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REAL ESTATE NEWS 5 Historic Houses Up on Stilts Boise’s Urban Growth ARTS & CULTURE

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Sitting Down with Idaho’s First Lady Nonprofit Spotlight: LED Idaho Makers

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A N D T H E N , J U S T L I K E T H AT, IT WAS SEPTEMBER. In Idaho, it will still feel like summer for two or so months. Or it probably will— like all other times of year, this one is a bit unpredictable in our great state. I remember wearing long johns under Halloween costumes some years and loading water bottles into the trick-or-treat wagon during others. No matter the temperature though, the quality of light starts to change in a distinctly fall way. So we begin the transition from summer to fall, waterslide to classroom, the world can start to feel very big and very burdensome. So often, the news does not help, offering instead a reminder that it is hard to be human. This month, we’re encouraging you to take a moment for self care, whatever that may look like for you. Indulge a little, Idaho-style. For you, that may be a trip to one of the three great spas we’re talking about in our Explore section, or cider and a donut, which you can learn more about in Chow Down. Sometimes art can feel like an indulgence too, and we’re bringing you the best of it with a feature on LED, a project-based arts nonprofit, as well as MING Studios, who is providing a home for international art and artists. Residents at the Afton, a downtown Boise condo development, indulge by living in the center of our city, steps away from the Boise River and any number of great restaurants, and we’re exploring sustainable growth with them this month too. For me, telling your stories is the ultimate indulgence, and I’m at it every chance I get. I like meeting all of you, and I hope you like meeting each other too. In this issue, get to know Idaho’s first lady, Theresa Little, who sat down with our publisher to talk about her IdaHome. We’ve got cardboard kayaks and vintage goods, hot air balloons and houses without a home. It’s a fun one, so treat yourself to a hot or cold cup of coffee (who knows what the weather will call for), a pastry, and some peace and quiet—and dig in.

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rivers along Warm Springs Avenue have not been hallucinating over the past several months. Five historic houses jacked up on risers have made the site between the Idaho Botanical Garden and one of Boise’s most desired neighborhoods their temporary resting place as they wait to find a permanent home. The base of the city’s iconic Foothills is a couple of miles from their original, leafy, downtown neighborhood where St. Luke’s Medical Center is undergoing a massive expansion. In their place will be a new parking garage, a shipping and receiving building and central plant.


Logan Patten, a partner with Kuna-based Reclaimed Structures, bought the homes from St. Luke’s with the intention of plopping them into an appropriate neighborhood and renovating their interiors for modern living. “We had originally had a particular spot that we were going to develop where all of them would go and that fell through,” Patten said. “The sellers just were beyond where we felt was a fair market price,” said Kelly Calverly, another partner at Reclaimed Structures. These developers targeted a one-acre lot just off of Warm Springs. But a higher than expected purchase price and the sudden


revelation that the land sat in a 100-year flood plain upended the long-negotiated deal. Not only was it a blow to the business, but it stung a bit for Calverly and her husband Steve. They were planning to renovate one of the five homes for themselves. “Initially, when we had five lots on one subdivision…it was kind of a Cinderella story,” she said. “It’s sad that it didn’t come together, but at this point, we just want to save the houses.” These homes span architectural styles throughout the decades and witnessed a lot of community history over their lives. Two of them served as pre-

schools in the neighborhood—one a white colonial, the other a Tudor with its steep, gabled roof lines. The others include a Spanish colonial with a handsome red tiled roof and a classic Craftsman that served as St. Luke’s women’s life center. The final house is a two-story Saltbox that had been home to the hospital’s women’s auxiliary where the group made Christmas cards every holiday season—some of which were found by Calverly. Each of these homes were identified to have historical significance by Preservation Idaho, the Idaho State Historical Preservation Office and other groups that partnered with the hospital as it put together its master plan. Preservation Idaho President Paula Benson says her group would’ve preferred to keep the character of the neighborhood intact.

“We wish it hadn’t happened, but we do appreciate that they worked with us and that this outcome is much better than it could’ve been otherwise,” said Paula Benson, president of Preservation Idaho. Two other homes, the Bishop Foote Guest House and the former St. Luke’s construction office, were also moved but were relocated within the hospital campus. After their original plan fell through, Reclaimed Structures pivoted to a partnership with College of Western Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Society. They were able to lease the land, but the developers had to find a way to haul the houses to what was supposed to be a temporary spot. “We built literally a road out of metal plates,” Patten explained. “We wouldn’t be able to pull it

through the mud because they’d just sink all the way to the beams.” That’s where they’ve sat for months. Now, they face new challenges. Patten says they’ve been able to extend their lease with College of Western Idaho, but that deal expires later this fall. Reclaimed Structures says it’s found lots for three of the homes in the East End, which they plan to move as soon as possible before wetter weather sets in. But the Saltbox and the Tudor are still up for grabs. Saving these structures from demolition has always been the main priority for the group. At this point, they say they just want to find a great home for these homes. “If somebody has a lot or an idea or a dream, we’d be completely willing to sell them a house at our cost,” Kelly Calverly said.



