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Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival

Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival

The Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival is yet another festival to write about this fall. There’s been the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, the Jackson Hole Fall Film Festival (Frank’s Fall Film Festival), Jackson Hole Music Festival, Grand Targhee Music Festival – wow – Jackson Hole is the place to be for festivals.

Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival 1

The Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival is all about saving the environment – or at least how one company, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, throws a party in order to advertise it’s sustainability practices. It’s a way to get the public involved and is, overall, a coming-together of people (mostly locals this time). There’s FoodSHIFT, where the sustainable practices in food purchasing and production are explored – and of course the tasting of gourmet food. The SHIFT Summit showcases how local communities in North America, such as Jackson Hole, can make a difference – and share their knowledge with other like-minded communities.

 

There’s a presentation called ‘Tools for Tomorrow’, inspired by Patagonia’s ‘Tools for the Grassroots Activist’, and modeled on the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute. This program teaches skills needed to plan and win a conservation campaign.

 

For Adventure lovers, Outside SHIFT Festival also brings mountain biking, fishing, wildlife-watching and more. Free guided bike rides and walks will show-off Jackson Hole’s extensive pathways. Guide companies will offer nature excursions at reduced rates, as will some fishing companies and mountain-bike guiding companies. Teton Gravity Research gets in on the act too, of course, with their latest spectacle ‘Higher’. Sponsored by Subaru Jeremy Jones’ jumps can be seen at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.

There’s also the Jackson Hole Wilderness Rendezvous – a celebration of the 50th. anniversary of The Wilderness Act, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival is finished at the National Museum of Wildlife Art with a presentation by Barry Lopez, who discusses the relationship between human culture and physical landscape.

 

The dates of the Jackson Hole SHIFT Festival are Wednesday, October 8th. until Sunday, October 12th. The fall colors will be in their last throes of brilliance – why not come out and join us?

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle

 

 

Jackson Hole Film Festival

Jackson Hole Film Festival

 

The Jackson Hole Film Festival coincides with the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, as described in my previous Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole post. That’s perhaps a shrewd move on the part of Frank Londy, the owner / creator of the Jackson Hole Film Festival – and why it’s really called Frank’s Fall Film Festival. The crowds in Jackson at the time of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival are huge and it makes total sense to have a festival of fine, artistic, thoughtful, slightly different films playing for ten days when the evenings are getting darker and colder. Mind you, this fall of 2014 has been stunningly gorgeous here in the Tetons – and I have to say that sometimes it’s hard to be sitting in a movie when the weather outside is so beautiful. On the other hand, chasing the fall colors around Jackson Hole is a favorite pastime of many – so there are even more visitors here to populate the film shows.

 

But if you want to see a movie – better hurry because it ends on September 18th. The movies left to show are ‘The Trip to Italy’, ‘Calvary’, ‘Boyhood’, and ‘The Immigrant’. So far, I’ve only seen three – and I don’t have a favorite because ‘A Most Wanted Man’, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and ‘Boyhood’ impressed me equally. I was sorry to have missed the one about the life of Roger Ebert – well-known movie critic. It’s interesting to note the two posthumous movies – Philip Seymour Hoffman and Roger Ebert.

 

The Jackson Hole Film Festival is now in its 24th. year and they’re Frank Londy’s personal picks. Jackson Hole News and Guide reports: ‘The brainchild of Jackson Hole Cinemas owner Frank Londy says, ‘The festival gives Jackson moviegoers a break from the Hollywood blockbusters that usually light up movie screens in Jackson. “It’s a modest event, but I really love doing it,” Londy said. “People seem to love it. I get stopped on the street by people asking about it.” Heading into its 24th year, the festival screens independent films in a variety of genres. Sifting through dramas, comedies, thrillers, documentaries and any other category, Londy personally selects the festival’s movies. But he always keeps the Jackson audience in mind.’

 

Many of the movies in the Jackson Hole Film Festival are documentary in style – others give a deeper look into the quirks of life of ordinary people. Some stories are ‘cute’, some fun, some disturbing, most artistic – but all are a bit more thoughtful – dare I say ‘deep’ than the run-of-the-mill movies usually seen at Jackson Hole Cinemas (Londy’s company).

