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Su m mer /F a l l 2014

4 decades of Sun Valley Arts Highlighting Artists, Musicians, Events & Entertainers

The Bucket List

40 Must-Do Uniquely Local Activities

Conserving Idaho Pioneers & Philanthropists

Getting Hitched Sun Valley-Style


SV Mag’s Winter Party Pics • Essays by Ridley Pearson & Diane Josephy Peavey • Fabulous Food for Any Outdoor Adventure • A Day in the Life of Well-known Locals • Why Bobby Farrelly fancies Sun Valley • Fun and (mostly) Healthy Local Beverages • Why Art Matters! • The Mountain Bike Community is Cranking it Up!


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contents // features


Decades: A Summer Retrospective

As the local saying goes, “People come to Sun Valley for the winters, but they stay for the summers.” We take a stroll through the pages of four decades’ worth of Sun Valley Magazine summer coverage. by cole newcomb & mike mckenna


It’s All About the Arts

We shine some well-deserved spotlights on the people and events that have played Cupid to the last 40 years of Sun Valley’s love affair with the arts. featuring ridley pearson, diane josephy peavey and bobby farrelly


This Idaho Town: Hailey

The family-friendly bedroom community for Sun Valley has become a fun place to play after the sun goes down and the kids have gone to bed. by mike mckenna photography ray j. gadd

on the cover

Idahoan Carl Rowe’s “Laying Lowe,” an alkyd on canvas of the Camas Prairie, graces the cover of our 40th Anniversary Summer issue. cover artwork by carl rowe / courtesy kneeland gallery

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The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is the largest privately-funded free symphony in the country.


In Every Issue

26 From the Editor 30 Contributors 37 Local Buzz 40-Somethings SVM Bucket List Passing the Torch A Day in the Life Calendar of Events Party Pics! 59 Things We Love A selection of our favorite, unique gifts sure to please.

Art & Galleries

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138 Interviews with Artists Q&A of exclusive artists with local galleries. by svm staff

146 Gallery Tours 148 Gallery & Artist Guide Local galleries and artist profiles.

It’s fun to explore the “Whitewater State” with Idaho River Journeys.

Food & Drink

161 Picnic Fare Picnic ideas and recipes for all kinds of events and trips. by julie molema

wedding SECTION pg. 121

170 Restaurant Guide 175 Wood River Fine Dining Guide

156 Wood River Valley Studio Tour

65 Body & Soul Spa Days Cleansing Smoothies Volunteer Spotlight 75 Get Out There #SVGram Mountain Biking Flow Trails Whitewater State Hiking & Climbing 22 | 40th anniversary issue


Check out this fab, cute outfit from The Wildflower!

Photo by Kirsten Shultz

122 Featured Weddings: A highlight of nine Sun Valley weddings that will wow you. 132 Premiere Wedding Vendors 135 Fulfilling Your Dream: Wedding Tips

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Marry me! Our wedding section is filled with photos, tips, stories and inspiration from Sun Valley brides and grooms! In honor of our 40th Anniversary Summer issue we’re featuring an all-star line up of some of our favorite weddings over the years, including at least one from each splendid season of the year in Sun Valley.



from the editor // insight

Creating art is for the bold. And the courageous. It takes passion. Inspiration. Drive. You have to have vision and you have to be willing to be a pioneer of new ground, open to exploring new ideas and methods. Artists take risks and are willing to experiment. They are driven to create. Or drawn to it, inexplicably, like a moth to a flame. “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” – Eugene Delacroix This issue is dedicated to artists everywhere, but especially to those who have lived and created and dreamed here in Sun Valley. The history of art and culture in the Wood River Valley can be traced back to 1885 with the birth of American poet Ezra Pound, who was born in a small clapboard house on Second Avenue in Hailey on October 30th of that year. Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining a modernist Hanging on the beach in Del Mar with my dad aesthetic in poetry and can be attributed with advancing the work of major contemporight around the time Sun Valley Magazine was first published (July 1974). raries just after the turn of the 20th century, most notably, Ernest Hemingway, Sun Valley’s most well-known and revered novelist. Ever since Hemingway first penned pages of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in Suite 206 of the Sun Valley Lodge in 1939, the Wood River Valley has been home to a rich and thriving arts scene, hosting a plethora of famous poets, novelists, biographers, artists, actors, actresses, conductors, pianists, violinists, musicians and vocalists over the years. Sun Valley lays claim to the largest privately-funded free symphony in the country. The Sun Valley Summer Symphony, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has brought to the stunning Sun Valley Pavilion such notable names as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Deborah Voigt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and many others. The Sun Valley Artist Series keeps the music going well past the summer months and we enjoy four locally-developed film festivals each year, with the newly minted upstart, the Sun Valley Film Festival, featured as the most prominent. More than 20 art galleries grace our streets, bringing an international art scene to our doorstep, and over 220 working studio artists call the Valley home —many of whom open their doors each September during the annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour weekend. The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is coming up on 20 years of connecting readers to writers of national and international acclaim, and three different theatre production companies, two ballet dance companies and the Sun Valley Opera all stage incredible productions annually. All this for a Valley with a local population of little more than 14,302. The list is truly mind boggling. It’s no wonder ArtPlace named the area as one of the Top 12 Small Art Towns in the U.S. This 40th Anniversary Issue of Sun Valley Magazine celebrates arts and philanthropy in the Wood River Valley, along with the land conservation that has preserved the incredible vistas and rolling hills so many of our artists paint. In celebrating Sun Valley Magazine we reflect upon the last 40 years and look forward to the next four decades, celebrating native sons and daughters, like writers Ridley Pearson, Judith Freeman and Zander Maksik, as well as local transplants like Denise Simone of Company of Fools Theatre Group and Alasdair Neale of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. And don’t miss our interview with Glenn Cooper Janss, the first lady of the arts in Sun Valley. Her efforts led to the foundation of the Sun Valley Creative Arts Workshops, an organization that planted the seeds of programs that grew into the Elkhorn Music Festival (later the Sun Valley Summer Symphony), ballet programs and, ultimately, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. There is simply too much to capture here, so open the pages of this special 40th Anniversary Collector’s Issue and discover the incredible richness and diversity of Sun Valley!

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Originally from Minnesota, Kathleen kristenson (Passing the Torch, p. 44, Go Rafting, p. 82) moved West after attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Drawn by the easy access to outdoor recreation, she eventually settled in Sun Valley, her home base for many adventures. She can be seen soaring over town in her paraglider, pedaling the peaks on her mountain bike or Nordic skiing the North Valley Trails. When not out playing, she’s working her day job at Zenergy, where she is a massage therapist, or moonlighting as a writer.

ridley pearson (Pulling the Blinds, pg. 106) was raised in Riverside, Connecticut, and lived in the Wood River Valley for 20 years before moving to the Midwest to raise children with his wife, Marcelle. They have kept a home here and have many family members and friends in the area. Ridley was an early friend to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference when it was still a germ of an idea. He has published 48 novels, including a dozen New York Times best-sellers for both adults (suspense/crime) and younger readers (adventure), including the Walt Fleming series set in the magnificent natural beauty of Sun Valley.

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p.38 40-fabulous p. 40 bucket list p. 44 passing the torch p. 46 a day in the life p. 52 events p. 54 party! p. 56 awards

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Nothing says summertime in Sun Valley quite like an evening at the symphony! For several weeks each summer, the largest freeadmission privately-funded symphony in the country delights crowds with concerts at the stunning Sun Valley Pavilion. Celebrating its 30th year, this summer’s series kicks off July 28th and Sun Valley Magazine is proud to once again sponsor Pops Night, August 10th. Summer 2014 | 37

1974 LocaL buzz // 40-somethings

Famous 40-Somethings

notable businesses that turned 40 this year BY Sun Valley Mag Staff

With apologies to former President Richard Nixon, 1974 was a rather magical year. 1974 not only gave birth to famous actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams, it’s also the year Bill Janss launched the first issue of Sun Valley Magazine. To help celebrate our 40th birthday, here are some other notable creations from 1974.

did you


Gas cost $0.53/ gallon. Average cost of a new car was $3,750. Cost of a ski lift ticket at Sun Valley was $30. The average cost of a pint of beer was $1.25. The average household income was $11,197. Life expectancy for Americans was only 72 years (It’s almost 79 now!). “The Sting” won the Oscar for Best Picture. “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack won the Grammy for Best Song of the Year. “Little House on the Prairie” and “Happy Days” were the most popular TV shows. Stephen King’s first hit book “Carrie” was published. Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman at the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. “Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon won the National Book Award.

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(clockwise from top right) Porche 911 turbo debuts; Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” has moviegoers across the country in stitches; Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” endears itself to kids of all ages; People Magazine debuts with Mia Farrow on the cover; The Community School is founded in Sun Valley; “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” gets people to throw toast at the screen; The former Molly’s Books becomes Chapter One Bookstore, which was recently named one of America’s best bookstores by Travel + Leisure magazine; At 108 stories, the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago opens as the tallest skyscraper in the world.

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In 1974 . . .

longtime valley businesses celebrating big birthdays!

The Pioneer Saloon has us beat! It celebrates 42 years this year!


Sun Valley Magazine is founded!


The Northern Rockies Music Festival will celebrate 38 years of bringing live music to the Valley!

1979 Sheepskin Coat Factory commemorates 35 years of business in the Valley.

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is celebrating “30 Years Young!”

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First opened in Trail Creek Village in 1979, Paula Proctor (Paula’s Dress Shop) is celebrating 35 years of local business!


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In it’s 25th year, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree keeps it going this fall. Family owned and operated, Sun Valley Bronze is looking good at 22!

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1994 The Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store opens in Hailey to support the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

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Rocky Mountain Hardware is celebrating 20 years in the Valley. They opened their new showroom on Main in Ketchum, this spring.


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Backwoods Mountain Sports turns 39 this year! Andy Munter took over in 1983.



Officially recognized in 1932, on land donated by the Friedman family, the Friedman Memorial Airport is celebrating 82 years.

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LocaL buzz // bucket list

Top 40 SV Bucket List summertime must-dos! BY Sun Valley Magazine Staff

Go for a Hike! The hiking around Sun Valley is stunning and seemingly endless. But one of our staff favorites is the Pioneer Cabin. Nestled 9,400-feet high in the Pioneer Mountains, the cabin was originally built in 1939 as part of Sun Valley’s backcountry hut system.

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Ride the Pump Track! Both Ketchum and Hailey offer free dirt pump tracks, which are fun for kids of any age.

Dig in the Dirt! Go to Sun Valley


Play a Round of Golf at High Elevation! Drives go a lot further here a mile or so above sea level and the Valley offers several world–class courses!

Enjoy a fresh, locally brewed beer The Sawtooth Brewery

in Ketchum and the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey both serve up fresh local brews!

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weekly Farmers’ Markets in Ketchum (Tuesdays) and Hailey (Thursdays) are perfect places to enjoy local food and crafts like our favorites: Calle 75 Street Tacos and JAM Designs!

Ice skate Under A summer Sky You can either skate yourself, or catch Olympians like Gracie Gold, Johnny Weir or Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform at the world-famous Sun Valley Ice Shows.


Garden Center or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and get inspired!





eat, drink and buy local crafts The


Visit Historic Galena Lodge! 23-miles north of Sun Valley you can find Galena Lodge. It’s a great spot for a hike, bike ride or a fabulous lunch like a Lava Lake Lamb Burger!

Stop by a few of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Haunts! Ketchum is littered with places “Papa” loved to hang out. So it’s easy to retrace his steps to the bars at Michel’s Christiania or the Alpine Club (now Whiskey Jacques’) or to enjoy a “Hemingway’s Special Daiquiri” at The Duchin Room. His memorial on Trail Creek, dedicated in 1966, is also worth a visit.

Go for a swim Lakes, rivers and public pools


polka dot the local landscape, especially over the pass in the Sawtooth Valley where it’s always fun to waterski at Alturas Lake or rent a sailboat on Redfish Lake.

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Since there are more amazing things to do in and around Sun Valley in the summer than is humanly possible, it helps to have a solid action plan. To help you make the most out of it all, we offer up Sun Valley Mag’s 40th Anniversary Summer Bucket List!

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Have a schooner of beer Grumpy’s is more than just a beer and burger bar, it’s an institution in Ketchum. Popular with everyone from working class locals to the biggest stars on the planet, no summer is complete without a schooner—or several—on the deck of Grumpy’s!


Come See Our Beautiful Custom Designs

Read a Great Book! Chapter One

and Iconoclast bookstores in Ketchum have terrific selections and our local libraries are top notch!

Catch a Free Concert! “Ketch’em


Alive” offers live music each Tuesday; “Wicked Wednesday’s” at The Spud is the place to be in Hailey; and “Mahoney’s Baloney” serves up live music Thursday nights in Bellevue.

14 Play Tennis! Sun Valley has a long and impressive history of high-quality tennis. Atkinson Park in Ketchum and Wood River High in Hailey have quality courts.


shop till you drop! Lacking any chain stores, the Valley is loaded with shops that offer one-of-a-kind boutique and intimate shopping experiences, sure to please any shopper.


Have a Glass—or several— of Idaho Wine! The

Wine Company in Ketchum and diVine Wine Bar in Hailey offer large Gem State wine selections! And Frenchman’s Gulch even produces wine in Ketchum and offers wine tastings!

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LocaL buzz // bucket list


Go Rafting! The famous Middle Fork “River of No Return,” and even day trips on the Main Salmon River, are amazing experiences!

Experience the Milky Way Enjoy an Ice Cream Toni’s

and Yellow Belly both create mouthwatering local ice cream flavors like Toasted Coconut and Real Mint Chocolate Chip.


Watch a rodeo! Catch cowboys and cowgirls kicking up their heels at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds!

Explore constellations under our stunning night sky or take the kids on a guided astrological campout with the Environmental Resource Center!



Learn about the amazing 900-mile journey salmon and steelhead make from the sea to the heart of Idaho.

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gondola more than halfway up Bald Mountain for a remarkable meal at the historic Roundhouse, the octagonal restaurant has been serving patrons since 1940.




Mountain Bike Baldy! The lift-assisted singletrack and new Flow Trails on Baldy add to Sun Valley’s outstanding mountain biking options.

Go for a Motocross Ride Numerous local canyons and the track in Croy Canyon west of Hailey offer terrific dirt bike riding.

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Fly Fish Silver Creek, the Big Wood or Big Lost rivers! Pick

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Go to the Symphony! Sun Valley


summers are not complete without at least one visit to the largest freeadmission publicly funded symphony in the country.

Play Mini-Golf!


Sun Valley offers a putt-putt course you can play with the kids, or you can simply enjoy a Bloody Mary and lunch at the Club House while the youngsters play a round.

watch a Parade!

We love our parades around here, and there’s lots of ‘em! Between Hailey’s popular 4th of July Parade and the Big Hitch Parade (part of Ketchum’s annual Wagon Days celebration and one of the nation’s longest non-motorized parades), and lots in between, summers in Sun Valley are marked by parades.

Have a Cowboy Cut Nothing beats a


Have a pastry or some Wienerschnitzel at the Konditorei! Influenced by Sun

Valley’s strong European history, the Konditorei offers authentic German and Austrian fare.

Dine at 7,700 feet! Take the


Visit the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery!

cut of Prime Rib at Ketchum’s worldfamous Pioneer Saloon. Where time seems to almost stand still, especially at the start of each ski season when “Pio Days” watches prices drop back to what they were in the 1970s!


Take a day trip to Stanley! A little over an hour away, Stanley is nestled alongside the Salmon River and offers stunning views and easy access to the Sawtooth Mountains. The tasty treats from the Stanley Bakery are worth the drive alone!

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Have a Bowl of Soul at Java! Their Mexican chocolate mocha topped with fresh whipped cream has a cult following for a reason!

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Experience the ritual


Partake in a Gallery Walk! Sun Valley Gallery Association’s exceptionally popular, free monthly gallery walks (including two in August!) are wine-friendly events and a big part of why we’ve been named one of the Best Small Art Towns in the nation.

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Take a Kid Fishing!

Family put-and-take ponds can be found at Dollar Lake, Lake Creek or Hayspur Hatchery!


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Ketchum’s nexStage Theater and the Liberty Theatre in Hailey offer world-class quality performances throughout the summer.

Soak Under the Stars


Frenchman’s Hot Springs, just west of Ketchum, are one of several great local hot spring options.

Ride a Horse


There are loads of riding options around these parts, but it’s tough to top trotting along Dollar Mountain’s wildflower-filled trails!

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avis er : jeff d new own 13 since : 20 owner : Rob santa previous


new owner: pete prekeges since : 1998 previous owner: gary gooden ough

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new owner: olin glenne since: 2013 previous owner: Rob santa

Passing the Torch

New owners bring life to local businesses BY Kathleen Kristenson

Sales of small businesses across the nation rose by 50% last year. It’s a trend that not only signals growth in the U.S. economy, but one that can also be found right here in the Wood River Valley. Rob Santa was an owner of Sturtevants for 30 years. He began as an employee, then became partner, sole owner and, in 2013, sold the business and retired. His philosophy has always been that “at the end of a cycle of ownership, it’s best if employees rise from within to take over.” When the time came, Santa sold to longtime employee, Olin Glenne, who then turned and sold Sturtos44 | 40th anniversary issue

Hailey to another longtime employee, Jeff Davis, thus separating the Hailey and Ketchum markets, and creating two new small business owners. Rob’s children had been offered a chance to own Sturtos, but they chose other paths. For the Witmer family, it’s been a different story. Duffy Witmer was a partner at the Pioneer Saloon for nine years before he and

owner: chuck smith since : 2000 founder : Garth Call aghan

his wife, Sheila, became the sole owners in 1986. They then purchased The Kneadery in 2002 with the full intention of eventually handing both businesses off to their three children, who work at the restaurants and have been in training for the roles of small business ownership their whole lives. Since longtime employees have years of experience and inside knowledge that usually proves to be invaluable when taking over the reins, the future looks promising for both the “Pio” and The Kneadery. Stepping into a stable business with a successful track record is also very appealing. Pete Prekeges bought in to Grumpy’s in 1998, eventually buying out his partner in 2010. “I bought the business because I liked their legacy and business plan, so what I try to do is not screw up what they have going,

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG and improve where I can their efficiency and service,” Pete said. He also had his eye on the Silver Dollar in Bellevue as a chance to buy property with a good business on it that could pay the mortgage. Every time he saw the owner, Pete would ask to be considered when she was ready to sell. Eventually she took him up on his offer and the rest is history. While many established businesses can benefit from the ideas of new owners, others just plain won’t survive unless someone else steps in and breathes some new life into them. Fly Sun Valley was slow to take off. Chuck Smith became a partner of the only fully insured and permitted paragliding operation in Sun Valley in 2000 and soon became sole owner when his partner, who founded the company in 1999, decided to focus his attention elsewhere. Chuck applied the lessons he’d learned at Aspen Paragliding to the local small business and Fly Sun Valley has literally soared to new heights ever since. In 2011, Sun Valley Mustard’s owner threatened to close its doors if it was not sold. Joshua Wells had been a fan of the product for years and found this unacceptable. He made the purchase despite lacking expertise in the industry. Thanks to Joshua’s passion for food and determination to learn, Sun Valley Mustard is now celebrating 30 years and going strong. New owners are the reason all these local small businesses are healthy and thriving. Changing ownership is a critical part of the legacy of many small businesses. A successor may be groomed for years, or may simply knock on the door at the right time. Regardless of the reason for passing the reins, new owners often bring new ideas and new life to healthy, or even struggling, businesses—and those of us who love the Wood River Valley are happy they do. Summer 2014 | 45


PANACHE SUN VALLEY The Sun Valley Village 208.622.4228 PARK CITY 738 Lower Main Street 435.649.7037

LocaL buzz // a day in the life

A Day in the Life

SVM: What is your Sun Valley story? How did you end up here?

kaz: I was working in Walla Walla, Wash-

locals SHARE THEIR perfect sun valley days BY Kate Elgee, Mike McKenna and Julie Molema

The hardest part about enjoying a summer’s day in Sun Valley can often be just deciding what to do: bike, hike or camp, gallery hop or shop, eat here, drink there? Sun Valley is really just a well-balanced playground for kids of all ages. To help create yours, we asked a handful of locals to describe their ideal summer day in Sun Valley. Kaz Thea at Idaho’s Bounty with her veggies for the week!

ington, as a wildlife biologist when I met my now-husband, Kurt Nelson. He moved to the Valley in the early ’90s and we kept in touch for years as friends. After that, I took a job in Bend for a bit and then decided to make the move here to be with him and find a job. I worked for Alliance for the Wild Rockies, (a conservation organization), for a bit and have pieced together jobs ever since. I read this quote once by Margaret Mead that moved me: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It sums up how I feel about change, and making a difference.

SVM: What does your perfect Sun Valley

Years in Sun valley:

18 years

SVM: What would your day not be complete without?

kaz: A hike or bike ride somewhere in the Valley on one of the area’s numerous trails. SVM: Where’s your favorite place for lunch? kaz: NourishMe or Glow. Both places have

so many amazing fresh-food options and most of their products come directly from some of the local vendors at the Hailey or Ketchum Farmers’ Market, or Idaho’s Bounty.

SVM: What about dinner? kaz: I usually eat dinner at home with my

family. I am always preparing lots of fresh dishes from produce bought at the markets throughout the summer. Nothing like a fresh tomato. I eat a lot of salad of every variety you can think of in the summer. If we do go out, we love to go to the Power House for the social aspect. They have a great deck outside, awesome selection of beers, excellent food, much of which is local and homemade, especially their fries and ketchup, but I really enjoy the oat burgers with goat cheese and salad. It’s always a cool scene at the Power House.

SVM: What makes Sun Valley so special? kaz: The community and the resources we

have here. The community support of this place is absolutely incredible. I love the Farmers’ Market and being involved in community programs and events. This is a great place to raise a family.

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River Farmers’ Market Manager, Mountain Rides Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, Community School Outdoor Trip Leader, Mom, Idaho’s Bounty Founder. family: Husband, Kurt and 11-year old son Kai Pets: Banjo, a loveable shelter mutt

one of the Croy Creek trails—or waking up in s e a n d the outdoors sipping coffee, chatting u o H t h with family and friends and discusser ing what the day will bring. You can usually find us camping with friends on weekends throughout the summer. ei

Name: Kaz Thea Age: 53 Occupation: Wood


kaz: A hike up Carbonate or a bike ride out

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day start with?

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of Silver Creek Outfitters Family: Wife, Susie, and nine-year-old son, Will Pets: Molly, a black Lab and Winnie, a shelter dog. Hometown: Born in Lewiston, raised in Coeur d’Alene, went to high school in Boise

Terry Ring, with his wife and son fishing on the Big Wood River.

Years in Sun Valley:

Since 1979

fishing. I love small, headwater fishing where there is always a sense of discovery around every turn. And I love to have a fish take a dry fly. It still always makes me giggle. I even enjoy a refusal. When something is slightly wrong it becomes a little bit of a game of chess, trying to figure out how to fool a fish that doesn’t want to be fooled.

ring photograph : kevin syms

/ silver creek inset: terry ring

Name: Terry Ring AGE: 58 Occupation: Owner

SVM: Do you have a favorite place to fish? Terry: The best fishing is wherever you are when you’re fishing! It would be terribly boring to fish the same place all the time.

SVM: What’s your favorite thing about fishing? Terry: The great thing about fishing is that Fishing at Silver Creek.

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SVM: What’s next? Terry: A hike with the dogs and then some

taurants it would be tough to pick just one. I usually work my way around r town, especially for lunch. But I do really enjoy breakfast at The Kneadery, lunch at Despo’s and après-(skiing or fishing) at Grumpy’s.





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SVM: Do you have a favorite place to eat? Terry: There are so many great local resite

year. There are many perfect days in Sun Valley. You just have to decide to make today one of them. I do love to work, though. I love the interactions with people and I really enjoy the role I get to play in helping people enjoy the Sun Valley lifestyle. But if I’m not working in the summer, I love getting up early, having a cup of coffee and reading The New York Times on my iPad.


SVM: How does your perfect day begin? Terry: It depends on the time of

it gets you out to beautiful places with friends and family.

Six levels of rugs, furniture, jewelry, textiles and architectural elements.

SVM: Any other favorite local family activities?

Terry: Taking a Middle Fork (of the Salmon River) trip is one of the best things we’ve ever done as a family. Being able to connect to nature and your family like that is really special. Unplugging and disconnecting from regular life every once in a while is really important. Summer 2014 | 47

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You can often find Chris dirt biking out Croy Canyon.

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Years in Sun Valley:


Since 1992

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SVM: What is your perfect Sun Valley day? Christopher: Spring is my favorite sea-

son because you can hike, ski and ride motorbikes all in one day. I’ll never forget the day I hiked Carbonate in Hailey in the morning, skied Baldy with my buddy, Rando, and then rode my dirt bike out Croy Canyon and met my brother, Jeff, who rode over from Fairfield to meet me. I was pretty sore a couple days later, though.

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Name: Christopher Roebuck Age: 49 Occupation: Owner of Christopher and Company Jewelry Family: Daughters Lena, 18, Lily, 16, son Sebastian, 3, and partner Nora Gutarra Pets: Two miniature Australian Sheperd/ Jack Russell mixes, Ace and Boo Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

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SVM: Do you

have a favorite après-adventure spot?

Christopher: I

over to work, drop the dogs off and then meet Nora over at Java (in Hailey) for hot chocolate with extra whipped cream!

love to stop by The Wicked Spud after a ride (mountain bike or motocross). Their outdoor deck is awesome.

SVM: How about lunch? Christopher: There are a lot of great

SVM: Where do you like to go for dinner? Christopher: Just like lunch, there are a

SVM: Where do you like to get breakfast? Christopher: Sebastian and I will walk

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places for lunch in Hailey. Shelley’s Deli is terrific, but one of our favorite summer family things to do is to ride our bikes down to Bellevue—the bike path is absolutely killer— have lunch at Mahoney’s and then ride back 48 | 40th anniversary issue

Sun Valley Brewery sampler, ready for imbibing.

lot of good options for dinner in Hailey. We like the Muleshoe because it’s easy to go there with kids. The (Sun Valley) Brewery is family to me. We go there all the time. Everything is just delicious there.

Name: Julie Youngblood Age: 26 Occupation:

Firefighter, server at Sushi on Second, works for the online Anne Reed Gallery, rides horses as a “ShowMom” at the Bend Horse Show and volunteers as SheJumps ambassador. Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Julie Youngblood starts her day at the Sun Valley Fire Station.

