Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell: The Women In His Life and Art

A new exhibition just opened at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. At first glance, the title “Charles Russell: Women in His Life and Art” seems out of line, perhaps an ill-fit for America’s cowboy artist. Most western art aficionados I know value Russell artwork because he created such realistic images of wildlife and he portrayed the Plains Indian tribes with such accuracy. Since Russell lived the “cowboy way of life” he produced poignant and … Read more

Western Art Week Putting On A Grand Show

The third week in March finds Great Falls turning in to the Western Art Capital of the World. That’s a pretty heady title but once you experience it, you get it. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Russell Art Auction, now named The Russell: A Sale to Benefit the Russell Museum. Locals who began the show 50 years ago, and one who has attended all 50 shows, were all smiles last night at … Read more

Unique Adventures in Central Montana

The phone rings. It’s my cousin and she’s looking for ideas for a summer vacation. Before I ask what interests her family has, I start blurting out an entire list of ideas. Knowing there are kids involved I immediately think of our our summer dinosaur digs and our six amazing museums on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. If they are traveling on US Hwy 2 (Montana’s Hi-Line) they could stop at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook and … Read more

Enbar Serves Up Craft Cocktails

It was a cold and snowy day, probably best for staying inside by a warm cozy fire. Whoa, change of plan! I was off to a new craft cocktail lounge in downtown Great Falls! Enbar opened December 1st in a beautifully renovated historic building and has seen a steady crowd of folks stopping by to sample their craft cocktails. So, what separates Enbar from your typical lounge? They use Montana liquors in their cocktails and … Read more

My Visit to JJJ Wilderness Ranch

An email popped up in my inbox a few weeks ago from Kim at JJJ Wilderness Ranch near Augusta, Montana. The question – could I join them and some friends at the ranch for dinner? Well yes, double yes, I’d love to! There are parts of my job that are so fun I hesitate to call them work. This would definitely be in the “fun” category. For starters, the drive from Great Falls to Augusta … Read more

Going Round & Round in Shelby – A New Carousel Opens

For several months I have heard snippets of information about Shelby, Montana getting a carousel. I happen to think riding a carousel is something for all ages and I was excited. It started out as one man’s dream to find a carousel, buy it, restore it, and build a building to house it. It sounded like quite a long-shot to accomplish all of that in a town the size of Shelby, pop. 3,326. Things like … Read more

Tall Boys Tavern Hosts Farm to Fabulous

I’ve eaten at Tall Boys Tavern in Hobson several times (my fave…fish tacos if you are there on Friday) but the invitation to attend an “art unveiling” was intriguing. Titled “Farm to Fabulous” the event was touted as a chance to see employees of the tavern and restaurant in a different light. Since I know a couple of the folks who work there I was eager to point my wheels east and do a road … Read more

Roadhouse Diner Joins Pie a la Road

Here’s the beginning of the story – I simply HAD to eat one more piece of pie to keep my record of “verifying” every pie location on Central Montana’s pie trail, Pie a la Road. There was no long road trip for this one. In fact, I could have (should have) walked to Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls. Roadhouse Diner is known for several things – their amazing and unique burgers, delicious fries, large portions, … Read more

Oh Yeah, I’m A Cowgirl

I have decided that deep inside me there is a cowgirl just waiting to get out! First of all, I have boots. Yes, I do. Not fancy boots, just good functional cowgirl boots. The fact that I probably only wear them a couple times a year does not matter. And the hat. Yes, I have that too. It’s a straw hat which is perfect since the 2 times a year I wear my boots would … Read more

Freezout Lake Never Disappoints

This spring I wasn’t able to get to Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area between Fairfield and Choteau to watch the annual snow goose migration. During the migration the sky literally goes dark when lift-off occurs. And the bird chatter is amazingly loud. Freezout is located along the east slope of the Rockies. As winds come over the mountains, the birds have some amazing updrafts while they cruise to their spring homes. The wildlife management area is … Read more