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Wood River Valley

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oney is tight ... there’s no time ... it’s too far ... excuses, excuses, excuses. We all come up with so many reasons not to get away, even on a mini vacation, that it’s a wonder we ever leave our offices at all. But for those in Boise, having a world-class getaway just two hours up the road means we have no excuse not to get away. It’s a place where days spent on single track trails lead to gourmet meals and concerts under the stars. This is the second edition of Boise Weekly’s Wood River Valley Summer Guide, your go-to source for planning your a weekend or mini-vacation. We’re knocking down every excuse you can think of to stay home this summer: Check the concert schedule filled with big names, prepare to peruse the arts scene, start training now for some of the biggest destination recreation competitions around. We are even giving you locals’ choices for where to eat, broken down not only by town but also by budget point. What more could you want? A full schedule of events? Well, that’s in here, too. Now that there’s no excuse not to go, start planning. We’ll probably see you up there.  —Deanna Darr

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Dining Dollars

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Comfort food goes posh but casual at the Brickhouse Bar and Grill in Bellevue.


t’s been said that the greatest thing about Sun Valley is how close it is to Idaho. Our state is not often thought of as a gourmet destination, but in the Wood River Valley, home to the historic resort and oozing wealth, we have a glaring exception to the rule. Sophisticates from all over the world have helped make this town a cultural oasis in a sagebrush desert. The result: fare to satisfy even the most discerning gourmands. The downside to all this quality is, naturally, some exorbitant prices. But the Wood River Valley is so much more than just a tourist attraction, and the valley’s vibrant community is producing some wonderful and fairly priced dining options.

Bellevue As the gateway to the Wood River Valley, Bellevue provides a gentle transition into a valley of quirky, casual and affordable places to eat.


Dinner: The BrickHouse Bar and Grill

The latest project by Tom Nickel, the longtime Ketchum restaurateur whose Sawtooth Club and Roosevelt Bar and Grill have been among the most the most popular and enduring establishments in the area. For this south valley venture, Nickel renovated Bellevue’s historic, century-old Bank Building and, in the process, raised the bar in Bellevue big time. The ambience is tops in town, but the menu is more downhome than what you’ll find in Ketchum. Try comfortfood staples like homestyle fried chicken and “Not Your

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Grandmother’s Meatloaf,” along with wines and beers from a lengthy list of reasonably priced options. 202 Main St., Bellevue, 208-788-4999,

Lunch: Oak Street Foods

This place is a real sleeper. Vicki Walker is the proprietor, chief cook, caterer and general “goddess of the kitchen.” Before opening her own spot, Walker was the kitchen manager for 12 years at Cristina’s in Ketchum, the place where Sun Valley’s high society brunches. At her Oak Street endeavor, the food skills Walker gained are on full display with homemade soups and salads, fresh fish tacos or whatever Vicki “feels like playing with” on any given day. Since some of her old customers have followed her south, her cozy luncheonette draws a richly mixed clientele. On a busy day on Oak Street, guys in broken-in Carhartts sit next to a table of Sun Valley ladies lunching. And everyone seems pretty happy about it. 109 Oak St., Bellevue, 208-788-3646


Dinner: Mahoney’s Bar and Grill

Home to the famous Juicy Lucy burger, which while delicious, should not be eaten immediately upon arrival, lest you want a molten cheese burn in your mouth. Otherwise, this welcome addition to the south valley food scene is a sure thing for a casual dinner—burgers, sandwiches, chili, salad— with a few cold brews. 104 Main St., Bellevue, 208-788-4449

Lunch: Taqueria El Pastor

Grab a cerveza and a seat on the dog-friendly deck at this colorful blue and yellow taqueria on the east side of Main Street. The prices are taco-truck cheap, but there’s a lot more to love here than what you can get on the side of the road. Any meat is tasty and everything is fresh, but if you’re a beef fan, the richly flavored cabeza, or beef cheeks, can’t be beat. 321 Main St., Bellevue, 208-578-2300

Hailey Hailey is the hub of the community. It’s where the overvalued real estate to the north and the Idaho to the south meet. When it comes to fine-dining and plentiful options, Hailey is still playing catch-up to the resort towns, but the way things are trending, the future looks mighty bright.


Dinner: Three-Ten-Main

These days, chef Derek Gallegos’ little house on Main Street is a gourmet guarantee. Themed Mexican and Asian nights in early summer have had the locals flocking. Summer is Gallegos’ time to shine as he goes out of his way to source south Idaho’s abundant produce. By late summer, look for sweet corn in every course. From kernels garnishing grilled fresh fish to sweet corn custard, Gallegos isn’t afraid to experiment with flavors he knows. 310 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-4161, www. b o i s e we e kly. c o m

