The Higgins Hotel, Glenrock, Wyoming


SONY DSCThe Higgins Hotel of Glenrock, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1916. Maintaining the character and history of the Higgins Hotel, and the staff hopes that you will enjoy the historic luxury that they have worked to capture in their rooms, suites and public areas. The third floor or ‘Centennial Floor,’ has five bedrooms, a shared bath facility and a large living room that is configured as the hotel was originally designed. “Our Centennial rooms are perennial favorites of the many hunters and outfitters that visit the hotel annually in pursuit of the great hunting the area affords,” The Higgins Hotel says. The Jack & Josephine Suites, named after the hotel’s founders, Jack & Josephine Higgins, contains two bedrooms and one bath. These suites join several others in the hotel. Flat screen televisions join the historical restoration of the guest rooms, and free wifi is of course a priority!


Dining is also a specialty of The Higgins Hotel. “Along with the Antelope Bar and Prairie Kitchen, we offer comfortable accommodations and terrific fresh food and libations for our guests,” the hotel says. (Be sure to order their specialty, their ‘Jugo de Pina de Tejas,’ made with “…the freshest of premium pineapples and the one and only Tito’s Vodka from Austin, Texas,” the hotel describes. (Sign us up!) The bar and dining room are housed in the hotel’s former ballroom, and is a favorite meeting place for local business folks. Sports enthusiasts can delight in the hotel’s flat screen and projection televisions that share regional and nationwide events.


Special events are another feature of The Higgins Hotel! Utilize the intimate private dining facilities, the ballroom-turned-dining room, the Antelope Bar, or a large outdoor patio, to host your event. Small corporate retreats, weddings, parties – all have enjoyed their getaway at The Higgins Hotel. “The Higgins staff pledges to make your event with us a special and memorable event,” they add.

For more information about The Higgins Hotel in Glenrock, to book your stay or explore their menu, visit their website (ßlink here), email, or call 307.436.9212. Visit a beautiful area with a charming and historic getaway – equipped with today’s comforts!


ARTS in WY: Plein Air in Wyoming

Bighorn National Forest Plein Air Celebration of Wildflowers

From June  25-28, the first Bighorn National Forest Plein Air Celebrations of Wildflowers was held at Spear O Wigwam, Mountain Campus in the Bighorn Mountains.  The spring wildflowers were spectacular and all were inspired.

The Powder River Energy Best Artist of the Workshop $400 Cash Award was presented to Gayle Barnett a watercolor artist from Meeteetse, Wyoming.

The Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best  Awards of $125 each, were presented to:  Ruth Beckwith of Sheridan, Sally Labore of Sheridan,  Maya Gilmore of Sheridan and Gayle Barnett of Meeteetse.

Next year’s event will be held June 22, – 26, 2015 — All you artists out there, carve out time for this in your summer!

The four Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best Award winners -- Ruth Beckwith, Sally Labore, Maya Gilmore and Gayle Barnett
The four Hospital Pharmacy, Daily Best Award winners — Ruth Beckwith, Sally Labore, Maya Gilmore and Gayle Barnett

Professional Artists to Capture Teton Scenery & Wildlife at Annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’

MOOSE, WY — Grand Teton National Park will serve as both the inspiration and location for the third annual ‘Plein Air for the Park’ fine art exhibition co-hosted by Grand Teton Association (GTA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. Over 40 professional artists from across the United States will spend two weeks (July 7-20) painting in the park, as they capture on canvas the spectacular Teton landscape, wildlife and wildflowers.  All sessions/events are free and open to the public.

The ‘Plein Air for the Park’ event and art sale will include an opening reception on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.  in the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming. A fine art show and sale will take place from July 16-20, also at the Discovery Center. The two-week-long event will culminate with a quick draw at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, in the Menor’s Ferry Historic District. Park visitors and local residents are invited to watch paintings created from start-to-finish. All paintings may be purchased for a fixed-price immediately following the quick draw.

Plein air artist Wes Newton_2012 Quick Draw
Plein air artist Wes Newton_2012 Quick Draw

Forty percent of the proceeds from sales made during ‘Plein Air for the Park’ will benefit GTA and help fund  ongoing educational, interpretive and scientific programs in support of Grand Teton National Park.

“We look forward to welcoming the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters who will share their creative and artistic talents with our park visitors throughout much of July,” said Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela. “This free public event offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the power, beauty, and inspiration of the Teton landscape through the eyes of an artist.”


For complete information visit

JULY 7-19:
Artists paint in and around Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.


