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Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Cowboy Poet-Author Owen Badgett's Newest Book

Cowboy Poet/Author Owen Badgett’s Newest Book Available at Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Photo of Owen Badgett by Linda Lou Crosby

Owen Badgett. Photo by Linda Lou Crosby.

Hang on to your hats folks. Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett has a new book, and it’s arriving just in time for you to get a copy at the Miles City Bucking Horse sale,  May 19th – 21st. In Badgett’s newest work, ‘Thirsty Camels and Bogged Alligators’, Owen shares over 200 photographs with detailed descriptions, along with fascinating stories that describe his history of the Eastern Montana cowboy experience throughout the last 60 years. Read an Owen Badgett book, and you’ll get the feeling you are sitting around the campfire with some of the toughest cowboys and one of the best yarn-swappers of the Old West.

How do you find Badgett at the Bucking Horse sale to get your copy? Badgett says he will be parked in his dark Blue Bronco (you can’t miss it with it’s faded blue paint, and the most unusual cattle guard ever) behind the chutes in the infield. Bring $20 bucks, and a signed book is yours.

As Owen tells it, the cowboys he knew as a child were “of the old school – old Texas trail drivers.” Hard winters taught those ‘Men of Iron’ (from his first book) that “Mother Nature runs the ranching industry”.

His early interest in writing came from a good role model – his mother – who was “kind of an amateur journalist” and who was published in such magazines as ‘True West’. Other models were the authors whose books he devoured whenever he had time away from chores. Owen is an avid reader, “When I was a little kid, there wasn’t no T.V. and we saved the radio battery for news and prizefights,” he said.  “People don’t realize what’s laying out there in any library, any bookshop. They say we have only one life to live, but I can live 50 or 60 lives a winter through my reading.” For his newest book, editor/writer Pat Corley, in her forward, says it best, “Yes, this book is different. But every page is – one way or another – pure Owen Badgett. Truly a labor of love from this old cowboy!”

Badgett has performed in major cowboy poetry events; including Elko, Nevada; Lewistown, Miles City, Wibaux, and Ingomar, Mt.; and Salinas, Ridgecrest; and Lone Pine, California, and with Bob Petermann in Spearfish, South Dakota. Badgett is featured in a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman”, about his life and Eastern Montana.

Badgett will be performing this summer at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown August 17th – August 20th . Badgett’s books are available at the Miles City Library, the Miles City Saddlery, and in Forsyth at the Forsyth Library, the Forsyth Drugstore, and Fitzgeralds Restaurant, and in Ingomar at the Jersey Lilly.

By the way, if you want to know why Owen picked his new title, you’ll just have to read the title page to figure it out.

Contact Linda Lou Crosby for more info at LLneon90@gmail.com, or 406-358-2289.


Lilly Langtry Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea - Sunday June 11 2017

Lilly Langtry Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea

Sunday, June 11th at Jersey Lilly in Ingomar

This year’s Old-Fashioned Tea theme is, ‘A White Glove Affair’.

The Jersey Lilly, in Ingomar, Montana, is having its delightful old-fashioned afternoon tea on Sunday June 11th, 2017, and you are invited. “This is a favorite event of mine”, said Jersey Lilly owner June Nygren, who plans to grace the occasion attired in her fancy new hat, and white gloves. This year’s Old-Fashioned Tea theme is, ‘A White Glove Affair’. Jersey Lilly Teas are becoming a yearly tradition. This year marks the fourth such event.

Tea definitely held a special spot in the American West. Even the famous Long Branch Saloon offered tea on its menu. The Jersey Lilly is delighted to carry on this tradition. Apparently, teacups were not always easy to manage. According to an etiquette segment on the ‘What’s Cooking America’ website, “All porcelain teacups were made in China, starting around 620 A.D. These small cups had no handles. In order for one not to spill the hot liquid onto oneself, the proper way to hold the vessel was to place one’s thumb at the six o’clock position and one’s index and middle fingers at the twelve o’clock position, while gently raising one’s pinkie up for balance.”

While guests ponder other tea facts and stories, and practice their teacup-holding techniques, Nygren promises a drawing for many wonderful door prizes, and an award for the finest hat.

