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is published by the Ravalli Republic Newspaper Publisher Mike Gulledge Editor Kathy Best ASSOCIATE EDITOR Perry Backus COVER PHOTO Perry Backus Production & Design Dara Saltzman Project Sales Kathy Kelleher Jodi Lopez Lauren Parsons Bitterroot Valley Vista 2017 is a publication of The Ravalli Republic, a division of Lee Enterprises. Copyright 2017 by the Ravalli Republic.

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contents lorence.............................. 6 tevensville...................... 12 ictor................................ 21 orvallis............................ 28 amilton........................... 34 arby, Conner & Sula........ 44 almon.............................. 52 alendar of events............ 58 itterroot Parkway Bike-Ped Path Map.......... 66

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WELCOME TO THE BITTERROOT VALLEY! Every year, we at the Ravalli Republic have the privilege to share our wonderful communities, beautiful vistas and a wealth of incredibly fun festivals with our friends, newcomers and visitors to our gorgeous valley. Let this year’s Vista serve as your guide for your adventures in exploring our friendly communities, blue ribbon fishing and endless miles of trail into the stunning backcountry. Almost every weekend through the summer months, there are festivals or events that bring hundreds, sometimes thousands, to Bitterroot Valley. Be sure to mark your calendars so you

don’t miss the fun that comes with events like Apple Days in Hamilton, Elite Bull Connection in Darby, Stevensville’s Creamery Picnic or the Ravalli County Fair. And that’s just a small sample of what to expect. So buckle up and get ready. Summer and fall are wonderful times to be in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. Make sure you don’t miss a thing. Perry Backus Associate Editor, Ravalli Republic

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The town of Florence, named for the wife of lumber titan A.B. Hammond, sits at the northern edge of Ravalli County on Highway 93. The prominently Irish-settled area had previously been referred to as One Horse.

Hammond was instrumental in the development of the timber industry in the Bitterroot, and also brought the railroad into the area. The town of Florence was established in 1888, and later merged a northern neighbor called Carlton, still seen in the name of the Florence-Carlton School District. During its heyday as a farming

area, as many as 100 carloads of wheat a day were shipped out of Florence. Surrounded with stunning scenery, the Florence area has ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, including hunting, hiking, biking and wildlife observation. Bass Creek Recreation Area The 1,600 acre Bass Creek Recreation Area south of Florence provides myriad options for getting outdoors. More than 50,000 people visit the area annually. Bass Creek contains six trailheads, ranging from quarter mile loops to longer routes exceeding 7.5 miles. The trails are also a popular destination for horseback riders. It is the perfect stop to use the picnic tables for a meal, while enjoying the stunning nature of the Bitterroot. The Charles Waters Campground has 26 paved campsites, electric hook-up, water, and vault toilets for those wishing to stay overnight. Bass Creek Recreation Area is located four miles south of Florence on Highway 93. Call 406-777-5461 or drop by a ranger station for more information. Chief Looking Glass Fishing Access Visitors to the Bitterroot area are always looking for a way to enjoy the Bitterroot River. The Chief Looking Glass fishing access northeast of Florence is just one of the easy and convenient ways to get to the water. Whether putting in to float, swim, fish, or just looking for a place to take a break, Chief Looking Glass is a convenient way to do it. Just turn off on Chief Looking Glass road north of Florence on Highway 93 at mile marker 77. There are 25 campsites, toilets, water (May through September), and a boat launch available. There is fee and a seven-day stay limit. Another fishing access is located just east of Florence on the Eastside Highway, just before crossing the bridge.

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Artists Along the Bitterroot Extremely talented artists live and work in the Bitterroot Valley. Artists Along the Bitterroot gives them another platform to showcase their work. A group of artists has come together to organize the annual Artists Along the Bitterroot, a studio tour where the public can meet 30 different area artists and see their work. Learn about the work that goes into making a piece of glass, a collection or photography or how a leatherworker plies their trade. Artists Along the Bitterroot will have open studio tours 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2-4, June 9-11, and Nov 3-5. Studios are located throughout the Bitterroot Valley. Visit for studio locations, as well as information about the artists and samples of their work. Parsons Pony Farm Parsons Pony Farm, located near Florence, is the perfect way to introduce

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children to riding. Young riders will learn about grooming, hoof care and saddling before being taken on a ride led by an experienced guide. Bring a camera during the ride up into the Pony Wood Forest on the property, situated up against the Bitterroot Mountains. Parsons offers one and a half hour rides for kids, Wednesday through Saturday, April through October, with parents welcome to walk alongside or wait at shaded picnic tables. Ponies are available for viewing year round but rides require reservations. Contact Parsons Pony Farm for

directions and reservations at or by calling 406-273-3363. Hideout Mountain Park Hideout Mountain Park, located at 5458 Florence Carlton Loop, is a playground in Florence. Children can climb up into turrets, run across bridges connecting different areas of the park, or use slides to let loose some pent-up energy. A water park feature is also open during the spring and summer months. Hideout Mountain is a great place to stop for a rest, picnic, or just to let kids run around.

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Scenic backdrops and plenty of shade mean parents will enjoy the stop as well. Caffe Firenze Caffe Firenze, just off Highway 93 on the Eastside Highway in Florence, is some of the best dining around. Serving authentic old world Italian cuisine, and with stunning views of the Bitterroot Mountains, cap off a day with wine and osso bucco or a locally brewed beer and pizza. Opening by 11:00 a.m. Tuesday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday means customers can also enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch as well. Take out and drive through are also an option. See for details, including a menu, or call them at 406-273-2923. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Ref-

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Established in 1963 as a habitat for migratory birds, Lee Metcalf has come to be a home for many varieties of animals and more than 235 species of birds in the Bitterroot Valley. The refuge provides everything from wildlife observation and photography to limited hunting and fishing. The extensive list of animals and birds on the refuge include osprey, bald eagles, great horned owls and tundra swans, as well as elk, wolves and beaver. Drive through the park on the road or walk the 2.5 miles of nature trails in the refuge. See or call 406-777-5552 for details.

Whitetail Golf Course The Whitetail Golf Course, situated up against the Lee Metcalf Wilderness between Florence and Stevensville, is a ninehole course with more than 2,800 yards of golf. Call 406-777-3636. The course has panoramic views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges. It also has cart and club rentals. Other courses in the area include the 18-hole Hamilton Golf Club, and the Montana Pro Golf in Florence. Kootenai Creek Trail The Kootenai Creek Trail dips back and forth along its namesake, and is one of

the more popular in the region. The creek has several small pools of water along the way, making Kootenai Creek Trail a perfect fit to walk and stop to put your feet in the water before heading back. The trail ends at Kootenai Lakes, nine miles in, but the journey there is spectacular, so walk as much as you like. The last six miles get steeper. To get to the trailhead, take Kootenai Creek Road west from the highway south of Florence, just before the cutoff to Stevensville. Go up the road two miles to reach the start of the Kootenai Creek Trail. Ranger stations have maps of other hikes in the Bitterroot. Threemile Wildlife Management Area The Threemile Wildlife Management Area sits east of Florence, and is more than 6,000 acres of natural habitat for

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everything from elk and deer to grouse and black bears. It is now a popular spot for hunting and wildlife observation in the Bitterroot. The Threemile is open from May 15 until the start of December. It is an excellent place for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, and of course, nature, and bird watching. It is also a great place to camp, or to set up a quick picnic. Just remember, if you pack it in, pack it out. Hunting is allowed in the Threemile area, which also has limited access for twowheel drive vehicles when the weather is dry. To reach the Threemile Wildlife Management Area, take the Eastside Highway from Florence for 6 miles, before turning onto Threemile Creek Road. Call 406-5425500 or visit for more information. Let us prepare your taxes in 2017 or resolve any back tax issue !

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Stevensville is the genesis of Montana. With the St. Mary’s Mission, founded by an Italian priest in 1841, Stevensville is recognized as the first permanent settlement in the state. The mission was later improved by Antonio Ravalli, who the county is named after. In the 1850s, Fort Owen, a trading post,

was established in the town, and in 1863, the town’s first store was built. Stevensville is named after Isaac Stevens, who had been the governor of the Washington Territory at the time. The town of Stevensville is flanked by the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, and holds frequent festivals and activities, especially through the summer. The place has no shortage of small town charm.

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Farmers Market Every Saturday from May through the second weekend in October (weather permitting) farmer’s markets are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to Valley Drug on Main Street. Local food and art producers set up tables and booths to sell their wares. Wandering the farmers market is a great way to see the people of Stevensville, grab a quick lunch, and take home a memento of what makes the town unique. Anyone interested in being a vendor can call Stacie at 406-381-6145. St. Mary’s Mission and Founders Day St. Mary’s Mission is likely the most historic location in all of the Bitterroot, the capstone of Stevensville’s claim as “Where Montana Began.” In 1841, forty-eight years before Montana became a state, Pierre Jean DeS-


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met, a Jesuit missionary, established the mission for the Native American Salish and Nez Perce tribes. It was the first church in

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the Pacific Northwest and the first pioneer settlement in the state. Several years later, after being attacked by Blackfeet, the mission was abandoned. In 1866, Fr. Anthony Ravalli, an Italian who had served at the old mission, built a new church near the original, which still stands today. It is a testament to the pioneer spirit of early Western travelers. Come celebrate the 175th commemoration of Founders Day at the historic St. Mary’s Mission at the west end of 4th Street, Stevensville. Guided tours of the mission are available from April 18 until Oct. 15, Tuesday through Saturday. St Mary’s Mission is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. For more information visit online or call 406-777-5734. file photo

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A Montana Country Christmas Stevensville celebrates A Montana Country Christmas this year Dec. 1-2. This festive celebration begins with the “Parade of Lights.” and has caroling down Main Street, the Christmas Story, and open houses. Decoration and beautiful lights adorn the historic town. Open houses at the businesses with complimentary wonderful Christmas treats, horse and wagon rides throughout the evening, and a hayride to boot! Santa arrives for pictures and everyone has a great evening with fun memories. Join Stevensville for an old fashion “Montana Country Christmas.” For more information, call Stevensville Main Street Association (406)777-3773.

