate 15 to Highway 278, west to National Forest Scenic Byway. Features picnicking and digging for quartz crystals and amethyst. Time: opens in June depending on weather. Phone: 683-3900.
BIG HOLE NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD The battlefield is a memorial to the people who fought and died there Aug. 9-10, 1877, combatants in a five-month conflict that came to be called the Nez Perce War. Army troops under the command of Gen. Oliver Howard attacked the Nez Perce camp before dawn. Some 60 Nez Perce were killed and 29 soldiers.
CHARCOAL KILNS The kilns are located in Canyon Creek, west of Melrose, and produced charcoal for smelting silver and other metals at Hecla Consolidated Mining Co.’s nearby Glendale smelter.
COOLIDGE This (now-ghost town) was developed in the 1920s around the impressive Elkhorn Mill. A narrow gauge railway carried ore to Divide and the Oregon Shortline Railway for shipment out of state.
RED ROCK LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The refuge is 85 miles southeast of Dillon in the stunning expanse of the Centennial Valley, a one-time main route to Yellowstone National Park from the railroad at Monida. The refuge’s lakes and marshes became a haven for the trumpeter swan — once threatened with extinction.
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Jefferson County calendar JUNE 2-Sept. 29 — Whitehall Farmers’ Market is open from 9 to noon Saturdays and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, offering produce and crafts, 200 W. Legion Ave., Whitehall, 490-3437. 16 — Citywide Garage Sale in Boulder, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps of garage sale locations are available at area businesses on Main Street in Boulder, 465-2106. 28-30 — Headwaters Country Jam at “The Bridge” near Three Forks Thursday: Joe Nichols, Justin Moore. Friday: Aaron Tippin, Kentucky Headhunters, JT Hodges. Saturday: Joe Diffie, TBA, Frankie Ballard. Regional bands: Teka Brock Band, 10ft Tall and 80 Proof, Western Skies, Myra Pearce, Bad Intentions, Plowed Under, The O Connell Band, Plum Tuckered Out. To purchase tickets by phone call the Butte Civic Center Box Office (800) 555-8989. Weekend package: $260 includes 2 adult tickets and 1 campsite. 3-day ticket: $120. 1 day: $50. Children 12 and under are free. www.headwaterscountryjam.com
JULY 7-Sept. 29 — Boulder Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Boulder City Park, 225-3164 — bedding plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and baked goods, and crafts. 27-28 — Whitehall Frontier Days, an annual celebration of life in the west — parade, community barbecue, horse pasture golf, talent show, Miss Frontier Days Competition, car show, rod run, rodeo, craft show, stick horse rodeo, four-wheel drive event, kids fishing derby and street dance, 287-2260.
AUGUST 10-12 — Rockin' the Rivers @ The Bridge concert. Friday: Ed Kowalczyk, former lead singer of Live; Candlebox; Sick Puppies; Kenny James Miller Band; Airstream Safari; Randy Hansen. Saturday: Cinderella, Kix, Rocksugar, Adrian and the Sickness, Jared Stewart, Appetite for Deception. Sunday: Kenny Loggins, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Pure Prairie League, Whiskey River “America’s No. 1 Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band,” Blue Jack, Pinky and the Floyd. Lineup is subject to change. Directions: located on Montana Highway 2 - four miles east of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Single day tickets $55/$65 at the gate. 3-day pass $140/$165 at the gate.VIP $290/$315 at the gate. Campsites $65/$75. 1 Night camping $25 at the gate only. Day parking $5. 285-0099, (866) 285-0097. 12 — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Twelfth Night,” a comedy of wild infatuation and mistaken identities, at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Boulder, 994-3901. 23-26 — Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, 21 Whitetail Road, in Boulder. Music, exhibits, contests, concessions and carousel are Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday there is a parade at noon, baked goods auction, barbecue and barn dance. Thursday is the InCounty Rodeo with contestants from Jefferson County and Friday is the Bi-County Rodeo with contestants from Jefferson and Lewis and Clark counties. Saturday and Sunday is the Northern Rodeo Association rodeo that brings top contestants to compete on professional rodeo stock, 225-4025. 25 — Boulder Car Show offers about 100 cars at Veterans Park off Main Street in Boulder, music, concessions, poker walk and more. Registration is 9-11:30 a.m.; judging is 1-2 p.m.; awards are 3 p.m. Call 465-2106.
SEPTEMBER 5 — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Hamlet” at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Whitehall school, 994-3901.
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PEOPLE SHOP at the Boulder Farmer's Market last summer at a stand that sells food grown by local schoolchildren.
Jefferson County attractions BOULDER HOT SPRINGS This resort hotel dating from the 1800s, just south of the town of Boulder has indoor and outdoor pools for soaking and swimming. It offers massage, hiking, and wildlife viewing. It provides a place for group retreats, meetings, family reunions, and weddings. Call 225-4339 or go to www.boulderhotsprings.com.
ELKHORN STATE PARK The town of Elkhorn had a population of 2,500 in the 1880s until the drop in silver prices ended its boom. Left behind were two impressive structures, Fraternity Hall and Gillian Hall, which have been preserved as outstanding examples of frontier architecture. They are the only two buildings in town that AN EXHIBIT featuring Lee are publicly owned. It can be reached from Boulder off Silliman’s work called “The Other of I-15. Go 7 miles south on Yellowstone” was featured in March at the Jefferson County Highway 69, left over a small bridge then right onto Museum in Clancy. gravel road 13 miles, bearing left at each of two forks in the road.
JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM, CLANCY The museum, located in an 1890s school, has two large galleries one on county history with exhibits on mining, ranching and railroading and the second showing traveling exhibits. The address is 9 N. Main St., Clancy. Call 933-5528 for details.
JEFFERSON VALLEY MUSEUM, WHITEHALL The museum is located at 303 S. Division St. in a former dairy barn. It contains photographs and artifacts depicting domestic life, the area railroads, military service, farm life and a genealogical service. Open noon to 4 p.m. daily except Monday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 287-7813. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
Anaconda calendar St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival
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Area events JUNE 16-17 — Anaconda Bicycle Festival. Saturday: Pedal the Pintlers, 8 a.m. Washoe Park, 25, 50 or 100-mile rides, from Washoe Park to Georgetown Lake and over Continental Divide via Mill Creek Pass; Turbo Twenty provides riders with shuttle to Georgetown Lake for a downhill ride to Anaconda. Sunday: Competitive Disco Mountain Boogie at Discovery Basin Ski Area, a NORBA race featuring 21, 17, and 11-mile courses; 563-7988.
JULY 6-7 — State fast pitch softball tournament, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Anaconda ball fields, 490-1197. 13 — Anaconda Summer Sidewalk Sale, merchant sales, food vendors, crafts, 563-2400. 12-15 — Goosetown ASA Softball Tournament, Anaconda ball fields — called the Woodstock of softball. For details call 560-1197, http://www.leagulineup.com/welcome.asp?=goosetown, and firstname.lastname@example.org. 20-22 — Art in Washoe Park, 75 juried art and craft booths, food vendors, professional live music. Call Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, 563-2422.
AUGUST 4 — The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Workers, Chance McKinney and Crosswire perform at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Old Works Golf Course in a Rotary Club sponsored concert, 563-3371. 10-11 — The Relay for Life, a team event to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer is held from 7 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Stadium, 728-1004. 14 — Narrators conduct Anaconda’s Historic Bar Tour starting at 6 p.m., call 560-6109.
SEPTEMBER 3 — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Hamlet” at 6 p.m. in the Washoe Park Pavilion, 994-3901. 8 — Red Neck Rodeo at Anaconda Saddle Club, west of Anaconda. Gates open at 4 p.m., call 563-7972. 29 — Oktoberfest is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Copper City Museum and Arts Center, 401 E. Commercial Ave., with German food, beer garden, live music and farmers market, 563-2422. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
The 17th season of St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival offers four concerts and a bonus, free concert. Concerts are held in St. Timothy’s Chapel at Southern Cross which offers beautiful views of the Anaconda Range in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and Georgetown Lake below. All concerts begin at 4 p.m. Sundays. June 17 — The Gallatin Woodwind Quintet opens the season with a free concert thanks to a grant from Bozeman Symphony’s Far Afield Outreach program. Founding members (1972) include Karen Leech, flute; Lorna Nelson, oboe and English horn; and Alan Leech, bassoon. Additional members are Mary Ann Jacobson, clarinet, and Greg Notess, French horn. The repertoire includes the early GALLATIN WOODWIND QUINTET classics from Danzi and Reicha up through music written especially for the quintet. July 15 — Members of the Muir String Quartet and Guests is a perrennial favorite at St. Timothy’s. Members include William Fedkenheuer, violin; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Michele Levin, pianist; Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon; Michael Reynolds, cello and music director for St. Timothy’s festival; and Peter Zazofsky, violin. July 22 — Classical guitarist Michael Partington has performed internationally as a soloist and with ensemble to unanimous critical praise. He has appeared throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Scandanavia in solo recital, with orchestra and in chamber ensembles. Aug. 5 — The New Big Sky Singers met while students at the University of Montana in 1966 and formed a folk group. The ensemble has reunited almost every summer for the past 14 years often touring western Montana. Rob Quist, a native of Cut Bank has continued to perform, compose, tour and THE NEW BIG SKY SINGERS record with Mission Mountain Wood Band, Montana Band and Great Northern. Don Collins, a Missoula native, is an opera singer and actor. Don MacDonald is the driving force behind New Big Sky Singers and Gary Funk is in his 14th year as director of choral activities at UM. Aug. 19 — The Werner Quartet is composed of young musicians, Andree, Mariel, Lucien, and Helene Werner who are siblings and are often traveling the globe making music. Season tickets for the four concerts are $60 adult. Individual concerts are $15 adult and $10. For details call (888) 407-4071, Ext. 1 for tickets and Ext. 2 for concert information; email email@example.com; and P.O. Box 1154, Anaconda, MT 59711.
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Bike fest to benefit Washoe Park BY GEORGE PLAVEN of The Montana Standard
ANACONDA — From high up in the mountains to down by the Big Hole River, Anaconda Bicycle Festival leaves little scenery to the imagination. The two-day fundraiser includes both road and off-road rides all around the Smelter City, with proceeds to benefit the local Washoe Park Foundation. Events kick off Saturday, June 16, with the flagship 25, 50 or 100-mile “Pedal the Pintlers” tour. The full route begins west on Highway 1, looping Georgetown Lake before running back east to Mill Creek Road, over the Continental Divide and into the Big Hole Valley. The Bill Lee Memorial “Turbo 20” shuttles cyclists up to the lake for an all-downhill cruise back through town. Bus service is provided courtesy of Tucker Transportation. Tracey Thun, Washoe Park Foundation co-chair, said they have attracted cyclists from across Montana since starting the
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Registration for “Pedal the Pintlers” and the Bill Lee Memorial “Turbo 20” is $45, which includes a T-shirt, lunch and rest stops along the route. Rides start at 8 a.m. June 16, except for the “Turbo 20,” which loads at 9 a.m. Registration for the Disco Mountain Boogie is $20 with a NORBA license, and $25 without a NORBA license. The ride starts at 11 a.m. June 17 from Discovery Ski Area. More information and advance registration are available at www.anaconda bikefest.com.
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Anaconda attractions ALIVE AFTER FIVE This weekly summer gathering at Durston Park, Main and Park, is held from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays beginning June 1, and offers music, food, crafts and children’s entertainment through the summer. For information on volunteering, vendors or to become a season sponsor, contact Dona Simmons at 560-6109.
COPPER VILLAGE MUSEUM AND ARTS CENTER Located in Anaconda’s former city hall, the art center gallery shows a monthly exhibit. The museum contains Anaconda Co. records, community artifacts and a large photo collection. Location: 401 E. Commercial Ave. 563-2220.