NATURAL SKINCARE AT THE SPRINGS THERE’S NO DENYING THAT THE SPRINGS makes an impression on people, so the staff wasn’t exactly surprised when folks starting asking for a little piece of the mountain retreat to take home with them. They’d been making soap for awhile, but when their soap maker moved on, Mari Adams, who also works at the front desk, quickly stepped in. “I used her recipe in the beginning, but I made it my own. We started with soap, and then I tried lotion and liquid soap, and we just kept going from there,” she explains. All of the products are eco-friendly—even the ones with glitter—preservative free, and, where possible, utilize mineral water from the same springs that fuels the soaking pools. Adams has been at it for two and a half years now, assisted occasionally by her teenage children. And, like the production of many things at The Springs, including baked goods and lip balm, it is a labor of love, and very much a family business. The Springs now proudly offers these locally made products for use at the resort and for sale in the lobby in exotic scents like Moroccan Vanilla and local favorites like Mandarin Huckleberry and Blueberry Thyme.


C I D ER S I S T ER S “Would you like to try an awesome hard cider?” we ask the people passing our booth. When they say yes—and who wouldn’t?—


our next statement comes as a warning, although it is really a mark of pride. “It’s not sweet,” we say.

Idahoans know indulgence—from Goody's Soda Fountain to Reed’s Dairy, Dapper Doughnuts to Cider Sisters, your sweet tooth is satisfied.

We Cider Sisters, Katy Dang and Steph May, have been making our cider in the Treasure Valley since 2013. We found that the offerings on the market were too sweet for our taste and longed for the tart, refreshing bite of beverages that we had imbibed in our younger years in England and France. Not finding what we craved, we decided to make it ourselves. The result is Lost Carboy, a tart, European-style cider that we create in the traditional way for a single batch every year. Our philosophy is simple: we use the finest apples from Idaho and the Pacific Northwest that produce the best juice, then add high-quality yeast and let the fermentation run its course. More akin to winemaking than beer brewing, a truly fine cider takes time to make, allowing the flavors to develop

Candyman—it even says so on

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ments, shops, and restaurants each fall, but hurry—it doesn’t last long. Cider Sisters Steph May and Katy Dang pose at world headquarters with their 2019 batch (center). Photo by Nathan Dang

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“We’re a funny, old, goofy company with a candy named after a vegetable,” says Wagers. “It’s uniquely Idaho.” Photos courtesy of Idaho Candy Co.

T H E DA P P E R DOUGHNUT What’s better than the smell of freshly made doughnuts? The taste, obviously—especially with flavors like PB&J and S’Mores! Mother-and-daughter team Melinda and Stephanie Hurtado and husband Thomas Friesen bring the delight of made-to-order donuts at the Dapper Donut on Glenwood Street in Garden City. “Donuts taste good and just make people happy,” says Stephanie. “They are perfect little light, crispy sweets. Kids love to watch them getting made, and the presentation of our packaging makes every box a special gift.”

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in 1992, after returning from a year

for 33 years.

teaching in China. “It was when the Boise Co-op was up on Hill Road,” she recalls. “I made Oatmeal Power Cookies at a commercial kitchen in my house.” Now located in Garden City, Mary still bakes the same way she used to. “Don’t make it too complicated,” she says. “Use quality ingredients and make it with care.” www.idahomemagazine.com


