From the Parks: Two Temp Exhibits Celebrate Wyoming at Natl Elk Refuge



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A reproduction of Rock Springs' Andrew Kneeland's Duck Stamp award-winning acrylic painting.
A reproduction of Rock Springs’ Andrew Kneeland’s Duck Stamp award-winning acrylic painting.

Two temporary exhibits will be on display next month at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. The public is invited to view the colorful exhibits, which celebrate Wyoming successes.

From the National Elk Refuge … The first exhibit commemorates the 125th anniversary of Wyoming statehood. Wyoming became the 44th state admitted to the Union on July 10, 1890. An interactive display will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the state’s history and fun facts. Both a Wyoming and National Elk Refuge time line will be featured, along with coloring sheets, state logos, and a Wyoming quiz. Small Wyoming flags will be given to the first 200 families that visit the exhibit, which will be in the upstairs theater from July 2 through July 12.

Later in the month, visitor center staff will add a second exhibit to the upper level of the visitor center. The Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp 2015 Artwork Tour for the Top 100 entries and National Best in Show will move from its current location at the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center from July 9 through August 2.The exhibit features an acrylic painting of two wood ducks by Andrew Kneeland, age 17, of Rock Springs. Not only was Kneeland awarded top honors in the state competition, but his artwork was judged the winner among best–of–show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His design will appear on next year’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp, scheduled to be released in June 2016.

The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic educational program that uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students from kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates both scientific and wildlife management principles into an engaging visual arts curriculum. At the completion of their studies, participants complete a Junior Duck Stamp design, which is submitted to a state or territory contest. Top entries move on to the national competition.


Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center hours are from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.


WYOMING LIBRARIES: Childhood Experts at Teton County Library


208267_10151446329607959_358040856_nEarly Childhood Expert Nancy Bruski Presents Workshop for Parents & Teachers

Jackson, WY- Join early childhood expert Nancy Bruski for educational workshops tailored for parents, teachers and caregivers interacting with children age 8 and younger. Bruski founded and owns Wise Choice Guidance,, in Evanston, IL providing therapy and training, consultation and workshops for early educators and parents. She published her first book “The Insightful Teacher: Reflective Strategies to Shape Your Early Childhood Classroom,” last fall.

While visiting Jackson, Bruski will present four, free workshops. Her visit is sponsored and supported by Teton County Library, Children’s Learning Center and Head Start, Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center and Wilson Elementary School.

Registration is required, and Spanish translation is available on request. Contact the Library’s Assistant Director, Isabel Zumel: or 733-2164 ext. 101.

Friday, October 3
Help Your Child Build Inner Controls Without Losing Control Yourself
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Learn techniques for engaging cooperation – without yelling or nagging – and helping children learn self-control and responsibility.

Raising Self Confident Children
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center, Wilson
Discover strategies for raising confident children who feel understood even when they don’t always get what they want.

Kindergarten Readiness:  What Parents Should Do & Expect from Schools
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Understand what Kindergarten readiness means, including what you should expect from elementary schools and how to be an effective advocate for your child. In English with Spanish translation.

Saturday, October 4
Reflective Teachers Are Effective Teachers: Creating Compassionate Classrooms
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Library Ordway Auditorium
Early childhood expert, Nancy Bruski, will present the classroom philosophy and approach described in her book, “The Insightful Teacher.” She will present a path to success as a teacher of young children that explores a wide range of topics, including: what it means to be reflective in one’s work, how to have developmentally appropriate expectations of children, setting up the physical environments to support successful behaviors, building strong connections with families, alternatives to consequences for managing behaviors, and developing individualized intervention strategies for chronically challenging behaviors.
Applicable to preschool teachers, early elementary school teachers and child care providers. 6 STARS credits approved. Simultaneous Spanish translation available upon request.

Nancy Bruski
Nancy Bruski has a 30-plus year career specializing in work with children and families.  Her initial training was at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center in Chicago, which specializes in providing therapy as well as a therapeutic preschool/kindergarten program for emotionally disturbed preschoolers and their families. She has since delivered services to staff, parents and children in several agency settings.

