Summer 2019: Cool Weather, Hot Business

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Summer isn’t quite over, though the nights are getting chillier and the days are getting shorter. With September still ahead, the tourist season continues to move forward, but the season’s busiest months indicate that summer 2019 will be a big one for the Flathead Valley.Instead of wildfire smoke plumes filling the sky and darkening the sun, the valley saw rain nearly every week — according to the National Weather Service, July saw 14 days with measurable precipitation.The cooler weather certainly didn’t chill tourism activity: Businesses had some their busiest stretches ever, occupancy rates at local hotels were up, and the airport increased already record-breaking passenger numbers by 25 percent.“I’m pretty sure (a couple weeks ago) was close to the busiest week we’ve ever had,” said Andy Maetzold, chef at the Buffalo Café in Whitefish. “It’s been a busy summer, but (two weeks ago) specifically was really for us weather dependent.”Maetzold said the summer rush hasn’t been overwhelming in the sense that they can’t handle the crowds or the crush, but rather that the stream of people flowing into the restaurant has been ever-steady since April.“It didn’t feel any busier than it usually is, it’s just that there’s no break in it. I’d look up at 2 p.m. when we close and we’d have to turn people away at the door,” he said. “Typically in August it’s hot and sunny; this happened to be a random cold and rainy three days that were already going to be busy no matter what.”Jandy Cox, owner at Rocky Mountain Outfitter in Kalispell, said July was the shop’s busiest July on record, even if it only broke the record by a little bit.“July was our busiest July on record, it’s been pretty steady, and definitely busier when it’s raining,” Cox said.Traffic in Kalispell has been great, he said, and even though Glacier National Park visitation is down about 3 percent this summer from last year, that’s 3 percent off of massively record-breaking years. July’s visitors brought the year total to 1,806,913, down 3.2 percent from July 2018, but still more than 600,000 people than this time in 2009.It’s been so busy that Cox said they’ve not felt the impact of REI opening, when stores in similar positions warned that RMO would likely see about a 20 percent drop in business.“It just hasn’t been a factor,” Cox said.At Glacier Park International Airport, passenger numbers are sky high, and Airport Director Rob Ratkowski said the airport coordinated closely with all the airlines flying in and out of here to make the schedule work while the airport heads toward a major expansion.“It was the busiest summer in the history of the airport,” Ratkowski said.July 2019 saw 60,470 passengers get on planes and 60,041 passengers arrive at GPIA, for a total of 120,511 people in the airport all month. Last year, July’s total was 97,149, meaning 2019 had an increase of 25.3 percent.That increase is largely due to airlines sending bigger planes on these routes, Ratkowski said, but the numbers don’t account for empty seats — all the planes are 90 to 95 percent full.On Big Mountain, Whitefish Mountain Resort had major increases in mountain bike ridership, according to WMR spokesperson Riley Polumbus. Last year, the mountain had 8,849 biking visitors.“This year we’re tracking ahead of last year, up 12 percent,” Polumbus said.And the unfinished 2019 season has already outpaced all of 2017.“We just keep adding to the bike park and we’re doing a good job with it, the trails are in good shape, we’re getting a really good reputation,” she said.Hotel occupancy numbers are mostly up from 2018, and the representatives from local convention and visitors bureaus said the valley is still trying to figure out how to effectively count short-term rental stays to go along with the increase in hotel rooms.“July was up, which is saying a lot for Whitefish and Kalispell, considering all the additional inventory we have,” said Diane Medler of the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau. “There are so many choices now of where to stay that some months we see that variable play out. July was super strong, and we’ll see what August holds.”Dylan Boyle of the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau said Whitefish hotel occupancy was up 6 percent in July, and April and May also increased by 7 percent. June had a minor decrease of 3 percent, Boyle said, but the average daily rate paid for hotel rooms was up from last year so it mostly evened out.“Because of the increase in supply, really there had been a drop in rate which is difficult for business owners and also doesn’t really demonstrate the value we have in our product,” Boyle said.Maetzold, with Buffalo Café, said most people he’s spoken with in the service industry think the summer’s weather was great, especially when compared to fire seasons.“It wasn’t super hot, it wasn’t super cold, and it hasn’t gotten smoky yet,” he said. “I’d be surprised if people had a not-great summer, business-wise.” Emaillast_img read more