Lunch: CK’s Real Food

When Chris Kastner, the longtime chef at Ketchum’s Evergreen restaurant, opened a fine-dining foodie temple in Hailey, heads turned. “Where is the best place to eat in Sun Valley?” visitors asked. “In Hailey,” the locals replied in unison. For more than five years now, Kastner has been turning out masterpieces of conscious cuisine. Plenty of regionally ranched beef, locally grown produce and even smart seafood, all prepared beautifully in the Idaho-French farmhouse the Kastners designed themselves. But prices weren’t low, so when CK’s opened a hot dog stand on their back porch last summer, heads turned again. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but cheap and good is a delicious start. Last summer’s hot dogs and pitas have grown into Hailey’s best new lunch spot for everything from grilled Reuben sandwiches to vegan veggie bowls, with most items going for less than $10. Sit inside or on the deck this summer—look for the squash and creeping berry vines around back. And if a $3 meal is all you need, CK’s hasn’t ditched the simple idea that originally launched their lunch venture last summer. 320 S. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-1223,


Dinner: Lago Azul

Sandra Castillo moved to the Wood River Valley from Nampa in 2000, and she has been making the tastiest, most consistently satisfying El Salvadorian and Mexican food in the area since 2002. Specialties from her native El Salvador include the hangovercuring papusas, which are handmade cornmeal tortillas stuffed with ground pork and cheese and then griddle-fried. Unlike most Mexican places in the area, you can find Central American specialities like fried plantains, yucca and a simple Caldo de Res (beef soup) bursting with veggies and beef on the bone. The all-family-run Lago Azul serves breakfast all day, and the shredded beef machaca is a perfect example of how Castillo can take a simple combination of foods—eggs, skirt steak, onions and peppers in this case—and turn it into a food experience for less than $10. Other favorites include the Tacos Tinga—shredded chicken cooked with onions and chipotle, stuffed in a taco, flash-deep-fried and smothered in fresh veggies. Due to popular demand, Castillo is introducing Beef Tinga this summer.  The fridge is always stocked with fresh horchata and a solid selection of Mexican beers. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask for a michelada, Chris Castillo will bring you the refreshing tomato juice, beer, hot sauce and Clamato creation you crave.  14 W. Croy St., Hailey, 208-578-1700 www. b oiseweekly.c o m 

Lunch: Big Belly Deli

In the Main Street strip of casual lunch competition, you really can’t go wrong. Wize Guy Pizza was recently joined by McLeans Pizzeria, officially making this a two-pizza town. And for quick and sort of healthy-ish Mexican fare, try KB’s, which despite its name (Ketchum Burritos), now calls Hailey home. But on the north end of the strip, Big Belly Deli is the little sandwich shop that could. This place has really grown into its own during the past few years and has been offering more and more homemade deliciousness both on your sandwich (the white-bean spread is an ingenious complement to the all-veggie garden sandwich) and off (homemade yogurt, for real).  171 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-788-2411

Ketchum The jewel in the Wood River Valley’s crown, Ketchum is a classic ski town with a bit of an identity crisis. Real estate developers wonder if the town should be more like Aspen or Park City. Still others hope for an altogether unique destination. The good news is that all this hand-wringing is producing a wave of new eateries. Some will succeed, and some won’t, but for now, there are more new places to eat in Ketchum than at any time in the past few years.


Dinner: Sego Restaurant and Bar

This is the place that everyone who cares about food in Ketchum was talking about all winter and spring. The gourmet tavern was boldly opened by Las Vegas food veterans Kevin Stuessi and Taite Pearson in December, at the height of the Christmas crush. During high snow season, the place was crawling with celebrities, but they waited for tables just like everyone else. Chef Pearson built a Vegas-quality kitchen and has been turning out stunning food for almost six months now. The big secret about Sego is that, even though the decor is West Coast luxe, even though the chef is a strict locavore (by midJuly, it should be serving 90 percent Idahosourced food), and even though the menu’s creative gourmet options are on par with the hottest food trends in Brooklyn, Portland, Ore., or San Francisco, Sego is the best deal in Sun Valley. Take the burger—9 ounces of house-ground, grass-fed, top sirloin raised in Middleton, served on a pretzel bun with piles of zesty house-made tomato jam, balsamiccaramelized onions and heaps of hand-cut Idaho fries, all for $12. That is a deep, smoky, screaming bargain. And nothing on this always-changing, always-interesting menu tops $20, which, for this town, is news alone.  This summer, Sego will blossom as it doubles its seating with al fresco dining on a street-level patio and a rooftop deck.


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Lunch: Rasberrys

You could be forgiven for never noticing Rasberrys. Located in the basement of the Tribes interior design store, this caterers/gourmet luncheonette is a hidden treasure. Callie and Maeme Rasberry are the identical twins who run the show and attracted a cult following to their underground dining room that feels a lot like a secret French salon. The Rasberry twins have come a long way since their first jobs with food—“Welcome to Chik-fil-A. May I take your order?”—and their bistro is the not-so-secret best place in town for a long lazy lunch with wine. Having grown up in El Paso, Texas, the twins cook with strong Mexican influences, and their homemade tacos and enchiladas are always popping with flavors. The menu changes daily, so it’s best to ask their mom (who helps out waiting tables) what’s best on any given day. Perennially, though, their line-up of chilled soups is always a sure thing for anyone who loves a light, crisp summertime lunch. 411 Fifth St. E., Ketchum, 208-726-0606,


