Spring 2017

Who doesn’t love this time of year when the hum of lawnmowers and early morning birds replaces the metallic scrape of snow shovels. The earth is providing all the dandelions and nettles that our bodies need to cleanse away winter’s sludge. Dandelions are tough plants that contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients and are powerfully healing to the liver and the blood and, like kale, have anti-cancer properties. If you prefer they not take over your yard, mow before they flower or pick them and toss the leaves in your salad or sandwich.

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Springtime also means that Wheatgrass Saloon will extend juice bar hours beginning May 1st to our full day of 10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday. We are done with warm soups until the fall, and we will be adding a vegan taco salad bowl to the summer menu. Come try something new! We also will be experimenting with being open for a few hours on Sundays, May – September. The juice bar will be open on Sundays from 11am – 3pm with a limited menu. The items available will be: bottled cold-press juices, smoothies, taco salad bowl and shots of wheatgrass and, always, chocolate. Burnt Fork Bend Chocolate is handcrafted in Stevensville, Montana  and Righteously Raw Chocolates travel from a small family-run business in California.

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Burnt Fork Bend and Righteously Raw Chocolates at Wheatgrass Saloon

Livingston Art Walks will take place on the 4th Friday of the months of June, July, August and September. The first art walk show, Landmarks and Landscapes of Livingston opens with a reception on  June 23rd and will feature the works of John Zumpano, Tony Demin, Tandy Riddle and Beth Gregory. We will be showing art upstairs in the newly designed Green Door Gallery which is a current work-in-progress thanks to the help, once again, of Synergigi Designs.

Be sure to have a look at the beautiful new website for the Livingston Gallery Association  that local artist Kay Potter has developed for the local galleries. We have a total of 15 galleries participating in the Art Walks as well as many Sponsors and Friends of the Gallery Association.

In the boutique, we continue to add items to the shelves that make great gifts for graduation, birthdays, mother’s and father’s day, etc. We have jewelry, candles, bath items, doTERRA essential oils, diffusers, 406 T-shirts & onesies, dresses, lotions and more. As always the emphasis is on local and regional artists and designers, as well as on women’s coops around the world.

Essential oils can provide pleasant relief from seasonal allergies. Try diffusing a combination of Lemon which supports healthy respiratory function, Lavender that can calm sinus issues, allergies and other respiratory issues, plus Peppermint which promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. If you’d like to order any doTERRA products online, the place to go is here.

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As the days get longer we’ll  be setting up the tables and chairs on the sidewalks so that you can soak up the warm sunshine while enjoying a meal or a drink.

Our co-habitant, Elk River Books, has a great line-up of upcoming readings and events for the busy months of summer as well as the celebration of their 6th birthday on Thursday, May 18th.

At Wheatgrass Saloon we are well into our 5th year of business. Thank you for helping us survive another windy winter in Livingston and come help us welcome summer in the coming weeks.

Get Out (of the kitchen)

These are photos of my very sweet Grandmother, Lillian. Like many first generation Italian women she was defined by the work she did in the kitchen. She more than lived up to the measure as her hands and heart created the most delicious sauces, gnocchi, scrippelle, biscotti and pizzelles. The reason that I love these photos of her is that she is very definitely not in the kitchen. She is in Yellowstone Park and having a ball. She shone that day, filled with the delight of nature and the freedom of being far away from the creation of food for loved ones.

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With that goal in mind, you can take a break from some of your busier weeknights and get out of your own kitchen by grabbing some soup-to-go at Wheatgrass Saloon this fall and winter. We began making soups a couple of weeks ago and are enjoying having a different one each day of the week. Each soup is made with health and energy in mind, loaded with local and regional vegetables and beans and served on a gluten free grain. Soup is available from 11am – 3 pm and after 3, from the grab ‘n’ go case.

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Get out to discover the new items are arriving weekly at Wheatgrass Saloon to fill the Boutique for the holiday season. Aquiesse candles, Michel Design soaps, colored pencils by Sprout that you can use for the Re-Mark coloring cards and bookmarks, jewelry and more.

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If you missed Matt Phillips’ September art walk reception, get out and take the chance to run upstairs to the Gallery space and see his really beautiful show before it comes down October 17th.

