Browning Firearm Collection

The C. M. Russell Museum is thought of as an art museum and it’s certainly that and much more. The artist’s log studio filled with Native American artifacts is one of my favorites but I was also intrigued by the Browning Firearms Collection just off the main lobby of the museum. This collection used to be tucked away in a far corner in the basement – it is finally in a highly visible area of … Read more

New Looks Old – And We Like That

A couple of years ago a very unfortunate fire started in one of Great Falls’ downtown historic multi-story buildings. Most people identified the building as the Public Drug building since that was the retail operation on the main/street level floor. The building was on the corner of 6th Street and Central Avenue – a main intersection in downtown Great Falls. It still stands today but is unoccupied and has remnants of the fire visible. Some work has … Read more

Hundreds of Nativities on Display

The Columbus Center, 1601 2nd Avenue North in Great Falls, has a huge display of nativity sets displayed on the first floor. If you enter from the main door you come in to the building lobby, then turn right and go down the hall…it’s one of those “you can’t miss it when you get there” displays. Some people would remember this building as a former hospital. It now houses a variety of offices. The nativity sets are in … Read more

Chester Hosts Christmas Stroll

What a better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to attend a Christmas Stroll in one of our small rural towns. Chester, Montana is located on US Hwy 2 about midway across the state from east to west on what we call the Hi-Line. Amtrak rolls through town but you would need to drive to Havre or Shelby to catch it. Chester recently rolled out the red carpet for their annual Christmas Stroll … Read more

Chouteau County Celebrates

The first weekend in December finds many vehicles heading to Russell Country’s Chouteau County for a wonderful county-wide celebration. Here’s a history lesson – there is a town named Choteau (spelled with one “u”) but it’s in Montana’s Teton County, not Chouteau County. Back to the Chouteau County Country Christmas. Take your pick of our small, charming communities or try to visit them all. On this weekend you could have found good times in Big Sandy, Carter, … Read more

Marias Museum’s New Clock

The newest exhibit at Shelby’s Marias Museum of History and Art is definitely “timely”. Last Tuesday evening the museum hosted an open house and dedication of a new clock display covering almost an entire wall. The first time I was ever at the Marias Museum of History and Art I was sure I was going in the wrong direction. The original museum is an entire home at 1129 1st Street North in Shelby’s residential district. I always tell people … Read more

Designer – Entrepreneur – Seamstress

The First Friday Artwalk in Great Falls is spread throughout the downtown area and also to the Four West Art League on 16th Street and 2nd Avenue North. The artwalk happens the first Friday evening of each month. Four West Art League is housed on the fourth floor of what used to be the area’s hospital. Individual rooms have become artists’ studios and showrooms. Hallways are decorated leading visitors from one room to the next. … Read more

North Pole Adventure – By Train

This past weekend I was fortunate to experience the North Pole Adventure near Lewistown, MT. Five of us, including one three-year old, rode the Charlie Russell Chew Choo train which becomes the “North Pole Adventure” during December. There are two North Pole train runs each Friday and Saturday during the first three weeks of December – a 5pm and a 7pm run. We rode the 5pm train Saturday. Boarding begins a half hour prior to … Read more

New Event at the Christmas Stroll

Friday’s Christmas Stroll in downtown Great Falls had all of the perfect elements – mild temperatures but you still needed winter clothing, lots of people, festive and decorated storefronts and most stores were open. There were street vendors selling a nice variety of food, restaurants and lounges were open and there was live music on the 400 block of Central Avenue. The Polar Plunge brought out the area’s tough and fun-loving, all for a good cause.  Stroll … Read more