Best of Wyoming

Explore innovation throughout the state of Wyoming!

WPM’s ‘Best of Wyoming’ offers snapshots of creative and inspirational ventures in communities across the state. If you have recommendations for this page, please e-mail Best of Wyoming’s curator (ddenison@uwyo.edu) or post upcoming events in the Wyoming Public Media calendar.

Each month a different community is featured. The pages below feature Artists, Performers, Wyoming Heritage and the Great Outdoors in each community. For other nonprofits in the state, visit the Wyoming Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations page. Listen to local history on the WPM Wyoming Stories page.

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Best of Wyoming
7:50 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Roundhouse Festival – Evanston

Roundhouse Festival

Join the 15th Annual Roundhouse Festival Aug. 3-5!

This (model) Train show is put on by the Hostler Model Railroad club of Ogden in conjunction with the Evanston Roundhouse Restoration Inc. group.  It is a great show and fun for the kids.  There will be a small train the kids can ride on, several operating model train displays in 4 different scales, a model contest open to anyone, door prizes, raffle, food, a quilt show all for FREE (except for the food).  The show hours are listed below.  Tours will be given of all the facilities.

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Best of Wyoming
9:27 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Teton County, founded in 1958. Now located in a new year-round building at 225 N. Cache, the museum’s current exhibit is “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole.” It explores the nature of recreation and how it evolved from the hard work of early day residents. The temporary exhibit is a sample of work gathered during a two-year collaborative project with Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members.

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Best of Wyoming
11:54 am
Mon July 23, 2012

AmeriCorps Interns Join Teton Science Schools for Summer - Jackson

Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools is pleased to welcome 20 AmeriCorps Field Education Interns to campus for one of the busiest summer seasons ever! Hailing from more than 15 colleges and universities and holding diverse degrees including Environmental Studies, Secondary Social Studies Education, Geology, Wildlife Ecology, Anthropology and Theater, these folks make up a dynamic and talented cohort for the Summer 2012 season.

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Best of Wyoming
12:31 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Off Square Theatre Company – Jackson

Off Square Theatre Company

Off Square Theatre Company:  Wyoming's Professional Theatre!

Off Square Theatre Company (OSTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit company founded in Jackson Hole in 1998. Named as the resident theater company in the Center for the Arts, OSTC’s mission is to produce and present theater of the highest professional standards that inspires, stimulates, and entertains its diverse audiences; to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those they serve; and to help ensure the future of theater in the state of Wyoming.

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Best of Wyoming
11:47 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Teton Science Schools – Jackson

Reactionphoto.com

Teton Science Schools is celebrating 45 years of teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through its mission of connecting people, nature, place, and education. Since 1967, when Ted Majors created the first summer field ecology program for high school students, Teton Science Schools (TSS) has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and its extension, place-based education.

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Best of Wyoming
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tour de Wyoming - Jackson (and Eastern Idaho)

Dr. Don Cantway and Peggy McCracking climb Teton Pass during the 2004 Tour de Wyoming.
Tour de Wyoming

Nearly 400 cyclists and volunteers will be visiting and touring northwestern Wyoming and the eastern edge of Idaho during the 16th annual Tour de Wyoming bicycle tour.  The six day event, which attracts cyclists from across the nation as well as international riders this year from Australia and Canada, kicks off on July 15 in Jackson.

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Best of Wyoming
10:52 am
Thu July 5, 2012

National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson

National Museum of Wildlife Art

The National Museum of Wildlife Art was founded to enrich and inspire international appreciation and knowledge of fine art. With a collection of over 5,000 catalogued works of art, the Museum strives to strengthen humanity's relationship with nature through its collections, exhibitions, research, educational programs and publications.

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Best of Wyoming
8:38 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Jackson!

Wyoming Public Media

Summertime in Jackson! Off to the nation’s ski capital and favorite wilderness destination, Teton County. Wyoming Public Media enjoyed co-hosting a planned giving workshop and taping a “lunch concert” in Jackson over spring break, where we met many wonderful people in your community. This summer, Wyoming Public Media will collaborate with The Grand Teton Music Festival, rebroadcasting the Weekend Orchestra Performances on Wyoming Public Radio and on the HD Classical Wyoming station. This month we welcome listeners in Jackson to send in ideas for our Jackson “Best of Wyoming” page.

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Best of Wyoming
3:57 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Grand Teton Music Festival

Grand Teton Music Festival

FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, Grand Teton Music Festival has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s most important summer music festivals. Fresh off a spectacular 50th Anniversary Season in 2011, the Festival looks toward the future with exceptional programming and special guests including pianist Stephen Hough performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth, percussionist Colin Currie in MacMillan’s Veni veni Emmanuel, violinist James Ehnes in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and much more.