The movies are all being shown at the Tim Cinemas on Pearl Street in Jackson – there are matinees and evening shows – better get a schedule to figure out which one is right for you.

See you at the (Jackson Hole) Movies.

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle

 

 

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival

It happens every fall – the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival kicked off last Friday with the customary ‘Palates and Palettes’ walk-around of Jackson Hole’s art galleries. And it’s the 30th year of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival! Collaborating with local restaurants, the galleries put on a spread from finger sandwiches to slices of pizza to gourmet chocolates – all accompanied, of course, by wine and other beverages. It’s a great night for locals and visitors alike – free food!

 

But seriously, it’s a community event that happens alongside Old Bill’s Fun Run and really amps-up the start of a fall celebration in Jackson Hole. The Palates and Palettes is designed to bring attention to the 11-day Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. People, and especially art collectors, come from all over the country for this extravaganza of fine art. Only in Jackson Hole is there collective audience enough to justify putting so many resources into the display of art. Some 30 art galleries take part in the opening night and the rest of the festival.

 

Jackson’s Snake River Grill teams up with neighboring art gallery – RARE – owned by Rick and Holly Armstrong. There, they will be displaying Rick’s own photography, along with other featured artists like Pat Flynn, Patricia Griffin, Dan Burgette and Janell James. And that’s just one example out of about 30. Smaller art galleries simply provide their own catering.

 

There will be many visitors to Jackson who don’t even realize that the Jackson Hole Fall  Arts Festival is on…and they’re in for a treat. It’s party time in Jackson Hole- the early fall weather is upon us and gorgeous, with cool, sunny days, changing leaves and colorful sun angles.Aside from Old Bill’s Fun Run, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is also enhanced by Frank’s Fall Film Festival (more about that in my next post), and the Western Design Conference – featuring fashions, furniture, housewares and, yes, art – with a flair for Western Design. More than 130 artists and exhibitors come to Jackson Hole to set up vendor and display tents in the Snow King Sports and Event Center. Be prepared to see metalwork, leather, woodworking, jewelry, accents and fashion.

 

These fall activities ensure that Jackson’s summer season doesn’t wane too soon as off-season months are already long enough. Leaf-watching is another crowd-bringing attraction all of its own – especially good in the region surrounding Jackson Hole. We at Massage Professionals of Jackson hole very much appreciate the additional massage business brought by the extended summer season. So come on out and visit the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival it’s a local celebratory occasion, coupled with others – and just a fabulous time to visit Jackson Hole.

 

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle.

 

Jackson Hole Centennial

Jackson Hole Centennial

Yes, the year of 2014 is the year of the Jackson Hole Centennial. The town of Jackson, Wyoming, was incorporated in 1914 – on September 21 to be precise – and we’re just three short weeks away from that date. And when you think about it – it wasn’t all that long ago, and to see images of Jackson then, compared to what it is now – wow – what a hundred years can do to ‘progress’.

 

So what do the locals do to celebrate the Jackson Hole Centennial? Well- there have been events all summer for visitors and locals alike. There was a huge Centennial Community Picnic at Miller Park, the 4th. of July Parade had a special flavor especially for the Jackson Hole Centennial, and coming up, on September 19th. Come along and help the Teton Raptor Center, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, and the Jackson Hole Historical Society have a ‘BARN-TASTIC’ evening at the Center for the Arts to celebrate the iconic  Mosely/Hardeman Barn. There will be live music with barn dancing, a film (see promo at https://vimeo.com/78426914) a discussion and wildlife art exhibits. There will also be a ‘Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight’ event.

For those into something more peaceful than barn dancing, there will be a quilting demonstration on September 20th. from 10am – 2pm at the historic Miller House in the National Elk Refuge.  Also on September 20th, the Jackson Hole Centennial will be celebrated with the Centennial Gala – that will be at 6pm.

As reported in my most recent blog post, one of the bog deals of the celebration will be the Lynyrd Skynrd concert happening this evening (August 31st.) at SnowKing Ball Park.

And of course there’s something you can also do to help celebrate a hundred years of Jackson Hole and that’s – Get a Massage, we here at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole can arrange for your massage without all that organization and planning. Just give us a call at 307 413 1961.

Whatever it is that you do to celebrate the Jackson Hole Centennial – have fun, and –

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle.

