About GreaterFalls.com

Welcome to folks who are visiting for the first time! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. In a nutshell, GreaterFalls.com is my online fan club for Great Falls. This website is a “web-log,” commonly referred to as a “blog.” It’s a regularly updated online journal of people, places, events, and news in Great Falls.

Take a look around via the Archives, which are organized by month (such as September 2005, May 2006, and October 2007), or use the Tags to view categories such as Civics, Animals (lots of geese!), Media, Events, Business, Weather, and Kids.

And don’t forget to check out all of the other Great Falls bloggers!

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Again, thanks for visiting GreaterFalls.com!

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Ready to Stroll?

Wouldja believe that we’re only a few days away from the annual Christmas Stroll (aka Downtown Stroll or Holiday Stroll)? If you’ve been here for at least a few years, you know how fun The Stroll is; if you’re new to Great Falls, this is one of the “must see” events. Basically, it’s a huge street party in downtown Great Falls.

Here’s what happens: downtown is blocked off along Central Avenue, from the Civic Center to about sixth street, and vendors set up booths to sell crafts, food, and decorations, and the downtown merchants are all open and usually offering some great holiday deals. There are also some fun activities – such as the “Polar Plunge” last year that saw local civic leaders and media folks taking a freezing-cold dunk to raise money for Special Olympics.

This year’s Stroll is on Saturday, December 1, from 11 am until 7 pm, and the theme is “Through A Child’s Eyes.” The theme is featured on unique “stroll buttons” that you can purchase from many downtown merchants (such as Amazing Toys, where I saw them today); each button enters you to win a prize package. This year there are three designs:

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One more thing: be sure to bundle up – tradition dictates that it is COLD at the Christmas Stroll, and the forecast right now is calling for a high temp of 23 degrees next Saturday.

See you at the Stroll!

By the way – since publicity for this year’s Stroll seems to be a bit subdued (the DGFA website is…um…lame), please go ahead and e-mail this entry to other folks around town – help get the word out!

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Holiday Cheer

First, happy post-Thanksgiving to everyone – hope you had a great holiday and enjoyed the day. But now that “Turkey Day” is over, it’s time to get serious about Christmas: the seasonal music has begun playing on local radio stations, many stores will be open early on Friday, and the Christmas rush has kicked off on many TV stations.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has compiled a monster list of all the TV Christmas specials and movies, including classics such as “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as well as newer fare such as “Elf” and “Mary Christmas.”

Local shops opening early include Old Navy (5 am), Target (6 am), and JC Penney (4 am!).

So I have two questions: what holiday movies or TV shows are you MOST looking forward to, and how many of you plan to take advantage of the Friday-morning sales?

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First Snow Of…?

Take a look at these two pictures from today’s Tribune (click the larger one to see it full-size):

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Notice anything wrong? Yep – both captions state that it was the first snow of the year…but according to my calendar, the first snow of 2007 occurred way back on January 6th. That would make this week’s snowfall the…what…maybe the 14th or 23rd snow of the year?

I’m sure they meant that it was the first snow of the season, but hey…they were only off by nearly eleven months.

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All iPod

Greetings to folks who are visiting courtesy of the Great Falls Tribune “Fusion” article about MP3 players! Stacy Byrne did a neat job reporting on the popularity of the tiny players, and my love of all things iPod. It’s true: I succumbed to the Apple mystique a couple of years ago, and my appreciation for the iPod (in several forms: Shuffle, Nano, Touch) has only grown since then.

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Last month, Janna won an iPod Shuffle here at GreaterFalls.com in a great photo contest…and December is a great time to have another Shuffle giveaway…if you have any ideas for a contest, let me know.

UPDATE:

If you are going to buy an iPod (for yourself or as a gift), and you enjoy GreaterFalls.com, please consider shopping via the Amazon links below; it will likely save you a few dollars, and will help to support GreaterFalls.com. Thanks!

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Trails, Tales, and Journeys

Good news – another Great Falls blogger! Our newest member is J. Michael Brown who writes “Trails, Tales, and Journeys.” His most recent entry deals with his arrival in Great Falls several years ago, and his “weather shock” making the transition from Guam to Montana:

It was about 90 degrees when we left Guam. San Francisco’s temperature was about 45 degrees. I was freezing from the climate change….(as) we were watching the Weather Channel, they showed the wind chill in Great Falls was minus 90 degrees. That was a 180 degree turnaround from just a few days ago when we walked along the beach in Guam. I was cold in San Francisco at 45 degrees. I was frigid in Dillon at 30 below zero. I wondered, “How can anyone survive in this climate?”
As we popped over the hill on I-15 coming into Great Falls with a 40 MPH wind blowing us all over the road and with us freezing as the heater was on high, I told Robin, “Don’t worry about this place. I’ll put in for orders to get us out of here as soon as possible.”
That was about 20 years ago.

And he and his family. Welcome to the Great Falls ‘sphere, TT&J!

And don’t forget – check out the entire roster of Great Falls bloggers!

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