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Boise Experiments with Sustainable Urban Growth


new and old can agree on it is that we’re getting bigger, and quickly. Idaho is all grown up, though we’re struggling to make sense of this new world. Forbes ranks Boise the 15th fastest growing city in the United States, say nothing of surrounding areas, which continue to experience a similar surge in. Boise is a bit different though—a lack of land and housing options have would-be Boisians struggling to find a place to call home. When growing out doesn’t work, growing up might. Sustainable urban development provides an answer for some of Boise’s larger growth questions, which include how to address a lack of public transportation as well as creating space for the increasing number of people bucking traditional 9-5 jobs in favor of contract work completed outside of an office. Good urban development creates communities that are environmentally friendly, mixed-use, and varied in size and price— and Boise is finally on board. So, while Boise’s skyline has long been lacking high rise living, that is changing. The Afton, on 8th, 9th, and River Street, isn’t the tallest building on the horizon, but it is certainly one of the most innovative. Developer Michael Hormaechea, a Boise native with nearly 20 years of local real estate experience, recognized the increase in demand for urban living and addressed it by beginning work on an idea relatively new to Boise. Enter the Afton, a building of condominiums in downtown Boise’s Cultural District, near a variety of parks and the Boise River. Julie Oliver, co-founder of Oliver O’Gara Real Estate who represents the Afton, is optimistic about living in downtown Boise. “With all the growth, downtown has come alive and there's so many fun spots to eat, www.idahomemagazine.com

shop and be entertained. Downtown is the heartbeat of Boise and we have more opportunities and options for living there than ever before,” she says. The Afton seeks to address this desire, though it didn’t simply begin with Hormaechea’s realization that Boise needed more housing. Instead, it all started when the Capital City Development Corporation asked for proposals. “There were downtown condos built before the Afton, but we brought a more experienced design team to Boise and that experience delivered a more fully developed urban com-

munity than we had seen built before,” Hormaechea says. The building has a rooftop garden courtyard is indeed unique, but Hormaechea says it is also the high quality materials, craftsmanship, and livability that set the condo development apart. Anecdotally, he sites lifestyle as the primary drive for urban living—people who’d like to spend time on other things, without the burden of home maintenance. A rooftop garden replaces the need for a costly yard, while still allowing room for green outdoor space. And for people who want to live in the heart of the city, there aren’t a lot of options. Frank Fazzio, who works as an attorney in Boise, recently purchased a condo at the Afton. "With housing prices soaring, I knew

town, but the Afton offers just the right mix of luxury and value,” he explains. Fazzio likes the location near the library and river, and says it is “ideal for enjoying some peace while staying within walking distance to the city center.” Urban dwellers aren’t getting it all though­­— the Afton and other units of its kind typically provide less square footage than you might get if

their interests. Jesse and Amanda Wheeler, who moved to Idaho two years ago from Omaha, Nebraska, will move into Phase 2 of the Afton around December. When they moved to Idaho, they agreed that it would

that I needed to find a place to live in the Boise downtown for the long-term. There are a number of condominiums being built around

you purchased a single family home a few neighborhoods away. “There is a willingness to own and use less square footage when contemplating urban residence,” Hormaechea says. “It takes some thoughtful planning and some amount of purging of non-essential items that tend to collect over the years.” Still, he says, it offers residents more time to pursue

be away from suburban life. “We wanted to live downtown, and there aren’t a lot of great options, especially that allow pets. The Afton offers a better setup, easier parking, nice bike storage,” Jesse explained. They also love that it is just steps from downtown and the river­—the best of both worlds. Ultimately, smart, sustainable growth requires doing more to place homes where people want to live, and, as Hormaechea points out, in places that minimally impact public infrastructure. He says that urban infill development creates less burden on roads and utilities, which makes it more sustainable. And, in Boise’s near-absence of viable public



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EXPLORE The first commercial

application of the hot water on the hillside was in 1862 when a gentleman sold buckets of hot water to miners for laundry.

The water originates on

the hillside and is captured and piped in. When it comes out, it is the first time the water has

seen daylight in 10,000 years.

I D AHO Indulgence

T H E S PR I N GS Just 45 or so minutes from Idaho’s capital city sits The Springs, a forested oasis in our often-desert state. Nestled into the mountains and down a long driveway flanked by pines and families of turkeys, quail, and various other wildlife one finds private and public pools of warm mountain water, untreated by man and totally untouched before it arrives for your enjoyment. And, while the water is untreated, come prepared to treat yourself. Beginning with the friendly faces that greet your arrival or gush about the fresh cookies available, this Idaho City treasure is one of a kind, offering couples and families the opportunity to enjoy a soak or swim during either 22

family or adults-only hours, which vary throughout the week. In the private soaking pools, clothing is optional, as are bath bombs, but you should definitely take advantage of both. The private pools are blocked from the public by a specially designed Adobe structure which allows soakers to view nature, including a variety of hummingbirds, while still luxuriating as they choose thanks to a rotating service window. They offer perfectly hot water made cooler by an optional cold spout, all covered by a living roof. To make your time at the pool even better, buy a bath bomb, made locally by Mari Adams whom you may even meet at the front desk.