Artists in the Environment Demonstration
3 –  6 PM:  Bradley/Taggart parking area & Cottonwood Creek picnic area


Full exhibition opens to the public.  Reserve works will be available for viewing and purchase.
12 Noon:  Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
7 – 9 PM:  Gala Opening Reception
7:45 PM:  Announcement of Awards


Group Painting Demonstration
5 – 8 PM: Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Area Visitor Center, North Cache Street in Jackson


Quick Draw & Sale
9 AM – 12 Noon:  Menor’s Ferry Historic District/Chapel of the Transfiguration. Sale immediately following.


Panning – by Brant Nyberg

Our friend & amazing photographer from Riverton, Brant Nyberg, shared this little gem about gold panning, a favorite pastime in Central Wyoming. My husband’s father, from the Lander area, was an avid gold panner himself. He seemed to particularly appreciate his son’s geology background when the hobby emerged, asking him for mapping advice and how to interpret geologic formations to optimize his chances of striking gold. He showed Levi & I how to pan once, sitting on overturned five gallon buckets in the garage… I have to admit that while the time sitting & chatting was nice in that moment, I wasn’t good at the patience and time it takes to pan. However, the thing that I do remember fondly is that it was time spent with Levi’s dad – and those days were rare and, now looking back with him gone, precious for my husband indeed. Brant’s writing took me back to that day, sitting in the garage on buckets, me cursing quietly the patience I lacked for swirling dirt and water in a pan and not knowing how precious that day would become in our memories… Thanks Brant for helping me appreciate it again…  

Brant Nyberg Panning

Panning – text & image by Brant Nyberg

Never mind that this section of creek had already been dredged three different times. You may notice the hillside on the right as well as the rock pile on the left. Both are tailings from large scale mining operations. More difficult to see is the third pile of remains on the extreme left side of the frame.

Never mind that no one in our group really knew the first thing about pulling gold out of a creek. We may have sounded like we did after watching our prerequisite 1000 hours of Gold Rush, and Gold Fever. We may have even looked like we did after purchasing a brand new pan complete with gravity riffles. But, that was the beginning and the end of our expertise.

Never mind that it was 90 degrees out and that my mom is almost 70 years old. You can see her downstream knee deep and well into her second hour of panning. The kids were already back in the 4-wheelers ready to head back to camp 🙂

Never mind all that stuff. We found color! Gold in the pan, baby. And it wasn’t even Gold Rush Days yet…

Laramie Jubilee Days!

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There are lots of things happening this weekend in Laramie for Laramie Jubilee Days! “Laramie Jubilee Days started in 1940 to celebrate Wyoming Statehood Day on July 10. Known as Wyoming’s Hometown Celebration, Laramie Jubilee Days has been a yearly event ever since. Over the years, Jubilee Days has evolved to include a number of different events; many are still in existence today. Starting with a Kid’s Horse Show and ending with PRCA Rodeo, Laramie Jubilee Days is now a week-long celebration with different events almost daily!” — From Laramie Jubilee Days website


Carnival — Noon – Night — Downtown

DLBA Farmers’ Market — 3-7 PM — Downtown Laramie

The Flashbacks — 3-6 PM — Live Music Downtown Laramie

Barely Gettin’ By — 6:30-8:45 PM — Live Music Downtown Laramie

Sean Curtis — 9:15- Midnight — Live Music Downtown Laramie

PRCA Rodeo — 7 PM — Albany County Fairgrounds



Jubilee Days Parade — 10 AM — Downtown Laramie

Hits 106 Chili Cook-Off — 11 AM — Downtown Laramie

ACPE Ice Cream & Cowbelle BBQ — 11 AM – 3 PM Downtown Laramie

Rotary Horseshoe Tournament — Noon – 4 PM — Washington Park

Carnival — Noon – Night — Downtown Laramie

Jake Hafey — Noon – 2:30 PM — Live Music Downtown Laramie

BrewFest — 1-6 PM — Laramie Depot Park

Barely Gettin’ By — 3-5:30 PM — Live Music Downtown Laramie

PRCA Rodeo — 7 PM — Albany County Fairgrounds

Roustabouts — 6-9 PM — Live Music Downtown Laramie

The Flashbacks — 9 PM – Midnight — Live Music Downtown Laramie



Cowboy Church — 9 AM — Albany County Fairgrounds

“Jubilee Fest on the Ivinson Lawn” — 10 AM – 3 PM — Laramie Plains Museum

PRCA Rodeo — 1:30 PM — Albany County Fairgrounds