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Mamma Mia in Missoula!

Mamma Mia in Missoula! A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

So what is the show about, you ask?  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

You may recall a movie version of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfriend, Christine Bananski, Stellan Skarsgard, and Julie Walters.  That was released in July 2008.

Mamma Mia! in Missoula

On Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Adams Center, Mamma Mia the musical is showing as part of the Missoula Live Series on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana.  You will not want to miss this!

Poised at the base of Mount Sentinel on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the Adams Center is a proud Missoula icon, providing diverse entertainment in the mountains of Western Montana since the 1950s.

Named for and dedicated to Harry F. Adams who devoted 44 years of service to UM, the Adams Center underwent a $15 million renovation in 1998 to make improvements to the arena and add the auxiliary facility that now holds the East and West Auxiliary Gyms and the Grizzly Hall of Champions.

The Adams Center is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.

Hosts Brady and Elaine Anderson-West invite you to stay at their restful retreat called Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast right here in Missoula.  Their gorgeous inn overlooks the Bitterroot River and features majestic mountain views.  Each morning guests savor a fresh gourmet breakfast cooked to perfection.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

For Missoula Music Lovers

Missoula music lovers often visit four popular local performance venues.  The Missoula, Montana music scene is thriving!  The Wilma has anchored the Missoula cultural and entertainment aspect for almost 100 years.  Constructed in 1921 as a vaudeville house, The Wilma has been utilized as a movie house for the majority of its history. In the 1980s, The Wilma began to once again host live entertainment.

In March of 2015, The Wilma was acquired by new ownership. The new owners, Nick and Robin Chehota, immediately commenced work on a major renovation and restoration of the historic theater, investing in entirely new infrastructure, renovated stage, modern catering operation, first class entertainer accommodations and one of the best sound systems in the Western United States. As a result of the remodel, The Wilma has become a state of the art facility within a spectacular historic building.

Where possible, Checota left some of the key elements original to the Wilma, including the massive Art Deco chandeliers hanging above the balcony. An artist also touched up the ornate French murals lining the walls, and many of the trimmings have been repainted in a gold-gray color palette that’s characteristic of early 20th century theaters, Checota says.

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The Wilma theater’s main room has been redone with a gray-gold color scheme, wooden tiered flooring and a raised stage.

 

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The vintage Art Deco-style light fixtures are some of the remaining elements original to the 94-year-old theater. Both photos courtesy the Missoula Independent.

The new owner is particularly proud of the improvements that most visitors to the Wilma might not be able to see but will certainly hear, including a new sound system and acoustic enhancements. Sound-absorption panels are hidden in the walls to help reduce echoes, which were a relic of the pre-amplified days when theaters were designed to throw actors’ voices as far as possible.

“It’s going to be cool, it’s going to attract bands,” Checota says in an interview with Kattie Whittle from Missoula Independent. “There’s a buzz already. I hear from agents, people are talking about what we’re doing.”

The Wilma hosts a free sneak peak event with music from Lil’ Smokies and The Whizpops! on Friday, Oct. 2, followed by its sold-out grand reopening with My Morning Jacket on Oct. 5.

Missoula-Music-LoversThe owners of the Wilma also own the Top Hat Lounge, a 550 capacity room, one block from The Wilma.  This longtime watering hole turned Missoula concert mecca is a great place to find awesome music.  With state of the art sound and stage equipment, patrons can find food, drinks, and even a dance floor to help them enjoy a variety of shows.  It is a downtown hot spot where many local bands often play. 

 

 

Missoula-Music-LoversBig Sky Brewing has long been considered a perfect combination of beer and music.  This outdoor ampitheater hosts everyone from Michael Franti to The Decemberists.  They often give the proceeds of concert beer sales to local Missoula charities.  Their 2015 Summertime Concert series was a big success. 

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Adams Center located on the University of Montana‘s campus right here in Missoula.  Famous performers like Miranda Lambert and Paul McCartney have performed here.  This is the perfect place to enjoy big names with thousands of your closest friends!  Friday Oct. 9, the Adams Center hosts the Newsboys starting at 7 pm.
Hosts Elaine and Brady Anderson-West welcome you to Missoula and their B&B guests experience scenic mountain views at their Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Their peaceful property borders the Bitterroot River and is next to the Lewis and Clark walking trail.  Music lovers have a variety of performance venues when they visit Missoula.

