Referred to as "Sully" throughout my youth, I contemplated using it as an "on-air" name. Needless to say this never happened, but it's still fun to mention and there's still time! As a graduate of the University of Montana, I first ventured my way onto the air waves as a television reporter. Not long after, I dove into the radio industry. I enjoy media as a career and the potential it has to inform and support the community. Other than consume comfort food nightly, I do have some hobbies. I'm a huge fan of forensic documentaries, chick flicks and mobster movies (I don't understand the combination, either) Plus, I love concerts! Rock, country, jazz, classical, reggae, alternative, electronic, R&B, hip-hop, rap, folk...pick the genre and I'm there! I especially love outdoor concerts and another great love I have of the outdoors, involves long walks with my incredible dog and the occasional human. For many years now, I have tested the waters as a performer in live, local theatre, and whether it be studio artwork, ballet, jazz or modern dance, I'm a big supporter of the arts. As for sports and no matter the level, I'm a huge fan of basketball, track & field and baseball. Any or all of the above, of course, is only important and possible with the bond of family and friends. Here's to those special bonds for everyone.
Mini Vacays Away from Montana’s Cold Weather Breaks the Monotony
Over the past few months, meteorologists have proclaimed this year's winter conditions to be the harshest in 20 years. Judging from the past couple of days, the weather seems to be shaping up nicely, but then again, it's Montana, and anything goes, right? Plus, a meteorologist typically knows what they're talking about. So, if you've had more than your share of extreme winter conditions, it may be time to bite the bullet and head somewhere warmer until this all blows over...or for a 3-day excursion, at least.
Butte St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pictures…and More Pictures…
With snow from Wednesday's storm plowed off to the side of Uptown Butte's walkways, thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! You couldn't ask for a better day! The sun shined bright, and the wind was surprisingly forgiving as onlookers cheered on the colorful display of parade entries that made their way down Montana Street shortly after the noon hour. The Civil Air Patrol and Grand Marshal Jim McCarthy led the parade, followed by the Butte Ladies' Ancient Order of Hibernians, Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive JP Gallagher, Anaconda's Pipes & Drum Corp, Montana Tech Athletics, and Highlands College. The parade also featured the Montana Hurling Grizzlies, Reps for the Centerville Memorial Garden, Katabatic Brewing Company, Edmonton Police Service Pipes and Drums Band, The National Forest Service & Smokey Bear, CSI, Veterans Division, The Butte Tiernan Irish Dancers, Sharp Reflections, Elite Electrical, St. Patrick's Day Color Run Representatives, Butte's Head Start Program, and Big Sky Senior Living.
Still Time to Get A “CLUE” at the Orphan Girl Theatre in Butte
Fans of comedy and mystery, you still have time to see the LIVE performance of CLUE at the Orphan Girl Theatre now through March 26th. Catch this spectacular show with their evening cast on March 18th & 19th at 6 p.m. Their "young artist matinee" cast will perform on March 18th, 19th, and 26th at 1 p.m.! Two bonus evening performances featuring the Orphan Girl's "young artists" will also take place on March 24th & 25th at 6 p.m. Please note that this play, rated PG-13, contains loud noises, such as gunshots and screams.
Gallagher Descendants with Different Roots are Anaconda’s Grand Marshals
Prepping for St. Patrick's Day festivities is down to the wire! Ready or not, it's game time for enthusiasts everywhere, including the very Irish community of Anaconda, Montana. The blessing of mass in the morning, followed by the traditional St. Patrick's Day parade at 2 p.m. in downtown Anaconda always sets the tone for a heartfelt celebration of Irish Heritage. Add to that the honorary grand marshals, and you have the making of a genuinely nostalgic event! That's because the grand marshals chosen for the St. Patrick's Day Parade are deeply rooted descendants of Ireland. Duo grand marshalls who bear the surname Gallagher will grace this year's parade; Anaconda natives Pat Gallagher and Kathleen "Cait" (Gallagher) Francisco. Yes, two Gallaghers from different walks of life with ancestors from distinct parts of Ireland.