“The woman who did this before just made soaps. I started with her recipe, but I’ve added a lot of different things too,” says Adams. Now, they utilize and sell shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap, and they contain the same water that flows through The Springs. When possible, the products utilize local ingredients and themes—huckleberries for example. “That way,” Adams says, “people get to take home a little bit of The Springs, wherever they go.” Kurt Gindling, hot springs caretaker, says that a lot of employees make things on the side—lip balms, bakery items, etc., and almost all employees at The Springs are local to the area, which helps The Springs feel approachable and

luxurious, a line Gindling says they’re always trying to ride. He’s been the caretaker since 2004, and helped see The Springs through a total renovation, which removed every part of the old structure except for the pool to begin anew. Now, Gindling explains, they empty and clean the pool every night, draining the water through a vault and into a frogpond, wetland, and eventually the creek. “If we turn off the pool, the wetland dries up. The business actually supports the wildlife,” he says. “My goal is to get as much wildlife here as we can.” Next, stop by the massage yurt, which offers all the amenities of a more traditional massage structure but is approachable in

that great Idaho way. Once you venture into the larger pool, you can order a drink (beer or wine if you want) or meal while you sit in the pool, which is emptied and cleaned every single night. The food is well priced and delicious— the portobello mushroom sandwich is not to be missed. The Springs hosts occasional musicians, an outdoor shower, steamroom, dining yurt, geothermally heated sidewalks and structures, and hotel, just ⅓ of a mile down the road for those looking for the complete experience. There’s a real attention to detail— from the custom chandeliers to the recyclable building material to the outdoor space heaters, The Springs is both intentional and wonderful.




We, as Idahoans, are so, so lucky. From desert to forest to rolling hills, this great state offers such a variety of landscapes and experiences within hours of our front door. From rustic to rustic-luxurious, McCall is a destination. If you’re leaving from Boise, it will take you just over two hours to arrive on the steps of The Shore Lodge, home to The Cove, a luxurious Idaho spa. Liane Eastman, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Cove, describes the spa as a uniquely Idaho experience—next to a lake, surrounded by pine trees and rivers, near a natural hot springs. “The Cove spa offers an authentic Idaho escape, rooted in nature and adventure,” she says. Indeed, The Cove does feel adventurous, with locally sourced wood and granite boulders, indoor-outdoor saltwater immersion pools, and organic spa treat-

ments, The Cove is rugged and ritzy, lion-hearted and lavish. This McCall gem has been around since 2011, and has been dedicated to offering the ultimate retreat within nature, bringing guests closer to the outdoor world, but with like, massages. And, if you’re hoping to make a day of it, look into the Daily Excursion packages The Cove offers, which combine treatments for hours of luxury. Sample Daily Excursions are listed on the website, but Eastman says the staff will happily customize a Daily Excursion tailored to individual guests and their desires. And how might one really treat themselves at The Cove? “First, immerse yourself in McCall’s natural playground. Start your morning with a sunrise hike or mountain biking excursion through one of McCall’s many miles of trails, paddleboard in front on Shore Lodge’s

Photos courtesy of The Cove

lakefront beach or ski the slopes of nearby Brundage Mountain, then head into The Cove to unwind,” Eastman says. There, you can selection an excursion that includes a Footprints Massage and a Reflexology foot treatment that utilizes ancient eastern methodology. Or maybe you’d like to revitalize with a Forest Flora treatment, which uses strawberry rhubarb hyaluronic serum, paired with a Skin Deep Blue wrap, which uses blueberries to improve skin elasticity and circulation. Finally, Eastman explains, you’d end the afternoon with a dip in the saltwater pools, followed by a snack and a glass of champagne, enjoyed around the outdoor fireplace. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect way to explore your IdaHome, we don’t know what does—and, by the looks of it, tourists and locals alike agree.

THE SPA AT SUN VALLE Y RESORT Even the Starbucks in Sun Valley feels extravagant, so the opulence of The Spa at Sun Valley Resort isn’t necessarily surprising—it is, 24

however, delightful. The spa, which underwent a renovation of areas like the retail area, atmosphere, massage rooms, and even services in 2015 as


part of the larger remodel of the Sun Valley Lodge, caters to both tourists and native Idaho guests, largely dependent upon the season.