Dinner: Rickshaw

In Ketchum and Sun Valley, young people are an endangered species. But if you want to find a lot of them in one spot, Rickshaw is a good place to start. Owned by Ketchum native and newly elected

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city councilwoman Nina Jonas and her husband Andreas Heaphy, Rickshaw is where to go for bowls of Vietnamese pho, sesame noodle bowls, addictive dumplings, crunchy calamari, Balinese cucumbers and whatever else this creative young couple sources on their most recent trip to Southeast Asia. If there’s a line, which there often is, a fire pit and an outdoor ping-pong table make for more-than-decent distractions. Also, beer and sake mojitos are welcome outside, so while you salivate over whatever Asian delicacies Andreas is cooking up in his open kitchen, have a drink, make like a backpacker in a beachside Thai hostel, and relax. 460 Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208-726-8481,

Lunch: Johnny G’s Subshack

In a town that has seen casual lunch options diminish over the years, Johnny G just keeps holding on. It’s probably because he keeps coming up with more delicious sub creations every year. For starters, every sandwich comes toasted, which ups the deliciousness rating from the start. Add toppings like roasted cherry tomatoes, Sun Valley mustard and plentiful fresh veggies, and you’ve got the perfect reward for your gut-busting hike, bike or run. There’s a reason the place is always crawling with locals: The Subshack is a reliably tasty spot. Grab a park bench out front, a handful of peanuts in their shells and a sub with names like “Middle School Madness” (turkey, bacon, cheddar, mayo and lettuce) or the “Meatless Masterpiece” (cream cheese, avocado, sprouts, sunflower seeds, olives, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, picante sauce). You won’t be disappointed. 371 Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208-725-7827, www. b o i s e we e kly. c o m

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This charity concert series runs Wednesdays June 30-Aug. 25 at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. 208-788-0009.

Back Alley Parties

The Tuesday evening free concerts are in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park and run June 29-Aug. 24. A local band opens at 7 p.m. followed by a headliner act at 7:30 p.m.

Ketch’em Alive 2010 Summer Concert Series

The free concerts run Sunday, June 27-Sunday, Aug. 1, in Rotary Park on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. The concerts begin at 6 p.m.

Sunday Evening Jazz In The Park

Every Saturday from June 26-Sept. 4, watch as worldclass ice skaters perform on the ice rink at the Sun Valley Lodge. Tickets $32-$62.

Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows

The four-day festival runs Wednesday, June 23-Sunday, June 27, and celebrates both biking and music in the mountains. Events include music by Pimps of Joytime (above), a cruiser criterium, Sheep Town Fat Tire Rally, Sawtooth Century bike tour, the Idaho Pump Track State Championships and the Dollar Mountain 10K trail run.

Sun Valley Rhythm and Ride: Bike and Music Festival


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On Sunday, Aug. 1, country music star Garth Brooks joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for this year’s annual benefit concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Benefit Concert with Garth Brooks


Two nights of music in the mountains, Friday, July 30-Saturday, July 31. $35 weekend pass or $30 single day ticket, ages 12 and younger get in free. $10 per vehicle to camp, Pioneer Park, Stanley.

Sawtooth Music Festival

Take in free classical music performances in the Sun Valley Pavilion and on the lawn outside. The season runs Monday, July 26-Tuesday, Aug. 17. Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with the concerts beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Cross-country and marathon race on Saturday, July 24, sponsored by Knobby Tires Series includes double track, single track, creek crossings, flats and climbs, all with scenic mountain views.

Galena Grinder

The 29th annual event runs Thursday, July 22-Saturday, July 24, and includes the auction gala, vintner dinners in private homes, a hosted wine picnic on a golf course and a tasting that includes wines from the more than 120 wineries.

Sun Valley Center Wine Auction

Join Alasdair Neale, music director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, on Tuesday, July 20 for “Scaling Alpine Heights: The 20th Century and Beyond.” FREE. 208-622-5607.

Upbeat with Alasdair

The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Tuesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. $12-$38.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Pavilion

The popular fair in a beautiful setting sells only handcrafted items with food available for sale. Saturday, July 17-Sunday, July 18 in Stanley.

Sawtooth Mountain Mama’s Arts And Crafts Fair

Free events throughout the month of July include art walks, concerts, farmers and artists markets and theater productions.

A Month of Art in Hailey

On Saturday, July 17, stroll through seven private gardens to learn about native and cultivated plants, as well as to see unique garden designs. Tickets are $35 for Sawtooth Botanical Garden members and $45 for nonmembers. sbgarden. org.

15th Annual Garden Tour

More than 25 films produced all over the world are screening in Sun Valley Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Liberty Theatre and the Sun Valley Opera House. Many of the filmmakers are on hand to discuss their craft with attendees and conduct panel discussions. $8-$15 individual tickets and special events or $135 festival pass.

