Referred to as "Sully" throughout my youth, I contemplated using it as an "on-air" name. Needless to say this never happened, but it's still fun to mention and there's still time! As a graduate of the University of Montana, I first ventured my way onto the air waves as a television reporter. Not long after, I dove into the radio industry. I enjoy media as a career and the potential it has to inform and support the community. Other than consume comfort food nightly, I do have some hobbies. I'm a huge fan of forensic documentaries, chick flicks and mobster movies (I don't understand the combination, either) Plus, I love concerts! Rock, country, jazz, classical, reggae, alternative, electronic, R&B, hip-hop, rap, folk...pick the genre and I'm there! I especially love outdoor concerts and another great love I have of the outdoors, involves long walks with my incredible dog and the occasional human. For many years now, I have tested the waters as a performer in live, local theatre, and whether it be studio artwork, ballet, jazz or modern dance, I'm a big supporter of the arts. As for sports and no matter the level, I'm a huge fan of basketball, track & field and baseball. Any or all of the above, of course, is only important and possible with the bond of family and friends. Here's to those special bonds for everyone.
Anaconda AOH Pipes & Drum Corps’ Schedule Now through St. Patrick’s Day
Hats off to the tireless organizations that work hard to create the many events planned for St. Patrick's Day throughout Butte and Anaconda! From the parade in historic uptown Butte and downtown Anaconda to the many festivities outlined at bars, breweries, and other facilities throughout the area, planning for the big day is well thought out by the fantastic crews behind the scenes. The same applies to Anaconda's Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drum Corp! These men and women of the corps spend a great deal of time practicing for scheduled performances that occur not only on St. Patrick's Day but throughout the week leading up to the big day!
Butte’s AOH Brings “POST” St. Patrick’s Day Fun to the Carousel
Gratefully, on the greenest day of the year, organizers of Butte's upcoming St. Patrick's Day festivities will have a little of something for everyone, both young and old alike. Plus, with March 17th falling on a Friday this year, even more, activities are sure to be a hit leading into the weekend. As a "post" St. Patrick's Day celebration, a special event for children is underway Saturday, March 18th, thanks to Butte's Ancient Order of Hibernians. Yes, from noon until 4 p.m., kids will have a chance to enjoy FREE carousel rides at the Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel in Butte's Stodden Park!
Local Ski Area Set to Host Disco Party this Friday; Can You Dig It?
When you think of the term "Disco", glitter, mirrored spheres, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, platform shoes, polyester jumpsuits and bell bottoms come to mind. Now, add to that list "Discovery Ski Area" (180 Basin Road, Anaconda) where things are about to get mighty groovy! Coming up this Friday, March 10th, beginning at 9 a.m. enjoy a "far out" day of skiing and a chance to win some great prizes from disco balls hidden along the ski hill! A host of goodies will be given away from Ski Discovery, The Philipsburg Brewing Company, plus the Broadway Hotel and the Sushi Shack also in Philipsburg. Discovery Ski Area (180 Basin Road, Anaconda) will wrap up their ski season soon, so get in on the excitement while you can. They offer rentals, group ski lessons, private ski lessons, an awesome lodge and food, plus competitive rates on full-day and half-day skiing. Check Discovery's website right here -> DISCOVERY SKI for more details and before your venture to the "Disco Party" on the mountain this Friday!
Emmy Nominated Irish Performer is Coming to the Mother Lode
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, numerous events will undoubtedly flood cities nationwide! One in particular set a few days prior on Tuesday, March 14th, in Uptown Butte, will surely get everyone into the "spirit o' the green." On the Mother Lode Theatre stage, those fond of Ireland's heritage will get a chance to embrace the outstanding performance of Ireland with Michael: LIVE. This show will feature the works of Emmy Award-nominated tenor Michael Londra, who was also the Voice of Riverdance on Broadway for years. During Ireland with Michael: LIVE, Londra will intertwine stories and songs with a backdrop of breathtaking film footage of Emerald Isle. A collaboration of fiddles, bagpipes and Irish dancers will set the stage for this unique production.