 

Jackson Hole Summer Concerts

Jackson Hole Summer Concerts

 

If you’re a local, Jackson Hole Summer Concerts (aka Jackson Hole Live) become a habit, and a place to meet your friends on a regular basis. If you’re a visitor – it’s just one more thing to add to the plethora of ‘gotta-do’ activities during your stay. Visitors and locals alike mingle at Jackson Hole Summer Concerts, and it’s a great vibe. The concerts are held at the Snow King Resort Ball Park, 100 E. Snow King Avenue, every Thursday evening from  (with some exceptions) throughout July and August.

 

And, boy, do we have some high-caliber acts – on Sunday, August 31st. no other than Lynrd Skynyrd is showing up to strut their stuff at the next of the Jackson Hole Concerts. I imagine people from all over Wyoming and neighboring states will travel to Jackson Hole for that one. They are coming to help us celebrate Jackson Hole’s Centennial year – 2014. (More about the Jackson Hole Centennial in my next post.) Some other bands to grace Jackson Hole with their presence this season have been: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Craig Campbell and the Black Lillies, Johnny Swim and Playing for Change.

 

Meanwhile, there are more Jackson Hole Concerts held at Teton Village Commons – Concerts on the Commons.  This summer Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has hosted Calle Mambo, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, Mandatory Air, Reckless Kelly, The Congress and others.

Not quite a Jackson Hole Concert, but just over Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho, there’s Music on Main – yes – more free concerts every Thursday night – 7 in total during July and August –  it can be hard to choose which of these free concerts to attend. Music on Main (made possible by the Teton Valley Foundation) this summer has hosted:

Young Dubliners, Maddy & the Groove Spots, The Motet, and Hayes Carll.

 

The quality of the music is high. The bands are tight, professional, superb entertainers and at the top of their games. The musicians play hard and are obviously well-rehearsed and perfectionists at their instruments. Sometimes it looks as if such repeated motions must hurt as a result of overuse injuries.  We, at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole, offer musicians’ massage to visiting performers.

We thank all sponsors of Jackson Hole Summer Concerts for putting on these great shows.

Be well,

Hamish and Rochelle

 

 

Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole

Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole

Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole, Wyoming are a great way to experience a western horseback riding vacation. Also known as Dude Ranches, all such outfits in the region of Jackson Hole are experienced, professional and will deliver the thrill of a lifetime. Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole vary from the very casual to the very high-end market. You can stay for a week, or just take a horse-back ride for a couple of hours. Either way, it’s all done within the splendor of the Teton Mountains. To perhaps make your decision a little easier – here are a couple of Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole that we, at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole, can thoroughly recommend. You will also find more about these Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole, and several others, in the web site at Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

 

Goosewing Ranch

The Goosewing Ranch combines the lifestyle of ranching in the Wyoming wilderness with many of the modern refinements that make your visit especially enjoyable. One of the best known Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole, it sits at  7,400 feet up the Gros Ventre River in the Gros Ventre Mountains. The valley is the host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: elk, moose, mountain sheep, antelope, bear, eagles, geese, cranes, and much more, not to mention fantastic scenery. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadows of this historic guest ranch. Offering comfortable lodging in eight private guest cabins and three larger 2-bedroom cabins for bigger families, the Goosewing Guest Ranch will have just the accommodations for you and your party. Complimentary limited wireless internet is provided throughout the Ranch. With its large stone fireplace, the main lodge serves as a central gathering place for dining or relaxing. A loft with a pool table and television overlooks the main room. Fireplaces, wood-stoves, a hot tub and swimming pool add to the cozy atmosphere. A large selection of beer, wine, and liquor compliments an eclectic, seasonal menu.
Spotted Horse Ranch
When looking into Guest Ranches in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, – don’t let this one pass you by. There are many opportunities for horseback riding, fly fishing or just relaxing in a land that remains much the same as when explorer John Colter first set his eyes on Yellowstone and the Tetons in 1807. Guests comment on how laid-back life is at the Spotted Horse Ranch. When you visit the Spotted Horse Ranch for your Wyoming Guest Ranch vacation, you’ll feel that laid-back vibe of the old west. The pace is different there – leisurely, relaxing and comfortable.
Relaxing does not mean boring, though. There are plenty activities to go around at the Spotted Horse Ranch. Their guides will make sure you are properly accommodated on every trip – horseback riding in the valley, white water rafting on the Snake River, fly-fishing the local streams, or scenic rafting. And, if you prefer staying close to the ranch, you can always relax by the river. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, they also take guests to the local hot springs for a dip in the natural “hot tub.” That’s almost as good as having a massage! There are even great hikes close by, so you can warm up a bit before, well, warming up!
Be well,  Hamish and Rochelle.