The 105th Creamery Picnic The Creamery Picnic is the staple event of Stevensville. Held August 4-5, enjoy a parade, barbecue contest, music, food, and beer. The family event also has ice cream, locally crafted goods for sale, and even a car show. This is a traditional celebration for Stevensville with a historic background. The Festival features a parade, a Montana State Bar-B-Q contest, food vendors, crafters and booths of all descriptions; and incredible ice cream. Music, beer, great food, and fun! This is a family oriented event and takes place in the Lewis and Clark Park and Downtown Stevensville. For more info. visit or call SMSA @ 777-3773. Blacksmith Brewing Company This brewery, on Main Street in Stevensville, was, as the name implies, previously a Blacksmith’s shop. Every time he had made a brand, he had burned the symbol into one of the walls. All of those brands still decorate Blacksmith Brewing Company, which opened in 2008. Come by for a pint or a taster glass of each of Blacksmith’s brews. Two fabulous specialty beers are the Brickhouse Blonde, a wheat beer with hints of banana, clove, and honey, and the Pulaski Porter, a strong dark beer that tops the location’s list for alcohol content. If you want to take some home, buy and fill up a growler with your favorite brew. Blacksmith’s taproom is open Sunday through Thursday from 2

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on display around town for the following week. There is a pumpkin carving contest and horse-drawn wagon rides on the Friday kickoff. Call 406-777-3773, or look at for more information.

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p.m. until 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon until 8:00 p.m. Blacksmith brewery also has a rotating selection of seasonal beers and live music. Visit online at Scarecrow Festival The annual Scarecrow Festival is a premier art event. People and organization create and decorate scarecrows that line the walkway into Stevensville. The scarecrows are judged and receive prizes. The public can also cast votes for a series of people’s choice awards. The Scarecrow Festival coincides with the First Friday celebration in October, this year on Oct. 6, and scarecrows are kept

Western Heritage Days – The Ned Larson Memorial Chuck Wagon Cook-Off – Friday, June 16th & Saturday, June 17th Friday, June 16th. Lots of activities and fun events! Chuck Wagons for the Cook-Off arrive and are set up by 4pm for judging. Later in the evening they will host a reception for all wagon sponsors with pickin’ and grinnin’ and lots of story tellin’ around the campfire. This takes place on Main and 5th Street. Beer Garden and live music/street dance. Saturday, June 17th. The parade starts at 11am with cowboys and cowgirls, Native American representation, floats honoring our heritage such as St. Mary’s Mission. Salish drumming, singing, dancing presentations throughout the day at Historic St Mary’s Mission. There are Arts and Crafts and vendors on 3rd street, sidewalk sales, and open houses throughout the downtown, tours at Historic St. Mary’s Mission. The Chuck Wagons will be ready to serve up the grub at about 12:30 pm. You can catch the historic trolley wagon pulled by beautiful draft horses, learning the history of Stevensville and “Where Montana Began”. There will be a beer garden, food court during the afternoon

and evening. The Downtown Saturday night will host the best in country and a fun street dance. For more information call SMSA 777-3773 or First Friday First Friday events are held the second, third and fourth quarters of every year. Downtown Stevensville hosts an arts and culture show that spans the whole town. Local businesses each host an artist on Friday evening, and let them have a live showing and the ability to sell their work. First Fridays also have live music and food venders, as most businesses stay open late at night ready to welcome visitors. . Visit or call 406-777-3773 for details.

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Fort Owen State Park Fort Owen State Park, celebrates the history of the 250-foot by 125-foot log cabin that was built in the mid-1800s, and now sits on a one-acre park at the site of the original St Mary’s Mission. In 1850, Major John Owen moved to the area, and established the fort as a trading post with the Native Americans and immigrants. It is also the location of the state’s first sawmill, grist mill, and first settler

school. The site now contains period furnishings and artifacts that have been put on display in the restored east barracks. Interpretive signs and exhibits detail the park’s historical significance. Fort Owen is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Fort Owen State Park is located just north of Stevensville. Call 406-273-4253 or visit for more information.

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Napa Auto Show “Stars, Guitars and Cars” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 9, is a great car show with awards, music, food, fun and over 70 entries. For more information, call Stevensville Napa, 777-5791.

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Montana Bicycle Celebration Stevensville Bike and Brew – July 15th Stevensville is the host community for the Montana Bicycle Celebration, there will be activities throughout the day including the Stevensville Bike and Brew with vendors, Farmers Market, food, kid’s activities, music and brews. A fun day for all! For more information contact SMSA 777-3773

9/11 Memorial On Monday, September 11, in Veteran’s Park, Stevensville, join the community in paying respect to all of the heroes of 9/11 and their families. Contact Stevensville Fire Department, Brandon Dewey, 7775271 x106.

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Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association Festival From noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Lone Rock School, 1112 Three Mile Creek Road, listen to the best bluegrass and old-time music in the Northwest. This event is a wonderful presentation of toe tappin’, hand clappin’ music with a different band playing every 30 minutes with food and cd’s available for purchase. It is a highlight in Stevensville not to be missed. For more information visit or call 8213777. National Day of Prayer This is an annual event held on the First Thursday in May. This year’s prayer takes place on May 4th. From 12pm to 1:00pm the historic St. Mary’s Chapel will be open for private prayer. At 12 Noon at St. Mary’s Chapel at the flagpole, there will be prayer emphasis on city, state and federal – sponsored by the

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American Legion and Masonic Lodge of Stevensville For more information contact: Clay Freeman, town Chaplin, at 370-8377; Joel Foster, Masonic Lodge chairman, at 2730066; or Ed Sperry, American Legion chairman, at 239-0628. Pie in the Big Sky A Live Pie Auction occurs the first Friday in May, which will be May 5th, this year, from 6:30 p.m. until all the pies are gone at the Rocky Mountain Bank. Plan to attend this incredibly entertaining and fun event and take home a delicious pie or one

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filled with great surprises! For more information, call SMSA, 777-3773. Bear Mountain Playground Bear Mountain Playground is a non-profit organization that has brought accessible, innovative play to all the children of Stevensville and the surrounding Bitterroot area. The Bear Mountain Playground was built at the Lewis and Clark Park by hundreds of dedicated volunteers from all over the community last fall. To learn more visit their website at

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The town of Victor once had to change its name from Garfield, after President James Garfield, to the name of a chief of a Salish Native American tribe. The new name came when the town attempted to establish a post office, only to find the name Garfield was already taken. The town was founded in part by A.S. Blake and his Native American wife, who

came to the area in the 1860s. Blake was later elected the first state legislator of Missoula County, a part of which would later become Ravalli County. In any direction from Victor, there is something to do, from a horseback and hiking trails, to river access and more. Visit the Victor Heritage Museum, stop by a farmers market, or stay at one of the many lodges and bed and breakfasts near the town.

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Victor Heritage Museum The Victor Heritage Museum is located in a building at the corner of Blake and Main that had once been the Victor train depot. Originally built in 1928, it was moved to its current location in 1990. It now houses the history of the region told through artifacts of Native Americans, the railroad, churches and agriculture. The museum gives a tangible look at what the lives if the people who had lived in the area were like, from school to the mines, ranching to the expansion of the telegraph lines. A gift shop sells books that were written about the history of the area and in some cases penned by its inhabitants. This includes the Bitter Root Trails series, chronicling the history of area pioneer families. The heritage museum is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day and is open from 1 -4 p.m. Tues-

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days through Saturdays. More information can be found online at or by calling 406-642-3997.

ing the summer in particular, dozens of bikers take to the path each day to enjoy being outdoors in the Bitterroot. Local bike stores, including Red Barn Bicycles and Valley Bicycles & Ski in Hamilton, are a great place to get more information or to inquire about renting bikes. Contact Chad DeVall at Red Barn Bicycles Red Barn Bicycles 406-363-2662 or Randy Leavell at Valley Bicycles & Ski 406-363-4428.

Victor Heritage Museum Annual Chocolate Tasting Party The first Monday in December, the Victor Heritage Museum holds an annual fundraising event in the form of a silent auction and chocolate tasting from 3 to 9 p.m. For a $5 fee, a FILE PHOTO participant can sample locally made sweets, and have the chance to bid on items donated by local Tour of the Bitterroot July 16, 2017 businesses, from goods and gift cards to Ride for what you love about Montana! overnights packages at area hotels and Ride with your friends and family and suplodges. For more information, see victoport the work of the Bitter Root Land Trust to conserve the Bitterroot Valley’s troutrich waters, diverse wildlife habitat that Highway 93 Bike Path includes sage-covered hillsides and old A paved bicycle path connects Hamgrowth ponderosa forests, iconic mounilton to Lolo in a 45-mile stretch that runs tain vistas, wide open spaces, and the along Highway 93. The bike path is relaworking farms and ranches that anchor tively new and is kept in great shape. the culture, economy and heritage of the The path is a smooth ride for anyone Bitterroot Valley. All ages and skill-levels who prefers road bikes over mountain welcome and are encouraged to particibikes. The Eastside Highway that conpate in this scenic bike ride! Nowhere in nects Florence and Hamilton is another Montana can you bike on dirt or pavefantastic option for seeing the Bitterroot ment with your friends and family, meet on a bike. Ride through the valley, experi- them back at Red Barn Bicycles for a fun, encing the rugged peaks of the Bitterroot family-friendly party complete with a deliMountains, the serene waters of the Bitter- cious barbeque lunch in the shade, listen root River, or the rolling fields and hills to or dance to an awesome live band, win the east. prizes and know that your participation Make a full day of it and head from one helps keep the Bitterroot open and beauend to the other, stopping in towns like tiful. Contact the Bitter Land Trust at 375Florence and Victor along the way. Dur0956.