The Jersey Lilly event will begin at 1:00PM in the afternoon, and will feature special “savories” to eat, and various assortments of tea. The cost is $12.00 per person.

“I am really looking forward to enjoying the afternoon with our tea-drinking guests,” added Nygren.

For more information on the event, or to make reservations, please call (406) 358-2278.

Cowboy Tales 2016 - Rousing Success

“Cowboy Tales” at Jersey Lilly in Ingomar – Rousing Success

For Immediate Release October 20th, 2016

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Linda Lou and the Hamilton's

Linda Lou Crosby and the Jim Hamilton’s at the Jersey Lilly October 15, 2016.

A packed crowd from various parts of Montana, Georgia, Minnesota, and even Alaska enjoyed a wonderful evening of excellent grub, melodious Western music, and cowboy poetry at Ingomar’s Jersey Lilly this October.

“Great food!” “Lots of fun!” “Terrific show!” Co-sponsored by Billings radio station KGHL, the fourth annual “Cowboy Tales” was a rousing success. Audience comments were wildly appreciative of the Jersey Lilly’s superb meal and the spellbinding performances by 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning western singer/musician Almeda Bradshaw, 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning cowboy poet Jim Hamilton, and the outrageous, timeless, hilarious self-titled “cow poet” and author Gwen Petersen.

Bradshaw, whose song “Heavenly Here With You,” has been nominated for top song of the year by the Western Music Association, delivered her repertoire of a beautiful voice, fancy guitar play and terrific songs, with “Cowboy” being one of the crowd’s favorites. That song will be featured on her new project “Tribute,” along with another original, “Larry Dever Did,” about the life and death of “America’s Sheriff,” as he was dubbed by Sean Hannity. The album will be available around Thanksgiving. Keep track of Bradshaw’s rising star on her website, www.almedam2bmusic.com/.

Jim Hamilton, who peppered the evening with cowboy poet humor, brought in a serious note with his riveting poem “Changing of the Guard.” Dedicated to ranching families where the seasoned rancher realizes it is time to pass the baton to the upcoming generation, Hamilton’s poetry spoke to the challenges this brings. Hamilton is the real deal, a lifetime Montana rancher with a sonorous delivery that takes you out on the range.

“Each one of these performers could have a show of their own,” added June Nygren, co-owner of the Jersey Lilly with Boots Kope. “We are so lucky they are sharing their talents with us tonight.”

It was a mighty combination, and when the veteran poet, (Johnny Carson guest at one point in her career), and the gal who brought the original cowboy poetry gathering to Montana, Gwen Petersen, took the stage, all bets were off. “She is so funny,” said Vicki Ware, eastern Montana resident. And she was. With her poem, “Magnet Therapy,” she brought the audience to tears of laughter.

Amazing music, wonderful stories, crowd-pleasing fun, not to mention great grub, culminated with Bradshaw and a 2014 “Cowboy Tales” performer Sandy Matheny holding a rip-roaring jam session in the Jersey Lilly bar well into the night. Planning for next year’s “Cowboy Tales” is in the works. Stay tuned!

Contact Linda Lou Crosby, LL@campiou.com for further information.

Cowboy Tales 2016 at the Jersey Lilly

Saturday October 15th

For something fun to do, come to the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT, Saturday, October 15th for great cowboy poetry, western music, and terrific grub. This evening of western entertainment features top performers in the field.

2016 Cowboy Tales in Ingomar flyer

“No matter where you begin to talk about these folks, they are some of the very finest in the cowboy poet, western music, entertainment crowd,” said Ingomar resident cowboy poet, Owen Badgett.

Badgett has appeared in the previous four shows and is excited to feature some great talent that will appear in Ingomar at Cowboy Tales for the very first time.

“This combination is definitely a crowd pleaser,” added Badgett, “I am really looking forward to the show.”

The evening will feature three well-known Montana performers; Jim Hamilton, Gwen Petersen and Almeda Bradshaw. Bradshaw is one of Montana’s talented western Americana singer songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the western way of life is expressed in heartfelt songs that give voice to the westerner: cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, farmers and more. A lifetime of writing and playing stringed instruments places her work above the ordinary. Clear vocals, a compelling stage presence and accomplished musicianship guarantee Almeda to be an audience favorite.