Nancy began her private clinical social work therapy, consultation and professional speaking practice in 1980. Currently, Nancy is an Adjunct Professor at Oakton Community College, teaching “Child Development” and “Guidance in the Early Childhood Classroom;”an Early Childhood Consultant to the Gertrude B. Nielsen Early Learning Center, a Full-Day NAEYC accredited program in suburban Chicago.

Nancy is committed to assisting teachers and parents to become more psychologically sensitive to children by helping them create strategies and interventions that increase children’s social-emotional competence.

For more information or to register for Bruski’s workshops in Jackson, call Library Assistant Director at 307.733.2164 ext. 101 or email

LODGING: The Bentwood Inn B&B, Jackson Hole, WY

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For a beautiful and relaxing experience in Jackson Hole, visit The Bentwood Inn B&B in nearby Teton Village. A short drive from downtown Jackson, and a short drive to the slopes, The Bentwood Inn offers luxury and ambiance year-round. Outside Magazine called The Bentwood “One of North America’s best Ecolodges,” and as soon as you pull into the drive you’ll see why. We greatly enjoyed our own stay, with a lovely gas fireplace, spacious bathroom and a delicious night’s sleep.

Visit their website to learn more about The Bentwood Inn B&B – and when you’re planning your next Teton vacation, check them out!

MADE IN WY: Bunnery Natural Foods by The Bunnery Restaurant & Bakery


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We are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits! 

This week we are featuring Bunnery Natural Foods from The Bunnery Restaurant & Bakery in Jackson, WY

Tony Labbe Bunnery Natural Foods  130 N. Cache Street  Jackson, WY 83001  855-472-6652 (855-GRANOLA) / 307-733-5474

After years working in the wine and spirits importing business, Gerard Yvernault and his family were captivated by Jackson Hole after several winter vacations there.  In 1989 the Yvernault family purchased The Bunnery and Gerard put his management degree to use in this new enterprise.  The Bunnery had started as a way to provide wholesome, nutritious foods to meet the demands of outdoor sportsmen visiting the Yellowstone National Park  & Grand Teton National Park area.





Since the Yvernault family has taken over The Bunnery, it has expanded from the original bakery and restaurant to include a natural foods business.  Bunnery Natural Foods granola blends and trademarked oats-sunflower seed-millet (O.S.M) products are made from original recipes that have remained largely unchanged since the bakery’s beginnings. They carry 6 packaged products that are made from ingredients from local Wyoming producers, whenever possible. 
























































The goal is to create products that provide maximum nutrients from minimally processed ingredients and never contain preservatives or artificial sweeteners. 

These products can be purchased in the store in Jackson, at Farmer’s Markets throughout the summer, or online at or for a purchase price ranging from $5.49 to $6.49.




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ON THE CALENDAR: July 26, 2012


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The Daddy of ‘Em All wraps up this weekend! Enjoy parades, exhibitions, concerts, carnival, and of course….RODEO!!! It’s an event that brings thousands to Southeast Wyoming annually — and definitely one not to miss. 


Head over to Sundance for the Crook County Fair & Rodeo! Sheepdog Trials happen July 23; A horse show will be held Saturday, July 21 at the Hulett Arena at 8:30 AM. Fair events kick off on July 25 and run through July 29. Click here for schedule.


Applications are available for the Third Annual Wyoming Kids eXtreme Cave Exploration Adventure at Sinks Canyon State Park, Aug. 11. Through the Wyoming Kids Xtreme program, developed by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, kids will get the chance to participate in real cave exploration. On August 11, State Park employees will take kids and their parents on a tour of a Sinks Canyon State Park cave. Tours will begin in one-hour intervals beginning at 9 a.m. Applications are available on-line (CLICK HERE) and must be turned in by August 8. Once the application is accepted, participants will be notified of their time slot for the Cave Adventure. For more information, please contact Christie Christensen at 777-2416, or


The festival took a big move this year — 350 miles to be exact. The festival is moving from Clark, WY to Riverside, WY, featuring acts from all across the state in all genres from hip hop to bluegrass to ska to funk to country to folk to punk to rock to americana. With such close proximity to the front range, they’re also excited to feature eight of the finest acts from Colorado. Check out their website for more information:


Check out this 19th annual event, featuring the Wyoming State Flatpick Guitar Championship and the Wyoming State Fingerpick Contest as well as fabulous bands from throughout the country. As the festival says:  “We are a coalition of non-profit organizations dedicated to providing some world class entertainment for those adventurous souls who wander down to our little corner of Wyoming.” Visit their website for more info:


image by Beartrap Summer Music Festival


Names such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Jackson’s own Screen Door Porch are coming together to create another fun event on Casper Mountain. Check out the website for more info on this fun annual event…



Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has put together an all-star lineup for this year’s Concerts at the Commons, with bands such as Thievery Corporation and The Black Lillies.  Gather your friends and family and come enjoy free, outdoor music at the base of the Tetons this summer!  July 29: Jam to Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (with Benyaro as support); August 5: Check out The Silent Comedy   Click here for more information from Jackson Hole Central Reservations!


This year’s event is Saturday, August 11 starting at high noon! Bunning Park in Downtown Rock Springs. See you there!


From the National High School Rodeo to Wyoming’s Big Show, the Sweetwater Events Complex is BUSY this summer! Check out the Sweetwater County Fair line up!



The State Fair this year is going to be an even more awesome event, as Wyoming celebrates its 100th fair! Click here to check out the website for more information — parades, rodeo, concerts, carnival, exhibitors, LOTS of fun for the whole family!

image from Rock Springs Main Street


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National Elk Refuge Manager Steve Kallin is pleased to announce an exciting line-up of programs scheduled for Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 to celebrate and honor the Refuge’s 100-year history. The weekend of centennial celebration dates were selected to coincide with the historic date of August 10, 1912 when an Act of Congress set aside lands “for the establishment of a winter game (elk) reserve in the State of Wyoming, lying south of the Yellowstone Park…”

Centennial activities will kick off at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 10 at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. Visit our blog post on the event for more information and a detailed schedule. Pick up our brand new issue of Wyovore to read about the Shinn family’s winter adventure in the National Elk Refuge on a sleigh ride!


The Grand Encampment Museums Living History Day is this Saturday July 28, 10-3 featuring Richard Gould presenting Horse Hair Hitching!


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On the Calendar & Food News: June 21, 2012


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click on the link to connect with Evanston Bluegrass Festival — THIS Saturday, June 23…

Lots of event & foodie news from across Wyoming… If you have an event or food-based business that you want to see featured in our weekly blog, give us a holler —

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SHERIDAN TONIGHT, JUNE 21! Downtown Sheridan’s 3rd Thursday event kicks off for the summer! Follow the link to a great informational video:


Visit Flaming Gorge Days for “Southwest Wyoming’s Weekend of Fun!” in Green River — sports tourneys including bball, golf, dodgeball, children’s entertainment, horseshoes, a parade, concerts… Lots of action in a beautiful community!

Crawfish Boil in Jackson — image from 307 Live


12:00 PM, Cutty’s Lawn, check out Stooges Brass Band from NOLA headlining at the LARGEST crawfish boil in the Rocky Mtn Region! Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of — click here for more info  Thanks 307 Live for the scoop!

CHEYENNE, JUNE 22-24 — Celtic Music Arts Festival 7th Annual Event

My Irish dancing heart skips a beat at the mention of this event! Check out the 7th annual Celtic Music Arts Festival. LOTS of artists and fun — check out the Cheyenne  Depot Museum website for more info…


Gilchrist Gallery in Wheatland is celebrating their 2nd anniversary! Come celebrate fine arts, craftsmanship & collectibles in Downtown Wheatland at 867 Gilchrist.  Noon – 5 PM Friday, June 22; 9 AM – 5 PM Saturday, June 23 — click here for more info!

image from Gillette’s Donkey Creek Festival


Enjoy three days of nationally renowned musicians and FABULOUS music in Gillette — all for free! Visit the festival’s website for schedule of events — a rapidly expanding event since 2006!