In summer and winter months, guests tend to fill appointment spots. In spring and fall, locals take advantage of everything from manicures and pedicures to haircuts and color to massage. Of course, guests can also enjoy the 24-hour fitness center, heated outdoor pool and hot tub (open year-round!), and Poolside Cafe. Kelli Lusk, the Public Relations & Communications Manager at the Sun Valley Resort says that the spa provides, for visitors and locals, a

place to relax, unwind, rejuvenate, and indulge—whether that be with a deep-tissue massage or a mani-pedi. “If you purchase a service at the Spa, you receive a day pass. The day pass includes access to the lounge area, locker rooms, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, and fitness center,” she adds. And, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous to enjoy before your day of luxury, look no further than the free fitness and yoga classes

for guests of Sun Valley Resort (which includes Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Inn, cottages, Inn and Lodge Apartments). During the summer, check out Lookout Yoga on top of beautiful Bald Mountain, which, for the cost of registration, includes both a class and a lift ticket to the top. It’s a spectacular way to take in a view and stretch your muscles before settling in to a full day of relaxation at one of the best spas in our IdaHome.

IDAHO VINTAGE MARKET By Miranda Swanson Boise is gearing up for the Idaho Vintage Market, held SeptemSPIRIT OF BOISE ber 13-14 at Expo Idaho in Garden City. The event features 50 local BALLOON CL ASSIC artists and collectors selling original art, clothing, jewelry, home-deAUG. 28 – SEPT. 1 cor, treats, flowers and more. Market founders Kristen Montgomery ANN MORRISON PARK and Amy Pence-Brown, both vintage collectors themselves, are focused on building markets on the foundation of what they call a “DIY spirit”, empowering local artists and the community that supports them. They also curate ad run the Wintry market and Summery market, held at JUMP, though this is the inaugural Vintage Market. “We can tell you that based on the vendors coming, we’ve got amazing things from homemade organic cotton candy to hand-painted signs to antique funeral home ephemera to vintage gold dresses. We can’t wait to see it all ourselves!” says Pence-Brown. Photo courtesy of Idaho Vintage Market




the great escape

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THE WAGON L ADY This summer, driving along a deserted stretch of dirt road between southwest Idaho and California, you might come upon a covered wagon pulled by two horses, a brown and white Paint, who earned his name, Renegade, and a sure-footed sorrel gelding, Starbuck. Whatever you do—Stop! And take the time to meet the driver of this Amish-built, cedar wagon

because Angela Wood is doing what most people only dream of: taking two years to cross America as a pioneer for a good cause: to end childhood hunger. “I started a year ago this month in Liberty, Kentucky, with my dog, 2 horses and 3 years savings in the bank. We traveled to Sunset Beach, North Carolina and my goal is to get to California and back home to raise awareness and $1 per mile for www. nokidhungry.org,” said Ms. Wood. She’d stopped for a night along Hwy 20 between Hill City and Mountain

Home, south of Goodale’s cutoff on the old Oregon Trail. “To call it a trail is generous,“ she said, laughing. “It’s rough, real rough-and I have torsion springs in this 1,200 pound home on wheels!” According to her Facebook page, she’s covered 4069 miles and raised $4075. Her latest post on August 21st showed a map heading across the scorching Nevada plains.” I'm going to be out of phone and internet service for next couple days. I will try to keep you updated as I go.” Follow Angela’s goodwill caravan and amazing journey at www. facebook.com/AngelaLWood67/ To Donate to her cause to end child hunger: www.challenge-america-equine-trek.com

explains that the idea behind the festival was to get the whole down involved in daylighting the creek. “For five years, the festival basically ran without the creek, really. It started in the parking lot, which was a law firm, which is now turning into a bookstore,” he says. Wein explains that the festival has tried a lot of things. “Tug of war in the creek, volleyball, which was a disaster because the water came up the day before and we had people floating down the creek,” he says. But they’ve settled in, and annual competitors are already working on their cardboard kayaks. Sarah Gross, Marketing Coordinator for Destination Caldwell,

who runs the festival, says that they hope to encourage people to explore downtown. “We hope that the festival will encourage people to give Caldwell a second though! This is a really fun way to check it out!,” she says. “It’s fun! Come on down!” adds Wein.