Sixth annual Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival

Rushdie, one of the most celebrated and controversial authors of our time, speaks on Friday, Sept. 10. $30-$40. 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sir Salman Rushdie Lecture

Bellevue’s Labor Day festivities are highlighted by the parade on Sunday, Sept. 5, with music, food, crafts and antiques in the Bellevue Park afterward. On Monday, Sept. 6, there is music and a celebration with art, vendors and children’s activities.

Bellevue Labor Day Celebration

Ketchum Wagon Days runs Saturday, Sept. 4-Monday, Sept. 6.

2010 Wagon Days Celebration

The exhibit, “Journey Stories,” shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation helped us grow. The grand opening takes place on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Smithsonian Exhibition at the Blaine County Historical Museum


Sun Valley hosts the 2010 U.S. National Paragliding Championships to be held Monday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 5.

2010 U.S. Paragliding Championships in Sun Valley

The two-day festival Saturday Aug. 28-Sunday, Aug. 29, at Pioneer Park in Stanley includes educational tours, booths and history of salmon, along with food, vendors and entertainment.

Sawtooth Salmon Festival

The annual summer event brings out the outdoor enthusiasts to ride the 20-mile Wood River Trail, a paved bike path that runs along the river and through the streams from Ketchum to Sun Valley on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Events Calendar Labor Day weekend in Ketchum means the return of the granddaddy of all area festivals, the 53rd annual Wagon Days. The three-day event is a celebration of the area’s mining past, but includes more than early miners could ever have imagined. Visitors can check out gallery walks, a classic car auction, an Old Western shoot out, antique fairs and star-studded ice shows. But the highlight is the Big Hitch parade, featuring museum-quality buggies and wagons. Anchoring the parade is the Big Hitch—six 15-foottall Lewis Ore Wagons pulled by a 20-mule jerkline. Crowds line up to see the team make the 90-degree turn at Main Street and Sun Valley Road, a maneuver that requires the muleskinner to move half the mules to one side of the hitch. Of course, watching 24,000 pounds of antique wagons heading back down Saddle

Saturday, Sept. 4-Monday, Sept. 6

Wagon Days

For the last 33 years, Hailey has been a summer destination for folk music fans as the Northern Rockies Folk Festival draws an array of musical headliners. This year’s line-up includes Quailfish, Michael White, Olin and the Moon, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, Joe Paisley, Gypsy River Haunts, No Cheap Horses, Joshua Tree featuring Johnny Shoes, and Leslie and the Badgers. Music lovers can plop themselves on a blanket in Hop Porter Park along the Big Wood River all weekend for just $25. For more information, visit

Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 7

Northern Rockies Folk Festival

The holiday weekend is filled with events from one end of the valley to the other. Both Hailey and Ketchum host antique shows throughout the weekend, but the real draw is the Hailey Days of the Old West celebration. The annual event is as much a celebration of Western small-town culture as the Independence Day holiday. It includes three nights of rodeo, which draws cowboys from across the region. The small town, old-fashioned celebration continues on Sunday, July 4, with a parade down Main Street, followed by a children’s carnival and criterion bike race. The day finishes with the ever-important public fireworks display beginning at dusk. For more information, visit or call 208-788-3484.

Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4

Fourth of July

Need an excuse for a weekend getaway? The Wood River Valley plays host to a rich series of festivals throughout the summer and fall, offering the perfect reasons to head to the mountains.

Festivals Worth the Trip

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Ride the Rails

The contemporary dance company headquartered in Boise performs on Friday, Aug. 27, at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Trey McIntyre Project

Conference held Friday, Aug. 20-Monday, Aug. 23, features talks, panels, readings and small group discussions led by an impressive group of distinguished writers, including former Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr., Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Tony- and Academy Award-winning actor John Lithgow, poet, memoirist and 2010 National Book Critics Circle prize nominee Mary Karr, and New Yorker Editor David Remnick. 800-841-4906.

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

The 2010 Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival runs Friday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 15, and includes more than 130 artists exhibit unique handmade fine arts and crafts, including painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, metal, jewelry and woodwork. Atkinson Park, Ketchum.

42nd Annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers provide an evening of bluegrass and banjo on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Tickets $35-$45.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Music festival at Hop Porter Park in Hailey Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 7, featuring headliners Lisa Haley and the Zydekats and Kelly Willis.

Rockies Folk Festival

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performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers An evening of banjo & bluegrass August 3


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The festival season in Sun Valley comes to a conclusion with an all-out celebration of all things jazz. During five days, more than 40 groups performing every incarnation of jazz are spread out over the town, playing more the 300 shows in all. No matter the time of day, jazz can be heard echoing through the town, drawing crowds from across the country. The earlier you buy your passes for this one, the cheaper they are, but the price tops out at $120 for a five-day pass. For more info, check out

Wednesday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 17

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

Sheep once ruled the Wood River Valley, and for a brief period each fall, they do again. The three-day festival is all about living history. The 14th annual event includes music, poetry, wool spinning demonstrations, sheep dog demonstrations and some lessons on cooking with lamb (don’t tell the sheep). The festival celebrates the life of the shepherd as well, with cultural exhibits from the Basque, Peruvian and even some Scottish representatives. The event’s highlight is on Sunday, when the parade fills the street with not only humans, but masses of sheep making their way from summer to winter pastures. For more information, check out


Crosstoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Oct. 31, features the 2010 Idaho State Championship Cycle Cross, as well as a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest-style festival with food, beer garden and music.

