By Andi Bourne

"A Western Burlesque" comes to Seeley Lake this Friday


January 23, 2020

SEELEY LAKE – When Ginger Williams presented the idea to bring “the show back, have some fun in January and get people’s mind off of winter” to the Seeley Lake Area Chamber, Executive Director Lisa Hayhurst was quick to tell her the Chamber would sponsor the event.

“That is when the idea started rolling,” said Williams who has been working on the show since November.

The community is in for a night of fun and laughter at their year’s Winterfest 2020 “A Western Burlesque” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Tickets are $15 per person at the door which will open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the Seeley Lake Elementary School and the Seeley Lake Meals on Wheels program.

The setting is a saloon in the west in the late 1800s. Williams chose a burlesque as a spoof on the west bringing in humor as a focal point.

Williams put together 18 members of the community for the show. Saloon owner Jerry O’Connell will interact with 10 different groups who are guaranteed to tickle the funny bone while dancing, playing music and conversing at the saloon.

“My whole goal is to make it fun for the people in the show and funny for the people in the audience,” said Williams. “I’m also hoping we will be able to make enough money to donate to these two organizations.”

During the show, attendees can enjoy desserts and drinks from the Chamber’s watering hole. Coffee, beer, wine and a “Rootin’ Tootin’ Sarsaparilla Whiskey” will be available for donation. There will also be a silent auction for the desserts.


The Chamber is still looking for donated desserts for the event. Bakers are asked to bring two of the same dessert for the evening – one to be tasted during the event and the other for the silent auction. Desserts can be dropped off between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday at the Community Hall. For more information or to sign up call Hayhurst at 406-422-2323.

“It’s going to be a fun show and just a fun evening you don’t want to miss,” said Hayhurst. “There are so many people coming together to make this happen. It is just fantastic.”


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