Atlantic City, WY - Atlantic City will host a Gold Bust Festival on Saturday, Aug. 2, featuring food, music, gold panning, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and games. Special guests for the event will be Bill and Beth Sagstetter, authors of Mining Camps Speak, A New Way to Explore the Ghost Towns of the American West. They will be giving an illustrated talk on little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns. The Sagstetters have been exploring the backcountry of the American West and Southwest for over 50 years. They have authored and published five books and produced four prime-time documentary films for television.
Again this year, space will be available for anyone who wants to demonstrate their craft or to sell art, crafts, or other wares. Bring your own table. Call 705-8870 or 332-0915 for more information. Visitors can expect pottery, rock jewelry, quill and bead work, quilts, hand-made soap and lotions, wood sculptures, pen and ink drawings, paintings, handmade knives, and books.
Demonstrations will include John McIntyre’s foot-powered wood lathe, part of a series of unplugged woodworking tools he is making. Other demonstrations will include denim rugs and water-cage, square-foot gardening.
Fremont County Firewise Coordinator Ron Wempen will be at the Atlantic City Battalion 9 Fire Hall to talk to people individually about how they can make their properties safer. Local musicians will be jamming at the fire hall.
Food specials will be offered at the Miner’s Grubstake and the Atlantic City Mercantile.
At the Miner’s Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast, authors will answer questions and sign copies of their books: Barbara Townsend’s second book, Clear and Convincing Evidence, was released in February by Writers AMuse Me Publishing. The murder mystery takes place on a Wyoming university campus. Also available will be Marjane Ambler’s book (Yellowstone Has Teeth: a memoir of living year round in the world’s first national park). Also at Miner’s Delight Inn will be Sandy and Doug Lowinske of Country Woodworking, who will show their custom aspen wood furnishings and décor.
Atlantic City Historical Society’s table will have free brochures for self-guided tours of the town. Four weeks later, on August 30, the organization will have its annual meeting and historic tour.
Starting in 2007, Atlantic City has hosted a community wide open house and art walk. This year the organizers transformed the event into a gold bust festival with the tag line “Where losers win.” Several games, including the traditional poker crawl, will provide prizes to losers. Participants in the poker crawl can pick up the instructions at the Miner’s Grubstake, near the tepee.
Atlantic City is located south of Lander near South Pass. The Atlantic City Gold Bust Festival is sponsored by Wild Bill’s Guns, Atlantic City Historical Society, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Miner’s Grubstake, Atlantic City Mercantile, Miner’s Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast, and Snowbound Studio.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT 307-332-3732