The I-90 Collective presents Venezia: Sonatas Transalpinas

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Join the I-90 Collective tracing the inestimable influence of virtuoso Venetian musicians into the south of Germany, through the hardwood forest to Innsbruch, and into England via an adopted manuscript of excellent Italian madrigals. Sublimity and honesty characterize gorgeous works by Vivaldi, Purcell, Becker, and other seventeenth century gems.

Founded in 2009 on the interstate highway that links Seattle, WA and Bozeman, MT, the Collective of two violins, cello, and lute are busy baroque soloists who perform extensively across the country and abroad with many of America’s leading period-instrument ensembles.

Having performed on concert series from Seattle to Syracuse, the ensemble entertains audiences with lively, and interactive performances in intimate venues.

Tickets are $20 and available for advance purchase on The Root & The Bloom’s Square site:


The PerChance Players Summer Recital

Perchance Players Summer Recital

The Clark Chateau is proud to host The Perchance Players in a summer recital, a celebration of classic American music, from folk songs to jazz standards to showtunes. Join us in the ballroom to celebrate the work of Frankee Angel’s music students, with delectable baked goods for sale provided by For Heaven’s Cakes! Free admission, though a $5 suggested donation is cheerfully welcomed.

Student Performers:
Natalie Best
Charli Cox
Kaylee Kent
Kyle Joseph Kinsey
Toni Montana
Jim Moyle
Olivia Osmun
Jack Prigge
Ella Prigge
Melissa Wanamaker

With guest performers Callison Stratton and Nkokhelo Nhlaka Msomi!

Folk Festival Weekend: Updated Hours

Hello all! We’re so excited to welcome the thousands of people who will flood into Butte for the 10th annual Montana Folk Festival this weekend! Because of this wonderful event, our hours will be:

Thursday, July 6th: 12pm – 4pm

Friday, July 7th: 12pm – 4pm

Saturday July 8th: CLOSED

Sunday July 9th: CLOSED

We are adjusting our hours so that our staff, volunteers and interns can enjoy the festival. However, we will open our doors to anyone who reserves a tour in advance! Email us at by Friday, July 7th at 5:00pm to reserve a tour for Saturday or Sunday. 

Drink of the Wise: Official Menu!

We’re excited to finally announce our menu! This gorgeous, internationally inspired feast was concocted by our Chef Daniel Hogan, who created each dish to match its tea (from Lake Missoula Tea Company) perfectly. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are marked.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

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Here is the plain-text version of the menu:


Lapsang Souchong

Black tea roasted over pine wood logs, resulting in a rich, smoky flavor

paired with

Sweet Naxi Baba (v)

Traditional flatbread from Yunnan, China filled with rose jam and pine nuts


Kuki Cha

A nutty, sweet green tea low in caffeine, made by the Top Tea Connoisseur of Japan

paired with

Poached Trout (gf)

Montana-raised trout with nasturtiums and herbs on a rice cracker


Hand-Rolled Purple

A robust and full-bodied purple tea with antibacterial and antioxidant properties, comparable in taste to green tea

paired with

Spiced Lamb Skewers (gf)


Assam Chai

A bright, malty black tea with ginger, cardamom, and other bold Indian spices

paired with

Potato Curry (gf, v)

wrapped in a chard leaf


Big Sky Black

A bold blend of Kenyan, Chinese and Sri Lankan black breakfast teas

paired with

Cheese & Cookies

Locally sourced cheeses and Earl Grey shortbread cookies


Black Currant Tea

A rich black tea with black currant leaves and currant pieces, reminiscent of Russian tea houses and scones

paired with

Creamed Morels and Rhubarb (v)

Served on rye toast


Easy Does It Herbal

A bright blend of spearmint, lemongrass, elderberries, rosebuds, linden flowers, chamomile, orange peel, and red raspberry leaf

paired with

Fresh Fruit & Handmade Sweets (v, gf)

Tickets on Sale Now for “Drink of the Wise,” The Chateau’s Annual Fundraiser

Tea Party Ladies

Join us for a midsummer night’s tea party, featuring teas from around the world selected by Lake Missoula Tea Company, and an accompanying meal catered by Chef Daniel Hogan. Learn about the history and social value of tea from expert speakers, and help us raise money to support both the programs at the Historic Clark Chateau and the hungry in our community.

When: Saturday, June 24th at 6:00pm

Where: The Historic Clark Chateau

Ticket Price: $40/ individual; $75/ couple

Tickets are now available at the Clark Chateau and the Butte Archives during opening hours, or online at:

Life in Miniature: Exhibit Opening Reception

SUNDAY, MAY 21st: Join us for the official opening of The Clark Chateau’s new exhibit, “Life in Miniature,” a retrospective of dolls and dollhouses, both international and local. The opening reception will feature a lecture on the history dolls with antique dealer and doll specialist Brian Mogren, followed by a panel discussion made up of local Butte historians, sociologists and miniature enthusiasts. Doors open at 12pm for guests to explore the exhibit before the lecture begins at 2pm. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served.