Years in Sun Valley:

Since 2010

SVM: Where do you like to grab breakfast? Julie: Perry’s. My parents call me in the

SVM: What is your “Hump Day” like? Julie: Wednesday’s are my favorite! I usually

SVM: Tell me about a typical night on the


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town. work extra on Tuesdays so I can have WednesJulie: I usually go to Ketch’em Alive on Tuesday off. In the winter it’s Town Series (ski days. My sisters bring a classy picnic of box wine race)—I wake up in the morning and have peo(always) and cheese—you’ll always see someone ple over for a pancake breakfast. In the summer, you know there. For a late bite to eat, I like the I meet my family for a trail run around 10am. “Le Cab” [La Cabañita] deck, ’cause it stays in Then I’ll work in the middle of the day the sun longest and you can get flautas for ” , T e h l eC and ride horses in the afternoon. c yc e 3 l l $6 and a “boomba” of beer. Depending Then it’s co-ed soccer, which is 2on how the boomba goes, I’ll usually the best way to end a day! end up at The Cellar Pub afterwards (‘cause Rick and Paige and Kitten are SVM: Where is your favorite awesome!). It starts the “1-2-3 cycle” swimming hole? of the Cellar, catching a show at Whiskeys and then the Casino. Then Julie: Sheepherder’s Bridge. I’ll catch the 12:20 pm curfew bus to I just learned to do a backflip, Warm Springs. I can be in bed by 12:45 so I like to practice off the bridge. pm—after a late-night snack—and I can My sisters come watch me ’cause still wake up and have a full day. usually I bellyflop. And there’s always little kids watching, which is embarrassing. SVM: How do you calm a sweet-tooth craving? SVM: Lunchtime haunts? Julie: Salted caramel bread pudding at il Naso. Hands down. I have dreams about it. Julie: Sometimes I meet Rachel Porter, my


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/ inset: julie molema

morning, ask if I’m alive and I come meet them. I always get the Perry’s Potatoes with a side of deluxe hash browns and Hollandaise sauce … and a biscuit. And a cup of coffee. Not the world’s healthiest, but I usually have a big day ahead, or a hangover.

roommate, during her lunch break and take the dogs up Proctor Loop. It’s the perfect day hike, close to town. My favorite lunch spot is Subshack. I go there once or twice a week. If they have tuna, I get the Sorry Charlie with peppers, and I get a bag of salt n’ vinegar chips and put them in the sandwich for extra crunch. And they have dollar beer! So while you’re waiting for your sandwich, you can have a Budweiser.

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/ insets: courtesy sun valley resort / julie molema

Marshall and Arlene Bennett enjoying summer in Sun Valley.

Name : Marshall Bennett Age : 92 Occupation: Developer of industrial

parks and other commercial real estate Family: Wife, Arlene, of 66 years. Two daughters and two grandchildren Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Years in Sun valley: 52 years

SVM: What’s your Sun Valley story? How did you end up here? marshall: In 1962, I had a friend that was an attorney for



every day—Monday through Friday. We meet every morning and play nine holes at the While Clouds. I love playing golf there!

SVM: What do you do after golf? marshall: I work out at Zenergy after golf. I do cardio and weights—I do it all. I try to be in good shape while I still have all my marbles!

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SVM: My perfect Sun Valley day starts with ... ? marshall: My close friend, Paul Kenney, and I play golf

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Union Pacific who said, “Let’s go skiing in Sun Valley!” I said, “Where’s that?” He told me about the ski resort and we took a train to Shoshone. It was pouring rain and my wife said, “This better be good!” When we got to Sun Valley it was snowing hard and it snowed for six days straight—it never stopped! We’ve been hooked ever since.

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marshall: Sun Valley is a remarkable community! Everyone is mingling with each other—rich people, ski athletes, restaurant workers, film stars. That doesn’t happen in other places. There is nothing like the beauty of Sun Valley in the summer. We are lucky to live here. We’ve made many lifelong friends here, we visit and dine at each other’s home, we celebrate birthdays, weddings and other exciting events and we share our friendships and good fortune with one another. SVM: Tell me about the Marshall Bennett


marshall: You’ve heard of that? Well, I hit

my head on a rock in a kayaking accident on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in 1976. I was in the hospital for many months, a coma for weeks, and after four surgeries and two years of recovery I finally made it back to civilization. As I was improving by 1978, I started The Marshall Bennett Classic, a gathering of CEOs, chairmen and presidents of large real estate firms in the U.S., Canada, England, Germany, Israel and other countries from time to time. It’s a very exciting experience. More than 150 people attend each year.

SVM: Why are you still working? marshall: It’s fun! I’ve been a very lucky

person. I have a remarkably lovely, fun-loving wife and she said, “I married you for better or for worse, but not for lunch.” So I live up to her expectations by having lunch with her every day and I keep working—I enjoy what I do. Summer 2014 | 51



marshall: We love all the wonderful restaurants the Valley has to offer. We are often at Perry’s, Vintage, Rasberrys or CK’s for lunch. And we love to go see my friend Bob Lund at The Grill at Knob Hill for dinner, or we go to the Ketchum Grill, The Pioneer, Il Naso or to the Ram before the Symphony. There are two special events in the summer for us: the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. We love going to both of them. The Pavilion that Earl Holding constructed with his assistant, Wally Huffman, is a e s an d w ic n o h a very special place. I don’t rd think there’s another t Ca resort in the world that has this kind of facility. Earl Holding was a dear friend and we still remain good friends with Carol. Ra


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LocaL buzz // calendar

July 17-19

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction

This 33-year-old event covers four days, where participants are able to experience incredible wines from around the world.

July 18-21

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

One of the most prominent literary gatherings in the country, the event brings readers and writers together to enjoy speakers including Ridley Pearson and James Shapiro.

Check out

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Can’t-miss events

summer 2014

From music and food festivals to cultural and recreational events, we’ve rounded up a summer’s worth of highlights. So start marking your calendar for the season’s can’tmiss events in Sun Valley!

June 10 October 9

for an up-to-date calendar and events coverage

wood river farmers’ market

Ketchum and Hailey host weekly farmers’ markets, Tuesdays in Ketchum by Giacobbi Square and Thursdays in Hailey on Main Street next to Sturtos.

June 26 - July 5 Ride Sun Valley

This mountain bike festival has nine days of races and events on Sun Valley’s 400-plus miles of continuous

July 1

greg allman

July 4

4th of July parade and rodeo

Celebrate America’s birthday right in Hailey with the Hailey Parade, rodeo, antique fairs, criterium, and fireworks!

July 4 - September 1 Sun Valley’s Stars on ice “Sun Valley’s Stars on Ice” debuts on July 4th, with a dazziling new production each Saturday night throughout the summer.

July 2

July 11-13

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6th Annual Sun Valley Road Rally

The Sun Valley Road Rally transforms a 3.2-mile stretch of Highway 75, north of Ketchum, into a “no speed limit” zone.

June 27

the advocates Black & White soiree

reggae in the mountains This reggae concert in Atkinsons’ Park will feature legend Don Carlos and the Dub Vision Band, plus other special guests.

Soulshine is a first-of-its-kind tour bringing together bands, fans, DJs and yoga into one ridiculously awesome jam in Sun Valley.

July 25-26

July 10

Founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers takes on the Morrison Center in Boise.

Soulshine tour concert featuring Michael franti & spearhead

This arts and crafts fair takes place in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains at the junction of Scenic Byways 21 and 75.

ketchum arts festival

Over 100 Idaho artists participate in this free arts and crafts festival, held for three days at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road.

The Black & White Soiree is one of The Advocates’ biggest fundraisers of the year, held on the lawn at Trail Creek Cabin. A night to celebrate and invest in safe lives with a live auction, dinner, and dancing to the dynamic Freddy Pink Band. Each ticket includes hosted beer, wine, dinner, dessert and dancing.

photographs : franti : mike schreiber

38th annual sawtooth mountain mamas fair

/ courtesy the advocates

July 19-20

includes over 130 artists from all over the country.

August 20-23

Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament Ride Sun Valley

July 27

Josh Ritter & the royal city band

Named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine, Josh Ritter is certainly that. Sold-out tours and multiple radio hits have become the standard for this immensely talented artist and captivating performer.

August 21 gypsy kings

The Knitting Factory presents the Gypsy Kings at the Morrison Center in Boise.

July 28-August 19

August 29

This is the largest free-admission symphony in America, held at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, sit on the lawn or under the shade and watch world-class music performances in the mountains.

The Head & The Heart is an indie folk-rock band from Seattle. They scored a #1 single with their song “Lost in My Mind” and will be playing at River Run as part of the SVCA concert series.

August 1-2

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

sun valley summer symphony

38th annual northern rockies music festival

Hop Porter Park in Hailey hosts this popular family-friendly, multiple-genre music festival. photograph : visit sun valley: tal roberts

A gathering of celebrities, sponsors, participants, members of Congress and supporters with one common goal: the cure for cancer and leukemia.

Chris isaak

Inspired by the great musicians of Memphis’ Sun Studio, this California rocker will take the stage at River Run this summer.

45th Annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival Admission to this festival in Ketchum is free and

October 9-12

trailing of the sheep This longtime tradition preserves the stories and colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders, celebrating the rich cultures of the past and present.

September 18-21

This food festival in Ketchum and Sun Valley features a local restaurant walk and food and wine tastings for the week!

September 27-28

Celebrating the artistic talent of the community by connecting artists, art lovers and those new to art through an annual exploration of local artist studios.

October 15-19

August 8-10



The Head & the heart

wood river valley studio tour

August 6


Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

The “Jazz Fest,” which first began in 1989, features five days of live jazz music, including 40 bands, 180 musicians and 260 shows, making it Sun Valley’s largest and most popular single event.

October 18-20 Crosstoberfest

Combining cyclocross and Oktoberfest, this annual bike race usually involves riding through snow or trudging through mud (and then sampling beer from the 30-some breweries that postup booths at the event).

October 21-23 flashdance

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary—”Flashdance” the musical broadway show hits the Boise stage. Summer 2014 | 53

















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Party Pics!

Sun Valley Mag’s 40th anniversary party photography by Kristin Cheatwood

On a chilly February night in Ketchum, we whooped it up with hundreds of other locals to celebrate our 40th Anniversary Winter issue. The party was held upstairs at Whiskey Jacques’ and featured four kegs of Sawtooth Brewing Company’s mouthwatering brews and cocktails made with Idaho’s own 44° North Vodka. We also gave out dozens of incredible prizes from local businesses, including a grand prize trip to the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort in Mexico! The party was such a big hit we’ve planned another one to celebrate our Summer issue for this July 10th!




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PHOTOGRAPHS: 1. Makenzie Harbaugh grooving the night away; 2. Sun Valley Magazine’s publisher Laurie Sammis with Tracy Lee and Megan Murphy Lengyel of SQN Sport; 3. McKenna Faith rocked the night away at Whiskey’s; 4. Sun Valley Magazine photographer Dev Khalsa with husband Gurmeet Singh; 5. Local caterer Judith McQueen poses with a Sun Valley Mag cover; 6. Matt Gershater and fiance Whitney McNees enjoying the festivities; 7. Sun Valley Magazine’s art director Julie Molema poses with Wood River Fine Arts’ owners Sandy Gregorak and Tom Bassett; 8. Taylor Paslay and Maria Prekeges were the winners of our Getaway Giveaway luxury trip to Punta Mita, Mexico; 9. Erik Heiden won best costume! 10. Sun Valley Magazine’s staff gets ready to greet the guests! 11. Molly Peppo Brown with husband Steve Brown; 12. Sun Valley Magazine photographer Ray J. Gadd and Sheridan Jones pose on our mocked up magazine cover; 13. Sun Valley Mag’s sales manager Heather Linhart Coulthard with Kate Dondero; 14. Whiskey’s Upstairs was hopping that night; 15. A festive crowd awaits to find out who was lucky enough to win our awesome door prizes!

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Award Winners tooting our own horn

“Connecting art lovers with artists through an annual celebration of art in the Sun Valley, Idaho community”

“Either move or be moved!” That was the advice of Hailey-born poet Ezra Pound, and it’s advice Sun Valley Magazine has long followed. As the original and only nationally-published magazine for America’s first destination resort and its surrounding communities, our goal for each issue is simple: Publish not only one of the best magazines in the country, but also one that inspires and praises the amazing people who love this idyllic part of Idaho. It’s a goal that we’ve often been lucky enough to reach. Sun Valley Magazine is not only annually selected as a finalist for the most prestigious awards in our industry, but we’ve also been blessed to win numerous Maggie as well as Ozzie and Eddie awards. Thanks for giving us lots of great reasons to move and be moved! C E L E B R AT I N G



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Exploring Backcountry Yurts

Idaho’s Surfing Pioneers

Boulder Mountain Tour

The Lure of Driftboats Exploring Alpine Lakes

Annual Wedding Section award winners

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largest land debate

Jon Marvel’s Western Watersheds project

SVM’s publisher, Laurie Sammis accepting a Maggie award in 2012.

Besides publishing one of the best lifestyle magazines in the country, Mandala Media—the parent company of Sun Valley Magazine—produces award-winning books, too. Van Gordon Sauter’s “The Sun Valley Story” received the prestigious 2012 Skade Award from the International Ski History Association, and this spring, the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association named “Angling Around Sun Valley” by Mike McKenna the Best Book of the Year! Our blogs at have also won several Best in the State and Best in America awards—check them out at

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Architecturally Authentic Lodging


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things we love

cool finds, deals and steals

p.59 the coolest, most luxurious and best swag of the season—perfect to give, covet or hoard all for yourself!

BY Heather Linhart Coulthard PHOTOGRAPHY Ray J. Gadd

elle rose From head to toe, Elle Rose offers the most luxurious designer brands hot off the runway! Whether you are shopping for luscious cashmere sweaters from Loro Piana, eye catching croc handbags by Nancy Gonzalez, or a fabulous Versace cocktail dress, you’re sure to stop traffic with a full ensemble from Elle Rose. Stop by and enjoy a glass of champagne while their friendly staff pampers you.


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things we love // shopping


sun valley eye works Looking for your reading glasses is a thing of the past with this gorgeous necklace. Glasses comfortably attach to the center ring for safekeeping. Sun Valley Eye Works offers exclusive collections of designer eye wear from sporty to sophisticated! 208.726.8749

panache Soft, neutral, delicious! Three words describing these must-have HENRY CUIR woven leather bag and shoes accessories at Panache. A gorgeous remodel invites shoppers into a dream of both casual and evening looks.

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the picket fence Treat yourself to a shopping kaleidoscope when you walk in the doors of the Picket Fence. Invite your guests to a perfectly set table with colors that bring summer to the party. Dreamy bedding and luxurious linens are part of the two-store delight! 866.944.5511

silver creek outfitters Alternating clasps create different looks with these stunning, one-of-a-kind necklaces found at Silver Creek Outfitters. Look to attend fun trunk shows this summer and design your perfect piece with the highest quality stones. 208.726.5282

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SqN sport Drape yourself in these graceful, luxurious pieces from SQN Sport— lightweight modern and chic layering pieces for any occasion using cashmere, merino wool, American cotton, modal and micronylon. SQN Sport offers the perfect combination of sport and chic comfort for your everyday wardrobe. Made in America and designed right here in Ketchum. Don’t miss their showroom at 320 N. 1st Ave, Ste 200 (above Friesen Gallery).


zenergy Not only is Zenergy a fabulous place to get your heart pumping, but they also offer the coolest outfits for men and women to look fantastic while getting fit. Some of their comprehensive lines include Club Ride, Spiritual Gangster, SQN Sport, Solow, Glyder, Oiselle and Onzie. The pounds will fly off while you look great!

dreamkeeper Reel in the money with this creative money clip! Design your own Catch & Release money clip. The handle pops up and down and it clicks when you turn the spool! / 208.725.0595 844.666.6310

christopher and co. The Boulder Collection from Christopher and Company is truly unique. Create your show stopper using either sterling silver or gold with only the highest quality stones. You will want to bedazzle your wrists, neck, ears and fingers! 208.788.1123


sturtevants Smith Optics and Sturtevants have teamed up, providing you with extensive choices to keep your peeps covered with the latest technology and looks. These Chroma Pop lenses truly make the grass look greener. / 208.726.4501

Why not look stylish while running or biking our beautiful mountain trails? Icebreaker fused nature and technology to create a lightweight system of fine merino garments that keep you cool, dry and comfortable in the heat without the itch of traditional wool. Icebreaker is cool, breathable, doesn’t stink and feels silky soft against your skin. 208.726.4501

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the wildflower This colorful outfit screams summer fun! Coming and going, you’ll love the soft comfort of these Joe’s Jeans. The Wildflower on Main Street in Hailey provides fashion favorites for every age! 208.788.2425

sun valley company / brass ranch I’ll take all three! Whether you are going to the lake, out to lunch, or enjoying the summer symphony, these Kate Spade bags are on the cutting edge of fashion and function. Complete your outfit with these lovely designer bags from Brass Ranch! / 208.622.2021 /

sturtos hailey The new helmet from Smith is remarkably lightweight and extremely comfortable. The high-tech design is state of the art. Plus, there’s a good chance that it comes in your favorite color, since there are 10 different options to choose from. Grab one when you buy your new bike at Sturtos in Hailey! / 208.788.7847

madeline and oliver Madeline and Oliver is the new name for Ketchum Bed and Bath! All your old favorites can be found at a brand new location. This adorable swimsuit and flirty shorts are just a few of the fun new looks. They have everything for above and below the sheets! Oo la la! / 208.726.7779

silver creek outfitters Run your hands across these high-gloss wooden items and you feel the touch of luxury. Coffeetable coasters, trays and jewelry boxes all make a statement. The perfect wedding gift or treat yourself! / 208.726.5282

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armstrong root Chrome Hearts glasses are simply breathtaking! When looking for quality eyewear these handmade frames are the cream of the crop! You will find a huge selection of Chrome Hearts glasses waiting to tempt you at Armstrong Root. Make an appointment for an eye exam—they provide it all! 208.726.4250

zenergy sun valley company / brass ranch Tom’s shoes provide budget-friendly style in an amazing variety of patterns and seasonal colors. Wedges, sandals, flats, or booties: these shoes complete your summer look! A portion of every sale provides shoes for kids across the world! Look good, feel good!

Zenergy spa offers an experience of a lifetime using only the BEST products! Fill your bag before you leave so you can treat yourself at home. Luxurious hair products, fragrant lotions and extensive facial products are all available in their spa. / 208.725.0595 / 208.622.2021

elle rose Valentino in Ketchum! It’s true! Experience the Valentino world: discover the latest collections and Rockstud Accessories at Elle Rose! Be seduced with these fabulous fuchsia leather accessories and find the perfect outfit to match. When only the best will do, shop Elle Rose.

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WOW, this beautiful ELI Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with 11.20ct Chalcedony and .45ct Diamonds is waiting for you at Barry Peterson Jewelers. Custom designed pieces, gorgeous watches, estate jewelry and sparkling engagement rings are just some of the few items to drool over! / 208.726.5202

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body & soul p. 68 a guide to cleansing

p. 70 healthy and unique local beverages

p. 72 volunteer spotlight

photograph : courtesy zenergy health club

& spa , photographer joshua wells

p.66 spa days

staying healthy, balanced and fulfilled

relax breathe

With endless outdoor activities and countless festivals and parties going on, it’s easy to wear yourself out during summers in Sun Valley. Our Body & Soul department offers up some ideas to help you stay refreshed and ready to tackle your next epic Sun Valley adventure!

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photographs : courtesy zenergy health club

& spa , photographer joshua wells

body & soul // spa treatments

Spa Days

Finding your own relaxation and rejuvenation BY Margot Ramsay

Journey into a spa, where water peacefully trickles in the recesses of your mind as you are massaged, wrapped in mud and warmed in blankets, and you will understand and appreciate that relaxation is an art form. The science of “spa-ing” is actively practiced in our small valley, which just so happens to offer a variety of spa options for the tired and ski-worn locals, as well as the out-of-towners looking for some rest and relaxation. From world-class spas to creating your own spa experience at home or in your hotel room, Sun Valley offers lots of options for the ultimate relaxation. Zenergy is an award-winning health club in our backyard with a state-of-the-art spa that was expanded in December 2012. “With the expansion, we are now able to offer a full spa experience to both locals and visitors alike,” said general manager 66 | 40th anniversary issue

Derek Agnew. Treatment options include a variety of massage modalities from traditional deep tissue to various Eastern treatments including Shiatsu, reflexology and acupuncture. Agnew said that “with nine treatment rooms and four nail stations, Zenergy can accommodate a large group from head to toe,” and they will even arrange for après activity spa-treatment appetizers and champagne for the ultimate in spa luxury. To add to our fabulous in-town spa choices, Sun Valley Company is planning to add a 20,000-square-foot (yes, you read that right) full-service spa and salon attached

THIS PAGE Zenergy’s state-of-the-art spa expanded in 2012 and now offers a full-service experience, from traditional deep tissue massage to Eastern treatments including Shiatsu, reflexology and acupuncture. Zenergy offers nine treatment rooms with four nail stations and head-to-toe treatment options, as well as appetizers and champagne, for the ultimate in luxury.

to the newly updated lodge that will offer guests and the local community access to a wealth of relaxing treatments, health and wellness activities and salon services. The new Sun Valley spa will include 15 private treatment rooms, steam and sauna facilities, relaxation lounges and a yoga and exercise facility. It’s sure to be a great addition to our spa choices. If the idea of staying home and practicing spa rituals in the comfort of your own bathroom sounds more appealing, Madeline and Oliver (formerly Ketchum Bed and Bath) has great products for your at-home spa. According to owner Dina Madsen, “An at-home spa experience is something everyone can do easily and without a lot of effort or cost. It can be as simple as lighting a beautiful scented candle while drawing a hot bath.” Madeline and Oliver carries a variety of products for your

top photograph : courtesy sun valley resort

Idaho architecture

THIS PAGE (clockwise) Sun Valley Resort is adding a 20,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon attached to the newly updated lodge, which will provide guests a wealth of relaxing treatments and activities; Spa Beleza in Hailey offers an Organic Nourishing Body Oil Wrap; Madeline and Oliver (formerly Ketchum Bed and Bath) offers goodies like these scented soaps and oils.

bathroom spa collection, including a local line of organic scrubs, body lotions and aloe masks to which you can add your choice of essential oil fragrance; or pick up some luxurious pajamas to perfect your spa day and get ready to lounge! If you’re in Hailey and are looking to customize a spa day, Spa Beleza has an array of treatments that will leave you coiffed, waxed and relaxed. Try their custom massages and body wraps—the “Organic Nourishing Body Oil Wrap” sounds amazing— and then treat yourself to a “radiancy treatment,” to firm and tone your skin, or an eyebrow wax for the brave spa enthusiast. Try out any of these great options (or all of them if you’re really serious) that our Valley has to offer and you are sure to become a devotee of spa-ing, if not slightly obsessed with it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

sit back and relax The spa scene in Sun Valley is on the rise! To help you relax and get pampered in style, here’s a rundown of local spa options. Zenergy at Thunder Spring ( in north Ketchum is considered one of the best spas and health clubs in the country and has definitely raised the spa bar in Sun Valley. Spa Beleza (, located in the Pine Street Station in Hailey, offers a wide variety of spa services. Chic Nail and Beauty Bar ( at a new location on Croy Street in Hailey, has a large and faithful following for their surprisingly wide variety of services. Third Floor Salon ( on South Main Street in Hailey, offers hair, facial, waxing and spray tanning services. and has a loyal fan base of locals who love to look good! Sun Valley Resort ( with a 20,000-square-foot renovation currently underway, the sky is the limit! Opening in 2015.

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body & soul // cleansing

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& Below the SheetS


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460 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID 83340 (208) 726-7779 formerly Ketchum Bed & Bath

A Guide to Cleansing BY Margot Ramsay / ILLUSTRATION BY Nathalie Dion

If you’re feeling like you’re in need of a general “refresh,” whether it’s physical, emotional or otherwise, a cleanse is a logical place to start. A good cleanse allows you to renew from the inside out. The practice of cleansing has been around for centuries and it offers a great way to jumpstart new and improved eating habits, clearer 68 | 40th anniversary issue

thinking and a more mindful way of living in today’s crazy world. Our Valley is fortunate to have a wealth

of amazing alternative health practitioners and, among them, a few who are genuine experts in the field of cleansing. Whether you’d like to cleanse in the comfort of your own home or participate in an organized group cleanse, check out these great options. If the idea of doing a cleanse on your own sounds overwhelming, as it does to most firsttime cleansers, Glow Live Food Café cleanses take the guesswork out of it. As Molly Brown, owner of Glow, explained, “It’s hard to cleanse on your own without support, having foods made for you and the guidance of someone experienced and knowledgeable with the process.” Glow cleanses are organic, plant-based, soy, dairy and gluten-free, and Molly said that they are a mix of live foods, juices, teas, cleansing elixirs and supplements that support detoxification pathways. “One of my favorite parts of our group cleanses is the tremendous amount of energy that is built up throughout the week,” Molly said. “Our spring cleanse often has 50-100 participants, and there is a community formed during that time that lasts in the months to come.” In addition to the cleansing foods and juices, Glow offers a referral list of local practitioners, as well as yoga and meditation classes to supplement your week of cleansing. Another health practitioner in our Valley with a passion for cleansing is Tifney Stewart, owner of Five Springs Wellness Center, who practices acupuncture with intuitive bodywork, herbal medicine and seasonal cleanses. Tifney said, “I have personally been doing cleanses ever since I moved to Sun Valley full time in 1990. I connected with people who were interested in health and healing and we started doing cleanses and juice fasts—some were successful and some, not so great.” Tifney said that in her seasonal cleanses, “We help people make better daily choices such as eating regular meals, not using their microwaves, increasing water consumption and going to bed earlier.” If you’re not into the idea of cleansing with a group and prefer to do it on your own, NourishMe on Main Street in Ketchum and Big Wood Nutrition Health Food Store in Hailey have lots of great cleansing products and knowledgeable staff to help with questions. You can also utilize cleansing books as guides. Tifney Stewart’s suggestions are those by Dr. Carl Junger, David Shultz and Gabriel Cousins. When cleansing on your own, Tifney explained, “The main principle is a simple, wholesome diet void of white foods, that’s focused on a variety of organic vegetables and healthy fats, lots of water and rest—and be sure to make it fun by getting friends involved!” Summer 2014 | 69


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Drink Up!

