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  • Please, be more melodramatic!

    Owen Acord, Special to the Sun|Jun 13, 2024

    The annual Woodchoppers Jamboree Melodrama, put on by The Grand Encampment Opera Company, has been a long standing tradition with the first shows in the 1980’s. Of course the art of theater has been practiced in Encampment long before this. The opera house was originally just a meeting hall. Thanks to Encampment thespians, a fundraiser play was held in 1902 which gathered enough funds to add on the stage and storage rooms to the building making it a more complete facility. In 1903, with the n...

  • Long Live the Queen

    Richard Espinoza|May 23, 2024

    Over the decades, several bands have left their mark on popular culture, their music reverberating for generations afterward. One such band is Queen and their late frontman Freddy Mercury. On May 17, the Fat Bottom Boys, a Queen tribute band from Denver, Colorado, performed a number of the band’s classic hits at the Parco-Sinclair Historical Theatre. The Fat Bottom Boys first performed as a Queen tribute band at Cheers, a bar in Northglenn, Colorado. People loved their performance and they e...

  • Southern Fryed has a taste of Texas Red Dirt

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 18, 2024

    Later this month, Southern Fryed will be bringing a taste of Texas Red Dirt to the Parco-Sinclair Theater. The concert will be a preview of what they have in store later this year for other Carbon County venues. Southern Fryed was founded in 2008 by frontman Russ Brown. Brown, a native of North Platte, Nebraska, retired from the US Air Force after 22 years of service before moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming. He fell in love with his new town and Wyoming and Brown knew it was where he wanted to make...

  • A little bit country, a little bit… the Platte Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Apr 4, 2024

    Jason Swedlund and Mary de la Fuente performed at the Rustic Bar in Saratoga on Saturday, March 23. Swedlund and de la Fuente have both had an interesting musical journey which led them to become a perfect match as a musical duo. Swedlund started his musical journey at the age of nine when he picked up his dad’s banjo and started “plinking around.” Swedulund thought he would be in trouble for messing with his dad’s banjo. “I thought he would kill me for messing around with it,” Swedlund sa...

  • Creating Artistic Soundscapes

    Staff Report|Mar 28, 2024

    In an exciting collaboration, the Sound Design Program at Casper College recently embarked on a unique learning experience by recording two singles for the country music band Third Rail out of Cheyenne and Saratoga. This hands-on project not only provided students with a practical application of their sound design skills but also allowed Third Rail the benefit of a state-of-the-art recording studio and the fresh talent of students. Third Rail: A dream in the making. “Third Rail is a band I p...

  • Everything's Coming up Pickett

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Jun 8, 2023

    On June 4, "Joe Pickett"-the Paramount+ series based on the titular character-premiered its second season with two episodes. While most fans may have watched from their home, a number of Saratoga and Platte Valley residents gathered at the Platte Valley Community Center (PVCC) the premiere on the big screen. Based on the book series written by Chuck "C.J." Box, the streaming series follows the Wyoming Game Warden as he navigates family life, his role with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department...

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

    Dallas Fields|May 4, 2023

    The Platte Valley Drama Club performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory four times from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30. There was a strong turnout from the Valley that came to support the drama club. The coach of the Platte Valley Drama Club, Marie Christen was very grateful for the community and said that the donations were higher than any previous year. A funny story shared by Marie Christen was that the students who played the squirrels kept losing their nuts backstage. It was funny to...

  • From Wyoming to Nashville via Saratoga

    Virginia Parker|May 4, 2023

    Dreams really do come true, and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers band can attest to it. On Saturday night, April 22, this group of performers walked onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. An institution that represents country music at its finest. An invitation to perform takes hard work and dedication and is considered a high honor. Chancey started the Younger Brothers Band with Travis DeWitt in November 1998 in Moorcroft, Wyoming. Things have changed over the years and so have the...

  • The Saratoga Elementary School Music concert was a huge success.

    Dallas Fields|Apr 27, 2023

    From Kindergarten to fifth grade the Country music entertained and the attendees. The Second graders provided "Honky Tonk Man"-in the style of Johnny Horner. Third graders sang their rendition of the Johnny Cash song, "I've Been Everywhere". Kindergarteners sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell much to the delight of the audience. The Third Grade brought down the house with Dolly Parton's "9 to 5". Tracy Bird's "I'm From the Country" performed by the First Graders was a woohoo kind of time!...

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  • Living Large in Saratoga

    Dallas Fields|Mar 23, 2023

    The Platte Valley has long been home to artists of varying mediums. One such artist was Virginia Frederick Large, whose creations can still be found throughout the Valley. Large's artwork still adorns the walls of the Carbon County School District No. 2 Central Office, the Doc Culleton Building at the Grand Encampment Museum and the Saratoga Presbyterian Church. On March 16, local historian Dick Perue presented the life and work of Large at the Saratoga Branch Library. The program, narrated by...

  • Acclaimed western artist topic of video program

    Staff report|Mar 16, 2023

    The Friends of the Library will be presenting a video compilation created several years ago by Mary Perue as a high school history project. Saratoga artist John Perue, and local historian Dick Perue will present the narrated slide show honoring the noted western artist whose subjects range from ranches, western and mountain scenes to livestock, wildlife, barns and buildings, plus portraits of pets and people. Large produced hundreds of paintings, as well as murals, drawings on aprons and...

