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Pat Chadwick and Sheena Dhamsania of the Canyon Kids perform at The Wort Hotel in June. The group will play tonight on the green space of the Genevieve block to support a new home for the history museum.

Final summer concert for SPET

Take a deep breath. And now breathe out.

As of Aug. 14, the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s successful “Save the Block” campaign raised the $7 million it needed to preserve the green space on the Genevieve block. Cafe Genevieve, Persephone Bakery and Healthy Being Juicery all offered to step up to purchase and steward their individual subdivisions on the block.

This week the Summer Concert Series to Save the Block, one of the community-focused arms of the Land Trust’s fundraising campaign, is returning to raise awareness about a new, preservation-related endeavor: the campaign to move the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum to a permanent location on the Genevieve block.

A week or so after the “Save the Block” campaign wrapped, a new political action committee, Friends of History on the Block, formed to advocate for a $4.4 million specific purpose excise tax ballot measure intended to purchase the corner of Willow Street and Broadway as a home for the museum.

The museum works across three locations: an old building on the corner of Glenwood Street and Deloney Avenue, three cabins on Mercill Avenue and the museum itself on North Cache Street.

The SPET measure calls for selling the Cache property and moving the three Mercill cabins to the southeast corner of the Genevieve block. Those cabins sit on property slated to be redeveloped for a workforce housing project.

“Thinking long term about the future of the Historical Society, really what we need is to own land and have a permanent home we can rely on,” Morgan Jaouen, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum’s executive director, said in an August interview with News&Guide. “This is our chance, I think, to do it right and have a permanent home for history.”

The Canyon Kids, fresh off their summer tour of the Intermountain West, will provide the musical entertainment for the free event, which is set to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in its usual location on the Genevieve Block’s green space.

For more information visit and search “Summer Concert Series to Save the Block.”

A musical ‘Schubertiade’

Missing the Grand Teton Music Festival?

Fear not. You can get your fix of classical — or, in this case, chamber — music this week as part of Jackson Hole Chamber Music’s fall concert series.

This week’s events, scheduled for 7 p.m. today and Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, will celebrate Schubert with a convocation somewhat like the “Schubertiades” of old: gatherings the composer’s friends put together to recognize his genius as a composer even if the rest of the world didn’t.

Set in an airy but intimate space at Antelope Trails Ranch, north of town and with panoramic views of the Teton Range, the series is ideal for re-creating the legendary salons.

Tonight, musicians will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C Major. The Friday program is Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum,” Previn’s Clarinet Quintet and Schubert’s Quartet No. 13 in A minor. Sunday brings Schubert’s Overture in C minor and Octet in F Major, as well as Wolf’s “Italian Serenade.”

A “subscription” to the three-night affair can be purchased for $135. Tickets for individual evenings cost $50. For information visit or check out last week’s article in Scene, “Music plus friends equals Schubertiade.”

— Billy Arnold

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