Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s torchlight parade should be ready to ride White Pine’s Little Spirit lift at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday December 31st. White Pine will supply glow sticks. We anticipate sending the snake off down the mountain at around 5:30pm. Parents and friends can watch the event from the warmth and comfort of the lodge. Both the Grill and the bar will be open.
Best wishes to all for a happy, prosperous and safe 2015 where ever your travels take you and your family.
Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole to Light Up Town Square & Join the 10,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom
Jackson, WY – The Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole will be honoring Chanukah with more community Chanukah events than ever before. On the fifth evening of Chanukah in the Town Square on Saturday, December 20th at 7:30 PM, the community is invited to a giant Menorah lighting, sing Chanukah songs & hear the story of Chanukah. Chanukah gelt will be served while Chanukah Menorahs and dreidels (spinning tops) will be available for one and all.
On the sixth night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 21st from 5:30 – 6:30 PM, the community is invited to a Menorah Lighting Ceremony in the Village Commons at Teton Village.
Enjoy the eighth night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 23rd, at the Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village at 5:30 PM for a Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs & to hear the story of Chanukah!
Chanukah embraces gratitude and offers a narrative deeply embedded in the collective Jewish psyche: combating intolerance, fighting for freedom, and thanking God for a miraculous victory.
The public Menorah lightings are organized by Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, Executive Director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole, who remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Jackson’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship freely, celebrate openly, and share in our diversity with pride. Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her culture free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both Chanukah tradition and constitutional principles.”
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The Chabad Jewish Center will also host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Chanukah party in the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne. Below is a short description of all of the planned celebrations. All events are open to the media & to the public.
Menorah Lighting in the Town Square
Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs & hear the story of Chanukah. Delicious Chanukah treats such as hot potato latkes, doughnuts filled with jelly (Sufganiyot) and chocolate Chanukah gelt will be served while Chanukah Menorahs and dreidels (spinning tops) will be available for one and all. Saturday, December 20 | 7:30 PM
Town Square – Jackson Hole
Capitol Menorah Lighting
For the 7th consecutive year, the Chabad Jewish Center will host the annual Menorah lighting ceremony and Chanukah party at the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne. The ceremony will feature Jewish music from the 67th Army Band, Chanukah songs from the S. Mary’s children’s choir, background music from the Cheyenne Youth Symphony Orchestra, Menorah kindling with beloved Holocaust survivor siblings Zolly Gancz and Helen Zigmond and greetings from Hon. Governor Matt Mead, Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen, community leaders and elected officials. Delicious Chanukah treats such as hot potato latkes, doughnuts filled with jelly (Sufganiyot) and chocolate Chanukah gelt will be served while Chanukah Menorahs and dreidels (spinning tops) will be available for one and all. The gathering is open to the public and is a great learning experience for the diverse crowd whom participate. Wednesday, December 17 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Wyoming State Capitol Building, West Hallway
24th St. & Capitol Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Teton Village Menorah Lighting
Celebrating the sixth night of Chanukah! Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs & hear the story of Chanukah. Enjoy delicious Chocolate Chanukah gelt while Chanukah Menorahs & dreidels (spinning tops) will be available for one and all. Sunday, December 21 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Teton Village – Village Commons
Teton Village, WY 83025
Menorah Lighting at the Four Seasons Resort
Celebrating the eighth night of Chanukah! Menorah lighting, Chanukah songs & hear the story of Chanukah. Enjoy delicious Chocolate Chanukah gelt while Chanukah Menorahs & dreidels (spinning tops) will be available for one and all. Tuessday, December 23 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
7680 Granite Loop Road
Teton Village, WY 83025
About Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole
Simply put, Chabad’s mission is to reach out to others with acts of goodness and kindness. We’re a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values — and many of our programs help the needy regardless of background or belief.
Chabad Rabbi Zalman and Mrs. Raizy Mendelsohn came to serve the Jewish community of Wyoming in 2007 and now run a network of nonsectarian educational and social services. Thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve been able to educate, comfort, and give hope to countless people in need.
Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole is part of the largest Jewish organization in the world, with over 3,700 branches spanning the globe. Chabad embraces a philosophy of study, meditation, and social outreach that combines rigorous academics with proactive community involvement. Our rapidly growing array of educational, cultural and social services programs has made us one of the most dynamic forces in modern Jewish life. “Chabad” is a Hebrew acronym for “Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge. Founded in 1772 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Chabad promotes the mystical, traditional, legal and social principles of the Torah — while using modern methods and technology for education, community outreach, youth programs, crisis intervention, and other social services.
Chabad has consistently been at the forefront of Jewish education and community activism. The work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Chabad Rebbe of blessed memory who assumed leadership of the movement in 1950, is legendary. Motivated by a profound love for humanity and spurred by boundless optimism, the Rebbe lifted the global Jewish community from the ashes of the Holocaust and launched an unprecedented range of Jewish institutions, outreach programs and social services.
Today, more than 4,600 of the Rebbe’s emissaries and a workforce of more than 20,000 continue and expand the Rebbe’s mission to create a world of goodness, kindness and Godliness, as Chabad constantly innovates new approaches in educational, social and community services throughout the world.
New Art Exhibit Showcases Creative Lives of Our Librarians
Jackson, WY- When Teton County Library staffers are not busy helping community members answer research questions, navigate new technology or find books, they’re making sculptures, music, paintings, poetry, hand-bound books and other art. Come see their creativity, now being showcased in the Library Staff Art Show, which opened Wednesday and will be on display in the Library Gallery through January.