2010 Crosstoberfest

Get in the mood at the 21st annual Jazz Jamboree Wednesday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 17. Times and locations vary. Free community concert on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

The 14th annual event in Ketchum runs Friday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 10, and honors the history and culture of sheep ranching in the West.

Trailing Of The Sheep Festival


The event held Thursday, Sept. 30-Friday, Oct. 1, celebrates Hemingway’s history in the Wood River Valley with lectures, speaker presentations and a Hemingway Haunts tour of Papa’s favorite spots in the area.

Ernest Hemingway Symposium

Friday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 10

Trailing of the Sheep

The festival has undergone a name change as well as a move to the fall. What was once the Sun Valley Food and Wine Festival is now all about the fall harvest. The event focuses on regional foods and includes cooking demos, beer and wine tastings, a restaurant walk, chefs’ dinners and even something called a culinary trade show, which has to be experienced to be understood. Check for a full schedule of events.

Friday, Sept. 24-Sunday, Sept. 26

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

The 32nd annual Baldy Hill Climb on Saturday, Sept. 25, includes both hiking and mountain bike events. Also featured is the “Baldy Double,” a mountain bike race followed by a hiking race.

Baldy Hill Climb

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Each fall, the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival brings the some of the best films and documentaries highlighting spiritual traditions from around the world to theaters in Ketchum and Hailey. Filmmakers and speakers descend to talk film. Tickets to individual films cost $8, while an all-festival pass costs $80. The 2010 schedule is yet to be determined, but check for updated details.

Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19

Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival

Butte is exciting in its own right. For more information, visit

Formerly the Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival, the event held Friday, Sept.24-Sunday, Sept. 26, features cooking demonstrations by visiting regional chefs, wine and beer tastings, a culinary trade show, a restaurant walk, chefs’ dinners and a beer garden, all focused on regional sustainable products.

See a collection of traditional and contemporary quilt designs on Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19.

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas 25th Annual Quilt Festival


Save the dates & head to the mountains for these great events!

Carole King and James Taylor reunite for a special performance at the River Run Lodge on Monday, July 12, benefiting the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. $50-$500.

Carole King and James Taylor Troubador Reunion Tour

Sun Valley Opera and Sun Valley Resort Entertainment present MIZ Saigon, music from Miss Saigon and Les Miserables performed by a 25-piece orchestra at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Sunday, July 11.

Sun Valley Opera Presents Miz Saigon

Booths are set up at Sun Valley Festival Meadows from Friday, July 9-Sunday, July 11, featuring work from more than 100 Wood River Valley artists, as well as live music, dancers, poets, culinary chefs and brewmeisters.

Ketchum Arts Festival

A celebration of the Old West and Idaho’s hometown in the mountains, including a Fourth of July parade, Days of the Old West Rodeo and community fireworks.

Hailey Days of the Old West

Ketchum Antiques Show comes to town during the Fourth of July weekend at the Nexstage Theatre on Main Street.

Ketchum Antiques Show

Everyone loves a parade, especially one that marches through downtown Hailey followed by a bike race hosted by the Blaine County Recreation District. The Fourth of July Bike Criterium features a carnival with bounce houses, face painting and children’s activities.

Fourth of July

The annual music festival runs Friday, July 2-Saturday, July 3, at Bellevue Memorial Park. Music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. Tickets $10 advance; $12 doors.

Bigwood Folk Festival

More than 50 antique dealers set up shop on Main Street Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4.

Hailey’s Main Street Antique Show

The Northwestern blues musician performs on Friday, July 2, at the Clarion Inn. Tickets $11.

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Music in the Valley

Music festivals and concerts create a summer soundtrack


Zap Mama brings the funk to the mountains.


ext time you head to Sun Valley, take your bike because you may need those pedals to avoid traffic while cruising from one musical event to another this summer. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents three outdoor concerts, two in Hailey and one in Ketchum. The Fandango! concert with Jose Conde and Nu Latin Groove is Friday, June 18, at the center in Hailey. The funkadelic Zap Mama performs Friday, June 25, at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. This group defies easy categorization with its blend of world music, fusion, Africanbeat, soul, hip-hop and dance music. And on Tuesday, Aug. 3, comic, author and musician Steve Martin plays with the Steep Canyon Rangers, an award-winning traditional bluegrass band from North Carolina. The group plays regularly at the Grand Ole Opry and major festivals, including MerleFest, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and RockyGrass. Steep Canyon Rangers play both traditional and unexpected bluegrass, but considering the reputation of the banjo player (Martin), that’s hardly surprising. The Rhythm and Ride Concert on Saturday, June 26, at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road features Sambada and Pimps of Joytime with openers House of Quist and Molly Venter. For more information and a full list of bands that are taking the stage, visit Who doesn’t love kicking it in the Wood River Valley for the Fourth of July weekend? Uptown in Ketchum, the holiday weekend features Tony Furtado on Friday, July 2, with the Kim Stocking Band opening. Stocking’s vocals and her band’s prowess are famously superlative and promise a charged kickoff to Furtado’s masterful guitar licks. For tickets, visit On Saturday, July 3, the Street Town www. b oiseweekly.c o m 

