Boys and Barb Wire

The boys of the Ruby Valley Boys knew each other while going to college at Montana State University (MSU). They played at the Eagles in Bozeman together, appreciating that venue for its sizable dance floor. “It’s a whole lot easier playing when people are dancing,” Jim Anderson said.

Masson’s business card laying on one of her earth-toned pottery pieces. She displays finished items in a sunny room in her basement. PHOTO by Keeley Larson

Behind the Bazaar

Lynn Foreman, president of Ennis Senior Center’s Board of Directors, did not want to see the Holiday Bazaar fade away after the Madison Valley Woman’s Club stopped hosting two years ago after decades of sponsorship.

Allyson Adams. Photo courtesy Allyson Adams

A Valentine to the Old West

Virginia City’s very own playwright Allyson Adams has always been bold. Afterall, she was the mayor who arranged for 400 goats to come to the town to clean-up noxious weeds in lieu of using chemicals long before such a move was fashionable. The story hit international news.

 Wildlife Web, a card game developed by Pony author Tom Elpel, offers players a chance to see how the many species of Montana interact with one another and with their surroundings. (T. Elpel photo)

Wild Game

PONY—Tom Elpel has written books about everything from foraging for mushrooms to masonry and the U.S. economy. But his latest project strays some from his usual outdoor education endeavors: a wildlife-based board game designed to teach young players about the interconnected nature of animals, people and the earth.

Artists on display at Gallery 287 in Ennis donated some of their handmade bowls to be used at an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on Saturday, December 8. Attendees purchased a bowl, which was then filled with homemade soup, salad and bread. Proceeds benefitted the Ennis Meals on Wheels program. (R. Colyer photos)

Empty bowls, full hearts

ENNIS – Artist and Gallery 287 owner Cathy Toot has been familiar with the nationwide “Empty Bowls” fundraiser series for quite a while, and with a selection of local potters’ work on display in her gallery, thought it was time that she brought the movement to Ennis.


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