Healthy & unique local beverages BY Jody Orr

Summertime and the livin’s easy in Sun Valley. The days are long and full, and it’s easy to work up quite a thirst. To help quench yours, here’s a rundown of some of our favorite healthy and original local beverage options. The Summer Zen from Zenergy Health Club & Spa in Ketchum Picture yourself poolside at Zenergy, with iconic Bald Mountain as the perfect alpine backdrop, sipping a blend of cucumber, watermelon, mint, lime juice, lime zest and ginger. It’s a refreshing, revitalizing and cleansing beverage that helps keep your body and mind fit before, during and after your workout. The Green Tea Smoothie from Zaney’s River Street Coffee in Hailey If you’re in need of a breakfast treat loaded with goodies, look no further! The Green Tea Smoothie at Zaney’s will start your day properly with its blend of mangoes, yogurt and green tea. Owner Sue Martin, who is adding an array of green drinks, says that her smoothies are loaded with antioxidants that fill you up in a good way.

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The Power Smoothie from Glow Live Food Café in Ketchum For you Old School-types who like things with the word “power” in them, Glow’s Power Smoothie is for you! It has all the right stuff to live up to its name: maca, hemp seed milk, goji berries, kale, vita mineral green and, the ultimate antioxidant, blueberries. They’re energizing, high in protein, fiber, minerals and enzymes, and truly yummy.

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Build Your Own Smoothie from Bravo Coffee Kiosk in Ketchum Fruitarians should head to the Bravo Coffee Kiosk at Atkinsons’ for a made-to-order smoothie. Take your pick of milk options— soy, rice, almond, and non-fat or frozen yogurt—sprinkle in a little protein powder and create your favorite: strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas … you name it, they’ve got it.

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The Cactus Cooler from NourishMe in Ketchum For a healthy taste of the Southwest, the Cactus Cooler is spoton. Nopal cactus blended with organic lemonade and crushed ice will cure what ails you. According to owner Julie Johnson, the cactus plant has medicinal properties that soothe the stomach and reduce inflammation. And shoot, it tastes great, too!

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Bowl of Soul from Java Coffee & Café in Ketchum, Hailey, Twin Falls and Boise

Lisa Rippo, co-owner of Java, a Ketchum institution, suggests the Bowl of Soul. Made from scratch with Fair Trade organic coffee and espresso, the Bowl of Soul hits a high note with hand-ground Ibarra Mexican chocolate and homemade whipped cream. Quite simply, it’s delicious.

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Volunteer Spotlight

The quiet grace of Marcia Liebich BY Jody Orr

A seed was planted in Marcia Liebich’s brain many years ago while she was working with the American Association of University Women. Liebich met a woman there who became her mentor and told her, “It would be wonderful if we could keep our children safe within our homes, but that is impossible. Therefore, one must do all one can to improve our communities and the world.” With that wisdom in mind, Liebich and her husband, Don, have done just that. The Liebichs moved to Hailey in 2002 to be closer to their sons, who live in Boise. A veteran volunteer for United Way (among others), Liebich helped found the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation (WRWCF) in 2005. Now 201 members strong, the WRWCF has given more than $1 million to area nonprofits. Each member donates $1,000 per year to groups like Girls

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on the Run, The Hunger Coalition and Nurture Idaho. “We have a lot of second homeowners in the group who want to give back to the community and this is their way to do it,” explained Liebich. Barbara Thrasher, WRWCF’s first president, feels that Liebich has made an exceptional impact. As she explained, “Marcia

“Marcia did a wonderful job of creating a template for our granting program and brought incredible expertise to the process. She’s very giving in a quiet way.” —barbara thrasher,



did a wonderful job of creating a template for our granting program and brought incredible expertise to the process. She’s very giving in a quiet way.” An important component of the Liebichs’ philanthropy is the quest to help local nonprofits by bringing lecturers to the College of Southern Idaho campus in Hailey to discuss subjects like crowd sourcing, measuring social impact and how to read a financial balance sheet. “In a small, rural community like ours, it’s tough to get the education you need to successfully run a nonprofit. Bringing

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Marcia and Don Liebich

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in speakers helps,” Marcia noted. Along those lines, Don runs the adult education program at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the Liebichs have taken two groups to Jordan to build homes for Habitat for Humanity, as well as two other visits to St. George’s Episcopal College in Jerusalem. Even while on safari in Tanzania, the Liebichs found an opportunity to give. Their guide mentioned that he wanted to build a medical clinic in his village, so when Don learned that a small sum could facilitate its construction, they donated to the cause. Today that clinic treats 100-150 patients a day. As Marcia explained, “Sometimes your money just goes a lot farther in other parts of the world.” Every Thanksgiving, the Liebichs give their grandchildren money to donate to charity and then, at Christmas, all six make “giving” presentations. “It’s so great. The kids make Power-Point presentations and one year one of our granddaughters did an interpretive dance,” Marcia said. “We really look forward to seeing how they’ll give every year.”

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Take Care Forward.

get out there #svgram

p. 78 mountain biking

p. 80 gravity trails

p. 82 rafting

p. 84 hiking & climbing

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mountain recreation

don’t miss rafting fun

Summertime in the “Whitewater State” means it’s time to hit the river. From rafting and kayaking to fishing and swimming, the options are endless. Of course, nothing beats a trip through the famous “Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness” on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, where the fishing—and the living—is easy. Especially when casting days away on a drift boat trip like the one pictured here, from Far and Away Adventures.

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places, faces and parties of sun valley

We scoured Instagram to find some of the best sunsets, mountaintops, costume parties, concerts, selfies and familiar faces of Sun Valley, taken by our local snapshotting “photographers.” Here’s a collection of some of the best “SVGrams” of 2013. Follow us on Instagram at @sunvalleymagazine and be sure to caption your photos #SVGram and #sunvalleymag. You may end up in our next magazine! @maximilianbilliontrillion #mountaincolors

@wellz_bellz #HillCityID

@foxenvogue #aprésbabes

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@maximilianbilliontrillion #MASSV2013


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@maximilianbilliontrillion #CongratsKaitlynFarrington!

@mai_purspectives #idahogrown

@abalicious #wigginout

Captio n your photos w ith # SVGram and # sunva lleyma g. You ma y end u p in ou ne x t m r agazin e!

Simply the BEST way to spend the day!

Full and Half Day Rafting Trips Kayak Lessons Float Fishing

@erika_hogan #AndersonLake #paddleboardsuntan @nataliaaferris #grandmasbasement

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GET OUT THERE // biking

Cranking It Up!

Billy Olson helps build a mountain bike community BY Alec Barfield

When asked about the bicycling community in Sun Valley, Billy Olson wants to talk about Dutch cycling infrastructure. The owner of Hailey’s Power House Pub and Bike Fit Studio, squinted at a flat-screen TV mounted inside of “mission control,” his cottage-like bike shop that sits behind the pub. Olson’s excitement was palpable as he played a YouTube clip about the creation of Holland’s pedal-friendly communities. A biker of all types, a bike fitter for all types, a bar owner and a race organizer, Olson’s passion for bicycles and the culture they breed is as strong as Power House’s numerous Belgian Tripels. Without a doubt, Billy Olson is a humdinger whose contributions to Sun Valley’s biking community have been numerous and unmistakable. His choice to plant roots in Hailey can be found in his first trip here. “I visited for a weekend in 1991,” explained Olson, who had been cycling competitively in Europe and living in the Netherlands. “I went on a ride and was blown away by the quality of the trails and the experience.” Besides finding heroic backcountry singletrack, Olson also visited the merry deck of Grumpy’s, where he found even more reasons 78 | 40th anniversary issue

to stay. “They were young people having fun. People that I liked,” he said. “It had nothing to do with skiing or biking. As far as those guys go, it was more about just having fun.” Understandably, it was a combination of the two that turned a weekend visit into a lifetime stay. When Olson landed in Idaho, Sun Valley was already home to a respectable share of fat tire converts. “It was cool, super cool,” he recalled. The technology, however, was minimal. “I look at those bikes now and can’t believe that we were so brave. The trails were radical.”

ABOVE David Weber rides the Broadway Saddle Trail on Bald Mountain at Sun Valley Resort. INSET Billy Olson takes flight out Croy Canyon, at the Rotarun Trailhead in Hailey.

Yet, charging on fully-rigid “pigs,” as he called those original mountain bikes, they braved everything from the Galena Grinder to Dollar Mountain time trials. As he explained with a laugh, “If you came out alive, it was like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it again!’” The clincher, Olson added, is that “when we started, there was nobody.” Fast-forward 20 years, mountain biking is now mainstream, global and growing. Sun Valley has evolved, too, hosting bigger races, such as USA Cycling’s National Championships (2012 and 2013), and being designated as a Silver-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bike

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Association. Yet some things also never change— riding in the Wood River Valley remains primarily a private affair, a lonely wilderness experience of the highest quality. “It’s the isolation, dude. It’s total isolation,” Olson affirmed. “The best thing is that even though we’re isolated, it’s still advanced. Based on where we’re at, I think it’s pretty rare to get this kind of experience.” Olson likes to strike out towards Croy Canyon, just west of Hailey. “Thirty minutes from my house and I’m in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “Odds are I’m not going to see anybody, even on a Saturday, and that’s unique.” “Unique” is an apt descriptor for both Olson and his chosen environment. The isolation of Sun Valley supports more than wonderfully empty trails. Isolation has helped curb overdevelopment and population growth. What one finds at Power House—and at Sun Valley’s trailheads—is a bike community that has grown organically, without the pressure of too many interests. Olson and his many compatriots had the opportunity to help grow a culture in a bubble here; a Shangri-la of sorts for those in search of good people, good rides and minimal commercial hogwash. At a recent municipal focus group, Olson supported measures for traffic reduction and safer bike lanes in Hailey. For him, mountain biking in Sun Valley will take care of itself. The future, in his mind, boils down to constructing a truly bike-friendly community. Like the Netherlands, where bike commuting is routine, Sun Valley has shown an ability to adapt naturally to a changing world. Passionate locals, devoted to their lonely rides, help supervise the course. “This is our place,” Olson affirmed with a smile. “We can do it.”

Then and Now with Local Luminaries

Rebecca Rusch, professional mountain biker and volunteer firefighter (resident since 2002) Then: “It was ... vast and pristine.” Now: “There’s still the backcountry, but what I’ve noticed is (the change in) the front-country; more people on the bike path, more people bike commuting and I just see more people rolling around on two wheels, which I like, but it hasn’t spoiled those first two words at all.” Greg “Chopper” Randolph, director of PR and social media for Visit Sun Valley (resident since 2003) Then: When I moved here, I was just blown away by the number of trails and rides and how well-linked they all were. It was really a vast network.” Now: “It just keeps getting better. We’re developing the gravity side [the “flow” trails being built on Bald Mountain], which is something we’ve lacked. Sun Valley is going to be somewhere that has everything.” Charley French, champion triathlete (resident since 1970) Then: “When I moved here, there was just road riding. When mountain biking started, and Scott was getting bikes made in Asia, there wasn’t a lot of technology — no suspension forks, all hard-tails. But little by little, Scott began making decent mountain bikes and I was riding everywhere around here, all the hills. That was before Baldy had any trails.” Now: “Three years ago, when we first had the mountain bike nationals, it was pretty awesome to see the caliber of the riders here, and the industry money that came with them. You could see the success. It’s been interesting to watch.”

Mountain Biking Events in Sun Valley

Sheeptown Drag Race (June 26th, Hailey) A contest inspired by pure lawlessness, the Sheeptown riders battle by towing logs behind their bikes as fast as humanly possible. Oh, and the logs are on fire! Entering its eighth year, this is a family-friendly gathering of crazy friends.

Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival (June 26th-july 4th, Sun Valley) Sun Valley’s biggest bike event, the Ride Festival is stacked with fun, kicking off with the aforementioned drag races, the raddest of super enduros, the state pump track championships and even guided “Local Stoker” rides for those who want to do it all. U.S. Marathon MTB National Championships (July 5th, Sun Valley) The marathon championships, which take place on Bald Mountain, are the conclusion of the Ride Festival. Running approximately 50 miles and climbing 7,000 feet, the course is a beast, inviting the country’s best endurance mountain bikers to test their mettle. Pump Tracks (everyday all summer, Ketchum and Hailey) Take some time to hone your skills at the popular—with riders of all ages—pump tracks, where jumps and berms abound. Part and parcel of their respective neighborhoods, these lots are where fearless bike pros and future advocates are born.

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ABOVE (left to right) With 32 miles of singletrack, there is something for every rider on Bald Mountain; The loops and turns of Saddle-Up flow trail. RIGHT PAGE Sun Valley Resort trail crews hard at work on additional trails.

Go with the Flow

New Gravity Trails and a World of Fun at the BALD MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA BY SVM Staff

Gravity. Speed. Dips, turns and loops. Nearly 450 miles of continuous singletrack highlights the incredible mountain bike terrain offered in the Sun Valley area—and Bald Mountain has now joined the party. And in typical Sun Valley Resort fashion, they have joined in a big way, offering all the thrill, excitement and perfection of expertly maintained singletrack combined with the ease of lift-accessed service. Welcome to the party! “Our goal is to create a ‘ski season for the summertime’ by offering a premier lift-accessed trail network to our summer guests,” said Julian Tyo, mountain projects manager. “Another goal of the new trails is to fill a void in the already amazing Wood River Valley trail network. We have nearly 450 miles of bike-accessible singletrack trails in the Valley, and adding to this network completes the picture of a complete mountain bike destination!” With 32 miles of trail currently open on Bald Mountain and another 12 miles proposed, the joy of perfect trails within an interconnecting system designed to serve all ability levels has become a reality. Designed in cooperation with IMBA Trail Solutions and in partnership with the BLM and U.S. 80 | 40th anniversary issue

Forest Services, the new trails have been designed following the Green, Blue and Black marking system—from easiest to most difficult—common on ski trails. This allows riders of all abilities to head out together, comfortably ride the trails of their choice and then gather together for lunch at the historic Roundhouse, and then head back out again to continue the looping. One ticket purchase covers the entire day of lift-accessed service—from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (longer if you want to pedal up by your own power). And bikers can loop as many times as they like, riding a trail multiple times or heading back up to try a different trail each time around. Trails include the 10-mile singletrack Broadway trail to the Warm Springs perimeter trail,

or the nine-mile Broadway trail to the Cold Springs singletrack. Both are moderate/ intermediate level and offer a 3,100-foot elevation gain/loss. The 3.5-mile hiking and biking Bald Mountain trail is, however, a one-way uphill-only trail for mountain bikers. But really, why would you ride uphill when you can get whisked up to the top in less than 12 minutes on the Roundhouse Express gondola? From the Roundhouse, riders (or hikers) can take the short and scenic Christmas Chair to the top. At 9,150 feet, it’s an exhilarating 3,400-foot drop on perfectly maintained trails to the base. If you want to ease into your descent, bikers can enjoy the brand new four-mile Saddle-Up trail—an amazing one-way, bikeonly flow trail designed and implemented in cooperation with IMBA Trail Solutions and Alpine Bike Parks. The trail, which encompasses a 1,300-foot elevation gain for riders of moderate to intermediate ability, features the banked turns and rolling terrain of a classic flow trail. And the 8-9 minute Christmas Lift #3 allows riders to loop the trail over and over if they choose—kind of like a free pass on the Millennium Force roller coaster, but a lot more fun! To add to the experience, the historic Roundhouse, which will be themed as an Idaho alpine grillhouse, will be serving grilled items, fresh seasonal salads, hearty sandwiches and entrées, as well as beer and wine daily. The stunning panoramic outdoor deck offers the best dining in town. For those not looking for a full gourmet lunch experience, Lookout will serve as

a snack shack with hot dogs, trail mix, energy bars, other snacks and ice cream. Contact 208.622.2800 for reservations at the Roundhouse (recommended but not required) and visit for more information on hiking and biking trails or to download trail maps.

jump • hike • FISH

Idaho has four million acres of designated wilderness, the wildest state in the lower 48! If you want to get a taste of the beautiful hiking and biking trails, or want to explore another activity–such as n m ount the Spider Jump bungee w o ai n nt yi ad trampolines—visit the o j experienced staff at Pete Lane’s Outdoor Adventure Center. New this summer will be a fullyfeatured adventure and activity center—both at Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village and at the River Run Base. They rent mountain bikes, including bikes specifically designed for going downhill on the lift-accessed Bald Mountain trails, and offer guided hikes and adventures. Book a free hour-long guided hike along the beautiful White Cloud Trail—perfect for someone new to the area and offering a great overview of the Sun Valley area as well as stunning views of local mountain ranges and wildflowers. To explore farther afield, book a guided half-day or full-day hike on Proctor Mountain or Bald Mountain, where lunch can be arranged at the Roundhouse. Custom hikes can also be arranged, as well as guided mountain biking on Baldy, including custom half- and full-day bike rides. Guided fly fishing on the waters of the Big Wood River or nearby Trail Creek can be booked through sistershop Silver Creek Outfitters, and fishing adventures farther afield to famous Silver Creek Preserve or the Big Lost or Salmon rivers can be arranged as well. Contact 208.622.2281 for more information.




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Enjoying the Whitewater State Local rafting and kayaking options BY Kathleen Kristenson

Idaho has over 3,000 whitewater river miles, more than any other state in the lower 48! Luckily for those of us in Sun Valley, we don’t have to go very far to find some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking on the planet. The Main Salmon River, the Payette River and the infamous multi-day, Middle Fork “River of No Return” are all relatively short drives from the splendors of Sun Valley. On the north side of Galena summit, Highway 75 runs parallel to the Main Salmon River. This stretch offers easy access to halfday, full-day or multi-day trips. “The Main Salmon is a great introduction to multi-day trips, offering warm water, sandy beaches and riverside campsites,” said Guy Robins, a guide for Mackay Wilderness Trips. “It’s a great family trip, as it is safe for children ages five and up.” Mackay Wilderness River 82 | 40th anniversary issue

Trips, as well as White Otter Outdoor Adventures and Idaho River Journeys, offer trips on the Main Salmon. West of Stanley, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River winds its way 100 miles north through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Trips average in length from five to eight days and they rank among the Top 10 river trips in the world! Remote as it is, the experience need not be rustic. Out-

idaho guide service ABOVE (clockwise) The Middle Fork of the Salmon; A day trip on the Main Salmon River, near Sunbeam, with White Otter; Far and Away Adventures guides through Impassable Canyon on the Middle Fork of the Salmon; Big Mallard rapid on the Main Salmon River. INSET Idaho Guide Service leads guests into Blue Heart Springs in the Hagerman Valley, which is between Banburys and 1000 Springs Resort on the Snake River.

fitters like Mackay Wilderness River Trips and Idaho River Journeys provide comfortable accommodations and delicious dining experiences. Far and Away Adventures even offers massages, flannel linens and carpeted tents!

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Coveted private permits are also given out using a lottery system to minimize the impact on the environment. The crystal-clear water, stunning scenery, ample wildlife, hot springs and great fly fishing make everyone who gets to float the Middle Fork feel like a lottery winner. The Payette River, near Boise, is a playground for rafters and kayakers of all ability levels. It attracts boaters from around the h e d a y o n t h world including Ketchum st t e M resident Gerry Mofa to fatt, a world-class kayaker originally from Scotland who was drawn to Idaho by the North Fork of the Payette. The North Fork has the most challenging Class V rapids in the lower 48 and because it’s dam-controlled, it runs all summer long. The Payette River Company and Cascade Raft Company offer trips on the Payette. Rivers are nature’s highways. Some are scenic tours and some are wild rides. Still others are a combination of both. Rafting and kayaking are great ways to get out and enjoy all that Idaho’s waterways have to offer. Pick your river and then pick your outfitter, or head out on your own. It’s all possible in the “Whitewater State.”

I had one of the greatest weeks on a river in my entire life, thanks to Steve Lentz and Far and Away Adventures. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of weeks on a lot of rivers. The fishing, the food, the hot springs, the guides, the river-running—all of it was just incredible and beyond my already high expectations. The Middle Fork of the Salmon is one of the most wonderful river trips on earth. If you want to make the most of it, I highly suggest a trip with Far and Away—they know how to make the best even better. Tom Bie, Editor and Publisher – The Drake magazine

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You’re involved in a business dispute. Your employees, your company— everything you’ve worked so hard to build—are at risk. A lawsuit is agonizing. But there’s really only one thing worse than being in a dispute: losing one. And we’re not about to let that happen.

The Higher You Get

Hiking and climbing spots throughout the valley BY Kathleen Kristenson

Sun Valley is defined as much by the mountains that surround it as by the space between them. Nestled at the intersection of three scenic mountain ranges (the Pioneer, Smoky and Boulder mountains) with even more nearby (the Sawtooth and White Cloud mountains), the area provides endless opportunities for climbing and hiking, the caliber of which is some of the best in the world. Whether you are looking for a technical adventure or an afternoon stroll through the sagebrush, there is something for everyone.

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Located near the border of Utah in southern Idaho, the City of Rocks is known for its unique granite spires. Climbers from around the world are drawn by its easy access to almost 1,000 routes varying in length from one to five pitches. There is an abundance of car camping in the area and the climate makes it desirable as an off-season day trip or overnight adventure for local climbers. When summer turns up the heat, it’s time 84 | 40th anniversary issue

to head into the Sawtooths for some more great climbing. The slabs above Redfish Lake have incredible views and challenging climbs, some requiring a full day commitment. If that’s not enough, “the Pioneers are Idaho’s hidden gem,” explained Marc Hanselman, a guide for Sawtooth Mountain Guides, “and offer several remote alpine climbs of easy difficulty and fantastic exposure, which are seldom ever traveled.”

LEFT page The Schiller family above Alpine Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. above A day of introductory rock climbing on the Super Slabs near Redfish Lake in the Sawtooths. A 2.5 mile hike from where the boat drops you off at the end of Redfish Lake brings you to this easy 7 pitch rock climb which offers great views of the Sawtooth Valley.

The Wood River Valley is full of hiking trails, good for lunch breaks or all-day excursions. Carbonate Mountain, on the west edge of Hailey, has a trail up the ridge, as well as switchbacks, and can be completed in a short amount of time. Two other quick hikes, Proctor Ridge and Corral Creek, are east of Sun Valley on Trail Creek Road, as is the longer hike to the historic Pioneer Cabin. On the north side of Ketchum is a network of trails called Adams Gulch and, of course, Bald Mountain has its own options. Hike to the overlook, or Roundhouse for lunch, or all the way to the top. There are three choices for getting back down Baldy: hike, take the gondola or fly in a tandem paraglider with Fly Sun Valley. The right gear can make or break any experience. You can rent or buy basic climbing gear at The Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum and can find camping and hiking gear at Backwoods or Sturtevants in Ketchum or Sturtos in Hailey. If you prefer to have someone else handle the details of your trip, Sun Valley Trekking or Sawtooth Mountain Guides can make your outing safe and memorable. The views of the mountains are spectacular, but the views from the mountains are even better. Get out and take a look for yourself!

Fishing anyone? Bring your fishing rod and a copy of the award-winning guidebook, “Angling Around Sun Valley,” on your hike!

Full of useful highalpine fishing tips, pick up a copy at local shops like Silver Creek Outfitters, Sturtos of Hailey or Anglers in Boise.

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40 years of

Iconic Summer Events, Topics and People in Sun Valley Magazine A lot has happened since the first issue of Sun Valley Magazine hit stands over four decades ago. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Summer issue, we look back at the iconic events and extraordinary people that not only graced the magazine’s pages, but have helped define and expand the thriving arts and cultural scene of Sun Valley.

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The 1970s were far out, groovy and downright dyn-o-mite! They were also a bit of a drag and somewhat turbulent. The decade began with a war in Vietnam and ended with a hostage crisis in Iran. Earth Day and the Clean Air and Water Acts were created. Bell-bottoms and Sun Valley fan Diane Von Furstenberg’s “wrap dresses” ruled the fashion world. Disco dominated the airwaves and Woodsy Owl reminded us “To give a hoot. Don’t pollute!”

❶ cycling As man evolves, so do his bicycles! Growing from the comfortable balloon-tire bikes (or what we now call “cruisers”) to sophisticated 3-speeds, then graduating to the more complicated 10-speeds and the original hardtail mountain bikes, ever since the power of pedaling began to really catch on locally in the 1970s, we’ve found ourselves having to rework our anatomy, as well as our vernacular, to accommodate new trends in cycling. Desensitized derrieres and the complex brake and derailleur systems became necessities to summit Galena or Trail Creek, but the beauty and joy of cycling around the Wood River Valley won’t be denied. The best time to ride remains the same; evenings, when the winds die down and the Valley settles in after another epic summer day.

❶ ❷ tennis anyone? September 1974

Paul Wilkins turned his small school of students into one of the largest tennis facilities in the world. The Sun Valley Tennis School opens offering the “Wilkins Way” of instruction, along with closedcircuit televisions, videotape replay, eight pitching machines and a stocked pro shop. Sun Valley’s stunning mountains offered a picturesque landscape to hold the camp, bringing in students as much for the lessons as for the vacation. The new development of the Wildflower condominiums offered scenic views of the courts as well as of Dollar and Bald Mountains. Bi-weekly tournaments, tennis exhibitions and movie screenings kept the camp booked solid.

❷ 1971 Blaine County Population 5,749

1974 The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities (as it was known then), the Valley's oldest nonprofit, is founded.

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Evel Knievel is unsuccessful in his attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon. Attempts to duplicate his infamous jump this year have run into roadblocks.

1974 Friedman Memorial Airport hosts the 1st annual Sun Valley Soaring regatta bringing in hundreds of sailplaners from across the country.

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❹ dorothy hamilL is in the house! August 1976

❸ pow wow power July 1975

Native Americans from across the West arrive in Sun Valley for the 27th Annual Shoshone Indian Shoot, a trap and skeet shooting competition and Pow Wow. The two-day event included a salute to departed braves, the Sun Dance Singles competition (100 shots at 16-yard targets) and a closing ceremony and supper at Trail Creek Cabin. The air around Sun Valley was filled with the beats of rhythmical drumming, smoke from peace pipes, and intonations from the High Chief and Council, all of whom were adorned in traditional Native American attire.

Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill returns to Sun Valley to shoot a commercial for the hair care product, Clairol. Peggy Fleming, another Olympic gold medalist, headlines the Fourth of July ice show, flocked by national and international ice skating stars. (Earlier this year, the patriarch of Sun Valley’s skating scene, famed barrel jumper and Sun Valley Figure Skating Club founder, Herman Maricich, passed away at the age of 90.)

❺ arts and crafts festival

September 1974

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts puts on their first invitational annual Arts and Crafts Festival on the green of the Sun Valley Opera House. Sixty-seven artists of diverse media were invited from around the country to participate in the event, which included a number of awards for the artists. Notable award-winning locals included Barry Peterson for jewelry and Jan Lasseter for pen and ink design. The weekend sales grossed $10,500, 25% of which the artists donated back to the center. Mary Rolland takes responsibility for organizing the festival, laying down the foundation for an event that continues to be a substantial fundraiser for the Center. In 2013, the festival featured 130 artists, with overall sales reaching $487,000.

1975 Former NFL offensive tackle and University of Oregon AllAmerican, Tom Drougas, helps found Sun Valley Real Estate.


1976 The Nature Conservancy and Jack Hemingway team up to create the Silver Creek Preserve.

Gerald Ford, Tip O’Neill and Mickey Mantle are among those who play in the first Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament to support leukemia and cancer research.

1977 The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities puts on the first Northern Rockies Folk Festival.

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Summer/Fall 1982

Originally invented in the late ’60s and first brought to the Gem State in the mid-’70s, windsurfing was booming both locally and nationally in the early ’80s. There were nearly as many registered sailboards in the Wood River Valley (around 100) as there were in Boise! Windsurfing was the fastest growing sport in the country and there were no better places to watch its burgeoning popularity than windy days on Magic Reservoir and the lakes of the Sawtooth Valley.

❶ ❷ pioneer families

Summer 1985

Sun Valley Mag shines the spotlight on the families who helped make the Wood River Valley the magical place it is. From the sheepherding Breckenridge family, who spent the 20th century moving sheep over Galena Summit, to the Brass clan, whose potato fields were to become the future site of Sun Valley Lodge, to the Werry family, who purchased the Casino Club in 1936 and ensured that its authentic Idaho charm never faded away (The Casino’s original, hand-hewn wooden logs harvested from Bald Mountain still welcome guests!) to Roberta McKercher, Hailey’s unofficial matriarch, who dedicated her life to the betterment of the town and its events.

❷ 1980 Blaine County Population: 9,841


The Valley’s first polo grounds are opened along Lower Broadford Road in Bellevue.

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Sun Valley Center for the Arts hosts its first Wine Auction.

1983 The first annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is held, bringing the biggest names in entertainment and high finance to the Valley each July.

1984 The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is born, becoming the largest, privately funded free-admission symphony in the country.

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❶ Sailing Around the Sawtooths

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The 1980s were electric, rad, righteous and, like, totally tubular! Michael Jackson moonwalked, Ronald Reagan ruled the roost and Madonna lost her virginity (again). There was a new “Brat Pack” and the harsh realities of an AIDS epidemic. Mount St. Helens erupted. Cabbage Patch Kids and Atari dominated sales. People drove DeLoreans and Yugos and Halley’s Comet passed over the Wood River Valley.

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IN THE NEWS ❹ flood of ’83 Summer 1983

❸ ❸ high fashion in the ’80s

May of 1983 saw the Big Wood River record its highest water levels since the initiation of record keeping in 1915. Temperatures for the month soared upwards of 80°, causing an acceleration of snow runoff to propel levels well over the flood stage, reaching 7.95-feet above average on May 31. Residents of the South Valley were even able to kayak around their property as floodwaters surged. Basements were flooded while chunks of the landscape were swept downstream. On Warm Springs, the base of Baldy dealt with its own flood problems when the original ticket booth became an island surrounded by the raging runoff.

Summer 1986

The ’80s were a time for bold fashions, and Ketchum was no stranger to the latest trends. Local boutiques such as Panache and Alain Manoukian carried all the hottest designers to keep our natives fashion forward. The Kitzbuhel Collection offered its classic Tyrolean couture, while Silver Creek Outfitters offered brightly-colored synchilla alongside its expansive selection of hunting and fly fishing goods. Whether it was a casual Tahitian ensemble for Jazz on the Green or a more authentic deerskin Indian poncho to evoke the native spirit, the people of Sun Valley have always dressed to impress for every occasion.

❸ mountain biking Summer 1983

Off-road cycling takes off in and around Sun Valley. Gone are the days of 10-speed lightweight bike domination. Beefy frames made to withstand the mountainous conditions that abound in the area rise up and riding the endless miles of dirt trails and roads becomes the rage. Once more people are reprogramming their bodies for their sport. The mountain bike movement allows for an upright position while riding and offers greater stability from a heavier frame, making this new style of cycling ideal for both mountain and town alike. The mountain bike starts to dominate the Sun Valley market, becoming the summer answer to cross-country and backcountry skiing.

❻ teeing off in sun valley Summer 1989

Sun Valley’s four top-notch golf courses drive in duffers and skilled strikers by the score. The luxury offered from all four courses was unrivaled at the time and all are within walking distance of Ketchum. The variety between the Warm Springs, Sun Valley, Elkhorn and Bigwood courses allowed golfers to experience varying levels of difficulty, and greens fee deals were as low as $10 a round. The devoted golfer could even tee off at all four in one day, driving the greens well into the Valley’s famously long summer days.


Ketchum resident Clay Carter lands the unofficial (it didn’t qualify because it was released and not killed) world record for largest steelhead caught on a fly with a massive 37-pounder.

1986 Mary Hemingway donates Ernest’s home and 14 surrounding acres in north Ketchum to The Nature Conservancy.

1986 The Sun Valley Brewery opens and introduces “White Cloud Ale,” one of the only beers in America that can pass the “Reinheitsgebot” German beer purity law.


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Summer 1990

In 1955, 17 women from Ketchum, Sun Valley and Triumph gathered in a local home with the intent of forming a privately funded, free public library. With only $17 and a tall dream, the women set out on their ambitious endeavor to benefit the community. Vowing not to take any loans with interest, the organization raised funds through a small thrift store, as well as fashion shows, bridge parties, and garden sales. Within the first four months, they opened a thrift store on Walnut Avenue in Ketchum, the beloved Gold Mine. In 1977, The Community Library underwent a massive expansion; breaking ground for the building that it still occupies to this day. By 1990, the 17 original founders of the library had been joined by 8,398 card-carrying members.

❷ the idaho kid

Summer/Fall 1996

On October 31, 1885, The Wood River Times announced the birth of a “bouncing baby boy” named Ezra Pound. The Pound family left the bustling mining town of Hailey shortly thereafter for the East Coast, but Pound never lost his Idaho heritage. He would go on to become a worldfamous poet and help lead the expatriate literary movement to Europe where he would befriend and mentor other prominent authors such as James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Coinciding with Pound’s motto of “Make it new,” he established two literary movements: the ideogrammic method of imagism as well as vorticism, a combination of cubism and futurism. Though Pound never returned to his birthplace, he often claimed his heritage, referring to himself as the “Idaho kid.”



Blaine County Population: 13,552

Square-inch lots on Dollar Mountain are sold by the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands as part of the “Buy an Inch . . . Save an Acre” program.

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1993 Local Jon Marvel helps found the Western Watersheds Project to help legally protect and restore watersheds and wildlife habitat throughout the West.

1993 The Valley’s first bus system begins. The Blaine Area Rapid Transit or “BART” (apologies to San Francisco) is started because of local demand and even carries bikes.

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❶ A community's library

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The 1990s were da bomb, they were fly, they were all that and a bag of chips! Nelson Mandela was freed. Al Gore “invented” the Internet and Bill Clinton smoked his political competition. Pixar reinvented animated films, Forrest Gump kept running, and grunge rock and gangsta rap ruled the airwaves, while Michael Jordan and his sneakers dominated the sports world. Jennifer Aniston’s hairdo and the Wonderbra were all the rage and the mountain biking boom took over Sun Valley.


❸ skate mania

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Summer/Fall 1998

❹ Saving silver creek

Ketchum’s Skatepark is the place to be for young boarders, as well as roller-bladers and BMXers. The park, built on city land across from the Presbyterian Church, is maintained by the hundreds of participants who ride it daily. Local snowboard instructor and coach Andy Gilbert deserves most of the credit for the park’s creation. With skateboarders starting to take a bad rap locally, Gilbert organized a proposal for the Ketchum City Council to build a place for both local kids and visiting skateboarders to come together and be part of a community of skaters. Resources donated by local business owners and citizens helped to create the park, as well as an annual street fair—held across from the Board Bin—which raises funds for maintenance and additional features.

Summer/Fall 1994

“You’ll love it here … there’s a stream called Silver Creek,” Ernest Hemingway wrote to his then-17-year-old son, Jack. “Saw more big trout rising than have ever seen … We’ll fish it together next spring.” That would be Jack Hemingway’s first fishing trip to Silver Creek and would start a lifelong affair with the spring creek. “It was everything I thought it would be, except I couldn’t catch the trout,” he recalled. In 1976, Jack would team up with The Nature Conservancy to help preserve 480 acres around the fishery. By 1994, Silver Creek Preserve owned 825 acres, with 4,436 acres under conservation easements, and was attracting thousands of anglers annually from “Japan, France, Germany and every state in the nation,” according to longtime local guide Scott Schnebly.

❺ papa hemingway Summer/Fall 1999

1999 marks the centennial anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birthday, and the Valley reflects on itself as the author’s favorite place, “where,” he wrote, “a man can write and people will leave me alone.” Initially arriving in Sun Valley to write in solitude and to hunt and fish, it became the place where Hemingway would pen numerous novels and, tragically, take his own life in 1961. In an effort to diminish any potential traffic to his secluded hideaway, Hemingway noticeably neglected using the area as a setting for any of his novels. In the late ’40s, Hemingway would write in the mornings and hike the North Fork or Eagle Creek or hunt along Silver Creek in the afternoons. With the rise in popularity of the resort, he went on a 10-year hiatus before once more returning to Ketchum to work on “A Movable Feast.” Since his untimely death, the Wood River Valley has become a mecca for Hemingway enthusiasts, becoming the site for the 1996 Hemingway Society’s International Conference as well as a popular destination for his legion of fans.

❺ 1994 The Wood River Land Trust is incorporated as a non-profit to protect and restore wildlife habitat in the area.

1995 The Sun Valley Writers' Conference begins with 12 featured writers and 108 attendees, including an opening talk by David Halberstam.


1996 Rusty Wilson and Denise Simone relocate the Company of Fools from Richmond, Virginia, to Hailey thanks to the persuasions of actor and local resident Bruce Willis.

After 35 years as a Ketchum culinary institution, Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant relocates to Meridian.

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❶ salmon river revival Summer/Fall 2011

The Northern Shoshoni refer to the Salmon River country as “Tom Agit Pha,” or Big Fish Water, and for good reason. The Pacific Ocean lies 900 miles from the headwaters of the Salmon River and every year steelhead make the cyclical journey from river to sea and back again, but they aren’t the only ones to make this incredible journey. From the original inhabitants like the Shoshoni and the Nez Perce Indians to the expedition by Lewis and Clark and countless whitewater rafting enthusiasts over the decades, the Salmon River has seen a large number of various explorers. In more modern times, the Smith family chartered revolutionary jet boats up and down the river, which overcame the popular nickname of “The River of No Return” and allowed state Senator Frank Church to experience the river and its famous Middle Fork section, which eventually led to establishing the 2.36-million-acre River of No Return Wilderness Area.

❷ fire in the mountains Summer/Fall 2002

Author Rick Slone hypothesizes the future danger of fires in the Wood River Valley. Slone depicts a scenario that would lead firefighters on an 18,000-acre chase down Indian Creek and up into Ohio Gulch and threaten the whole Valley. Slone’s predictions have proven to be fairly prophetic. The 2007 Castle Rock Fire burned over 48,000 acres, causing residents in Ketchum to evacuate and even threatened Bald Mountain. More than 1,600 firefighters worked tirelessly to control the fire, containing it after a 20-day fight. The Valley was rattled again by wildfire during last summer’s massive Beaver Creek Fire, which claimed almost 112,000 acres of the Sawtooth National Forest and was the nation’s #1 fire priority for several days.



Blaine County Population: 18,991

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2004 The Hunger Coalition is formed to help battle the surprisingly large needs of the local community.

Crosstoberfest Idaho holds its first annual race, bringing the European-style cyclocross race and beer garden party to the Wood River Valley.

2006 Silver Creek Outfitters Fly Fishing Film Festival begins, much to the delight of local anglers.

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The 2000s were hella good. They were chillax and bootylicious, fo’ shizzle, even though people kept asking “Whassup?!” The “Great Recession,” 9/11, President “Dubya,” Dick Cheney and “Hanging Chads” dominate the political scene. “Survivor,” “The Sopranos” and “American Idol” had us glued to TV screens. We wore low-rise jeans, hoodies, Ugg boots and trucker hats. We started blogging, Facebooking, taking digital pictures by the dozens and texting, and Gwen Steffani taught everyone how to spell bananas!

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❸ ranch women


Summer/Fall 2002

❹ wild horses

“Know your land, and you will know yourself,” said Lyn DeNaeyer-Messers, a born-and-bred Idaho ranch woman. For women, life on the ranch is just as tough as—if not harder than—it is for the men. Everything is shared in this lifestyle. From rounding up cattle, cutting hay and feeding livestock, to birthing calves, no one is left behind. The most important job any ranch woman can take on is being in the know. Knowing how new tax laws will affect property taxes and their children’s birthrights, knowing about conservation easements, recreational diversification, exit plans and market demands. She is equal parts ranch-hand and businesswoman, living in a mostly solitary expanse of sagebrush and ridgelines. For most, the idea of it being a “man’s world” is nothing but a myth, as ranch women rope, ride and castrate calves alongside their male counterparts.

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Horses have been a part of the American landscape for nearly 60 million years. Wild horses in the West interact in complex social structures, resembling tight-knit family units. Being nomadic, the horses have a truly symbiotic life with the planet, grazing to prevent overgrowth and then fertilizing as they roam. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is tasked with keeping the number of nomads healthy and controlled and performs an annual aerial census. When deemed necessary, a “gather” is held to round up the excess horses, bringing them to BLM facilities. From there, horses are either adopted, released back to the wild elsewhere, sent to sanctuaries or remain in BLM possession.

❺ go climb a rock! Summer/Fall 2006

Idaho offers a range of diverse rock formations, making it a destination climbing area. Much of the popularity of the sport comes from its noncompetitive nature, offering experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Climbing’s allure also lies in its benefits for mental clarification, requiring a mind free of all outside influences and utmost focus on the task at hand. Sites such as the City of Rocks, the Elephant’s Perch and spelunking in local lava caves rank high among world-class climbers. “The City” is now a National Historic Landmark with monolithic rocks that have been shaped over 25 million years.

❺ 2007 The Castle Rock Fire threatens to engulf Ketchum and Bald Mountain.

2009 Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest begins, bringing in mountain and road bike racers from across the West.

2010 The Sun Valley Film Festival debuts, quickly establishing itself as one of the premier film industry events in the nation.

2013 The Beaver Creek Fire forces evacuations throughout the Valley and costs $25 million to control, but, amazingly, only one structure and no human lives are lost. SUMMER 2014 | 95



Conservation For all its glam and glitter, Sun Valley is and always has been more about people than place. It's the people who really love and care about this place who make iT so special. In honor of our 40th Anniversary Summer issue, we pay homage to and highlight the people who have made the arts, the culture and land around Sun Valley remarkable.


A Spark that Started a Fire

The Artistic Revolution of Sun Valley BY Kate Elgee

photographs clockwise : travis bartlett

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Glenn Janss

LEFT: Gail Severn, of Gail Severn Gallery, is the matriarch of the gallery world in Ketchum. RIGHT: Barbi Reed, formerly of Anne Reed Gallery.

Gail Severn

Barbi Reed LEFT: Dennis Ochi, of Ochi Gallery, runs his gallery with his daughter, Pauli Ochi. Ochi Gallery was the site the last two years for the popular "Death to Day Jobs" shows.

Dennis Ochi

visual When Glenn Cooper arrived in Ketchum in 1968, straight from the noisy streets of L.A., recently widowed and towing five young children, she found a small mountain town with dirt roads and one stop sign. “It was mostly hippies, ranchers and ski bums back then,” she said. “I fell in love.” A classy woman, well connected in the California art world, she settled in amongst the sheepherders and snow-capped peaks. Even though her children—all under the age of 15 (one of whom, Christin Cooper, would become an Olympic silver medalist)— raised their eyebrows, she built a house on Bitterroot Road in Ketchum and made camp for the next 40 years. Over the decades, this remarkable woman would forever alter the face of our small community. A cultural tour de force, Glenn had already organized and founded the first volunteer docent council in the United States at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was named L.A. Woman of the Year in 1965 by the Los Angeles Times, before going on to spark an artistic revolution in Idaho, taking Ketchum from a dusty mining district to a nationally-renowned epicenter for the arts. A few years after Olympic ski team member and founder of Snowmass, Bill Janss, purchased the Sun Valley Resort, he asked Glenn to start an art institute for him. “I said no. I won’t. I’m exhausted. I just want to be with my children, and that’s why I’m here,” Glenn explained. The pair had been family friends from their days in Southern California, sharing an enthusiasm for art collecting and curating. Bill had big plans for Sun Valley, so Glenn finally gave in to his requests. “Fine, I’ll do your art

project,” she told him. “But I want to do it my way, the community’s way. I knew I didn’t want it to be like Aspen.” She started small. At the time, there were only a few artists quietly producing work in the Valley, but without anywhere to sell. So she opened the Potato Gallery in the Sun Valley Resort Village (where the Sun Valley Gift Shop is now). “That’s where we did everything,” she explained, “out of that little place.” It was the first hub, or “center,” for arts in Sun Valley, and people gravitated to it like moths to a flame. Glenn then took her project into a few local schools, like Hemingway Elementary. “We had five subjects. Julie Atkinson taught multimedia. Gordon Webster taught ceramics,” Glenn recalled. “We also had photography, weaving and painting. From there, it just took off.” Realizing she had outgrown the cramped Potato Gallery, Glenn asked Bill for more space: “I explained to Bill, wonderful Bill, that we needed a location and he took me to where the Sun Valley sled dogs were kenneled, near the horse stables, and waved his arm. He said, ‘You can have all of this.’” It was on this very 6.7-acre property (now the modern-day Community School) that the Sun Valley Creative Art Workshops first began. And from within this campus, Glenn stoked the glowing embers of an artistic movement. Summer 2014 | 97

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50 Plein Air Exhibition renaissance. The effects of that decade, however, would ripple throughout our art community for years to come, and the ideas ignited by Glenn would pulsate into the rest of the state like a beating heart. “If Glenn and Bill had not started the Center and not had the vision to encourage young art professionals to move here, this would be a very different community,” said Kristin Poole, the current artistic director for the SVCA. Kristin gravitated to the Valley in 1983, drawn, like so many others, by the Center. “They have made it not only a recreational destination, but a destination for arts and culture as well.” Today, Sun Valley now has nearly 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces. The newly

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“This was a great time for the Sun Valley first art galleries in Ketchum in 1976, folCenter, in the ’70s,” she said. “That was when lowed shortly by Diane Kneeland, Barbi Anne all these really wonderful artists came out. We Reed and many more. “It was Bill Janss who had amazing teachers like Jim Romberg and encouraged me to open my own gallery,” said Sheri Heiser and Walt Jones from the Yale Gail. “Without question, Bill and Glenn were Theater Group. We took over the Quonset my mentors.” hut, where LA Dance came, and Robert KetGlenn explained, “I will always credit Bill chum taught at Dollar Cabin. Artists, who for creating what he called ‘the total comwere the most famous in the country at the munity,’ a place where all of the human needs time, flooded to Sun Valley. Bill let us have were met—not only spiritually and physically, the ski instructors' facilities to house but the more ethereal, creative and artistic i c o ni c p h t o the students and the whole town h s oto sides. That’s what he believed fulnt Ke so became an art center in the w f m filled a human being. That was re d summer. I can’t tell you his vision for Sun Valley.” what an exciting time it After Bill’s wife, was—it was just so rare Anne, died in an avathat this was happening lanche accident out in such a small town.” Trail Creek (skiing Artists like Annie with Glenn, as fate Liebovitz, Peter deLory would have it), tragedy and Paul Soldner came brought them together. to see what was happenFriends for 40 years, these ing on the fields and rivtwo married in 1973. erbanks of a small town in Soon thereafter, things Idaho, where rumors spread came to a sudden halt for like wildfire of a movement the SVCA. Oil billionaire Earl underway. Over 500 students filtered Holding bought the Sun Valley in throughout the summer and in 1970 “the Resort from Bill Janss and the community Center” was formally founded as a nonprofit. of vagabond artists that had collected for the From this incubator of ideas would spring summers was uprooted—shooed out of the the modern-day Sun Valley Summer Symresort buildings and housing apartments where phony, the Sun Valley Gallery Association, the they had set up shop. Earl Holding had a difannual Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival, ferent vision for Sun Valley. the Summer Concert Series, Plein Air Projects, “Earl has done so many great things for Ketchum Arts Festival and local artists like the community,” said Glenn. “He just had difMariel Hemingway, Carol Glenn and Tina ferent ideas, and he didn’t have the space for us Barney. anymore. I don’t blame him for that.” When Jim Belson took over in 1973, he The students packed up their paintbrushes, changed the name to the Sun Valley Center their ballet shoes and their clay pots and left for the Arts and Humanities (what is now town. Many of the artists moved back to called the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, or their homes across the country. Some drifted SVCA). to larger cities where new movements were Gail Severn, who had worked at the Potato underway, closing the doors on what would be Gallery in the early ’70s, opened one of the Ketchum’s, and Idaho’s, most significant artistic

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Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival

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Carol Glenn

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William Morris A student of Seattle-based Dale Chihuly, William Morris is considered a revolutionary master glassblower. His work, inspired by archeology, nature and historic/pagan culture, has been represented by the Friesen Gallery in Ketchum for over 20 years.

Wife of actor Scott Glenn, Brooklyn-born Carol Glenn studied ceramics at the SVCA under longtime mentor Jim Romberg. She’s had a lifelong passion for ceramics and her new self-titled book, pictured above, was published locally and captures the evolution of her success.

established Wood River Valley Studio Tour connects over 50 local artists up and down the Valley, and more emerging art shows like Death to Day Jobs are popping up regularly. The SVCA, now located on 5th Street in Ketchum, with a second location in Hailey, has plans to expand to an even larger building. They also recently merged with the Company of Fools, a local theater production company, and continue to bring world-famous artists and thinkers, like Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, E.O. Wilson and Terry Tempest Williams, to the Wood River Valley. In 2006, they were given accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums and remain the largest arts organization in the state. Glenn is still an advisory member on the board at the SVCA, but she now lives in the small town of Tetonia, Idaho, with the rolling agricultural fields and a view of the Teton Mountains. “It’s mostly ranchers and farmers here,” she said. “It reminds me of Ketchum when I first arrived in the ’60s.” Sun Valley is now almost unrecognizable from those early days, she said. “But that’s ok. That’s good. That’s how resorts develop. It has become the arts center of Idaho, there’s no doubt about that. And the beauty of it is you can still go into the mountains, hiking and biking. It really has become a total community.” Glenn returns to Sun Valley often, but she has passed on the proverbial torch to those like Kristin Poole, Gail Severn and Dennis Ochi, who continue to grow Sun Valley’s art community, drawing in new, young and emerging artists every day. “I still check on things when I’m in town,” said Glenn.

Internationally renowned artist David McGary, known for his bronze sculptures of Native Americans, found a home in Sun Valley with his wife and daughter many years ago. McGary studied sculpture in Italy before returning to the U.S. and captivating the Western art world for over 30 years. He passed away last October in Arizona.

Tony Foster Tony Foster paints tales of journey, or what he calls the “culture of the route.” An Englishman by birth, his paintings as an adventurer and preservationist seek to protect the natural beauty of the world’s greatest wildernesses (including those in Idaho).

Mario Reis

Rod Kagan

German-based painter, Mario Reis, began working with water and canvas in Paris in the 1970s. Since then, he has traveled to almost every continent, documenting the world’s waterways with natural materials. Reis first came to Idaho in 1992 to "paint" Idaho’s pristine rivers and has been exhibiting locally at the Gail Severn Gallery for over 20 years.

Jane Wooster Scott

The critically-acclaimed Jane Wooster Scott has used her bright colors and imaginative compositions to capture the “good old days” of 20th-century America, including Sun Valley— painting everything from ice-skating and Bald Mountain to Grumpy’s.

Rod Kagan, who has been hailed as one of Idaho’s greatest artists, lived in Sun Valley for almost 40 years before his death in 2010. His bronze and steel sculptures, some 25-feet-high, can be spotted not only up and down the Wood River Valley, but in 38 major cities throughout the U.S.

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Alasdair Neale Alasdair Neale’s conducting has been called inspired and his leadership is unrivaled. The Miami Herald once wrote that for “sheer musical insight and artistic command, this gifted conductor sets a standard that is hard to surpass.” It’s been 20 years now since the then-30-year-old conductor replaced the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s beloved founder, Dr. Carl Eberl. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to musical parents, Neale was always smitten with music—not just playing it, but dissecting it. “Music was always part of the furniture for me,” he said. “I started very early. I played in a youth orchestra, and fell into conducting through studying scores and music, mostly from an anatomical perspective, wanting to understand how a piece is put together.” At 14, he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a flutist. As he explained, “I had never been part of something that was so good. I realized this had to be for the rest of my life. It was like scales falling from my eyes.” After graduating from Cambridge University, he attended graduate school at Yale University. Neale eventually became the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s conductor before spending a dozen years with the San Francisco Symphony. Neale’s enthusiasm and love for music is infectious. One can understand why he’s had such success with musicians and music lovers, and has such a passion for Sun Valley. “When I tell people what we do here, they’re blown away,” he said. “You have this national all-star team, a-list soloists, a multi-million-dollar pavilion, and you know what else? It’s free. They fall over.” Neale is also the conductor of the Marin Symphony and is the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s principal guest conductor, but there’s something downright magical about the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. As he explained, “This orchestra has in spades visceral energy and palpable joy in performing. I think it's one of our greatest assets.” 100 | 40th anniversary issue

Caritas Chorale Dick Brown founded the Caritas Chorale in 1999, to “bring the best in chorale/ orchestral literature to the Wood River Valley,” he said. Caritas Chorale performs several times a year at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum and the Community Campus in Hailey. They also perform an annual pops concert outdoors and a pops concert at the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, as well as a benefit for The Hunger Coalition in December. The chorale consists of between 60 to 100 singers from the Wood River Valley, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls.

