R.ockin ‘the county fair
Is it time to start thinking about the 2021 Teton County Fair? You can bet it is.
This year’s fair runs from July 24th to August 1st and like in the days before the pandemic (i.e. before the pandemic) there will be 4-hour cattle demonstrations and project exhibitions, equestrian competitions, clowns and carnivals, plenty of food and drink, the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall (entries are now accepted; admission until July 23) and nightly events such as rodeo, pig wrestling, Figure 8 races and a kick-off concert with two national bands.
The gates to the Rodeo Arena will open on July 28th at 6pm and the music will begin at 6.30pm with Mipso, known for combining a traditional string format with close harmony. Then Jamestown Revival – the American folk duo made up of teenage friends from Texas who combine vocal harmonies with Southern Country, Americana and Western Rock – will take the stage.
Tickets are $ 20 per person and will go on sale on July 1st.
Plein Air painters come in
The Teton Plein Air Painters can be seen in the newest exhibition at the Art Association Gallery at the Center for the Arts through July 22nd.
This artist group has been meeting since 2012 and grew to a list of over 170 artists by 2017 when the art association started managing communications for the large group. Painters meet weekly to paint in various locations in Teton County, sometimes as far as Teton Valley, Idaho, and Dubois.
From beginner to professional, longtime locals, part-time residents, and even visitors, the artists share their unique love for painting on-site landscapes outdoors.
This year’s showcase includes both plein-air studies and studio work from plein-air expeditions and represents around a quarter of the group’s members.
Come by Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a guided tour of the gallery.
It’s official: The Teton Village Association, with the support of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Teton Village, will present their 11th year of Concerts on the Commons this summer.
After a year-long hiatus due to a man-eating chisel infestation (that’s what I’ve heard), the free series starts on the 4th weekend of July. Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings are set to shake things up on Saturday from 8pm onwards. The celebrations will begin on Sunday with the Jason Fritts Project at 4 p.m., a live audio feed of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Patriotic Pops program at 6 p.m., and Jackson Hole’s own Afro-Cuban salsa band, Calle Mambo, at 8 p.m. continued.
From July 18, seven more free concerts will begin every Sunday at 5 p.m.: Jocelyn and Chris (July 18), The Burroughs (July 25), One Ton Pig (August 1), Butcher Brown (August 8) , Judges Roughneck (August 15), Yam House (August 22), and Israel Nash (August 29).
Poetry in St. John’s
EcoTheo Collective has announced the first Wonder in Wyoming Festival, July 9-11 in partnership with St. John’s Episcopal Church and supported by the Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. This two-day festival brings seven nationally recognized poets to the region for a weekend of poetry readings, workshops and meaningful conversations.
All events are free and public. Featured poets include Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, Guggenheim Fellows Paisley Rekdal, Mark Wunderlich, Joanna Klink, and Spencer Reece, and renowned poets Carrie Fountain and Diane Glancy.
For more information, see EcoTheo.org/about-the-festival. The festival takes place on the campus of St. John’s Episcopal Church, with readings outdoors on the church lawn. The July 9 meeting will be held at the Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park.
Turner Fine Art is hosting a highly anticipated solo show by Stacey Peterson through July 30th. Peterson is the featured artist for the 60th Anniversary of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Her work is on display at Turner Fine Art at 545 N. Cache Avenue. The public is invited to meet the artist during a reception on Thursday July 15th from 5pm to 7pm to learn more about her inspiration and the artistic process. Free. Opening times of the summer gallery from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pinedale’s Soundcheck Summer Music Series kicks off on Sunday with the energetic indie folk band National Park Radio from Ozark headlining. Special guests Carolina Story, a country folk duo from Nashville, will play in the middle and Pinedale singer / songwriter Jason Tyler Burton will open. Music starts at 4 p.m.
All soundcheck shows are presented by the Pinedale Fine Arts Council and take place in the American Legion Park in downtown Pinedale. The shows are free to the public and are kid and pet friendly.
The July 4th soundcheck also coincides with the annual July 4th Picnic in Pinedale, which is free from 2pm to 4pm. So come early for free hot dogs and hamburgers (wrapped), then stay long for a night of music and Pinedale’s famous sunset fireworks show.