Suggested $10 Donation

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Summer 2017 Season!

We’re excited to announce our re-opening for the Summer 2017 Season!

The Clark Chateau’s summer season will begin on Friday May 5th, 5:00pm to 9:00pm for Uptown Art Walk, then Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm. This will mark the opening of our new permanent exhibit, “Ring Down the Drop: The Arts & Cultural History of Butte,” and our May/June gallery exhibit, “100 Years: A Community Art Show.” After that, we will be open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm through the end of October. 

We will be offering one guided tour per day starting at 1:00pm, led by the knowledgeable and multitalented Frankee Angel. However, she may appear in a different form, depending on the day. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also call ahead (406-565-5600) to reserve a spot on the tour.

The Chateau has seen incredible growth this year, doubling our visitorship during the off-season with more events, activities, classes and rentals. Now our summer schedule is full up with more fundraising events, guests from our Speaker Series, performances from The Ballroom Players play development series, and more. Click the link below to download our full schedule:

Summer 2017 Schedule

The Mining City Writing Project: Megan McNamer, Nov. 14-20

All of us at the Clark Chateau are so excited to host author Megan McNamer as our first writer-in-residence as part of the Mining City Writing Project! MCWP is a program of The Root & The Bloom Collective, and is sponsored by Humanities Montana, The Montana Standard, the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and the County of Butte-Silver Bow.  megan-mcnamer-2-for-blp-2-e1435186207241

Megan McNamer’s novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Her essays have appeared in Salon,Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The Miami Herald) andIslands Magazine, and she has won finalist and semi-finalist awards fromNew Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans
Writing Contest for Study Abroad, the Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, and Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for 2016.

She has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington and studies and performs Balinese music as a member of the Missoula, Montana community gamelan, Manik Harum.

Megan will be in Butte November 14 – 20 and will lead a youth workshop, a lecture at the Butte Archives, and will give a reading of her work at the Chateau. To stay in the loop about her goings-on while in Butte, please “like” the MCWP page on Facebook or subscribe to this blog!

The End of Another Great Season!

Thank you to all of our supporters who made the 2016 season such a wild success! From our start-of-season “Remembering the Rising” series  to our brand new Reader’s Theater group, The Ballroom Players, to our second annual Chateau Summer Internship, this season has seen an amazing blossoming of community engagement here at the Chateau. Additionally, our resident non-profit organization, The Root & The Bloom Collective, received their 501(c)(3) status in March and has been growing non-stop ever since!

We now transition into Autumn with new hours of operation, which gives us time to expand upon new projects and endeavors, prepare exhibits and activities for the Winter and Spring, and reflect upon the lessons we learned this Summer.

The last day of our summer hours will be Friday, September 23rd. After this date, tours will be available by appointment, 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Please email us at to schedule a tour, and please allow at least 24 hours notice, because even though our doors aren’t open, that doesn’t mean we’re not busy as bees! As such, tours will only be offered based on staff and volunteer availability, but we will try our best to make sure that anyone who wants to explore this wonderful building will get the chance to do so.

Thank you all again for your continued support of our not-so-little castle. We love serving the Butte-Silver Bow community, and we can’t wait to share the amazing things that are coming next!

– Callison Stratton, Chateau Curator

Aaron Parrett: Summer Speaker Series

Join us at the Clark Chateau for the final installment of our 2016 Summer Speaker Series, a reading and book signing of “Montana Americana Music: Boot-Stomping in Big Sky Country,” the new book by local author Aaron Parrett. An accomplished musician, Parrett may also serenade us with a few tunes!

Doors open at 6:00pm for a meet-and-greet and book signing with Parrett, and the reading will begin at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be served and a $10 donation is suggested at the door.
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More about “Montana Americana Music” from Arcadia Publishing/ The History Press:
Montana’s relationship to Americana music is as wide and deep as the famed Missouri river that inspired countless musicians seated at its shores. From the fiddling of Pierre Cruzatte and George Gibson in the Corps of Discovery to the modern day loner-folk of Joey Running Crane and Cameron Boster, the Treasure State inspires the production of top-notch country music. In the 1950s, bands like the Snake River Outlaws fostered a longstanding love of hillbilly honky-tonk, and in 1970s the Mission Mountain Wood Band added a homegrown flavor of their own. Contemporary acts like The Lil’ Smokies and songwriter Martha Scanlan promise a vibrant future for the local sound. Author and musician Aaron Parrett explores this history to show what it means to boot stomp in Big Sky Country.