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Best of Wyoming
10:57 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Wild West Balloon Fest - Cody (& Region)

Artistic rendition of Hot air balloon races, Grand Tetons, Teton Valley Idaho based from photograph
Daryl Hunter

The Wild West Balloon Fest draws ballooners from all over the country for a unique festival and competition set in a breathtaking arena. Balloons launch at dawn from a grass covered city park. The public is most welcome to mingle with the pilots and crews-indeed volunteers are welcome to help the crew. The pilots can instruct you on the spot for a new experience and a grand adventure. This is a small, relaxed rally. Safe, conservative flying is their hallmark, fun is the goal.

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Best of Wyoming
1:21 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Cody Concerts in the Park

City of Cody

The Cody Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for another great summer of FREE live music in Cody’s downtown City Park. The Concerts in the Park expose residents and visitors to a diverse array of musical talent in an amazing outdoor venue—made even better last year with the addition of a new sound system!

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Best of Wyoming
2:37 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Celebrating the Plains Indian Museum Powwow - Cody

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Periodically, the Plains Indian Museum staff fields the question “What makes your powwow unique and special compared to other powwows?” Typically, the question is asked by those who have never attended this powwow. However, once they do, the answer unfolds before them. The Plains Indian Museum Powwow has been celebrated for 31 years each summer in Cody, Wyoming, and now attracts 300 dancers from all over the United States, nearly 5,000 visitors, and is the largest, longest running public program at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

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Best of Wyoming
1:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Cody Country Art League

Cody Country Art League

Established in 1964, the Cody Country Art League is located in the original Buffalo Bill Museum.  The fine art gallery offers unique, original, and one-of-a-kind collectibles created by local artists. Paintings, jewelry, and bronzes are displayed within walking distance of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

WINTER HOURS
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

SUMMER HOURS
beginning June 2, 2012
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free admission

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Best of Wyoming
3:02 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Cody!

Wyoming Public Media

I’m delighted to welcome Cody to the “Best of Wyoming” roster of cities.  We often imagine the history of Buffalo Bill when we think of Cody, and there certainly is a wonderful historical center commemorating his life located in the city.  But there’s so much more in Cody that waits to be explored, like the Yellowstone Jazz Festival and the Cody Country Art League.  “Best of Wyoming” is dedicated to just this kind of exploration that highlights the people and history of a city.  We hope that our focus on

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Best of Wyoming
2:48 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Yellowstone Jazz Festival - Cody

The Yellowstone Jazz Festival will be celebrating 25 years of presenting live jazz to audiences this July. The Alex Nauman Jazz Trio will start the event with a free performance from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Cody City Park. The “Jazz on the Lawn” outdoor jazz event will be held the next day at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center outdoor stage in Cody with a different set of music featured every 45 minutes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Audience members will be able to hear everything from big band jazz to contemporary smooth jazz or to hear a great jazz vocalist.

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Best of Wyoming
2:48 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Cody

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

CODY, Wyo. – After six months and millions of dollars in major renovations, the Buffalo Bill Museum—one of five museums within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center located in Cody, Wyoming—will officially re-open just in time for the 2012 summer vacation season. And even as the final pieces are put into place, the venue is already receiving buzz as one of the country’s hottest new tourist attractions. The Center is a short drive from the east gate of Yellowstone National Park.

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Best of Wyoming
9:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Wyoming Wilderness Association – Sheridan

Wyoming Wilderness Association

The Wyoming Wilderness Association (WWA) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization first created in 1979 by a group of wilderness advocates and outdoors people who envisioned the Wyoming Wilderness Act.  Headquartered in Sheridan, WWA has offices in Jackson, Dubois and Lander as well.

In 1984, the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act brought to all Americans the permanent protection of an additional 1.1 million acres of ecologically diverse, wild country.

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Best of Wyoming
3:50 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Sheridan!

“Best of Wyoming” welcomes Sheridan to our roster of cities.

Best of Wyoming
1:06 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Big West Arts Festival – Sheridan NWCCD

Big West Art Festival

The Big West Arts Festival celebrates its seventh year as a large cultural event at the Sheridan College campus in Sheridan, Wyoming.  Its site is nestled in the valley with the dramatic Big Horn Mountains to the west and the spacious, wide-open plains to the east.  Sheridan lies midway between the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park.

