Missoulians in Malawi

After a jet-lagged and harried few days, the first day of camp was upon us. We were situated at the base of the gorgeous Mount Mulanje, using the campus of the local primary school. We spread our classes across classrooms and patches of red earth, our music and poems spilling through the open windows. The village children flooded doorways with their chatter and…

A Ful(l)filled Life

Margaret Baldridge cannot remember a time in her life when she wasn’t playing the violin. It’s been her life, livelihood, passion. Every day since age 5. It’s had company, though. She has a passion for food and cooking, and it’s been with her for as long as she can remember. Food hasn’t been just sustenance; it’s been a creative endeavor…

Crown and Sash

Carrie Vreeland graduated with honors from Montana State University with a B.S. in Nursing. As a registered nurse and licensed esthetician, Carrie has a passion for health, beauty, and self-confidence. She volunteers in her community, and her goal is to become a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Diagnosed with lupus, Carrie seeks to find an avenue to educate women…

Portrait of a Caricature: Miss Montana

“I’m not the usual pageant girl,” Brooke Bezanson said by way of describing herself. To this year’s Miss Montana, the secret to success was actually pretty simple: authenticity. “I just answered their questions as honestly as I could,” she said. Brooke is a tall, cosmopolitan-looking 20-year-old with a platinum bob, but something about her blunt, down-to-earth approach to answering interview…

Dancing with the Missoula Stars

Dancing with the Missoula Stars, the annual fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective, is back for Season 2. Ten of the bravest local celebrities will dance their way to the winner's circle, where there's room for only one couple. Let's meet the teams!

A Three-for-One Show

Art is always unique, frequently original, and occasionally affordable except when Radius Gallery curates its annual Holiday Show, in which case you get a 3-for-1: unique, original, affordable fine art. For the third consecutive year, owners Lisa Simon and Jason Neal have put together a Holiday Show featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramic works, and mixed media pieces from some of…

A Passport to Hear the World Sing

Every three years, the Missoula International Choral Festival lifts Missoula’s soul in song. And like most successes in our valley, it all started as a dream. Professor Donald Carey, director of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club—a community men’s chorus—began dreaming in 1985, two years before the first-ever International Choral Festival was brought to Missoula. It was during the Mendelssohn Club’s first…

Dancing with the Missoula Stars

Follow the teams and vote for your favorite on 
DancingWithTheMissoulaStars.org. Ten fewer Missoulians will have two left feet following their participation in “Dancing with the Missoula Stars,” a fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). For weeks, our celebrities—or non-dancers, the preferred term of at least one competitor—have been rehearsing their steps with their professional dancers. All their hard work,…

The Stories That Bind Us

To tell your story, record a pitch at 406.203.4683. You can learn more and listen to past events by visiting TellUsSomething.org. Immigrant parents. Beauty pageants and bar scenes. Camping with black bears. Car crashes and whitewater rapids. Falling in love. Falling out of love. Heart-rending tales of loss and heart-bursting tales of joy.

Missoula’s Not-So-Secret Society

For more information on youth and adult hockey leagues for men, women, boys and girls, visit GlacierIceRink.com. Missoulians who aren’t regulars at the Glacier Ice Rink refer to hockey as an underground group. As if they hold secret meetings with mysterious rituals and clothing. Well, they’re not wrong. What they don’t know is that they most likely spoke to or…