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Thursday Travel: Thermopolis Hosts Vintage Hat Show This Weekend

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Call them what you want — hats, lids, chapeaus — there is no denying that the things people put on top of their heads have always been works of fashion.

So it makes sense that when a museum wants to host a fashion show, it looks to the tops of our heads.

The Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center in Thermopolis will host a “Vintage Hat Show” on Saturday featuring models wearing more than a century’s worth of hats collected by the museum over the years.

Marian Bender, a curator for the museum and the event’s organizer, said the idea for the show came to her when she was helping to put away hats from the 1950s donated to the museum.

“Then I found out we had a lot of different hats,” she said. “I thought ‘We need to show these.’”

An estimated 24 hats will be worn by models on the stage at the museum, with Bender providing narration explaining the features and history of each hat, along with a description of the materials used and acknowledgement of the donor.

The oldest hat on display will be a “picture hat,” a very large lady’s hat, from 1907. Also on display will be a bowler hat worn by a Thermopolis resident during his wedding in 1914 and a straw “boater,” a hat with a flat top and brim, from the 1920s.

Many of the hats will come from the 1940s and 1950s, Bender said.

“That really was the heyday, there were so many different styles,” she said.

The newest hat, from the 1960s, is a mink “cloche,” a fitted, bell-shaped hat, Bender said.

In addition, the show will feature many cowboy hats used through the years, she said.

Bender said the number of hats that will be shown will depend somewhat on the models available.

“If we don’t have the right-sized head to put it on, we can’t show the hats,” she said.

Models for the event are coming from across the community.

“I just opened it up,” she said. “We’ve got high school kids to older folks. Of course, I recruited my fellow (museum) staffers. We’ve got a couple members of our board. It’s really hard to find guys, though. They’re too bashful.”

The hat show will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum. For more information, visit

Other events scheduled for the weekend:

The Wyoming Outdoor Weekend and Expo 2021 in Lander on Saturday;
The Cheyenne Fine Art Exchange, where art lovers can trade their services for original pieces of art, at the Cheyenne Depot on Friday and Saturday;
Joshua’s First Days of Summer Block Party, featuring food, crafts, art vendors and live music at Joshua’s Storehouse in Casper;
The Trail Mix Run at Mike Sedar Park in Casper on Saturday;
The Firefighters 5K Obstacle Race, featuring an open house of the Rawlins Fire Department, on Saturday;
The Quarantine Showdown Livestock Show in Buffalo Friday through Sunday;
The Eaton Horse Drive through downtown Sheridan on Sunday, and
The Campbell County Shootout shooting contest at Gillette’s Cam-Plex on Saturday and Sunday.

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Wyoming Ranked One of the Top Places to Travel in 2021

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Travel Wyoming, the state’s tourism office, is “honored” to have been chosen as one of the top 50 places to travel in 2021 by Travel + Leisure magazine.

The magazine placed Wyoming at No. 50 apparently because its writers believe in saving the best for last. The entry about Wyoming in the magazine praised the small population, Wyoming’s beautiful state parks, the rodeos and much more.

“No one could have dreamed up a better marketing plan for Wyoming than social distancing,” the magazine said. “The country’s least-populated state has only six people per square mile, meaning it’s not only easy, but natural to stay safely apart.”

Piper Singer, spokeswoman for Travel Wyoming, told Cowboy State Daily it was an honor for the state to be placed among the magazine’s top 50 destinations and that visitors should thoughtfully consider that when making their travel plans this year.

“We know Wyoming will be on a lot of travelers’ minds this year as we saw the revival of the ‘Great American road trip’ this past summer as folks looked to explore the outdoors,” Singer said. “While Wyoming may be best known for our iconic national parks, some of the greatest outdoor experiences can be found in some of the lesser-known areas, including our 12 state parks, eight forests and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails.”

Singer urged visitors to be mindful of their impact on public lands, maintain a safe distance when viewing wildlife and visit the state’s lesser known attractions.

“We also encourage visitors to expand their trip route and explore the many hidden gems of Wyoming, which are often found in small towns all across the state,” she said.

Some of the other locations on the top 50 list included the U.S. National Parks (of which Wyoming has two), the Rocky Mountains (which Wyoming is near) and Denver’s Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood, which is also near Wyoming.

Basically, the article is telling you to visit Wyoming, which is the best message we can ask for.

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Travel Wyoming: Wyoming History On Ice In Store For Cheyenne Visitors

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A depiction of Wyoming historical highlights on ice awaits people who visit Cheyenne’s Ice and Events Center this weekend.

On Saturday, the center’s 23 ice skating students will put on their annual performance, this year titled “Skating Through Wyoming: A Historical Ice Skating Musical.”

“It’s kind of a yearly thing we do to show off what the skaters have learned in the year,” said Taylor Bassett, the Ice and Events Center’s program and event coordinator. “The coaches thought that because of the historic events Wyoming celebrated this year and last year, we would do some Wyoming things and then make it more musical and theatrical.”

The center’s students, ranging in age from 4 to 18, will take part in performances depicting important points in Wyoming’s history, such as women winning the right to vote.

The students at the center, which is involved in the national “Learn to Skate” program, will perform in groups, as duos and as soloists in putting on the show, Bassett said.

“We’re starting from the beginning, with Native Americans and the history with them and working our way up to more modern day stuff,” she said.

Similar programs are held each year as the center nears the end of its ice season, Bassett said.

Doors at the Ice and Events Center will open for the performance at 6 p.m., with the show scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

For more information, visit Cheyenne’s events page at
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