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Lifeline Farm Lifeline Farm in Victor is an organic and biodynamic dairy with a herd of about 400 Brown Swiss dual purpose (used for milk or meat) cows, calves and steers. The dairy was added in 1984. All milk produced is used to make cheese, bottled milk and butter at their Creamery. Lifeline’s grass-fed beef, sausages and “whey good” pork cuts can be found at various locations throughout the state. Farm tours can be arranged by calling ahead. Lifeline’s Creamery is located at 2427 Meridian Rd Victor. Call 406-642-9717 or visit .

Hidden Legend Winery The Hidden Legend Winery in Victor is an award-winning purveyor of locally sourced wines and meads made with ingredients from the Bitterroot Valley. The winery has a dozen meads made with local honey or berries, and several varieties of wine. While it’s products can also be found in a variety of local stores, the tasting room also provides tours to customers on the process behind the drinks. The Hidden Legend Winery tasting room is open for free tastings and tours Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Hidden Legend Winery is located at 1345 on Highway 93, at the junction with Sheafman Creek Road, in the Sheafman Corner Plaza. More details can be found at or by calling 406-363-6323. Redsun Labyrinth The Redsun Labyrinth, located four miles west of Victor, is modeled after the design of an 800-year-old pattern from the Chartres Cathedral in France. At the Redsun, more than 25 tons of fieldstones were used to recreate the pattern. An excellent way to have a quiet, meditative stroll as you look out on the beautiful landscape of the Bitterroot. With a diameter of more than 100 feet, the Redsun Labyrinth is one of the largest in the United States. It can be found by turning west on 5th Street in Victor, then

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taking a left onto Pleasant View Drive and following the signs. Walking the full labyrinth path takes about a half hour, so be sure to set aside a bit of time if visiting. See for details.

creatures whose fleece is used in the textile in particular as a popular fabric similar to wool. There is also a store selling products made from the alpaca’s fleece. To reach the Rocking L Ranch, turn west off Highway 93 at mile marker 56 and go down the road about 2 miles. Call 406-642-3085 for more details, or see the Rocking L Alpacas Facebook page.

Cowboy Troy’s Cowboy Troy’s is a locally owned and operated restaurant Bear Creek Overlook and saloon Trail in scenic The Bear Creek Victor. Overlook Trail southThey pride west of Victor provides ourselves scenery that is unforin using the gettable, especially in highest quality the summer. The views of ingredients and the Bear Creek drainage providing the best and the Bitterroot Mountains service possible. should not be missed. Pizzas are baked in our The 2.8-mile round-trip has a custom designed wood slight elevation gain but with only a DAVID ERICKSON / Ravalli Republic fired brick oven in the moderate degree of difficulty, its a authentic Neapolitan fashion. Here, you good choice for a simple day hike. can find 11 different flavors of chicken To get to the trailhead, take Bear Creek wings, delightful salads, delicious burgers Road west from Highway 93 a few miles and other specials their kitchen creates south of Victor. Turn north at Red Crow on a whim. Road and continue until heading west Cowboy Troy’s is located at 2359 Highon Pleasant View Drive. Almost four miles way 93 in Victor. down Pleasant View, look for the marked junction with forest road 1325, which ends Rocking L Alpacas at the trailhead. Tour an alpaca farm at the Rocking L Stop into a ranger station for maps and Ranch, located just off the highway beother hikes. The Bear Creek Trail in the tween Victor and Hamilton. Because the same area is another good pick for a day Rocking L has more than 40 alpacas on hike, or for the more adventurous, there its land. its a great place to bring kids to is the four-mile hike to the summit and fire learn about these animals. lookout at St. Mary’s peak. Alpacas, South American animals that look similar to a small llama, are friendly

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Sweathouse Creek Climbing The Bitterroot is quite a destination for rock climbers in the area. Sweathouse Creek west of Victor is no exception, containing dozens of large rocks perfect for short boulder routes. To get to Sweathouse Creek, go west on 5th Street in Victor. When the street hits a junction, take a right, then turn on to Sweathouse Creek road and follow it to a designated parking area. Lost Horse Canyon south of Hamilton, as well as Blodgett, Kootenai and Mill Creek canyons are also very popular for their climbing. Whether testing your own limits or just watching others chalk up and hold on, these climber favorites are worth the trip.

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Corvallis was first settled by Elijah and Margaret Chaffin, who named the area Chaffinville. Explorer John Mullan had previously used an area near Corvallis as a location for a winter base. The town was later renamed Corvallis after a town in Oregon in 1866. Corvallis has a long history in agriculture,

with some of the most fertile land in the region, and is home to the Western Montana Agricultural Research Experiment Station. Numerous old farmhouses dot the roadside of the Eastside Highway. The town of Corvallis is home to the Teller Wildlife Refuge, which sits along four miles of the Bitterroot River. Head north out of town for a chance at seeing wildlife, or grab a quick meal at the Memories Cafe.

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Drive the Eastside Highway If you are approaching Corvallis from the north, you have already seen the stunning landscape. If you are coming up from the south, you’re in for a treat. The Eastside Highway offers some of the best views in the Bitterroot. It’s worth turning off the highway if you are in the area to sightsee. Prior to the construction of Highway 93, Eastside Highway was the main road between Hamilton and Florence. Turn off in Florence or in Hamilton to experience the majesty. A number of historic locations and buildings, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, dot the landscape, including St. Mary’s Mission, the Brooks Hotel, Fort Owen and Tammany Castle, which was once the stables of Marcus Daly. Swanson’s Mountain View Apple Orchards The Swanson’s Mountain View Apple Orchards, just north of town, connect visitors with the tradition and history of the Bitterroot valley and its apples, as well as making some very tasty cider that is for sale. During the apple season, usually running from August until December, the orchard is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. seven days a week, and is open to the public to see all of the process behind making the cider. Visitors can view everything from picking and grating the apples to the actual pressing and bottling of the apple cider. The orchard asks that anyone planning on stopping by out of season to call ahead, to make sure someone will be there to greet them when they arrive, at 406-961-3434. More information can be found at Swanson’s Mountain View Orchard’s Facebook page.

The Wild Mare Anyone looking for a special dinner to cap off a weekend in the Bitterroot should stop in at The Wild Mare. The Wild Mare is the current holder of the Bitterroot’s Best award for Best Anniversary Spot, and Best Steak. Whether it’s the rib eye, filet mignon or the flat iron, this place knows its meat. Even if you’re not hungry for steak, The Wild Mare still has you covered, with a broad menu that includes burgers, salads, chicken and pasta. If you’re in the area and looking for a great meal, drop in on The Wild Mare on Second Street in Corvallis on Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., or check out a full menu online at Memorial Day Parade This annual Corvallis staple, which winds its way through the town, draws in visitors from around the Bitterroot and beyond. It includes demonstrations and participation from the local post of the American

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Legion, a sponsor of the parade, local school children, as well as floats and music, such as a bagpipe band that comes into town from Missoula. It also includes a pancake breakfast, as well as other food venders, and a small carnival. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. after a pancake breakfast with events continuing into the afternoon. Members of American Legion Corvallis Post 91 read the names of the more than 500 veterans buried in the Corvallis cemetery, some of who date back to 1848. With Memorial Day on May 29 this year, the Corvallis Memorial Day parade is where everyone is going to be.

one of Montana’s best riparian habitats. More than 50 acres of the area are open to the public. The open areas include the mile long Teller Trail, which is perfect for hiking, bird watching and fishing. The wildlife refuge is located just north of Corvallis on the Eastside Highway. There are a limited number of cabins and restored farmhouses for rent at the Teller, including renovated versions of two of the oldest and most historic farmhouses in the area. The Teller Wildlife Refuge also has limited deer, pheasant and bird hunting available. Call 406-961-3507 or visit

Teller Wildlife Refuge The Teller Wildlife Refuge, which runs along four miles of the Bitterroot River, is a 1,200-acre wildlife conservation area of

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milking operation in the area. The dairy offers tours of its milking carousel, which can automatically identify cows, measure milk quantities, and sort cows leaving the facility. The carousel has large viewing areas so the public can safely observe the process. Even though it has been around for so long, the dairy is constantly pushing boundaries. For instance, in recent years, the dairy has installed an anaerobic digester that produces energy from captured methane gas, reducing greenhouse gases and creating energy for the dairy. The digester also produces a nutrient-rich fertilizer called Afterburner Boost, which the dairy bags and sells. Call 406-961-8887 or visit for more information or to set up a tour. Fishing Around Corvallis There are ample fishing opportunities in the Bitterroot River. Woodside Bridge, just west of Corvallis, is one of the favorite places to put in or fish. Another is north of town, at Tucker Crossing. Fishing shops, like Western Flies and Guides, Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures, or Osprey Outfitters Fly Shop in Hamilton, can give maps of the area with special recommendations on the best fishing spots. Flying Horse MT Flying Horse MT is the Bitterroot Valley’s newest location for your special occasions; indoor and out, casual or formal. Flying Horse MT as in ideal setting for your next class reunion, Christmas party, graduation, wedding, birthday party, prom or celebration. They provide a one-of-a-kind experience for your event. The location offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains, creating a beautiful backdrop for some of

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life’s most special moments. Flying Horse isn’t just about the location. The event staff can even help you get in touch with everyone you need to plan your wedding or event. Flying Horse MT 406-961-4572. Willow Creek #300 Hiking Trail A great hike in the Corvallis area is the Willow Creek #300 trail east of Corvallis. The 3.5-mile trail starts as an old jeep road and follows along the side of the creek. It goes past cliffs and rock spires, making it great for photography buffs. It’s also right in the middle of the Rocky Mountain Goat habitat. The trail is located at the Willow Creek trailhead. To reach it, take Willow Creek Road east from Corvallis and travel for 11 miles to the first switchback and the trailhead. Stop by a ranger station for maps or suggestions for more day hikes in the area.

