Gargoyles in Great Falls

Yes, it is hard to believe that there are gargoyles in Great Falls, Montana. And, they are working gargoyles! A quest for some exercise this evening took me past the Ursuline Centre on Central Avenue and 23rd Street. The stunning architecture of Great Falls’ Ursuline Centre features gargoyles near the top of the center tower. There are eight mythical gargoyles on the building’s rain gutter system. Some pretty unique decorations for rain gutters! This amazing building … Read more

Spiffing Things Up

I was driving across town in Great Falls today and went through the First Avenue North underpass. The walls of the underpass have been painted in years past but they were sorely in need of a little spiffing up. The downtown Business Improvement District realized the need, offered a prize for the top design submitted, artists were selected and the project is now underway…in the underpass. I parked my car by the Children’s Museum and walked down to … Read more

Perennial Rootsfest Held in Great Falls

Forde Nursery in Great Falls was the site of Friday night’s 3rd Perennial Rootsfest. Note the word perennial in the name – this event is held at a nursery and annual would be a misnomer! Carrie Rodriquez headlined the show and Peter Karp and Sue Foley also performed. Rodriquez, an Austin, TX native, is a singer/songwriter/musician who wows crowds with her vocals and instrumental skills. She studied violin in younger years and can turn out some amazing music. The setting at … Read more

Five After Five

Some folks will say it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Well, Fort Benton’s Chouteau County courthouse has been a step ahead of Jimmy Buffet for quite awhile. For many years it really was 5:05 in Fort Benton all the time! When the stately courthouse was built money was too tight to put a clock on the clock tower. A painting of a clock was put there and the hands were positioned at 5:05. Local artist Brian Morger did a stunning painting of … Read more

Documentary Being Filmed in Great Falls

For the last few days a small film crew has been capturing footage either on the Missouri River or on the banks of the river near Great Falls. A documentary is being made that focuses on medicines used during the epic Lewis & Clark journey. When you consider their expedition, the length of time they were gone and the distances they traveled, it is amazing that only one member perished. And, that was from appendicitis! … Read more

Red Ants Music Festival a Huge Success

This past Saturday I headed to White Sulphur Springs, MT for the 2nd annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival. Last year I had an obligation that took me in another direction so I missed the first one. I was determined to see certain headliners this year and I knew I could only devote one day to the festival. And a long day it was! First of all, the drive from Great Falls to White Sulphur Springs is … Read more

Sunset Photo From Facebook Contest

This photo was submitted by a Montana lady who had been visiting the Lewistown area. She entered our Facebook contest after she Liked our Central Montana page. I’d say it’s almost past sunset in the photo but what a lucky shot right as the sun was disappearing. She said the photo was taken just outside of Lewistown. Even though she lives in Montana, this was her Montana vacation. We like that!

Choteau 4th of July Trip Wins Facebook Contest

I’m glad to say I’ve enjoyed the 4th of July in Choteau, Montana – actually the 3rd, 4th and 5th one year. Our week #4 Facebook contest winner is Todd Daniels. Todd won two nights lodging at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown for his contest entry. Following are Todd’s words about his Choteau visit: “The fourth of July in Choteau is a family tradition and can’t be beat. The best parade in the world, fun run, duck races, … Read more

A Mega Summer Celebration

Each year the community of Fort Benton sponsors Summer Celebration the fourth weekend in June. I always want to embellish that name a bit because just calling it Summer Celebration doesn’t explain the magnitude of the event. First of all, it lasts three days. Friday’s festivities begin with a free noon pig roast courtesy of First Security Bank. If you’re still hungry, head to another bank for dessert after that. You can also see an old-time gun … Read more

Blackleaf Canyon Hike Wins Facebook Contest

Week two of Central Montana’s Facebook contest yielded a winner who had hiked in the Blackleaf Canyon on the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front. You can tell this winner’s love of the outdoors and, most noticeably, the sense of awe inspired by this unique location adjacent to Lewis & Clark National Forest land, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Great Bear Wilderness and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here is her story: “The Rocky Mountain Front … Read more