Dubbed the “Greatest Show on Snow” by its founder and organizer, Danny Walton, Reggae in the Mountains celebrates Sun Valley’s ski culture while attracting a younger demographic to our community. “This is the only on-snow reggae event that happens in the country,” Walton said.

“The original idea started six years ago to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday, and we continue the tradition.” A tradition that now includes bringing top-notch reggae musicians from around the globe to Sun Valley for a concert every summer and winter.

Jazz Jamboree Jazz, like folk music, can take on a variety of personas. Sometimes it's syncopated, sometimes it bops. Often it swings, and quite frequently it induces dancing. The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree turns 25 this year and “dancing” might as well be its middle name. For five days each October, 40 bands play at 10 venues around Ketchum/Sun Valley. Founded by Boise residents and jazz lovers Tom and Barbara Hazzard, the event has evolved over the years. “We now include other styles of American music such as zydeco, Western swing, big band swing, rhythm & blues, cabaret and gypsy jazz,” said Carol Hazzard Loehr, co-director of the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree with her husband Jeff. “There is music for every musical taste bud.”

photographs : neale : eisaku tokuyama

This Mountain Valley is Alive with the Sounds of Music

/ courtesy caritas / courtesy jazz jamboree: babs evangelista photography / courtesy reggae in the mountains

BY Dana DuGan

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Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Northern Rockies Music Festival Founded in 1977, the Northern Rockies Music Festival is the popular, annual two-day show held at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. The very family-friendly festival is jam-packed with talent culled from regional and national musicians and features about 10 bands. There are also lots of food and art vendors, or you can bring your own beverages and snacks or picnic. The festival also supports young musicians by helping fund Wood River High School music students with travel expenses for competitions, as well as inviting young musicians on stage to debut their music. The line-up for this August’s show includes local favorites Sheep Bridge Jumpers, 12-yearold troubadour sensation Sammy Brue, Portland’s popular Jimmy Robb Band, Smoke ‘n’ Blues from New Orleans and headliner and Mississippi-native bluesy rocker Paul Thorn.

“We’re all grown up now,” said Jennifer Teisinger, the executive director for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony (SVSS), about the free symphony’s 30th anniversary. The symphony is unique in that it culls musicians from many other symphonies for its annual summer run at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Musicians join the 115-member SVSS by invitation only. If there is an opening, symphony conductor Alasdair Neale asks the principal of the section for a recommendation. Returning musicians have a reunion Sun Valley Opera of sorts, which some refer to as “extreme music (SVO) takes camp.” things to “They love to play with people they another see every summer,” Teisinger said. “The level, a other thing that makes us special is this higher community. The audience is so warm and appreciative and they love the musicians.” octave and Arrival, Headliners for this season include all with a The Music soprano Renee Fleming and violinist Joshua more pasof Abba Bell. There will be a visiting electronica sionate style! composer, rising star Mason Bates, and worldFounded in 2001, renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who picked out SVO seeks to bring a brand new Steinway piano for SVSS in Hamburg. A quality opera to the donor/board member helped buy it as a 30th anniversary birthday present. Wood River Valley “We want to be hip, relevant and accessible to anyone through an annual who wants a live classical experience, and we want people four-day Winter Festito feel connected,” Teisinger said. “It’s really special. We’re val and Summer Benmaking the community a better place year-round.” The Sun Valley Artist Series is dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of classical music. The annual winter and spring series offers performances by visiting artists at the beautiful Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. The series also includes pre-concert lectures held at Ketchum’s Community Library, master classes, recitals, seminars and presentations in local schools by an impressive line-up of participating local and national artists, which have included pianist Misha Dichter, guitarist Sharon Isben, The Italian Saxophone Quartet, The Claremont Trio, pianist Sun Valley Artist Peter Henderson and cellist Series hard at work Ben Hong.

efit Concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion. SVO also hosts an international vocal competition in Seattle each year, library lectures, salon concerts and “Season of the MET HD” live broadcasts. This summer’s performances include “The Fab Four” Beatles tribute and a “Diva Party” featuring highly–acclaimed soprano Jennie Litster.

Ketch'em Alive

Ketchum has always had a party reputation and Ketch‘em Alive, a weekly, free, outdoor concert series, keeps up the tradition. Run by Will Caldwell Productions and sponsored by community businesses, residents and the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber Visitors Bureau, the free shows are now 15 years old. Held Tuesday evenings at the Forest Service Park in Ketchum from June through August, the musical line-up offers reggae, world beat, Americana, folk and rock. "Once bands come to Ketchum, they love it, and they want to come back," Caldwell said. Caldwell also produces the Ketchum Town Square Series on Thursdays throughout the summer, and Jazz in the Park on Sundays in Ketchum’s Rotary Park.

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Arts Sun Valley Ballet


Denise Simone

Sun Valley Ice Show

The Sun Valley Ice Show began modestly in 1937 on a small, outdoor sheet of ice on the grounds of the Sun Valley Lodge. Today, it has grown into a dazzling summertime event that showcases the world’s greatest skating champions and Olympic medalists. Spectators may enjoy the show from either the Lodge terrace or in rinkside seating under the starry summer sky. - Patti Murphy

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The Little Surprise on Main Street Denise Simone and the Company of Fools BY Patti Murphy

There are nearly 2,400 miles between Hailey, Idaho, and Richmond, Virginia, where Denise Simone and a small group of passionate actors and directors founded the Company of Fools (COF) theatre group in 1992. But in 1996, at the encouragement of an old high school friend named Bruce Willis, co-founders Simone and Rusty Wilson headed west and relocated the COF in Hailey, where it took up its new residence in the Liberty Theatre. Simone admits that, at first, she wasn’t sure about making the move to Idaho, but today she feels blessed to live in a community that has completely embraced and supported the COF for nearly two decades now. Coming from a family who placed a deep, almost reverential value on the arts helped Simone to develop her love of theatre early. Since

her career began in 1981, Simone has performed in approximately 65 different plays and has had four of her own plays produced in the United States. As an actor, she has immersed herself in a wide range of performances including the demanding one-woman show, “The Syringa Tree,” which required her to play 32 different roles of both genders, various races

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When she was a child growing up in Austria, Nadja Hirner wanted more than anything to dance ballet like her mother. But with no ballet school in her small town of Kufstein, she never had the opportunity. Instead, she went to fashion design school and became a professional tailor. Hirner moved to Sun Valley in 1982, working first as a nanny and then doing tailoring and alterations. In 1990, she began volunteering with the Sun Valley Ballet School (SVBS) and with her background in design and tailoring, she soon became the school’s costume coordinator. From scratch, she created all the dancers’ costumes, some of which can take two to three weeks to complete. In 2002, she became the school’s director. Established in 1978, SVBS offers dance education and performance training to between 120 and 140 dance students ranging in age from 3 to 18. Approximately 40% of the students receive scholarship funding from the school. Every December, dance students ages 4 and up perform a full-length ballet. The school also produces a free Biennial Children’s Series for all elementary school children in Blaine County and an annual Spring Showcase, which gives dancers an opportunity to perform other genres such as jazz, modern and hip hop.

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Nadja Hirner

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and ages ranging from 7 to 98. Simone also wears the hat of director, administrator, teacher and fundraiser. She has served on the Idaho Commission on the Arts and on the board of directors for the Wood River Arts Alliance. Each season, the group produces five different shows and pulls professional actors in from all over the country to work alongside its core group of local actors. “Some people who come to our performances don’t expect a professional theatre company to be here,” she said. “We’re the little surprise on Main Street.” The company is also committed to theatre education for youth and adults. One of its programs, "Stages of Wonder," uses theatre to help children in grades one through five explore their own creativity. The program is now in its 17th year. The COF has been wellrecognized for its work both onstage and off. In 2000, it became the first theatre in Idaho's history to receive Constituent Theatre status from the Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional, non-profit American theatre. In 2004, the company was a recipient of the Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2009 it was awarded Arts Advocate of the Year by the Sun Valley/Ketchum and Hailey Chambers of Commerce. “We try to connect everything, listen to patrons and interact with them so we’re not creating in a bubble. We’re creating as part of a community,” she said. “The only way the arts can truly survive in our small town is if our community truly embraces it and, indeed, it has over the past 18 years. We’ve been very blessed that way.”

Star-Studded Sun Valley

nexStage Theatre

From Sun Valley’s glamorous opening in 1936, when movie stars like Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable attended, to today, Sun Valley’s had a long connection with Hollywood. Besides the overall class and user-friendly mountains that mark this little slice of heaven, part of Sun Valley’s appeal for celebrities is how they get treated around here: Just like everyone else. Everyone who loves Sun Valley is, after all, pretty awesome in his or her own way, anyway. That’s why we don’t gawk, harass or get star-struck—with the exception of whenever our editor sees Jamie Lee Curtis! It’s tough to say exactly why so many celebrities love Sun Valley. But Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood (who has said, “I love Sun Valley Magazine.”), Mariel Hemingway, Bobby Farrelly, Demi Moore and Tom Hanks, to name-drop a few, must fall in love with Sun Valley for the same reason the rest of us do. There’s just something magical about this place. Jodi Foster may have summed it up best when she spoke at a fundraiser for the Company of Fools: “Can I just say I love Idaho. There’s just something so touching about this community. So I keep coming back … it’s just a special place!”

from sun valley to hollywood We know starlet Genevieve Cortese (now Padalecki) from growing up in Sun Valley and attending the local Community School before heading off to New York to pursue a career in acting. But most others know her from the big screen—either the popular ABC series “Wildfire,” “Supernatural” and “FlashForward” or her recent film, “Hated.” In 2010, she came home to Sun Valley to have “the perfect winter wedding” with her beau, Jared Padalecki, star of the CW’s “Supernatural,” “Gilmore Girls,” and the films “House of Wax” and a 2009 remake of “Friday the 13th.” They now have two children together and live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Idaho-born Tara Buck went from Hailey's Wood River High School, under acting teacher Bob Kesting, to Hollywood in no time flat. Before attending the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts and landing a recurring television role on the popular series “Party of Five,” Tara worked summers as a lifeguard at the Elkhorn Pool. Today, she is better known for her role as the barmaid “Ginger” in HBO’s hit show “True Blood,” but she is no stranger to independent films, starring opposite Willem Dafoe, Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. She and her husband now live in L.A. and co-own a boutique California wine label called "Ledbetter."

With a mission to support “educational, multicultural, philanthropic and community events,” the nexStage Theatre has been one of Ketchum’s main performing arts centers since 1992. A nonprofit organization, they host music, dance and theater performances, as well as educational dramatic arts classes year-round. Home to the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival and a three-week Summer Performing Arts Camp in July, the nexStage annually attracts over 30,000 local residents to plays, concerts, workshops and recitals. Additionally, over 500 students take advantage of the artrelated scholarships, opportunities and quality after-school programs every year.

Liberty Theatre The Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey has quite a history. What started as a 1930's movie house was then purchased by superstar Bruce Willis, renovated in 1996 and now serves as home to Idaho’s award-winning Company of Fools Theatre Group. Denise Simone and partner Rusty Wilson first re-opened the theatre with “Diary of a Mad Man,” which cost $5, followed by Sam Shepard’s play, “Fool for Love,” which starred Willis himself.

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Bobby and Peter Farrelly

There's Something About Bobby Bobby Farrelly’s Ketchum connection BY Jon Duval

In the rest of the world, Bobby Farrelly is known for teaming up with his brother, Peter, to write and direct some of the funniest movies of the past two decades. Starting with “Dumb & Dumber” in 1994, the pair has created a string of films that continue to be quoted by a generation, including “There's Something About Mary,” “Hall Pass” and “Me, Myself & Irene.” 104 | 40th anniversary issue

In Sun Valley, however, Bobby is also known—and perhaps just as well respected—for strapping on the goalie pads to stand between the pipes for the Sun Valley Suns Hockey Team. The Rhode Island native played goalie for RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and has been skating with Sun Valley’s men’s hockey team, off and on, for the 25 years he has been coming to the Valley. “I give full credit to my lovely wife, Nancy, who was then my lovely girlfriend, for bringing me here,” Bobby said. “I fell in love with the skiing and mountain biking, but it was while having a drink at the Duchin Room, I stepped out back and heard a hockey game going on and thought, ‘Wow, this place really does have my name written all over it.’” This past winter, he was forced to spend less time on the ice as he worked to edit “Dumb & Dumber To,” the sequel to their initial smash hit (although, perhaps surprise smash hit would be a more accurate descriptor), which hits theaters later this year. “I originally went out to L.A. in the ’80s trying to sell round beach towels, you know, so you wouldn’t have to move your towel around to chase the sun,” he said. “Turned out we weren’t good businessmen! While we were tanking, we started waiting tables and bartending and bought a book on screenwriting.” From that point, it took another decade of writing and selling scripts before they finally decided to get behind the cameras themselves in order to see one of their stories make it to the big screen. After scoring Jim Carrey to star in the film (who was still somewhat unknown since his later hits, “Ace Ventura” and “The Mask,” had yet to be released), the pair

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thought about changing the name of “Dumber & Dumber” so as to not scare away other actors from the film. “We were sure (the studio executives) were going to come in and fire us,” Bobby said, laughing. “We were pinching ourselves the entire time.” Twenty years later, both Carrey and his co-star, Jeff Daniels, have gone on to star in numerous major motion pictures and television series, expanding their range well beyond the role Daniels once described to Bobby as, “these guys are dumb and don’t know how dumb they are.” Beyond having some of the world’s most famous actors star in their films, the Farrelly brothers are also well known for casting friends and family in bit parts, as well as prominently featuring Sun Valley Suns parae thin g A m o S bo ut e's phernalia, such as r e Jason Sudeikis’ hat in “Hall Pass” or a large banner in Ben Stiller’s sports store in “The Heartbreak Kid.” “Dumb & Dumber To” will potentially be taking it one step further, with former Suns veterans Frank Salvoni and Dave Stone set to appear as extras. While Peter still has to finish his edit, Bobby is fairly confident the pair of Suns skaters will make the cut. “They were as good as any other background nincompoops,” he joked. m

/ courtesy the sun valley film festival / courtesy family of woman film festival


1 Carole King from her 1984 Sun Valley Mag interview. 2 Scott Glenn from the pages of Sun Valley Mag in 1982.

3 A Congressional quintet makes some non-partisan

harmony at an outdoor cocktail party at Trail Creek Cabin before the Killebrew-Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. House Speaker Tip O'Neill and House Republican leader Bob Michel are second and third, respectively, from left.

4 Paul Newman sits down for an interview when visitin-

5 Clint Eastwood gets a few hugs from the ladies in 1987.

6 Joe Burgey, longtime Sun Valley employee, with President Harry S. Truman at the Sun Valley Gun Club in the early 1950s.

ing Sun Valley in 1974.

LEFT TO RIGHT: The Silver Creek Outfitters Fly-Fishing Film Festival excites anglers each July; The two-day Spiritual Film Festival focusses on health and well-being; The Sun Valley Film Festival brings actors, producers and film lovers together for a weekend at the movies; Held annually in March, The Family of Woman Film Festival is a weekend-long celebration of women and their achievements in film. Summer 2014 | 105



Pulling the Blinds

Ridley Pearson gets lucky in Sun Valley

The first thing I learned was to pull the blinds. Writing in the Sun Valley area is a blessing and curse — the curse being that one look out the window and a hike or a run down the wintry slopes of Baldy comes to mind. The blessing, well … Let's get real. 106 | 40th anniversary issue

My writing career began in earnest at the kitchen table of my parents' second home outside of Bellevue. I had retreated there on my brother’s suggestion after spending 11 years on the road as a folk rock musician. Not that I knew it was a career beginning; it was a passion. I worked at Moritz Hospital as a housecleaner—cleaning the OR and the ER—as a freelance trade magazine writer (Robotics World, Arthritis Information Magazine, and other national treasures) and the bass player in several barroom bands. During the days, I pulled the blinds. I spent my time as a spy in Canada, a musician in Seattle, a cop, a lawyer. I piled up rejection slips. Passions have a way of making one passionate. I couldn’t help myself. I began on a manual typewriter. According to the Wall Street Journal, I discovered I was among the first 250,000 people in the U.S. to own a personal computer. Mine was a Radio Shack, with a PCM operating system, and a cassette deck for “storage.” I wrote so much that the cassette deck broke. To keep it running, I had to stab a Q-Tip into the PLAY button. I still have a box of cassette tapes with early books on them. I graduated to a machine with a floppy disc the size of a Frisbee, then a “portable” Compaq computer that weighed more and was bigger than a Singer sewing machine (I freaked out a flight attendant by traveling with it. She’d never seen one. Miraculously, it fit beneath the seat with a shove.) I was a cyclist, a killer (on paper only). In fact, I was several killers. It took eight-and-half years in all, but I sold a novel. I ran around the yard screaming and jumping in a euphoria I’m not sure I’ve ever felt since. After that scream, all elk were scared from the Valley; no duck was seen for over a year. That kind of scream. A published author. No Hemingway, was I. No John D. Macdonald. No Ken Follett or Robert Ludlum. But published.

photograph : pearson : thia konig

Ridley Pearson

/ sun valley magazine summer fall 1999

BY Ridley Pearson

/ judith freeman : anthony hernandez / alexander maksik: beowulf sheehan / svwc: barbi reed courtesy sun valley writers' conference / kate elgee / julie molema photographs : jamie lee curtis : sbukley,

Jamie Lee Curtis dipped her toes into the children's book-writing scene with her first book, "When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth," published in 1993.

Judith Freeman divides her time between Los Angeles and the Camas Prairie. She is a novelist, essayist, critic and short-story writer whose first work of non-fiction came out in 2007.

Community School graduate, Alexander Maksik's novel "A Market to Measure Drift" comes out in paperback on June 3.

I got lucky, as happens in careers when you being among the top two or three writers’ work 14 hours a day passionately. My fourth conferences in the world (from the author’s novel was a national bestseller. Research for point of view). Sure, there’s the setting, a subplot in the novel went on to solve a real but the organizers did something brilliant homicide! I was awarded a midlife Fulbright from year one: they gave the authors dinat Oxford. I was invited to join up with some ners at private homes with only their fellow other best-selling authors in a one-time musiauthors. This rarely happens at such events. cal performance to benefit First Those dinners have introduced Amendment rights. The band has me to some amazing and gifted been playing for 22 years now and writers whom I now call friends, includes Dave Barry, Stephen King, the late Frank McCourt among Amy Tan and many others. I got them—another we recruited into lucky. our crazy band. These are writers Anyone in the “arts” looks back I learn from; friendships I treaand wonders “what if?” We crash sure. “It happened in Sun Valley.” or tiptoe through life and, as is Eventually I found my way the expression, “When you reach around to writing about “home.” the fork in the road, take it.” The I penned a thriller/mystery series smallest decision can change everycentered around the Blaine thing forever. Moving to the Sun County sheriff at the time, my The Cantos by HaileyValley area was a whim. I was planfriend, Walt Femling. “Killer born poet Ezra Pound ning on five months, then back to Summer, Killer View” and others is a long, incomplete poem in 120 sections, the East Coast and more music. I allowed me write what I know. each of which is a stayed over 20 years, and now keep Sun Valley. The Wood River Valcanto. Most of it was a second home in Hailey. ley. The quirks and peculiarities written between 1915 I was lucky—there’s that word that make it such a wonderand 1962, although again—to be in the area when ful and unusual place caught much of the early work was abandoned Reva Tooley and Gordon Rusbetween desert and National and the early cantos, sell were putting together the Sun Forest. I’m 48 books in now, as finally published, Valley Writers' Conference. I was and still going. I never let myself date from 1922 thrilled and honored to be asked to forget that I started at a kitchen onwards. be a part of the early meetings to get it going. table with a view of the mountains and the I brought some of my fellow bandmates out, Broadford Slough. I started with five bucks including Stephen, Amy and Dave. I’ve since in my pocket and a passion to do what I reached out to others helping to fill spots as love. And I’m doing it right now, 30 years needed. Scott Turow is coming this year, a later, which makes it all the more unbelievrecent addition to the band. Attending the able to me. (Probably to my critics, as well!) conference is not a hard sell, as it’s regarded as Just lucky, I guess.

The Sun Valley Writers' Conference is a gathering of readers and writers into the realm of intellectual intimacy. This annual event brings the community together to be educated, enlightened and inspired.

Iconoclast Books originally opened on 4th Street (below Perry's) in 1994, moved to Main Street in the historic Griffith building in 2002, and found its current home in the Christiania building in 2007. Not only is it a fabulous bookstore, it houses a café with homemade soups and quiches.

A community bookstore in business for four decades, Chapter One Bookstore features a large variety of inventory and many used and out-of-print books. Cheryl Welch Thomas has been the sole owner for 23 years, but has worked at Chapter One for 40 years. Summer 2014 | 107


Silver Creek’s Legacy of People and Place

Adopted from an essay by Diane Josephy Peavey

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photographs : silver creek: steve dondero

The air is still. The afternoon is quiet. The Stevensons' small canoe is inviting. I scanned the land, the lower portion that is The Nature Conservancy easement filled with springs. There is no trace of former ranching activity here and yet the Stevensons still use the surrounding high ground. It is the perfect balance and use of this land, honoring its environmental uniqueness and farming potential, open space treasured by people of the land like John and Elizabeth. Bud Purdy spent the first of many summers on his grandfather’s Picabo K bar K Ranch when he was just 10. “I did everything you know, like you do on a Bud ranch,” he told Purdy me. “I remember pitching hay and running the derrick with a team. We put everything up with horses. I couldn’t harness my team so the guys did it for me.” But for Bud, who lived and worked on the ranch after graduating from college in 1938 up until his passing last April at the age 96, his memories moved between long work days and fishing and hunting along the creek with Sun Valley For many of us, it is our stories of the land and its people, stories of creating, evolving, celebrities and friends like Ernest Hemingpersevering and surviving that are inspiring. The Silver Creek Preserve is just such a place. way. Silver Creek runs through a high desert landscape mysteriously filled with springs that feed “There was nothing between Picabo and the creek and keep the land green, even marshy, during the driest summer months. Ketchum except farms and lots of sheep … I understood this best visiting John and Elizabeth Stevenson at their ranch just this side of almost all the sheep are gone,” he recalled. Timmerman Hill. Theirs was the first Nature Conservancy easement, which was acquired a “There was a great sense of community here, half dozen years after the watershed preserve was created in 1976. It included a huge marsh too.” area in the middle of their ranch. This land is now a lake, filled with waterfowl and surPurdy’s ranch was originally founded by rounded by wildlife. his grandfather, W.H. Kilpatrick, in 1883, “The Nature Conservancy wanted to protect Silver Creek,” John explained, “and where and now includes the largest easement on else would you start but upstream?” Silver Creek. The easements and influx of As Elizabeth recalled, the old-timers remember draining the marsh for farm and pasture second homes in the area have changed this needs. “We brought it back to its original wetlands. It is now a lake that catches sediment ranch country, but saved the creek and landfrom upstream farmers, keeping it out of Silver Creek,” she said, while pointing around her scape from serious development. with a sweeping gesture that takes in the lush landscape filled with marsh grasses and cattails. When asked about his perfect day, Bud “And at the same time, we’re creating wildlife habitat.” spoke of checking cattle and fences, riding “Oh, this is great habitat!” John agreed, as the two itemized their sightings, mentioning his horse, jumping in the creek for a swim. numerous moose and elk. “That’s a perfect day,” he said, "spending “Especially in the fall, when the hunters are out,” Elizabeth said. “They seem to know and time in Silver Creek.” come here for refuge.”

/ bud purdy: david stoecklein

Silver Creek Preserve

photographs : church : boise state university library, bethine church digital collection

/ courtesy wood river land trust


SNRA Roughly the size of Rhode Island, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, better known locally as the “SNRA,” is comprised of 756,000 acres of “working/producing” National Forest. Congress first protected this massive swath of Idaho’s stunning scenery just to the north of Sun Valley in 1972, directing the U.S. Forest Service to restrict development, while still respecting private property and allowing varied uses of the land. Each year, nearly a million people will visit the SNRA to hike, camp, fish, Nordic ski, hunt and ride bicycles on the 700 miles of trails and 40 peaks that rise above 10,000 feet. In 1997 the Sawtooth Society was formed to help negotiate easement payments and raise funds for recreational facilities and as a private-sector advocate.

Founded in 1994, Wood River Land Trust (WRLT) protects and restores land, water and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley and its surrounding area. Their projects include the Boxcar Bend, Draper and Howard preserves and managing nearly 25 local land conservation easements. Working cooperatively with private landowners and local communities, WRLT ensures that these areas are protected both now and for future generations.

Adopted by Blaine County Commissioners in 1991, the Mountain Overlay District, better known as the “Hillside Ordinance,” regulates development on hillsides and, in effect, protects local viewsheds. The unique ordinance is credited with not only protecting the Wood River Valley’s glorious natural views, but also makes sure Sun Valley doesn’t get confused with resorts in Colorado, California or Utah.

After years of tireless work by Idaho Senator Frank Church, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness was established in 1980 (adding the senator’s name to its title in 1984). It now encompasses more than 2 million acres, making it the 2nd largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. A native Idahoan, Church originally made a name for himself in land conservation while playing a key role in establishing passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964.

Founded primarily by Ketchum locals in 1990 and now 3,500 members strong, Idaho Rivers United has become a powerful force for safeguarding Idaho's imperiled wild steelhead and salmon, protecting and enhancing stream flows and riparian areas, and defending and promoting the wild and scenic qualities of the rivers in the “Whitewater State.” Established in 1973, the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) works to “keep Idaho the kind of special place you experienced as a child.” With offices in Boise, Ketchum and Sandpoint, the ICL is the Gem State's leading voice for clean water, air and wilderness by monitoring mining, logging, motorized recreation and wildlife management to ensure Idaho’s natural resources are managed responsibly. Originally founded in 1951 and first brought to the Gem State to help save Silver Creek in 1976, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has its state offices in Hailey. TNC now helps conserve more than 400,000 acres in Idaho, including properties on legendary fisheries like Silver Creek, and the Henry’s and South forks and Hell’s Canyon stretches of the Snake River.

