The INSPIRE Series

Montana

Going beyond the scenery

Throughout the Summer, 2018

Known the world over for picture-postcard looks and thrilling outdoor adventures, Montana also has a history and culture all its own. Get to know the place like a true Montanan during our brand-new speaker series. INSPIRE: MONTANA features luminaries from around the state who’ll cover a variety of topics, from the history and future of small-batch distilling to green-minded ranching. Delve into the fascinating history that took place right where you’re standing, learn how the state’s surroundings inspired a New York Times bestselling book and hear how a former military parachute tester turned to bison ranching and built a popular specialty snack company with his partner.

Join us in our intimate bar, Tank, where we invite you to sit back and enjoy a cocktail and appetizers while you take part in a meaningful Montana discussion.


INSPIRE: MONTANA will be held at 8:30PM. All ages are welcome. Paws Up will provide a chaperone to host outdoor games for younger children on The Yard at the Cook Shack.

Schedule

May 26, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

A Montana Start-Up Ranch and Regenerative Agriculture

Enjoy cocktails and conversations with sustainable bison ranchers Brittany Masters and Jon Sepp. Learn why bison are integral to sustainability in the American West while sampling Roam Free Bison Bites’ healthy snack product, a 100% sugar-free, grass-fed bison jerky.
Brittany Masters and Jon Sepp
Owners, Roam Free Bison Bites

June 6, 2018 and July 11, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

The Past and Future of Distilling Liquor in Montana

Small-batch spirits are all the rage, but what does it really take to operate an artisan distillery? Settle in with a specialty cocktail and hear how Ryan Montgomery honed his craft by training alongside master distillers in Scotland and across the U.S. before establishing Montgomery Distillery in Missoula.
Ryan Montgomery
Founder, Montgomery Distillery

June 29, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

Finding Your Voice in Montana

Have you always wondered what the writer’s life in Montana is really like? It’s so much more than sharing a story and putting pen to paper. Laura Munson, a New York Times bestselling author, will share her inspiring story of living the creative life and how she stayed motivated before she achieved literary success.
Laura Munson
Author, This Is Not the Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness

July 20, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

Where Paws Up Is Standing

Lewis & Clark weren’t the only ones who once stood on Paws Up’s land. It’s a place teeming with rich history, and there is no better-qualified person to share those stories than historian Jeff Smith. Sit back and imagine yourself on this same land throughout different eras in Montana’s history.
Jeff Smith
Historian and Author of The Montana Book of Days and K. Ross Toole’s Montana

August 3, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

The Copper Kings of Butte

Settle in with a cocktail and learn more about Montana’s mining history in the town of Butte. It’s a fascinating story of human nature and the desire to get rich off the land. Historian and author Jeff Smith shares the facts by weaving them into fascinating stories about the people of that time.
Jeff Smith
Historian and Author of The Montana Book of Days and K. Ross Toole’s Montana

August 17, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

Listening to Mother (Nature): A Holistic Approach to Ranching

Whether its protecting against invasive species, reducing fire risk or growing grass, land management is filled with important decisions. But how do you make choices that are also sustainable? Enjoy cocktails and conversation with Leigh Kelley, an expert in holistic farm, grazing and timberland management.
Leigh Kelley, Paws Up Assistant Ranch Manager
Kelley Resource Management

August 22, 2018

8:30PM Location: Tank

Listening to Mother (Nature): A Holistic Approach to Ranching

Whether its protecting against invasive species, reducing fire risk or growing grass, land management is filled with important decisions. But how do you make choices that are also sustainable? Enjoy cocktails and conversation with Leigh Kelley, an expert in holistic farm, grazing and timberland management.
Leigh Kelley, Paws Up Assistant Ranch Manager
Kelley Resource Management