“There’s a surprising quality to it,” said Library Director Deb Adams. “People think librarians are serious. What you see is we’re fun; we’re creative.”
The show features art created by 23 library staffers when they’re not at work. Library IT Systems Manager Kent Fiske made a vase and paperweight now on display. Before he started working at the library, Fiske worked as a professional glass blower and artist. Cut facets on the iridescent, oval-shaped paperweight invites the eye to peer inside where Fiske has created a miniature “universe” that appears to mimic mountains swirling in clouds.
Displayed next to Fiske’s glass are two hand-bound books made by Library Volunteer Program Coordinator Lokey Lytjen. “I love it, it’s very relaxing,” Lytjen says of the art of binding her own books. One of her pieces, a simple bound book that’s a tribute to her parents, holds together hand-made mulberry paper embellished with calligraphy and family pictures.
Library Education and Program Manager Oona Doherty oversees exhibits in the library. She said she got a surprise when helping arrange this exhibit. When she accidentally knocked over an origami sculpture created by Library Assistant Eva Dahlgren, out fell butterflies and a small piece of paper referencing Newton’s Third Law, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Likewise, Library Page Robin Allison references another famous mind, Vincent Van Gogh, by recreating, in painstaking detail with a needle and thread, Van Gogh’s 1888 painting, “Bedroom in Arles.”
The Library Staff Art Show also holds other clues to the creative lives of library workers with title cards highlighting one biographical element about each artist, revealing their favorite literary character; what they’re reading now; or their hometown library.
You can find Teton County Library online at www.tclib.org, call us at 307.733.2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane in Jackson.
Laramie — This weekend, December 13 & 14, the Laramie Plains Museum is hosting its annual holiday open house at historic Ivinson Mansion. Rooms of the mansion will be decorated with a “western” Nutcracker theme with local florists contributing live arrangements. Holiday music will be performed by the Melodees, St. Mathew’s carolers and Wind and Roses harp duets. Complementary tours will be offered for the community on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 14from 1 to 4 p.m.
During the event the Laramie Women’s Club will host their annual Christmas trinket and goodie sale in the Alice Hardie Stevens Center (behind the mansion).
University of Wyoming Women’s Club Hosts Holiday Home Tour 2014
“Retrospective Invitational Show” at Sagebrush Art Center
Dec.2, 2014- Jan. 9th, 2015, Reception Dec 11, 4:30-7pm
Sagebrush Art Center’s latest “Retrospective Invitational Show” features work by three well-known Sheridan area artists: Carol Berry, Elaine Henry, and Margie Newman. The show encompasses the entire first floor of the art center, located in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th Street, in Sheridan.
This annual exhibition runs through January 9, 2015. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Sheridan County Artists’ Guild’s “Member’s Only Annual Holiday Show,” hangs through December 20th in the mezzanine at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.
Sniffin Publishes Second Coffee Table Book about Wyoming Just in Time for Christmas
Wyoming author and journalist Bill Sniffin has just made available copies of his newest coffee table book about Wyoming, called MY WYOMING 101 Special Places. The book is a 156-page effort featuring 42 photographers and 156 color photos about the state, including 14 foldout pages.
His earlier book, Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders, published in 2012, has already sold 15,000 copies and is believed to be the best selling coffee table book in the state.
Sniffin, of Lander, is a photographer, journalist and entrepreneur who has lived in Wyoming for 44 years. His weekly newspaper column appears in several newspapers each week including the Rock Springs Rocket Miner, Rawlins Daily Times, Lander Journal, Riverton Ranger, the Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the Evanston Uinta County Herald, Sheridan Online and occasionally in the Casper Journal, Laramie Boomerang, Pine Bluffs Post, Powell Tribune, Sundance Times, Kemmerer Gazette, Moorcroft Leader, Afton Star Valley Independent and others.
Sniffin’s newest book, MY WYOMING 101 Special Places, will be on sale the end of November. With the success of the first coffee table-style book, it only seemed practical to follow up two years later with a companion book that featured not only “natural” images but photos of man-made places and people in the photos enjoying Wyoming.
Sniffin has written three other books, which are available at fine bookstores and online at www.wyomingwonders.com. They are all compilations of his columns. They include Strong Winds, Blowing Snow, Slick in Spots which was published in 2011; High Altitudes, Low Multitudes in 2003; and The Best Part of America in 1993.
Over the years, Bill has been honored with the state tourism industry’s highest awards, the BIG WYO award and the Tony Bevinetto Friend of Tourism Award. His wife Nancy was honored in 2011 with Wyoming’s highest award for volunteerism, the Jefferson Award.
Sniffin and his wife are former owners of newspapers in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Hawaii. The Sniffins have raised four children and have ten grandchildren. Most recently, they sold an advertising agency they founded called Wyoming Inc. and also sold, along with daughter Shelli Johnson, an internet tourism company, yellowstonepark.com.
Bill is the former chairman of the Wyoming Travel Commission, vice-chairman of the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission and has also been a member of the Wyoming P16 Education Commission. Sniffin ran for governor in 2002, losing in the Republican primary. He is on the board of directors of the Mountain West AAA Auto Club, for Alaska, Montana and Wyoming and the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition.
More information can be found at the web site www.billsniffin.com. One can also mail a request for the book to Box 900, Lander, WY 82520. His Facebook page is “Wyoming books, columns by Bill Sniffin.”