Category Archives: Arts and Culture

City’s official 2019 ornament features Milwaukee Depot and is now available

The official 2019 Great Falls City Christmas ornament is the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Passenger Depot, commonly called the Milwaukee Depot. The ornament was designed by local artist Sheree Nelson and will be available at the Christmas Stroll on Dec. 6 at the corner of Central and 6th Street, near the trolley. The ornaments are $15 and are also

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City considering agreement to collect donations for water tower mural

During their Dec. 3 meeting City Commissioners will consider a memorandum of understanding with the Great Falls Area Community Foundation for receipt of donations for the Gore Hill water tower mural project. In November, commissioners awarded a $55,000 contract to Cameron Moberg for the new water tower’s mural, but the city doesn’t have funds for the project. City Commission approves

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Béla Fleck takes to stage with Great Falls Symphony for Americana concert tonight

World renowned banjo player Béla Fleck is joining the Great Falls Symphony tonight in one of this season’s highlights. Fleck has won 15 Grammys and is “arguably the best banjo player on Earth, so getting him to Great Falls is a really big deal. He’s going to be on stage with our symphony and that’s really cool,” said Grant Harville, symphony

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City Commission approves $55K contract for Gore Hill water tower artwork

City Commissioners voted 4-1, with Bill Bronson dissenting, to award a $55,000 contract to Cameron Moberg to paint the Gore Hill water tower. Staff recommended, and commissioners approved design option one to be painted in the summer of 2021, after the warranty period expires on the current paint. No funding source has yet been identified but city staff are working with the

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Downtown staying open later on Thursdays this holiday season

It’s long been a chicken or an egg scenario as to whether downtown businesses would stay open later to bring people downtown, or if people would have to be downtown before businesses would stay open later. But starting Nov. 7 and running through the end of the year, several downtown businesses are staying open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays in

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Downtown groups seeking proposals for wayfinding plan

The Business Improvement District in cooperation with the Downtown Development Partnership and the City of Great Falls, has released a request for proposals for a wayfinding plan for the city. The DDP is planning to pursue a planning grant from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Montana Main Street Program for the development of a wayfinding plan. The city will provide

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History Museum hosting holiday open house, concerts on Nov. 9

Enjoy live music, a holiday open house and a presentation by local author John Stephenson-Love on Nov. 9 and The History Museum. Melissa Smith who will be playing the museum’s restored 1925 Chickering grand piano in the Ozark Club. Smith is an accomplished pianist who will be performing popular holiday music beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the museum’s third and

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Business Bites: Enbar, Hempl’s, Sip ‘n Dip make best of lists; Five Loaves Too has new owner; The Barn, Calico Rodeo closing

Three local establishments recently made best of lists from Big 7 Travel. Enbar Enbar was named the best cocktail bar in Montana. “Enbar is a stylish yet riotously fun bar that serves up handcrafted cocktails made with Montana spirits. Cocktails change with the seasons and there’s often specials, but there are a few highlights to look out for. We love

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