VINTAGE BUS TOUR OF HISTORIC ANACONDA Departs from Anaconda Visitor’s Center, 306 E. Park Ave. 563-2400.
HEARST FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY The library was a gift in 1898 to the people of Anaconda from Phoebe Hearst, the wife of U.S. Sen. George Hearst of California, a successful investor in Marcus Daly’s mines and smelters. Her son was William Randolph Hearst of newspaper fame. The building retains its original beauty and fixtures with the second floor rooms lit by electric chandeliers that could have been also used for gas light. Open Monday through Saturday, 563-6932.
SMELTER STACK The largest round, brick smokestack in North America, the stack stands 585 feet tall. It is the remainder of the Anaconda Co.’s Washoe Smelter. The stack was built in 1918 and is a state historic park. Locations: you can see it from anywhere in Anaconda. A truncated mock-up of the stack is located at the east end of Fourth Street near the former smelter gate.
ANACONDA CO. SMELTER STACK WASHOE PARK TROUT HATCHERY The hatchery is oldest in the state and started (1907) with help from the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The hatchery has raised Arctic grayling, westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, golden trout, lake trout and brown trout. It now manages Montana’s only westslope cutthroat broodstock, producing more than one million eggs per year. Call 563-2531 for details and tours.
WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC ANACONDA Maps available at Anaconda Visitor’s Center, 306 E. Park Ave.
LOST CREEK STATE PARK Lost Creek Falls, 50 feet high, is set in a glaciated canyon of limestone and granite cliffs populated with mountain goats and big horn sheep. Location: 1.5 miles east of Anaconda on Montana 1, then 2 miles north on Secondary 273, then 6 miles west. Features: camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, rest rooms, disabled access.
MOUNT HAGGIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA The area, located about 10 miles south of Anaconda, is reached by Route 274. It crosses the Continental Divide through Mill Creek Pass into the Big Hole River drainage with views of the Anaconda Range and opportunities to view moose, elk, deer, antelope, black bear, birds, beaver, muskrat, mink, martens and coyotes.
PINTLER SCENIC ROUTE This loop on Montana 1 runs through Anaconda, Georgetown Lake, the Flint Creek Range and Philipsburg to Drummond. Maps are available at the Anaconda Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, 306 E. Park Ave., 563-2400.
WASHOE PARK The Anaconda Copper Mining Co. started the park in 1906 on the northern edge of Anaconda. It has a state fish hatchery, swimming pool, baseball field, new tennis courts, flower beds, playground and picnic areas, duck pond, horseshoe pits, volley ball court, with the crystal waters of Warm Springs Creek flowing through its midst. Benny Goodman Park on the east side of the city has a skateboard park.
COPPER CHUTE SLIDE Anaconda’s newest attraction is a super slide at Charlotte Yeoman Martin Complex on the northeast edge of town. The slide starts atop a 40-foot mound and undulates for 140 feet to the bottom. It’s for children of all ages and is free.
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park see cave formations out of the cave and actually touch and handle them, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS All start at 8 p.m. except where indicated. Call 287-3541 for details.
JULY 5 — “Our First State Park,” a historic look at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 8 p.m. 12 — TBA, 8 p.m. 19 — “Sagebrush Country” a comprehensive look at one of our most iconic plants, 8 p.m. 26 — “Geology’s Fault,” a look at why certain rocks are here, and what makes our landscape the way it is, 8 p.m.
JUNE 8 — “What’s Shaking? Earthquakes and Faults in Montana” is led by Mike Stickney from the Montana Bureau of Mines. 15 — “Some Favorite Montana Tales,” led by Hal Stearns, a teacher and historian. 22 — “History of Cattle Ranching in the West,” Lyndel Meikle of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. 29 — “A Visit with Theodore Roosevelt,” by Arch Ellwein, a historian and actor.
JULY 6 — “Songs We Used to Sing,” led by Janet Zimmerman, a musician. A night walk, “Things that go Bump” in the night begins at 9:15 p.m. with a stroll up the park’s main road to listen to the sounds of the night and find out who makes which night sound and also get a chance to observe hunting bats, campground parking area. 13 — “Hope Etched in Stone: the CCC Legacy,” Ken Soderberg of the Montana State Parks. 20 — “Montana Ghost Stories,” Ellen Baumler of the Montana Historical Society. 27 — “Traditional Blacksmithing,” Harry Black of Boise Blacksmith.
AUGUST 3 — “Mining History in Montana,” Delores Cooney of the World Museum of Mining. 10 — “Bat Week,” Brych Maxwell, a zoologist with the Montana National Heritage Program. 17 — “Singing the Lewis and Clark Legacy,” Neal Lewing of Black Paw Music. 24 — “Stargazing Under the Caverns Sky,” 6:30 p.m., Tom Satterly returns for his 7th year with educational programs followed by a chance to check out the night sky through reflective telescopes. 31 — “All Roads Lead to Butte,” by Tom Satterly, an interpretive instructor.
2012 RANGER PROGRAMS, HIKES This list includes all staff programs and special park events and brief descriptions of most of the programs. Call 287-3541 for details.
Saturday Guided Naturalist Hikes: MAY 26 — “The Early Birds,” come see the who’s who of early season birds, 9 a.m. 27 — “Nature Loop,” the park’s rare damp area with larkspur, fairy bells and others, 10 a.m.
JUNE 2 — “National Trails Day,” offers volunteers a chance to help maintain a trail system that has come under acclaim from the community and is seeing heavier use each year, 9 a.m. 9 — “Birding Day,” walks throughout the day to habitats to see different park birds, 8 a.m. 16 — “Off the Beaten Path,” a walk out to the overlook on the Middleview Trail, 10 a.m. 23 — “Petal, Prairie, Pine,” the annual day for plants starts at 9 a.m. with activities throughout the day, a plant ID session follows at 10 a.m. with WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
a hike to see our state flower, the bitterroot. 30 — “Plants of Lewis and Clark,” mockorange, the prickly pear and more, 5 p.m.
