The chances of seeing a total eclipse from your backyard are pretty slim. On average, a total eclipse is visible from any one given spot on earth about once every 375 years.
Turn n’ burn horse barrel races, pig wrestling and dog agility are three great reasons to check out and even participate in the annual Teton County Fair. In its 61st year, the 10-day extravaganza runs from July 21-30.
The Jackson Hole Food & Wine Festival, a new 3-day festival from June 22-24–and partially evolved from the beloved (and now retired) Jackson Hole Wine Auction–hits this month. With a wide roster of culinary events, wine tastings and an auction this year’s festival is sure to be a hit.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about who you surround yourself with,” General Manager Kevin Kavanagh reflects. The Clear Creek Group has protocols in place for homes losing power, running water, or heat, but they had never executed all of them at once in such a large number of homes in three different regions throughout the valley.
Working with our inspired friends at WRJ Design, we co-presented an exhibition of Maria Teresa Meloni’s photographs and Marco Caratelli’s tempera paintings. The opening, graciously attended by more than 50 guests, became a celebration of Italian aesthetics.
“Shop Local,” a phrase popular among national marketers, is an authentic instinct in Jackson, particularly during the holidays. Jacksonites take pride in supporting the local businesses that make Town Square unique and useful. To reward such loyalty, a group of Teton retailers have banded together to further incentivize holiday shopping at home: The Holiday Passport dangles a drawing for banner prizes from each of the dozen participating stores (think a quartet of copper Moscow Mule mugs from Mountain Dandy or $100-worth of fresh-cut flowers from Lily & Co.). Passport holders must collect stamps for each transaction at a participating retailer; six stamps earn one entry in the drawing; a full house of stamps garners three entries. To encourage timely buying, the passport window runs from Black Friday to December 13. Adding to the enticement, five local cafes and restaurants are offering deals to passport holders, such as free waffle fries with a dinner at Trio or a free boozy coffee drink with a Persephone breakfast. All told, participating stores are offering $2,500-worth of prizes.
The Holiday Passport began as a way to celebrate Jackson’s homespun breed of Black Friday, according to Passport founder John Frechette, co-owner of MADE and Mountain Dandy. Timed with the lighting of Town Square, the evening of Black Friday seemed like a perfect window to lure locals out with holiday sales and refreshments. In the four years since the Passport first launched, Black Friday has become a fun outing before the holiday craze, a decidedly different experience than the mainstream market of big box retailers and rabid markdowns. “It is fun to see familiar faces and to be able to catch up before the holidays really heat up,” Frechette said.
Retailers too enjoy Black Friday and beyond, thanks to the collective benefit brought on by the fortnight shopping event. “The Passport has been a great way for a bunch of small-locally owned businesses to leverage each others marketing efforts,” Frechette said.
By design, the Holiday Passport is a curated affair featuring only a dozen shops, which keeps the campaign both manageable and special. According to Frechette, every year businesses ask to join in the festivities, but vacancies are rare as retailers rarely abandon the notion of incentivizing localized holiday shopping.
Rather than a holiday slogan, “Shop Local” is a year-round trend in the Tetons. “Luckily, small business is something that seems to be celebrated all the time in Jackson Hole,” Frechette said. “There are not a ton of big box options, so shopping small is a habit. If we can just convince folks to look around before they start clicking their mouse, then we will do well!”
This Year’s Passport Participants
A cowboy and his trusted steed lean rakishly away from an identified threat. His stirrup shatters the glassy sheeny of Jackson Lake, and the cragged crest of Mount Moran looms in the background.
The high-drama, large-scale canvas, “13 Minutes from Eternity” by acclaimed cowboy artist Bill Schenck, epitomizes the color and character of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival for which it has been selected this year’s signature painting and limited-edition poster. The honor is a homecoming of sorts for the artist, famed for his photorealism-meets-pop art style; Schenck was picked as featured artist of the very first Fall Arts Festival back in 1985. “It’s like getting reinvited to be the host of the Oscars after a 30-year hiatus,” Schenck said in a Jackson Hole News&Guide article.
A fortnight-long affair starting September 9, the Fall Arts Festival stands as a preeminent event on the western art circuit, a long-standing celebration of all the artistic bravura indigenous to the Tetons and its surrounds. The 31st annual event promises as much festive punch as its predecessors, with more than 50 public events staged through September 20. Whether pairing art and appetites or peering into Western history, Fall Arts offers a window on the eclectic culture coursing through the Rocky Mountain West. Read on for our curated calendar of not-to-miss events.
