Tommy Emmanuel at The Wort

Fans of Tommy Emmanuel, acclaimed by Chet Atkins as one of the greatest guitarists on Earth, might still be able to get into his sold-out Jan. 5 Silver Dollar Showcase Session at The Wort Hotel if they get on the waitlist.

Art museum welcomes all

Birds visit the trees outside our windows. All kinds of rodents, from mice and voles to squirrels and chislers, pop up in our yards. Deer and even moose browse our bushes and crab apple crops. Sometimes a fox or even a bear or — rarely, but not unheard of — a mountain lion might make an appearance.

All of which goes to show that “Wildlife is Part of our Community.”

That’s the title of a new program Wyoming Wildlife Advocates will present during the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s January First Sundays program. Also offered in Spanish, “La Vida Silvestre es Parte de Nuestra Comunidad,” the nonprofit Advocates also has a new Spanish edition of its “Wildlife Guide: Common Species in Jackson Hole” to release.

First Sundays, when residents of Jackson Hole and Swan Valley, and Teton Valley, Idaho, are invited to visit the museum for free, runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly day features special programs and events relating to exhibitions on view, including “While They’re Sleeping: A Story of Bears,” “National Geographic: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs” and the Jackson Hole High School student art show “The Infectious Culture of Wyoming Wildlife.”

In addition, guests can enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and other treats, take-home craft bags and live music.

The museum hosts First Sundays year-round. Go to WildlifeArt.org for details.

Trail, path grooming starts

Finally, there’s enough snow on the valley floor for Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation to rev up its grooming operations on area trails and pathways.

Parks and Rec’s typical grooming season runs from Dec. 15 to March 15, but a dearth of snow prevented it from being able to use its equipment. The last week, however, has built up snow depths sufficient for it to use its PistenBully PB100 to prepare popular walking and Nordic skiing destinations.

The 2021-22 grooming schedule is:

Monday: Cache Creek to Noker Mine (thanks to Bushong Property Services).

Tuesday: High school fields, Emily’s Pond levee, Wilson Centennial Pathway

Wednesday: Cache Creek, Wayne May Park, Game Creek, South Park Pathway.

Thursday: High school fields, Emily’s Pond levee, Wilson Centennial Pathway.

Friday: Cache Creek, Wayne May Park, Game Creek, South Park Pathway.

Saturday: High school fields, Emily’s Pond levee, Wilson Centennial Pathway.

Grooming up Cache and Game creeks may be canceled due to low-elevation avalanche risk. To say up to date with changing conditions or schedules, follow the department on Twitter at @TCJPRGrooming, which links to the department’s web page.

Grooming is made possible through Parks and Rec operational funds and the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails RTP Grant in collaboration with Teton County Community Pathways, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the JH Nordic Alliance, JH Friends of Pathways and Teton Valley Trails and Pathways.

For information on grooming up Teton Canyon, go to TVTAP.org/nordic-grooming. For info on other winter trails throughout the county, see the map online at JHNordic.com.

Rogerson keeps it real

Ya gotta wonder about how many so-called country-western musicians really know what they’re singing about.

Not so with Jared Rogerson and his band Rodeo Wreck, who bring their cowboy-rock to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar for a three-day run starting Monday.

Living near Pinedale with his wife and two kids, Rogerson has been putting words to music since he was a kid, cleverly changing the lyrics to well-known tunes. A life of adventure, along with the ups and downs that go with that, has charged his songs with honesty and vulnerability, songs about choices and consequences that can be lighthearted or heavy.

A rodeo rider through high school, college and at the professional level, Rogerson had a final rodeo wreck that spurred him to make music his priority and inspired the name of his band. The L-shaped scar on the inner joint of his riding arm, where the biceps tendon was reattached, attests to his authenticity and documents the pivot in his life.

With five albums under his belt, a decade spent on the road, and a time-tested show of energetic original songs and the personal stories that underlie them, Rogerson has found success presenting the real deal: life in the rural West, with all its complications and challenges, presented through entertaining, eminently danceable, gets-stuck-in-your-heart songs and melodies.

Jared Rogerson and Rodeo Wreck take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Jan. 5 at the Cowboy Bar on the west side of Town Square.

Hillerman biographer visits

James McGrath Morris, the author of the first major biography of novelist Tony Hillerman, will discuss the life of the groundbreaking mystery writer and sign copies of his book at 4 p.m. Monday at Jackson Hole Book Trader.

“A towering figure in the realm of mystery fiction like Tony Hillerman is worthy of a biography of monumental proportions, a book that can encompass the grace, talent, and humanity of not only the man but his incredible body of work,” Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, said of Morris.

“James McGrath Morris’s ‘Tony Hillerman: A Life’ is that book — one of the most thoughtful detailed, and captivating biographies I’ve read in a very long time.”

The author of 18 detective novels set on the Navajo Nation, with sales of upwards of 20 million copies, Hillerman transformed a traditional genre and unlocked the mysteries of the Navajo culture. His best-selling work added Navajo Tribal Police detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee to the pantheon of American fictional detectives.

Morris (who, Jackson Hole old-timers will appreciate, is the cousin of the late Capt. Bob Morris) offers a balanced portrait of Hillerman’s personal and professional life and provides a timely appreciation of his work. Morris tells of the author’s early years in Depression-era Oklahoma, his near-death experience in World War II, his 60-year marriage to Marie, family life with his six children (five of them adopted), his work in the trenches of journalism, his post-traumatic stress disorder and its connection to Navajo spirituality, and his ascension as one of America’s best-known writers of mysteries.

Hillerman’s novels were not without controversy, and Morris examines the charges of cultural appropriation that were leveled at the author toward the end of his life. Still, many readers, including many Native Americans, acknowledge Hillerman’s knowledgeable and sensitive portrayal of Diné (Navajo) history, culture and identity.

In telling Hillerman’s story, Morris drew on the author’s untapped papers, extensive archival research, interviews with friends, colleagues and family, as well as travels through the Navajo Nation. Filled with never-before-told anecdotes and fresh insights, Morris’ biography should thrill the author’s fans and awaken new interest in his life and literary legacy.

Visit JHBookTrader.com or call 734-6001 for information

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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