Time to Toast to Summer’s End!

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO?” It happens every year, we reach the middle of August and the reality of summer ending induces mild panic. It’s perfectly normal to feel this way, and the best way to get over the feeling is to celebrate summer’s end by attending at least one of the two events in Depot Park this weekend. These two events, the Whitefish Trail Hootenanny and the S.N.O.W. Bus Summer Brewfest, attract fun-loving folks and represent end-of-summer fun. And because they are so fun and raise money for great causes I double dog dare you to attend both.

Whitefish, Montana S.N.O.W. Bus Brewfest

First let’s talk about Friday evening 5-9 p.m.… The Hootenanny. This event is fun for all ages and will feature three bands, food trucks, local craft beer, kids activities including a bike obstacle course and climbing wall and a raffle for fabulous prizes like airline tickets or a stand up paddleboard. All that for $12 or $15 at the door unless you are 12 years old and younger and then it’s free. Plus, and I mean this, you get to tell everyone you know, “I’m going to the Hootenanny!” It’s a hoot!

Then let’s talk about Saturday afternoon 3-7 p.m.… Summer Brewfest. You gotta like beer, there is that, because at this event you will have the opportunity to try beers from 19 breweries. With admission— $20 in advance or $25 at the door – you receive a souvenir glass and 10 tokens to exchange for your choice of beer. If you don’t like beer, or are under 21 years of age but decide to go as a designated driver then admission is $5, water and soft drinks will be available. Food vendors will also be there in case you need a bite to eat.

As if the fun you will have is not enough, the added bonus of these two events is they raise money for community benefits you probably use: the Whitefish Trail and the S.N.O.W. (Shuttle Network of Whitefish) Bus. We are so lucky to live in a place that is beautiful and affords us to recreate all year long. If we feel like it, we can take the dog and kids to the Whitefish Trail for a hike, or go trail running or mountain biking. Or you can hitch a ride to the mountain on the S.N.O.W. Bus in the winter OR the summer. Because we are so lucky to be able to use these things for FREE anytime we want, it’s good karma to give back.

Some of you reading this may be from out of town and have yet to take advantage of our amazing trail system over 36 miles in length. You might not know that the organization behind these trails, the Whitefish Legacy Partners, and their efforts help preserve clean water, public access, recreation, thriving forests, uncluttered views and wildlife around our community. Or the free bus ride up and down the mountain that drops you off close to where you are living and playing so you don’t need to have a car. Even if you will not use these wonderful resources you can feel good about going because it’s a good cause.

Come sunshine or rain we’ll gather at Depot Park this weekend to eat, drink and be entertained by live music with family, friends and other fun-loving folks who may become new friends. We’ll be do-se-doing up a storm at the Hootenanny with the folksy/Americana sounds of Jeff Austin, The Hasslers and Moonshine Mountain Friday night. Then on Saturday sip new brews while grooving to the blues with the Andre Floyd Trio.

As summer winds down these events are the perfect way to raise a glass and toast the end of one season and the coming of the next. Supporting the Whitefish Trail at the Hootenanny for all the fun you had on the trails this summer and supporting the S.N.O.W. Bus by doing your part drinking beers helps to guarantee we’ll have free rides to and from the mountain this winter.

Speaking of the mountain and going there this winter… it’s about that time you buy your 2016/17 Winter Season Pass. Purchase online here, on the phone at 406-862-2900 or in person at the Base Lodge). The sale prices won’t last, you must buy on or before September 30th, which will be here before you know it. I double dog dare you to be the first of all your friends to buy your pass.