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Event Notice: Historic Swan River Bridge Informational Meeting in Bigfork, April 12, 2016

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Bigfork's Swan River Bridge at Christmastime

Bigfork’s Swan River Bridge at Christmastime

By Catherine Haug, March 31, 2016 (Photo, right, by C. Haug)

The following information is from Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and  Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson (KLJ) who represent Flathead County.

  • What: Open house and informational meeting, to assist with a feasibility study of the Swan River Bridge (the historical 1912 steel truss bridge near the power plant and Sliter Park in Bigfork). The bridge is aging and has been found structurally deficient; meaning the bridge will not continue its current usage without improvements in the near future.
  • When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016; presentation at 5:30 PM; open house from 5 – 8 PM
  • Where: Bigfork Elementary School at 600 Commerce St in Bigfork [the invitation did not indicate which room].
  • Who: all Bigfork residents, home and business owners are invited to attend.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may provide your comments by either of two methods, by May 12, 2016. Read on for this and for contact information. (more…)

Event Notice: Workshop on Gardening, Feb 6, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, 2014

Community Garden, 2014

By Catherine Haug, January 30, 2016 (Photo, right, of the Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, by Sally Finneran, Bigfork Eagle)

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden presents:

  • What: Workshop on Gardening, with MonaRae Tuhy, Master Gardener
  • When: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10 AM
  • Where: St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 30631 MT Hwy 209 , Bigfork MT; on corner of Hwy 209 and S. Ferndale Rd.
  • Who: Free and open to the public. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun workshop.
  • Contact: Michelle at 837-0982

About the event:

Our speaker will be MonaRae Tuhy, a 3rd Level Master Gardener and local expert on growing here in the Flathead. At this workshop we will learn:

  • Learn what to look for when ordering seeds from catalogs;
  • Address our optimum planting and maturity dates. What you read on the seed packet may not be the best directions for your garden area.
  • Learn how to make seed tapes, an easier way to plant your garden. Bring some of your own favorite seeds or we will have some available for your use.
  • By starting with your own seeds, you can be sure that your plants have been raised organically from first to last.

Bigfork Community Center Events for December, 2015

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

By Catherine Haug, Dec 5, 2015

The Bigfork Senior Center, at 639 Commerce St., across from the Bigfork Elementary School, is being revamped and reinvigorated as the Bigfork Community Center, with several interesting events planned for December (see below). Note that parking on the Center property is limited, but you can park on the street as long as you don’t block access to the school parking lots and busses. (more…)

Bigfork’s Monthly Open Stage

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Artist: ThomHarris

By Catherine Haug

(New logo, above, courtesy of Thom Harris; Thanks Thom!!)

Have a dinner or snack (see info below), be entertained by local musicians, writers, poets, readers, comedians, dancers  – or others just passing through – and get to know members of our community all at the same time!

Contact Max’s Market to get on our email list (for date or location updates); see their website:

NOTE: Cat has resumed sending email newsletters about our event; to add your name to the list, see ESP’s contact page for Cat’s info.

 New Venue Update:

Max’s Market

  • New venue: We have moved to Max’s Market, in their Community Room (left in the photo, above, from their Facebook page).
  • New Date and time: We now meet on the Last Tuesday of each month, at
    • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM April – October;
    • 6 PM – 8 PM November – March; however Nov/Dec may be cancelled if date conflicts with Thanksgiving/Christmas;
    • See “Info on Event Changes,” below for cancellations or time changes.
  • Location: 125 Village Lane, Bigfork MT, across from Rosa’s Pizza and Burger Town, just north of the turn-off to Wayfarer’s Park (see map, below);
  • The event is FREE, but donations to Max’s Market are welcome ($5 is recommended)!
  • MC: contact Maggie M if you’d like to sign-up to perform. For her contact information, contact Cat (see ESP’s contact page for Cat’s email) .
    • Deadline to sign-up to perform is the Sunday before the event (2-days prior)
  • Dinner: There will be a dinner offering beginning with our re-opening with June 30, 2020 event; will update this when know what the dinner will be. Or contact Max’s Market for menu information (see below for contact info). You can reserve dinner; they request that you pay in advance (when you reserve).
    • Please reserve by the Friday before the event (4-days prior). Note that Max’s market is closed on Sunday, Mondays and Tuesdays through the winter months; closed days will change in the spring.
  • Snacks are also available for purchase.
  • Beverages: They now offer beer and wine, in addition to non-alcoholic beverages.

Info on Event Changes 

  • Jan – Feb 2020 events were cancelled, due to not enough people signing up to perform;
  • March – May 2020 events were cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions, but we hope to resume soon.
  • June 2020 event was held on June 30, 2020, 7 PM – 9 PM
  • July – September 2020 events have been cancelled due to resurgence of  coronavirus. We hope to restart in October. Stay tuned….we hope to see you there.
  • Barring any other restrictions, we will continue through the October 27, 2020 event.

Max’s Market Contact Information

Stay tuned for updates!

First Open Stage at Max’s Market, 8/27/19

Performers at Clementine’s Open Stage

(Event photos, above, courtesy of Thom Harris)

Event Notice: Northwest Montana Beekeepers Group, Nov. 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015


From Jason Moore, Polson, 10/27/15 (Photo, right, from Bug Guide (1))

Northwest Montana Beekeepers Group meets:

  • 4th Tuesday of each month, at 6:45pm; upcoming November meeting will be 11/24/15
  • Montana Co-op, at at 401 Main St, Polson. (SE corner of 4th ave. and Main st.)
  • potluck followed by a meet and greet.  Come with your ideas and questions.
  • Current and prospective beekeepers are welcome.

For more information, contact Jason Moore,, Montana Co-op,  35849 Mud Lake Trail, Polson, MT 59860.

On a related topic, see a 2010 posting about Flathead Beekeepers (2).


  2. Flathead Beekeepers Club (article):

Event Notice: Jeffrey Funk’s Annual Cider Press Event, Oct 10, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015
Jeffrey & Betsy Funk

Jeffrey & Betsy Funk

By Catherine Haug, October 5, 2015 (Photo, right, by J. Helps, 2010)

Although ESP is no longer holding our annual Tamarack Time! Cider Press event (because we can no longer use Jeffrey’s press), Jeffrey will be holding his own Annual Cider Press Event on Saturday Oct 10, 2015. You are all welcome to participate. Here’s the info:

  • When: Saturday, Oct 10, 2015, 11 AM and on
  • Where: 990 McCaffery Road, Bigfork, Montana, 59911
  • Contact Jeffrey: 406-837-4208 or metafunk (at) cyberport (dot) net [address disguised for security]

Here’s links to our documents about cider: