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April 19, 2014

CHAUTAUQUA  shaw-TAW-kwa

      {Admission is by donation and open to the public}


The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge – Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was “the most American thing in America ”.  Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the Elling House.


The monthly event begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm and performances starting at 7:30pm.




April 25, 2014 at 7pm

Poet Laureate, Tami Haaland, will present her work


   Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and When We Wake in the Night, a finalist for the May Swenson Award. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a professor of English at Montana State University Billings. She has been teaching creative writing at Montana Women’s Prison since 2008 and she coordinates a writing-in-the-schools program for Arts Without Boundaries. Haaland serves on the board of directors for Arts Without Boundaries, Reflections West (a public radio program produced by Lisa Simon at Montana Public Radio), and Rimrock Opera. She also serves as an advisory board member for Aerie International, an arts and literary journal produced at Big Sky High School in Missoula. Haaland co-founded and co-edited five issues of Stone’s Throw Magazine with fiction writer Russell Rowland. This magazine published many Montana writers alongside national and international selections. Haaland has received awards from the Montana Arts Council and Humanities Montana.

   Haaland’s poetry has appeared in Calyx, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, High Desert Journal, South Dakota Review and other periodicals. Her poems have also appeared online in The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily. Two poems from When We Wake in the Night will be featured on American Life in Poetry, sponsored by The Poetry Foundation, in 2013. In addition, her work has been anthologized in a dozen places, including Literature: An Introduction by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia and The Ecopoetry Anthology edited by Laura-Gray Street and Ann Fisher-Wirth. Haaland’s essays concerning Montana poets and writers have appeared in Drumlummon Views and State of the Arts and are forthcoming in two anthologies: Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection and Teaching edited by Colleen Harris, and Reading Montana Poetry, edited by Brady Harrison and Lisa Simon.

In her own words:
   “Montana has been my home for most of my life. I was born on the Hi-Line where my family farmed south of Inverness near the Marias River. Both maternal and paternal grandparents homesteaded in this area; earlier, at the turn of the century, my great grandfather worked as a carpenter in the Butte mines where he and his wife raised my paternal grandmother. Prior to settling on the Hi-Line, she and my grandfather lived in Butte where she worked as a nanny and my grandfather mined copper.

   Perhaps because of these long ties to the state, I have spent considerable time researching Montana’s literary heritage, particularly its poetry. Over the past ten years, I have presented at book festivals and written on this subject for Drumlummon Views and the State of the Arts News, and two new essays about Montana poets are forthcoming in anthologies. Over this same period I have reviewed poetry for local newspapers and selected poetry for publication in Stone’s Throw Magazine, an online magazine which I founded and published with Montana fiction writer, Russell Rowland.

   But beyond writing about poetry, I have been engaged in community activities. I have offered numerous writing workshops for young people and community members, participated in the creation of writers’ groups, arranged poetry readings, and taught creative writing and literature in Montana Women’s Prison for nearly five years. Most recently, I assisted in the formation of Big Sky Writer’s Workshops which will focus on community outreach and creative writing workshops in collaboration with Montana State University Billings and other organizations. I am also currently directing a poets-in-the-schools program for Arts Without Boundaries. Modeled after the fine work of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, this program allows a poet to work with third grade students once a week for a period of twelve weeks.”



May 10, 2014 at 7pm

Famous  People ~ Favorite Poems

“Next to being a great poet, is the power of understanding one;” H.W Longfellow.  On Saturday, May 10th, the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center hosts a special evening of readings by some of our famous friends. Each friend was invited to read his/her favorite poem.



June 29, 2014 at 2pm

Climbing Mountains in Skirts – Pretty Shields

Presented by Dr Kristen Ruppel-Waller, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, Montana State University

   Hosted by Friends of the Sheridan Library


The "Climbing Mountains in Skirts" program is sponsored by the Elling House Arts & VCPA with a grant from Humanities Montana. The purpose is to provide a lecture/discussion series celebrating Montana's Territorial Sesquicentennial and the contributions made to Montana's history by some of its notable women. Each presentation will be generally based upon a book related to the featured woman, but will not be required reading. The programs will be held in the historic cabin of Frank & Minnie Linderman, near Laurin, MT, at "Robbers Roost." All presentations will be open to the public at no charge.



July 11, 2014

Cowboy Portraits and Poetry

5:30pm reception - 7pm art show & poetry

   The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center of Virginia City is very pleased to present an evening of programs honoring Montana cowboys on July 11; featuring Iris Dodge and Chad Coffman.  The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and showing of works by Iris Dodge, whose works include a recently completed series of 50 portraits of Montana cowboys.

   Iris Dodge is a native Montanan who makes her home in Nevada City, and is a widely respected artist.  She has received the prestigious Grumbacher Award from Washington, her works have been exhibited in the Strokes of Genius Show at Scottsdale (AZ) and at the Western Regional Art Exhibition in Portland, and she was recently named as one of 75 painters to be included in the Best of America Oil Artists.  Her portrait series of Montana cowboys has been recently developed into a book titled, Plaids, Stripes, and Denims; which has already become a prized addition to the collectors of Western art.

   Chad Coffman lives in the Madison Valley where he is a supervisor for the Montana Department of Transportation, but also works as a farrier and cites his hobbies as “horses and cowboying.”  Chad, and his daughter Kayla, care for 230 cow/calf pairs during summers and he rides each October in the West Fork Stock Association round-up.  Chad began writing ten years ago, and takes his inspiration from the people he rides with and his time spent on horseback.

   Beginning at 7:00 p.m., Iris Dodge will present her story of creating Plaids, Stripes, and Denims.  She will be immediately followed on the Elling House stage by Chad Coffman, who will share some of his touching—and humorous—cowboy poetry.  There is no cost to attend either the artist reception or the presentations, but donations are gratefully accepted.