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Hamilton is the largest town in the Bitterroot Valley and the hub of its activities. In the early 1890s, Marcus Daly who made a fortune in copper mining in Butte, brought in two town planners to lay out what would become the town of Hamilton. The town was named after one of the planners, James Hamilton. The other planner, Robert O’Hara, became the

town’s first mayor. The Daly Mansion built by Marcus and later renovated after his death by his wife, sits just east of the town. The mansion’s grounds are the setting for several events during the year, as well as being open for tours. Hamilton holds events all year round, but their frequency and size ramp up during the summer. The Ravalli County Fair brings in more than 20,000 people each year. But at all times of the year, Hamilton has

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a lively downtown, a strong arts community, and is the perfect jumping off point for a trip in the Bitterroot.

Commerce holds a fundraising event in the form of the Bitterroot Chamber Micro Brewfest at the end of July. The festival ofBitterroot Celtic fers the chance to Games & sample more than Gathering 40 types of beer The Bitterroot from Montana Celtic Games & and the NorthGathering prowest, as well as mote awareness several varietand pride in the ies of regional Celtic heritage wine and mead, of the locals, and as well a local is held on the third food vendors. Live weekend in August music is provided by . Two of the town’s bands from around most famous people the Northwest. came from these back Twenty dollars buys a grounds. John Hamilton, was commemorative glass and PERRY BACKUS / Ravalli Republic a Scot, and Marcus Daly, an five different beer tastings. Irishman. The event coincides with the The event features traditional Celtic annual Daly Days celebration. music, pipe and drum competitions, and The Brewfest is held in downtown Hamilhighland dancing. In addition, a series of ton across from Legion Park on Saturday, Highland games competitions, including July 29. This will be the festival’s 22nd year. the shot put, hammer toss, caper toss and More information can be found online at kids’ events take place during the or call 406-363val. Almost 2,500 people attended the 2400. festival last year. Vendors will sell not only traditional Celtic food, but hand-crafted artwork and recordings of music as well. This year’s Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering will be held August 19 and 20 at the Daly Mansion grounds. Enjoy family friendly prices and a free shuttle from Hamilton High School. For more details, see the website or call 406-274We sell whole pies! 8886.

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Daly Days ten different Bitterroot Valley locations, Daly Days is Hamilton’s annual heritage with quilts displayed outdoors in memcelebration, held July 28-29 this year. The bers’ yards and gardens. Admission is just Daly Days Festival, named for $2, and maps will be available the areas famous copat all ten locations, plus the per king Marcus Daly, Bitterroot Valley Chamber is one for the entire of Commerce, 105 E family. Kids love it Main, Hamilton and as there are so at Patchwork Quilts, many games 1720 N 1st, Hamilfrom which ton. they find it diffi The Bitterroot cult to choose. Quilters Guild And for the promotes quilting adults there is and friendships the weekend among individuals Friday Night who are interestStreet Dance. ed in quilting. The Events on Main Guild provides opStreet include portunities to share craft and food individual projects and vendors on Friday become inspired by the and Saturday, along work of others. Membership with sales at most downis open to all. town stores. Kids activities The Guild also gives generPERRY BACKUS / Ravalli Republic include a bounce house and ously by providing donations of events on Saturday. Friday night offers a quilts to children in trauma and to others street dance, with live music and full bar who need a ‘hug’ in Ravalli County. The service. Saturday, the Bitterrodders sponQuilts 4 Kids Group makes quilts that are sor a car show on Main Street, and the placed in the sheriff’s and some fire veHamilton Soroptimists sponsor a series of hicles, and distributed through organizaevents including wiener dog races, a “kiss tions like Emma’s House. The Comforters the pig” contest, and live music onstage. Group works on twin and lap sized quilts A contest sponsored by the Ravalli Coun- that are donated to Hospice of the Bitty Museum will help people re-connect terroot, Marcus Daly Hospital and other with Hamilton’s roots as a “company community agencies. town,” founded by Marcus Daly. For more information, visit the Bitterroot Quilters Guild online at bitterrootquiltersGardens Of Quilts, or on Facebook. For informa The Bitterroot Quilters Guild will hold their tion about this year’s Quilt Show, contact Bi-Annual Quilt Show on Saturday, July Judy LaSalle, President and Event Chair at 15, 2017, from 9 am until 6 pm. This year’s 406.375.0871or Sharon Renfro, Co-Chair, show, Gardens of Quilts, will be held at 406.777.3229.

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5 Fourth Grade Farm Fair 12 Boot, Scoot & Boogie for S.A.F.E. 19-21 Gem & Mineral Federation Show 25-27 MKC Consignment Sale June 9-11 Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival 24 BDGA ADGA Show 30 Hamilton Kick’n Buck Rodeo July 1 Hamilton Kick’n Buck Rodeo 4 City of Hamilton Fireworks Show August 30-31 Ravalli County Fair & Rockin’ RC Rodeo September 1-2 Ravalli County Fair & Rockin’ RC Rodeo 16-18 Sports Connection Gun Show 23 Emma’s House Fundraiser October 5-7 MKC Consignment Sale 31 Community Harvest Party November 4 Bitterroot Wedding Association & Bridal Haus Show 17-18 Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show & Sale December 1-3 Sports Connection Gun Show Interested in booking your public or private event at the fairgrounds? Give us a call at 363-3411 or stop by the Fairgrounds Office at 100 Old Corvallis Road, in Hamilton.

A Step Back in Time This event will be held on Jul 22nd from 11:00 am—4:00 pm and 5:30pm - 8:30pm During the day, there will be the usual Daly Days activities: tea party at the playhouse, pony rides, balloon animals, face painting, jazz band, and a reenactment in the house. This years reenactment is Titanic themed (Mrs. Daly had a cousin on the Titanic). In the evening, there will be an acrobat crew (MASC) who will put on a titanicthemed performance. They will be doing aerial silks, stilts, and acrobatics. Café Firenze will provide a catered dinner that is based off the first class menu served on the Titanic. Call for reservations 363-6004 x2#. Ravalli County Museum The Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton contains exhibits ranging from the Lewis and Clark Expedition to a large collection of the photography from Montanan Ernst Peterson, with more than 36,000 prints and negatives. This year, the Ravalli County Museum will have exhibits including a collection of photographs submitted for an Ernst Peterson competition, as well as one on Montana’s gold camps and ghost towns and in November, an exhibit on the Nez Perce Native American tribe. The building the museum was in was designed by the Montana architect A.J. Gibson in 1900, and was the county courthouse until 1979. The brick building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Ravalli County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Its website, with more information, is and its phone number is 406-363-3338.

Ravalli County Fair Held the week before Labor Day weekend, the Ravalli County Fair is the signature end of the summer celebration for the Bitterroot. It is also the largest annual event in the area, drawing in more than 20,000 people every year. This year, the Ravalli County Fair will be held from August 30 to Sept. 2. This year the theme is “Country Pride…County Wide” This real deal, old-fashioned fair is a showcase event for the strong agricultural 4H programs in the valley, with barns and buildings filled with livestock projects. There is something for everyone at the fair, including carnival rides and food venders, with sales going to benefit nonprofit organizations in the community. There will also be live music performances in the evenings and several different free entertainment zones.

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The fair features a large display of quilts, photography, arts and crafts, as well as a building filled with horticultural and floral displays. On Friday and Saturday night, it’s usually standing room only during the full gamut of rodeo events, which include a youth invitational, bull riding, team roping, and cowboy bronc rides. The rodeo is included in the gate fee for the fair. The Fair will kick off with a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday at 1:00. A Ping-Pong ball drop (from a helicopter), a pieeating contest and a watermelon contest have been tentively scheduled. The fair will also be bringing back world class hypnotist Michael Mezmer . To make sure the event is as family-friendly as possible, the fair is a dry event. See ravalli. us/200/Fairgrounds for more details, or call 406363-3411.

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Annual McIntosh Apple Day Called the Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky, Apple Day features produce from local farmers as well as food arts and crafts from around the Bitterroot. The biggest highlights include a bake sale including more than 700 apple themed treats and apples in every form imaginable, from pies to butter. Apple Day is held at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. Come enjoy a bowl

of buffalo chili or a caramel apple while listening to live music or letting children play games. Be sure to load up on as many apple goodies as possible. This is the 38th annual Mcintosh Apple Day, which celebrates the apple boom in the area that occurred in the early 1900s. This year, Apple Day will be held on Saturday, October 7. See or call 496-363-3338 for more information.

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Daly Mansion public in 1987, after more than $2 million of In 1886, Marcus Daly, an Irish immirenovation work was done to the grant turned mining Copper King, property and grounds. bought a homestead and An arboretum and garden named after the late built a home for him and his Mrs. Daly, house more wife just east of Hamilton. than 400 trees over The mansion was part of 26 acres of land. The Daly’s 22,000 acre Bitter Root Stock Farm. mansion and grounds now serve as an edu After Daly’s death, cational and cultural his wife Margaret renohub for the preservavated the mansion, tion of one of Monwith the help of famed tana’s biggest names. Montana architect Tours of the Daly ManA.J. Gibson, to its pression, which is listed in the ent Georgian-Revival style. National Register of Historic The 24,000 square foot, three Places, are available from May story mansion has 25 bedrooms, PERRY BACKUS / Ravalli Republic through October. See daly15 bathrooms and 7 fireplaces. The house was boarded up when Mrs. Daly or call 406-363-6004 for more details. died in 1941, but was reopened to the

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Blodgett Canyon Blodgett Canyon is one of the most picturesque areas of the Bitterroot. To get a great view of it and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, hike the 3-mile round trip Blodgett Overlook Trail. Blodgett Canyon is often referred to as Montana’s Yosemite. To get to the trailhead, go west on Main Street in Hamilton past where it becomes West Bridge Road. Turn left of Blodgett Camp Road and look for the signs for the Canyon Creek Trailhead. Stop in to a ranger station for maps and other

