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l y, July 27, 2003 ServiIlg the MonDak area since 1908 PHOTO BY ELLEN ROBINSON Electronic music thumps at ear-splitting decibels as the sun rises over the Island on Sunday morning, the final day of the nearly week-long party on the 120-acre island In the Yellowstone outside of Billings. BY ELLEN ROBINSON creative expression and sharing away water and by the end we Herald-Leader ideas, were giving away everything Cowboy hats, glow sticks, "What I really encouraged was that was left. We couldn't give feather boas, angel wings, gog- participating in some creative all that away all week because of gles, bunny ears, blinking lights, way and having something to costs," Sherwood said. body paint, capes and stilts were share with others. I wanted to Flotation devices, musical normal accessories at the Island, introduce electronic music to the instruments and noisemakers, an event based on creativity and area. This is the only event of its baby pools, mobile party plat- sharing near Billings. kind in the area. Most of the forms, art cars, golf carts and "It was a total success because inspiration for this event came other moving vehicles were all the environment created a sense from the Burning Man event in welcome. of belonging and community for Nevada," Sherwood said. Theme camps, from the most everyone there," said organizer .... ridiculous, seemingly pointless Randy Sherwood. "We broke themes to themes people felt even just about. Even if we had "It was a total success very strongly about, were on the been under, that sense of belong- because the environment 120-acre island. Island goers ing and community made the created a sense of belong- were encouraged to bring extra event a success. There were no ing and community for items to barter with others. fights or violence and the music everyone there." "The atmosphere was so fun because everyone came slightly was even better than I expected. - Randy Sherwood out of their shells and embraced The biggest surprise for me was how well it went.' ............... the insane tropic island tiki car- From Wednesday'though Sun-Island residents were welcome nival party atmosphere. We are day, a temporary communityto do virtually anything as long as planning on having this event was established by a company, it did not hurt anyone else. The every year and make it bigger Got It Together, on an island in point of the event was to bring and better every year. Next year the Yellowstone River nearsomething to the community that it will most likely be near the Billings. Got It Together's pur- was interactive; there were no summer solstice because in July pose is to encourage freedom of spectators, only participants, the fire restrictions start and we expression, creativity, positive People of all ages were would like to have bonfires," social interaction, and a more encouraged to bring something Sherwood said. conscious and aware population, that would be cool for everyone Hours: 9-5:30 9-1 Sat. Ave. NE, Sidney 433-4370 D R "It was designed to bring peo- to look at, play with, ride around ple together, breaking down bar- on, listen to, eat, drink, climb on [ riers to create community and to or wonder about, through Saturday, August 2 have a creative good time. What A restaurant, bar, large-scale I would encourage for next year is for people who have a passion about something or have some- thing they want people to know about, to get friends together and build a theme camp to spread awareness about whatev- er it is, from a topic to art and anything in-between,'; Sher- wood said. The event was a safe zone for sound stage, numerous chill out spaces, nature trails, tree-hous- es, interactive visual art and sound art installations, video games, movies, Saturday morn- ing cartoons and cereal, horse shoes, golf courses and bridge surfing kept the crowd of around 300 entertained. "The prices for food and drinks were cheap. We gave Representing BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD of Montana & Hurley (~m. B. Swenson BIInda Larsen 488-4366 "An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross~Blue Shield Association" 202 - 3rd Ave. N.W., Sidney Hours: 9-11 & 2-4 M-F Register Marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Agent is independent of Blue Association, as association of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Cross and Blue Shield Plans O 1998 Blue Cross and Montana, and offers its products Blue Shield of Montana only in the State of Montana me~chandiae/ t all shoes e.. including DC, K-Swiss, Dr. Martens & Hurley Young mens shirts & Junior top 102 N Central Ave., Sidney 488-1201