It’s Corned Beef Reveal Time; From the Stove to Your Stomach
As we near St. Patrick's Day, it's time for corned beef lovers to prepare for a delicious platter of goodness. Now, maybe you prefer to have your corned beef served from a restaurant or while out and about on St. Patrick's Day. However, if you're accustom to cooking your own or would like to give it a try for the first time, here are some options: First thing, and depending on how many mouths you plan to feed, head to the store to pick out an adequate amount of red potatoes, baby carrots, cabbage and a few flat and point briskets of corned beef (brown/hot mustard & barbeque sauce - optional). There are many ways to go about cooking corned beef; either in a large pot on a stove top; baked in a casserole dish in the oven; or by way of a slow cooker.
Anaconda’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Race is Next Week; To Be Sure
As the wearin' of the green fast approaches, the annual AOH St. Patrick's Day Race in Anaconda comes to mind! As encouraged on the Ancient Order of Hibernians website, you can join in on the fun Saturday, March 11th, either as a die-hard competitor OR as someone who prefers to treat the event as a stroll with old friends and new ones, too! To get involved, you can register right HERE! -> AOH RACE. This site will help guide racers to the many choices available for next Saturday's run, so make sure to be aware of your options ahead of the event. Even if you have no intention of racing, you can still order an AOH St Patrick's Day Race t-shirt on the same website above.
Butte Winter Farmers’ Market; Going Strong and Open Again Tomorrow, March 4th
There's never a shortage of great things to do in Butte Silver-Bow County. Whether shopping on the flats or uptown or enjoying LIVE entertainment, sports, fundraisers, and more, the Mining City continues to stay innovative. The Butte Winter Farmers' Market, held on select Saturdays in the Butte Plaza Mall, follows suit with an assortment of arts, crafts, food, and more now through April, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will be ready to go tomorrow with a variety of items to include divinely scented body products from Silk Soapery, delicious freeze dried sweets from the Candy Man and SO MUCH MORE, including locally grown food. Plus, to help get you into the St. Patrick's Day spirit, the Butte Winter's Market will have blarney stone treats and many Irish-themed goods.
Decades Later Reminiscing about Songs Played at Tourney Time
In reminiscing about that trip to Zoo Town back in 1981, I recall how our rowdy crew and a host of others were definitely there to support the Heads, but with a hint of "partying" on the brain. We were in good company with a soundtrack of songs that we all knew by heart and played as the backdrop to our dazed weekend or that we all sang in harmony in the back of our friend Patty's car. See, back in the day, only three out of a pack of 14 friends I ran with had cars. Unlike today, It was unheard of for everyone to have a vehicle in the early 80s, or at least where I grew up. Nonetheless, the cassette player in Patty's car was all we needed that weekend. Well, that...and boys...and directions to the next party! And yes, even before the term "designated driver" became a thing in the nation, Patty was all about it! She always rocked and still does!
More Bang for Your Buck at Local Thrift Stores is a Win-Win
The possibilities are endless when shopping for one-of-a-kind, inexpensive items in the surrounding area! From boutique and consignment shops to second-hand, retail, grocery, convenience, and antique stores, Butte and Anaconda have their share of stand-out venues! Then there are "thrift shops"! These are stores that fall under the category of charitable organizations in one way or another. So while people enjoy the idea of saving money and rummaging for cool finds at thrift stores, they're actually doing so much more; helping out individuals in need throughout the community. Although some thrift shops have unfortunately closed over the years in the vicinity, three in Butte and Anaconda have stayed strong!
Nature Calls; Local Ducks Unlimited Event is Friday
Ducks Unlimited, an organization that has valued nature for decades and continues to do so, will host their annual banquet at the Helena Civic Center (340 Neill Avenue) this Friday, March 3rd; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The goal of Ducks Unlimited is to promote the welfare of waterfowl and their young as they nest and migrate through the winter months. Thanks to fundraisers such as the upcoming Helena Ducks Unlimited Banquet, the conservation of wetlands and the protection of waterfowl and other species is made possible. For more information, contact Randy at (406) 442-8375.