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Best of Wyoming
12:21 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Explore the Past. Discover the West. Experience History at the Sheridan County Museum

Located in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, the Sheridan County Museum interprets a regional perspective on the history of the American West. The Museum’s exhibits investigate the culture, industry, communities, agriculture, and geography that shaped the region’s rich historic and cultural heritage. Throughout the Museum’s exhibit gallery, visitors have the opportunity to experience history through artifacts, historic photographs, maps, and interactive exhibits.

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Best of Wyoming
8:21 am
Mon May 7, 2012

New Program & SUMMER FILM SERIES Will Help Grow Ag@Sheridan College

Sheridan College students have an exciting new opportunity to study sustainable food systems this fall.  This program and several new courses were developed by Connie Fisk, a new faculty member at Sheridan College.  The Sheridan College Ag Department programs fall into three categories: transfer programs that will prepare students to successfully pursue bachelor’s degrees, two-year applied degrees that prepare them for careers in agriculture, and certificates that can enhance any of the college’s degree programs or be used to provide a job-advantage in the agriculture and science fields.  V

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Best of Wyoming
10:32 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Hang Gliders Fly-In

Sheridan, WY Travel and Tourism

Dubbed hang gliding “heaven,” the little town of Dayton, west of Sheridan, Wyo., and on the eastern edge of the Bighorn Mountains is home to some of the best thermals in the northern Rockies. The conditions here allow hang gliders to stay airborne longer and go higher.

The new Hang Glider Fly-In Festivals events are scheduled Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Photos provided by Sheridan, WY Travel and Tourism www.sheridanwyoming.org.

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Best of Wyoming
9:29 am
Wed May 2, 2012

WYO Theater - Sheridan

History

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Best of Wyoming
8:19 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et Al.

History of SAGE

The original Sheridan Artists’ Guild (SAG) was established over 30 years ago as a small organization for Sheridan area artists. This guild served mainly as a social venue for the members and was loosely organized. In 2003 the guild had dwindled to less than 20 members. In July, 2005 the guild reorganized and was renamed the Sheridan Artists’ Guild, et al (SAGE). The organization has also received federal non-profit status and has grown to over 150 members.

Mission / Vision

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Best of Wyoming
2:57 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Gillette’s Avenues of Art

The City of Gillette created the Mayor's Art Council in 2003 to oversee and implement a program for the development and placement of public art within the Gillette community. Its mission is "to create a more visually pleasing environment and expand the opportunities for residents and visitors to experience quality works of art in public places."

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Best of Wyoming
11:51 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Campbell County Rec Center Climbing Tower

Built by Eldorado Wall Company of Boulder, Colorado the tower has a circumference of 74 feet and a height of 42 feet, replicating Wyoming's famous Devil's Tower National Monument. The Climbing Tower is the focal point for the entrance of the Recreation Center Lobby. Climbers of all ages and skill levels enjoy top rope climbing, lead climbing, bouldering and the use of the Trueblue auto belay system. To date, over 3,500 individuals have climbed the tower at least once with over 400 individuals becoming belay certified.

Best of Wyoming
10:21 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Donkey Creek Jazz Festival - Gillette

In August, 2006, Gillette College began an annual summer tradition when they hosted the first Donkey Creek Concert. Held on the College lawn near the banks of Donkey Creek that first concert included only one band and an audience of about 50 people. By 2010 that single concert had grown into a two day festival featuring two full days of music. The music, food vendors, artist booths, and other activities are enjoyed by thousands over the weekend.

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Best of Wyoming
11:11 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Gillette!

This month, ‘Best of Wyoming’ looks at Gillette and the area up in northeast Wyoming.  All through April our curator, Diana Denison, will feature organizations and events that make Gillette one of the fastest-growing and exciting communities in Wyoming.  We also plan to visit Gillette for a meet-and-greet event in a local establishment – date and location still in the planning.  For me and for our WPM Director of Engineering, meeting our listeners and hearing their compliments, complaints, questions, and suggestions is a true highlight of working for public radio.  Sometimes, it’s just bein

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Best of Wyoming
1:43 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Prairie Wind Culture Festival - Gillette

The Prairie Wind Culture Festival (PWCF) was started in 2004.  It is an all volunteer, non-profit, secular organization with one goal: to celebrate the rich cultural diversity that exists in northeastern Wyoming.

The PWCF is an annual Festival that is free and open to the public.  As with any culture, the three main elements of the Festival are food, music and art!  This unique event brings people together to celebrate their differences while discovering the many ways in which we are all related.

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Best of Wyoming
11:45 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Campbell County Rockpile Museum

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum opened its doors to the public on July 21, 1974. Ralph A. Kintz was the driving force behind the establishment of the museum, purchasing the land where the famous rockpile sits and then donating this property to the county in 1970.

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