Referred to as "Sully" throughout my youth, I contemplated using it as an "on-air" name. Needless to say this never happened, but it's still fun to mention and there's still time! As a graduate of the University of Montana, I first ventured my way onto the air waves as a television reporter. Not long after, I dove into the radio industry. I enjoy media as a career and the potential it has to inform and support the community. Other than consume comfort food nightly, I do have some hobbies. I'm a huge fan of forensic documentaries, chick flicks and mobster movies (I don't understand the combination, either) Plus, I love concerts! Rock, country, jazz, classical, reggae, alternative, electronic, R&B, hip-hop, rap, folk...pick the genre and I'm there! I especially love outdoor concerts and another great love I have of the outdoors, involves long walks with my incredible dog and the occasional human. For many years now, I have tested the waters as a performer in live, local theatre, and whether it be studio artwork, ballet, jazz or modern dance, I'm a big supporter of the arts. As for sports and no matter the level, I'm a huge fan of basketball, track & field and baseball. Any or all of the above, of course, is only important and possible with the bond of family and friends. Here's to those special bonds for everyone.
Roaring 20s Murder Mystery at Gunslinger Gulch; For the Fear & Fun of It
Get ready for a Gunslinger Gulch specialty coming up April 21st through the 23rd! Originally the 1880s Ranch, this nostalgic ghost town on the west end of Anaconda is set to host a real "Who Dunnit" Murder Mystery Weekend for the fun and fear of it! Roaring 20s is the theme for this gaspingly good time, with a Pre-Murder Mingle on Friday night (April 21st) equipped with happy hour and a dance party under the stars. In addition, a Murder Mystery barbeque dinner will take place on Saturday night (April 22nd). A continental breakfast buffet will be served to all suspected murder mystery guests on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s Confirmed; A Plan is in Place for The World Museum of Mining this April
Just yesterday, I posted an article about the fate of the World Museum of Mining's Opening Day. The original plan was for organizers to unveil another awe-inspiring season of Butte's nostalgia to the public beginning April 1st! Well, just announced this afternoon some of that plan remains in place, but with a few twists and turns. While the museum gift shop and some underground tours will still open on the FIRST of next month, the museum grounds will NOT open until April 20th. Well, that's as long as winter doesn't overstay its welcome as much as it already has. Unprecedented amounts of snow on the premise led to the decision not to open the outside area of the museum as initially planned.
Get Involved; The Next Ducks Unlimited Banquet is in Anaconda
Since its humble, yet trail blazing beginnings in 1937, people throughout North America have been instrumental in recognizing the importance of Ducks Unlimited. In Montana alone, several events are held annually to raise awareness of waterfowl habitat. Most recently, Helena hosted their Ducks Unlimited Banquet, and now organizers in Anaconda are set to do the same on April 1st at the Anaconda Elks Lodge (223 Main) beginning at 5 p.m.
Cross Your Fingers; World Museum of Mining Hopes to Open Soon
The incredible staff at the World Museum of Mining have always been a determined crew! Unfortunately, this season they're level of determination has been tested by the fact that they may not be able to open their doors to the public in a few days as planned. The factor getting in the way? The weather! It didn't matter that the first day of Spring was March 20th. No, old man winter has his claws dug in deep and it's hard to tell when he'll let go. But, I'll say it again...the World Museum of Mining is determined. Yes, in true form, organizers are working hard to get the museum as ready as possible for the proposed April 1st opening date by conducting training, scheduling and routine cleaning. As we know all too well, the cold temperatures have made snow removal very difficult in many areas around town, and this includes the grounds at the World Museum of Mining. After all, the safety of visitors is their first priority. (continued...)
