Winds Of Montana concert

Got an email from Sharon Mueller asking if I could help get the word out:

The 70-piece adult all-state band, “Winds of Montana,” will perform Superbowl Sunday at 1:30 in the Great Falls High School Auditorium. The early afternoon February 3rd concert will allow football fans to take in both the concert and their favorite tailgate events. “Winter Dances” is the concert’s theme, and the band will perform a variety of symphonic dances from a Mexican fiesta to a stately sarabande, to a polka. Also on the program is Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” and a program piece depicting a busy Moroccan marketplace called “Marrakech Bazaar.”

The highly acclaimed “Winds of Montana” was first organized in 1985 to give amateur and professional musicians the opportunity to perform excellent, challenging, and audience appealing symphonic band literature. Musicians range in age from 18 to 80 and come from all corners of the state. Some are professional musicians and teachers but the group also gives doctors, attorneys, military personnel, teachers, florists, and others who just love to play good music the opportunity to perform. All of the participants donate their time and cover their own expenses.

“Winds of Montana” was originally created and conducted by Bill Larson, former band director at Great Falls High School, and Music Supervisor for Great Falls. Today, retired Great Falls Music Supervisor Dennis Granlie is the primary conductor and organizer of the group and Larson serves as his assistant. Dusty Molyneaux, current Great Falls Public Schools Music Supervisor will also share the podium.

For more information call 761-0420, Dennis Granlie.


We made a sort of last-minute decision to try LobsterFest at the Montana Club last night – and holy cow, are we glad we did!

We knew it would be crazy-busy – when I drove by at about 7:15 not only was the parking lot packed, but there were cars parked in the grass along the side of the road! So we waited until about 9 pm to show up – and (whew!) didn’t have to wait for a table!

Broken record time: the service was simply amazing – Heather and the rest of the crew were on top of everything; the atmosphere was wonderful, although the crowd seemed a bit noisier than usual – just lots of happy lobster-stuffed folks!

They had special large LobsterFest 2013 menus printed up, and all of the staff was wearing special LobsterFest shirts – when the Montana Club goes for a promotion, they really go all in!

As for the food: perfection. I opted for the lobster tail and prime rib, and Krista had the lobster newburg. We also tried the lobster tempura as an appetizer. What can I say? It was awesome, just that simple.

If you want to get in on the lobster action, today (Saturday) is the last chance – they start it back up at 3 pm. Full menu here.
Heh…there’s even a chance we’ll head back for another round!

Nephropidae Festival

If you enjoy eating lobster, the Montana Club has something amazing on Friday and Saturday night: LobsterFest 2013. Here’s a partial listing of what’s available; click here to see the full menu chock-full of lobstery goodness. (H/T to Michelle)

Hot Lobster, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Fresh Lobster meat and artichoke hearts and spinach simmered in a creamy seafood sauce topped with parmesan, served with Garlic toasted medallions. 11.99

Tempura Lobster
Succulent Lobster meat gourmet battered then fried golden and served with honey Chile butter. 12.99

Lobster Stuffed Mushroom Buttons
Large mushroom buttons stuffed with lobster meat, herbs, and spices, topped with parmesan cheese. 11.99

Lobster Mac & Cheese
Luscious lobster meat sautéed with fresh garlic, shallots, select spices, and simmered in a creamy 4 cheese butter sauce, tossed with fusilli pasta. 11.99

Live Maine Lobster Dinner
1 1/2 lbs of fresh succulent, live Maine lobster. From the ocean to your plate! 33.99

Sirloin and Live Maine Lobster
Our Certified Angus Beef® 8 oz center-cut top sirloin grilled to perfection and a 1 1/2 pound live Maine Lobster. The best of both worlds. 40.99

King Crab and Live Maine Lobster
A 1/2 pound of delectable King Crab and a 1 1/2 pound live Maine Lobster. For the real seafood lover! 42.99

Bacon Wrapped Lobster Tail
Succulent Maine lobster tail wrapped in bacon and charbroiled to perfection! Brushed with garlic butter and served with our chardonnay butter sauce. 31.99

Steak Oscar Lobster
Our tender 8 oz Certified Angus Beef® Filet Mignon charbroiled to perfection topped with luscious lobster meat then finished with béarnaise sauce and asparagus. 40.99

Lobster Newburg
Sautéed lobster tail with tender pieces of claw and knuckle lobster meat, langoustines, red onion, garlic and select spices simmered in a rich creamy sherry butter sauce, served with toast points. 39.99

Lobster Fettuccine
Fettuccine al dente surrounded by chunks of tender lobster meat, red onion, garlic and mushrooms in our rich, creamy alfredo sauce. Served with garlic toast. 26.99


It’s open! The Bagel Co. of Great Falls opened on Sunday, and I stopped in today and picked up a few, along with some cream cheese.

Verdict: the sesame bagel I had was the best bagel I’ve eaten since 1997 in Mountain View, California.

It’s located right next to Target, and they have many types of bagels, of course, and at least seven different types of cream cheese that I counted. Coffee and cola available, too, and there’s also breakfast-y items on the menu (egg on bagel, etc).

The staff couldn’t have been friendlier, and the owner Renna was full of good cheer!

And the cream cheese was perfect – wasn’t the standard Philly-brand hard stuff, this was fluffy cream cheese served in a little container – yay!

Bagels in Great Falls!

Bagels in Great Falls!

Paywall TV?

Romenesko reports that a reality TV series is in the works:

More than 70 editors and publishers have responded to NBC Peacock Production’s casting call for a reality series about a small-town newspaper. Producer Cara Biega “noted that she was impressed with how amazing their stories are,” says Stan Schwartz of the National Newspaper Association, which is helping NBC Peacock find a paper to put on TV.

Hmmmm…if the series does wind up being made and broadcast, I wonder if people tuning in will see something like this on their TV screen?

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