JULY 4 — “The State Flower,” a hike to see our State Flower, the bitterroot, and many others, 9 a.m. 6 — “Things that Go Bump” is a night walk that begins at 9:15 p.m, campground parking area. 7 — “The Oasis,” a return to the nature loop for some late season birding and midsummer blooms, 9 a.m. 14 — TBA 21 — “Sheep Gulch,” the most rugged hike of the year goes off-trail to see a chunk of the park that is completely undeveloped, 9 a.m. 28 — “Riverside Stroll,” offers a walk along the Jefferson River, one of the park’s life centers, 9:30 p.m. “Meteor Shower Night,” looks for the Delta-Aquarid shower, one of the summer’s biggest, campground parking area at 9:15 p.m.
AUGUST 4 — No walk this week 11 — “The Night White and the Bats,” one of the park’s largest flowers, white blazing star, blooms late season, and after the sun has left its petals and bats will be out for the evening hunt, 8 p.m. “Meteor Shower Night,” looks for the famed Perseid shower which peaks the last night of bat week for a night walk of many aspects. Campground main parking area, 9:15 p.m. 18 — “Top O’ the Mountain to Ya,” offers a walk to the cave entrance, 9 to 11 a.m. 25 — “Along the Jeff,” a walk along the banks of the Jefferson River to see late season flowers, 10:30 a.m.
SEPTEMBER 15 — Year End Slideshow, 5 to 7 p.m.
THURSDAY NIGHT RANGER PROGRAMS Call 287-3541 for details.
MAY 31 — “First Bat Program,” tour reservations and admission tickets are required, 6:30 p.m.
JUNE 7 — “Can I Eat This?” medicinal toxic and edible plants of the park, 8 p.m. 14 — “Who’s that Calling?” birds and their songs at Lewis and Clark Caverns, 8 p.m. 21 — “Snakes!” that’s right, there are snakes in the park and most are good to have, 8 p.m. 28 — “Cave Rocks in a New Light,” a chance to
2 — “Lewis and Clark Were Here!” they may not have found the cave, but on this day 207 years ago the expedition set many feet on the ground that is today Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, 8 p.m. 9 — “The Misunderstood Bat!” part of bat week celebration offers a discussion on Montana bats and the problems they face, 8 p.m. 16 — “The Amazing Atlatl,” a crowd favorite, this hands-on program gives some background information on the atlatl, and a chance for everyone to try their hand at the world’s first compound weapon, 8 p.m. 23 — “Bats Abroad,” discusses white nose syndrome and bats across North America, 8 p.m. 30 — “Can I Eat this Now?” a look at late season plants and some of the fruit now on those early season veggies as we get to “harvest time,” 8 p.m.
SATURDAY ARTS AND ACTIVITIES The majority will be offered by guest presenters. Call 287-3541 for details. May 26 — “The Amazing Atlatl,” Park Ranger Tom Forwood breaks out atlatls and offers people the chance to try these ancient weapons, 7 p.m. June 16 — “Wildlife Art and Etchings,” Barbara Cornely, who works in oil and scratch etchings, will demonstrate her craft and talk about wildlife, 2 p.m., at the Cave Visitor Center. June 23 — “Plant Lore and More,” herbalist and medical botanist Robyn Klein of Bozeman applies plant science to the study of medicinal plants and explores the stories and folklore of plants. Call for time. June 30 — “Montana: Real Place, Real People,” introduces exceptional Montana people through the collaboration of author Alan Kesselheim and photographer Thomas Lee, 7:30 p.m. July 7 — “Flyfishing on the Jefferson” offers an afternoon demonstration of the art of flyfishing. Tom Forwood will cover the basics of equipment, casting, and more including a bit of information on the river itself. Meet at the park’s fishing access site, 1 mile west of the campground on Montana Highway 2 at 2 p.m. July 14 — “Creating Lewis and Clark,” sculptor David Lemon, of Ennis, creates a bust of the explorers during an afternoon session on the Cave Visitor Center porch, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 28 — “Traditional Blacksmithing,” Harry Black, a self-taught blacksmith and bladesmith, skilled in making hand-forged iron works and knives, including Bowie knives and his specialty Damascus blades, will demonstrate his work throughout the afternoon.
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Helena calendar of events Farmers Market
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April 28-Dec. 15 — Helena Farmers Market. For more than 38 years, local farmers, craftspeople, and food vendors have brought their Montana-made products downtown for this Helena favorite held Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April through October: Located between Neil and Lawrence on Fuller Avenue, adjacent to Women’s Park. October through December, located at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds. Visit http://www.helenafarmersmarket.com or call 449-7446.
Alive @ Five May16-Aug. 29 — Each Wednesday from May through September from 5-9 p.m. a different downtown Helena block plays host to entertainment, food and beverages. A family friendly event, visit http://www.downtownhelena.com or call 447-1535 for schedules and venues.
JUNE 8-9 — Governor’s Cup Road Race This family-friendly competition is fun for participants of all ages and abilities. Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, the weekend begins with a preevent package pick-up and Race Expo on Friday. Road races held Saturday include the Fun One Mile, half-marathon, 5K, 10K and the Stuart Brownlow Challenge, a Special Olympics/Physically Challenged event. Register online at www.govcupmt.com or call toll free (800) 447-7828 ext. 7990 for information. 2 — The Queen City Triathlon. This East Helena sprint distance triathlon is held at JFK Park and is geared towards beginners. The race starts with a 1,000 yard pool swim, followed by a flat 12-mile bike course, and ends with a 3- mile run on a packed dirt path. Sponsored by the Big Sky Cycling Race Team. Visit www.bigskybikes.com for information. 17-24 — Helena Choral Week. Free miniconcerts featuring guest artists are held Mon. Tues., Thurs, and Fri. at noon at the Myrna Loy Center and on Wed. at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral. Classes and lessons are offered daily Email musikantenMT@aol.com or call 933-5246.
