Winter Lodge Rendezvous returns

Marga Lincoln for the Independent Record

After selling out the theater last year, Winter Lodge Rendezvous returns this time for not just one night, but two – 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, at Helena Avenue Theatre.

Produced by the Montana Playwrights Network, the second annual event features headliner Montana Troubadour Jack Gladstone, as well as co-hosts singers and humorists Mike Jetty and Shane Doyle, plus noted Blackfeet storyteller Leo Bird and old-time/Metis fiddler Sapphire Ferguson-Jetty.

The Rendezvous event grew out of a MPN’s 2021 radio program, “Montanans at Work,” an innovative way for MPN to offer creative programming during the COVID epidemic.

Working with Jetty, an Indian Education for All specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction, they created a radio episode on Indian Humor and Culture.

“Often you don’t think about Native Americans and humor,” said Jetty in an IR 2021 interview. “It’s a whole other aspect of debunking the stoic Indian stereotype.

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