Montana Antique Mall

The Montana Antique Mall located in downtown Missoula is the largest antique mall in Montana. They feature four floors and over 15,000 square feet of interesting and sometimes odd old stuff in what was once the Montana Hotel.

The Montana Hotel was built in 1890 and is claimed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Located across from the original train depot, it serviced travelers coming east and west on the Northern Pacific railway. It also housed working men who gathered in the hotel dining room for supper at the end of their day and then could retire to the saloon for evening libations.

Today its home to sixty antique dealers and a variety of furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, pottery and a little bit of everything else. There is even a library with books reflecting regional and historical interest.

Plan on an afternoon with the past and maybe taking some of it home. The Montana Antique Mall is located at 331 West Railroad Street in Missoula, Montana.  Plenty of parking is available.  The antique mall is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 406-721-5366.

Want more retail therapy?  The downtown area also has delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in Western Montana and with more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. North Reserve Street also offers some popular box stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Old Navy.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you stay in Missoula, Montana:

You are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Big Sky Montana.  We are conveniently close to plenty of fun things to do, but we also provide our guests with peaceful and scenic views of mountains and the Bitterroot River.

Each morning guests enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfasts.  We enjoy seeing returning guests as well as meeting new guests that also become friends.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Tis the Season For Shopping

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of year.  Tis the season for joy, giving, and togetherness.  Tis the season for shopping.  Our Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast guests can enjoy three distinct shopping areas in Missoula, Montana. Each area has a variety of thoughtful holiday gifts for December and the coming New Year.

Downtown Shopping is home to delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. The Missoula Downtown Association website conveniently categorizes the downtown shopping by type of merchandise and even lists places for Downtown dining. The Missoula Downtown Gift Card can be purchased online or in person at 218 E. Main Street, Missoula.  Accepted at over 150 locations throughout the downtown area, this is one of the most versatile gift cards they’ll ever receive. 

Southgate Mall is a convenient Missoula shopping destination. With more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in western Montana and offers offer women’s apparel, shoes, kid and teen clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, appliances, and more.

Shopping stores include:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Dillard’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gap
  • Herberger’s
  • JC Penney
  • White House/Black Market

 

North Reserve Street (runs from I-90 to 39th from the north to the south, crossing Broadway, 3rd Street, South Avenue and Brooks Street) offers big box stores like:Nature at the inn (3) small

  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Old Navy
  • Ross
  • Starbucks
  • Super Walmart
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Ulta

The Missoula, Montana area offers much more than shopping.  We have entertainment, history, nature, sports, and even The University of Montana. In fact, Outside Magazine ranked Missoula, Montana as the ninth best in their article, “The Sixteen Best Places to Live in America.”  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine welcome you to visit their scenic mountain bed and breakfast with pristine views of the Bitterroot River.  On your next shopping adventure in Missoula, think about relaxing afterward at the bed and breakfast.  Gift Snow on trees 2-20-03 031 smallcertificates for Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast are always a popular item this time of year as well!

Blog post written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Photographs by Elaine and Brady of  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

University of Montana UM Days

Students on the Oval

The University of Montana, in September 1895, began serving as the center of public higher education for Western Montana. This is a world class university with talented faculty and motivated students striving to achieve their dreams.  The University of Montana provides life experience that shapes futures.  Higher education with a global impact.  Potential students, as well as their families, are welcome to stay at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Montana while they visit.

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The University of Montana has open houses, called UM Days.  They are full-day events that include campus tours, student services presentations, a student panel, residence hall tours, lunch on campus and academic department meetings. UM Days are their most popular campus visit program for prospective students to experience campus.

UM Days provides prospective students and their families a unique opportunity to experience life at the University of Montana. A number of special events are scheduled during UM Days for participants to explore campus with other students. By attending UM Days, visitors will have the chance to take a guided tour of campus, view rooms in each of our residence halls, visit with faculty from your academic areas of interest, and hear from various student services on campus, including financial aid, residence life, and career services.

