Wilson, WY’s Answer to the Winter Doldrums – by Liberty Lausterer

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Liberty Lausterer, our guest blogger, is back with another look at life in Wyoming from a new resident’s eyes. We greatly appreciate learning what our state looks & learns like to someone new – always keeps the perspective fresh!


Wilson, Wyoming’s Answer to the Winter Doldrums

by Liberty Lausterer

As a newcomer to Wyoming I have paid close attention when someone tells me what they do to make it through these long, cold winter months. The advice has been wide and varied: take up a winter sport, learn a new hobby like knitting, take full advantage of your Netflix membership, read those books that have been on your list for eons, and be sure to take a trip to a warmer climate in April or May (a.k.a. “Get the hell out of Dodge.”). This is great advice but you may have noticed that many of these and other winter activities are solitary ones. In a sparsely populated state that is beset by hostile weather for much of the year, how does one keep from growing lonely and isolated? Where do you go in subzero temperatures to connect with other people?

Wilson, Wyoming’s answer to the winter doldrums is the Stagecoach Bar. Over the past seventy years the Stagecoach Bar has been that rare place where people from all walks of life are brought together by music and dancing. It’s the place people could stay connected to each other through snow and ice, despite frigid temps and unrelenting winds. On any given Sunday evening one can see wranglers, hippies, bikers, cowboys, ski bums, millionaires, dudes, and curmudgeons on the dance floor together. The story of how a bar became the glue that holds together an unlikely mix of people has been told by filmmaker Jennifer Tennican in her documentary “The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads.”

If you are interested to learn how the history of a bar could mirror the history of an entire region (Jackson Hole) and become a powerful unifying force, Tennican’s film is worth watching. But, more importantly, if you long for an experience of authentic community in your neck of the woods, then this film will provide inspiration and a reason to head to your local watering hole.

Tennican’s documentary will be screened at the Center for the Arts in Jackson on March 14th and the WYO Theater in Sheridan on May 24th.  It will also air on Wyoming PBS in May, and on dozens of other PBS stations across the country.

Wyovore: WY Food & Humanities News May 11


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If you missed our WY Food News blog on April 26, click here to read more about WY-P-A, Wyoming’s collaboration brew which is similar to an IPA. A joint effort between Wyoming’s breweries, the brew was created in Pinedale in late April. The participating breweries gathered and each contributed a portion of this historic compilation.  Now, on May 14, the brew will be served simultaneously at each participating brewery — and we’re excited to see the response! Altitude sent us some great images of the group in Pinedale, as well as their own Nathan Venner from the event…totally diggin’ the tux…

WYOMING CHRONICLE — Wyoming PBS Program features Wyoming Whiskey and WY-P-A

(Riverton, Wyo.)  – This Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. on Wyoming PBS, Wyoming Chronicle visits with Wyoming Whiskey COO David DeFazio, and Master Distiller Steve Nally about their obsession with creating the state’s first bourbon whiskey from all Wyoming ingredients, a spirit that is scheduled to make its first appearance in December of this year.

Next, Chronicle producer Richard Ager sits down with brew masters Steve Simpson from Snowy Mountain Brewery in Saratoga and Richie Strom from Wind River Brewing Company in Pinedale and talks about the collaborative effort taken by thirteen brew masters from across the state, including Lander, who gathered recently in Pinedale to create a single beer for Wyoming, WyPA, just in time to celebrate National Craft Beer Week, May 14-20.

Wyoming PBS is a non-commercial, educational institution and cultural resource dedicated to connecting and enriching Wyoming lives through innovative media. Wyoming PBS can be found on various channels across Wyoming; for more information, check local listings, or go to www.wyomingpbs.org for a complete schedule of channel numbers.

–Wyoming PBS

Click on the Lander Brew Fest for more information!

CHEYENNE — Cheyenne International Film Festival 2012

The Cheyenne International Film Festival is about to begin! May 17-20, enjoy Wyoming productions and independent films. We’re also thrilled to be sponsoring the screening of Wyoming Triumph by KGB Productions in Jackson, Wyoming.  Click here for a trailer of Wyoming Triumph — this action-packed ski film takes viewers on a tour of Wyoming’s skiing destinations and locations.  Definitely one to check out!  Wyoming Triumph will be played as part of the Wyoming Showcase on Friday, May 18.  Also at the Wyoming Showcase, the winner of the Wyoming Film Office’s Short Film Contest will be screened.  This is a night of Wyoming film talent not to be missed!

LARAMIE — Lovejoy’s Specials

ham & turkey panini — Thin sliced black forest ham, turkey and melted Swiss and American cheeses stacked on toasted multi-grain bread spread with mustard. Served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad.

grilled sirloin — Six ounce sirloin, grilled to your liking and topped with a Worcestershire cream sauce. Served with creamy mashed potatoes, grilled bell pepper and onion skewers and your choice of soup or salad. 11.50

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