Chugwater is nestled next to I-25 along the Chugwater Creek. We offer a friendly community with both natural beauty and opportunity. Located only 20 minutes from Wheatland, to the north, and 45 minutes from Cheyenne, to the south Chugwater offers great access to local population centers.
This is your last chance to hear "Steel Guitar Rag" played on the autoharp this year. Don't miss it. Had a great jam session last Thursday, guitars, banjo, dobro, harmonica, fiddle, autoharp, and upright base. When did you last see a band like that? Should be a great jam this week too. Mer
Hi, Bunky's back. We only get to have Bunky once a year so don't miss him. If you are considering coming to the Chugwater acoustic jam September 4 & 5, I would appreciate it if you would let me know so I can get an idea of attendance. I don't want a commitment, just an estimate. The Stampede jams are still a lot of fun. Come and join us.Thanks, Mer
The Chugwater Acoustic Jam is looking great. If you have concern about the virus, playing in the park should be safe. You may want to bring chairs and a canopy for shade if you have one. Some may want to bring their RV if staying overnight. The Buffalo Lodge has both motel rooms and RV spaces, 307-422-3248 and Steve Kelly has some RV spaces, 307-287-1866. Credit card machines and ATM are limited so please bring cash for making any purchases. If you wished to set up a vendor space for any products you would like to display or sell, there should be plenty of space to do so. This may be a great opportunity to find a musician you need for your band or to find a band you could join. It will be a very relaxed event and many musicians will probably move from one group to another seeing old friends and making new ones. Your friends and relatives will enjoy a great variety of talent, music and instruments. Even if you don't play, you can probably sing along. Email me with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you. Mer
If you ever lived here at all even for a few months or a year, Chugwater may have somehow lodged in your heart. It doesn’t look like much anymore if you’re just driving through but the deep heart of things here is still very much alive.
In this so very uncertain time of pandemic viruses and economic deep freeze, here’s what’s happening around here in our little corner of southeast Wyoming.
First, there is a food pantry set up in the Community Center just off Main Street. It’s open to anyone and everyone from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just come by and take what you need; no strings. If you have extra, you’re welcome to contribute as well.
Second, a group has formed called Chugwater Community Cares. These folks have taken a great idea from another little Wyoming town, Guernsey, and developed a set of window cards for each household (and now to include country folks on the mail route). The cards are meant to be posted in a window visible from the street (or the mailbox in the case of country folks). One card is green with a “thumbs up” image to indicate that all’s well. Another is yellow and says “Need Some Things.” If this is posted, somebody will contact the resident to see if prescriptions or groceries, etc., are needed. Another card is bright red and says “Need Help!” A mail delivery person goes past almost every house six days a week so the signs will be noted.
Thirdly, we’re really trying to support our local businesses where we can by calling in food orders for take-out and by keeping in touch with our neighbors by phone, text and email. Thank goodness for those opportunities!
Lastly, some of us are planning ever bigger gardens. Folks, this situation isn’t going to be over anytime soon and we need to hearken back to our pioneer forebears and take our own well-being into our own hands. I still keep a pot of sourdough bread starter that I’ve used for almost thirty years. Do you want to learn how to make bread? Call me and I’ll share the starter.
Now, go make soup with whatever’s looking a little tired in your fridge.
They extended our closing until April 17. We are doing take-out but are short on entertainment. The karaoke and song-writing contests will be rescheduled when we can get back to operating normally. I can't accomplish much on the Music Festival. I was getting real good response from sponsors but am shut down there also. I do think the festival will be a great success. Everyone with cabin fever can come out and enjoy it. Mini concerts and in home concerts seem to be one of the popular things developing and I am looking into that as a possibility for CWB to promote. If you come up with suggestions and brilliant ideas, let me know. Thanks, Mer.
COUNTRY WESTERN BLUEGRASS
MUSIC ASSOCIATION INC.
INITIATING AND ADMINISTRATING
The Chugwater Music Fest
Date & Time: August 14 & 15, 2020, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. each day
Location: Chugwater Wyoming Municipal Park
Agenda: Feature entertainers 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. each day. Other entertainers performing 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. in one hour segments each day.
Facilities: Entertainment shall be in a 40' x 40' tent with a 12' x 20' stage and seating. A sound system will be provided.
Entertainment: Entertainment will primarily be country, western and bluegrass music. A variety of other musical genres may be included. Only featured entertainers shall be paid and many talented entertainers have volunteered, desiring to showcase their talents.
Vendor Spaces: 10' x 10' vendor spaces on grass will be available for both food and commercial vendors. These spaces shall also be available for entertainers to showcase, perform and sell CDs, etc.
Admissions and Fees: Adults will pay $20. per day admission and children $10. per day. Vendor space shall be $50. for commercial and food vendors and $20. for entertainers. An extra charge shall be made if electricity and water is required.
Chugwater,WY was voted to have the best tasting water in Wyoming! Next stop is the national competition in Washington, D.C. February 2018.
Way to go Steve Kelley! Thanks for being a great employee for the town of Chugwater and making our water so great!!
The Town of Chugwater received The 2015 Wyoming Outstanding Arbor Day Award as well as a 10-year award for being a Tree City USA. These awards were accepted on April 27, 2015 at the State Supreme Court Building South Lawn presented by the Wyoming State Forestry Division.