“I had to move EAST to find the WEST. Though raised a town girl on the Oregon coast,” said Bradshaw, “All I wanted was to be a cowgirl. I spent hours riding the range of my imagination in a swing set saddle and when tall enough, I threw a leg up on my family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a sunset.”  Almeda, along with cowboy poet Jim Hamilton – who will also be appearing on the bill in Ingomar, took top honors in the 2016 COWBOY IDOL contest at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, WA. “It was a MONTANA sweep!” Almeda Bradshaw, from Huntley, MT, was the top musician; Jim Hamilton of Decker, MT – the top cowboy poet.

Hamilton is the real deal who performs his great poems and stories with a delivery that takes you right onto the range. Hamilton is a lifetime rancher on the east slope of the Wolf Mountains in southeast Montana.  He has been married to wife Marge for a long time. “We do our work horseback and try to preserve the old cowboy ways,” said Jim. “My poetry is about what I know, ranching and the cowboy way of life. I strive for authenticity and am highly flattered if a real cowboy or rancher tells me, ‘I could sure see that happening when you told about it.’  Most of my poetry is humorous, but I have several serious ones that I like to do in the right setting.”

Hamilton has written and recited poetry for over thirty years. He has performed in many venues throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and for the last ten or so years, at several gatherings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Hamilton has recorded three CD’s and is currently starting work on another.

And filling out the evening entertainment is cowboy poet, (deigning not to call herself a “cowgirl poet”) and humorist, the outrageous Gwen Petersen (who said “Just call me a ‘Cowpoet’). Gwen will deliver her brand of tall tales, tribulations, and tidbits, as only she can on October 15th.  Gwen’s appearances are legendary. She is at once hilarious and thoughtful, and with all her life experience, she has seen it, done it, thought about it, or caused it. “It” being adventures that she shares with audiences through performances, books and other published meanderings.

According to Gwen, “In the mid 1980s I began writing cowboy poetry and was chosen to be one of four poets to represent Montana at the first National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Then, I’ll be danged if the phone didn’t ring one day and a rep from the Johnny Carson Tonight Show asked if I’d care to go to Los Angeles and recite one of my poems on the show. At first I thought the phone call was a joke. It wasn’t. I went. I recited. I sat next to Johnny Carson and breathed in the aroma of his tweed sport jacket.” After Elko, Gwen returned to Big Timber and established the first Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Her Chili Contest and Toot, Snoot, ‘n Hoot Whippin’ and Spurrin’ Comedy Show has been – well, you can only imagine the fun had there.

With these top three performers, you are guaranteed to laugh, reminisce, be musically swept away, and just be downright entertained. With a delicious meal at the Jersey Lilly as part of the deal, it is bound to be one heckuva show.

Tickets are $25.00 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 6:00PM.
Call 406-358-2278 for ticket reservations. See ya there.

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo 2016

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo - Airborne

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Airborne. Photo by Hart Broesel.

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Family Friendly Fun and Excitement


Hold on to your hats. The Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is taking shape with an even bigger event. Two days, Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th, promise to be family friendly fun and excitement. Ranch Rodeo events start at noon each day, followed by kids events and a Big Loop Roping. “There are fifteen teams in this year’s Ranch Rodeo event,” said Nate Roskelly, who honchoes the ranch rodeo,“They are competing from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. And we filled all fifteen slots in an hour.”

The rodeo is sanctioned by the N.I.L.E, the WSRRA (Western States Ranch Rodeo Association) and the Big Sky Ranch Rodeo finals, to be held in Forsyth. And winning teams will earn entrance into these major Ranch Rodeo competitions. As always, the seven member Ingomar Rodeo Club (of a town of 12) is busy getting the grounds and arena groomed, polish dogs and burgers ready for the grill, and ticket takers on call for rodeo fans at main entrances to town. The announcer is Andrew Johnson; $10 buys you a ticket for both days; kids eight or under are free.

Teams will have their hands full with top stock. Cattle are coming from Sun Coulee Ranch, Cremer livestock and the PV Ranch; while TJ Newman and John Benson are providing the broncs. “Spectators and the participants have a real good time at this event,” added Alice Cameron, Secretary of the Ingomar Rodeo Club, who is normally the busiest person there, with continually changing scores and event updates. There will be an event board right near the Crows nest for spectators to keep track of what team is leading during the goings on.

