Some people make Christmas ornaments with their pets’ paw print. Some get pictures of their pets’ adorable face blown up on a t-shirt. Others sign up for a pencil drawing class taught by Megan Buecking with the Arts Council of Big Sky (ACBS) to make the homage even more personal.
Teamwork seems intrinsic to Mark Walkup, the new general manager of the Hungry Moose: from college football to the cheerleading squad at Auburn University to playing the bass guitar professionally for popular punk bands. He has travelled nearly every nook and cranny of the nation – that is part of the reason he wants to be in Big Sky.
For years men have harnessed the tools of the woods and tamed the onslaught of winter weather in a most inventive way. Their efforts have kept buildings standing in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and allowed for people to better experience a largely untamed world.
As one of the H-2B Program participants employed in Big Sky, Tresan Frazer saw snow for the first time in 2017 – and has come back every winter since.
Glide Big Sky kicks off its second season on Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. meeting at the Community Park. Every two weeks, the program will visit different Big Sky trails.
Tessa Sharr had one of those early Covid travel stories that ended up being serendipitous.
Samantha Mize-Honatke once dipped her toe in water outside of Montana. She tried Phoenix for a year, “but the water was too hot,” she joked. Sure, she missed the Montana mountains and seasons and had a palpable distaste for all the concrete in the city, but people were what really made her pack up and head back to her Gallatin Gateway roots.
Across the country, dancers were laid off from performing with entire seasons and shows canceled as the coronavirus progressed and never let up. Many of these artists took to sharing their talent and knowledge with dancers far and wide through virtual platforms.
Al “Al Mal” Malinowski is amiable and functions with a kind of ease that is found in people who help shape things. In his case, he helped shape Big Sky. Still, he gets a little uncomfortable when asked to talk about himself and would rather discuss other people, projects and the lost history of the community.
Patrick Maidman busied himself unloading a vehicle full of cardboard at the newly paved recycling center on Hwy. 191. He noted how nice it looked and also that the improvement was just in time for winter.