JULY 1 — Spring Meadow Triathlon. Located at the Spring Meadow Lake State Park just west of Helena participants can swim in a small lake, bike a rolling 2-lane paved road, and run a flat course on a trail, dirt road and pavement. Youth 16 to 19 are encouraged to enter the USAT Junior Development Series Sprint race. Advance registration
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TWO PARTICIPANTS await the start of the fashion show during last year’s Montana Wild West Fest at Kleffner Ranch. only, for schedule/details visit www.imathlete.com/events/springmeadowtri. 14 — One Helena Hundred. This Helena Bicycle Club’s annual century ride includes a traditional century ride (100 miles) and a metric century ride (100 kilometers/62 miles). All rides begin in Cascade and extend outward to the north, south and east. For details, call (406) 868-2534, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.helenabicycleclub.org. 14 — Cardboard Cup Regatta. This family fun event sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Spring Meadow Resources is held at Spring Meadow Lake. Participants can build a boat of any size from corrugated cardboard and pass a boat inspection before the race. The only other rule is to have fun. Visit http://www.springmeadowresources.org, Email email@example.com or call 443-2376 for details. 25-29 — Last Chance Stampede and Fair The Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds is the place to go for fun this four-day event with parades, a carnival, three nights of rodeo action, 4H livestock sale, demolition derby and an equine exhibit. Family fun with
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10-12 — Montana Wild West Fest. This celebration of All Things Western is held at the historic Kleffner Ranch, 5 miles east of Helena. Expect to see frontier craftsmen, gunslinger shows, and eat hearty western fare. Other activities include wagon rides, western merchandise, arts and entertainment, a quilt show, a classic car and motorcycle show and a Chuck wagon Cook-off. Voted Best Western Festival in Montana by True West Magazine. Visit montanalivinghistory.org or call 458-3700. 11-12 — Double Divide Ride. Cycle 139 miles in two days through rolling hills, tranquil valleys and challenging mountain passes. On day one riders travel 83 miles from Helena to Lincoln over MacDonald Pass. Day two is a 56 mile ride over Flesher Pass and back to Helena. Also famous for its fabulous food, riders won’t run short on calories. Call 439-0679, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.helenabicycleclub.org. 16-19 — Western Rendezvous of Art. This 34th annual art Rendezvous features some of the nations’ premier contemporary artists. Held at venues in and around Helena, the event features an art exhibition and sale, art seminar and tour, artists’ reception; awards banquet, Quick Draw and auction. Visit http://www.westrendart.org or call 444-4713.
SEPTEMBER 28-30 — The Last Chance Community Pow Wow. The annual pow wow is a spiritual celebration where people join together in dancing, singing, visiting old friends, and making new ones. This free event is held at the end of Native American Week in September. Call 439-5631, Email email@example.com or visit www.lccpwhelena.com for details.
Marysville July 14 — Annual Marysville Picnic A family favorite, admission is free to this event that includes exhibitors, gold panning, live entertainment, vendors, arts and crafts, games, contests and a live auction. Visit the snack bar for grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, beer or ice cream, but save room for the baron of beef dinner with all the trimmings. For more information call 449-0222 for email firstname.lastname@example.org. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
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MAY 25 - Sept. 22 — Brewery Follies. (800) 829-2969 26-28 — Living History Weekend: Gold Discovery, William Fairweather and the Discovery Party recreate striking gold in Alder Gulch. Nevada City features living skills in the early territorial days, blacksmithing, historic food programs, gaming and more. For details call the Montana Heritage Commission at 843-5247. 26 — Spring Horseback Poker Ride, registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Bale of Hay Saloon. Admission fee is $15 per rider and includes a meal after the ride. First and last card is given at the Bale. Non-riders may take a Poker Walk around Virginia City, call 843-5700. Summer kick-off parade is 1:30 p.m. Thompson-Hickman Museum/Visitors Center opens, call 843-5238.
JUNE 2 — Virginia City Players opens with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” followed by vaudeville acts, (800) 829-2969. 2-3 — LHW: Nevada City interpreters recreate the Shooting of Deputy Dillingham, one of Sheriff Henry Plummer’s deputies, 843-5247. 8-10 — Irish Weekend in Virginia City, call Joe Calnan 933-5759, email@example.com. Farmers market is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., organic artisan breads from an outdoor brick oven, chocolate mocha cake and Chinese almond cookies, homemade jams, organic local seeds, fresh local eggs, organically grown garlic, local honey and more. 9-10 — LHW: The George Ives Trial and Hanging are recreated in Nevada City, 843-5247. 15 — White Trash Bash at Bale of Hay Saloon, 843-5700, www.baleofhaysaloon.com. 16-17 — LHW: Witness the formation of the Montana Vigilantes and find out inside information about the organization, 843-5247. 23-24 — LHW: Civil War in Alder Gulch. Discover what impact Montana’s richest gold strike had on the Civil War. Saturday night lantern tour of Nevada City shows what night life was like in a gold rush town, 843-5247. 30-July 2 — LHW: Old Fashioned Fourth of July — Nevada City interpreters offer 19th century contests; bring a picnic lunch, historic skills, demonstrations, foods and more, 843-5247.
VIRGINIA CITY CIRCA 1979 AUGUST 4-5 — LHW: Placer Gold! Discover how to find gold, learn to pan. 4 — Open air concert 10-12 — Virginia City Art Show. Fine art from Montana and the Northwest on the boardwalks and in the VC Community Center; Friday 9 a.m.-5 pm; Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Quick draw (art in 1 hour) & Auction is 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Elks Lodge, admission is $5, with snacks provided, cocktails available.