For 28 years running, the National Museum of Wildlife Art has staged a September showcase of Western art, starting with a jewelry and artisan luncheon on September 9 and culminating in the Wild 100 Show & Sale on September 18. Wild 100 welcomes work by 100 of the country’s leading wildlife and landscape artists, all of which is available for bidding during the festive evening event.
Luring scholars, artists, architects, collectors and designers, the Western Design Conference toasts interior design, art and fashion during its long weekend run at the Snow King Center. The conference opens with a preview party and fashion show on September 10, and continues September 11 through 13 with the Exhibit Sale featuring singular designs by more than 130 artists from across the country.
PALATES & PALETTES
A smorgasbord of fine art and fine fare, the self-guided Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk wends its way through more than 30 downtown art galleries and businesses on the evening of September 11. Every venue pairs its Fall Arts exhibit with hors d’oeuvres by a local chef, making for a free, fun free-for-all for all.
HISTORIC RANCH TOURS
On September 12, the historic Snake River Ranch and Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch swing open their doors to visitors, offering a rare look at the alive-and-well ranching heritage in Jackson Hole.
TASTE OF THE TETONS/TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS
A match made in creative heaven: a juried art fair and gourmet tasting. Town Square comes alive September 13 with Taste of the Tetons, a pedestrian sampler of signature bites by valley chefs, restaurants and caterers. Just beyond the antler arches, Takin’ It to the Streets encircles Town Square with booths housing wares by 40 local artists.
A peer of Coeur d’Alene and Scottsdale, the Jackson Hole Art Auction sends coveted Western works by contemporary artists and deceased masters to the live auction block. Drawing collectors from around the world, this year’s auction spans two days, with a small curated sale on September 18 and the main auction on September 19.
Saturday, September 19
20th Annual Jackson Hole Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction
On your mark, get set, paint: On September 19, the Quick Draw Art Sale and Auction challenges brave local and regional artists to start and finish a work of art in only 90 morning minutes with hungry collectors hovering around the alfresco event on Town Square. All pieces made on site are then sold on the spot at a rowdy live auction. Adding to the excitement: Bill Schenck’s featured painting, “13 Minutes from Eternity,” will be sold for a surely handsome sum.
“When I bestride him, I soar; I am a hawk.” William Shakespeare understood the powerful relationship between rider and horse, as he wrote in Henry V.
So too did a trio of Jackson women who in 1993 founded the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association. Starting with a couple of steeds and a handful of volunteers, the founders began healing with horses. Over the years, they built up their program and built their own arena on the Moose-Wilson Road. Now, the Therapeutic Riding Association offers equine-assisted therapeutic and educational activities for all ages of riders with disabilities regardless of economic status, from three-year-olds to septuagenarians.
At its core, the Association nurtures the natural connection between horse and rider. “At Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association, we harness the unique bond between a horse and its rider to empower our students with confidence, strength, and independence,” the organization writes of its vision. “With limitless physical, psychological, and emotional benefits, therapeutic riding is a gift to everyone involved.”
The Association’s profound effect on the community will be celebrated and perpetuated tonight at its annual fundraiser, Stomping the Divots. A highlight of the summer social calendar, festivities begin at 5pm at the Melody Ranch Polo Fields with a polo match and a demonstration of therapeutic riding. Dinner by Bistro Catering and dancing to the Richard Brown Orchestra follows. And bountiful silent and live auctions offer plenty of enticing ways to support the nonprofit. Whether bidding on a Caribbean getaway or stomping grass patches back into place, patrons can have a great time while supporting a great cause tonight.
Pure artistry alights on Jackson this Summer with the much-anticipated return of New York City Ballet. What began as an experiment six years ago has grown into an annual residency at Dancers’ Workshop. Every year, the world-renowned company sends a rotating troupe of dancers, musicians and choreographers West. The intrepid crew, aptly named New York City Ballet Moves, takes full advantage of their time in the Tetons by adventuring around the valley when they are not busy teaching master classes and performing open rehearsals.
This season, Moves presents a trio of pieces new to Jackson: “Pictures at an Exhibition,” a work choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky to a 1800s composition by Modest Mussorgsky, explores Wassily Kandinsky’s watercolor paintings as the inspiration for emotional movement; the pas de deux “A Place for Us,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, finds two charismatic dancers interacting with shifting patterns of light; and the late Jerome Robbins’ “A Suite of Dances” delights in the camaraderie of a male dancer and a cellist playing off of each other. Moves performs three times this weekend – Friday night, a Saturday matinee and Sunday evening finale – all in the Center Theater at the Center for the Arts. Only a few seats remain for each performance.