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The 19th annual Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars (SUTS), a gift to the community presented by Carroll College and the Helena (MT) Symphony, will be held on Saturday, July 15 at 8:30 PM. This free outdoor concert is held at what is known as Guad Hill on the Carroll College Campus at 1601 N. Benton. This year features The Great Ladies of Jazz. The Helena Symphony Orchestra, along with two acclaimed jazz singers, showcases the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, and others. The finale of the concert will offer one of the best fireworks show in the state, also sponsored by the Intrepid Credit Union! Typically, over 17,000 attend this wonderful tradition, so pack your blankets. This is a FREE PERFORMANCE!
Amazingly, we have yet to hear of anyone getting their blankets stolen overnight, and very little occurrence of claim-jumping (but I wouldn’t leave coolers or chairs overnight). We advise you to use lots of canned goods to hold down your blankets. After the violent pre-concert storm from a couple of years ago, the blankets that didn’t get blown away were the ones that had as many as a dozen cans or more holding them down. While that storm was extraordinary, it did show that more is better!
Our strong recommendation is to bring canned or non-perishable goods to hold down your blankets. Helena Food Share will be on hand to collect them before/during/after the concert so that you don’t have to carry them home. Over the years, they have collected over 60 tons of food from this concert! Drop-off points will be found at numerous locations on the concert grounds.
Do not drive/park on the walking trails in the park; do not drive/park on the grass.
Be neighborly—please do not park in the residential areas west of campus. North Benton Avenue is reserved for busses between the entrances to Guad Hall and the PE Center.
No parking in lots on the north or east sides of campus (reserved for musicians, volunteers, and sponsors) without a SUTS parking pass.
Free handicapped parking is available in the P.E. Center lot (must have a proper state-issued tag or license plates). Golf carts driven by volunteers will be available to shuttle people to the concert area.
Sponsor/donor parking is also available in the P.E. Center, as well as the stadium tailgate lots (must have SUTS parking pass). Passes will be mailed to sponsors/donors in early July.
Drop-off areas will be on Benton Ave, near the entrance to the Guad Hall lot and P.E. Center lot. The Benton Ave. drop-off will be closed at 4 PM on Saturday to allow for large bus parking.
We will have officers from the Helena Police Dept. on hand to keep an eye on things. They will also work traffic control on the streets after the concert.
We will have an ambulance crew from St. Peter’s Health on-site to take care of any medical emergencies that might happen. They will be located in the parking lot behind the stage.
The Helena Fire Department will be on call with a truck and crew to prevent any potential problems with the fireworks. Additionally, employees of the Helena Solid Waste Transfer Station will be keeping an eye on their area in case of stray or errant fireworks.
A limited number of numbered/signed art prints by Connie Bergum will be available for purchase at the concert. Prints from prior years may also be available. $25 each.
The official SUTS t-shirt will also be available. $10 each.
There may be other stuff…we’re working on some things!
Also, as mentioned above, there will be a Bucket Brigade that will be soliciting donations through the crowd before and after the concert, as well as during intermission.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out, mostly prior to the concert itself. Shifts are available from Friday early evening through clean-up on Saturday night, generally in two- or four-hour blocks. And it’s fairly easy “work”. The heavy lifting/truly sweaty work is already taken care of. If you’re interested in being a volunteer, please call the Symphony office (406-442-1860) and leave a message. Or email us at [email protected] Someone will contact you.
Non-monetary actions include bringing your canned or non-perishable goods to hold down your blanket, then donating them to Helena Food Share. They will have drop-off points in various places on the concert grounds. We will also have drop-off points for your plastic recyclables.