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JULY 4 — Fireworks display at dusk. 7 — Kid’s Fishing Derby, 843-5504. 7-8 — LHW: Alder Gulch Legends. Discover the myths and facts about the early settlement of Montana, 843-5247. 14-15 — LHW: The Capture of Steve Marshland. Find out what happened to one of the road agents, after the failed robbery of the Moody train, when the Vigilantes caught up with him, 843-5247. Saturday is farmers market, see above. 21 — Dog & Grog. Montana Microbrew Festival, Bale of Hay Saloon, www.baleofhaysaloon.com. 21-22 — LHW: Vigilante Double Cross. Learn more about Vigilante justice. Nevada City lantern tour Saturday night shows what life was like at night in a gold rush town, 843-5247. 28-29 — LHW: Miner’s Court. Take part in the miner’s court and discover how claims were settled, 843-5247. 29-Aug. 4 — Hands on History Camp, Virginia City. Montana Heritage Commission sponsors a residential history camp for young people, including a personal history research project, history and stories from the Alder Gulch area, and some fun hands-on living history projects. The fee includes five nights lodging, meals, activities, supplies, instruction, a train ride, and performance at the Opera House. Call 843-5247. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
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Virginia City ... Continued from Page 31 11-12 — LHW: Beans, Bacon and Bannock Bread. Try the miner’s diet and help prepare foods of the gold rush era, 843-5247. 17 — Prelude of events leading to the Grand Victorian Ball, call 682-4935; living history in Nevada City; High Tea at the Bennett House (no charge, but reservations are
required); 7 p.m. curtain Opera House for Virginia City Players. 18 — Grand Victorian Ball for Peace (1865) in VC Community Center; costumed dancers promenade at 7 p.m. on Wallace Street; grand march at 7:30 p.m.; everyone is invited to participate and era clothing is requested; live music provided; tickets by reservation only. Dance lessons are offered from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Center. Light repast at 9:30 p.m , last waltz 11-11:30 p.m. Costume rentals at Rank’s Mercantile, 843-5454.
18-19 — LHW: The Flour Riot. Find out what happens when the miners run out of flour when the freighters can’t get through. Nevada City lantern tour Saturday night shows what life was like at night in a Gold Rush Town, 843-5247. 24-25 — Blues Fest ’12, for details and to reserve weekend packages call Bale of Hay Saloon, 843-5700, www.baleofhaysaloon.com 25-26 — LHW: Women of Alder Gulch — Join with the suffragettes who are working on getting the vote for the women of the camp, or join the opposition if you dare, 843-5247.
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Virginia City Players June 2-July 8 — “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” — This adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella follows the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll’s plunge into darkness as he creates a potion that releases his evil side in the form of Mr. Hyde. The Opera House will transport you back to 19th Century London with detailed sets, period costumes and sleight of hand illusions sure to delight in this exciting, heart-pounding production. July 10-Aug. 5 — “Davy Crockett! Be Sure Yer Right, Then Go Ahead!” by Bill Koch. When the evil Oscar Crampton devises a plan to marry the young Eleanor Vaughn in order to inherit an undiscovered fortune, Davy Crockett is heartbroken, for Eleanor is the love of his life. Davy sets out on a journey, aided by a cast of bumbling characters, to discover the truth and stop the wedding before it is too late. Aug. 7-Sept. 2 — “Seven Keys to Baldpate” by George M. Cohan. Cohan, a legendary vaudevillian, wrote the comedy in 1913 based on the novel by Earl Derr Biggers. It’s the story of novelist William Magee, who makes a bet that he can write a 10,000-word story in 24 hours. He retires to a closed resort in the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter and locks himself in, believing he has the only key to the inn in existence. He soon discovers a band of misfits and criminals continually let themselves in through the front door. Will he ever finish his novel or be framed for murder instead? This family fun adventure is full of ghosts, hermits and mistaken identity. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. The players’ vaudeville variety acts follow the melodrama. Adults are $16; college students, seniors and military $15; children 17 and under $10; and 10 percent off groups of 10 or more; details, (800) 829-2969.
Brewery Follies The Brewery Follies opened its 2012 season on Friday, May 25, in the H.S. Gilbert Brewery in Virginia City. The wacky, fun-filled show is satire, nonsense, foolishness and absurdity. Matinees are 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through June 10. There are no shows Monday and Tuesday May 28-29, June 4-5, and 11-12. The 2012 season’s second new show premieres Wednesday, June 13, with a matinee at 4 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Hilarious comedy shows then run twice daily, seven days a week at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. beginning Wednesday, June 13 through Sunday, Sept. 2. The fall encore season is Sept. 5-Sept. 22 with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Sept. 5-22 with a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are by telephone, (800) 829-2969 Ext. 3. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
Ennis calendar JUNE 17 — Kids Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Sponsored by the Lions Club, the derby starts at 11 a.m. and offers kids under 12 the chance to catch a big fish in a little pond at Lions Club Park, with their Dads acting as coach. Prizes awarded for age groups. Free barbecue at 1 p.m. follows. Visit www.ennischamber.com or call 682-5711.
JULY 3-4 — 4th of July Ennis Rodeo and Parade Sponsored by the Ennis Rodeo Association and sanctioned by the NRA this rodeo attracts top cowboys and cowgirls matched with top rodeo stock. Held at the Ennis Rodeo Ground July 3 at 8 p.m. and July 4 at 2 p.m. Visit www.ennischamber .com or call 682-4700. The 4th of July parade has been since 1935. Starting at 10 a.m. the parade and the crowds get bigger each year and it’s considered one of the best small town parades in Montana. Visit http://ennischamber.com or call 682-4388.
AUGUST 11— Madison Valley Art Festival. Located at Peter T’s park in downtown Ennis, this festival includes juried arts and crafts, area authors signing books, face painting for kids, live music, and food and drink. Art raffle benefits the Ennis Arts Association, the event host. Call 682-4416 or Email:email@example.com. 31-Sept.1 — Fly Fishing Festival. The Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival celebrates fly fishing, the town of Ennis and the Madison River. It includes fishing competitions, skill development seminars, equipment displays, conservation information, entertainment and food. Event supports Madison River Foundation. Visit www.madisonriverfoundation.org or call 682-3148.