With a motto like “conserving coldwater fisheries,” it was only a matter of time before Trout Unlimited made its mark in Idaho. Founded in Michigan in 1949, Trout Unlimited has recently opened up an office in Hailey and has adopted the Big Wood River as part of its “Homeland Rivers Initiative.” The local Hemingway Chapter has been very active in protecting and educating anglers of all ages about local fisheries. Founded in 1993 by Valley local Jon Marvel, Western Watersheds Project now has over 1,400 members and offices in a half-dozen Western states. The group works to influence and improve public lands management throughout the West with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on public lands, including harm to ecological, biological, cultural, historic, archeological, scenic resources, wilderness values, roadless areas, Wilderness Study Areas and designated Wilderness.

conservation by the

numbers 11,610,111 acres of Bureau of

Land Management property in Idaho

78% of Idaho's net electricity

comes from renewable resources There are 19 persons per square mile in Idaho (the national average is 87) More than 60% of Idaho's 83,557sq. miles is public land

3,100 whitewater river miles in Idaho (more than any other state in the lower 48) Summer 2014 | 109

Philanthropy LEFT TO RIGHT: Brooke Bonner, The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley; Harry Weekes, The Sage School; Morley Golden, Wow-Students, Ryan Redman, Flourish Foundation.

Making a Difference

A chat with four local non-profit leaders BY Kathleen Kristenson / PHOTOGRAPHY Dev Khalsa

Many people strive to do good in life, but few dedicate their lives to such endeavors. These unique individuals truly embrace Gandhi's famous words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.� We are blessed to have quite a few such people locally. People who identify needs in our community and have stepped up to provide solutions. Passionate about these causes, they give their valuable time, talents and resources, and inspire others to do the same. Their leadership guides the rest of us, making our combined philanthropic efforts more effective. Let me introduce you to four such inspirational local leaders. Harry Weekes

Head of School and an 8th/9thgrade Team Teacher at The Sage School Family: Wife, Hillary, and three children Education: Studied Environmental Science, Biology and Studio Art at Middlebury College and has a graduate degree in Life Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. Harry has lived in the Valley for 42 years.

Ryan Redman

Executive Director of the Flourish Foundation Family: Wife, Paige, and two children Education: Degree from UC-Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and a Master's Degree in Contemplative Studies from Naropa University. Ryan was born in Sun Valley and has lived here on and off for 36 years.

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Brooke Bonner

Director of Development & Communications/Finance Manager at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley Family: Husband, Kyle, and a furry family of rescued pets Education: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Princeton, Brooke has lived in the Valley for most of the last 34 years.

Morley Golden

President of WOW-Students Family: Wife, Deana, four children and eight grandchildren Education: Completed two years of college. Morley has lived in the Valley full time for 25 years.

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The Wood River Foundation, the non-profit that created WOWstudents, was founded in 2010. We believe that if each individual recognized that they have the ability to make a difference, a stronger and more vibrant community would emerge. Who does your non-profit serve? Harry Weekes: The Sage School is for

teenagers or, a bit more broadly, adolescents. It also serves adolescence; a critical and sensitive time in our development. The school is for students and families who want to engage deeply in understanding the importance of place, who want to learn through direct experience and exposure to human ecology, and who want to be active participants in the world. What has been the biggest challenge? Morley Golden: This is a dynamic project

since it is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Our biggest challenge changes daily. Why is philanthropy so important for the community? Brooke Bonner: To make a sweeping generalization, because we can’t count on government or business or other large-scale systems to take care of the fabric of our society and communities. Much of what non-profits give to the world are things that we value but that fall through the cracks without

What has been your most rewarding or proudest moment? Ryan Redman: Every time I hear my friends

in our programs describe how their personal practice is empowering them to become caring and compassionate human beings, my heart completely melts in gratitude. Who is your hero or role model? Harry Weekes: I have balked at this

question since it was first asked me in elementary school. The obvious ones come to mind: My wife because of her total awesomeness; My mother because of her general indefatigableness; My father for following a kind of internal compass that is hard to articulate; Dates Fryberger for, amongst other things, sculpting ice with a chainsaw; Jim Henson for creating the Muppets; William Shatner; J.R.R. Tolkien; and Bilbo Baggins. There are just a lot of people who inspire me in the little and big ways they engage the world.

Who is the unsung hero of your non-profit? Brooke Bonner: Kennel staff at the Animal Shelter. They not only provide the basics of daily care for all the animals at the Shelter, but they truly love the animals and pay special attention to each one’s health and happiness. What other non-profits do you look up to? Ryan Redman: In a WOW-students meeting several years ago, Morley Golden filled the room with representatives from most of the social-profits in the Wood River Valley. During this meeting, I found my neck getting sore as I looked up to the aweinspiring work being done by so many in our community. It is such an honor to be learning from so many incredible people who have selflessly dedicated their lives to building organizations that make the world a better place. Which funny fundraiser would you rather do: a swimsuit calendar, a fashion show or a bungee-jumping marathon? Brooke Bonner: You’re kidding, right? Bungee jumping, obviously! ryan redman: Hmmm ... Since I'm terrified of heights, and my body is speckled in moles, and most clothes are too short for me, I don't think any of the options above would be successful in attracting new partners to our work! Harry Weekes: Bungee jumping, mostly because at some point someone in this would have to throw up, and that just has to be weird in bungee jumping. Sorry for that one.

A Call to Action for Non-Profits

For an entire 24-hour day each spring, Idahoans join together to support and make donations to non-profit organizations from across the state as part of the annual Idaho Gives day. Idaho Gives was founded in 2013 and it is not only a yearly call to action, it’s actually a non-profit organization itself, designed to celebrate and help other such entities throughout the Gem State. Offering tools, training seminars and tips for non-profits, Idaho Gives also awards over $50,000 to non-profits of different sizes who bring in the most unique donors during the 24-hour annual fundraiser. In only its second year, over 7,500 Idahoans donated an impressive $782,862 for nonprofits statewide last May 1st. To get involved or to find out more information, please check out Summer 2014 | 111


From Old West Hell Raising to Old Fashioned Family Raising

112 | Summer 2014

Zou 75 The Sun Valley Brewery

Power House CK’s Real Food

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THIS PAGE (clockwise) The Sun Valley Brewery’s wings are some of the best in the Valley, paired perfectly with a pint of White Cloud Ale; Cynthia Flynn, co-owner of the Sun Valley Brewery, runs the front of the house, while her husband Sean Flynn is the brewmaster; The Muleshoe Tavern and Grill is a popular spot for happy hour or catching a sporting event on TV.

It’s pretty easy to fall in love with Hailey, Idaho. The small town of 7,960, nestled some 5,318-feet high in the Northern Rockies, has a certain charm and appeal all its own. Tucked snuggly in the southern half of the Wood River Valley, about a dozen miles south of the excitement and pizzazz of Ketchum/ Sun Valley, it’s somewhat easy to overlook the place. With its wide, slow Main Street carving its way past an assortment of restaurants and shops, it looks enough like any regular old small town in the Gem State. Some folks, of course, don’t think of Hailey as being much more than home to the Sun Valley airport. But those who do stop and spend some time in the friendly town, to grab a drink or a bite to eat while waiting for a flight, or to sneak in a little fishing, mountain biking or a hike, or to enjoy a festival at one of Hailey’s numerous public parks, quickly find that there’s a lot to like about the place. A bit rustic, with remnants of “boomtown” architecture sprinkled about town, there’s an Old West charm about Hailey that’s balanced by a refined and modern vibe (Hailey is, after all, the largest town in “Little California,” as the rest of the state calls Blaine County). Hailey can also be downright cute in its own way, too, especially when the 114 | 40th anniversary issue

large population of local kids strolls around town for annual events like the Fourth of July Parade, the Turkey Trot or the Halloween Hoopla. So there’s a rather sweet yet rugged, girl-nextdoor appeal to the sleepy town. It is, after all, the “bedroom” community of America’s original ski resort. And a busy bedroom it has been! Hailey’s population has nearly doubled over the last decade-plus, primarily because of its popularity as a great place to raise families. The population


Located in the heart of town, the Wood River Inn has been a godsend for the town of Hailey. The high-quality hotel, which opened in the late ’90s, filled a much-needed local lodging gap. For other accommodation options, check out the AmericInn on the north end of town, the remodeled Airport Inn downtown or the historic craftsman-style bed and breakfast, The Inn at Ellsworth Estate.



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boom has helped stir a renaissance in the local restaurant and bar scene. Not long ago there were but a few options in Hailey for food or drinks. Now, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. In honor of our 40th Anniversary Summer issue—and since Sun Valley Mag has long had offices here—we offer up this tour of the watering holes that line Hailey’s Main Street, places that have no doubt played at least a small role in the town’s population boom.

Grab a Beer!

The South Valley community’s first settlers arrived around 1865, after the discovery of Hailey’s “Gold Belt” west of town. John Hailey, the town’s founder, was among those early pioneers, and legend has it that he was the first person to raise sheep in the Wood River Valley, starting off what would eventually become the top sheepproducing region in the world outside of Sydney, Australia. If there’s one thing miners and shepherds like, besides “ladies of the night” (who plied their services along River Street), it’s beer. So Hailey has been home to many breweries over the years, especially when its population was said to be around 10,000 near the turn of the 20th-century. Sun Valley Brewing Company has been calling Hailey home since 1986, making it one of the oldest craft breweries in the country. Located in an old car dealership,

THIS PAGE Locals like Larry Gardner love The Wicked Spud, especially when their family-friendly deck is open.

Sun Valley Brew’s flagship “White Cloud Ale” was even the top-selling microbrew in Colorado for a while during Reagan’s presidency. Chef Derek Gallegos (now of Bigwood Bread) and the late Mark Fisher teamed up to add the café in 1993 and the place has been a dining and beer-drinking staple of Hailey ever since. In 2002, Sean and Cynthia (Derek’s little sister) Flynn took over the brewery and café and have kept things pleasantly humming right along, adding some much needed regular servings of high-quality live music. The menu still holds most of the brewery’s longtime favorites, like their homemade Wurst Plate, Pad Thai and Rude Wings—arguably the Valley’s best. Offering a full bar in addition to their craft beer lineup, the brewery’s most popular beers are their Cranky Über IPA and Blonde Pilsner, with more creative seasonal concoctions, like last winter’s Black Haggis Barrel-aged Scottish Ale being big hits, too. Most of the bar’s regulars have been hanging out there since the days of yore, when I tended bar there and the only other local drinking options were the Red Elephant, the Hailey Hotel and, sometimes, Bruce Willis’ Mint. “We have our dailies, our regulars,” said Ann Bradish, who’s been bartending at the brewery Summer 2014 | 115

A beer festival at Old Cutters Park in Hailey, Idaho, focusing on seasonal beers from around the world with Oktoberfest inspired food and cyclocross racing. Live music and more than 90 fresh brews from across the world for your sipping pleasure.


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THIS PAGE Power House owner, Billy Olson, settles up to his bar to enjoy a glass of one of the numerous European ales on tap.

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mechanic… THIS PAGE The Hailey Hotel is surprisingly light and bright inside and serves up an Old West vibe; diVine Wine Bar is a great place for wine or to grab a bite for lunch, Happy Hour or dinner.

for a decade now. “It’s a local’s haunt, for sure.” As for life running a brew pub in a small town like Hailey, Cynthia said, “It’s always fun around here because it’s always challenging.” The biggest challenge at The Wicked Spud can be finding a seat on their very popular summer patio, especially on Wicked Wednesdays when live music is offered as part of a weekly fundraiser for local non-profits. The Spud is Hailey’s version of Ketchum’s rather famous burger and beer bars (Grumpy’s and Lefty’s) and has that everybody-knows-your-name, “Cheers” kind of vibe to it. “It’s fun. You know everybody who ever walks in here,” said Loren Kernan, who’s been bartending at the small bar and grill for around eight years. The beer-and-wineonly establishment, which was once home to Little Debbie’s bar, offers eight beers on tap, a “Schooner Club,” a pool table and video games. The small, family-friendly Spud also has a solid following for their Black Angus burgers and snow cones in the summertime. “Everyone from the homeless-looking to the movie stars comes in here,” Loren said. “It’s the beauty of the Wood River Valley; it attracts all kinds.” When Billy Olson originally opened the Power House Pub and Bike Fit Studio, the one-of-a-kind restaurant was a watershed— and not just for Hailey. Publications from across the country have lauded the unique and well-done bicycle bar. And local beer fans have rejoiced at Power House’s downright stunning beer selection, which includes 20 tap beers from across the globe. The complete beer menu is heavily European influenced and almost longer than Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” Which is only fitting since Hailey is the hometown of poet Ezra Pound, who is credited with helping launch Papa Hemingway’s legendary career. Power House Summer 2014 | 117


While the bar scene in Hailey is certainly booming, the town also offers some terrific dining options for those who aren’t interested in watering holes. Since the summer of 1996, daVinci’s has been living up to its motto as “the local’s Italian restaurant.” Most of their New York-style Italian cuisine is made from scratch, reasonably priced and has a loyal following. In a valley full of Mexican restaurants it’s tough to find a better South of the Border-style meal than at Lago Azul. The traditional and homemade dishes combining Salvadorian and Mexican techniques are nothing shy of delicious. For those in search of an amazing lunch (to go or dine in), Shelley’s Deli, the Big Belly Deli and Rasberrys are absolutely living up to Shelley’s motto of “It’s all good downtown!” And if hamburgers and milkshakes are your favorite fare, the Snow Bunny is the place for you and everyone from working class locals to the Hollywood stars who love to visit our Valley.

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THIS PAGE (clockwise) Zou 75 chef Derek Holliday puts the final touches on a serving of Locals’ Rolls; CK’s Pork Tenderloin is mouthwatering art on a plate; The affectionately called “Hay Ho” (Hailey Hotel) is the perfect place for pool or a dart game; Be warned! Zou 75’s Crispy Duck Spring Rolls are addictive!

offers everything from cans of Hamm’s to bottles of Deus, a Belgian ale that sells for about $50 a pint—although they don’t allow Budweiser or Coors products on tap. “I try to cater to everybody, at least everybody who likes good beer,” Billy said, with a big grin. A former professional road bike racer and now local family man, Billy had long harbored a dream of opening something like Power House, a place that could combine a bike shop (which is what Power House originally opened as) and a cool coffee house/ beer bar. He expected it to do well. He didn’t expect it to be “Bonkers!” as he put it. Featuring a small and rather eclectic menu that’s “organic and as local as possible,” and a great patio in the summer, Power House has developed a very strong fan base. “From jetsetters to Happy Hour locals, everybody comes in here. It’s very much become a destination,” Billy said, joking that people from the north end of the Valley will regularly venture down to Power House, even though “it’s only 11 miles to Ketchum, but it’s a hundred miles to Hailey.” So far the biggest challenge for Power House was just surviving the first week. As soon as the doors opened in the old Gurney’s Restaurant in December of 2009, the crowds started coming in, but an electrical fire one night almost took the place out. Billy was up most of the frigid night trying to save the place. When he finally sat down to do the evening’s books, he came 118 | 40th anniversary issue

across a dollar inscribed with: “Don’t worry. It will all work out.” “I knew after that we were going to make it,” Billy said.

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terrific happy hour. Zõu also prides itself on always having an owner (either Rob Cronin or Brendan and Ramie Dennehy) on site. Besides their food and drinks, Zõu has a hip, Big City-style feel that appeals to everyone from second-home-owning celebrities to local families in search of special occasion meals. “The following here is very loyal,” explained Holly Trahan, who’s been Zõu’s continued on page 136

Power House isn’t Hailey’s only destination dining and imbibing experience. Named one of the “Top 10 best new restaurants in the country” by Wine Enthusiast shortly after it opened a decade ago, Zõu 75 has a huge and devoted following. Considered by many to offer the best sushi in the Barely a decade after the Wright brothers became the first Gem State, Zõu’s humans to fly, the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey began fans flock to the aviation service in 1916. By the summer of 1960, West Coast remodeled Pizza Airlines began offering the first commercial air service to Sun Factory building Valley. for a variety of Hailey’s storied history with flight is once again taking air reasons: fresh sushi travel to new heights, thanks to a $6 million expansion project flown in daily and the introduction of direct flights provided by United, from places like Alaska and SkyWest/Delta Airlines from some of the biggest Hawaii, Crispy cities in the West. As of this summer, nonstop flights to Sun Duck Spring Rolls, Valley will be arriving regularly from Denver and San Francisco, Dynamite Green along with the popular services for Seattle, Salt Lake City and Beans, “Locals’ Los Angeles. Rolls,” killer A new passenger terminal is also part of the improvement cocktails like the plans, which will be completed by the summer of 2015. Gorgeous George For a full rundown of the commercial services, check out Margarita and a




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The amazing summers in Sun Valley have made it a world-renowned wedding destination, from classically sophisticated to mountain rustic to western-style fun. Here, we profile some of the best summer weddings in and around Sun Valley to bring you fresh ideas, local vendors and tips from the all-knowing brides. Be sure to check out the entire profile with photos in our online wedding section:

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A Hollywood Daughter and A Hometown Wedding Emily Dreyfuss & Seth Shipman • July 5, 2013 Galena Lodge HOW DID YOU MEET? We met in a co-ed bathroom at Wesleyan University in 2004. Emily was brushing her teeth. Seth was wandering in from a party. We haven’t been apart in the 11 years since our eyes locked in that filthy mirror. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN VALLEY? We chose to get married in Sun Valley because it’s the most magical place we could think to share with our loved ones. Emily grew up there, and it’s the aspen trees along the Big Wood River that she pictures when she thinks of home. As soon as Seth drank his first margarita at Desperado’s, after a day of snowboarding in the sunshine, he felt the same way. We knew this was our one chance to get our coastal friends to see what a special place it is.

vendor list PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristin Cheatwood WEDDING PLANNER:

Tara Ooms and Erin Zell at Galena Lodge

FLOWERS: Tara Bella Flowers HAIR/MAKEUP: Shvonne Austin of San Francisco (bride’s friend)

LINENS: Barbara’s Party Rentals DRESS: Reem Acra GROOM’S ATTIRE: Bespoke MUSIC: Marina Dalago, Heidi Biernam

and Linda Staum; Old Death Whisper; DJ Lenny Joseph


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Croquembouche by Cristina’s Restaurant



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Years of experience creating unforgettable events

WHAT MADE YOUR WEDDING SO SPECIAL? The energy of our friends and family. It was such a perfect weekend in Sun Valley, from the fireworks at our rehearsal dinner at Whiskey Jacques’ to the clouds parting and the rain clearing right before the ceremony started, to the beautiful day at Redfish Lake before everyone went home. Everyone who traveled far and wide to get there fell so in love with Sun Valley that we could feel their excitement surging through the whole event. WHAT WAS THE BRIDE’S FAVORITE MOMENT? EMILY: My brothers’ toasts. I can’t even think about how funny and sweet they were without tearing up and nearly peeing my pants. TIP FROM THE BRIDE: Get married at Galena Lodge! The whole team there is so professional and wonderful— they made it incredibly easy. The lamb chops were so much better than we ever imagined.

Wedding & Reception Catering • Corporate Parties Rehearsal Dinner • Brunch Private Getaway • Entertainment

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A Classic Sun Valley Celebration Tonya Jacobsen & Casey McDonald • September 22, 2012 Sun Valley Inn & Ballroom 1


what is your sun valley story? TONYA: Every year since I can remember my family has taken a camping trip to Redfish Lake, near Stanley, Idaho. My parents were also married there in 1983 (my mom is from Hailey). GUEST FAVORS? The favors were picture frames with a collage of Sun Valley art and popular places in the area. I created the design and my mom and brothers assembled them. The back was stamped with the date of the wedding. TIP from the bride: I would suggest going with local vendors. They worked together to make the wedding seamless.

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A Picturesque Family Ranch

Whitney Crittenden & Alan Weibel • August 3, 2013 Heart Rock Ranch

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HOW DID YOU PICK A LOCATION? WHITNEY: My parents have a ranch outside of Bellevue called Heart Rock Ranch, and we thought it was the best choice because we love to be outdoors, surrounded by all that Mother Nature has to offer. SONG THAT YOU WALKED DOWN THE AISLE TO? “Canon in D” played live by the bluegrass band Chicken Dinner Road. TIP FROM THE BRIDE: Take advantage of the surrounding beauty! Start planning early with a wedding planner, especially if it’s a destination wedding. Photographer: Thia Konig / Wedding Planner: Taylor Sturges of Taylor’d Events / Catering: Cristina’s / Grooms Attire: Michael Kors / Linens: That’s Entertainment Summer 2014 | 125


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A Sweet and Simple Country Affair

Maggie Johnson & Chad Howard • September 15, 2012 Private Residence in Elkhorn (Twin Creeks)

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Two Bird Studio

WEDDING PLANNER: Heather Minor Events


Tara Bella Flowers

HAIR/MAKEUP: Tara Bell Brower


Barbara’s Party Rentals CATERING: Hank Minor and the Red Oven Mobile Wood Fired Pizza


The Sweet Crumb

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN VALLEY? Chad was born and raised here, and I wanted the opportunity to show my Southern relatives and friends what this place is all about.

An Elegant, Rustic Mountain Wedding Lexie Praggastis & John Reuter • August 16, 2013 Bride’s Family Residence

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vendor list PHOTOGRAPHER: Kirsten Shultz

WEDDING PLANNER: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings


Sue Bridgman Florist HAIR: Danielle Anspach of Vertu Hair Salon


Barbara’s Party Rentals DRESS: Junko Yoshioka


Sheepskin Coat Factory DESSERT: PattiCakes CATERING: Galena Lodge

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A Western-Style Barn Party

Ginger Tara Bell & Dillon Brower • September 13, 2013 Vandermeulen Ranch in Bellevue

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Kristin Cheatwood FLOWERS: Lou Fiebranz HAIR: Amanda Smirko MAKEUP: Chealsey Beaton DRESS: Jasmine Haute Couture BOOTS: Ariat from the Boot Barn


Scully Western Wear DESSERT: Pam Street

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Matt Gershater MUSIC: Old Death Whisper, George DeVore and Captain Dano

TIP FROM THE BRIDE: For our honeymoon, we hit Miracle Hot Springs, rented the queen-size yurt, had a couples’ massage and swam and ate at the Snake River Grill in Hagerman. It was short but sweet. Summer 2014 | 127

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A Wedding Under Fire

Alexandra Taft & Dashiell Longe • August 17, 2013 Trail Creek Cabin WHAT MADE YOUR WEDDING SO SPECIAL? The Beaver Creek Fire was the country’s number one priority wildfire on the day that we got married. It made for an unbelievably stressful week leading up to our big day and a lot of uncertainties about whether it would even happen. However, despite the terrible conditions, it was absolutely amazing how our friends and family members were unrelenting in their support for us. There were countless flights cancelled or delayed, no rental cars available, road closures, and numerous evacuations from homes or the hotels where people were staying. Everyone rallied for us, though. ANY SPECIAL TRADITIONS? ALEX: My family has this absolutely stunning veil (see p.121) that my great-grandfather purchased from Empress Eugenie (who was married to Napoleon, the III) in London in the 1920s. All of the women in my family have worn this veil on their wedding day.

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WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING THEME? Vintage Sun Valley ski theme—the flower arrangements at the cocktail hour were in old leather ski boots, we had old Sun Valley postcards made into large prints that hung along the back wall of the tent, the tables were named after ski runs on Baldy, the escort cards were printed on lift tickets and there were vintage skis that decorated the tent as well. Dash and I also chose signature cocktails that we named “The Ski Bunny” and “The Ski Bum.” SONG FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE? “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell. TIP FROM THE BRIDE: My wedding planner, Heather Minor, was truly incredible to work with and to help with making my ideas come to life. Photographer: Hillary Maybery / Wedding Planner: Heather Minor Events / Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers / Invites: Willow Papery / Hair: Vertu Hair Salon / Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Makeup Artist: Britt Davis / Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale Dresses / Music: DJ Jason Spicer and The Party Crashers / Catering: Sun Valley Resort / Videographer: Meredith Richardson Summer 2014 | 129

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A Destination Wedding by the River Rebecca Keller & Oliver Jones • August 10, 2013 Trail Creek Pavilion

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A Resort Ceremony with a Vintage Twist Britanie Poreba & Rex Furey • September 24, 2011 River Run Lodge

Photography: Trevor Dayley

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SUN VALLEY? Being from Boise, we wanted to have a “destination wedding” without going too far so that all of our friends and family could make it. Easy access to rivers for the groom to fish, too (which he did the day of the wedding!).

“You are fabulous!”

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING THEME? Rustic country with an emphasis on fly fishing.

vendor list PHOTOGRAPHER: Craig Wolfrom WEDDING PLANNER: Diane Estey of Delicate Designs in Boise

FLOWERS: Sue Bridgman Florist DRESS: Houston Bridal Gallery GROOM’S ATTIRE: Sweetheart Manor CATERING: Sun Valley Resort

FAVORITE MOMENT? A 1967 ivory and burgundy Rolls Royce drove us back to the Sun Valley Lodge where we were staying in the Honeymoon Suite. GUEST FAVORS? Honey jars that read “Rex and Britanie, Meant to Bee” with little bee charms tied around the jars. vendor list PHOTOGRAPHER: Thia Konig WEDDING PLANNER & FLORAL DESIGN: Taylor Sturges of Taylor’d Events

LINENS: That’s Entertainment DRESS: Martina Liana BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Ann Taylor MUSIC: DJ Lenny Joseph CATERING: Sun Valley Resort Summer 2014 | 131 Voted “Best of the Valley Photographer” for six years!

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Local Wedding Vendors

There is no better place on the planet to get married than Sun Valley and its surroundings. To make sure your nuptials are nothing shy of magical, here are some of the Valley’s finest wedding vendors.


chic nail + beauty bar

Affordable luxury with top-of-the-line products. Indulge your senses and experience a complete beauty bar with facials, waxing, manis and pedis, massage, spray tan and girls night out every night. Bring your wedding party in to get ready and enjoy some time together before your special day! Now serving beer, wine and champagne, and featuring catered treats handmade by Vicky from Oak Street Foods.


judith mcqueen entertaining

Judith McQueen Entertaining’s events exemplify the quintessential Sun Valley experience. From classic destination weddings to memorable local fare, we provide world-class catering and event coordination—making your entire experience weightless and, more importantly, fun for all. 208.788.7716

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toni’s ice cream

Exquisite, eclectic, exceptional and handmade in Sun Valley, Idaho. Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream Company offers a myriad of ice cream options—from lovely herbal-infused delights such as honey chamomile and rose petal ice creams—to traditional chocolate chip. Whether the event is for 20 or 2,000, Toni’s Ice Cream promises a unique, delectable experience that your guests will not soon forget. 208.720.6251

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galena lodge

Natural beauty and romantic design are brought together to create the perfect secluded mountain venue. Nestled in the Boulder Mountains, Galena Lodge offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or a small intimate dinner. A unique mountain setting with incredible handcrafted food. 208.726.4010

Whether you envision your special day as a quiet retreat in the mountains or a celebration as spectacular as the setting, Sun Valley’s wedding services can help bring your dream wedding to life. We offer a number of wonderful locations, both indoors and out, that add an unmistakable natural beauty to your occasion. 208.622.2101

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absolute weddings

Absolute Weddings is a full-service wedding and event planning business that has been operating and making dreams come true in this Valley for over 10 years. We will help you with all details, from invitations and save-the-dates, to appointments, vendor selection and budgeting. Absolute Weddings’ hands-on approach allows you to relax and enjoy this special time with friends and family, and we will take over all details to make your event, day and experience stress-free. 208.720.4713

heather minor events

Heather Minor Events offers creative wedding planning and event planning services that will help you create an event that reflects your own personality and style. We are here to make your magical day a reality from start to finish. Our proven approach ensures that your event will be meticulously planned and perfectly executed so you can sit back and enjoy. We look forward to working, with your help, to plan your big day or next event. 208.309.1014

taylor’d events

Taylor’d Events offers full wedding and event planning services. We will work with you to develop a vision for your wedding, then handle all the details for you. We will identify locations, coordinate save-the-date cards and invitations, arrange for rentals and catering, and will design and create the complete environment for your wedding. We also offer full floral services, from a single arrangement delivered for a special occasion to a full floral scheme designed, created and installed for your wedding or event. 208.725.2027,


sue bridgman florist

Specializing in innovative and stylish floral design, Sue Ellen Bridgman Florist is the lead-

ing floral design studio in the Sun Valley/ Ketchum area. Our reputation for quality and service is built on years of creating beautiful and spectacular weddings, parties, conventions, and distinctive events. From the exotic and bold, to the simple and elegant, we can do it all. 208.725.0606

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tara bella floral designs

Tara Bella specializes in beautiful destination weddings and eye-popping special events. Celebrated for her unique style and meticulous attention to detail, Tara Ooms and her talented staff tailor custom elegant floral designs for every occasion. Ooms’ passion for flowers shines through with the grace and hospitality that only a true Southern belle could possess. 208.788.4046


barry peterson jewelers

Since 1971, Barry Peterson has been matching the elegant beauty and sophisticated elegance of Sun Valley with his stunning jewelry designs. Along with the iconic “Sun Valley Sun” design, which was done at the request of former Sun Valley Company owner Bill Janss, Barry Peterson is well-known and highly respected for his work with diamonds and precious stones and his designer and his unique collection custom-made jewelry and wearable art. 208.726.5202

christopher and company

Established in 1997 with the intention of providing local clients with a full-service jewelry store, Christopher and Company filled a void in the Hailey retail market. Providing a traditional jewelry store experience and offering custom designs, a full repair shop with hand engraving and diamond or stone cutting, Christopher and Company caters to its clients. Now featuring it’s Boulder Mountain Collection with 18K, 14K, sterling silver and diamond rings and earrings. 208.788.1123,



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towne and parke

Established in 1956 by Ben Goldberg, Towne and Parke Jewelry is one of the Valley’s oldest businesses. In 1985 Tom and Laury Keenan moved from Montana to purchase Towne and Parke Jewelry. They offer a wide array of jewelry from sterling silver to diamond rings, perfect for all your wedding needs. 208.622.3522, Sun Valley Village Summer 2014 | 133


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jam designs jewelry

Julie Anne Molema (JAM Designs) first discovered her love for jewelry at age 12 when she got her ears pierced at Castletons in Salt Lake City. In 2010, Julie founded JAM Designs to take her passion for sparkly things a step further. Today, her creations translate into reasonably priced, hand-crafted items that make an instant impression. Make all of your wedding day dreams come true and work directly with Julie to create custom wedding party jewelry, or handmade scarves and skirts for wedding party gifts! 970.819.9572,


kristin cheatwood

Kristin began her photographic career in the field of motorsport racing, with images published in numerous national and international magazines. Seven years ago Kristin decided to turn her artistic eye toward capturing the joy of weddings. Kristin’s ability to capture unique moments, coupled with a refined sense of composition and intimate, photojournalistic style, has earned her a reputation as a sought-after wedding photographer in the Sun Valley area. Kristin is also available worldwide. 208.721.1641,

dev khalsa

I am a documentary photographer at heart, but to me photographing weddings is more than simply capturing the moments before me. Providing truly great images goes beyond technical expertise. It requires insight, intuition and the ability to connect on an emotional level. Success, for me, is measured by the amount of laughter and tears my images provoke. My goal is to create images that are bold, authentic and enduring. As a wedding photographer, I am devoted not only to creating spectacular images, but also to ensuring a wonderful experience for my clients. 208.788.2849

hillary maybery photography

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P.O. Box 4445, Ketchum, ID

I’m easygoing and down to earth. I love things daring, to laugh, flipflops and strawberry margaritas. My style is fresh, vibrant, with a dash of fashion. I photograph every detail— from the decor to the shoes, kisses, hugs and laughter. I love Sun Valley and destination weddings! 208.928.7333

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kirsten shultz photography

An award-winning editorial and wedding lifestyle photographer, unobtrusively documenting the beauty of the day as it unfolds. Recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Available in Sun Valley and worldwide. 208.481.0138


barbara’s party rentals

With 26 years of experience, Barbara’s Party Rentals has everything you need to make your special event perfect. Classic and transparent tents, wedding and party planning, beer and wine sales, tables, chairs, linens, dance floors, and casual to elegant place settings and clever accessories to personalize every detail. They’re the local know-it-alls that you can trust to deliver quality to your event. 208.726.3778

that’s entertainment

At That’s Entertainment, we believe that every wedding should be as one-of-a-kind as the bride and groom at the center of it. We carry a wide variety of everything from tent styles to china to specialty linens to help you create a setting that is uniquely your own. 30 guests or 300, simple or sumptuous—we will work with you to bring your vision to life. 208.726.8800

wedding attire

paula’s dress shop

Discover the dress of your dreams. Paula’s Dress Shop, located on Main Street in Hailey, has an amazing selection of dresses for a special occasion, all in a relaxed atmosphere. Paula’s has everything you’ll need to complete your look—including on-site alterations to ensure a flattering fit. It’s all about the dress! 208.578.0888,, 412 S. Main St, Hailey

sheepskin coat factory

Sheepskin Coat Factory is the local place to rent tuxedos and related formal wear for men who want to look handsome on their wedding day or for any special occasion that calls for a suit or tuxedo. Ladies may also find elegant sheepskin coats for a winter wedding. 208.726.3588 511 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

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Planning a wedding in Sun Valley? Why not learn from the pros—former brides. Check out the dos and don’ts we’ve gathered from Sun Valley weddings and ensure that your wedding day, or week, is the very best it can be. 1 don’t stress The best way to ensure a stress-free day is to plan ahead. The biggest cause of wedding stress: Lastminute details that show up unannounced. So hire a wedding planner to help guarantee that everything is under control. That way the duty doesn’t fall on close family and kin and everybody gets to relax and have fun with you. 2 have fun One of the most common tips given by all our Sun Valley brides is to remember to have fun at your own wedding. Sounds elemental. But in all the details and planning, it can often get overlooked. Plan a wedding to reflect your personal style, as well as your likes and loves ... and the rest should take care of itself. 208.720.6251

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continued from page 118 bar manager for a few years now. “But there’s no specific clientele here. That’s what I love about the place—besides the great food. All kinds of people from everywhere will come in here and you get to meet and socialize with them.” It’s only fitting that CK’s Real Food has taken the town’s culinary scene to new heights. Owner and chef Chris Kastner has, after all, long been known as one of the region’s best hang glider pilots. It’s tough to write about CK’s food without drooling on the keyboard. Suffice it to say that between the food, service and the small restaurant’s cozy vibe (and delightfully gardened summer patio), it’s Hailey’s best dining experience. The “very Idaho” menu, as waitress Margot Ros explained, focuses on fresh and local ingredients and always includes daily lunch and dinner specials depending upon what’s in season. CK’s offers two small bars, including the four-seat “Chef’s Bar” that overlooks the kitchen. Accompanied by their solid wine and beer selection, it’s a great place to watch some true “food foreplay” in action. The action next door at diVine Wine Bar has always been of a different sort. Compared to the buzz of CK’s and the hustle and bustle of Zõu 75, diVine moves to the beat of a quieter drummer. The quaint restaurant/retail Zou 75 rolls wine and beer shop offers over 800 wines and an excellent bottled craft beer selection to accompany a small but savory menu featuring items like pizza, paninis and a Create Your 136 | 40th anniversary issue

Own cheese plate. diVine offers a more sophisticated scene than you usually find in small Idaho mountain towns like Hailey. “It definitely fills a really needed niche in our Valley,” said Bob Brand. Bob and his wife, Joanne, own the Third Floor Salon atop the Pine Street Station building. They’re big diVine fans and typical of the friendly, predominantly female clientele. Wally Creviston and Sherry Horton—who teaches at the Sun Valley Ballet School by day—are the fourth owners of diVine since it opened in 2002. By all accounts, it’s never been run better and has, understandably, been growing in popularity. “It was a secret, but it’s getting out. It’s getting busier and busier,” Joanne said. “When it’s all said and done, it really is a divine place.”

Hay Ho Time!

Folks still looking for fun in Hailey after most other places have turned off their lights for the night have a couple of solid options. Both places harken back to the town’s Old West roots and both definitely cater to adult crowds. The Muleshoe Tavern and Steakhouse is actually a great spot for more than just latenight action. They’ve got a terrific Happy Hour Small Bites menu (the Thai Wings are downright delicious). The laid-back energy, tasty snacks and affordable bar have lead to numerous Sun Valley Mag “staff meetings” at the Muleshoe since the place opened in 2011. The Muleshoe was actually the name of the bar “many incantations ago,” according to G.M. Chris Olmstead. Under the ownership of Steve Hogan, the former Red Elephant has been cleaned and brightened up, but has still maintained its rustic, Old West feel. On any given night—but especially if the rodeo is in

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town—you’re likely to see a cowboy hat or two at the long, wooden bar. “We have a real local crowd,” Chris said, who prides himself on, among other things, the Muleshoe’s perfectly poured pints of Guinness and great values. “Everything we try to do, we always try to keep what Hailey wants in mind, because if we can do things right, people will enjoy themselves and come back for more.” The Muleshoe isn’t the only late-night option in Hailey with a solid base of folks coming back for more. The Hailey Hotel has been serving ’em up since 1934, long before Naughty by Nature’s song “Hip Hop Hooray” (“Hey Ho, Hey Ho!”) was a big hit. That’s because when it’s time for folks to get in touch with the naughtier sides of their natures, there’s no better place to go than the “Hay Ho,” as some locals call the Hailey Hotel. Deceptively named, the Hay Ho hasn’t been associated with an actual hotel in years. The old hotel rooms upstairs have been remodeled and are now home to KSKI radio. Offering some of the cheapest cocktails in the Valley (but no beer on tap), the hotel is a true drinker’s bar. Popular with Hailey’s twenty-something crowd for their two pool tables, dart board, jukebox and occasional live music, the hotel is a bit deceiving in more than its name. Tinted windows make the bar look dark, but the simple, surprisingly clean bar is actually pretty bright and open. It’s one of those places where it’s easy to have a few drinks and lose track of time, since it feels like the bar itself is lost in time. They still even give out 50-cent pieces as change. Bartender of seven years, Deanna Hange, explained the oddly comfortable feel of the hotel. “Everybody is pretty much family here in Hailey,” she said. “But we don’t put up with any shit!” For nearly three decades Lisa Chapman has been behind the bar at the Hailey Hotel. “Miss Lisa,” as she’s known, said that the clientele consists primarily of locals of a surprisingly wide age range. Serving until 2 am daily, the bar caters to anyone who isn’t ready to call it a night yet. “We’re the last place they end up,” Lisa said, explaining they’re often packed from 10 pm until closing—perhaps better known as Hay Ho time!

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The Sun Valley gallery scene is a complete surprise to those not familiar with the sophistication and caliber of art housed within the galleries and studios that dot our streets and line our Valley. But for anybody who knows the history of the place, the amazing gallery scene is just another notch in the belt that helped establish Sun Valley. This summer, don’t miss this beautiful, oil on linen piece entitled “River Sky” by Victoria Adams at Gail Severn Gallery.

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Meet the Artists A candid conversation BY Laurie Sammis

Creativity takes courage. It is a process and a practice. It requires vision. Vision that is unwavering and resolute while simultaneously transformative and revolutionary. Art has the ability to bend our reality, to suspend it, or to intensify it on some level. As Degas so famously stated, “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.”

Logan Maxwell Hagege at his industrial-style studio in Los Angeles. Hagege shows at Wood River Fine Arts.

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”

— Francis Bacon

THE ARTISTS Victoria Adams | Painting

The views Victoria Adams paints—made up of clouds, horizons, water, and the atmospheres of light—are conjured from her imagination. Her inspirations range from fragments of actual photographed scenes, to memories and daydreams, all filtered through the influence of the historical European landscape tradition, as expressed by early Dutch, then English and 140 | 40th anniversary issue

French, and eventually American Luminist and Hudson River School painters. She views her work in effect as an “elegy for nature— elegy both as a lament for a tragic loss, but also as a reaffirmation of the importance of viewing landscape as an essential human need.”

Julian Voss-Andreae | Sculpture

Julian Voss-Andreae is a German-born sculptor based in Portland (Oregon). Starting out as a

painter, he later changed course and studied physics at the universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna, pursuing his graduate research in quantum physics. Years later he moved to the U.S. with his passion for art rekindled and graduated from Art College in 2004. Voss-Andreae’s sculpture, which is heavily influenced by his background in science, has quickly gained critical attention, including

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Here in the Wood River Valley, where a rich tradition of arts and culture has been cultivated for nearly half a century, we have been blessed with an incredible array of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists—both working in our Valley and exhibiting here through one of the many exceptional galleries that grace our streets. In celebration of our 40th Anniversary “Arts Issue,” we stepped into the minds and working studios of a few national artists to find out what drives them to make art, where they find inspiration and how the inner workings of a successful artist’s mind moves. No topic was off limits. We even asked about the most difficult job they had as a “starving artist.” And some of the answers

photographs left to right: courtesy kneeland gallery

Neal Philpott (represented by Kneeland Gallery) was originally a design director, but found his true passion—landscape painting.

may surprise you. Painter Logan Maxwell Hagege, whose figure and landscape painting has gained wide appeal, worked drawing caricatures of people at a theme park in his native Southern California and credits that experience with helping him learn how to draw in front of people. Renowned Los Angeles sculptor Hacer-he says he has had to juggle his art with many jobs: “It’s hard to say which was worse: being a door-to-door window salesman, loading and unloading freight at the docks, working the night shift at a truck yard as a security guard or my days as a lunch lady [hair net and all] at an elementary school. Then again, when I think about it, selling cable back to the people who were stealing it in Compton [after the company I worked for cut it] is hard to beat.” Meanwhile, landscape painter Neal Philpott seemed to have the ideal job working as a design director for an exhibit and museum design firm, but states that it simply crowded out his true passion. “My creative energy was being tapped so much that I had nothing left at the day’s end to put towards painting,” he says. “I remedied this by getting up at 3 a.m. and working until 6 a.m., leaving me a little sleepy at work but able to get by.”

accessible to our conscious thought but are intuitively recognized as meaningful, we are doing art. Common to both is the devotion to something beyond the personal, removed from the arbitrary.” In this quote Einstein goes to the very core of what makes us wonder, of what makes us human. He is talking about the emotion that drives me to do my work. Speidel – “Our five senses are like openings through which we receive all the perceptions that are then transferred into concepts and ideas. “ This quote by Arnaud Desjardins inspires me and I try to pay attention to this quote at different times in my day as it is permission giving.

SVMag: What is a quote that inspires you and why? Maxwell Hagege – Jerry Seinfeld’s quote says it all for me: “Your blessing in life is finding the torture you’re comfortable with.” There are ups and downs in the process of creating a painting. Voss-Andreae – One of my all-time

recent commissions for a large-scale outdoor piece for the Scripps Research Institute in Florida and a sculpture for Nobel laureate Roderick MacKinnon at Rockefeller University in New York City.

Hacer-he | Sculpture

One of the most exciting, emerging figures in the Los Angeles art scene, Hacer-he is renowned for his bold, origami-inspired metal

favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein: “Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there we enter the realm of art and science. If we trace out what we behold and experience through the language of logic, we are doing science; if we show it in forms whose interrelationships are not

sculptures in bright colors and form. Hacerhe’s introduction to the nostalgic art form of origami began at age seven when a volunteer in one of his foster homes read, “Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr. It grew from there through exposure to Alexander Calder’s bold, playful sculpture and [after recruitment by art fabricator, Peter Carlson] first-hand working knowledge of Jeff Koons’ steadfast attention to detail and

Adams – Ansel Adams is quoted as having said the following: “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Even though I am engaged in the making of paintings rather than photography, Ansel Adams’ way of approaching art-making appeals to me. Each day, in the studio, my ability to connect, synthesize ideas, and imagine during the act of painting draws on the deep resource of all that I have witnessed and experienced in my life. Images from literature may find visual form in the paintings I do. The memory of skies I’ve seen, or music I’ve heard, are all unconscious ingredients in the decisions I

Ellsworth Kelly’s exhaustive commitment to minimalism.

Logan Maxwell Hagege | Painting

Logan Maxwell Hagege is a talented artist who excels in depicting the figure and landscapes. Serious study in art started for Logan when early interest in animation sent him to a local art school, Associates in Art. His interest quickly moved from animation to fine art Summer 2014 | 141

“Reclining Women/Naughty Pauline” (right) – 55” x 23” x 21”, stainless steel, by Julian Voss-Andreae (above) which was featured at Frederic Boloix Fine Art’s 10th anniversary exhibition.

make during the painting process. And as I grow older, I expect my art to mature and grow increasingly complex as I have a larger sum total of personal experience to draw upon. Anyone who is looking at one of my paintings also brings to the viewing all of their own experience, too.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

SVMag: What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Philpott – Why? Viggo Morgenson. I heard him describe his creative principles in a radio interview and that lead me to believe that his own sensibilities would enable him to portray mine. He would “get” it. Voss-Andreae – I envision Arnold Schwarzenegger. We have, after all, the same accent. SVMag: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

— Pablo Picasso

Hacer-he – Los Angeles will always be my home but I do look forward to the day that I have a studio in Paris because it provides an opportunity to expand culturally. To be making work surrounded by all that history while having access to the type of industry I need is unparalleled in my experience. Paris, like Los Angeles, is an international city that inspires bold ideas fueled by ambition. That energy pushes me to be a more dynamic artist. Maybe it’s the survival instinct in me but I do my best in intense environments. Voss-Andreae – It would be in Portland, Oregon, right in my house with my family. If I knew a better spot I would be there!

THE ARTISTS while attending life drawing classes, and later a program modeled after the old time French Art Schools where students spent more than six hours per day studying from live models. Logan draws inspiration for his subjects from his native Southern California as well as by traveling extensively to view various landscapes in the American Southwest and the Northeast Coast of the U.S. 142 | 40th anniversary issue

Neal Philpott | Painting

Neal Philpott catches the passing moments of nature and translates them onto canvas. He looks for overlapping patterns, sensing the details that inform the mood and light of a particular scene, and his landscapes are an attempt to capture the transitory character of the natural world. “My hope for viewers is that they feel invited into the painting,” Philpott

says, adding, “I like to think of my paintings as gateways into a different way of seeing our world. Our busy lives demand so much of our attention that moments of reflection are precious, but all too often overlooked. Capturing a momentary scene in paint saves that moment for subsequent reflection.”

photographs : courtesy frederic boloix gallery

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COLE MORGAN NEW PAINTINGS 2014 EXHIBITIONS Victoria Adams • Nicolas Africano • Squeak Carnwath • Linda Christensen • James Cook • Kris Cox • Raphaëlle Goethals • Morris Graves Michael Gregory • Jane Hammond • Jonathon Hexner • Jun Kaneko • Margaret Keelan • Judith Kindler • Lisa Kokin • Gary Komarin • Gustavo Lacerda Hung Liu • Lynda Lowe • Robert McCauley • Laura McPhee • Kenna Moser • Gwynn Murrill • Ed Musante • Marcia Myers • Carolyn Olbum Deborah Oropallo • Luis González Palma • Robert Polidori • Joseph Raffael • Christopher Reilly • Will Robinson • Rana Rochat • Jane Rosen Brad Rude • David Secrest • Kiki Smith • Anne Siems • Julie Speidel • Jack Spencer • Mark Stasz • Inez Storer • Therman Statom • Allison Stewart Melinda Tidwell • Boaz Vaadia • Theodore Waddell

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This summer at Harvey Art Projects Aboriginal Gallery in Ketchum, paintings will be featured from Australia’s Spinifex Arts Project in yet another debut USA exhibition. The Spinifex Arts Project is a unique organization within Aboriginal Australia. Located in the remote community of Tjuntjuntjara in the far southeast of Western Australia, the traditional lands of the Spinifex people cover an area of more than 55,000 square kilometers of pristine sandhill and mulga country plains. When asked where they would live if they could live anywhere in the world, the answer is simple and almost incomprehensible to the Spinifex people, whose paintings of their country and its stories signify custodianship of the landscape. The reply is unequivocal: Here, in our country. Now the chronicle of the Spinifex People—and their artwork—is intertwined with the story of their land. The Spinifex People temporarily left the northern part of traditional country during a time of severe drought that coincided with the British nuclear testing program at Maralinga, moving southwest into Cundeelee Mission during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Spinifex Arts Project was established in 1997 as part of the Native Title documentation process, which saw the return of traditional lands. The paintings helped further that process when major works by senior men and women were used to document the entire Spinifex area, where they had not been for nearly 50 years, showing claimants’ birthplaces and important stories that traverse and give form to the area. These paintings were formally included in the preamble to the Native Title agreement ratified before the Federal Court in November 2000—a landmark event that also saw the bequeathing of 10 major paintings to the people of Western Australia to be housed at the Western Australian Museum. The paintings of the Spinifex people honor the landscape, keeping the story alive. 144 | 40th anniversary issue

ABOVE: Hacer-he (represented by Gilman Contemporary) with his origami-inspired metal art at his studio in Los Angeles. Left: Julie Speidel works in her studio in Seattle. Speidel (represented by Gail Severn Gallery) often travels to sacred sites in Turkey and China for inspiration.

SVMag: Whose artwork do you collect? Voss-Andreae – My children’s. They are amazing artists and all completely different. adams – Since I’m constantly falling in love with all sorts of artworks, I could never afford to form a personal collection of them. So instead I browse through the works of friends and peers in the art world with an eye toward appreciation and inspiration. I’m truly in awe of some of the work being made around me. … I once saw a tiny gem of a landscape by the 17thcentury. Dutch artist Van de Velde that made me stop breathing, it was so quiet and lovely. I couldn’t “collect” it, but I collect its perfection in my memory.

THE ARTISTS Julie Speidel | Sculptor

Julie Speidel, a Seattle sculptor, often works at the intersection between iconic cultural forms of antiquity and a contemporary lens of abstract shape and form. Her inspiration is rooted in her fascination with ancient megaliths and encouraged by her many travels to sacred sites in Ireland, England, Turkey and China. Working with bronze, stone, basalt,

wood and cast glass, Julie Speidel’s sculptures evoke a sense of timelessness. Seen in a landscape, Speidel’s sculptures have a Zen-like relationship with the surrounding area. When installed indoors, they act as oases of nature, exuding an enigmatic, earthly quality despite their man-made origins.

photographs clockwise : courtesy harvey art projects

Australian Aboriginal Artists speak about the land

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Tour of Galleries 9. G ilman Contemporary 208.726.7585 10. H arvey Art Projects USA 208.309.8676 11. J ack Burgess Gallery 208.720.4462 12. K neeland Gallery 208.726.5512 13. K irk Anderson 208.726.1113 14. L ipton Fine Arts LLC 208.720.6331

15. J ennifer Bellinger Gallery 208.720.8851 16. Lynn Toneri • RC Hink Gallery 208.726.5639 17. O CHI Gallery 208.726.8746 18. S toecklein Gallery 208.726.5191 19. S un Valley Center for the Arts 208.726.9491 20. Wood River Fine Arts 208.928.7728

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ABOVE: Victoria Adams (represented by Gail Severn Gallery) paints in her studio in Puget Sound, where she finds her inspiration in the weather and views of the Pacific Northwest.

To experience Sun Valley’s thriving art scene for yourself, wander through our galleries during a Gallery Walk night on the first Friday of every month, and meet many of these artists, who are in attendance during these special evenings. Book a class taught by a local, or visiting artist-in-residence, through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, or plan your week around the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, September 26 to 28, to engage with artists where they work, stepping inside their studios to view the creative process up close and personal. All of the artists interviewed here will be exhibiting in galleries in Sun Valley during the summer months, so don’t miss the chance to see these remarkable works in person.

