‘Glamping’ at the Bucking Horse Sale

Friends from Ingomar, Melstone film portion of possible travel show pilot in Miles City
Before being interviewed Friday morning, Linda Lou Crosby, from left, and Adele Field interview Miles City Star reporter Amorette Allison about the history of the town and the Bucking Horse Sale as film crew members Giancarlo Tocchini, back left, and Damian Pelliccione record both conversations to be edited into a TV pilot they hope to see later this year.

 

Linda Lou Crosby of Ingomar, Mont., and Adele Field of Melstone, Mont., are two ladies who sunbird in Los Angeles. It was in Los Angeles where they met producer Damian Pelliccione, and the idea was born to create a pilot for a possible reality travel and DIY show called “The Little Trailer.” Portions of that pilot were filmed this weekend in Miles City during the Bucking Horse Sale.

The crew, including Damian Pelliccione, Giancarlo Tocchini and Eric Bryan Stone, spent several days in Montana recently. Producer Pelliccione mentioned that he had looked up information on Montana and found the population of the state was “one-eighth the population of the city I live in.” So, for him, eastern Montana is a bit of a revelation. He was also a little surprised when the plane from Seattle had propellers.

“I thought we might land in a field,” he said. They didn’t. They landed in Billings.

The story, of course, is a little more complicated than that. Adele Field’s family homesteaded in the Mosby/Sand Spring area, and she now has property in Melstone. She primarily lives in Los Angeles, working as a website designer as well as writing plays, one of which was set in Melstone. A reading has been held in the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar

Linda Lou Crosby is actually a Los Angeles native who prefers the small-town life. She currently lives in the high desert country of California in a small town called Inyokern. When Linda Lou needed a web site designed, someone recommended Adele.

When they met, they immediately became fast friends. Adele introduced Linda Lou to eastern Montana, which Linda Lou loved. 

“I’ve always loved the big out,” she says with an expansive gesture. 

So, in 2009, she bought some land in Ingomar for summer visits. 

“I love hunting and fishing and just having fun,” she said, noting that this is the country for that.

Then the two friends decided to take a class in Web-based television. Their professor was Damian Pelliccione, who also works as a producer. At the end of the class, students were required to make a “pitch” for a TV show. The two ladies so impressed Pelliccione that he decided to accept the pitch and to film a pilot for a possible series.

The series will revolve around Linda Lou and Adele going camping. But not just any old camping. Glamorous Camping. 

What is glamorous camping? According to the website glampinghub.com, it is “Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, is that escape you’ve been meaning to take. It’s that little break from the hustle and bustle. It’s a moment by yourself in a secluded treehouse. 

It’s that chance to try climbing up a mountain or diving into the sea. It’s your chance to be adventurous, be secluded, be daring, be free – glamping lets you do all of that and more.”

Instead of “roughing it,” ‘glampers’ stay in the best campgrounds and travel in the most luxurious tents and trailers. While there are several western Montana locations listed on the glamping site, this will be a first for eastern Montana. These sites often include hot tubs, gourmet food and other comforts.

The campers the two women are using are not yet “glammed up.” They propose that the series will show them both fixing up their campers and traveling around the country. The idea combines both the current trends for tiny houses and what Adele called “American stories.” She has done considerable work with oral histories and sees this project as an extension of that.

While here, they stayed at the local KOA Campground, which was the first campground in the now nationwide franchise. KOA Campgrounds were created by Dave Drum, a Miles City native.

The ladies decided that as long as they were documenting eastern Montana, the Bucking Horse Sale made a perfect backdrop. They took in the parade, the sale and the other activities that make the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale an event unique in the world.

It has been an education for Damian. He is not used to being in places like Melstone and Ingomar where not only is there no ‘wi-fi,’ but there is no cellphone reception and even no television. While he enjoyed his tour of the tinier towns, he was glad to see technology again once he got to Miles City.

While it was a bit of shock for Pelliccione and Tocchini, both big-city boys, the third member of their team, Stone, is originally from Oklahoma and has ridden bucking broncs. They brought him along because he “speaks cowboy.”

Still, Damian did admit, “It was nice not to be checking for texts and calls constantly.” Just unwinding and enjoying the scenery.