INDIAN CREEK FESTIVAL Caldwell is preparing for the annual Indian Creek Festival, held at and around the beautiful Indian Creek Plaza on September 19-21. This year, the festival is themed Pure Imagination and features a Thursday night dog parade (and dog/owner look-alike contest) and plaza movie, Saturday car cruise and sock hop, and Saturday car show, breakfast, bike rodeo, tomato taste-off, chalk art contest, duck race, and cardboard kayak race. The festival began in 2003 in celebration of the restoration of part of the creek, which had recently been uncovered. Ken Wein, Destination Caldwell Board Member and previous event organizer,



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Blues and Bones Festival


August 24

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11 AM – 9 PM Where: Eagle Island State Park Description: The Blues and Bones Festival will be featuring some of the nations hottest traveling Blues Bands as well as some of the local favorites. This is a Family event and we are hoping to become one of your Family's Summer Traditions


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August 30

9-1 Arts & Blues at the Riverside Hotel


August 30

Spirit of Boise NITE GLOW When: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 6 PM – 10 PM Where: Ann Morrison Park 1000 Americana Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83706 Description: This once-a-year event is a MUST visit! Bring your loved ones, lawn chairs and blankets for a night at Ann Morrison Park watching the hot air balloons perform an epic nighttime glow show! The event is free and scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. depending on weather. While guests of all ages are encouraged to attend, we do hope that you'll leave your fur animals at home, as noises that are undetectable to human hearing can cause extreme discomfort to pets.


August 30 - September 1

When: Aug 30 at 11 AM – Sep 1 at 7 PM Where: 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID 83714 Description: A weekend filled with art by BOSCO and blues by the Boise Blues Society at The Riverside Hotel. Enjoy cool blues by the river, an art fair featuring BOSCO artists and demonstrations of art being made.


September 6

Art in the park! When: Sep 6 at 10 AM – Sep 8 at 5 PM Where: Julia Davis Park Boise, Idaho Description: Save the date for the 65th annual Art in the Park in Boise, Idaho we look forward to seeing you! This is Ladybug Press's 3rd year and we are super excited to be an invited artist! Find us at BOOTHS 134-135

Terrace Lake Resort Music Festival When: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1 PM – 10 PM Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 1 PM – 10 PM Where: Terrace Lakes Resort 101 Holiday Dr, Garden Valley, Idaho 83622 Description: The Terrace Lakes Resort Music Festival is BACK for it's second year, and is bigger and better than ever! 2019 will include a friday night jam and TWO days of MUSIC, AMAZING FOOD, CAMPING, and FESTIVITIES!

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September 6

208 Comedy Fest When: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8 PM – 9:45 PM Where: 405 S 8th St, Boise, Idaho 83702 Description: The 208 Comedy Fest is Boise’s premier comedy festival – over 60 internationally touring comics performing at multiple downtown Boise venues September 5 th thru the 8 th – including Rhea Butcher, Caitilin Gill and festival headliner Maria Bamford! Information and tickets available at 208comedyfest.com


September 6

Star Gaze at Bruneau Dunes State Park When: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM Where: Bruneau Dunes State Park 27608 Sand Dunes Rd, Mountain Home, Idaho 83604 Description: Viewing of the heavens through the Observatory’s collection of telescopes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


September 7

4th Annual Bacon and Beer Festival When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM Where: 5610 N Glenwood St, Garden City, Idaho 83714 Description: Say it out loud with us..."BOISE BACON & BEER FEST IS BACK!" Feels good, doesn't it? We sure like to think so! For our 4th Annual Bacon & Beer Festival, we're extremely stoked to be bringing Idaho's biggest Bacon & Beer themed festival to Expo Idaho! This year features...




• 25 local / regional craft breweries and cideries • Several Local Restaurants competing for the title of "best bacon dish!" • MASSIVE cornhole tournament hosted by Cornhole Idaho with incredible prizes including BEER FOR A YEAR! • Live DJ • Tons of awesome yard games

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When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11 AM – 5 PM Where: Boise Spectrum 7709 W Overland Rd, Boise, Idaho 83709 Description: The Idaho Press is proud to announce this year's Bands Brews & BBQ State Competition! Admission is free to the public. Vendors will have bbq available for sampling in a designated area for all attendees to try. You will be able to sample after 1:30 pm from the teams. 14 vendors will be on hand during the event. Beer will be sold between the hours of 12 and 5 pm. Live music will play over the course of the day.

When: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7 PM Where: Idaho Botanical Garden 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, Idaho 83712 Description: Foreigner Gates: 5:30pm Show: 7:00pm Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 1 Mar 2019 at 10:00 AM IBG Member Presale : Wed, 27 Feb 2019 at 10:00 AM Tickets available at the Taco Bell Arena ticket offices, by phone at (208) 426-1766, or online at Ticketmaster.com Ticket prices: IBG Members GA - $45 GA: $50

September 13

Bands Brews & BBQ Festival


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September 12 - 14

2019 Payette River Music Festival When: Sep 12 at 6 PM – Sep 14 at 11 PM Where: Big Nasty Hillclimb New Plymouth, Idaho 83655 Description: 3 nights of awesome country western music. Headlined by nationally known artist Chancey Williams.