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Matt Phillips with pieces from his show Monotypes and Magic.

 

There are a few upcoming events in the Gallery and store as a whole. On Thursday, October 20th from 6-8pm there will be a reception for the show Madness and the Macabre curated by Angelina Froke and including works by Edd Enders, Aaron Fowlie, Angie Froke, Autumn Hudson and Willie Ramirez. Get out, come down and enjoy a celebration of the macabre.

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Marc Beaudin, co-owner of Elk River Books, looking rather Macabre in his makeup for the upcoming Shane Center’s production of Macbeth. The show opens October 21st and is directed by Kory Gunderson.

Another reception will take place on Friday, November 4th when  Betsy Hall and Bob Datilla share with us their personal collection of works by Everett C. Hoffman.  Both framed and unframed pieces will be available for purchase. The show will remain up through the holidays. Find your way out through the probable cold and wind for refreshments and an introduction to these fabulous pieces.

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The Holiday Stroll falls on December 2nd this year. We’ll have fun and celebration in the Saloon in honor of our 4 year birthday. So, you know, get out! 

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In the meantime, stay well, enjoy the change of season and brace yourself for the winds to come.

 

 

Mid-Summer Happenings

The sidewalks are heating up in downtown Livingston, Montana as folk roll into town to celebrate the three-day party for the 4th.

The art walks this year will fall on the 3rd Friday of each month. June 17th kicked off the first walk of the season. At Wheatgrass Saloon Gallery the art work of Angelina Froke and Carol Liljedahl still can be seen. Their earthy and folkloric show, Norwegian Woods and Other Tales, incorporates Norse, Scandinavian and Germanic legends and myths as well as original works of fantasy through paintings and soft sculpture art dolls. Raised by Wolves Studios is a mother – daughter collaboration between Carol and Angelina. They bring together a shared love of faerie tales, primitive art, dolls, antiques and oddities in a way that is distinctive and unique and create original hand-made soft sculpture art dolls and fine art pieces. The show will remain up until the second week of July.

You also will be able to find the works of Angelina and Carol at the Festival of the Arts July 2, 3, 4. The Festival is held in the Depot Rotary Park that runs along the railroad  tracks and is adjacent to the Livingston Depot.

Also in June, Wheatgrass Saloon was delighted to host a reading by author Jasmin Singer  from her book  Always Too Much and Never Enough.  Jasmin is an exceptionally fun and engaging speaker.  If you missed her dynamic talk about having  “been betrayed by a food industry that relied on (her) willful ignorance and by a society that relied on (her) undiscerning willingness to buy into its arbitrary notions of self-worth and beauty,” come get your signed copy here at Wheatgrass Saloon. And, once my tech-savvy kicks in, I will post the video of her talk as well.

Throughout the week preceding the 4th of July celebrations, Wheatgrass Saloon Eco-Boutique will have a blowout summer sale with new categories of items on sale each day:

Monday, June 27th – all T-shirts 50% off

Tuesday, June 28th- all skirts 50% off

Wednesday, June 29th – all body care items 50% off

Thursday, June 30th – all incense 50% off

Friday, July 1st – all non-consignment scarves 50% off

Saturday, July 2nd – all non-consignment jewelry 50% off

Throughout the summer, raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Wheatgrass Saloon to benefit Livingston’s Sister Cities Program.

On July 2nd, during  Livingston’s Roundup Rodeo Parade, the kick-off to 72 hours of Independence Day celebratory shenanigans, the horses in the parade will determine the winner(s) of the Roundup Road Apples raffle.

Wheatgrass Saloon will close at 2pm on the day of the Parade. Otherwise, our summer hours are 10am -5pm Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Wednesdays when we close at 4pm in order to get to the Farmers Market.

The July Art Walk is just around the bend. On July 15th, we will have the pleasure of hosting a reception from 5pm – 8pm for John Zumpano. With “Colors of Crow Fair,”  John returns with a follow-up to last year’s popular art walk exhibit, “Pow Wow” with a show of new work.