This annual event is named in honor of a friendly, although ill-fated, pooch that liked running alongside a group of local cyclists — and has become a much anticipated race in the Wyoming cycling arena. Click here for more info.


Head up to Thermopolis June 22-23 for the Cowboy Rendezvous PRCA Rodeo! Rodeo action begins at 7 PM each night; slack performed all day June 23. Parade will be held June 23 at 10 AM, and a dance after the June 23 night performance! Click here for more info…

EASTERN SHOSHONE INDIAN DAYS POW WOW:  Visit the Wind River Country tourism website for more information on this event, running June 21-23!



Altitude — This week, you’ll not only find Altitude’s microbrews at the bar, but in our special entree recipes, as well. Enjoy our beer both ways!

potato skins appetizer Smoked beef brisket, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions baked on potato skins, Served with bbq bleu cheese sauce. 7.
baked salmon Served over rice simmered in Tumblewheat ale with sauteed red bell peppers, green onions and water chestnuts. Finished with a wasabi teriyaki sauce. 16.5
chicken “wit-sala” A new take on the classic chicken marsala. Pan seared chicken breast, sauteed garlic, mushrooms and onions served over fettuccine in a Solar Wit ale sauce. 12.5
eight ounce pork loin Grilled and brushed with a Bearpaw Brown ale and honey glaze. Served with a bacon, green onion and smoked gouda potato cake. 14.

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stuffed tomato Homemade chicken salad studded with celery, carrots, pickles, onions and dill. Stuffed into a fresh tomato and served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 7.5
mustard bbq beef sandwich Beef brisket marinated in a sweet and tangy mustard bbq sauce and stacked on a kaiser with melted white cheddar cheese. Served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 9.

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  • WYO FARM & RANCH FAMILY BBQ, JULY 9, 1-7 pm, LANDER — Hosted by the Crofts Family Ranch & The Fremont County Cattleman’s Assoc.
    Afternoon BBQ open to ag families and their surrounding community. Featuring a walking tour of South Pass and group discussion about issues facing the industry. Contact the Wyoming Stock Growers Association for more info to RSVP – (307) 638-3942 or (there is no charge for this event.)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP TOUR, JULY 12, PINEDALE: Sommers Ranch  hosts this celebration of Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day by touring its beautiful ranch. This is an all-day complimentary event, meals and on-site transportation are provided. Contact the Wyoming Stock Growers Association for more info or to RSVP – (307) 638-3942 or (there is no charge for this event, but RSVP is required).
  • BIG HORN MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, BUFFALO:  July 6,7,8, check out this fabulous event full of bluegrass & traditional music for the whole family:
  • OYSTER RIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL, KEMMERER:  July 27-29 The home of the Wyoming Flatpick Guitar Championships plus a variety of nationally renowned and Wyoming musicians. Food, fun and listening enjoyment, in a beautiful atmosphere.
  • BEAR TRAP MUSIC FESTIVAL, CASPER:  August 4-5, this event draws the masses to Casper Mountain for a day of jamming.


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Wyovore: Wyoming Food News – April 12


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For the Wyoming foodies (from epicureans to great grub lovers), we are excited to offer a regular blog post dedicated to culinary happenings in the Cowboy State. Find weekly specials, updates and news from restaurants and other food services state-wide — and if you have a restaurant or food service that you’d like to see featured in this blog, email us at for more info!

JACKSON — Snake River Brewery:  Snake River Brewing has turned to a full can and keg brewery! The brewery made the move from bottles to cans for many reasons — a highlighted list:   cans are better for beer (oxygen & UV light are kept out); their cans are made in Worland, WY (we love local!); the lighter cans take less fossil fuels to ship; cans are great for local recycling centers… We’re digging it!

265 S. Milward, Jackson — 307-739-BEER

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JACKSON — Nani’s Cucina Italiana:  This off-season, Nani’s special offer is a $22 create your own, 3-course dinner (choose from any salad, pasta, glass wine or individual dessert). All off-season, Nani’s will donate $2 per 3-course dinner or per entrée of equal or greater value as well as offer you the opportunity to match Nani’s donation  to gather enough money to fund the creation of at least one garden of Slow Food’s Terra Madre movement across Africa. Visit the Thousand Gardens in Africa website for more information on this program!

242 N. Glenwood, Jackson — 307-733-3888

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GOSHEN COUNTY — Table Mountain Vineyards:  It’s no secret that we dig darn near everything that Patrick and our other buds over at TMV put out there. Read Patrick’s latest column in the current issue of Lifestyle (“A Sprinter Walk Through the Vines”), and check out this video they put out of the Sandhill Cranes migrating past the vineyard… Is it food? No. Is it made by a rocking Wyoming winery? Yes. As you prepare for your summer adventures, I highly recommend placing Goshen County on your list:  visit Fort Laramie National Historic Site and fill your brain with some amazing Wyoming history; then journey over to nearby Huntley and visit the winery. Their tasting room is full of good wine AND good Wyoming-made products…


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CODY:  The Terrace Restaurant & Park County Arts Council host Artini Fest 2012 on April 14

The $25 ticket price when purchased in advance — $30 at the door) provides a lively evening on Saturday, April 14 at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, 525 West Yellowstone Avenue in Cody starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance at The Terrace (contact them for more locations for ticket pre-sales,) and of course at the door on the day of the festival – tickets are limited. All proceeds from this event benefit thePark County Arts Council. For further information, please call The Terrace at 307.587.5868 or the Park County Arts Council at 307.899.6693.

Shake out your favorite cocktail attire and head to Cody for a stirring night of Martinis and Art!

525 W. Yellowstone Ave, Cody — 307-587-5868

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LARAMIE:  Altitude Chophouse & Brewery Weekly Specials

Weekly specials hit one of Laramie’s favorite eateries every Thursday — so stay tuned for more weekly goodness from this sophisticated yet welcoming gathering spot for food, brew, cocktails and more in Historic Downtown Laramie…

first course – fried mozzarella salad: Spinach, tomatoes and roasted bell peppers tossed in a basil pesto vinaigrette and topped with breaded and fried fresh mozzarella. 8.
grilled pork loin: Topped with apple slices sauteed in butter with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted pecans. Served with creamy mashed potatoes. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 14.
italian sausage and ricotta manicottiTopped with a sundried tomato cream sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 12.
new york strip: Twelve ounces of Certified Angus Beef® brushed with house made root beer bbq sauce and grilled to your liking. Paired with a side of garlic fries. Accompanied by a cup of soup or a dinner salad with your choice of dressing. 18.

320 S. 2nd St., Laramie — 307-721-4031

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LARAMIE:  Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill Weekly Specials

Lovejoy’s is a favorite with the locals — meet with friends, take in a train or two as they whiz by right out the window, and take in the atmosphere. Great place to unwind after work or a weekend adventure around Southeast Wyoming. Check out this week’s specials, beginning on Thursday April 12:

chicken churasco: Grilled chicken breast, fresh pineapple, red bell peppers and shredded lettuce tucked in a warm pita with Portuguese spicy red pepper sauce. Accompanied by your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or a dinner salad. 7.50
grilled sirloin: Six ounces of Certified Angus Beef® grilled to your liking and topped with mushrooms, tomatoes and red bell peppers sauteed in a garlic butter sauce. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and your choice of a dinner salad or homemade soup. 12.

207 S. 1st St., Laramie — 307-745-0141

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‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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ART IN WY: Trio’s New Exhibit

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Trio Artists Take Flight in December Group Exhibition to Benefit Teton Raptor Center

Jackson, WY – Just in time for the holidays,Trio Fine Art will be hosting a show inspired by our fine feathered friends.  Entitled “Flight,” the show came about as a result of all four gallery artists’ affinity for birds.  The title reflects not only the subject of the exhibition but the artistic aspirations of the participants: Jennifer L. Hoffman, Lee Carlman Riddell, Kathryn Mapes Turner, and September Vhay.

The gallery will partner with the TetonRaptorCenter( for the exhibit; a percentage of all the sales from the exhibition will be donated to the center, and Roger Smith will be on hand at the reception to talk about the RaptorCenter’s activities.  One of the center’s resident birds will also be in attendance.  The show will open on December 8 with a reception from 5-8 PMand will hang through December 31.

