Three Montana stories that capture the heart of the holidays
The Montana Magazine would like to wish all our readers a very happy holidays.
In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a couple of our 2014 stories that will leave you with those warm and fuzzies appropriate for the holiday season.
First is the story of how the town of Whitehall saved the Star. The Star is the town’s one and only movie theater, which was close to closing because it was lacking the digital technology to play newer films. Until the people of Whitehall rallied around it.
Next is the heartwarming story about the horses that change lives at the Bitterroot Therapeutic Ranch near Corvallis. The unique and patient horses and trainers at the ranch help people of all abilities find independence. BTR is one of only six ranches in Montana certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
And finally is the story of a small run farm in Northwestern Montana where the dairy cows are treated like members of an extended family. The Hedstrom family owns and operates the Kalispell Kreamery, and have for 35 years. “People like the concept that these cows are truly happy,” Mary Tuck said of her family’s farm.
We hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting some of these special stories from around Montana. And, we hope you enjoy your holiday season!
Help Whitehall Save the Star
It’s hard not to notice the bright marquee – featuring a glowing yellow star – that sits above the Star Theatre in Whitehall. Montana Magazine contributor Glenn Marx says that light is an important beacon for the town, which has had one movie theater for almost 100 years.
Marx writes that the first movie graced the theater’s screen a century ago – in 1914 – and since then Whitehall residents continue to reminisce about their first movie, first date or first kiss sneaked during a romantic movie.
Today, Whitehall residents are in a race against time to keep the Star Theatre open and operational. “Save the Star” has been set up to raise enough money to buy new equipment that can show digital film.
So, Save the Star was born and a host of volunteers are working to raise the thousands of dollars needed to save the theater. Through a series of donations, fundraisers and the sales of Marx’s book “Talk About a Dream,” the community is close to saving the star.
You can read the story by Marx in the Jan/Feb issue of Montana Magazine.
How can you help save the Star?
Contributions to help save the Whitehall Star Theatre can be sent to Save the Star, P.O. Box 536, Whitehall, MT 59759. Copies of “Talk About a Dream” are available through the Whitehall Ledger, The Corner Store and The Star Theatre in Whitehall, at the Three Forks Herald in Three Forks, Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena, The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman and at Books & Books in Butte.