Colors of Crow Fair” celebrates the vibrancy of Native American regalia, the power of dance and the richness of Native traditions.  It’s no coincidence that color can mean hue, tint, tone but also vitality, excitement and zest. The multi-tribal gatherings at a pow wow exemplify both of these ideas. John’s large, gallery-wrapped canvases capture the resplendent patterns, eye-popping color and passion of the dancers.
Come and experience the power of pow wow and the spirit and pride of Native American culture.

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We have recently updated our menu. Check it out, and then come try the new, raw vegan Thai Noodle Bowl to nourish your way through the parties of summertime and the Paint it Black to detox from the beer floats on the river. Both have been a big hit.

Upcoming 4th Thursdays are July 28th and August 25th. In July, 10% of net sales will be donated to Livingston’s Sister Cities Program.

In August 10% will go to the  Park County Environmental Council, (PCEC).

PCEC works tirelessly to serve its mission “to protect and enrich the quality of life in Park County by preserving and restoring our rivers, wildlife and landscapes.”

The big issues currently being addressed jeopardize our lifestyle and economy in Park County and include:

  • Two industrial-scale gold mines in the Paradise Valley
    • Lucky Mineral’s exploratory drilling in Emigrant Gulch
    • Crevice Mining Group’s proposals for road permits and mining operations near Gardiner
  • Supporting efforts to designate the Yellowstone River as Wild and Scenic
  • Grizzly bear protection
  • A gravel pit and asphalt plant on Hwy 89
  • BNSF rail yard cleanup

Please come support PCEC’s efforts on August 25th from 10am – 5pm and learn more about the issues.

In the Boutique, we are pleased to introduce, Think Body works by local designer,  Deborah Amlincoln Monaghan. Silk scarves and cotton bandanas inspired by the anatomy of the head of the horse are a beautiful addition to our shelves.

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Enjoy the sunshine, light breeze and stay hydrated through these fleeting, dog days of summer.

September in Montana

I wait all winter long for the leaves that dance on the trees outside my bedroom window, the leaves that soon will be falling. But change is good. Actually, I love change. It is what has allowed me to call Livingston, Montana home for the past 24 years come September 29th. When I rolled into town in a two-door Ford Escort Pony packed to the brim with record albums in ’91, I had no idea what I would do in a state full of cattle. So, I got my masters, had four children, volunteered, found a family of friends and fell slowly in love with it, our strange, beautiful and awesome, ever-evolving town.

Wheatgrass Saloon is pretty awesome as well, and it, too, is evolving. We have been in the new space for two summers now and are still sorting out how best to use the space for merchandise, art, seating etc. In an effort to create some new space for new merchandise, we will have a big, big, big Labor Day week sale  August  31 – September 5.  Hopefully something you’ve been eyeing will suddenly be just the right price!

The featured artist for the August 28th Friday Art Walk is Betsey Hurd. Please come after 5pm to meet Betsey and enjoy her show, Querencia. 

“Querencia,” is a show that explores the concept of Home and Place, of the hunger for finding a corner of the world to call home. Animals have always grounded and connected Betsey to wherever she is, and so, accompany her on these journeys. Betsey’s paintings have always been about animals and landscape and dreams.

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by Betsey Hurd

Springing into Summer at Wheatgrass Saloon

This month, the month of April, is National Poetry Month. If you go to the Wheatgrass Saloon Facebook page, you can submit your own poem(s) throughout the month. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in May. The first prize is a one-day juice cleanse. Second prize is a Dragon Bowl Lunch Special and third, a smoothie.

In May we celebrate our first year in our new building at 120 North Main.  It has been a beautiful year thanks to the “regulars” who are in daily and weekly for bowls, juices, smoothies, and those who shop for gifts during the holidays and throughout the year.  Thank you for coming in! It is nice also, as word spreads, to have so many out-of-towners find us and enjoy our healthy food and drink.

An exciting event will be taking place for the first time in Livingston in the month of May, Craft Beer Week, May 11-16. One of the many events taking place that week will be hosted by Wheatgrass Saloon, Art on Tap, May 13th at 6pm.  It will be an art class given by artists Betsy Hall and and Edd Enders while enjoying some handcrafted beers and snacks. More details to come! In the meantime, check out the Tap Into Montana FB page to learn more about the festival.

Summer hours at Wheatgrass Saloon will begin May 1st. Summer hours will be Monday – Saturday from 10am -5pm.