From the Artists’ Perspective

Kathryn Mapes Turner, “Her Wingspan”; oil on linen, 24×24″

Kathryn Mapes Turner: “My passion for birds started at a very early age when my father, a trained ornithologist, was rehabilitating raptors in our backyard. In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, the Wyoming Game and Fish would send him bald and golden eagles that had been poisoned or shot by ranchers and it was miraculous to see these magnificent birds reclaim their health over a period of time and then be released in flight.  As a young girl, it gave me a unique opportunity to learn about these birds — study their form and behavior. In art, birds can represent so many things such as strength, lightness, grace, beauty.  I enjoy incorporating the expressive quality of birds in my imagery.”

Jennifer L. Hoffman, “December”; conte & charcoal on davey board, 8×10″

Jennifer L. Hoffman:  “From watching my grandfather building birdfeeders in his basement, to identifying birds at our family cabin, to hiking through the Hawai’ian rainforest in search of endangered native honeycreepers, birds have played an important role in my life for as long as I can remember.   I even met Lee Riddell at a “bird sit” with naturalist Bert Raynes many years back.  I am inspired by the grace, the gesture, the incredible strength and instinctual drive of birds.  I have sketched their forms as long as I’ve been drawing, and they occasionally make appearances in my landscapes.  I’m excited to put more focus on them for this show.  I’m also delighted by the opportunity to support theTetonRaptorCenter.  Not only do they do phenomenal work rehabilitating injured birds, but their dedication to education and community outreach is fantastic.  What a special place to have right here in our little valley.”

Lee Carlman Riddell, “Calliope Hummingbirds, August 2″; oil on linen, 8×6”

Lee Carlman Riddell: Lee Carlman Riddell’s love of birds came from her parents … her Dad planted the flowers that attracted the birds to their yard, and her Mom taught her to recognize the bird’s songs. Recently a Calliope hummingbird nested outside Lee’s studio window and she was able to draw and paint the mother and two chicks as they grew up. She is forever grateful for this time spent with the hummingbird family.  Lee is a long-time supporter of theTetonRaptorCenter. Years ago, when Roger Smith and Margaret Creel cared for injured raptors in their back yard, Lee and her husband Ed would make a contribution so they could buy frozen mice for the birds’ dinners. She is proud of Roger and Margaret and all those who helped make the official home for injured raptors a reality.

September Vhay, “Lavender Mist”; oil on linen, 7.5 x 12″

September Vhay:

“The very idea of birds is a symbol of the soul, representing a passage between the physical and the spiritual. I have had a life long love affair with them which began one summer at the age of fifteen while driving an old truck along a stretch of alfalfa fields.  A curious American Kestrel flew alongside the open drivers window for about fifty yards.  I was awestruck and hooked for life.”

Trio Fine Art is located at 545 N Cache St., across the street from the visitors’ center.  The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday from 12-6 during the run of the exhibition.  For additional information, please visit and the artists’ individual websites:,,, and

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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Plan a Ski Movie, and See it Snow!

Well, I did it again. I planned a trip, and it snowed. So if you’re grumpy about the arrival of winter in Wyoming, I’m afraid you have me to blame. It happens every year during bridal fair season, and this year we added presenting ski movies to our list of special events — so henceforth there will be snow. (Sorry.)

For me, though, I LOVE snow!!! A gentleman I know calls me a ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’. I take that as a compliment. My father the Highway Patrolman calls it insane. I think that is part of the definition of ‘Wyoming Road Warrior’ — a little bit of courage and insanity mixed together — and add some 4-wheel drive. 🙂

I left last Friday morning for a 3-day adventure in northwest Wyoming. What an adventure it was, too! I arrived in Jackson and had lunch with my friend Tim Harland, VP of Sales & Marketing for Snake River Brewery in Jackson, and author of our column, “The Beer Made Here”, which takes an educational approach to the life and times of brew in Wyoming. I enjoyed lunch and a tour of the brewery — this business really strives to work in tandem with the community of Jackson, and they have grown by leaps and bounds. (They also make a pretty tasty pulled pork sandwich, although I had to give Tim my fries, it was so filling — it was either that or his story of fried bologna and ketchup sandwiches that made my lose my appetite.) 🙂

While waiting for our Jackson screening of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” to begin, I went shopping in downtown Jackson. If you’re there, do NOT miss MADE, in Gaslight Alley! I bought a really fun and funky glass ring for $15. Seriously. John, the owner, makes beautiful works of glass art, including Steamboat belt buckles! They are COOL! As always, I enjoyed my time shopping in Jackson — the shopping is where the West meets New York. Always a treat for me!