Youth Basketball Camp is Next Month in Butte
The sports and fitness organization, Inspire Academy is the next avenue local youth basketball players can take to improve their skills or just get started! Coming up April 15th and 16th, the "Academy" will host their first youth basketball camp at Butte's West Elementary gym (800 S Emmett Avenue). Luckily for participants, former Montana Tech All-Conference football player Dion Williams Jr. will bring his agility and conditioning expertise to the camp. Working to also teach and encourage players at the Inspire Academy Youth Basketball Camp, will be Brian Smyth, head coach of Butte's Net Rippers and Derrius Collings, coach of Rocky Mountain Elite out of Missoula. For more information or to register visit Inspire Academy on Instagram and Facebook. You can also contact them at (707) 628-3147 or via email at InspireAcademey4ever@gmail.com. Inspire Academy is excited and set to take camp registrations up to the start of the event. Camp schedule/hours are as follows: Saturday & Sunday (April 15th & 16th), boys - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and girls 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Reasons this Montanan hasn’t Moved Closer to Family in Hawaii
So, as much as I love my son, the other reason it would be hard for me to move to Hawaii involves the fear of insects larger than my hand. I'm talking about cockroaches, mainly; plus, I also had a couple of freaky run-ins with tree frogs and roosters in paradise the last time I was in Hawaii. Remember, you're in "their habitat" and not the other way around. Yes, I'm talking about a more remote area of Hawaii minus fancy resorts and cabanas... but those are cool, too. Reasons number 3, 4, 5, and 6 for not being completely sold on moving to Hawaii? ...lack of acclamation to hot weather, increased volcano activity, the extreme cost of living, and homesickness for the mountains back home. However, If a family member were to win the lottery right now, I would gladly overcome my fear of bugs and everything else in between to make Hawaii my home for at least half of the year. Still, for now, an excursion to and from the tropics works fine for this Montana girl!
Ladies & Gentlemen, Children of All Ages; the Circus is Coming to Butte
There's one thing most of us had growing up; the feeling of excitement when the circus was coming to town! Whether from a performance you remember 30 years ago or just yesterday, there's something about the circus that continues to amaze people of all ages. The circus is a break from the ordinary; the colorful displays, the animated clowns, the engaging trapeze acts and the daring lion and elephant acts are exhilarating experiences. Coming up, April12th, you'll have a chance to be amazed all over again as the Jordan World Circus makes its way to the Butte Civic Center for two magnificent shows; one at 4 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m.!
Oh, I Love When It Snows in the Spring; Said No One Ever
As the host of "Kickin' With Carin, Middays on KMBR FM," I have literally said the word "SNOW" during an on-air weather forecast more this year than any other year of my life as a broadcaster! "Snow flurries, the white stuff, precipitation, the other four letter word"! You name it, and I've done it; used the term "snow" on the radio in the most "as a matter of fact" way so that I don't stress out the listener or myself for that matter. I mean, you still have to be firm about how the topic of hazardous weather is revealed so that people know what to expect in taking precautions; however, some subtleties have to remain. But hey, I'm just the messenger. Imagine how meteorologists across Montana and the nation feel about the dynamics of this year's weather pattern, then having to relay it to hundreds of thousands of viewers and listeners as if they're the ones that caused such drastic conditions in the first place. On either side of the mic, it's safe to say that we are "over" the current state of the weather in Montana. Besides, on paper, it's officially SPRING!
Anaconda Adult Learning Center Set to Host Fundraiser this Sunday
This Sunday, March 26th, the Anaconda Adult Learning Center will kick off its annual March Music and Silent Auction! The event, at Hope Lutheran Church in Anaconda (1506 W Pennsylvania), will happen from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with music performed by local musicians beginning at 2 p.m.! It's a chance to get out and enjoy friends and family while indulging in some tasty treats and great auction items.
The Time My Car Broke Down in Montana on Spring Break
Although the title of this article sounds doomed from the get-go, what transpired later during the "break" goes to show just how creative, desperate "products of the 80s" can get with music, movies, and packets of Top Ramen noodles. Okay, it's 1987, and it's my last year of college in Missoula. Now, for some martyr reason or another, I end up ditching plans to go with friends to Cancun to pick up extra hours at a job that I believe paid maybe $5 an hour at the time. The fact of the matter, I couldn't afford a trip to Mexico. So, as the story goes, I set aside a few days of Spring Break to travel by car with my boyfriend and best friend to Seattle. The problem is the trip ended before it began, as we never made it past Alberton, Montana. That's when my beloved 1978 Subaru overheated and broke down. The next several hours were spent waiting on a tow truck and the three of us trying to devise alternative plans for Spring Break. So, while other friends had already left Zoo Town to enjoy legit trips, we were left stranded with no car and most of our money set aside for school. Sure, if our Seattle trip had panned out, we would have had gas expenses of t $1.80 a gallon, but the journey also involved crashing at my cousin's house to save money and to bug her for a while.