Lots of teams are returning from last year; including the winning team for the last two years the Reid Ranch from Idaho, Maxwell Butte Ranch of Kinsey, Montana, the Circle B Ranch out of Forsyth, Mt, Lazy J3 Quarter Horses from Melstone, Mt, Ceded Strip out of Big Horn, Mt, Green Mountain Ranch out of Grass Range, Mt and the Outlaws out of Rosebud, Mt. And as Roskelly always adds, “Anything can happen.” With Saturday’s team penning, team doctoring and team branding, and Sunday’s Team Wild Cow Milking, Team Trailer Loading and Bronc Riding, anything WILL happen.

Could also be during kids events with a calf scramble, dummy ropin and mutton bustin, but most likely during the Big Loop Roping, where cowpokes have to keep a loop of 18 feet in the air, and on it’s way to a steer without roping anything or anyone in between. Forty teams can enter Saturday. Out of that, ten teams will make it to Sunday competing for the final winnings.
Will the Reid Ranch win a Third Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Championship? That’s anybody’s guess. But what is for sure is that there will be one heckuva competition for top honors. See you there!

Please call Nate Roskelly, at 406-947-2221 for more information.

More photos by Hart Broesel from last year’s 2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Branding Time

Branding Time.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Team roping RR2

Team Roping.

Ingomar, the Little Town with a Big Rodeo....Rides Again

For Immediate Release August 8th, 2016

After the arena dust settled, the stock was loaded, the prize money delivered and the street band had retired for the night, the seven members of the Ingomar Montana Rodeo committee (of a town whose population is twelve) could finally take a moment to realize this year’s 2016 Ingomar Open Rodeo was one of the best ever. The crowd was double the size of previous years. The cook shack sold loads of burgers and dogs. The Jersey Lilly barbecue was once again top notch.  And, the competitors were at the top of their game.

“The bull rides were even better this year,“ said Paul Lansaw, who came all the way from the Mojave Desert to attend. “And the bucking horses…well, they came out gruntin’ and fumin’, looking like they’d just as soon eat you…”

No wonder. The Newman Rodeo Company and Paul Eiker provided rough stock. And Ike Sankey, one of five former NFR qualifiers who attended this year’s event, brought the steers for the Big Sky Steer Roping. Other top notch rodeo names included Deb Greenough, who qualified for twelve consecutive NFRs during his career, and was the world champion bareback bronc rider.Greenough was the crowd pleasing announcer. Also in Ingomar was three-time world champion saddle bronc rider, Brad Germanson; NFR qualifier Wally Badgett, creator of the popular Earl cartoon; and several-time NFR qualifier Colin Murnion, who got to watch his boys take home winnings in both the saddle bronc and bull riding events.

Before the rodeo began, a moment of prayer was offered for three people who had been instrumental in the community, and had passed away during the year; NNN rancher Albert Newman, who helped establish the rodeo and benefitted the town in every way over the years; Jackie Newman, who served as secretary for the Calcutta each year, was an EMT in nearby Melstone and generally considered a wonder woman in many ways; and Mae Ware who was the best sponsor-getting, cook shack operator in the Ingomar Rodeo Club. All will be missed.

From the first event, it was “hold on to your seats, folks…” The ladies came away with impressive pole bending, breakaway roping and barrel times. A Ranch Rodeo style saddle bronc riding event was added this year, and the crowd loved it. Families with kids of all ages packed the town. Horse trailers were everywhere. The Jersey Lilly campground was full.

In the middle of all the commotion, a cowboy-hatted three year old got up on his tiptoes, peeked into the rodeo office, where rodeo committee Secretary Alice Cameron was fairly consumed with paperwork, and boldly announced, “I came for my check.”

Cameron, stopped tallying results, took a look at the tyke, smiled and said, “Maybe next year.” The little cowboy sighed, shook his head and went off to watch the final event.  It had been another great day in Ingomar.

“The Ingomar Rodeo is a nostalgic look into the way things used to be,” added Wally Badgett, “It seemed like folks didn’t rush off…everybody stayed for the steer roping, barbecue and dance.”