Plaza hosts a free show with bands Up A Creek and FourStroke Bus opening for Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. Do you like the monthly gallery walk, but wish it was music instead of art and that people could dance? Well, your wish will be granted on Monday, July 19, when the Hailey Night of Music lights up downtown for the third year. Live music fills the streets throughout the evening, ringing out from the many venues with outdoor decks, terraces and balconies. The 33rd Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival is one of the true gems of our Gem State. Great touring bands hit the stage at Hop Porter Park in Hailey for two days of incredible music and festivity. This year, headlining acts are Grammynominated Lisa Hailey and the Zydekats on Friday, Aug. 6, and the country crooner Kelly Wills on Saturday, Aug. 7. Among the other performers are hot young indie bands Olin and the Moon, Leslie and the Badgers, and Boise’s own Joshua Tree. For more information, visit The Sun Valley Summer Symphony begins its 26th season with the Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Music Concert on Monday, July 26. Performances follow on Wednesday, July 28, and Friday, July 30. The 2010 Orchestra Festival runs Aug. 2-17. The shows are one of the best bargains in the valley, considering they are absolutely free. Just grab a blanket and a picnic and enjoy. A benefit concert on Sunday, Aug. 1, features country legend Garth Brooks along with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Just the idea is worth the price of admission, and yes, there is one for this event, although it hasn’t been announced yet. For more information call visit

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Ride the Hailey Pump Park

You know about the hundreds of miles of epic mountain biking in Blaine and Custer counties, but have you ever tested your skill on a pump track? A complex set of dirt jumps and berms adjacent to the Blaine County Recreation District’s Aquatic Center ( on Fox Acres Road is just the ticket to improving off-road handling skills. A second pump track is located by the Hemingway School in Ketchum. For more information about the pump parks and mountain biking in the Sun Valley area, check the Wood River Bike Coalition’s blog at or check in with the BCRD on Facebook. Hailey Pump Park, 1020 Fox Acres Road


Learn about the Birds and the Bees

Do you need some help distinguishing birds? Are you curious about he hydrology of the Big Wood River or the geology of the mountains? Join the Environmental Resource Center (ercsv. org) for a scheduled event or contact the naturalists for a personalized experience. Whether it’s bears or beavers, rivers or trees they can help you craft your own nature education. Environmental Resource Center, 471 Washington Ave. N., Ketchum


Sleep under the Stars: Go Yurting!

Nearly everyone who lives in the Wood River Valley, from the gardener to the grocer, can tell you about a favorite place to camp. So, if you are looking to take a stab at a your own night under the stars with all the tips you’ve gathered in town, then Sun Valley Trekking ( is your one-stop shop to get outfitted. If tenting isn’t your thing, they can set you up at Coyote Yurt in the summer. For those who are afraid of the dark or who want to bag a peak, they’ll be happy to introduce you to a guide, too. Sun Valley Trekking, 450 Mother Lode Loop, Hailey


Walk a Dog

Yes, there are some pretty fancy dogs in Sun Valley, but not every canine comes with a silver dog dish. If you want a best friend to show you around for the day while you explore

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Things you didn’t know you could do in sun valley

the 1,100 miles of hiking trails in the area, stop by the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley (animalshelterwrv. org) and take a dog for a walk. Business hours are from 10 a.m- 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Dog walkers need to be 18 or older. Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, 100 Croy Creek Road, west of Hailey

Play Mini Golf


(serious putting without the gnomes and windmills)

It’s time to make a spectacle of yourself, and the Sun Valley Club offers a perfect opportunity to do so with the new 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course ( sawtooth). The 52,000 square feet of sculpted turf inspired by the Scots offers a challenge for novices and experts alike. It’s “fun for the entire family,” so bring a costume. Fees are nominal and putters are provided. Sun Valley Club, Trail Creek Road east of Sun Valley and Ketchum


Swim in an Alpine Lake

Perhaps you’ve hiked to Titus Lake from the crest of Galena Pass or taken a dip in a watering hole along the Big Wood River. Another option for cooling off after you’ve earned a swim hiking or mountain biking is to pick a lake further in the alpine. One way to get oriented is to stop by Backwoods Mountain Sports ( in Ketchum to pick up a local topographic map or a GPS. The staff can help point out some cool blue to suit your adventure. Backwoods Mountain Sports, 711 Main St. N., Ketchum