Twin Bridges calendar JUNE 16-17 — Annual Father's Day Fly-In at Twin Bridges Airport. See stunt flying and all sorts of fabulous aircraft. Special event for the kids, BBQ pot luck Saturday night, Sunday morning pancake breakfast and pilots’ flying games. Call 684-5335. 26-27 — Twin Bridges National Senior Pro Rodeo, Madison County Fairgrounds, for cowboys and cowgirls 40 and older, 684-5759.
JULY 21 — Floating Flotillas Fish Fantasy, a river parade and community picnic sponsored by the Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce, 684-5678
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27-28 — Montana District 5 High School Rodeo, Legion Rodeo Grounds in Drummond. On Sunday, Cowboy Church is 10 a.m. and Rodeo 1 begins at 1 p.m.; on Monday, Rodeo 2 begins at 9 a.m., a Memorial Day service is 11 a.m., parade at noon, and Rodeo 2 resumes at 1 p.m. Call 288-3016.
5 — St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival presents The New Big Sky Singers at 4 p.m. in St. Timothy’s Chapel, above Georgetown Lake, (888) 407-4071, Ext. 2. 15 — Shakespeare in the Park presents “Hamlet” at 6 p.m. 19 — St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival presents the Werner Quartet in St. Timothy’s Chapel, above Georgetown Lake, (888) 407-4071, Ext. 2. 18 — Toona Trail Run, 30K, call 239-0048. 25 — Philipsburg Summer Concert will offer rock, bluegrass, country and more at the city amphitheater-hockey rink. A new lineup of bands includes American/Russian band, Igor and Red Elvises, Missoula’s Russ Nassett and the Revelators and the return of Kostas and Friends; locally brewed beer and grilled food; gates open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $10 for ages 12-21, under 12 are free; call 691-1459 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Quad Poker Run will be held in Maxville.
JUNE 17 — St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival presents the Gallatin Woodwind Quintet at 4 p.m. in free concert in St. Timothy’s Chapel, above Georgetown Lake. 24 — Celtic Festival, The Shamrockers, Dublin Gulch, and from Ireland, The Dublin City Ramblers. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Concert starts at 2 p.m. 28 — Opera House Theatre opens season, 859-0013. 30 — Garnet Days, an interpretive day in the ghost town of Garnet. Call BLM’s Missoula Field Office, 329-3914.
JULY 4 — Georgetown Lake Independence Day Parade 8 — Drummond PRCA Rodeo, Butch Friede, 288-3479. 15 — St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival
HELMVILLE RODEO presents Members of the Muir String Quartet and Guests at 4 p.m. in St. Timothy’s Chapel, above Georgetown Lake, (888) 407-4071, Ext. 2. 22 — St. Timothy’s Summer Music Festival presents classical guitarist Michael Partington at 4 p.m. in in St. Timothy’s Chapel, above Georgetown Lake, (888) 4074071, Ext. 2. 27 — Flint Creek Valley Days 28 — Flint Creek Valley Days, Fun Run, 1 mile, 5K, and 10K, call 859-3969. 29 — Flint Creek Valley Days, Car Show, 544-7424, 493-2747.
SEPTEMBER 2-3 — Labor Day Rodeo in Helmville. 2 — Opera House Theatre ends its season. 8 — Miner’s Union Picnic, Miner’s Competition, 859-5125.
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VIEW from the balcony of Opera House Theatre.
Opera House Theatre The Opera House Theatre in Philipsburg will perform three productions in repertory Thursdays through Sundays, June 28Sept. 2. Evening performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, matinees are 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. For details call (406) 859-0013 or email email@example.com. Ticket prices are $18 adult and $10 for children 12 and under.
“Your Flake or Mine” This wacky farce written by Jack Sharkey and directed by David Mills-Low is about a greeting card writer, Tony, who compulsively speaks in rhyming couplets. His wife leaves and plans to marry her boss. Tony works to win her back with a no-hard-feelings engagement party when his plans are thrown into chaos with the arrival of visitors and his copy editor. At 7 p.m. June 28, 30, July 7, 13, 19, 28, Aug. 3, 9, 18, 24, 30; at 2 p.m. July 6, 21, 27, Aug. 11, 17, Sept. 1; at 4 p.m. July 15, Aug. 5, 26.
In 1921 The Philipsburg Commercial Club introduced the Yellowstone Trail Road Directory for the westernmost and shortest route of the National Parks Highway, connecting Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. This Vigilante Trail, now Montana Highway 1, “runs by way of Granite County and the city of Philipsburg.” The directory extended a “cordial welcome to tourists, new citizens, and new enterprises” alike. The Philipsburg Commercial Club sign is still visible painted on the north end of the MacDonald Opera House, as 91 years later, the town citizens continue to welcome visitors to Philipsburg. Offering fishing, beautiful drives, and “sapphires from the greatest deposit in the world,” the pamphlet can be read today as if it were just printed. Now in addition to finding sapphires and motoring around Georgetown Lake, add live professional theatre in the oldest Opera House in Montana, historic shopping in the lovingly restored commercial business district, tasting and watching candy being made with antique equipment in the Sweet Palace, the “world’s greatest candy store,” exploring local ghost towns, lunching and dining in the old eating establishments, and relaxing in the evenings in the renovated old hotels and saloons. Simply put, this historic drive and community will become one of your lifetime experiences. Do come. www.philipsburgmt.com. — Submitted by Philipsburg businesses’ association
“The Fox on the Fairway” A tribute from Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor”) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “The Fox On the Fairway” takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, its fast pace recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. This madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with golf is directed by David Mills-Low. At 7 p.m. July 5, 14, 21, 27, Aug. 2, 11, 17, 23, 31; at 2 p.m. July 7, 13, 20, Aug. 4, 10, 25; at 4 p.m. July 29, Aug. 19, Sept. 2.
