Leaving aside personal taste, it's impossible to deny the impressiveness of the Elk Antler Arches that frame the Town Square of Jackson Hole. These imposing landmarks, one of which stands at each corner of George Washington Memorial Park, the official name of the square, have been instantly recognizable Jackson icons for more than a half century.
What's the only way to fuel the frenzy of the opening day of Christmas shopping season? Caffeine. And there's no better caffeine in Jackson Hole than The Bunnery's. We've been serving Starbuck's great coffee from their expertly roasted beans for years in everything from high-octane espresso to our recently introduced Frappuccino flavors, the smash hit of last summer.
To help you get through this taxing day of shopping, schlepping and shelling out, stop in on Friday before you run out of steam. Mention this blog for a free small black coffee on us in recognition of Black Friday (and your abused feet). If your sugar level's getting low, we can fix that, too.
Last Tuesday, on October 23rd, the results of Old Bill's Fun Run were announced at the Old Bill's Awards Party held at Jackson's National Museum of Wildlife Art. Amazingly, in an economy still on uncertain footing, the 2012 run raised $8,352,953, more than $600,000 over the record donations raised in 2011. Nearly 3,000 donors contributed to this remarkable effort benefiting a broad spectrum of over 200 Jackson Hole nonprofits. Among the contributors were 45 Co-Challengers and Friends of the Match who made individual gifts of $25,000 or in some cases considerably more to augment the half-million dollar foundation gift from Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill. The Jackson Hole Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service drew 510 donors, the largest number of benefactors for a cause. With the completion of its sixteenth event, Old Bill's Fun Run has cumulatively raised and redistributed nearly $91 million to local charities.
Founded in 1938, the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is Jackson's oldest non-profit organization. Its goal is to promote fun, fitness and sportsmanship in young athletes through training, academic support, and competition. Each year it raises over $350,000 for programs and scholarships that bring affordable snow sports to Jackson youth through memberships, sponsorships, contributions and a series of annual fundraising events.
A short walk up North Cache from The Bunnery, you'll find the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum. The Museum was founded in 1958, and the Historical Society in 1965. The two were merged in 1989. Originally a private museum to display the collection of W.C. "Slim" Lawrence, the present space was provided by Homer Richards, a friend of Lawrence and owner of the Pap Deloney store, built in 1906. The two began with objects for sale to generate revenue and 'curiosities' for exhibit.
Old Bill's Fun Run 2012 was a huge success, with over 3,000 people turning out to run, walk or watch on behalf of Jackson charitable causes supported by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole! A glorious blue sky and spectacular weather set the scene for the day's events. Boy Scout Troop #268 was hard at work keeping riots from breaking out over a dwindling supply of Bunnery granola yogurt parfaits, and spectators of all feathers enjoyed the fun.
You know those double-decker sightseeing buses that take you around major cities in all the traffic fumes? Well, Jackson Hole does it much better. You might get a few fumes, but they won't be exhaust . . . exactly. Every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Jackson Hole Stagecoach takes passengers on a ten-minute tour of the historic, cultural and recreational attractions of beautiful downtown Jackson. And The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant is on the route!
On a first trip to Jackson Hole, the spectacular Antler Arch makes someone like me, a city girl, wonder how many elk it took to build. As it turns out, just like in the movies, no elk were harmed in the making of this arch.