National Elk Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell understood the size and scope of ElkFest almost as soon as he showed up to the job in 2017.
A trope exists in writing — almost a stereotype — that characters and stories appear to the author, inexplicable in their origin. The vision of the muse visiting an unsuspecting authorial vessel dates back to the Greeks, to the roots of Western storytelling, if not further.
Flex your muscles
Ready to get down and dirty?
Jackson’s annual Ultimate Towner Obstacle Course — an event that bears a striking resemblance to the ever-popular Tough Mudder races, albeit sans electrocution — is returning Sunday. Mud is sure to fly and injuries will hopefully be minimal as Teton County’s hardos crawl through mud, climb over walls, swing from ropes and clamber over other obstacles as they compete in the fast class or the fun class.
If you frequent Pearl Street Bagels in Wilson for morning coffees and shmears, you will have noticed that one of the friendliest smiles behind the counter — that of Kat Clauson — has been missing the past few months.
Wheel and deal for bikes
Whether or not you got out last weekend for the 20th Annual Grand Teton No Motor, now’s the time to dig your bike out of storage and trade it in for a newer (to you) model. Bike shops on both sides of Teton Pass are opening their doors for their spring bike swaps.
Train Robbers are comin’
Some train robbers are coming to Jackson, but no need to guard your valuables.
They’re just members of the Americana-country band Tylor and the Train Robbers. The Boise, Idaho-based group will be in town for a two-night stint at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, where it will play 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows, with no cover charge.
Otters on the march
No, these aren’t your average river-dwelling mammals. The Otters, the two-person band consisting of drummer Zach Zimmerman (a founding member of Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons) and guitarist and vocalist Jay Alm (a do-it-yourself songwriter who’s toured across the country), may find themselves on the river every once in a while come summer, but they’re definitely human. They’re also playing two shows in the next week before taking a break of an unknown length.
Ski like a gaper
Let those goggles drop and bare your forehead to the sky. Gaper Day returns Monday to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and, if you’re out on the mountain, there’s always a chance you’ll see ski patrol chasing a naked skier down Grand. Stay safe out there — remember to take the bus or make one of your friends a designated driver for the ride home. Lifts are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After hiking for seven days in 140-degree weather around Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain, Mark Jenkins wanted a tall, cold glass of water. When he returned to Windhoek, the country’s capital, he downed glass after glass of what the waitress called the “best water in the world.”
‘I Can Ski Forever’ is coming
Tickets for Andrew Munz’s fourth iteration of “I Can Ski Forever” are now on sale at PinkGarterTheatre.com. If you missed the first three, “I Can Ski Forever 4” is an original comedy about all the things we love to love and love to gripe about in Jackson.
Tonight: 2018 in focus
Join the News&Guide at 6:30 tonight at the National Museum of Wildlife Art for our first ever Photos of the Year event. News&Guide photographers will share the best photos of 2018. The event is free to attend, and attendance earns you a free raffle ticket to win one of three News&Guide prints.
Wort to host comedians
Comedy is far from something Jackson is known for, but for Nick Staron it’s the reason he lives here.
Staron is a founding member of local improv troupe The Laff Staff. After a brief stint in Chicago, where he performed at Second City and the Laugh Factory, he decided Jackson was the place to put down his roots.