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A panoramic view of the UC second floor

UM Days Tentative Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the next UM Days program:

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Check-in at University Center 3rd floor
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Campus Tour
  • 9 a.m. – Welcome and Admissions Talk
  • 10 a.m. – Academics Under the Big Sky
  • 11 a.m. – Academic Department Open Houses
  • noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch in the Food Zoo
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Transfer Student Meeting
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Student Services Panel
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Current Student Panel
  • 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Campus Tours
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Residence Hall Open Houses
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Check out

Others may be interested in coming onto the University of Montana campus for sports and entertainment.  See a game at Washington Grizzly Stadium (pictured below).  Go Grizzlies!  Cheered on by Monte the Mascot!

Washington Grizzly Stadium

The Adams Center (pictured below) is now a hub for entertainment in Western Montana, from Grizzly Athletics and University of Montana events to meetings, conferences, trade shows, live theater and concerts.  Get tickets from GrizTix.

Adams Event Center

The University of Montana even had Paul McCartney perform live in concert at the Adams Center this summer!  Whether coming as a prospective student, sports spectator, or performance lover, the University of Montana is right here in Missoula.  Hosts Elaine and Brady welcome you to stay as guests.  Guests love their delicious gourmet breakfasts served fresh every morning.  Majestic views from every window. breakfast4

The photo above is by professional photographer Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post is by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

 

A River Runs Through Missoula

Clark Fork River Trail

Livability named their top 100 Picks for the best places to live in 2015! Missoula, Montana came in at #8 for the 100 best places to live in America.  More than 2,000 cities were looked at during the ranking so every city in the list is part of the Top 5% in the country.   Livability described the town of Missoula: “Nearby mountain ranges, three rivers and more than 400 acres of city parkland make Missoula an outdoor lover’s dream come true. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula’s breweries, coffee houses, cafes and restaurants create a unique, cool vibe. Independent bookstores, a symphony and music venues provide more entertainment options.”

On Tuesday August 12 of 2014, Outside Magazine published an article called, “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” they ranked Missoula, Montana as #9 on the list of great greatest places to live in America. Missoula received 40,530 votes.  “Best towns ever” had to have access to adventure, healthy eating options, bike lanes, and green spaces.  Missoula has all this and more!  The University of Montana, the town’s largest employer, cultivates youthful energy, but most activity revolves around the downtown stretch of the Clark Fork River. Brennan’s Wave attracts paddleboarders and kayakers.

Missoula Mount Sentinel Trail

Of course, residents love this town best for what lies just beyond. “Trail access here is ridiculous,” says Wolfe. “I live downtown, and I can run out my front door, be on singletrack in two minutes, and go six hours without crossing a road.”  Wolfe’s favorites include the 1.8-mile Mount Sentinel Trail, which climbs 2,000 vertical feet to views of the valley.  The University of Montana is in the foreground.

Learn to Fly Fish

It wouldn’t be a trip to Missoula, or Montana, without a fishing adventure.   Fishing is absolutely central to this community. At the convergence of the Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Bitterroot Rivers, Missoula lives up to its name. Whether you prefer to fish from the banks of the river right in the middle of town or prefer to hire a river guide to make a whole day of your fishing expeditions, you will not be disappointed with your catch. Missoula is famous for its blue ribbon fishing, with an almost endless selection of stretches to explore. The angling is so good here, that Forbes Magazine named Missoula one of North America’s top ten trout fishing towns.  Fishing licenses are available through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

The three rivers that run through the town of Missoula, Montana is the setting for the 1976 fly-fishing novella by Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It.  A River Runs Through It is a story of two boys growing up in Montana with a love for fly-fishing. The book was made into an American film in 1992 directed by Robert Redford starring Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skerritt.

For those who enjoy wildlife watching, it requires vigilant eye in Missoula as well as a good pair of binoculars for optimal viewing. Wildlife watchers keep their eyes out for deer, bighorn sheep, bison, and other amazing wildlife in Missoula and the surrounding wilderness. Birdwatchers love birding in Missoula because the town offers fantastic birding-watching sites and opportunities.  The types of birds people might see in Missoula include woodpeckers, blue herons, flycatchers, bald eagles, and osprey just to name a few.

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When visitors come to Missoula, they should stay at the lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Innkeepers Brady and Elaine have glowing guest reviews. With gorgeous views, plenty to do and see, peaceful time to relax, and great food to enjoy, Brady and Elaine look forward to hosting guests who always end up as friends.

The picture just above is the beautiful mountain view guests see from the deck at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  The photo is by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  This blog post was written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

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