Tuesday, November 5, 2013

“VIEW from the BRIDGE”
By Muncie

Last Tuesday evening, son Randy took me to Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center for a screening preview of “Indian Relay.”  I had never heard of these races but many people I spoke with had actually frequented them...

The “Indian Relay” was featured on the front page of the Montana PBS October guide.  The film told the story of three teams through an Indian Relay horse-racing season showing Indian America as it has never been seen before.  The finale was the Indian Relay National Championships at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, Idaho.

The film kept me on the edge of my seat.  The beautiful horses, the courage of the riders, and the support of the families was outstanding.  It was shown on local PRB last Thursday evening but of course, you could not have known to watch it unless you are a member of Montana PBS and receive the guide.

This film will be shown on National PBS in the near future however after many phone calls, I could not find out the date.  Tell your family and friends to watch for it because it will be aired on National PBS at different times across the country.  I will keep you posted if I am informed by PBS. It is the greatest kind of publicity Montana could get.  Some of the scenes of the Treasure State are spectacular.

I did find in the November PBS Guide that it will be aired on local PBS on Monday 11/18 at 9:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday 11/20 at 2:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Enjoy.

Is your calendar filling up as quickly as mine?  The following is a schedule of some of the things you can do to keep busy.  Enjoy.

On MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 5th, Bingo begins at the Club House as a fund raiser for the VFW.  You have already missed that one but put on your calendar every other Monday.  The only exception will be Saturday, November 23rd and that is TURKEY NIGHT.  There are great cash prizes and you can get together with your family and friends for a pleasant evening of fun.  Please support the VFW as it is a long time organization that benefits the Fort Benton Community.

This FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Union Hotel will be a new fun game called “Trivia.”  I do not know how the game works but I confessed to Dorothy, (Manager of the Grand Union,) that I am not smarter than a 5th grader.  She assured me that there would be teams but she did not assure me that I would be on the best team.   (Just because we watch Jeopardy every night does not make me smart.) Sounds like a fun evening so come on down and see what it is all about.

On FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 8th 7:00 p.m. the semi-annual “Texas Holdem Poker Tournament”, will be off and running.  A limit of 40 persons fills the reservation list.  Even though these tournaments are held only twice a year, it seems they are coming around faster and faster.  Good luck to all.

On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. all Veterans and their families are invited to a Veterans Day Dinner at the Sunrise Bluffs that is a change of location.  Thank you to Naldean Nash of the VFW Auxiliary for spearheading the dinner.  Catering the menu will be the Clubhouse.  You will have a choice of ham or roast beef with potatoes, gravy/sauce, a veggie, and cake and ice-cream.  Because of the good turnout of Veterans, space became a problem at the Clubhouse.  The Sunrise Bluffs affords much more room to accommodate everyone. 

This is a great opportunity for those of you Veterans who have not seen your picture hanging on the walls in the hallways of the Bluffs, to do so.  Please sign the Guest Book.  If your picture is not hanging, please get it to the Research Center.  You deserve to be there.  Semper Fi.

On TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th at the Elementary auditorium will be he next Chouteau County Performing Arts presentation at 7:00 p.m.  I saw this couple dance at the consortium in Great Falls last year and they were special.  Tap dancing seems to have gone by the wayside and this young couple is bringing it back big time.  Those tap dancers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, and Bobby Burgess and Arthur Duncan of the Lawrence Welk show are part of the past.  If you remember and enjoyed the above entertainers, then you will enjoy Two on Tap.  You will dance your way home and especially if it is raining.  You will then be “Singing in the Rain.”

I know that you youngsters have not the vaguest idea what I am talking about.  Do yourself a favor and check out a movie called “Singing in the Rain.”  Gene Kelly does a dance in the rain that is a classic.  Well, at least we thought so.

I have a couple of other events to attend during the week and I am going to be a tired puppy at the end of it.  I will think of my own words and “Enjoy every minute of every day.”  My biggest problem, at this time, is getting used to it getting dark so early in the afternoon.  I am counting the weeks and there are about 6 more before the days start getting longer.  Did I not say that just a short time ago?  It cannot be a year already.