No tricks, treats on square
Citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and community guidelines, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce called off the traditional Trick-or-Treat on Town Square, originally scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 31.
The costume contest will go on, though this year it will be conducted via social media, with winners picked on Halloween Day. Follow “jhchamber” on Instagram for details to come.
The decision to cancel trick-or-treating on Town Square followed recent announcements from St. John’s Health and public health officials that Jackson has returned to the “red” stages of the pandemic and that residents need to step up to curtail its spread.
The chamber will donate Halloween candy to elementary schools, each of which will have its own celebration.
Businesses can donate candy or money to the Teton County Education Foundation. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rendezvous Fest out for ’21
Some of Jackson Hole’s popular winter events are still on the calendar for 2020-21, but the ski season-ending round of concerts, called Rendezvous Festival is not.
It will be the second year in a row without Rendezvous Fest. The festival concerts at Teton Village and on Jackson Town Square were canceled last spring per the directive from town and county officials to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 through large-scale public gatherings.
“We will look for Rendezvous in 2022, when it’s safe to do,” Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Chief Brand Officer Tyler LaMotte said Thursday during a winter preview webinar hosted by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
This winter the resort is positioning for on-the-mountain events versus big happenings at the base he said.
The Kings and Queens of Corbets sendfest, for example, will return in 2021: The window will be Feb. 16 to 21.
“We do believe we can do that quite safely,” LaMotte said.
Kate Sollitt, executive director of the Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board mentioned some of the winter and early spring events that the board has funded.
Those include the Pedigree Stage Stop dogsledding race, which starts Jan. 29 in Jackson; the Town Downhill and the Pole Pedal Paddle in March; and the World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb, which starts March 28.
Everything, she stressed, is “COVID contingent.”
Enclosure heads north
The award-winning Town Enclosure Pavilion, sited on the lawn of the Center for the Arts since June 2018, has found a new home in Bozeman, Montana.
The Town Enclosure Pavilion, a collaboration between Jackson Hole Public Art and the Center for the Art’s 2018 Creative in Residence program, was designed by CLB, which has offices in Jackson and Bozeman. The installation has won national awards, including from the Americans for the Arts and CODAWORX, and received national press from Artfix Daily, World Landscape Architect and Interior Design).
In addition to adding visual interest to the Center’s green space, the pavilion also has served as a performance space to dancers, playwrights, actors, poets and spoken-word performances. The community has practiced flower arranging, yoga, life-drawing, cloud-making and stargazing within its open walls.
In Bozeman, the Enclosure will be installed in Story Mill Community Park, the city’s largest park, for an unspecified amount of time.
Upon conclusion of the display in Bozeman, the materials will be shipped back to Jackson to be transformed into a kids climbing wall at Camp Creek Inn.
Alliance seeks photos
The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance calls on all Jackson Hole photographers to enter its Instagram contest to find the cover photo of the nonprofit’s 2020 annual report.
“We want to see your best pictures of Jackson’s iconic wildlife, wild places and community character,” the Alliance said in a press release. “This is a fantastic opportunity to share what you love about our valley and the importance of keeping JH wild.”
To participate, post your best, original photo of the valley’s wildlife, wild spaces or community character by Oct. 20, use the caption space to share a story about your photo’s importance and relevance to our region, and follow the Alliance on Instagram, @jhalliance.
There is no limit on submissions per participant. The winner will have his or her photo featured on the cover of this year’s annual report (received by over 5,000 supporters) and win a Patagonia X JHCA backpack valued at $99.