Madrigal Dinner

Had a great time on Thursday night at the “Madrigal Dinner!” It was a fundraiser for the CMR creative arts department, and featured all of the creative kids – musicians, thespians, singers – dressed in medieval garb, complete with a Royal Court, pig’s head on a spit, serving ladies, court jesters and entertainers, and holiday songs. The kids (and some staff members, too, such as Mr Spencer’s “Rat Catcher” persona!) did a great job, and it was a really cool evening. Here’s some pix (click for larger size):

Madrigal Dinner for CMR High School

Snow Falling!

No serious chance of snow in our immediate forecast…so if the snow won’t come to Great Falls, then I’ll bring snow to GreaterFalls.com! OK, so it’s not REAL snow, but it sure is pretty, isn’t it? Just a handy little WordPress plugin. I might leave it up until Christmas, if it doesn’t prove to be too intrusive. You like?

New Restaurants

If you enjoy dining out, it doesn’t get much better than this…Great Falls is experiencing a mini-boom of new restaurants – let’s take a look:

Next to Wal-Green’s on 10th Avenue South at 23rd Street is a pair of “fast” food places. The Pita Pit opened a couple of months ago, and it’s great for a late-night pita; plenty of choices, including veggie pitas. Next door to the Pita Pit is the Noodle Express, which is doing boffo business since opening a couple of weeks ago. Noodles, rice bowls, choices of meat (beef, pork, shrimp, chicken), served in simple surroundings. Good stuff. I’ve already been a few times, and saw other folks that also were on their second visit.

The Trib reported on a new eatery downtown: the Health Food Cafe at 200 Central Avenue. Whole grains, low-sugar, etc, but they also serve bison burgers for us carnivores. Haven’t tried it yet, but will soon.

The long-awaited Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza is currently doing a “shakedown” cruise; all of the staff members are being put their paces with real customers and doing some final tweaking to get everything just right. I suspect that they will be fully open within a week or so.

And, of course, the long, long, LONG-awaited Chili’s and Macaroni Grill: the building isn’t done yet, so I don’t think it will be ready for another couple of months, but it will be worth the wait!

When I found out that I was moving to Montana back in 2002, I did a happy dance; the next thing I did was check to make sure that Great Falls had high-speed internet (whew!); the third thing I checked on was the closest Chili’s restaurant. Much to my dismay, there were NO Chili’s in Montana; I think we are the last state to get one. Better late than never, though!

iPod Contest Update

Oops…if you sent me an e-mail this week to enter the “Win An iPod Shuffle” contest, you should probably try sending it again. I had a typo in the original entry – the correct address to enter the contest is david @ greaterfalls.com (remove the spaces on both sides of the @ symbol). Remember: all you need to do is e-mail me with your name, address, and the reason that you think living in Great Falls is GREAT! Deadline for entering is at midnight on December 19th.

Sorry for the confusion!

Great Falls “Most Wanted”

News from Hamilton today: Robert Stearns was sentenced to 225 years in prison for “indecent exposure.” Well, it wasn’t just that – he was already on probation for crimes committed here in Cascade County back in 1997. In light of this news, let’s take a look at the local “Most Wanted” from our own Great Falls Police Department:

Great Falls Most Wanted

If you know these people – or see them – here is what the Police Department recommends:

If you encounter one of these individuals, do not take action yourself. Law enforcement personnel should apprehend these individuals only. Some of these individuals may be considered armed and dangerous.
If you have information as to the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please leave a confidential tip at lbrooks@ci.great-falls.mt.us or call the GFPD at 406-771-1180 or the 24-hour Crimestoppers Hotline at 727-TIPS (727-8477).

These folks are wanted for a wide range of charges, including assault, forgery, possession of drugs, DUI, burglary, and bail-jumping, so if you know them – or see them – call the police and let the pros handle it.

10th Street Bridge

I’ll admit to being a bit baffled about the “purpose” of the 10th Street Bridge project; being a relative newcomer to Great Falls, I only know about the bridge from reading about it – not from crossing it or seeing it used every day. But I do know that it sure looked pretty cool a few weeks ago, when the bluish-purple lights shone underneath the bridge and provided a fascinating purple glow to the smoke from the smelter refinery (oops…thanks for the catch, Wolfpack!). And luckily for us, GreaterFalls.com reader Alan snapped a couple of awesome pictures and agreed to share them here:

10th Street Bridge in Great Falls, MT

10th Street Bridge in Great Falls, Montana!

Thanks Alan!

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