Don’t forget, the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is coming up Labor Day weekend.  The event will be two days this year, with fifteen teams from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana taking part. See you there!

For more information, please contact
Linda Lou Crosby

Photos by Hart Broesel

Ingomar Rodeo 2016

Ingomar Rodeo 2015 Cowboy bucked off bronc
It is Ingomar Rodeo season, and the town is getting ready to welcome contestants and attendees for its Saturday, July 30th, annual, small town rodeo extravaganza.


“Well, I don’t know if we would call it an extravaganza exactly,” said Donald John Cameron, president of the Ingomar Rodeo Committee, “but we sure have some excellent events, riders, and food.”

Added money this year totals $3500. Newman Rodeo and Paul Eiker are bringing their stock. You will see cowpokes match their skills with bucking horses and bulls, team ropers battling the clock, cowgirls racing the barrels, and get to chow down on some of the best polish hotdogs and juicy burgers you ever tasted, available at the cook shack. This year there will also be Ranch Rodeo style Bronc Riding.

Ingomar MT 2015 rodeo getting the bulls ready

“It is a family event,” added Cameron, “The town will be out there in full force welcoming everybody.”

Kids will have their chance at special events as well. As always, the Jersey Lilly is providing an outdoors barbecue and a street dance after the event.

Paul Lansaw plans to come all the way from the Mojave Desert to attend his third annual Ingomar rodeo. “Lookin’ forward to it. Good events – good people – good food,” said Lansaw.

The announcer will be the crowd pleasing, former world champion bareback bronc rider Deb Greenough. Ingomar is an open rodeo. Call Alice at 406-358-2255 to find out more about entering. Come on down.

2016 Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea

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Montana Reynolds pours tea for Cherie Heser of Forsyth.

A bevy of beautiful ladies from 6 to 90-plus came dressed in summer finery and fancy millinery to enjoy a selection of teas and scrumptious treats prepared by Jersey Lilly hostess (and Lilly Langtry stand-in), June Nygren. The occasion was the third annual Old-Fashioned Ladies Tea, held on June 12, 2016 in Ingomar, Montana. Once again, June’s cucumber sandwiches were a big hit as were her lemon bars and other bite-sized delicacies. Tiny sparkling lights, votive candles, and charming floral-themed table settings with real china cups and teapots transformed the rustic Jersey Lilly into a genteel frontier-style tea room. Door prizes and awards for the best hats added to the fun.
And those hats! They were the real stars of the day. June probably said more than a dozen times that she was not a hat-wearer. Usually. Or ever. Nevertheless she found one that suited her for the occasion, a sort of hybrid brown stovepipe-pillbox. She wore it slightly askew with, if not aplomb, then, perhaps one could say, spirited amusement, as she gave a brief presentation about the history of hats through the centuries.
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Mariellen Lee

Five judges were chosen from names in a basket to select winners with the best hats of the afternoon. There were so many pretty ones, both simple and elaborate – handmade, handed-down, historically accurate, regal, and quirky – bedecked with flowers, feathers, ribbons, netting, and more.

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Gina Asay and granddaughter
Mariellen Lee won first place for her hat, and Gina Asay was second. They received teacup baskets with various teas and tea cookies.
The “grand doorprize” went to Arlene Kope. Her basket was a teapot, with various teacups, teas and treats. Other prizes ranged from miniature teacups, to miniature tea sets and trinkets.
When guests were invited to tell the story of their hats, Cherie Heser of Forsyth, who brought members of the Forsyth Ladies Club with her, revealed that her blue satin turban was created from an exact pattern worn by Dolley Madison. “I thoroughly enjoyed not only the blends of tea but the blends of ages,” added Heser.  “Women in their 90’s down to girls in grade school enjoyed the event and contributed either to the group as a whole or to their tablemates. Costumes and hats were delightful, and the whole event was successful for everyone involved.”
A young girl described her last-minute inspiration of asking her grandmother for a feather for her hatband to complement a sprig of fresh-picked flowers. The oldest hat was 100 years old, of stark black ruched silk, with a broad brim. The High-Hatters from Hysham graced one long table, making quite a picture with varied hues of red. One of the group explained that members usually bought their hats, and then decorated them with their own individual touches.
As delighted tea-goers departed, dreams of “next year” were overheard. The lilt in June’s voice as she said goodbye to her guests leads one to imagine that June is already planning next year’s special event.
For more information, please call June Nygren at 406-358-2278.
Photos and story by Adele Field.