Thai Massage in Jackson Hole

Thai Massage in Jackson Hole

Thai Massage in Jackson Hole is now being offered by Rochelle Ganoe of Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole. Rochelle has studied Thai Massage through Jackson Hole’s own Elizabeth Drapella, and has taken the Thai Massage course at McKinnon School of Body Therapy in Oakland, California.

 

What is Thai Massage? Thai massage is a system of massage and manipulation developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga. Therefore we are privileged to find Thai Massage in Jackson Hole.

 

The Thai Massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room. The Thai Massage receiver may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage.

 

The Thai Massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows designated lines (Sen) in the body. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. A full Thai massage in Jackson Hole session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and manipulating the recipients body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.

 

The claimed benefits of Thai massage are many, including relief from multiple ailments ranging from asthma and migraines to sprains, bruises, and anxiety. Further benefits include the relief of physical and emotional tension, ameliorated sleep, improved flexibility, a greater awareness of body and mind, and a release of blocked energy.

While Swedish massage permits you to zone out and relax, the benefits of Thai massage force you to become more engaged and energized. This holistic approach promotes balance and focus not only of your body, but also your mind.

So if you’re living in or visiting the Greater Yellowstone area, and you’d like to try out Thai Massage in Jackson Hole just for something different – why not call Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole to book your appointment? 307 413 1961

Be Well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle

 

Jackson Hole Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo

The Jackson Hole Rodeo is a true local event – that’s also a big deal for the visitors – there’s genuine regional and state-wide competition held. Why not come and enjoy it after your day of touring Grand Teton National Park, or Yellowstone National Park?  OK – you might just want to get a massage instead – so come visit us at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole.

For more than 100 years, cowboys of Jackson Hole’s Wild West have been competing in rodeos. So if your family finds itself in the Wild West in the summer, make a date to catch the Jackson Hole Rodeo. The season runs from Memorial Day weekend through the end of August, with shows taking place on various Wednesday and Saturday nights, starting at 8pm. A special Independence Day Rodeo takes place and concludes with fireworks on July 4. It’s always a full-house great show, held at the Teton County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Wyoming, and then the Teton County Fair rodeos round out the season. Watching a genuine Western rodeo is a real thrill and you’ll get involved in the riders and their mounts right away. Competitions include calf-roping, bull-riding and barrel racing. Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole is happy to provide massage services to soothe the muscles those sore cowboys and cowgirls.

The setting for Jackson Hole Rodeo is superb, with green pine-treed Snow King Mountain right behind it – and it is centrally located withing walking distance of most of the Town of Jackson. For a small town like Jackson, this is a high-ranking rodeo in the Yellowstone Region.

In 1890 Sylvester Wilson brought the first group of settlers over Teton Pass into what is now Jackson Hole. He came here with his family to raise cattle on the fertile grass growing abundantly in the valley. 120 years and six generations later the pioneer spirit lives on–the Wilson family continues the western heritage and invites you to enjoy it with them by attending the Jackson Hole Rodeo.

Rodeo also runs three generations deep in the family, starting back with Clark Wheeldon riding broncs in the rodeo before it was moved to Wilson, Wyoming (yes it is named after the family). Uncles Chet and Chancy continued in their fathers footsteps riding bareback and saddle bronc horses. In 1976 Chancy earned a spot among the top fifteen saddle bronc riders in the world and a chance to compete in the superbowl of rodeo, the NFR. The Wilson boys and cousins followed as well; Bodee, Brandon, Shawn, and Jason riding broncs, while Buskin and Coby took the more dangerous route bullriding. Buskin finished as high as 26th in the world bullriding standings. Not to leave the girls out Karissa and Sadee barrel raced professionally winning several trophy saddles along the way. Philip meanwhile stuck to the business side of rodeo and worked as a director to the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association for twelve years five of which he served as President and Chairman. Phil now spends much of his time with Wyoming Cowboy Church bringing the word of God to cowboys. The family still competes in the team roping event at Jackson Hole Rodeo.

