Fellow Montana blogger Randy alerted me to the June 5th editorial in the Great Falls Tribune (print copy here), which noted that Great Falls businesswoman Claire Baiz lamented the less-than-stellar image that Great Falls has when compared to other Montana towns:
“Sadly,” she wrote, “Great Falls fills the role of the ugly stepsister of Montana cities. You want the smart one, date Missoula. You want the rowdy one, see Butte. The up-and-comer? Billings. The sister with clout? Helena. The popular girls? Try the Valley Girls from Kalispell or Bozeman.”
So…how to remedy the image of Great Falls? What makes Great Falls unique among Montana towns? Well, this website that you’re reading tells you what I think of our community: Greater Falls sums it up. I love it, like I’ve never loved any other location that I’ve spent time in. But why? I’ll start posting some of my reasons over the next several weeks, and if you want to add your two cents, please leave a comment here or e-mail me at david @ greateralls.com.
During a drive around town today I spotted a few of the whimsical, decorated bison sculptures; took a few pictures with my camera-phone, but believe me, they are much more impressive in person. The ones that I saw were in front of Fox Fine Jewelers, US Bank (downtown), DA Davidson Plaza, Old Milwaukee Station, and First Interstate Bank at the Marketplace. There are lots more scattered throughout town, including one at Best Western Heritage Inn and another at Stockman Bank on 10th Avenue South. Go see ’em!
The story so far: the newly-formed All American Professional Basketball League (AAPBL) is gearing up for season #1 and have selected cities & team names, in addition to a motto for the AAPBL: “A Bounce Away From The NBA!”
The teams in the league are: Great Falls Cowboys; Billings Rims; Butte Bandits; Wyoming Golden Eagles; Pueblo Aztecs; Lincoln Generals; Cedar Rapids Ball Hogs; Wichita Bombers; Topeka Tornado ; Mankato Mallards
The league is divided into two divisions: Mountain and Plains. The season opener for the Cowboys will be on November 9th at the Four Seasons Arena, with 30 more home games on the schedule. The head coach is Kermit Young, and the associate coaches are Larry Lucero and Mike McLean. Also: if you’re really excited about the Cowboys and enjoy jumping and yelling, it might not be too late to apply for the Cowboys cheerleaders — call 452.7168 to apply.
Today marks the kickoff of the bicentennial celebration of Lewis & Clark’s journey; there are many activities scheduled to commemorate the historic event. If you plan on attending some of the festivities, you can purchase “day-passes,” and there are also tickets for individual events. A day-pass will gain you admission to several events, including:
The Geraldine Buffalo Dinner and Street Dance on Saturday; artists’ tours at the C.M. Russell Museum; an ice cream social at Ryan Dam on June 13; “Home on the Ranch” barbecue June 16 at the High Plains Heritage Center; the Upper Portage Camp beginning June 23; Independence Day Extravaganza July 4th at Montana ExpoPark
I’ve heard several reports that ticket sales have been slow so far…but perhaps they’ll pick up as the event is actually upon us now. By the way — am I the only one who thinks that it would have been cool to call it a “Bison-tennial?” Heh…
It’s almost time: Riverfest 2005 will be held on July 16, from approximately noon until 9:00 pm! Among the activities:
“…sea plane, water skiing and kayaking demonstrations; musical entertainment; arts and crafts show/sale; skate boarding demonstrations at Riverside Railyard; concessions and a beer garden; children’s activities including face painting, hair coloring, art projects, games and more; petting zoo and pony rides…”
I went to Riverfest last year and enjoyed it very much, and this year should be no different. I think the 49th Street Blues Project played last year, and they were great. Plenty of food, lots of crafts and artwork to browse and buy, everybody smiling — it was just a fun time. Make plans to go this year!
Great Falls High School held the 2005 graduation ceremony the other day: 330 newly-minted graduates crossed the stage. Among the achievements of the Class of 2005: “…two National Merit Scholars, the state’s best AA newspaper, four All-State band members, top honors at the state thespian contest and top soccer, basketball and volleyball players.” Eleven of the students graduated with straight A’s — good job!
And in related news, I discovered that the science department maintains a website: BisonScience. And more: one of the teachers maintains a blog (WordPress!) for his class — very cool!