  • Chronicling Saratoga's healing waters

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 23, 2023

    The history of Saratoga's hot springs and its healing waters are deeply tied to that of the town itself. So is that of the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Dr. Michael "Doc' Janssen, the most recent owner of the resort, recently released "The Healing Waters of Saratoga" detailing the history of the springs, Saratoga and the resort itself. The book was first available at the end of January, just in time for the annual poker run, one year to the day Janssen first considered writing the book....

  • Sand, snow and water

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 16, 2023

    Powerboaters from across the country put into Saratoga to take part in an Egyptian themed night of fun at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort the last weekend of January. Michael "Doc" Janssen, owner of the Resort, puts on the event every year which starts on a Thursday and ends Sunday. Janssen reached out to this group of powerboaters some years ago to attend the event, and many come return year-after-year. From Power to Powder Power boating describes activities performed in a motorized boat. Gener...

  • 307 GoFast races to success

    Joshua Wood, Stevenson Newspapers|Feb 16, 2023

    With the Valley experiencing six months-or more-of winter, it often falls upon residents to find a way to entertain themselves while attracting others to the area. In the past, this has led to the formation of events such as the Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby, the Don Erickson Memorial Chariot Races and Skijoring. Another winter event may have been added to the list this year with the 307 GoFast Ice Races. "Two years ago, the vintage sled races in Walden contacted my brother. He was friends...

  • Saratoga skijoring hits seven

    Mike Armstrong|Feb 9, 2023

    "This is the first year we didn't have to haul any snow out to the event," Richard Raymer, one of the founding organizers for the Saratoga Skijoring Event. "In fact we had to move snow off the track, because we almost had too much if you can believe that." Raymer said mother nature did indeed help the event out this year. "I would call what we had this year was our biggest, best track to date," Raymer said. "We had some amazing features and the only real mishap was when Will (Faust) broke his...

  • Sweet Soiree

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    Rawlins’ Premiere Downtown FUNdraiser, Sweet Soiree, is scheduled for February 11, 2023. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, live auction, raffles, Wine & Whiskey Pull and Tasting, and dancing. It is a great opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy a night of fun! Sweet Soiree has two ticket options this year. Couples’ tickets are $200 and includes romantic seating for two in a tent, souvenir charcuterie board and bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music by Still House Blues, dessert table, cash bar, en...

  • Wyoming Artists' Association post COVID revival

    Staff Report|Feb 9, 2023

    The Wyoming Artists’ Assn has held its annual convention, uninterrupted since 1955, until Covid put a halt to things in 2020. WAA is a nonprofit organization that promotes Wyoming artists and provides an opportunity for its members to gather once a year to display their works, learn, inspire, and have fun. Traditionally, a three-day convention is held the first weekend in May, hosted by the current president, usually in their community. The convention hosts a judged exhibition for its members, with multiple categories; two to three workshops wi...

  • But, I don't want to leave

    Feb 2, 2023

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  • 2023 Winter Carnival

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  • Winter Fun

    Virginia Parker|Jan 26, 2023

    The sleepy little hamlet of Encampment will be roaring to life this weekend with food, fun, and festivities. The 36 th Annual Sierra Madre Winter Carnival has already started the competitions with the Winter Carnival Button Contest. The winner, Aspen Boxberger took home $50 for her prize-winning art design. Friday, January 27 begins with judging of snow painting, sponsored by the Platte Valley Arts Council. Saucer bowling is next up on Rankin and 8 Later in the evening the treasure hunt begins...

  • Reflections from the Saratoga sun

    Jan 19, 2023

    7 Years Ago January 21, 1998 Land exchange open to comment The Bureau of Land management and Great Divide Resource Area offices are asking the public to comment on the second phase of a land exchange with the Nature Conservancy which was proposed in the fall of 1996. Under the first phase of the land exchange, the BLM has issued a decision to exchange about 8,300 acres of public land on the Mark Ledder ranch south of Medicine Bow for 705 acres of a 1,030 acre parcel of TNC-owned land adjacent to the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Winter range...

  • Can you say BINGO

    Dee Dee Martz|Jan 19, 2023

    Bingo! That is one word that has not been heard by many residents in Saratoga in years, unless they happen to be residents at the Saratoga Care Center or a visitor to The Senior Center. Bingo has not been offered to the public in the valley for quite a few years. There was a time when the American Legion and the Odd Fellows hosted bingo but stopped doing it. This past Wednesday night, laughter and fun was had by all who attended The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort and Spa’s Bingo Night. The t...

  • Game on

    Mike Armstrong|Dec 29, 2022

    The holiday season is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate being in each other's company. However, sometimes circumstances occur and a person might find themselves alone during this time. Dana Davis, the director at the Saratoga Museum was thinking about these people when she decided to have a "Game Night" at the museum on Christmas Eve."The community gives a lot of support to the museum and I wanted to do something to give back to the community," Davis said. "The...

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