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Summer Concert Series and Shakespeare in the Parks Sapphire Lutheran Homes will celebrate the summer of 2017 with their Fifth Annual Summer Concert Series and Shakespeare in the Parks. Friday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. Tincup will kick of the concert series. Tincup, a Bitterroot band, was born from the friendship of four local musicians, John Mann, Timothy Ezzell, Jaquueline Brazil and Pam Small, and grew from Montana Professional Artists a common love for older, simPERRY BACKUS / Ravalli Republic Association’s Art Show & Sale pler music--- timeless gospel The Montana Professional or bluegrass pieces, folk tunes Artists Association shows yearly in Hamilfrom the 1960’s, country songs from the ton at the Bitterroot River Inn and Confer1970’s, and now and again, Irish tunes ence Center. Each year this show is highly from the 1800’s. You’ll know Tincup by anticipated by the art-loving public, and their range of instruments, and you’ll be this year even more so! Celebrating their certain it’s Tincup when you hear their 13th Anniversary Show, Jun 2-4, Jun 9-11 simple vocal harmonies and see how and Nov 3-5, the statewide Association is much fun they’re having. throwing a party! All events are free. On Following their performance we will light Friday at 6-10 p.m. is a reception and no up the night sky with a pre-Independence host bar and free hors d’oeuvres with a Day fireworks display. Steve Boshae of theme of ‘walk on the wild side’ Cow Palace Fireworks will provide the Saturday there will be painters by the pyrotechnics that, are again, sure to be a pond, demos by the artists and more mu- blast! sic. Open at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. On the heels of Tincup, will be the Big Sunday, come on back and choose Sky Mudflaps performing on Friday, July that art work you’re hankering to own; 7, at 7:00 p.m. The Big Sky Mudflaps are

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celebrating over 40 years of performing together. Their unique sound -- a blend of jazz, swing and rhythm and blues, with a healthy dose of Latin percussion -- has won them national acclaim. The Mudflaps have earned praise from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Billboard and Esquire Magazine. The Big Sky Mudflaps have shared concert billing with such internationally known artists as Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie and Riders in the Sky. They have recorded five albums and are guaranteed to put on a great show! Following the Big Sky Mudflaps is Western Union on Friday, July 14, at 7:00 pm. Western Union is Montana’s favorite Cowboy & Cowgirl band, specializing in classic Western Swing & Honky-Tonk music. With electric and acoustic guitars, standup bass, pedal steel guitar, and drums –- plus

sharp-as-a-tack lead vocals and vocal harmonies -- Western Union delivers the true-blue sound of grassroots America. Featuring veteran musicians who have graced every stage from the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas to Trixi’s Antler Saloon in Ovando, Montana, this band delivers country music the way it was meant to sound. Covering the best of the classic Western repertoire along with their own sizzling and swinging original tunes, Western Union gets the job done every time. You’re guaranteed to be stompin’ your feet, clappin’ your hands, and dancin’ your shoes off. Rounding off the series, will be Who Dat on Friday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. Formed in 2014 by four musicians of diverse backgrounds who each have over 20 years of music performance experience, Who Dat! is a “Montana band with a southern

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rock sound.” Keyboardist and lead vocalist Steve Winkler is a 30-year piano bar entertainer from the New Orleans area. From the “Hi-Line” of Montana, bassist Bill Rothie, with his smooth country vocals, is a second generation bass player who started playing in his dad’s band when he was a teenager. Guitarist George Gulli traveled throughout California and the west with bands dating back to the 1970’s and gets the dance floor hopping with those signature rock-n-roll licks. Formally trained in violin and voice starting at the age of four, Austin Athman adds his talent and musical diversity playing the drums, fiddle, and providing great tenor vocals. The harmony blend of this group is never more evident than when they perform songs by The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, The Beach Boys, Alabama and the Doobie Brothers. Sapphire Lutheran Homes is proud to host Montana Shakespeare In The Parks’ performance of “Macbeth” on Tuesday, August 15, at 6:00 p.m. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) is the only fully professional touring theatre program in the state currently producing Shakespeare’s plays, the only Shakespeare company in the country to reach as extensively into rural areas and the only company in the state that offers its performances free to the public, guaranteeing accessibility to all. Directed by Kevin Asselin, the audience will experience this story: A successful general in King Duncan’s army, Macbeth encounters three witches who predict he will become king of Scotland. However, the future kings will not be descended from him, but rather his fellow general, Banquo. He is further confused and incited when King Duncan names his son Malcolm heir to the throne. Macbeth’s ambition is further motivated

by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who shares none of her husband’s misgivings, and quickly plots to murder the current king. Having gotten the chamberlains excessively drunk, they are easily blamed for the murder and Macbeth kills them as an act of rage against the murder of the king. He is promptly declared the successor. In fear for their safety after their father’s death, Duncan’s sons Donalbain and Malcolm flee the country. Once instated, Macbeth must protect his precarious perch on the throne by assassinating Banquo and his son Fleance, mentioned in the Witches’ prophecy. However, Fleance escapes and Banquo returns to Macbeth as a ghost. Horrified, Macbeth seeks out the three Witches who expound on the prophecy, explaining that Macbeth will be invincible in battle until the forest of Birnam moves on his stronghold at Dunsinane and until he meets an enemy “not born of woman.” In response to the Witches’ warning against nobleman Macduff, Macbeth has his castle seized and his wife and children murdered while Macduff is in England joining Malcolm. In his grief and ire he raises an army and plans to invade Scotland. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth has gone mad with guilt and kills herself. Despite Macbeth’s despair, he boards himself up in Dunsinane, believing the Witches’ prophecy and fearfully waits for the forest to move. ( All of these events are free-and-open to the public. Sapphire Lutheran Homes is located at 501 N. 10th Street in Hamilton. Call Dominic Farrenkopf at 363-2800 for more information or visit

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arby, Conner & Sula

The towns of the Darby, Sula and Conner occupy a region at the lower end of Ravalli County commonly called the South Valley area. Darby contains some of the oldest buildings in the Bitterroot, including the museum, which was one of the first hand-hewn cabins built in the region. The quiet town

of slightly less than 1,000 is also the home of the National Museum of Forest Service History. Each summer, Darby holds Logger Days, paying tribute to the timber industry that was responsible for the town’s boom. Conner is a small community located off Highway 93 south of Darby, and sits on the edge of the Bitterroot National Forest.

Trapper Peak stands nearby, with a summit of 10,157 feet. Sula is the place where the Lewis and Clark expedition first encountered the Salish Native American tribe in 1805. The tribe outfitted the explorers with horses and helped guide them through the Bitterroot Mountains. Sula is named for the first white child born in the area, Ursula. A painting by Charlie Russell of a view near Sula hangs in the Montana State Capitol Building. The South Valley area has some of the best boating and fishing in the region, including Lake Como to the north and Painted Rocks State Park to the south. To the south is a ski hill and hot springs. Visit for more information. Darby Farmers Market Every Tuesday from May through October, local growers bring their wares into town and set up for a farmer’s market that lasts from morning through the afternoon. The farmer’s market is the best way to get a hold of local produce, as well as handmade sweets and artistic goods. It’s a traditional weekly event dating back for years. The Darby farmer’s market is located right in the center of town, in the park next to city hall on Main Street in Darby. Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum This pioneer museum houses home life and business artifacts of historic Darby, as well as early photos showing the history of Darby and its inhabitants. The building that houses the museum was one of the first hand-hewn cabins in the area, originally built in 1886. In 1958, it was moved from its original location at Tin Cup to its current location in Darby. The museum contains photos of the cabin at

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its original location. It also has handwritten letters, deeds, and documents from schools and churches to give a glimpse into the everyday life of the Darby area’s past. The museum opens for the season on Memorial Day and remains open through Labor Day. It is located behind City Hall just off Main Street in Darby. Call for information at 406-821-3753.

Darby Rodeo Association Darby is quickly becoming the place to be if you enjoy rodeo action. The Darby Rodeo Association will host five exciting events in 2017. The National Senior Pro Rodeo Tour swings into Darby on June 20 - 22. Contestants come from all of the United States and Canada to compete. Their goal is to earn points for qualification to the Senior Pro Rodeo Finals held in Las Vegas each October. Slack starts at 10am on the 20th - 22nd free admission. Performances start at 6pm on the 20th & 21st -- admission is $10.

Old West Gallery This one block long shop in the middle of Darby is a onestop shop for everything from area gifts and souvenirs to local antiques and art. But the real draw, as the sign Darby Rodeo above the Royalty door won’t let Pageant you forget, is the large candy Darby shop that takes Rodeo Associaup one side of the tion is pleased to building. announce this very The Old West makes special new addition its own fudge and chocoto our program! Comlate that it sells on premises, plete pageant details can be PERRY BACKUS / Ravalli Republic and contains more than 400 found by visiting the Darby types of candy that can be bought in Rodeo Assoc. Royalty page on Facebook. bulk. From jelly beans and taffy to throwThe pageant coronation will be held in backs like Big Hunk and Abba Zaba, a conjunction with the Chip & Buck Event trip through Darby isn’t complete without on Saturday night, June 3. filling up on sweets. The Old West Gallery is open every day Darby Rodeo Association Chip N Buck and is located on Main Street. Look for the Event June 2 - 3, 2017 sign with “Candy” in big letters, it’s tough Golf & rough stock - what could be to miss. more fun?! This new event to the Darby Rodeo Association’s summer schedule is

sure to be a crowd pleaser. Elite Bull Connection July 8, 2017 The Elite Bull Connection pits some of the best bovine athletes against the best bull riders in the Northwest and Canada. The 2017 competition will include 30 of the Elite Professional Bullrider’s most determined competitors! Along with the event itself is the Pink Bull Explosion. It is a bull that is actually pink and represents a ride of special note for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink organization. The Darby Rodeo Association along with the stock contractors and bull riders donate generously. They make this happen with the Pink Bull Explosion. In 2014 $10,400 was the money awarded to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink organization through this very special “Pink” ride. To learn more about the summer’s fun, go to or call 406.451.9138.

