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Shelby Quilter Authors Book

Shelby, MT quilter Anne Wiens has accomplished what many people only dream about. She wrote and designed a book on quilting. Titled “The Thrifty Quilter” it shows how to make nearly free quilts from leftover fabric. As Anne said, if you quilt, you have scraps. Lots of scraps. This book tells how to organize them using […]

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One Heck of a Quilt Party

Today I pointed my wheels north on I-15 out of Great Falls and drove about 85 miles to Valier. Valier sits about 14 miles west of the interstate amid some amazing cropland. My reason for going was the Triangle Squares Quilt Guild party for quilters from many miles away. The Quilt Party was at the […]

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First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls

The first Friday of every month features a free-to-the-public art walk in Great Falls. I’m not sure how many years it has been going on (I’m going to guess about 5) but I do remember the very first one. There had been quite a bit of promotion for it and then it snowed, and snowed, and snowed. […]

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Charlie Russell History

Russell Country, named after western artist Charlie Russell, has an amazing way to discover the landscapes that captivated Charlie. The Russell Auto Tour booklet uses reproductions of Russell paintings to show landscapes that you can still see today. The route is primarily from Great Falls to Lewistown on US Hwy 87 and the state legislature has dubbed […]

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What The Hay – What An Event!

The Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event is always held the first Sunday after Labor Day and it is certainly a date worth noting on your future calendars. This year the weather was picture-perfect. Since I had painted haybales in steady rain Thursday, just a few days ago, I had my doubts about the […]

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Fun Time at Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Lewistown hosts the annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous the second weekend in August and I was fortunate to attend Saturday afternoon and evening. In addition to good music, we had the greatest time listening to a variety of poets. The poets write from personal experiences and definitely from their heart. Each 45 minute session […]

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Fiddlin’ Around

Not only could Jayce pack a mule, we found out that he played the fiddle. I’m sure he was pretty tired after packing gear but he agreed to play a few songs for us when we pointed out that we would not hear his music around the campfire when the other guests would. Yup, a […]

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Evening Entertainment at Pine Butte Guest Ranch

Our evening entertainment was a special request from our group. The other guests had heard it the night before we arrived and we didn’t want to be left out. It didn’t take long to realize that guest ranch manager Jim Culver obviously has a lot of talents. He runs the guest ranch, has excellent horsemanship skills and […]

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Evening Entertainment at Triple J

Another meal has worked its way into my tummy. We finished supper and everyone wandered in to one of the sitting rooms in the large log lodge. A neighboring rancher was there to entertain us for the evening. We were amazed at his curly chaps and he proudly told us his family’s history of owning them. […]

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Native American Art Show Features Student

My weekend became consumed with art shows! The Great Falls Native American Art Show held at the Civic Center was on my list for Saturday’s treks. As expected, I saw a great variety of artwork. The featured student artist, Kristen Hirst, was at her booth when I stopped by. On Friday she had sold 10 […]

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