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.
Top ‘Yellowstone Series’ Inspired Holiday Gifts – Part I
Fans of the series Yellowstone are most likely up-to-date on every episode and, by now, are thoroughly engaged in Season 5. My brush with the series came last August when I was cast as an extra in a bar scene for the opening episode that aired November 13th. Well, the word cast is a bit much since the only thing that distinguished my "extra" status that day was how the backside of my jean jacket made it to the screen for literally one second. No, I didn't get to meet Rip, nor did I get a scolding from Beth, but the experience was fun nonetheless! At this point, the next best thing to being on set or watching the series from the comfort of home would be the fun merchandise you can shop for in-store and online that is "Yellowstone" inspired! Talk about great gift ideas for almost everyone on your holiday list! Here are some top picks for the Dutton enthusiasts in your life!
Every Clothing Drive Picture Tells a Story
Today's Townsquare Media, Harrington Pepsi, Ace Hardware, and Butte Cares Clothing Drive at the MAC was a great experience for everyone involved. Volunteers, sponsors, and participants came together for a great cause; along the way, many met and connected with new faces. For numerous years, the Clothing Drive in Butte has helped provide gently worn clothes, hats, gloves, blankets, shoes, and more to those in need within the community. It has also offered a sense of worth and accomplishment to the many volunteers who donate their time to the Clothing Drive each year.
Project Care Christmas Food Baskets Still Available
Some reading this may not have to deal with rounding up a plan for getting their families enough food to eat on a given day, but for many, the desire to help is there. Thanks to many charitable groups in the surrounding area, people have been able to seek the help they need. Namely added to that list is the Project Care Food Bank of Anaconda.
Upcoming “Christmas Store” Gives Kids Freedom to Pick Out Gifts
This Saturday (December 3rd), and for the first time since 2019, the Women's Club in Anaconda will have just that; a Christmas Store designed specifically for children "only" to shop for their loved ones. It's an exciting experience for the kiddos. Volunteers will be on-site to help these young shoppers pick out up to 8 items priced at ONLY $1 each. Community members over the past month brought in donations and gifts, so the selection is expected to be great! Volunteers will also be there to wrap all chosen gifts. Here's where to bring your youngster for a shopping experience like no other this Saturday: Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall at 106 Cherry in Anaconda. The Christmas Store will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will go towards AJHS Women's Club Scholarships. Let the shopping begin!
Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll; A Local Favorite
Throughout the Mining City, every resident has their own set of traditions and period of time when they "plan" to start celebrating the holiday season. Many customarily start decorating and buying gifts for Christmas at the onset of Thanksgiving. Some have been ready since last summer, while others wait a few days before December 25th to get into the spirit. Then, there are those who have key events that help gear them up for the holiday. One popular and inspiring event in the community that has done just that for so many is the Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll! Like clockwork, it all happens tomorrow night (December 2nd) for everyone in the community and the surrounding area to enjoy! Butte's Stroll has been the leading festive gathering in the area to full-heartedly welcome the December month for decades! Its nostalgic and festive appeal is what keeps people coming back for more.
Thompson Family Food Drive “Means it” this Saturday
The Thompson Family City Wide Food Drive is when you leave non-perishable food items near your mailbox for volunteers to pick up between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is preferred that items be set in a grocery bag and made available by 10 a.m. this Saturday. Other items in need include paper towels, toilet paper, deodorant and shampoo. If you would rather bring your items to a drop off location, you may do so at the Butte Emergency Food Bank (1019 East Second), and select spots at Safeway on Front Street, Three Bears Alaska, and the Racetrack Fire Hall off of Farragut. Cash donations are also very much appreciated and can be made by visiting HERE. The food drive this Saturday is in memory of Jim and Margie Thompson, who operated Thompson Distributing in Butte with their family and staff for years, and where the Drive was first established. Here's to all of us "meaning it" by coming together to do our part!
Two Butte Traditions Underway in Early December
There are numerous traditional events that proudly take place in Butte and the surrounding area, and to the delight of many, two of them are about to happen early next month! First up, it's Butte Central's Christmas Party on December 3rd. December 6th, it's a chance to honor Butte's history and those who paved the way with a celebration of National Miner's Day in conjunction with the World Museum of Mining. This event happens at the Butte Elks Lodge
Thousands Fill the Streets for Anaconda’s Christmas Stroll Last Week
It was a night to remember as thousands of holiday enthusiasts filled the streets of The Smelter City for the Anaconda Christmas Stroll this past Friday! The festivities began with an awe-inspiring lighted parade that started on Main Street and made its way back to Kennedy Common for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and a much-anticipated visit from Santa Clause. Then came an intense moment as participants waited around the majestic ceremonial tree to see if they would be the winner of the grand prize giveaway of $1500! As it turned out, the proprietor of that prize money went to Teresa Tyler of Wyoming, who was visiting family for the holiday season. Excellent work, Teresa!
Anaconda Christmas Stroll is this Friday, November 25th
Tis' the season for a variety of amazing events, including this year's Anaconda Christmas Stroll! For decades, the stroll has been a breathtaking community gathering that commences the day after Thanksgiving. This year's stroll, hosted by Discover Anaconda, will begin with a festive lighted parade down Main Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. From there, everyone is welcome to join together at Kennedy Common (corner of 4th & Main Street) for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Then, leading to the aha moment, rumor has it that Santa will make an appearance with the help of the Anaconda-Deer Lodge Fire Department at 6 p.m. From atop one of their pristine fire trucks, children will get a chance to see Old St. Nick greet the community. LIVE music will then fill the air leading to the grand moment of the tree-lighting ceremony, followed by the drawing of $1,500 to one lucky winner! Anyone can participate for a chance to win by purchasing stroll buttons prior to the Christmas Stroll at several businesses in downtown Anaconda. Also, this year virtual buttons are available by visiting discoveranaconda.com. You must be present to win with "stroll button" physically or digitally displayed. A list of participating businesses is also available on Discover Anaconda's website.
Ladies Night Out is Coming Soon to the Area
Exactly one week from Thanksgiving, on December 1st, women in the surrounding area will have the chance to enjoy a post "season of giving" treat! That's when Ladies Night Out will take place at the Anaconda Elks Lodge at 223 Main Street! The Copper Village Museum and Arts Center annually hosts the event to raise funds for their non-profit organization. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with wine and appetizers, followed by a LIVE auction at 7 p.m. All attendees are asked to bring a beautiful, unique, or one-of-a-kind holiday ornament or gift as part of admission, along with a 10-dollar entrance fee. All ornaments and gifts provided will be part of an exchange during the event.