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Bronc Bustin and Barrel Burnin In September two of Rodeo’s most recognizable events will be rolling into Darby to showcase their timartiseless appeal. A futurity Saddle Bronc Bronc Bustin and Barrel Racing so fast it will get the Barrels Burnin. The Darby Rodeo Association in cooperation with The World Class Bucking Horse Association is proud to present the 2017 Bronc Bustin in Darby Montana. The World Class Bucking Horse Association is committed to assisting the people dedicated to the Professional Bucking Horse Futurities and set the utmost standards to propel these events to the highest level, increasing the value of quality bucking horses and improving the bucking horse industry. Furthermore, we are determined to give the public the opportunity to watch the most elite 4 and 5 year old saddle broncs in North America do what they do best....BUCK!! Action is slated to started at 6pm.

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Friday events 5 p.m. – midnight, Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with community parade and live music 8 p.m. to midnight. Live music will be featured at the event both nights, starting in the evening and continuing on until midnight. Sales of tickets, available at the event, benefit the veteran’s memorial. Entry for the live music both nights of Logger Days can be purchased separately, or as a part of the entry button price. More information is located online at the event’s website

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Darby Logger Days Darby Logger Days is an annual lumberjack competition event held at the South Valley Veteran’s Memorial on the south end of Darby. This year the 15th annual event will be held Friday and Saturday, July 21 & 22.Celebrating the skill and bravery of those who work in the time-honored tradition of logging. This year they have scheduled seventeen traditional logging competitions including axe throwing, pole climbing, log roll and cross-cut sawing.

Painted Rocks State Park Painted Rocks State Park on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, offers boating and fishing opportunities with the Painted Rocks Reservoir. The park is named for the colored lichen that covers the rocks walls, giving them green, yellow and orange hues. Big Horn Sheep can often be seen from the cliffs surrounding the park. There are also 25 campsites, with fire pits and picnic tables, meaning it is also ideal for swimming and overnight stays. To get to Painted Rocks, take the West Fork Road from Highway 93, north of Conner. More information can be found online at or by calling 406-273-4253. Gifts from Montana should be Made in Montana

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Lake Como Recreation Area The Lake Como Recreation Area is the most popular outdoor spot in the Bitterroot area. Lake Como features beaches with roped off swimming areas, and a boat launch and picnic area. It also has the Rock Creek Trailhead, with several hiking trails available. Snow-covered mountains, whose melt off feeds the lake, rise up sharply at the end of the lake. Camping options for overnight stay are available, including hookups for RVs. The historic Woods cabin, located on the lake shore, can be rented year round (call

1-877-444-6777 or visit Summer weekends are busy at Lake Como, with plenty of swimmers, motorboats and jet skis on the water. In winter, Lake Como is a great place for snowshoeing and ice fishing, and has several groomed cross country skiing tracks. Lake Como is located four miles up the paved Lake Como Road off Highway 93 between Hamilton and Darby. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, all vehicles at Lake Como must have a recreation pass, which can be purchased at the recreation area. See bitterroot/recreation for more information.

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9th Annual Hardtimes Bluegrass when one of the real gems of Festival the South Valley is avail The annual Hardtimes able for use. Lost Trail Bluegrass Festival will Powder Mountain, bring together 11 which at the borbluegrass bands der between from across the Montana and Northwest, Idaho south as well as of Darby. solo acts. Named This year, after the the festitrail where val takes Lewis place July and Clark 21-23. became This famlost on the ily-friendly way to the event also Continenhas food and tal Divide, drink vendors the ski hill has present all of something for the days of this beginners and celebration of experts alike. Five traditional bluegrass chairlifts and three music, which includes rope tows provide easy performances by Panhandle access to the more than provided photo Polecasts from Rathdrum, Id, 1,800 acres of skiing terSpring Thaw from Missoula, Ladd Canyon rain. The lodge also offers great food and Ramblers from Oregon, Brothers Parker drinks. from Arizona & Montana, and Mike and Lost Trail gets more than 300 inches of Tari Conroy from Conner. snow annually, and is known in the area Music starts Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and for its low ticket prices and short lift lines. continues all weekend long. Bring your With more than 50 marked trails from own chair and enjoy some tunes. bunny hill to glades, a ski and boarding To get to the festival, go north on Highschool for first timers, and equipment rentway 93 from Darby, and turn at mile mark- als, Lost Trail Powder Mountain is a perfect er 37 to Forest Hill Road. Tickets are $12 for winter destination. adults, $6 for kids. More information can Visit for details. be found by going to hardtimesbluegrass. com or calling 406-821-3777. Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort Lost Trail Hot Springs Resort south of Sula Lost Trail Powder Mountain provides lodging, dining, and of course, Spring and summer in the Bitterroot a natural, chemical-free outdoor hot is beautiful, but it’s during the winter springs swimming pool and hot tub. The

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hot springs is open year-round with cabins and lodge rooms to rent. In the winter, the pool area is covered by a dome, so guests can continue to enjoy it at any time. During the winter, Chief Joseph Cross Country Trails just to the east provides more than 25 miles of groomed trail and the hot springs, as well as snowmobile routes. See its Facebook page or website at, or call 406.821.3574. Big Hole National Battlefield A bit of a journey, but worth it for one of the most historic places in the state. Travel south from Darby to the Idaho border, then head east in MT-43 for 17 miles to reach the Big Hole National Battlefield. Scene of the 1877 Battle of the Big Hole, the largest battle of the Nez Perce War between the Native American tribe and the U.S. government, who had pushed them off their land in Oregon to an Idaho reservation. The Nez Perce decided to attempt to escape to Canada after some of their members killed white settlers. U.S. forces attacked the Nez Perce encampment at Big Hole. During a two-day battle, more than 60 Nez Perce, including women and children, were killed. The U.S. Cavalry lost almost 30. Two months later, the Nez Perce surrendered, only 40 miles from the Canadian Border. Big Hole was designated a national battlefield in 1963. A visitor center, museum and bookstore provide more historical insight to the area. Ranger guided tours are available in the summer.

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Salmon sits in Lemhi County in Idaho, which is famous for a rush of gold miners in the late 1800s. The Lewis and Clark expedition also crossed the Continental Divide at Lemhi Pass, southeast of Salmon. Salm

on, home of Sacajawea, has a historic center that opened in 2003 dedicated to preserving the history of the area. The Lewis and Clark expedition dubbed the Salmon River the “River of No Return� after attempting to use it to continue their

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journey to the Pacific. in it. Salmon is now known as one of the best There is also a portion of the center whitewater areas in the world, with visishowing the history of the Agai’dika tors flocking to the town in the Lemhi Shoshone people. spring and summer to get The center is open from on the water. But other Memorial Day through recreational options the end of Septemabound, from huntber, 7 days a week ing and steelhead from 9:00 a.m. to fishing to mountain 5:00 p.m. (noon to biking and horse5:00 on Sundays). back riding. The outdoor trails To the north, at are open year the Idaho-Monround. Entrance tana border, there to the Sacajawea is the ski resort, Lost Center is $12 Trail Powder Mounper family, $5 per tain. Several ghost person. Tours are towns in the area can also available. Visit be visited with a short drive on some of the most or call 208-756-1188 for scenic roadways in the Padetails. cific Northwest. PHOTO PROVIDED BY RAWHIDE OUTFITTERS Agai’dika Heritage Days Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural and Edu- Every year, the Sacajawea Interpretive, cational Center Cultural and Educational Center holds an Salmon, being the birthplace of the only event called Sacajawea Heritage Days to woman that was part of the Lewis and celebrate the history of the Salmon region Clark expedition, is also home to the and its people. Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Heritage Days, which will be held August Educational Center. 18-19, brings culture to the community. The grounds of the Sacajawea Center Whether it is the Agai’dika Lemhi Shocover 71 acres that includes walking trails shone dancing or a Dutch oven cooking with interpretive signs about the area’s competition, visitors will learn more about environment and history. history and have fun doing it. Inside the center, there is a small The all-day, free event includes games gift shop selling history books about for children, and interactive programs, Sacajawea, the Lewis and Clark expedilike demonstrations on knot tying to showtion and the Native American tribes that ing how expedition saddle horses are inhabited the area. Artifacts from the packed. In addition, there will be yarn Lewis and Clark expedition, along with dyeing, spinning and weaving, as well as informational dioramas and videos inform candle making. visitors about the expedition, and the role A Native American feast, including the the Salmon area and Sacajawea played town’s namesake salmon, and a dance

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finish off the evening. For more information, see sacajaweacenter. org or call 208-756-1188. 1805 Living Experience is a yearly event, held this year August 1020. This event allows people to experience what it was like living in 1805. Lemhi County Fair – Aug 19-26 For a week every August, the town of Salmon revolves around the county fair. The fair includes a rodeo, horse racing, livestock showings from 4H and FFA. Every night, there is another main event to experience, in addition to rides, food vendors, and art galleries. Local favorites include horse shows, dog races, and a

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pie-making contest. There is no gate admission for the fair and carnival, although the rodeo does have an entrance fee. The event is held at the fairgrounds in Salmon. Details and schedules can be found online at Salmon Whitewater Rafting It’s hard to even think of Salmon without thinking of being out enjoying all the outdoor recreation options the town and area offer. As one of the whitewater capitals of the world, a visit to Salmon is not complete without getting onto the waters of the Salmon River. There are many rafting companies in town that can set up guided floats or rent out gear. Idaho Adventures, located downtown, has been in the business for more than 40 years, and offers guided

whitewater and scenic floating trips, as well as steelhead fishing expeditions. They also have guided bike rides, as well as equipment rentals for all of their services available. For those looking for tips on where to go, whether on the water or on the trails, Idaho Adventures can supply directions to a good time to any visitors, regardless of skill level. For more information, see, call them at 1-208-756-2986 or drop in and visit them on Main Street in Salmon. Mountain Biking As one of the ultimate outdoor towns, Salmon has a dedicated biking community. Every year, the town has multiple events for cyclists, from races for the pros to long tour rides.