Get a Mental Tune-Up

There are many alternatives to straightening yourself out in Sun Valley. Just check the list of hands-on healers at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival website (, the Sun Club ( or have a peek in the yellow pages for your favorite type of practice. Or simply stop in to see the bicycle mechanics in the back of the Elephant’s Perch. Sean will check your links, John will build up the best wheels in the valley, Jason will find your parts and Roger will give you some sage advice about how to maintain mental acuity. He’s got the scoop on how to tackle any OCD, PTSD, depression or anxiety. The Elephant’s Perch, 280 E Ave., Ketchum

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Attend a Golden Mike Reading

Hemingway died here, but literature in Sun Valley lives on. There is the Sun Valley Writers Conference (svwc. com) every summer that draws the best and brightest, including SVWC alum Liaquat Ahamed, who was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History for Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. For those who aspire to such greatness and care to read their work or listen to others live, look for upcoming open-mike nights at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum. The next live session will be announced to friends of Iconoclast Books on Facebook. Iconoclast Books, 671 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum


Put Your Hands in the Dirt

With all the nonprofits in the Wood River Valley, there are many ways to give back by volunteering, and you’ll meet some kind folks in the process. This summer, the Hunger Coalition ( is looking for some folks who love gardening to help create the Hope Garden in downtown Hailey with the simple mission of feeding people while educating and building community in the Wood River Valley. If you want to build up an appetite before talking about food, there are also opportunities to help with trail maintenance. An easy way to pitch in is to contact the Wood River Bicycle Coalition ( The Hope Garden is located at the corner of First Avenue and Walnut Street in downtown Hailey.


When it Rains it Bowls

A throwback to the origins of the resort, bowling in the basement of the Sun Valley Lodge ( is a no-brainer on a rainy day. It only takes the first frame to feel the original coziness of this rare institution carved out by Averell Harriman and those who followed him. There are six lanes, video games, a pool table and a snack bar. What more could you ask for when the weather is inclement than a little nostalgia? If you catch the history bug, there’s more at the Heritage Museum ( in the Forest Service Park in Ketchum, and you can dig even deeper at the Blaine County Historical Museum ( in Hailey. Ask for Teddy. If you just need a little fix, stop by the Duchin Room and tour of the historic photographs in the lodge. Sun Valley Resort, 1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley www. b o i s e we e kly. c o m



Then 2010 U.S. Paragliding Nationals will fill the skies over Sun Valley on Labor Day weekend.


Rec Under the Sun


Races and competitions of all kinds keep the rec calendar full by Dana Dugan


un Valley could rightfully be renamed Rec Valley. For as much sun as shines down on the valley, there is just as much recreating going on under it. New this year, the Sun Valley Rhythm and Ride Music and Bike Festival, Wednesday, June 23-Sunday, June 27, is celebrating life on the trails. There are more than 430 continuous miles, plus 32 miles of paved trail, a new pump park and endless scenic off-road biking. The festival will feature the Sawtooth Century Bicycle Tour, cruiser and kids’ criteriums, music and food, open range biking, a 10k run, Sheeptown Fat Tire Rally and more. For more information visit The outdoor ice rink at the Sun Valley Lodge is one of the few year-round rinks around and the home of the Sun Valley Ice Shows held every Saturday throughout the summer. The shows will bring some of the top names in skating to the little rink, including Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, along with fellow Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Sasha Cohen and ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. For those with Olympic aspirations but without the Olympic-level skills, there are always skate rentals. For more info, check out Runners will have their day with the Backcountry Run on Saturday, July 17. Participants will race 16 miles through the Fox Creek area in search of glory. For more info, or to register online, visit active.

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com or phone it in to the Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum at 208-726-3497. Two-wheeled racers can hit the Galena Grinder Mountain Bike Race—that is if they have thighs of steel. The course is a butt-kicking 22-mile loop across some of the most challenging terrain around. Mountain bikers do one lap, while marathon racers hit the course twice. Watch for more info. If paved roads are more your style, check out the Boulder Mountain Bicycle Tour on Saturday, Sept. 11. Road riders will start in downtown Ketchum and ride up Highway 75 for 23 miles to Galena Lodge, where they will meet up with the mountain bikers and chow down before heading back to town. But one of the highlight events of the year is a new one to Sun Valley. The 2010 U.S. Paragliding Nationals will fill the skies above the valley with some of the top paragliders in the country from Monday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 5. Spectators can crane their necks as they watch the competition from the base of Bald Mountain. The competition is set to coincide with the jam-packed Labor Day weekend festivities, so plan ahead. For more information, visit For more sporting events, check out to see the full calendar of events. But since some of the best recreating doesn’t come pre-organized, visit the Blaine County Recreation District’s website at bcrd. org for information about trails, hiking, biking, swimming and more.

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Valley of the Arts

Sun Valley Offers a season of art and theater BY Dana Dugan

Craig Kosak, Plain of the Red Shaman, oil on canvas 46” x 46”

William Smith, U ntitled, 2009. Courtesy Schmidt Dean Gallery, PA

Summer gallery walks in the Wood River Valley will keep art lovers busy the whole season long. Dev Kh alsa


The Ketchum Arts Festival offers one-stop art shopping. courte sy n exsta ge the atre

The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard to Baldy.

