The Enchanting M

sat20jan5:30 pmsat8:30 pmThe Enchanting MThe Big Butte Parking Area

Event Details


  • IlluminDance (By Melissa Wanamaker with drumming performance by Michael MCDaniel)


  • A lighted loop below the M (see map below)
  • Axe Throwing
  • Cornhole
  • Music

Kickoff The Enchanting M with a simple community circle dance with flashlight lantern torches to some live West African rhythms played by Butte’s own Montana Michael MCDaniel. Illumindance is the intersection of dance, light, and spectacle. You can bring your own lighted props or learn how to make a flashlight torch in preparation for this event (see workshop details below). All ages are welcome!

It was born from:

  • a commitment to move more in 2024;
  • the joy of living an artful life;
  • the length of our long dark Winter days;
  • the bleakness of the 24-hour news cycle;
  • and the pure fun of dancing in the community.

Afterward, explore an immersive lighted loop below the M (see map below). The soft glow of trees adorned with string lights will guide you through the loop. We recommend footwear that has good traction and/or Yaktrax for walking the full loop as well as additional light depending on your preferences.

Please dress appropriately for Butte’s winter nighttime (think multiple layers of clothing and insulated boots!).

Braziers will be in the parking area to warm up, play some games, and enjoy our winter nighttime.

Flashlight Lantern Torch Workshop:
Carpenter’s Union Hall, second floor
Wednesday, January 17, 4-6 pm.
By donation.
It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to make a flashlight torch, drop in any time between 4-6pm.

Make your own flashlight lantern torch for the SNöFLINGA Enchanting M illuminated walk. You can use it to IlluminDance or carry it to help create a more picturesque and artful walk and enhance the ambiance of this site-specific art installation.

All art supplies will be provided. If you want a special shape for your lantern, bring your own bottle for a mold. We will provide a variety. If you want to bring it home immediately, bring a small empty box from home. It takes overnight for the paper mache to dry.

These lanterns work best duct taped to a flashlight with a larger head with an on/off switch on the handle. A limited number of flashlights with be available on a first come, first served basis.


January 20, 2024 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-06:00)


The Big Butte Parking Area

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Event Lead

Valerie Manne

Valerie is an artist, business enthusiast, and nature lover who has crafted The Enchanting M event that promises to be a memorable and immersive experience for everyone fortunate enough to attend. Her love for the outdoors adds an authentic touch to The Enchanted M experience. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of Butte's surroundings, she has created an event that not only transports attendees to a magical realm but also fosters a connection with the environment.

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