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Bozeman-based Kitchen Dwellers come to Big Sky on the first day of summer to kick off the annual Arts Council of Big Sky Music in the Mountains Thursday night series. The band’s signature approach to traditional music has been dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending Montana State University, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.

You can dwell on it

Lone Peak Lookout: We checked out your tour schedule and it looks like you guys will be busy this summer, from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Nevada and so on. What are some of the locales you’re most looking forward to performing at?

The corner property

Corner property changes hands

It’s Big Sky’s doorstep and current home to the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and destination marketing organization Visit Big Sky. In April, the Dolan family sold it to Michael Schreiner and his partners, organized under a pair of LLCs— Winchester Holdings and Western Mountain Investments. 

The community housing conversation is called to order

First, there’s the remarkable cross section of Big Sky locals who stepped up and bought into the notion that, “It takes a community to build a community.” There are 21 names listed in the acknowledgements section of the recently released “Big Sky Community Housing Action Plan” and those folks are stand ins for the more than 1,000 people who pour

Big Sky Resort President Taylor Middleton welcomes public for tour of the newly renovated Golden Eagle Lodge.

The Eagle has landed

Back in December, Big Sky Resort’s Brian Wheeler pointed to renovations going on at the Golden Eagle Lodge and explained their significance like this: “That’s the foundation of community housing. If you don’t have adequate seasonal workforce housing, you will disrupt the community housing year-round.”

Black bear looking from the green grass: In 2008, the author found this black bear along the Tower Road peeking over the green grass after an evening thunder shower. With a long lens and steady tripod, he was able to capture this image in extremely low light.

Snapping at your own pace

Bugs, bugs, bugs. With the abundant rain and the improving temperatures, the bugs are starting to appear in earnest, mostly mosquitos and horse flies, so be prepared if you venture into the park. These pesky creatures will be with us for the duration of the summer until the first frost of early fall.

Gale Anne Hurd stumbled upon the work of Bozeman artist Ben Pease while perusing an art gallery in Town Center. Pease created the poster for Hurd’s documentary, “Mankiller,” which recounts the life of the Cherokee Nation’s first female leader. The film will be screeened Saturday, June 9. Individual tickets can be found here: https://bit.ly/2IAdRfB. 

"Mankiller"

Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd had some time to kill in Big Sky while she waited for her ride to the airport to arrive.

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