Annual Events

 

CHAUTAUQUA

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Admission is by donation and open to the public

What:

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First popularized in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and specialists of the day.  The Chautauqua is hailed as a sharing of entertainment and intellectual knowledge – Teddy Roosevelt claimed it was β€œthe most American thing in America ”.  Today the tradition continues with a variety of writers, musicians and special topic speakers taking center stage at the EHAHC.

When:

The EHAHC hosts a winter series of Chautauquas, usually the third Saturday in January, February, March and April.  The monthly event begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm and performances starting at 7:30pm.

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How to Participate:

The Chautauqua is open to all seeking entertainment, intellectual or spiritual growth and local culture.  Each participant performs 1-2 songs or a 5-minute reading.  Nightly performances highlight 10 reserved spots with two swing spots available for impromptu appearances.  Those wishing to be on stage are encouraged to contact Toni James to make reservations at (406) 843-5454 or email ranksmerc@yahoo.com

 

 

SPLENDID FEAST

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In the depths of winter, when Mother Nature holds Montana in her icy grip, the EHAHC brings a magical mix of music, companionship and great food to its warm halls.  Each year in December, the EHAHC hosts The Splendid Feast, a gathering of hearty souls, culinary delights, and holiday cheer in a most spectacular setting.

As guests arrive, water ice luminaries and hundreds of tiny bulbs light the driveway and entrance to the historical mansion.  A grand tree greets the guests in the welcome room.  In the parlor, a fire roars warmly from the hearth and favorite holiday songs dance in the air.  In the ballroom, wine, wassail and cider flow freely to warm the belly and the soul.  As the evening progresses, a local chef and a small army of festive volunteers prepare and present a splendid feast of wholesome delicacies.  The walls are decked with natural decorations and trimmings provided by local artisans.  Candle light and good company grows hearty conversation.  Roars of laughter and holiday cheer rise and fall through the evening.  As the evening draws to a close, dessert and coffee are served and guests leave with a warm sense of community and bellies full of wonderful food.

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Tickets are $50 per person and are purchased in advance.  

All proceeds from the dinners are used to support future EHAHC programs.