Run in conjunction with Big Nasty Hillclimb


September 13

Hyde Park Street Fair 2019 - Celebrating 40 Years!



September 14

Spring Valley, Idaho Country Music Stomp! When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12 PM – 11:59 PM Where: Eagle Rodeo Grounds 5337 Idaho 55 Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629 Description: This all day country music festival will be the first festival to take place at the Eagle Rodeo Grounds!! Come eat, drink and listen to great music!

When: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4 PM – 9:30 PM Where: Hyde Park Street Fair Camel's Back Park, Boise, Idaho 83702 Description: Established in 1979, Hyde Park Street Fair is celebrating 40 years of unique North End fun! From our humble roots on the streets of Hyde Park to our current digs in nearby Camel's Back Park, each fair is an event for the whole family with food, activities, more than 100 vendors and dozens of bands to enjoy. As always, Hyde Park Street Fair is a FREE community event









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Idaho’s First Lady Gets Real By Karen Day

It’s not often you meet a First Lady in the produce aisle, unless you shop in Emmett, Idaho. Teresa Little has been living in the town of approximately 7,000 inhabitants since she and Brad Little, the Governor, were married, forty-one years ago. “I’m not above showing my grandkids photos in the grocery store if someone asks,” said Little, describing how her role as First Lady hasn’t changed her daily demeanor. “After all, nobody elected me. I want people to understand I’m just like them, except now, because Brad was elected, I have this opportunity to be their representative as best I can.” It’s an unpretentious statement coming from someone who recently dined at the White House and sat next to Bill Gates at

Sun Valley’s billionaire conference, Allen and Company. However unlikely, the adjective fits the First Lady and woman who describes herself as, “being old enough to know who I am in my own skin.” “I thought the CEO of Microsoft was a compelling speaker. His concern for humanity impressed me. I’m reading his book, “Hit Refresh.” The comment reflects the quiet confidence and compassion that infuses Little’s ability to put people at ease in her presence. One senses a deep reserve of life experience has shaped Little’s words before they leave her mouth. As well, four generations of familial roots have grounded her to this place on earth since her great grandfather emigrated from Ireland to Lewiston in 1880. Daniel Gamble went on serve in the Idaho State Legislature. Last month, the First Lady led a historic tour through Latah County, explaining her ancestor’s contributions to the Palouse and women’s suffrage. “In 1894, my great grandfather served one term. The initiative to give women in Idaho the vote was presented that year” she said with a proud smile.

“He voted, “Aye!” Remarkable, certainly—there aren’t many in politics who can claim direct descent from a forebearer who gave women the right to vote 26 years before the 19th Amendment. Perhaps then it is no coincidence that Little appears as comfortable addressing a crowd as First Lady as she feels “in her own skin.” “I want to leave this world, especially for Idaho families, better off than when I came in,” she says of the legacy she wants to leave as First Lady. Such a basic, admirable goal in no way belies an easy path serving with the Governor for the next four years. The Gem State and its residents face unprecedented challenges with accelerated growth. “I had a pretty clear view of what this role entailed watching Brad serve as Lieutenant Governor for ten years. The biggest challenge is juggling family life and official responsibilities. Brad is extremely busy. We have two sons, two daughters-in-law, five grandkids between and a new grandbaby due in November. And the ranch. My main goal is to maintain balance.” It’s clear Teresa Little knows how to “hit refresh” and find the right balance for herself, her family, her job—and for Idahoans.



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L imel ight LED Brings Multifaceted Art Experiences to Boise


hough they delight, LED isn’t in the business of illumination, at least not in the way that you might think. Still, co-founder Lauren Edson says that roughly one person a day enters the space in search of lightbulbs—so many that they’ve printed their purpose on their door. “We are not a lighting store. We make things and create meaningful experiences” it proclaims. Yes, what LED provides is far more interesting— dance, music, and film, any way you like it. With her husband Andrew Stensaas, Edson created the arts nonprofit after studying at The Juilliard School and then working as a performer and choreographer across the United States, eventually landing in Boise as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. She’s originally from here, and is excited to, as part of LED, offer the community something special by way of her art. LED has actually been in Boise, perhaps less visibly, for some time. The organization began in 2015 in a

