In the spring of 1975, I quit my lucrative job as a systems programmer in Silicon Valley and made a plan to move to Montana. I fell in love with Montana on a camping trip a few years earlier while I was in graduate school. I built a bed in my (bright yellow) 544 Volvo, planted a plant in the ash tray, packed up my Gibson guitar, and started to make my way to Montana. I stopped to say goodbye to Deborah, my best friend and college roommate, who lived in San Francisco, and she told me I should look up her “brother” Scott Crichton, who lived in Red Lodge and played music. I eventually did find Scott, and we played music together in a duo, Scott & Angie. In the spring of 1976, Elizabeth & Wilbur invited him to join the NWES, and I asked to be included too.
The Energy Show was a perfect fit for me; it gave me the opportunity to express my passion for music as well as my interest in science, tecnology, and the environment. It was the perfect way for me to begin my life in Montana, with a community of like-minded, creative, supportive friends.
After the first summer of the show, I moved from San Francisco to Missoula, where Anne & I wrote The Energy Show for the Missoula school tour. After two years of working for the NWES, I needed to make some real money, so I worked for the state as a computer programmer.
The friendship that David & I had during the years we worked together on the NWES took a romantic turn during the winter of 1980-81 (i.e., we fell madly in love with each other), and in the fall of 1981, we got married at Holland Lake Lodge. When we were unable to have children, I decided that I didn’t want to spend my days in an office working as a programmer and that I wanted to have children in my life in a meaningful way. So, once again, I gave up my programming job, became trained in Orff-Schulwerk, and opened a private studio where I taught music and movement to young children (infants through 8 years) for almost 25 years. After closing the studio, I received a grant to train the teachers at Head Start to teach music and movement to their preschool students.
Music has always been an important part of my life. I have played (mostly) Irish music for about 35 years. I was just learning the hammered dulcimer during the 2nd summer of the NWES, but have also played piano, guitar, pennywhistle, mandolin, and am now learning the bouzouki.
This fall, David & I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it all started 40 years ago at the Shady Rest in Roundup; I can still remember the exact moment that I met him (first floor, room on the right…). We share many similar interests: gardening, fishing, science, music, and a love of the outdoors. We have both been very fortunate to have found meaningful work. But also we have made sure that we get out and enjoy this beautiful place where we live! In our wedding vows we promised to “have fun and go fishing no matter what!” And we have fulfilled our vows– we love to go hiking, biking, fishing, floating, and backpacking. Every summer we go on a long 8-14 day backpack trip in MT or WY. We usually spend a month every year in South America and have fallen in love with southern Patagonia, so we have been on many backpack trips there as well. And with a little bit of luck, we will have a few more adventures before we end up back at the Shady Rest!