Ladies Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea 2016 at the Jersey Lilly

Flyer for Ladies Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea June 12 2016 at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar MT

The Jersey Lilly, in Ingomar, Montana, is having a ladies old-fashioned afternoon tea on June 12th, 2016, and you are invited.

“We have lots of fun with our teas”, said Jersey Lilly owner June Nygren, who is planning various kinds of teas and delicious treats for guests.

“Tea-goers are invited to come in costume, and this year we are giving an award for the finest hat,” said Nygren.

White gloves are not necessary; all tea-goers need is to be prepared to enjoy an afternoon of fun.

“We have lots of great door prizes, too,” added Nygren.

The Jersey Lilly Teas are becoming a yearly tradition. This year marks the third such event. Guests often share “tea stories.” According to Wikipedia, the history of tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. Drinking tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. And the Boot Hill Museum states that the original famous Long Branch Saloon served milk, tea, lemonade, sarsaparilla, alcohol and beer. Tea is a western tradition that the Jersey Lilly is proud to carry forward.

Come to the Jersey Lilly Sunday, June 12th, for an afternoon of fun and fine teas; wonderful people; and delectable goodies.

Doors open at 1:00PM, tickets are $12.00 for tea and crumpets.
Reservations, please call 406-358-2278.

Christmas Poem 2015 by Linda Lou Crosby

Christmas Poem 2015 Ingomar Style by Linda Lou Crosby, Illustration by Andy Atkins.

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The following was reported to have happened in the small town of Ingomar, Montana, population 14, on Christmas Eve, 2015. The Jersey Lilly was shutting down for the night. The town was pretty lit up with twinkling lights of every conceivable color… all the way from the Jersey, to the corrals and out on to the plains. Karen was visiting from Lewistown and Coleen and Pam had dropped in from Melstone. To this day, no one is sure how it all began, but it sure did.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Ingomar Style
OR The Ingomar Christmas Light Incident

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
Lights twinkled and blinkled. They were hung all around.
The ladies had done it, Coleen, Patty and June
On a snow-covered night by the light of the moon.

Karen, Mae and Alice jumped into the fray.
It wouldn’t be dark this fine night, by the way.
Owen Badgett had helped, even though he’s a Grinch;
He’d strung hundreds of lights by the foot and the inch.
He’d been talked into helping, or ordered by Patty.
By now all those ladies had driven him batty.

He snuck off with a headache, a reaction to lights,
And the town settled in, enjoying the night.
When out at the Jersey there arose such a clatter,
Ladies sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
When what to their wondering eyes should appear, but Santa’s red sleigh,
And a fine team of reindeer.

Dasher and Donner and Comet and Blitzen were tangled in lights,
And needed some fixin’
They were backwards and forwards. It was quite a wreck.
And Santa was stuck in his sleigh. ”What the heck?”
“The nice thing,” thought Karen, who was visiting the place,
“Is that you can probably see Santa all the way out in Space.”

It was quite a scene, a Christmas-time gaffe,
Alice couldn’t help it, she started to laugh.
She started to chuckle and just couldn’t stop.
Alice had taken it over the top.

Folks were stunned for a moment, as you can most likely guess,
Then Patty took over to sort out the mess.
June made the cider, heated up for the group,
And Mae took some light strings and built her a loop.
Mae gathered those reindeer like the teamster she was,
And Pam and Coleen started working on Claus.
They tugged him and pulled him and there was a pop.
Finally Santa was free and the gals didn’t stop.
They fed him some cider, and smoothed out his beard.
Christmas would happen, not as they’d feared.

They’d all learned a lesson as Santa took flight.
Lights should be a bit subtle on Christmas eve night.
A deep sigh was heard, as Santa went on his way.
The reindeer built to the night and carried that sleigh.

They heard Santa exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.”
Ho, Ho, ho

(Alice laughs then fades out…)

Illustration by Andy Atkins