The Jackson Hole Rodeo grounds are located at 447 Snow King Avenue, Jackson, WY 83002.

Be Well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle

 

Jackson Hole News

Jackson Hole News and Guide

Fourteen years ago, about a year before I moved to Jackson Hole, I subscribed to the Jackson Hole News .  By the time I had moved to Jackson, the Jackson Hole News merged with The Jackson Hole Guide to become one: The Jackson Hole News and Guide.  This small-town newspaper was out of its league in quality – certainly compared to The Vail Trail – Vail’s weekly newspaper at the time.

Consistently, over the thirteen years I have lived here, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has won various awards and accolades – for photography, mostly under chief photographer, Bradley Boner and Photographer, Price Chambers; and coverage of small town stories – top of the class for newspapers of this size. Of course, Editor Angus M. Theurmer was editor, along with Tom Dewell, for all of this time and was largely responsible for the content and much of the praise.

Specifically, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has been honored by the Wyoming Press Association with fourteen Pacemaker Awards for excellence in such categories as reporting, advertising, design and web presence – and the newspaper has also won six first-place awards in its circulation class. For five years in a row, the Jackson Hole News and Guide has won the award of Wyoming’s best large weekly paper. Not Bad.

Unlike many newspapers that have either gone away completely, or become so small as to be a shadow of their previous size – the Jackson Hole News and Guide has continued to be a weighty tome. The Owner / Publisher of the newspaper is Kevin Olson (Having been the Chief Operating Officer of the newspaper, he purchased it from Michael Sellett in January of this year) and Teton Media Works is his new company – additionally publishing The Jackson Hole Daily and Teton Homes and Living Magazine.

Visitors to Jackson Hole, who wish to dig deeper than the usual tourist activities, would do well to purchase the News and Guide as it is thick with interesting information about the goings-on of Teton Valley, Wyoming. Advertisers abound in there – and we at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole, advertise in this paper and the Jackson Hole Daily from time to time. it’s good to be seen.

I always look forward to Wednesday coming around when it’s nice to get a fresh edition of the Jackson Hole News and Guide straight off the press.

Be well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle.

 

Teton County Library

Teton County Library

The Teton County Library definitely belongs in the realm of ‘Things to do in Jackson Hole‘. And why not? One of the things we learn at Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole is that people who come to Jackson Hole actually overdo it – and end up needing a massage. Too much of a goal-oriented vacation raises expectations and proves to be stressful, and generally prevents much of the rest and relaxation that is the whole point of being on vacation. A visit to Teton County Library is a delightful treat.  There are beautiful and diverse, comfortable seating areas to go and read yourself a book of a periodical. It’s a great way to take a load off your feet or get out of the heat, or the heavy rains we experience here in Jackson Hole in the summers. Additionally, there are meeting rooms, study rooms and a large display area where, currently, the featured show is Yellowstone, Then and Now – and exhibit and speaker series.

Teton County Library, by the way, means Teton County Wyoming, of course, as Jackson Hole is in Wyoming…but there’s also a Teton County in Idaho – just over Teton Pass. Oh – and you have to go through Teton County, Idaho, in order to get to the Alta Branch of Teton Country Library – unless, that is, you drop in by parasail or hike over the Teton Range from Grand Teton National Park.

The following, from the Teton County Library’s web site, explains the recent renovation and addition to this spectacular and modern state-of-the art facility: The voter-approved library project includes an 11,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the previous 24,000-square-foot building, parking lot and outdoor areas. The building project has created more space for reading and study, computers and technology, community meeting rooms, and dedicated teen and children’s areas, which are separated from quieter library spaces. We are planning for Silver LEED certification. The library’s existing electrical, data and building systems were replaced, upgraded and modernized. Architects on the project were Gilday Architects with Humphries/Poli Architects, and Construction Manager was GE Johnson. Teton County Library is certainly the most contemporary in the Entire Yellowstone Region.

Teton County Library is celebrating it’s 75th birthday this year with all kinds of special events so be sure to check out their web site http://tclib.org/

Be well,

 

Hamish and Rochelle