Closing Bare

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who attended Bare. I sincerely hope that, upon leaving the theatre, that you had been effected by its message. I appreciate your support while others fought or turned their backs against what this show stands for. 

I am very proud of our production, and that we produced such a piece in our town of Kalispell. Yes, this show could impact millions of people in New York City, L.A., etc., but it is even more important to bring pieces like this to the small towns of America. We knew there would be backlash for producing a show that included such support for homosexuality, but everyone involved believed strongly in our show, as well as what is right. 

Personally, I wanted to be a part of this show for this reason. I unconditionally believe in equal rights for all human beings, regardless of sexuality. I was proud of the fact that we changed the state mentioned in “Wedding Bells” from Massachusetts to New York in celebration of their legalization of gay marriage. I didn’t think I could love New York more than I already did. I want my friends to have the same rights that I have. I want my best friend to marry his boyfriend without needing people to vote if it’s legal or not, or without people telling them that they’re horrible people who are going to hell. I can’t help but tell those people to fuck off. In my opinion, the world is seriously off-kilter, but I have faith that it’ll get better. 

Beyond all of that, the process for the show was great. I was lucky enough to be working with some of my best friends. I knew this would probably be the last show I’d ever do in Kalispell, and I wanted to soak it all in. New York has got so much, but it doesn’t have these people. I love them so much, it literally hurts me to know the show is over. To know that I am leaving them again in just a few weeks. As long as I was doing the show, I still had them, and I didn’t have to leave them. Now, it’s seems like I’m leaving tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, I want to go back to the city, but can I at least bring them back with me? Especially Shane. I’ve spent practically everyday of the past two months with him, and every time I think of hopping on a plane to separate us by 2500 miles, I can’t help but break down in tears. Now is no exception. And when I do think about it, I don’t want to leave. I want to keep myself right here in Kalispell. I’m not used to being so attached to people, except for Sasha and my family, but it’s killing me. 

But, anyway, I’d like to thank everyone involved especially those people who hugged me everyday, and my gay men for putting up with my incessant flirting. I love you all so much. And thanks again to everyone who came to support us. You have no idea how much that meant to us. <3

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Poplar trees are relatively quick growing, short lived trees and include cottonwood and aspen. An Oregon company is growing them to sell for biomass and building, and is looking at which variety of hybrid poplars grow best in different climates. Katrin Frye reports Flathead Valley Community College hosts one of the company’s test sites, the only one operating in Montana.

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Two “Giving Trees” at the Flathead Valley Community College aim to get Christmas presents to children in foster care this holiday. F-V-C-C’s Service Learning and Campus Corps office teams up with the Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, each year to set up the giving trees. The college started collecting gifts at the end of November, and the deadline is Friday. Katrin Frye reports many ornaments remain, especially for teens.

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