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New Furniture

January 28th, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I confess. I tend to get pretty attached to my stuff. I still have my childhood stuffed bison – which my parents named Teddy – I swear! – that was chewed, squeezed, thrown, stomped and drooled upon. And I’ll never throw it away.

But anyone who has been to my house lately would probably agree that some of my furniture is getting pretty worn and ragged. I have a chair with a chunk out of one of the legs thanks to my puppy, and a sofa with the stuffing coming out of one of the cushions. For awhile, I just turned that cushion over but now the stuffing is coming out of both sides and the throw blanket covering that spot isn’t fooling anyone.

So I’m going furniture shopping. Did you know January and February were two of the best months of the year to shop for furniture? Fortunately, Yellowstone Country has dozens of designers and furniture makers who specialize in the Western rustic style of furniture that was first made famous by Thomas Molesworth, who supplied distinctive Western-style furniture to some of Cody’s finest guest and dude ranches from the 1930s through the ‘60s.

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End of the Year

January 3rd, 2014 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I love end-of-the-year articles. Whether they are “Top 10” movies, the best car chases, the Darwin Awards or even the influential people who die, I simply enjoy looking back at the year that was.

In that spirit, I would like to offer my own list of seven significant events for 2013 and happenings in our beautiful corner of the world.

Sequestration threatens to delay opening of Yellowstone. In the spring we started hearing rumblings that budget cuts would result in delays of opening some of the roads heading into Yellowstone National Park. Of particular concern was that the east gate would open some two-three weeks later than normal so that the sun could melt the snow instead of National Park Service crews plowing the roads.

In demonstrating a typical Western “Can Do” attitude, a campaign spearheaded by our Chamber of Commerce raised enough money to pay for Wyoming state road crews to plow from the east gate up and over Sylvan Pass until they met the NPS crews working their way toward us.

The Prince of Monaco comes to town. In September Monaco’s Prince Albert II came to town to present the Camp Monaco Prize to commemorate the 100th Read More


November Quiet Time

November 5th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Things are quiet right now in our little slice of heaven. Most of the roads in the park are closed as the National Park Service allows the snow to build up so that the over-the-snow vehicles will have a good base come December. It’s a bit chilly to go rafting down the Shoshone River, and the Nite Rodeo buttoned up its operations until next Memorial Day.

I still see fishermen coming through town, and the hunters like to stay in town and enjoy our restaurants and nightly entertainment. The museums are always great with many visitors taking extra time to learn about the area and its early inhabitants, natural features, art and more.

There is still some time before the ice climbing gets going. It’s also easy to imagine hitting the slopes at Sleeping Giant Ski Area.

For the most part, however, we are in that shoulder season where many of us cut back on our hours and reconnect with friends who worked many days – sometimes weeks – in a row because that is simply what we do in an area that ebbs and flows with so closely related to the patterns of tourists.

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Buffalo Bill’s Name Still Dominant

October 15th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

Let’s face it, it’s near impossible to go anywhere around here without catching on that Buffalo Bill Cody is still a dominant force. While our friendly little town was named after the man when it was founded in 1895 and incorporated in 1901, there was a whole mess of things named after Buffalo Bill after he died. Some are nearby and others are located throughout the West where he lived and died.

Here is a quick rundown.

Museums

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody is actually five museums with the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Firearms Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Draper Museum of Natural History and, of course, the Buffalo Bill Museum.

There is also a Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Ill. focused on life along the Mississippi River and local history and one in Golden, Colo. next to Cody’s official grave.

Fort Cody Trading Post in North Platte, Neb., is the home of a miniature Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The show took 12 years to carve and contains more than 20,000 hand carved pieces – many animated.

Parks

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Buffalo Bill Art Show

September 11th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

It doesn’t really surprise me that we have more than our fair share of artists here in Cody. After all, true talent can live most anywhere, and who wouldn’t want to live here? There are certainly plenty of awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, double-take scenes around here that artists, sculptors and photographers never have to go far to find something to paint, sculpt or shoot.

And then there are the folks who have expressed themselves in the areas of leather working or furniture building. I have seen saddles that I am afraid to sit on and armoires in which I would be reluctant to actually use for storing clothes. They are just that spectacular.

If you want to see what I mean stroll around town just about any time or just come to the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.

This fine art sale focuses on “works relating to the land, people and wildlife of the American West.” The show will be held at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and everybody is welcome to stop by and see the work.

