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A Tree from the Kootenai National Forest is heading to DC

 

The Kootenai National Forest was selected this year to provide the Capitol tree, this is the second time the Kootenai Forest has provided the Capitol Christmas tree, and the 3rd time for the State of Montana.  The tree selected for this year is a 79’ foot Engelmann Spruce and will be cut on November 8, 2017.  Along with this large tree, the State of Montana and US Forest Service provides 70 companion trees that will be placed in various offices in Washington DC.  Ornaments and tree skirts are also provided for each tree, and all of these have to graciously made and donated by several Montana residents, civic organizations and schools. This is quite an honor for the Kootenai National Forest and State of Montana to be chosen to adorn the Capitol West lawn with this Christmas Tree, and in celebration, the route to Washington DC includes several towns within the State to help us celebrate. The Kootenai National Forest, in partnership with Choose Outdoors is proud to bring this special gem from Montana to Washington D.D. for the 2017 Holiday season.  The cost of sending the tree to Washington DC is covered primarily through partnerships.  In the past, sponsors have provided transportation, gas and marketing products among other things to help raise money for events.

 

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre chosen to accompany the Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington DC this December, 2017!

Missoula, MT(6/29/2017)  Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season.  This year, a tree from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana has been chosen, and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre (RMBT) has been selected to celebrate the journey through Montana and in DC.  This invitation comes from the National Forest Service in partnership with the non-profit Choose Outdoors.  

The tree will be cut in November and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition, which includes a series of community celebrations that RMBT will perform at and culminates with the official tree lighting in early December.  RMBT will bring a Montana program to Washington DC performing for the tree lighting ceremony on the Capitol Lawn, the Congressional reception, the Forest Service Chief’s reception and sponsor and partner recognition events.    

The Montana program includes an Intertribal Pow Wow, the Montana Stampede-- a kickline of cowgirls, the Timberline tap number and the Wild Montana Turkey hip hop ballerina--who has flown around the globe representing Montana since 2008.  We will present poetry from Montana children set to contemporary dance, our Montana state song, a contemporary pas de deux and a very special ballet created for the Capitol Tree celebration “The Montana Engelmann Spruce.”  

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre is honored to share our heritage the passion we have for the American West and specifically Montana this holiday season in Washington DC.   

From Charlene Campbell Carey, Artistic Director,

We will celebrate RMBT’s 20th year in Missoula in 2018.  This series of events honoring nature reflects our deepconnection to this place and what it represents. Our ballets and cultural footprints express Montana’s open spaces, open minds, open dialogues.  We are, through dance, pioneers in interpretation of life and landscape in the American West.

We are grateful for this opportunity to tell the story of the Kootenai National Forest, the great state of Montana and the tree's journey to the US Capitol in 2017.  We are very happy to accept the invitation and are looking forward to all aspects of this collaboration. 

RMBT is selling commemorative pins and christmas tree ornaments honoring the Big Sky Tree as a fundraiser to help with costs related to travel, costumes and preparation for the performances.  Pins and ornaments are $10 and can be puchased at RMBT.

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From the US Forest Service:

The Kootenai National Forest was selected this year to provide the Capitol tree, this is the second time the Kootenai Forest has provided the Capitol Christmas tree, and the 3rd time for the State of Montana.  The tree selected for this year is a 79’ foot Engelmann Spruce and will be cut on November 8, 2017.  Along with this large tree, the State of Montana and US Forest Service provides 70 companion trees that will be placed in various offices in Washington DC.  Ornaments and tree skirts are also provided for each tree, and all of these have to graciously made and donated by several Montana residents, civic organizations and schools.

This is quite an honor for the Kootenai National Forest and State of Montana to be chosen to adorn the Capitol West lawn with this Christmas Tree, and in celebration, the route to Washington DC includes several towns within the State to help us celebrate. 

RMBT current schedule for Washington DC:

December 4 - Performance at the Chinese Embassy for Ambassador Cui Tiankai and guests.

 

December 5 - Performance for the Chief of the US Forest Service Thomas L Tidwell

December 7 - Our Salish-Kootenai dancers perform at the Smithsonian's Museum of the Native American.