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One of these events is 12 Hours of Disco Chinese immigrant community. There is featuring single-track racers from around also a wing dedicated to the discovery the region. 12 Hours of Disco will take of gold and other minerals in the area, place on May 20 this year. along with the westward exThe endurance race pansion that gave rise to takes place at Discovcattle, sheep and timery Hill near Salmon. ber industries. The event also has The museum live music, food is open Monday and drinks all through Saturday long. Anday from the other promiend of May nent annual through Sepevent is the tember, and on Lemhi Valley Wednesdays Century Ride, the rest of the which will take year, and by place on June appointment. 22. The century The Lemhi ride allows bikers County Historical to go on either a Museum is located 100 mile or 100 kiloat 210 Main Street. For meter ride through the additional details, visit Lemhi Valley along Idaho, Highway 28, with prepared or call 208-756-3342. PHOTO PROVIDED BY RAWHIDE OUTFITTERS rest stops and a barbeque celebration at the end. Salmon Marathon Visit for more informa Biking, rafting or running, Salmon doesn’t tion about the events, and for trail maps care how you get out and about, only of great places to get out and ride in the that you do. The race day for this year’s Salmon area. Salmon Marathon is September 9, when about 300 runners will be out to attempt Lemhi County Historical Museum the half marathon or the full 26.2 miles. The Lemhi County Historical Museum The races also includes a kids run, so famihouses various exhibits that provide a lies with children can get in on the fun, sense of the history the community of and live music and food at the finish line. Salmon has. Through preservation and This year will be the marathon’s seventh interpretive history of artifacts found in the race. Salmon area, the museum strives to build Proceeds from this year’s race will go to its historic collection. the Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Associ Some of the exhibits include the largation, which works to allow disabled and est collection of Lemhi Shoshone artifacts special needs individuals be able to ride available anywhere in the country, as well horses as a form a therapy. Visit salmonas artifacts and photographs from the for more information.

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Salmon River-Sawtooth Scenic Byway Ranked in the top 10 best drives in the Rocky Mountain area, this scenic road that runs through Salmon is a can’t miss drive to see the beautiful landscape of Idaho. Mirroring the Salmon River and running through areas like the Sun Valley and along several national forests, the Salmon River-Sawtooth Scenic Byway is the best reason to get in the car or on the motorcycle and just go. Craters of the Moon National Monument and the Ernest Hemingway memorial are just a few

of the attractions you will find along the route. More information can be found at 13th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ’s Festival The Salmon Arts Council is celebrating its 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ’s Festival on August 6th! Featuring Paula Harris and the Beasts of blue and Andy T. and the Nick Nixon Band. In addition, we’ll have lots of great food, local artist vendors, craft demonstrations, a kids’ art tent, and, of course, a wide array of regional beers to enjoy! For pre-sale tickets, check www. Salmon Arts Council Summer Events The Salmon Arts Council hosts concerts and events for the whole family throughout the summer. To get the latest information on upcoming events and to buy tickets, visit or call 208-756-2987.


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alendar of events MAY 5


National Day of Prayer at St. Mary’s Chapel at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 777=5734 for more information. Pie in the Big Sky Auction at the Rocky Mountain Bank in Stevensville beginning at 6:30 pm until all pies are sold Call SMSA at 777-3773 for more information.


Hamilton’s Farmers Market Opens 9 a.m .-1 p.m. (961-0004) MAY 13 Mother’s Day Tea at the Daly Mansion. Call 406-363-6004 ext. 2 MAY 12 Boot, Scoot & Boogie fundraiser at the First Interstate Center for S.A.F.E. Call 363-2793

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MAY 13 Spring For The Arts Bitterroot Performing Arts Council presents Annual Spring for the Arts Event at St. Francis Community Center in Hamilton from 6 – 10 pm Call Staci 363-7946 for more info MAY 19-21 Gem and Mineral Show 79th Annual Show and 2017 NFMS Show - Dig This!; Bitterroot Gem and Mineralogical Society, First Interstate Center; Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; $3, under 12 free with adult; Dave Trexler, Paleontologist. Two medicine dinosaur center, Bynum MT, gems, minerals, displays, geodes, silent auction, dealers, presentations, fossils, field trips; contact Steve Vieth, (406)-381-7597; e-mail: MAY 29 Victor Museum Open For the Season MAY 29 Memorial Day Parade, Corvallis Annual Memorial Day Parade. Contact Doug Mason 546-4244 MAY 31 - Annual Darby Dog Derby (369-0707) JUNE 2 Darby Rodeo Assoc. presents ‘Chip n Buck’ (544-5536) JUNE 2-4 Artists Along The Bitterroot, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. Call Amy Knight 531-0853. JUNE 3 Spring Adventures Have spring fun, dance to the music of the Salamanders; learn about pollination and more. For more info, call 363-6004, ext 2 JUNE 9-11 Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival at Ravalli County Fairgrounds 642-3119

JUNE 10 Bitter Root Day at the Ravalli County Museum. Call 363-3338 for more information. JUNE 9-11 Mt Professional Artist Assoc. Annual Art Show & Sale at BR River Inn. Reception June 9 at 6:00 pm. 961-3887 JUNE 15 Mansion Music Series “Romancing the West”; 7 pmat the Daly Mansion JUNE 16-17 Western Heritage Day , Stevensville Main Street. Trolley wagon rides, beer garden, food court and much more. St. Mary’s Mission will have Salish Dancers and Guided Tours of St. Mary’s Mission. Call 777-5734 or 777-3773 for more information. JUNE 19-22 Youth History Camp at the Daly Mansion. Call 363-6004 ext. 2 for more information. JUNE 20-21 NSPRA Rodeo in Darby. Rodeo event kicks off at 6 pm each evening (544-5436) JUNE 23-24 50 Mile Garage Sale Hot Spot – Ravalli County Fairgrounds JUNE 24 Free Air and Car Show; classic hotrods and planes. Pancake breakfast and fly-in starts at 7 am at the RC Airport (381-2273) JUNE 30- Hamilton Kick’n Buck Rodeo at Fairgrounds (549-7495) JULY 4 City of Hamilton Fireworks Show at the RC Fairgrounds. 363-3411 JULY 8 Elite Bull Connection in Darby, this event pits some of the best bovine athletes against the best bull riders in the Northwest and Canada. Call 544-5536 Cal Ruark JULY 9 Napa Auto Show ‘Stars, Guitars & Cars’ from 10 am to 3 pm. Car show, music, food and fun. Call Stevensville Napa 777-5791.

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Mansion Music Series “Romancing the West”; 7 pm at the Daly Mansion JULY 15 Stevensville Bike and Brew, activities throughout the day along with vendors, farmers market, food, and kids’ activities (777-3773) JULY 20 Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce after Hours Event at the Bitter Root Humane Association, from 4:30-6:30! Please join us for food, fun, drinks and raffle prizes as you learn about the animal shelter, take tours, see the animals and discover how you can help the animals in our community.

JULY 22 The Strawberry Festival old-fashioned ice cream social. Music is provided by local musicians with vendors, raffles. This event is a fundraiser for the Darby Volunteer Fire Department, from 5 pm to 9 pm. 406-381-5114 JULY 21-22 Logger Days in Darby. Lots of activities for the whole family. Friday events from 5 pm till midnight; Sat events begin at 9 am JULY 21-23 Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival; bands, band contests, awards JULY 22 Bitterroot Arts Guild presents Art in the Park (Legion Park in Hamilton) (241-6181)

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A Step Back in Time at the Daly Mansion; 11 am – 4 pm and 4 pm to 5:30 pm JULY 22-23 Daly Days in Hamilton. Street vendors, crafts, food and sales. Friday night will be a street dance and Friday and Saturday activities for everyone. you will not want to miss this event. Call for more information 360-9124 JULY 22-23 Team Roping Competition Event in Darby – for more information Call 544-5536 Cal Ruark JULY 22 - 24 Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival 8th Annual. 11 Performing Bands, band contest, awards lots of jamming. Call 821-377 for more information or JUL 28-29 Daly Days in Hamilton. Street vendors, crafts, food. Friday night features a street dance. (360-9124) JULY 29 Annual MicroBrew Festival on 2nd and Bedford in Hamilton. Voted BEST EVENT for 2015 .. Event from 3:00 to 10:00 with some of the best Microbrews in Western Montana. Music, food and lots of brews! Call 363-2400 for more information. AUGUST 5 105th Creamery Picnic in Stevensville. Parade, Montana BBQ, music, contests, crafters and much more. for more information or 777-3773. AUGUST 5 ‘Roundup At Riverside’ at the Daly Mansion. Annual fundraiser for the mansion. Call 363-6004 ext. 2 for more information. AUGUST 5 Rodeo in Darby, Good o’ Fashion Ranch Rodeo in Darby. Call 544-5536 Cal Ruark

AUGUST 11 5K Run, Bitter Root Water Forum will host a Run for the River 5K at the Kiwanis River Park, 375 South 9th Street in Hamilton. A 10K race has been added for this year. Event to benefit Bitter Root Water Forum. for more information. Free event with vendors, face painting, fly casting clinic, live animal show and more. Also learn more about the Bitterroot Watershed. Music by the Big Sky Mudflaps, good food and great beer! for more information AUG 19-20 Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering at the Daly Mansion. Call 3636323 for more information. AUG 30-SEPT 2 Ravalli County Fair and Rodeo at the RC Fairgrounds. 363-3411 for more information. Parade begins at 10 am on Wednesday – downtown Hamilton. Aug 30- Sept 2 Spuds R Us Four Bitterroot nonprofits sharing one fantastic food booth at the fair! Join the Bitter Root Humane Association, the Daly Mansion, the Corvallis Grange and Historic St. Mary’s Mission at “Spuds R Us” at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. SEPT 11 9/11 Memorial at Veteran’s Park in Stevensville at 11 am. 777-3773 SEPT 16-18 Sports Connection Gun Show at the First Interstate Center. Call 6332206 for more information. SEPT 17 Bronc Bustin & Barrel Burning in Darby – World Class Bucking Horse Association is committed to assisting the people dedicated to the professional bucking horse futurities and set the utmost standards.

