Ninepipes fundraiser brings ‘The Montana Monologues’
CHARLO – The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana’s annual fundraiser, the Black Tie Dinner (tie optional), will be held at Allentown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. The museum will be open from 5:30-6:45 p.m., and dinner guests are invited to a complimentary tour. Bud Cheff Jr. and museum staff members will be on hand to meet guests and answer questions. A special treat will await everyone in the large diorama room. Clara Charlie from St. Ignatius will perform a “Jingle Dress” dance at 5:45 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m. “7UP,” one of three stories included in The Montana Monologs, will be the entertainment. Writer and producer Wendy Woollett from Missoula brings the story of former St. Ignatius ranch woman, Pat Shepard of the 7UP Ranch (now known as The Glory B). Musician Paul Kelley will intersperse his original music into the production, with Gretchen Spiess portraying Ms. Shepard. The monologues premiered in 2007, but this will be the first time the production appears in the Mission Valley. The benefit also includes a silent auction with a fine selection of artwork, books, gift certificates, a handcrafted traditional bow and arrow set made by professional bowmaker Jim Rempp, 2015-16 UM Griz and Lady Griz basketball season tickets, and much more. Event tickets are $50 per person. Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible by calling (406) 644-3435 and leaving a message. This fundraiser supports the operation of the nonprofit museum. Sponsors for this year’s fundraiser are Valley Bank of Ronan and Polson.
Vernita Charlie, a Ninepipes Gift Shop employee, is the mother of Clara Charlie referenced in the Ninepipes Black Tie Dinner fundraising article in the Dec. 17 edition.