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, and view the Best of Wyoming Listener Favorites & Photo Contests Pages.

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Tour de Wyoming - Jackson (and Eastern Idaho)

Jul 9, 2012
Tour de Wyoming

Nearly 400 cyclists and volunteers were 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, kicked off in Jackson.

National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson

Jul 5, 2012
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. The Museum is located in Jackson Hole on a butte overlooking the 20,000-acre National Elk Refuge and is en route to Grand Teton National and Yellowstone National Parks...

See you at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole!

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.

Grand Teton Music Festival

Jun 29, 2012
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. 

wednesdays spotlight concerts

An eclectic offering of jazz to bluegrass and beyond.$40 & $50 / $10 Students. Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village.

thursdays musicians’ choice

Chamber music handpicked by Festival Musicians showcases favorite works.

$25 / $10 Students. Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village.

Wild West Balloon Fest - Cody (& Region)

Jun 27, 2012
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.

Cody Concerts in the Park

Jun 21, 2012
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!

Celebrating the Plains Indian Museum Powwow - Cody

Jun 15, 2012
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.

Cody Country Art League

Jun 13, 2012
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
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free admission

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

Yellowstone Jazz Festival - Cody

Jun 7, 2012

The Yellowstone Jazz Festival is celebrating over 25 years of presenting live jazz to audiences in the Cody City Park and the “Jazz on the Lawn” outdoor jazz event at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center outdoor stage in Cody. Audience members are able to hear everything from big band jazz to contemporary smooth jazz or to hear a great jazz vocalist.

For more information, visit the festival website.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Cody

Jun 1, 2012
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.

Wyoming Wilderness Association – Sheridan

May 31, 2012
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.

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

Big West Arts Festival – Sheridan NWCCD

May 21, 2012
Big West Art Festival

The Big West Arts Festival is 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.

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.

Sheridan College students have an exciting opportunity to study sustainable food systems.  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.  Visit

Hang Gliders Fly-In

May 3, 2012
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.

WYO Theater - Sheridan

May 2, 2012

History

Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et Al.

May 1, 2012

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

Gillette’s Avenues of Art

Apr 30, 2012

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."

Campbell County Rec Center Climbing Tower

Apr 23, 2012

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.

Donkey Creek Jazz Festival - Gillette

Apr 19, 2012

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.

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

Prairie Wind Culture Festival - Gillette

Apr 9, 2012

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.

Campbell County Rockpile Museum - Gillette

Apr 4, 2012

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.

The Powder River Symphony - Gillette

Apr 4, 2012

"Music can change the world."  ~Ludwig van Beethoven

The Powder River Symphony had its beginnings as the Gillette Community Orchestra on November 23rd, 1986.  The orchestra, consisting of band and orchestra students from local schools and other community residents, was formed in September to give members a chance to play in a full orchestra.  Susan Barry (the first strings instructor in the Campbell County School District) was the first conductor of the 25-member orchestra.

AVA Community Art Center - Gillette

Mar 28, 2012

The Advocacy for Visual Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts in Gillette, Wyoming by working in partnership with the community to support a place for inspiration, expression, and education.

AVA offers exhibition space, art classes for all ages, summer youth programs, and a gift shop featuring local and regional artists.

"Building a better community by enriching lives through art."

Stage III Community Theater - Casper

Mar 20, 2012

THE LIGHTS FADE TO BLACK...the music dies away. For a moment, the audience feels that anything could happen.

The lights come up and the show begins. This is live, community theater at Stage III, and you never know what to expect.

The intimate theater-in-the-round stage and the 100 percent volunteer cast and crew can transport audiences to Victorian England, a Manhattan apartment, or a Tennessee courtroom. Wherever the plays take you, you'll meet unforgettable characters and carry home a wealth of memories.

Between 1840 and 1869, approximately 500,000 emigrants traveled through the Casper area on three National Historic Trails:  The Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail and the California Trail. They migrated for different reasons:  They sought free land in the Oregon Territory, religious freedom in the Great Salt Lake Valley, and free gold in California. These pioneers left behind not only trails, but important stories as well, stories that are significant to U.S. history.

Fort Caspar

Mar 9, 2012
Fort Caspar

Fort Caspar is a reconstructed 1865 military post located at a major river crossing on the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express, and transcontinental telegraph trail corridor. 

This Central Wyoming regional history museum features exhibits on prehistoric peoples, Plains Indians, ranching, the energy industry, and the City of Casper as well as the western emigrant trails and frontier army.




 

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