space on Broadway next to Junkyard Jeans. Since, they’ve moved into a big, open spot on Grove with custom lighting, perfect for performance. On working with her husband, Edson says, “For us, it is exciting to talk about the concept of the story we’re going to tell, chipping away in our own ways and then coming together. It feels like an ongoing sharing—a true collaboration. It is rare to find a person you connect with in that way. We really understand the way the other works.” And, while Edson in partnership with Stensaas is a force, they aren’t acting alone—LED constantly seeks collaboration with other artists from all genres, including their recent progressive dinner experience, called Red Hare(ing), which paired The Modern and Txikiteo with LED dancers and musicians for an innovative artistic experience. They also work closely with filmmakers. Edson is a highly trained dancer and choreographer and a mother of two, which means she is engaged in a balancing act, both physical and otherwise. “I felt incredible when I was pregnant and creating work—that parallel, like one was informing the other in a lot of ways. I think, when I bring my kids into

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this space, it creates a place where I can live instinctually,” she explains. “It reinforces the fact that sometimes, I need to return to play. My focus is more acute. It feels like a real reminder of the humanity in the work I’m doing.” Edson and Stensaas are focused on storytelling, no matter the medium, and seek to make high art accessible. “My husband and I are really drawn to, through music and visuals, telling a story. Dance by itself is a pretty inefficient way to tell a story, so we try to create worlds that feel like cinematic experience,” she says. In a recent performance called Jabberwock, Edson explains, they used the framework of an existing story to explore themes. “We just start talking about what interests us. These ideas are dropped in out of nowhere. And then you jump down the rabbit hole of researching what drew you to that. We research, talk a lot about what we’re exploring, and then we start making.” LED hopes to bring the community into the space they’ve occupied since May, offering master classes, First Thursday events, and a variety of events that partner community organizations and bring art to the masses.



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is a cider-maker and author who has published over 300 articles, mostly about art, music, history and other things that matter. She was the editor of Idaho Arts Quarterly Magazine and is a contributing writer for Rocker Magazine.


is a freelance writer who has lived in Boise for 16 years and probably won’t ever move. She has a BA in Anthropology from University of Washington and she’s passionate about travel, hiking and trying out local restaurants with her husband and two kids.


is a senior at Ridgevue High School in Nampa, Idaho taking AP English to get ahead in her writing skills. She hopes to attend Washington State University to study social work. Miranda enjoys writing, painting, and hanging out with her friends and family.


has been an award-winning journalist for nearly a decade covering just about everything you can think of in Idaho, Delaware and Washington. An Idaho native born and raised north of the time zone bridge, he now lives in Boise. When he's not in the office, you can find James fly fishing, buffing up on his photography skills or watching the Seattle Mariners' latest rebuilding season.

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by Stephanie Nelson


If you’re attracted to art that elevates the senses toward beauty and inspiration or have felt a little lost when it comes to knowing exactly how to appreciate various pieces of art, MING Studios is for you. If you have questions about the difference between an art studio and a traditional museum, MING Studios is for you. In fact, if you’re art-curious at all, MING Studios is a great place to settle in and get acquainted, right here in the Boise community. MING Studios is a Contemporary Art Center, which differs from a museum because instead of showcasing completed artworks and their historical and cultural context, MING Studios invites people to participate with the living artist as they’re actively creating, through workshops, performances, screenings, readings and artist talks. By bringing artists from around the world to live in Boise as “Artists in Residence,” MING offers the community a chance to learn about the process of creating art but also about the unique and interesting artists behind the pieces. Founder Jason Morales, realized that Idaho’s amazing topography and its kind and welcoming residents were actually selling points to attract world-class artists, which benefits Boise. “I realized that by bringing artists from other countries to Idaho, MING Studios could fill a gap that was not being addressed otherwise,” he says. Morales noted that most local institutions at the time were more interested in local and regional artists. “I believed that these perspectives


from afar, expressed through art, could be a source of inspiration for our local and regional artists and community,” he adds. Morales hopes to “empower Boiseans to experience and think about different things than their everyday” through interaction with MING and the artist’s works. So, whether you’re someone familiar with art or you’re someone who wants to learn more, consider attending a free workshop or a talk—and be sure to ask questions! The artists at MING Studios are eager to engage and teach more about how to understand and appreciate art. Look for event times and exhibition details on MING Studios’ website: mingstudios.org Photos courtesy of Ming Studios

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IdaHome magazine explores sustainable urban growth, fun local events, and the local art scene.

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IdaHome magazine explores sustainable urban growth, fun local events, and the local art scene.

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