Family, Friends and the Holiday Season in Central Montana

It’s wintertime and the holiday season is in full swing in Central Montana!  If you’re in the region visiting friends and family and looking for a fun way to get out of the house, then you might consider some of the following ideas for enjoying our charming small towns on a winter day. Breweries Visit to one of our 8 breweries!  A local brew is a great way to catch up on old memories while … Read more

Designing Masks and Sharing Native Culture

Rebekah Jarvey gazes out her living room window near the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation as she begins to tell her story. She is Chippewa Cree and her well-kept home sits along the reservation border in northern Montana. When she was a little girl her job was threading needles. She was doing beadwork at age five and at age eleven her mother taught her to sew. That struck chord with me because I started sewing at … Read more

It’s A Cowboy Boot Kind of Day

As one of our large art events approached last March I remembered that attendees typically dress western. As one observer said, Montana casual covers just about any kind of attire but I did notice a lot of cowboy boots at the event. In fact, there were so many, especially on women, that I began to take photos of them. Some were plain, some were out-of-this-world in design and style. Before I snapped any photos I asked … Read more

Red Cowboy Boot Envy

While we were waiting for our requested evening entertainment at Pine Butte guest ranch one night, I snapped a few photos of the stunning “red boots” that one gal in our group had. I saw them the minute she deboarded her airplane flight and was I ever envious. I have to admit, she wore them well. They were a great design in my favorite color. Mine are plain brown, nice and functional. Well, I can’t have it all!   … Read more

The Art of Wearing A Hat

A few days ago I said I wouldn’t wear a cowboy hat. OK, can I take that back? I happened to walk by Triple J’s gift shop and noticed some very tempting things. Tee shirts are always useful, the jewelry was unique and then, well, there were cowboy hats. Nobody was around so I decided I would just try one on. I looked in the mirror and thought about how much it would add to the flavor of … Read more