Our movie screening was decent — the JH High School was very accomodating, and the ski coach, Cody Hansen, was a great help. We had a modest crowd, but it’s a good start to our work there. We’ll be there next year and will look to grow on what we started!

I stayed in the most ADORABLE inn. The Inn on the Creek. Oh my GOSH is all I can say! This inn combines a handful of comfortable yet luxurious rooms that are contained within a quaint stone cottage that overlooks ‘the creek’. My room was the Goldeneye, with a jacuzzi tab and gas fireplace in my bedroom, complete with votive candles! I felt a little guilty about being there by myself — but the jacuzzi tub soak and a good book helped ease that guilt slightly. 🙂 Breakfast was served to my door right on the nose, with my specifications made when I checked in. The staff was so gracious and friendly, and I will definitely put this on my list of repeats. Bravo!!!!!

I hit the road on Saturday morning and headed to Cody by way of Dubois, Riverton, Shoshoni and Thermopolis. My Road Warrior status was challenged slightly as snow was falling on a slick road over Togwotee Pass. The beautiful scenery welcomed me to Dubois, and I was excited to see that the Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration was taking place! I enjoyed meeting members of the tree committee as well as an online friend from the area! It was a fun, short stop!

The rest of my trip was uneventful, and I always love traveling through the Wind River Canyon. What a town Cody is! I had a great time. My hosts highly recommended Cassie’s for supper and brunch Sunday morning, and they were absolutely spot on. I recommend the rotisserie chicken, which was HUGE! For brunch, I had the cream cheese stuffed french toast with berries and whipped creme…it was absolutely enormous and decadent! The Bloody Marys are known as some of the best in town. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the history just oozes from the walls. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. The manager is always greeting guests and making sure everyone is well cared for. When I arrived, I was greeted by probably half a dozen employees! The live music was a nice touch for my Saturday night visit, and I can imagine how much fun one can have on their dance floor!

Sunday morning pre-brunch I enjoyed the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. What a gem! I could go on and on about all that I loved…the historical models, the displays, the William Cody antiques and family memorabilia, the Plains Indians exhibit, the Yellowstone displays…just outstanding. Definitely one not to miss! Post-brunch, I took a drive up to the Buffalo Bill Dam (BEAUTIFUL!!!) and stopped in to see the Irma Hotel. Another historical gem not to be missed — built by William Cody and named for his daughter, the hotel celebrated its centennial in 2002. I also had only a moment to explore downtown shops before the Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Cody, so I popped into Reindeer Ranch on Sheridan Ave. WOW!!! The beautiful Christmas decorations were jaw-dropping. The store is a mixture of historical components and fun holiday decorations. I could have spent a LOT of time in that store!

I felt very privileged to experience the arrival of the tree in Cody. The turn-out was impressive, and the excitement was electric! It was fun to be a part of that energy, even if it was for a brief moment — we had some movies to put on!

Our two screenings of Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” in Cody went over VERY well! The Sleeping Giant Ski Area staff were great at connecting with the public, and the attendees were very supportive of the resort. We had a great turn-out, people had fun, and it was a real joy working with the staff. Tony and the staff of Big Horn Cinema were AWESOME, and extremely accommodating! I’m excited to go back next year!

The drive home was slow, with snow the entire way from Cody to Laramie. Levi waited up for me as always to get home, and we rolled into bed at 3 AM — but it was worth it, it was a GREAT weekend!

Til next time — I’m logging the miles and excited to see where the adventure takes us next!


Kati Hime