Friday Five: January 25, 2019

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana a great place!

B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

1. The Beer Barter is Back

After a five year hiatus, the Beer Barter is returning to the Whitefish Winter Carnival on Feb. 2.

The goal of the Beer Barter is to offer the best barter for beer, whether that’s an object or a talent. The winner of the event gets 52 cases of beer, which they can pick up at once or once a week from the Great Northern Brewing Company. The first event was held in 2000 and included appearances from former Gov. Brian Schweitzer showing up with a dairy cow.

Following the barter, Great Northern Brewing will celebrate its 24th anniversary.

For more information abut the Beer Barter, click here.

2. Missoula Symphony Conductor and Collaborator Throw Last Humorous Family Concert

Are you looking for a fun way to introduce children to classical music? Considering attending the Missoula Symphony’s annual family concert called “Dust Up at the Symphony Corral.”

The idea for a children friendly show began in 2009 when the music director of the Missoula Symphony conductor, Darko Butorac, and Creighton James wrote their first family-concert script together. The duo wrote the script themselves as a way to introduce children to music in a light atmosphere. During the shows, Butorac interacts with the children and the show uses music familiar to children.

Click here to get more information about the Missoula show.

3. Rustic Cabin North of Yellowstone Highlighted by Spectacular Views, Groomed Trails

If you are searching cross country skiing get away, consider visiting the Davis cabin in Tom Miner Basin.

The rustic cabin is part of the B Bar Ranch, a working guest ranch. During winter, the B Bar has 20 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails. While the cabin lacks plush amenities, the surrounding mountains awe visitors. It costs $50 a night to rent the cabin.

Click here to read more about this hidden cross country skiing paradise.

4. Bringing Light to Flight: Airway Beacons Near Butte Headed for National Register

The Homestake Air Beacon and the Silver Bow Airway Beacon could be headed to the National Register of Historic Places list.

The two light beacons, which were built in the 1930s, were part of a system of lighted towers that guided pilots flying across Montana. The Montana Depart of Transportation initially nominated the two  beacons, and now the Butte beacons are before the Park Service for final approval. Currently about 15 miles separate the two beacons, but in its prime the beacons were among 1,550 lights marking thousands of miles for night flights.

To read more about these historic Butte treasures, click here.

5. St. Jude’s Holds School Geo Bee Championships

On Wednesday, St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre held  its annual National Geographic Bee to determine who would represent the school at the state level. The winner was eighth-grader Chase Thompson, who beat nine other students to claim the crown. She will now compete at the state level with a chance to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C.

During the competition, the Havre students answered a variety of geography questions. They were quizzed on state capitols, capitols in foreign countries, and landmarks in the U.S. and abroad.

Click here to read more about Thompson and the Geography Bee.

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