What do you and your family enjoy doing around the Valley after the snow and cold of winter starts to relent? Do you get in on those final days of skiing? What about the Spring break search for somewhere warm? There are a variety of events that go on in the Valley during the early Spring. Besides getting together to strap on some skis for the last time, you might find a beautiful view to take pictures, you might find time to plan projects around your home. There are often home improvement shows and other opportunities to help you dream about warmer days. You may also be ready to plant seedlings indoors or design some new landscaping.
It can be hard to keep up with the events happening around the Valley and we would love to share a few ideas. If you are ready to get out and enjoy some shopping you can do so this weekend. It is time once again for Winter Crazy Days in Downtown Bozeman going on this Friday and Saturday. After a day out shopping, experience some exciting music with a symphony titled, "got rhythm", another installment of the Bozeman symphony series happening on Saturday March 1.
Spring can be a great time to give the brain a workout. Why not take advantage of a series of lectures during TedxBozeman 2014 on the 21st of March? This year's theme is "Pioneer Spirit. For more info visit,
You may want to gather the family and take them to see exhibits and learn about science at our local Museum of the Rockies. Early April offers a cheap option to do so during Astronomy Day at the Museum of the Rockies. Kids 17 and under are free on Saturday April 5.
With the start of Spring there is a desire to enjoy the scenery on a road trip. There are various activities happening in surrounding communities as Spring begins, check out West Yellowstone for the Snowmobile Expo on the 14-16 of March. Here's the website for more info.
Even with all of the hopes for warmer weather, don't forget to go up to Bridger Bowl for one of their ski series including the annual Pinhead Classic on Saturday, March 1st, where you can dress up in theme related apparel or its Big Sky counterpart at the end of the season, April 12th, for the Pond Skim and attempt to make it across a pool of water by sheer momentum. It can be a great finish to the ski season with a bunch of friends.
Let us know your favorite options for what's happening around the valley. It's great to take a "spring break" after some of those long winter months.
Do you enjoy giving and receiving Valentines gifts? When did it all start? Where did it begin and who was the founder of this interesting tradition?
History shows a potential start back during the Roman Empire when Claudius was emperor. With long battles occurring during the time of roman conquest seeming to lose their force by homesick husbands and promised soon to be husbands, the emperor thought it best to do away with the act of marriage. He would not allow men to marry thinking that love and family time would take away his men’s strength for battle.
One story says that there may have been a man, Saint Valentine, who would defy the order and perform weddings for promised couples that would ask him. Claudius learned of it, arrested him and sentenced him to death. He was put into prison and as the story goes, the grateful couples that had been helped by him would slip flowers and notes to him through his jail cell bars. It was thought that on his dying day he wrote to his love interest, who was possibly the jailer’s daughter, with the special farewell "from your Valentine."
Whether or not St. Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter or was slipped notes by those that came to see him, many “valentine traditions" have become established today.
We see that Valentine’s Day is not all about the love stories. There are certain foods and details that have grown into traditions. Chocolate has been a favorite gift for a long time, as couples remember the "sweetness of their relationship.” Other changes from within religious traditions, the altering of the roman god of love, Cupid, now has become a winged cherub shooting arrows to bring couples together. Many other alterations to Valentine’s Day have taken place over time, one being the removal of its first roots, found in an ancient Roman fertility ritual. The combination of great fun and silly romance make for a mid-February tradition that can warm hearts on these cold days and sweeten many a smile. With 100 million roses and 36 million boxes of candy being sold for Valentine’s Day it is one of the largest spending holidays after only a few other major holidays.
Ask some whether they spend extra on Valentine’s Day, and you would possibly hear that it has to be the best if it is for the love of ones life.
The holiday brings in $14 billion annually. It is not surprising as men will often get talked into getting the "finest" and usually most expensive of everything to make it special. We know how difficult it can be for men to find the perfect Valentine flowers or sweep their women off her feet with that box of chocolates. Why not throw in a professional auto detail job? Consider adding a gift certificate for a full or partial detail under that box of chocolates and flowers.
Do you take a romantic drive during the holiday? Where do you like to go? If it involves driving a little ways, it may pay to have the vehicle as fresh as possible for that special someone in your life. Consider having an interior detail and washing that paint to make your ride sparkle when you take your sweetheart to dinner. To help you celebrate we would like to give you the opportunity to express your love a little differently this year and keep your vehicle smelling sweet for a perfect Valentine treat. Make it an extra special thing to help remember this Valentines Day.
info source: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day/videos
Well.. here is the updated web site I was planning to have up before Christmas. Thankfully I was too busy with family and work to get it done. However, this last cold snap that reached -30 degrees seemed to have frozen business along with everything else. I am happy to report we were able to catch up on some much needed maintenance at the shop and, yes, finish the new web site.
I would love any feedback.
Just as an aside, winter does some amazing things to the sky here in Bozeman.