“Vaudeville Variety Show” If you want to be in the know, your local beauty shop is the place to go! You will curl up in laughter as we cut up with small town humor, gossip, and talent in Act One. The Opera House Theatre welcomes DJ Gommels back as music director. Join DJ and cast in Act Two featuring the theatre’s traditional vaudeville style of hijinks and hilarity — an array of musical and comedic acts — and possibly an appearance by the Maxville Chickens. It’s fine family entertainment. At 7 p.m. June 29, July 6, 12, 20, 26, Aug. 4, 10, 16, 25, Sept. 1; at 2 p.m. July 14, 28, Aug. 3, 18, 24, 31; at 4 p.m. July 1, 8, 22, Aug. 12. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
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Deer Lodge calendar of events Stephanie Depew 728-1004 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 11 — Montana Shakespeare in the Parks presents “Twelfth Night” in the Old Prison Yard, Deer Lodge at 6 p.m., free, call 846-3111. 15-19 — Tri-County Fair and Rodeo, Deer Lodge Fairgrounds, livestock, exhibits, food, 846-3680. 19 — Demolition Derby, 6 p.m. at Deer Lodge Fairgrounds, 846-2094.
JUNE 16 — Territorial Days: Show N Shine, parade, Jaywalkers Jamboree, 846-2094. 17 — Fathers Day Golf Tournament at Deer Park Golf Course, Deer Lodge, 846-1625. 22-24 — Weapons Collectors Society Gun Show, Old Montana Prison, 846-3111.
JULY 4 — Fourth of July fireworks display, Old Prison Yard, 846-3111. 8-Sept. 30 — Farmers Markets are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, 500 block, Main St., 846-1653. 13-14 — Bull-A-Rama, Tri-County Fairgrounds 28-29 — Grant-Kohrs Ranch Days, Deer Lodge, roping, branding, chuckwagon cooking, blacksmithing and traditional cowboy music and poetry, haying with draft horses, 846-2070.
SEPTEMBER 2-3 — Labor Day Rodeo, Helmville, 793-5711. 10-14 — Park-2-Park Montana 418 mile bike tour travels from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in five days. This fully supported ride is limited to 50 riders. It is a fundraiser for Montana Court Appointed Special Advocates programs for children, 866-863-2272. 12-14 — Montana Academy of Living History, Deer Lodge, offers hands-on workshops ranging from driving and
AUGUST 10-11 — Anaconda Relay For Life Event (includes Powell County), Mitchell Stadium, Anaconda, from 7 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Teams encouraged to register at www.anacondarelay.com. Contact:
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Deer Lodge and Powell County Attractions GRANT-KOHRS RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE The 1500-acre Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site on the north edge of Deer Lodge, preserves history of the open range cattle era of the 1850s to recent times. Johnny Grant, a frontiersman and trader, established this pioneer ranch in 1862 and eventually sold PAT HANSEN / FOR THE MONTANA STANDARD out to Conrad VISITORS learn about panning for gold Kohrs, a prominent during Grant-Kohrs Days. cattleman of the late 1880s, who grazed cattle on the open range from Colorado to Canada. The historic ranch house with its original Victorian furnishings and nearby bunkhouse row, where the cowboys lived, as well as other ranch structures and collections give visitors an insight into the lifestyles of the late 1800s. Grant-Kohrs Ranch Days on July 28-29 is a fun family event with activities for all ages that celebrates ranching past and present. The festivities include living history demonstrations, cowboys branding calves, guided tours of the historic ranch house, live music by Open Range and Liz Masterson, wagon rides and railroad scooter rides along the old Milwaukee Railroad, and more. The clang of steel on steel from the blacksmith shop indicates the smith is working at the forge and anvil. Under the cottonwood trees across the yard, the chuckwagon cook will have a pot of cowboy coffee brewing and stories of trail drives and roundups. Kids can participate in pioneer games and hands-on activities or try their hand at roping “Woody” the wooden steer. Admission is free all year. For more information about the ranch and activities call 406/846-2070 or check the website www.nps.gov/grko.
OLD MONTANA PRISON MUSEUMS The Montana Territorial Prison, built in 1893, resembles a medieval castle and today anchors the south end of Deer Lodge’s Main Street as a museum complex. A self-guided or guided tour of the prison gives insight into prison life, interesting characters, and what it was like to be a guard there during the 1959 riot. The Montana Law Enforcement Memorial pays tribute to 120 Montana officers killed in the line of duty. This is one of only a few such memorials in the nation. The Montana Auto Museum has a wonderful assortment of more than 210 classic antique cars and trucks. During your visit, see muscle cars from the 1960s and 70s, including a 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, 1961 Corvette Roadster, 1967 Corvette Roadster and a 1973 Corvette T-Top Coupe. The Milwaukee Road Display memorializes the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Deer Lodge was one of the major division points for the Milwaukee and an important part of the economy and lives of people from 1909 until 1980. The restored golden spike commemorates the May 19, 1909 completion of the Milwaukee Road near the Interstate 90 Phosphate exit northwest of Deer Lodge. The railroad display includes E-70 “Little Joe,” built in
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1948, and the sole surviving electric locomotive of its type, a 36A diesel locomotive, one of only five remaining E-9s in the U.S. and a restored bay window caboose. Across the street at Yesterday’s Playthings you’ll renew fond childhood memories viewing the eclectic collection of dolls, trains, trucks, airplanes and other toys that children have loved through the years, including the Campbell clown collection. Frontier Montana is the home of cowboy and Native American artifacts — see items used by the American Cowboy, Native Americans, ranchers, frontiersmen and women from 1829 to 1900. A replica of a frontier Sheriff’s office is the newest exhibit. Desert John’s Saloon is home to the most complete whiskey memorabilia collection in the United States and collectibles from the Montana saloon industry. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by an automated saloonkeeper standing at a gleaming wooden bar with handsome backbar that came by steamboat up the Missouri River. Powell County Museum features many local exhibits including the Huntoon, woodcarving exhibit, mining equipment and family life displays. The Old Prison and Montana Auto Museum hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information about any of the museums or activities, call 846-3111 or www.pcmaf.org
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OCTOBER 21 — Pumpkin Sunday at Grant-Kohrs Ranch,846-2070. 26-27 — Old Prison Haunted House, 846-3111. WWW.MTSTANDARD.COM
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