July 17, 2014 at 2pm

Climbing Mountains in Skirts – Grace Stone Coates

Presented by Lee Rostad; author/historian

   Hosted by the Madison Valley Library Book Club


The "Climbing Mountains in Skirts" program is sponsored by the Elling House Arts & VCPA with a grant from Humanities Montana. The purpose is to provide a lecture/discussion series celebrating Montana's Territorial Sesquicentennial and the contributions made to Montana's history by some of its notable women. Each presentation will be generally based upon a book related to the featured woman, but will not be required reading. The programs will be held in the historic cabin of Frank & Minnie Linderman, near Laurin, MT, at "Robbers Roost." All presentations will be open to the public at no charge.



July 25, 2014 at 7pm

Growling Old Men concert

  The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center present “Growling Old Men” in concert. Ben Winship (mandolins & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies acoustic music world. Together the duo presents a tight yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes. Their CDs are truly a joint effort with the lead singing, songwriting and picking duties shared throughout. Influenced equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains, their music is at once simple and powerful - furthermore, it reflects the genuine sense of fun these two guys get from playing together.  The duo blends each artist’s individual talents as musician, songwriter, and vocalist in a repertoire of original and traditional bluegrass tunes and folk ballads, played on guitar and mandolin.  Growling Old Men have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor has said, "I've been hearing about these young men for a long time but they do not come around American centers of population to advance their careers.  They have isolated themselves out here in Montana and Victor, Idaho on account of their lifelong obsession with fishing.  Not so old, not so growly, a real fine bluegrass duo.  They're great."
  
The evening program, ideally suited for an intimate venue such as the Elling House, included a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – Ben and John like to keep it fresh with an edge of improvisational risk taking.  They strive to contrast simplicity with complexity - all with good tone and a warm sense of humor.  

   Admission is $15 per person.



August 14, 2014 at 6:30pm

Climbing Mountains in Skirts – Mary Ronan

Dr Ellen Baumler; Interpretive Historian

   Hosted by the Virginia City Book Club


The "Climbing Mountains in Skirts" program is sponsored by the Elling House Arts & VCPA with a grant from Humanities Montana. The purpose is to provide a lecture/discussion series celebrating Montana's Territorial Sesquicentennial and the contributions made to Montana's history by some of its notable women. Each presentation will be generally based upon a book related to the featured woman, but will not be required reading. The programs will be held in the historic cabin of Frank & Minnie Linderman, near Laurin, MT, at "Robbers Roost." All presentations will be open to the public at no charge.



August 15, 2014

at 5:30pm

Trudi Gilliam – art show & reception


at 7pm

Willson & McKee concert

Kim McKee received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish and Scottish music, 28 years ago! She moves effortlessly between her instruments and her pallate includes hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar and bodhran, and she never passes up an opportunity to teach a Ceili dance! Ken Willson is the pulsing folk drive, with an engaging tenor voice and tasteful guitar and bouzouki foundations to the unique material. A weaver of wit and tales, he can also spin a fine Ceili swing on the dance floor!


Collecting experiences, stories and humor from 20 years of touring together, this pair has focused on educational programming, concert veneus, college campuses, master classes, workshops, cultural events and festivals, and they have fine tuned their stage performances to be anything but predictable, traditional, or expected.

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Upcoming Events

The Elling House is a small, intimate venue with limited seating.  Event seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

At admission-by-donation events, the first two rows are reserved for Elling House Arts & Humanities Center members

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CHAUTAUQUA  shaw-TAW-kwa

      {Admission is by donation and open to the public}


What:

The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge – Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was “the most American thing in America ”.  Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the Elling House.


When:

The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center hosts a winter series of Chautauquas, the third Saturday in January, February, March and April.  The monthly event begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm and performances starting at 7:30pm.


How to Participate:

The Chautauqua is open to all seeking entertainment, intellectual or spiritual growth and local culture.  Each participant performs 1-2 songs or a 5-minute reading.  Nightly performances highlight 10 reserved spots with two swing spots available for impromptu appearances.  Those wishing to be on stage are encouraged to contact Toni James to make reservations at (406) 843-5454, email: ranksmerc@yahoo.com

Annual Events

SPLENDID FEAST


The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center hosts an annual “Splendid Feast” each December. The historic Virginia City home is beautifully decorated, inside and out, presenting a warm and comfortable venue for the capacity gathering to enjoy an evening of delicious food, splendid live music, and wonderful fellowship.  All of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to support future arts and humanities programs of the Elling House.


In the depths of winter, when Mother Nature holds Montana in her icy grip, the Elling House brings a magical mix of music, companionship and great food to its warm halls.  Each year, toward the end of December, the Elling House hosts The Splendid Feast, a gathering of hearty souls, culinary delights, and holiday cheer in a most spectacular setting.

 

As guests arrive, water ice luminaries and hundreds of tiny bulbs light the driveway and entrance to the mansion.  A grand tree greets the guests in the welcome room.  In the parlor, a fire roars warmly from the hearth and musicians play holiday favorites on the piano.  In the ballroom, wine, mead and cider flow freely to warm the belly and the soul.  As the evening progresses, Chef Amy Kelley and a small army of festive volunteers prepare and present the Splendid Feast of wholesome delicacies.  The walls are decked with natural decorations and trimmings provided by local artisans.  Candle light and good company grows hearty conversation.  Roars of laughter and holiday cheer rise and fall through the evening.  As the evening draws to a close, dessert and coffee are served and guests leave with a warm sense of community and bellies full of wonderful food.

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