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nce upon a time in the West, art meant a carved leather saddle in the barn and an oil painting of an elk in the living room. Not that there’s anything wrong with those, mind you, but nowadays, the Wood River Valley throws a lot more at you. The Sun Valley Gallery Association will continue its long-standing tradition of monthly gallery walks. These strolls are to serious art gazing what Katz’s Deli is to the French Laundry: really good and fun, but more about the socializing than hard-core gallery patronage. But that’s how most folks like it. Visitors might find some gems along the way. Warhol? Check. Picasso? Check. Jian Bing Nie, William Morris, Julie Blackmon, Morris Graves? Check. Visit for more info. Among the highlights of the summer season is Papunya Tula Artists: Art from the Central Desert of Australia. This landmark Australian Aboriginal art exhibition, presented by Harvey Art Projects USA, will be hosted at the former home of the Anne Reed Gallery, 391 First Ave. N. in Ketchum, with an opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 2. To help art lovers get in the spirit, the Community Library in Ketchum will host a film screening and discussion with Paul Sweeney of the Papunya Tula Artists on Thursday, July 1. The 11th annual Ketchum Arts Festival will again be a standout of the summer arts scene, this year filling the Meadows in Sun Valley from Friday, July 9-Sunday, July 11. The show will include about 100 artist booths representing a variety of genres, as well as live music, activities for children and food and beverages. For more information, call 208-725-

4090 or visit Still, the grandpappy of arts festivals in the region remains the highly regarded annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival. Now in its 42nd year, the event will be held at Atkinson Park in Ketchum Friday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 15. Along with amazing array of artists from across the country, the festival features food, a kids’ craft area, artist demos and live entertainment all weekend. For information, visit For patrons of the performing arts, the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival will present the classic wilderness romp A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thursday, Aug. 19-Sunday, Aug. 29, in the appropriate setting of Forest Service Park. The lighter side of Shakespeare will be offered up for roasting in Laughing Stock Theatre’s production of the hysterically funny Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged by the Reduced Shakespeare Company (or The Compleat Wrks of Wlm Shkspr (Abridged), as the Sun Valley company is calling it). The farce will be staged Monday, Aug. 16-Wednesday, Aug. 25. A comedy-murder-mystery will come in the form of The 39 Steps, the Tony Award-winning send-up of John Buchan’s spy tale. Company of Fools will take on the fast-paced spy caper Tuesday, July 6-Saturday, July 31, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. The company will get decidedly more serious in the fall, when it stages Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Wednesday, Oct. 13-Saturday, Oct. 30. For more information, visit or call 208-788-6520. www. b o i s e we e kly. c o m

The ultimate weekend awaits.


Get away and enjoy a weekend retreat at Zenergy Health Club and Spa at Thunder Spring. All Personal Services are open to the public and include a complimentary day pass to the health club.


Bigwood Golf Course – Public 9-hole golf course with full service restaurant and bar.

245 Raven Road, Ketchum, ID 83340.Located just off Saddle Road. Visit or call 208-725-0595 www. b oiseweekly.c o m 

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This summer, complement your unforgettable Sun Valley vacation with the perfect soundtrack. The Sun Valley Pavilion features artists and groups across various genres under one unique acoustic canopy. So, whether you’re anticipating the soothing strings of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, or looking for a swinging evening with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, we have it all under one roof. After you’ve enjoyed all the golf, horseback riding and other excitement the resort has to offer, the fun doesn’t have to end until the encore.

S U N VA L L E Y Colbie Caillat Sun Valley Wellness S U N Festival Concert 2 0 1 0 May 30

Glenn Miller Orchestra July 20


Acoustic Weekend Featuring The Duhks, Zee Avi, Justin Guarini, Molly Venter and more June 11 & 12 American Festival Chorus & Orchestra With special guest Peter Cetera July 2 MIZ Saigon Presented by Sun Valley Opera July 11 Comedian Brian Regan July 16




M Don M Felder, E Ran evening E V atE the Hotel California Danny Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund Benefit Concert August 18 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference Register at August 20-23

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Pianist Misha Dichter Sun Valley Artist Series I O N Benefi t Concert N T September S 5 Sir Salman Rushdie Lecture (Sun Valley Center for the Arts event)

Tickets at September 10 Purchase concert and ice show tickets online at or call 888.622.2108

Dr. Jayanthi Raman’s SHRISHTI – Creation Presented with the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival

Hotel and event packages available. For resort reservations call 800.786.8259 or email

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Trey McIntyre Project August 27 Jim Salestrom & Friends Remember John Denver August 31


Sun Valley Music Festival Paul Tillotson’s Love Trio and more September 25

Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows, June 26 - Sept. 4

26th Annual Sun Valley Summer Symphony, July 27 - August 17

Olympic and world-class figure skaters every Saturday at dusk

America’s largest privately-funded free admission symphony


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Wood River Valley Guide 2010  

Boise Weekly's Guide to the Wood River Valley

Wood River Valley Guide 2010  

Boise Weekly's Guide to the Wood River Valley