The fun part for me is the Friday night auction where we get to view the art before it Read More


Fall In Yellowstone Country

August 27th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

There are several ways to tell that summer is winding down here in Cody. The main thing is the rhythm. The vehicles pulling into, out of and through town are less dense with not as many rental RVs going past.

There are fewer families as kids are heading back to school. Up the Wapiti Valley those of us lucky enough to spot bears – from a safe distance, of course – see that they are getting a little chunky as they eat as much as possible in preparation for winter hibernation.

The bull elk start bugling and sparring as they try to impress the females for rutting season. That would not do much for me as I prefer cowboy love ballads over violent displays.

The air starts to turn a little cooler.  As I pull jeans and sweaters out of the closet, I start thinking about my favorite fall things to do.

Here are just a few:

One of our most prestigious events of the year, Rendezvous Royale is staged the third week of September. The event includes the nationally known Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale with Western-themed art, a quick-draw event, auction, Western Read More


Best Of The Road

August 6th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I live in Cody because I love it.

I love the people, the country and the things to do.

I love it when the tourists arrive and bring the energy up to a whole new level, and I love it when the families return home and the town quiets back down.

And I love that when we celebrate July 4, we do it with such enthusiasm that we need several extra days beforehand so that we can fit all of our patriotism into one small town. Anyone who has ever been in town starting July 1 knows that our “Cody-Style July4’ celebration features the region’s finest parades that are topped only by the Cody Stampede.

When I heard that Rand McNally was conducting a contest to identify the Best Small Towns – less than 150,000 people – in the United States, I just assumed that anyone who has ever been to Cody would vote for us. The six categories of the contest are most beautiful, most fun, friendliest, most patriotic, best food and best for geocaching.

Okay, I admit that I have not spent much time geocaching. That’s unfortunate, because it is an activity that gets Read More


The Park County Fair

July 23rd, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

I am a small-town gal. Sure, I was born here and made a vow when I was 13 to get away to the big city, become famous and have people open doors for me whenever I made a grand entrance into a ballroom.

A funny thing happened, however, on my way to stardom. I decided I liked living here. Gentlemen around here do open doors regardless of whether or not you’re famous, and I love running into friends at the grocery store (and just about every else I go) and enjoying some of the less glamorous activities in life.

Like pig wrestling.

Everybody knows that the Park County Fair starts tomorrow in Powell. Right off the bat we will get to see one of my favorite events as our local youth compete to see who can get covered in mud the fastest in the pig wrestling contest. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the competition starts at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday 38 Special takes the stage. You probably know that I have a bit of a weakness for musicians – especially cowboy musicians –and I am hoping that Donnie Van Zandt will autograph my cowboy hat. It would Read More


Full Family Season Is Upon Us

July 9th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

The 2013 Cody Stampede is now a fond memory. I should have kept some sort of journal of how many old friends I saw and new ones I made – hmm, maybe I could invent some sort of electronic contraption that will allow me to take photos, record addresses and phone numbers, organize these friends into one big group and then tell everyone details of my life such as what I am having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But I digress. With the Stampede complete, we are in full summer season, and that means family time. I understand that many people like to travel during what is called the “shoulder seasons” when the weather is nice and the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but as long as kids are in school from early September through early June, families will make the Great American Road Trip in the summer.

Personally, I love it. With the obvious exception of Sleeping Giant ski area, all of our activities and attractions are going full force and you can feel the energy on our streets.

While many of the visitors stop in Cody for one night on their way to or from Yellowstone Park, Read More


The Cody Stampede Is A Week Away!

June 25th, 2013 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

 

With the Cody Stampede just a week away I am shifting my efforts to find a date for the July 4th holiday into a higher gear.

I had my sights set on nine-time world rodeo champion Ty Murray, but someone told me he is married to a singer. And I do respect the institution of marriage. Otherwise, I would just head over the Cody Theatre and tell Dan Miller what time to pick me up.

The Cody Stampede is special even in our rodeo-centric town. This year’s events will be held for four days July 1-4 and will attract the top cowboys in the world. I tried to legally change my name to “Cody Stampede” but the judge would not allow it. He didn’t accept my argument that I, too, attracted cowboys.

In addition to the bull riding, roping and such, we have the stampede parade. Actually, that’s two parades. On July 2 at 10 a.m., the Kiddies Parade gets underway. In addition to being in the parade just for the fun of it, the kids compete in various categories such as “Most Patriotic,” “Best Decorated Float” and several others. At 9:30 a.m. on July 3 and 4, the Read More