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Ain’t Too Proud Tony Nominee Derrick Baskin on Oprah Being ‘Auntie O’ & More

first_img Derrick Baskin  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 24:51Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -24:51 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Derrick Baskin in Aint Too Proud (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Shows Due to Baskin portraying a living member of The Temptations, he has had the opportunity to meet and continue to learn from the man who started it all. “He’ll text or call maybe every couple of weeks to make sure that I’m healthy and doing all right,” said Baskin of his relationship with Williams. “There’s just nothing like getting to know the real Otis Williams. He’s such a warm guy, and he’s very proud of what The Temptations have accomplished. He always visits and and every time he comes he has a new story to tell and and I’ll put those into the show. It’s an honor to tell this story.”Audiences can’t resist flocking to the Imperial Theatre to see the songs and dance moves of The Temptations, and sometimes those audiences include A-List celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. “We were told to stay after the show and as I walk on stage, Oprah Winfrey walks right towards me from the other side,” Baskin said. “I had no idea she was there. they tell us that someone’s coming but I never like to know who. All of us would have freaked out and been stuttering on stage if we knew it was her. She just really loved the show, she called us superb and she loved the entire production and cast. That kind of support from someone like Oprah is good stuff. I got my own picture with Oprah. This was the opportunity and i took it. I call Otis ‘Uncle O,’ and Oprah is like my favorite auntie so I called her ‘Auntie O’. All the extended family.” Star Files from $49.00center_img Landing his first Tony nomination had Baskin reminiscing about his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, in which he appeared with fellow Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger of To Kill a Mockingbird. “We saw each other at a press junket the day after all the nominations came out and we we found each other and just gave each other the biggest hug,” Baskin said of reuniting with Keenan-Bolger. “Jesse [Tyler] Ferguson, who was also in Spelling Bee, came to the show, too. Spelling Bee really truly was an ensemble show. It’s kind of similar to the five of us Temptations because we have to be a unit like we were a unit in Spelling Bee. Much more dancing, less spelling.”Be sure to see Baskin in Ain’t Too Proud, playing at the Imperial Theatre.Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below! Derrick Baskin is currently giving a Tony-nominated performance as Otis Williams, the sole living original member of hit Motown group The Temptations, in Ain’t Too Proud, which received 12 total Tony nominations, including Best Musical. “As an artist, to be recognized for the work that you do there’s no greater compliment,” Baskin said to Beth Stevens in a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “We don’t do theater to get recognition; to do the show is its own reward. To be recognized for this particular work means the world to me because I’ve never had to do this amount of work to make a role successful. I’ve never had to memorize so much dialogue, I’ve never carried a show, I’ve never lead in the show. This is all new territory and it required me to really study and to stay grounded. It just feels really good.” Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations Derrick Baskin (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) View Commentslast_img read more

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Hearts National Chapters Committee organises health walk

first_imgAlhaji Amadu Braimah, Chairman of the National Chapters Committee of Accra Hearts of Oak football club, has called on the supporters to unite and work hard to enable the club to regain its glory as one of the best in Africa.He said unity and hard work plays a very important role in all aspects of life and that without it, no club or society could achieve progress.Alhaji Braimah made the call at the end of a Health Walk held in Accra on Saturday, as part of activities marking the 97th anniversary celebrations of the football club.The walk, which started from the Club’s Secretariat at Adabraka went through some principal streets of Accra and ended at the Secretariat.Alhaji Braimah said the dismal performance put up by the club this season could only be reversed through “unity and hard work”.“You should come together and champion the cause of unity,” he said, adding that, “you should also contribute your quota in whatever way for the club to chalk victories”. The NCC Chairman asked the Ghana Football Association to provide video coverage of all premier league matches, to track hooligans, whose aim, he said, was to bring the game into disrepute.He also appealed to match officials to be fair, in order to avoid the agitation of supporters and mistrust between them and the clubs.Alhaji Braimah expressed the hope that with hard work the club would win the 2008/2009 Premier League.Source: GNAlast_img read more

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