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Watch the most elite 4 and 5 year old saddle broncs in North America do what they do best … BUCK. Plus Darby Jr. 4 Aces Rodeo at 1 pm. Call Cal Ruark 544-5536 SEPT 17 Salish Pilgrimage at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Mission. Call 777-5734 for more information. SEPT 23 Emma’s House Fundraiser at the RC Fairgrounds SEPT 23 Founder’s Day at St. Mary’s, 175th Anniversary Commemoration of Founders Day at 10 a.m. 175th Commemoration of the first pioneer settlement in Montana in conjunction with the Montana Historical Society History Conference. Call 777-5734 for more information regarding this event. OCT 6 Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville. Enjoy incredible works of art and design. Enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest. 777-3773 OCT 7 McIntosh Day at the Ravalli County Museum hailed as the biggest bake sale under the big sky. Arts, crafts, food and produce. Hand-baked apple pies, action and music. 3633338 OCT 7 Liquid Apple Night- this event takes place directly following Apple Day and is a hard cider festival. This event takes place in Legion Park. Call 363-3338. OCT 7 Children’s Harvest Party at the Daly Mansion. Call 363-6004 ext. 2 for more information. OCT 13-14 Murder Mystery Dinner in partnership with Hamilton Players at the Daly Mansion. Call 363-6004 ext. 2 for more information.

OCT 27-18 Haunted Hayrides at the Daly Mansion (363-6004) OCT 21st 10pm-3am Ghost Tours at the RC Museum from 28th & 31st 10 pm to 3 am. No children under 14 call 363-3338 OCT 31 Community Harvest Party at the 1st Interstate Center in Hamilton. Beginning at 5 pm. Free Community Harvest Party, food, games and fun! Hosted by the Bitterroot Calvary Chapel Church. 363-3411 OCT 28-29 Haunted Mansion Hayrides at Daly Mansion. 363-6004 ext 2 NOV 3-5 Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours & Sales from 10:30 am to 6 pm; an opportunity to purchase are directly from the artists NOV 4 BR Wedding Assoc. & Bridal Haus Show at RC Fairgrounds NOV 3-5 Holly Jolly Artisan Show & Sale at the Daly Mansion. Call 363-6004 NOV 5 Bitterroot Wedding Association and Bridal Haus Show at the First Interstate Center in Hamilton. Call 363-3411 for more information NOV 11 Annual Veterans Day Memorial at the RC Museum at 2 pm. We begin our program at the Doughboy with the laying of the wreaths by Veterans Organizations and Auxiliaries. Following that there is a program in the Court Room on the 2nd floor with refreshments being served. Call 363-3338. NOV 17-18 Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show and Sale at the 1st Interstate Center. Call 363-3411 for more information regarding this event.

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NOV 18

Festival of Wreaths from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Bitterroot River Inn Join the Bitter Root Humane Association for an evening of holiday fun and festivities! Enjoy delicious appetizers, decadent desserts and a no-host bar while exploring our gallery of beautifully decorated everlasting and fresh wreaths. There will also be fresh swags, antique ornaments and other unique creations; (363-5449) for ticket information.

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NOV 24 The last weekend in November is time for Hamilton’s Christmas Kickoff, Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll. Enjoy caroling tree lighting and Santa arrival. Warming barrels, free s’mores for kids in in-store specials. Call 360-9124 NOV 25 Small Business Saturday celebrate our small local businesses by shopping small locally. Special offers, no crowds, no traffic. 360-9124

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DEC 1-3 Sports Connection Gun Show at RC Fairgrounds DEC 1-2 A Stevensville Country Christmas with special Christmas Exhibits in Stevensville. Parade of Lights, caroling, horse and wagon rides and Santa. 777-3773 for more information. Dec 2 Christmas Tea & Tour at the Daly Mansion (363-6004) DEC 4 Victor Chocolate Tasting Event. From 3-9 pm. Call 642-3997.

DEC 9 Cookie Walk and Bake Sale The most unique bake sale you will ever attend! Talented bakers have been busy whipping up their favorite holiday cookies of every flavor, shape and size. Have fun shopping for holiday gifts and enjoy festive and beautiful display of treats. All proceeds benefit the Bitter Root Humane Association animal shelter. (363-5449) DEC 16 Community Christmas Party at the Daly Mansion. 363-6004 ext 2

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advertiser index Artists Along The Bitterroot...............................17 Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering...............45 Bitterroot Chamber Of Commerce...................30 Bitterroot Furniture.............................................35 Blacksmith Brewery.............................................13 Cheers Unlimited..................................................9 Coffee Cup..........................................................33 Coldwell Banker Western States.......................13 Daly Mansion......................................................42 Dons Home Center............................................54 Farmers State Bank.............................................51 Fords Department Store....................................37 Hamilton Downtown Association........................3 Hamilton Players.................................................37 Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival.............................54 Lone Pine Store...................................................14

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Lube Quick..........................................................22 M & M Trans & Auto...........................................25 Main Street Toys.................................................67 Montana Westgate Realty.................................40 Rainbows End.....................................................48 Ravalli County Fairgrounds................................36 Ravalli County Museum......................................40 Rocking L Ranch Alpacas...................................27 Sapphire Lutheran Homes.................................68 Sears of Hamilton...............................................38 Stevensville Main Street.....................................11 The Walker Group..............................................11 The Edge Restaurant............................................2 Victor Heritage Museum....................................25 West Fork Mountain Crafts................................48 Wimps Body Works Inc......................................30 Windermere Real Estate/Msla...........................47

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Missoulian, Sunday, June 9, 2013

Missoulian, Sunday, June 9, 2013 – 37

Bitterroot Parkway Bitterroot Parkway * Bike-Ped Path Bike-Ped Path TheThe Bitterroot Parkway Bike-Ped Path is aPath paved Bitterroot Parkway Bike-Ped is a paved 45-mile easyeasy routeroute through the scenic Bitterroot Valley Valley 45-mile through the scenic Bitterroot from Lolo to Hamilton. It begins at the Lolo from LoloCenter to Hamilton. at theRiver Lolo Community and endsItatbegins the Hamilton Community Center and ends at the Hamilton River Trail. Trail. The Pathway has adjacent trails from Florence to the river; Stevensville to Stevensville; andFlorence to ThethePathway hasWye adjacent trails from Woodside to the Corvallis. There is Wye also easy dirt road the river; Stevensville to Stevensville; and access to the fishing sites of There the Bitterroot Woodside to Corvallis. is alsoRiver easyand dirt road to access the different trailheads the Bitterroot Mountains. to the fishinginsites of the Bitterroot River and Travelers’ Rest State Park is accessible by the U.S. to the different trailheads in the Bitterroot Mountains. Highway 12 Pathway. Travelers’ Rest State Park is accessible The Bitterroot Parkway Bike-Ped Path has by the U.S. Highway 12areas Pathway. numerous rest but one should bring water. The Parkway Bike-Ped Path Many of theBitterroot restaurants and businesses along thehas route are openrest seven daysbut a week welcome numerous areas oneand should bring water. cyclists. vehicles areand not businesses allowed on the ManyMotorized of the restaurants along the pathway with the exception of wheelchairs. route are open seven days a week and welcome

cyclists. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the pathway with the exception of wheelchairs. From the Missoulian publication HIKE BIKE RUN

*At the time of printing, the Missoula to Lolo leg of the Bitterroot trail is open. No map was available.

DAVID ERICKSON / Ravalli Republic

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Friday, June une 30 • FREE Outdoor Concert • F Featuring tincup followed by a specta spectacular fireworks display

The band tincup is one of the many local groups born of the fellowship of the Bitterroot music scene, the jams and informal get-togethers characterized by Montana’s sense of fun and welcome. All the members are veteran musicians; bonded by a love for the diverse music traditions of America. Crossing genres in search of music that appeals to old and young, tincup’s first aim is to enjoy the sound; their second is to share it. You’ve likely heard them performing at local breweries, outdoor festivals, or farmers’ markets, around the Bitterroot Valley. You’ll know them by their range of instruments, and you’ll be certain it’s tincup when you hear their rich vocal harmonies and see how much fun they’re having.

Friday, July 7 • FREE Outdoor Concert •Featuring Big Sky Mudflaps

The Big Sky Mudflaps are celebrating over 40 years of performing together! Their unique sound-- a blend of jazz, swing and rhythm & blues with a healthy dose of Latin percussion -- has won them national acclaim. The Mudflaps have earned praise from the New York Times, the Village Voice, Billboard, Esquire Magazine, and many other publications.

Friday, July 14 • FREE Outdoor Concert • Featuring Western Union

Western Union is Montana’s favorite Cowboy & Cowgirl band, specializing in classic Western Swing & Honky-Tonk music. With electric and acoustic guitars, stand-up bass, pedal steel guitar, and drums - plus sharp-as-a-tack lead vocals and vocal harmonies - Western Union delivers the true-blue sound of grass-roots America. Covering the best of the classic Western repertoire along with their own sizzling and swinging original tunes, Western Union gets the job done every time. You’re guaranteed to be stompin’ your feet, clappin’ your hands, and dancin’ your shoes off.

Friday, July 21 • FREE Outdoor Concert •Featuring Who Dat Band Formed in 2014 by four musicians of diverse backgrounds who each have over 20 years music performance experience, Who Dat! is a “Montana band with a southern rock sound.” The harmony blend of this group is never more evident than when they perform songs by The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, The Beach Boys, Alabama and the Doobie Brothers.

Tuesday, August 15th, 6pm • FREE PERFORMANCE

Shakespeare In The Parks Macbeth

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) is the only fully professional touring theatre program in the state currently producing Shakespeare’s plays, the only Shakespeare company in the country to reach as extensively into rural areas and the only company in the state that offers its performances free to the public, guaranteeing accessibility to all. Concessions available.

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