Next at the Butte Elks Lodge? St. Patrick’s Day Food, Drink & Entertainment
The Butte Elks Lodge. Known in the community as the fraternal order of generosity! No matter the cause, the Butte Elks Lodge 240 continues to help those in need through pancake and bingo fundraisers, charitable LIVE music events, and much more. This St. Patrick's Day is no different, as the Butte Elks Lodge wants to help everyone and anyone to focus on a bit of fun! It's not a traditional fundraiser, per se, but a way of assisting the community in unwinding and distressing in a safe and welcoming environment during one of the area's most popular gatherings! On tap at the Butte Elks Lodge this Friday for St. Patrick's Day are LIVE bands and plenty of food. Right after the parade in uptown Butte, you'll'll have the chance to enjoy music at the Elks by local favorite Andy Larson. Then at 2:30 pm, get "Irish jiggy with it" as the Great Scots Bagpipers perform for the masses. Some of your favorite food, par for the course, will be available, including corned beef with cabbage, carrots, red potatoes, and a roll for only $15. You can also choose a Reuben sandwich with chips for $11.
Irish Dancers’ Schedule this St. Patrick’s Day in Butte, Anaconda & Helena
St. Patrick's Day wouldn't be the same without the many festivities and traditions planned around it. From the Ceilidh to the Shelieigh Shindig and everything in between, events in honor of St. Patrick's Day have been going strong in the surrounding area for decades! Performers like The Pipes and Drums Band of the Edmonton Police Service, the Anaconda Pipes & Drum Corps, the Tiernan Irish Dancers of Butte and Helena, Anaconda's Irish Dancers and many more have wowed us for years with their incredible talent.
Butte Winter Farmers’ Market; And Then There Were Three…Left
After engaging in St. Patrick's Day fun, regroup and head to the next Butte Winter Farmers' Market set for this Saturday, March 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This lively event in the Butte Plaza Mall offers a gorgeous array of arts, crafts, produce, other delicious foods and so much more...
Child Safety Seat Clinic in Butte is on the Right Path this Wednesday
Things that seem to be a matter of good common sense sometimes require a refresher course and a mandatory checklist. Child passenger seat safety, for instance, is of great importance and nothing that should ever be taken for granted. The Butte-Silver Bow County Fire Department knows this all too well, and that's why they continually host child/passenger safety seat clinics like the upcoming one scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station No—#1 in Butte (120 South Idaho Street). The clinic will focus on the correct way to use a child safety seat and provide valid information and guidance on ensuring your youngster utilizes the right one for their weight and height.
Family, Friends, Music & Dance; The AOH Ceilidh in Pictures
Events to honor Irish heritage in the area just keep coming, and we haven't even made it to St. Patrick's Day yet! So far, loyal enthusiasts have enjoyed the Shillelagh Shindig at the Carpenter's Union Hall that took place last Friday in Butte, the AOH St. Patrick's Day Race in Anaconda this past Saturday, and yesterday's Ceilidh (celebration of Irish music and friendly gatherings) at the AOH Hall in Anaconda. The latter event was one my family and I had the honor of enjoying! The consensus following our time at Anaconda's AOH Ceilidh yesterday was a a predictable thumbs up! We were in great company with members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians who welcomed us from the get go. At Ceilidh, many in attendance engaged in conversation with family and friends, while enjoying beverages and delicious homemade corned beef with all the trimmings at the "Hall" (Dan Tocher & crew did an immense job! Yum!). Some even had to elbow a few people to get their share of Tipperary squares (white frosted mini cakes rolled in chopped nuts), but other than that it was a friendly outing. Lol! (Continued...)
From U2 to the Dubliners; Irish Rock & Folk Bands and the Songs that Inspire
With all this talk about St. Patrick's Day celebrations and events happening throughout the next several days, let's talk about the rhythmic part of the deal with Irish songs and musicians that have influenced us over the years. Here are some tunes of the Irish persuasion to download on any device and add to your playlist. In fact, you may even have the vinyl or cd version of some of the ones listed below. Happy St. Patrick's Day!