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2. B oulder Mountain Clay and Art Gallery 208.726.0773 3. B roschofsky Galleries 208.726.4950 4. D ave Norton Fine Art 208.726.3588 5. Davies-Reid 208.726.3453 6. F rederic Boloix Fine Art 208.726.8810 7. F riesen Gallery 208.726.4174

8. G ail Severn Gallery 208.726.5079

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1. Aurobora 415.546.7880

Image: Mens Collaborative - Roy Underwood, Simon Hogan, Ned Grant, Fred Grant, Lennard Walker, Lawrence Pennington, Winmati Roberts and Harry Brown, Pukara, 78 x 92 inches, acrylic on linen

SPINIFEX MOB Paintings from Tjuntjuntjara, Western Australia On view Summer 2014 Sun Valley, USA 391 First Avenue North Ketchum, ID 83340 USA | Phone (208) 309-8676


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John Westmark “R&R”, 60” x 72” paper sewing patterns with acrylic on canvas at Gilman Contemporary

Local Art Galleries

Whether a passionate collector, a hands-on artist, or simply a casual gift buyer, Wood River Valley visitors and residents alike celebrate the arts. aurobora 340 Walnut Avenue Ketchum, ID 415.546.7880

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Boulder mountain clay and art gallery 491 E 10th Street, #A10 Ketchum, ID 208.726.0773 or 208.726.4484

Inez Storer “Travels to India” Mixed media /wood item on canvas 72” x 47.75” at Gail Severn Gallery

frederic boloix fine arts Galleria Building 351 Leadville Avenue Ketchum, ID 208.726.8810


Susan Ward, Lady in Red

It has always been our intention (both in conceiving Aurobora and as a cornerstone of our artist residencies) to promote the creative process by allowing experimentation to offer discovery—and through discovery— regeneration. As Aurobora embarks on its second decade, we return to our own founding philosophy during this milestone year. Come visit us at our newest location on Walnut Avenue in the Christiania building. 148 | 40th anniversary issue

The Gallery features work by Susan Ward and the clay artists of Boulder Mountain Clayworks. Local artists selling one-of-a-kind items of best quality are shown here. Orders for dinnerware can be placed and special orders for anything from serving dishes to lamp bases are encouraged. The Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm most days but Sunday. The Gallery is located across from the Knob Hill Inn, on Highway 75 north of town.

Julian Voss-Andreae, Slender Woman, Bronze Sculpture, 71” x 14” x 12”

Established in 1994, Frederic Boloix Fine Arts specializes in 20th Century Masters and Contemporary Art. Over the past 20 years we have shown and represented works by masters Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Chagall, Francis Bacon, Françoise Gilot and by contemporary artists Gustavo Acosta, Salustiano, Rainer Gross, Julian Voss-Andreae, Martin Herbst and Julio Larraz. We also offer consulting services and expertise in building art collections.

“Direction of the Rain”

60” high X 60” wide

Oil on Linen

Logan Maxwell Hagege

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fine arts An Expressions Gallery

360 East Avenue, Ketchum, Idaho (208) 928-7728 WWW.WOODRIVERFINEARTS.COM

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Severn Art Services, for over 38 years the principal framer for art collectors and galleries. Specializing in quality custom and archival picture framing, featuring exquisite copies of vintage and contemporary frames for fine art, three-dimensional objects, and mirrors, of all sizes. We provide experienced installation and curatorial services for homes, collectors, and corporations. We also provide cost effective framing and care for prints, posters, personal mementos, and family photographs. Please visit us in our showroom, next to Gail Severn Gallery in the Severn Building at 400 First Avenue North, for consultation and frame selections. Also, contact us for your installation, conservation and restoration needs.

Art Hanging & Installation Hardwoods • Leathers • Specialty Mats • Plexiboxes Gold Leaf • Custom Metals • Period Frames Conservation & Restoration

Lynda Lowe, Poiesis, Watercolor, oil and wax on panel, 40” x 36”

Celebrating 37 years featuring contemporary painting, sculpture and photography: Jenny Abell, Victoria Adams, Nicolas Africano, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, James Cook, Kris Cox, David deVillier, Raphaëlle Goethals, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Rod Kagan, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Robert McCauley, Laura McPhee, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Marcia Myers, Luis González Palma, Robert Polidori, Joseph Raffael, Christopher Reilly, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, David Secrest, Mary Snowden, Julie Speidel, Jack Spencer, Mark Stasz, Allison Stewart, Boaz Vaadia, and Theodore Waddell. Visit Severn Art Services for all your custom picture framing, art installation needs, packing and art shipping. Follow us on Twitter Gail_Severn. gilman contemporary 661 Sun Valley Road • Ketchum, ID 208.726.7585

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Since opening our doors in 2007, we have been recognized for both the quality and variety of exhibitions we bring to the Valley. Presenting photography, paintings and sculpture from nationally and internationally recognized artists in a vibrant and relaxed setting. The gallery is both committed to encouraging the appreciation of contemporary art as well as giving back to the community that supports us. 150 | 40th anniversary issue


JIGGETY JAG oil on canvas 20” x 30”

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Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia

391 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.309.8676 •

Tjunkaya Tapaya, Tjitjiku Tjukurpa, Acrylic on Linen, 37” x 52”

Aboriginal art is Australia’s leading contemporary art movement yet its origins are derived from the oldest continuous artistic tradition known to man. Today, aboriginal art provides indigenous Australians significant economic and cultural stability through ongoing connection to family, country and Tjukurpa (Dreamtime). Harvey Art Projects USA is a unique presence in the USA. Founded by Australian indigenous curator Julie Harvey, the organization is dedicated to developing greater cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal art in America. The Ketchum-based gallery represents many of Australia’s leading desert artists and their communities, including the renowned Papunya Tula Artists, through regular exhibitions and satellite events in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Kneeland Gallery 271 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5512 • fax: 208.726.3490

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208 481 0632 or 208 481 1444 10th Street Center Ketchum ID 83340

Joe Anna Arnett, Sunflowers and Dahlias, Oil on Canvas, 22” x 28”

Exhibiting paintings amd sculpture by nationally recognized as well as emerging artists living and working in the West. Featured artists include Steven Lee Adams, Carol Alleman, Joe Anna Arnett Virginie Baude, William Berra, Debbie Edgers Sturges, John Horejs, Shanna Kunz, Jennifer Lowe, Lori McNee,Robert Moore, Jean Richardson, Thom Ross, Carl Rowe, Linda St. Clair, Sherry Salari Sander, Linda Tippetts, Bart Walker, Andrzej Skorut and Pete Zaluzec. Additional artists can be viewed on our website. 152 | 40th anniversary issue

Kathryn Riedinger Fine Art

sun valley center for the arts 191 Fifth Street E • Ketchum, ID 314 Second Avenue S • Hailey, ID Liberty Theatre, 110 North Main Street Hailey, ID • 208.726.9491

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Frederick S. Wight, Tame Palms, 1982, oil on canvas, courtesy the estate of the artist and Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles

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The Center brings the arts to our community through concerts, lectures, classes, theatre and visual arts. This summer features Company of Fools’ Enchanted April and Shirley Valentine; concerts with Soulshine Tour, Josh Ritter, Chris Isaak and The Head and The Heart; the exhibitions Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes and Under the Influence of Rock & Roll; and classes for adults, families and kids. See website for details. wood river fine artS

Artfully Edible An Art Inspired Cookbook

an expressions gallery

360 East Avenue (In The Courtyard) • Ketchum, ID 208.928.7728

An Artful

Coffee Table Cookbook

Dave McGary, Crow King #1

Featuring Beautifully Presented Cuisine

• Check website for Sun Valley author book signings

Heather Jane Langley-Evans

Food Photography by Paulette Phlipot

Wood River Fine Arts features traditional and contemporary works by artists who capture the natural grandeur, the unique peoples and the history of the American West. We proudly represent nationally recognized, award-winning artists whose works appear in private and public collections throughout North America, including Julie Bender, Gary Carter, Glenn Dean, Logan Maxwell Hagege, R.A. Heichberger, Jim Morgan, John Moyers, Terri Kelly Moyers, Ned Mueller, Paul Mullally, Ralph Oberg, Andrew Peters, Grant Redden, R.S. Riddick, Mary Roberson, Matt Smith and Kathryn Stats. Their paintings are anchored by the internationally-renowned Native American bronze sculpture of Dave McGary, whose highly detailed and historically accurate work is found in collections throughout the world. 154 | 40th anniversary issue

For over 40 years, Sun Valley Center for the Arts has been creating opportunities for inspiration, learning and transformation for children, teens and adults...enriching lives and community.

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pamela de tuncq

Pamela Street, Snowdrift

(208) 788.1657

Recpetion with Artists: September 26 Studio Tours: Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28

Flock, 2013 Idaho Triennial Exhibition at the Boise Art Museum

Wood River Valley Studio Tour

celebrating the artistic talents of the Wood River Valley by connecting artists, art lovers and those new to art, through an annual exploration of local artist studios. Steve Behal / Jeannie Catchpole

Conceptual artist Pamela De Tuncq focuses her attention on some of the more compelling zeitgeists of contemporary culture. Her multi-layered and often sublime installations draw attention to themes as disparate as teen alienation, the changing face of the American family, and the vicissitudes of faith. Her art amuses as much as it provokes, existing in a borderland between sly social commentary and personal whimsy.

susan hall 10th St., Center #B5, Ketchum (208) 720.0310

517 N. 1st Ave., Hailey (208) 720.1867 Spontaneity. The energy of the moment - emotional, physical, spiritual, sexual and intellectual impulses - Jeannie Catchpole and Steve Behal work separately and collaboratively to inspire the natural creativity, passion and curiosity in others through constant exploration in composition, form, color and texture. 

sarah davies (206) 910.1627

“Painted River”

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“Each of my paintings begins with inspiration from a personal photograph of one of the dramatic natural elements found in the Western landscape! The work evolves to express the infusion of powerful light, color and unique energy found only in this part of the world. My passion is interpreting these elements in expressionistic color and ethereal distortion with paint on canvas. I have always painted and always will.”

A painting begins as a dialogue between artist and canvas; it evolves, sometimes easily, but usually not so easily, until it is finished. Ultimately, a painting must speak to its viewer, ideally without further explanation.

lisa horton (208) 721.1798

ej harpham - Idaho Mud P.O. Box 958, Bellevue (208) 578.2169

Architectural tile murals by Idaho Mud have been installed throughout the country and the permanent artwork is limited only by your imagination.

PHOTO: J. Schreiber

“Making the world a more beautiful place one tile mural at a time.”

400 sq. ft. tile mural, Hermosa Beach, CA

suzanne hazlett

Lisa Horton’s creative itch is best scratched by making jewelry. She sculpts pendants and clasps from powdered metals, kiln firing to re-fuse the particles into solid bronze, silver or copper. Her finished bracelet, necklace and earring designs incorporate gemstones, pearls, wire, leather and mixed metals. Lisa also makes custom bronze hardware, integrating botanical motifs and gemstones into unique door pulls.

sue mcniel jacobsen 531A River St East, Ketchum

481-A Bell Drive, Ketchum (208) 450.9142

“In The Wind” 40x40” Mixed Media on Panel

By design, my paintings develop over time. According to their own schedule, they invite me along for the journey.  Marble dust, beeswax, oil and earth pigments are the parts of the whole.  Layering demands patience.  Each stratum knits into the next as a fusion of materials manifests into a final surface, an eventual visual and tactile end.

karen jacobsen fine art studio & plein air paintings (208) 412.9444 Oil and watercolor paintings inspired by nature’s energy and transformations. Seeking gallery representation.

“Copper Rose Radiance” 12 x 12” oil

sue mcniel jacobsen 531A River St East, Ketchum My professional training in graphic design at Art Center School in Los Angeles served me well when first I turned my creative skills to landscape painting. Now my “artist’s eye” seeks both the extra-ordinary and the ordinarilyoverlooked moments in nature, and presents them in a way that allows the viewer to see what I’ve seen—and loved enough to want to share it. Being an artist is a life force, not a career choice.

In 1991 my creative interests moved from painting, when sculpture ”found” me and absorbed me like a creative virus. I don’t regret not coming to this medium sooner, because I believe all that has gone before I have brought to this exciting second career. My sculptures are figurative, of people or animals, and I seem to have a special ability to capture the likeness and personality of my subjects.

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mark kashino

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Kashino Fine Art Studio & Gallery 309.5 South Main Street, Hailey (behind Rasberrys) (208) 788.4500 •

203 W. Croy, Hailey (208) 721.1854

Mark paints a variety of subjects; landscapes, Western portraits, Native Americans, wildlife, contemporary figures, and classic literary images. His medium is oil on linen or canvas, mostly 1.5-inch-deep stretched linen. Mark also writes and illustrates children’s books available on Amazon.

“It begins with a single tree in the landscape.”

kathryn riedinger 231 B Northwood Way, Suite #800, Ketchum Kathryn Riedinger is an award-winning landscape painter living and working in Sun Valley. Primarily a plein air painter, she also creates larger studio pieces and completes work for galleries in Jackson Hole and Denver, as well as commissioned paintings. Attending many workshops, Kathryn is a dedicated painter who is on a lifelong quest to express in oils her love for the outdoors—whether in the mountains, the California coast or a simple garden. Kathryn is an active member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Artists of Colorado and California Art Club.

Annie May has a passion for art, whether she is creating, restoring or preserving. She has studied many mediums, which have helped in her conservation work. When creating, she enjoys working with watercolor, pencil and printmaking, inspired by nature and the human form. As a conservator, she restores paintings, sculpture, objects and frames. May attended San Jose State University and The Academy of Art in San Francisco.

JUDITH KINDLER (206) 919.3363 110 Lewis Street, #3 (in back of building) Ketchum

mark sheehan P.O. Box 2386, Hailey (208) 788.9475

For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing, which has become the foundation of all my artistic endeavors. I had the privilege of attending the California College of Arts and Crafts in the late ’60’s, starting as a printmaking major and finishing as a sculpture major. Creating this series is an attempt to remain tasteful and sensual, while avoiding anything that could be construed as sexual. The copper is perfectly suited for the subject matter, as it is a warm metal that lends itself to the soft shapes of the female form.

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“Piece of the Sky”

I am a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, photography and photography-based, mixed-media wall works. While Gail Severn Gallery handles my work locally, I am delighted to open my private studio up for the Wood River Valley Studio Tour and hope you will drop in.

tom prater P.O. Box 3943, Ketchum (575) 779.2600

“Blue and Gold” measures 37” x 37”

I’ve lived and painted in various parts of the country, but have returned home and make the Sawtooth Mountains my studio. The astounding trails that are crisscrossed in shadows and lined with wildflowers and aspen groves inspire my creativity. I find peace in painting and love the challenge of conveying a fraction of that magical experience that happens when you are in awe of nature’s splendor.

pamela street Plein Air Painters of Idaho (208) 720.6846


Each painting holds feelings and memories, inspired by that which cannot be said. Growing up in the Wood River Valley ,before it was developed, skiing through the untracked powder, riding my horse unhindered by fences, experiencing space and overwhelmed by beauty. Oil painting “en plein air,” I try to capture, viscerally, a part of nature that has formed my being.

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bruce smith Ketchum (505) 699.1600

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Forty years ago the sculptors David Smith and Anthony Caro were my main influences. Today, I hope my paintings, the portraits especially, reflect the influence of Sargent and Velazquez. I cannot tell when I begin a painting or sculpture what kind of journey lies ahead. And this mystery is the excitement of art.

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“I use photography and imagination to create rural and sometimes unexpected panoramas in honor of a time when natural observation was inescapable. What is our relationship with the natural world in an age when the digital one is available to us anytime, anywhere?”

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Summertime means fresh salads in Sun Valley! From simple garden-grown greens and tomatoes picked locally and topped with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to fig and prosciutto salads with fresh mozzarella—salad is the ultimate summertime meal. Add some locallybaked bread and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and you have a world-class meal to match Sun Valley’s worldclass environment.

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Fine Food To-Go Great local picnic fare BY Julie Molema

Summertime in Sun Valley is full of concerts and events, hiking and camping trips and gatherings of friends toasting away our famously long summer evenings. From enjoying music on the lawns of the Summer Symphony to hikes in our ample backcountry, food and drink go hand-in-hand with summertime fun. Some of us even spend most of our hiking time talking about where we’ll go to lunch afterwards! To help you add some fabulous food and drink to your Sun Valley adventure, here are some great options for you this summer when you don’t feel like cooking (’cause you’re too busy playing!). Backpacking Picnics Headed out on a day hike? Put down the knife for the PB&J and head over to Johnny G’s for a sub! Located around the corner from the Board Bin in West Ketchum, Johnny G’s has homemade subs like the HOKA (turkey, swiss, avocado, mayo and sprouts). Paired with a bag of chips and an Orangina, you’ll be set for lunch at the top of your hike! “We have a great locals following and do our best to keep everyone happy, which 162 | 40th anniversary issue

isn’t too hard in a great community like ours,” Johnny G said. Glow Live Food Café, located across the street from Johnny G’s in Ketchum, is a terrific option for a smoothie before your hike. Try the Monkey Love (banana, hemp milk and cacao) for some sustaining energy. Or why not bring the Southwest Greens and Grains salad for your lunch? It’s filled with chopped local greens, local black beans, brown rice,

THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Atkinsons’ sushi is freshly made daily and perfect for nibbling at local events; Glow Live Food Café's Monkey Love smoothie has blended bananas, hemp milk and cacao—refreshing and tasty!

“Meet me at the 19th hole!” sv mag’s picnic IDEas Here are a few quick and easy recipe ideas to bring on your Sun Valley picnic! Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus INGREDIENTS 16 spears asparagus 16 slices prosciutto grated Parmesan 1 lemon 1 tbsp olive oil INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wrap baking sheet with foil. Wrap one slice of prosciutto around two asparagus spears, spiraling prosciutto to the tip. Place wrapped spears on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle grated Parmesan. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Turn spears over and bake for another 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon juice. Serves 4. Caprese Salad INGREDIENTS 3 large red beefsteak tomatoes 16 oz. fresh-milk mozzarella 1 bunch fresh basil salt and pepper olive oil balsamic vinegar INSTRUCTIONS Cut tomatoes into 1/4” slices. Cut mozzarella into 1/4” slices and arrange on plate. Garnish with basil leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serves 4.


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guacamole and salsa, with a citrus cumin vinaigrette. It will transport nicely and be a great lunch for you at the top of Baldy! Another option for tasty sandwiches in Ketchum to take on your hike is Perry’s on West 4th Street. A Perry’s favorite is the albacore tuna sandwich (served hot or cold) on homemade bread. Perry’s serves box lunches, which come with half a sandwich, fruit, chips and is served with a homemade cookie all ready to go. “Our boxed excursion lunches are popular with locals and tourists,” said owner Keith Perry. “You can call ahead (as early as 6am) and we’ll have your order waiting for you at the door when we open at 7am!”

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Wrap City is your one-stop shop for wraps or bowls. The Chinese Chicken Salad is a must-try! It includes teriyaki chicken, cabbage, peanuts, green onions, cilantro, crunchy rice sticks, rice and sesame dressing. Have it in a tortilla or in a bowl. Either will transport great on your hike. Headed out Carbonate or Croy Canyon in Hailey for a hike or mountain bike ride? Stop by Shelley’s Deli in downtown Hailey before you go and have Shelley do the work for you! Try the House Roasted Turkey Breast with cream cheese, bacon, tomato, avocado, cheddar cheese and sprouts, served on a La Brea baguette. Your order includes a pickle or pepperoncini and a homemade cookie. “We roast our own turkey and roast beef daily and our meatballs are all homemade,” said Shelley Braatz. “We also make all our soups and salad dressings here.”

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THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Main St. Market’s deli case is filled with ready-to-go dishes like their Caprese, Chicken Waldorf, Arugula or Quinoa Salads; Shelley’s Deli’s Roasted Turkey sandwich is perfect on a La Brea baguette, accompanied with a freshly-baked cookie.


Besides being the most convenient place to grab a picnic for Sun Valley events, the Short Line Deli in Sun Valley has some of the best picnic fare in town, showcasing gourmet Idaho delicacies like fresh goat cheese and Idaho white cheddar, housemade roast beef, Parma prosciutto so thin it’s almost see-through and Niman Ranch corned beef. There are salad, sandwich and soup specials every day. You won’t be sorry with any deli treat from the Short Line Deli in Sun Valley. Gazing at Main St. Market’s deli counter in the heart of Ketchum is a mouthwatering event. It’s packed with a plethora of homemade salads including Caprese, Chicken Waldorf, Arugula with pine nuts and shaved Parmesan, and a Quinoa Salads that are great for sharing with toe-tapping friends at River Run a fa nta stic h as wi while listening to et ne k ar s Reckless Kelly. M Their Crab Cakes are to-die-for, as is their Grilled Salmon and Veggies. Top that off with homemade

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mer in a box” with fresh arugula, chicken, mayonnaise, herbs, celery, carrots and onions on a bed of spinach. “In the summer I love eating refreshing, healthy and organic foods,” said Kellee. “People can call me the day of an event and I can have something ready for them, or they can call and place an order ahead of time. I’m flexible.” A crisp, crunchy salad is my favorite meal to bring to concerts and events. Stop by Moose Girls Café in the Courtyard in downtown Ketchum and chef Maxine Veloso Co b b S alad and co-owner Marirls’ is G he lene Rinerson se oo will serve you up a humongous salad that several people sharing your blanket will enjoy. The Chop Chop and Cobb salads are absolute winners, but you can’t go wrong with the Taco Salad, or the Caeser Salad with either chicken or trout. “I make all our salad dressings in-house and, paired with some fresh Bigwood Bread, our salads make a great meal,” said Maxine. in a

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sandwiches like their Pretzel Rolls with panroasted turkey and brie or smoked ham and dill havarti and you’ll be the hit of the blanket at any Sun Valley picnic! While you’re in Main St. Market, don’t forget to pop around the corner where you’ll find their incredible wine department—grab a bottle to pair with your deli delights and you’re all set! Last year, Kellee Haven filled a niche in the restaurant scene when she opened

The Haven Food Truck. Located on Warm Springs Road (where Play Hard Give Back is located) in Ketchum, you can find Kellee there Monday—Friday from noon—2pm serving up gourmet food. Kellee will whip up some fresh summer salads and sandwiches for your Sun Valley picnic and have your neighbors drooling. Check out her Kale, Quinoa or Melon and Cucumber Salad, and don’t miss the Green Goddess Salad, which is “sum-

Atkinsons’ Market has 57 years of experience in food and they’ve now spent the past several years perfecting their amazing deli’s “Market Kitchen.” Your glamping (glamour camping) trip will be the talk of the town with Atkinsons’ gourmet Stuffed Peppers or Meatballs, or even a few of their Boar’s Head sandwiches (made on freshly baked bread) paired with their extremely popular Kale Salad, or a bowl of homemade Gazpacho Soup. Don’t miss some of the best sushi rolls in town, made right here in Atkinsons’. Chef Mark Caraluzzi helps whip up beautiful entrées that will glam up your ordinary camping trip. “Our Kale Salad has been a huge hit recently. You can set your watch by some of the people who come in and buy it Summer 2014 | 165

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regularly,” said Mark. “I love to make food that is not only tasty but also good for you—it can be done!” Vicky Walker of Oak St. Foods on Main Street in Bellevue comes from a foodie family. Vicky’s mom, Julie Hazard, was a caterer and her daughter, Kate Metzger, is the executive chef at Il Naso, so you won’t be surprised when you stop in her deli café and find about a dozen tantalizing salads in the summer. “People practically beat down the door for my Beet and Kale Salad,” Vicky laughed. A hugely popular sandwich is the Bahn Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich served on a Bigwood Bread baguette, with pork meatballs and lemongrass chicken. “I like to cook a lot of different things, and the menu changes from week to week,” said Vicky. “I post my menu every week on Facebook (Oak St Foods) and people can call and order in advance, or the day of their camping trip, and I’ll do all the work for them.” Bigwood Bread has a new chef at the helm, Derek Gallegos (former owner and chef of Three Ten Main) and he’s doing some exciting things with the menu at Bigwood—stay tuned for the opening of the 12,000-square-foot Industrial t

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ice cream at a picnic? Who doesn’t love ice cream for dessert, especially outside at a picnic? Worried about it melting in your cooler? Don’t fret, we have a solution for you! This year, grab a pint of Toni’s Ice Cream, or Yellow Belly Ice Cream (sold locally at Atkinsons') and scoop your frozen delight into a Hydro Flask wide-mouth vacuum bottle (sold locally at Sturtevants, Lost River Sports, Backwoods and The Elephant’s Perch). This tough, stainless-steel bottle has a double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps the contents crazy cold for 24 hours! If you scoop your ice cream when it’s frozen, the Hydro Flask is sure to keep your dessert cold for hours.

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District location this summer (it’s deck will seat 100, with views of Baldy). For your glam camping trip, Derek recommends the Spicy Pig Sandwich with ham, bacon, cheddar, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños and cream cheese, or the Roast Turkey Sandwich with read’s Veggie Sa dB nd cranberry oo w w chutney. “The Asian Salad is one of my favorite salads. With the crispness of the cabbage, crunch of the fried won tons mixed with the tangy mandarin oranges and grilled chicken, it’s a great salad to bring glamping,” said Derek. “Pair it with a glass of Duckhorn Decoy Sauvignon Blanc, and you’ll be set for the afternoon.”

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opened in 1939 and remains the only table service restaurant on Bald Mountain. Fine dining and impeccable service beckon guests to savor a leisurely lunch. Mid-mountain on Bald Mountain (River Run side), 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , ,  , L

the ram Modern steakhouse with organic and local Idaho products, full service. Live music with Larry Harshbarger on the piano. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2225,, $$, ,  , D

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Sun Valley offers a culinary adventure for all taste buds. To make sure your dining experience is exceptional, we present some of the Valley’s finest restaurants in our comprehensive dining listing. american bigwood grill The Bigwood Grill is an outdoor restaurant with amazing views of Baldy, the Boulders and Galena Peak. It’s open for lunch and dinner from June through late September. The Grill features a full-service bar with daily Happy Hour specials from 3-5pm, lunch served from 11-3pm, with dinner service starting at 5:30 and ending at 9:30. We will be offering a summer symphony special. 115 Thunder Spring Rd. Ketchum, 208.726.7067 , , L, D, yum

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the cellar pub From traditional pub fare such as buffalo burgers or fish and chips to original dishes such as our flank steak salad, The Cellar Pub has something for everyone. 400 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, 208.622.3832,, $-$$, , , D, yum

java coffee and café Truly a great coffeehouse! Baking from scratch daily. Serving the finest Fair Trade and organic coffees. Sound like a local and order the “Dirty Hippie Burrito” and a “Bowl of Soul.” Wake up and live! 191 4th St., Ketchum; 111 N. 1st Ave., Hailey, 208.726.2882,, $, , B, L

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trail creek cabin A romantic hideaway since 1937, Trail Creek Cabin is a must-do Sun Valley dining adventure. The seasonal menu has a Western flare all complimented by a great wine list and a full bar. 1.5 miles east of Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road, 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , , , D, yum

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ketchum grill For nearly 22 years, Ketchum Grill has brought your dining experience to the highest gastronomical level, and the best Idaho has to offer. 520 East Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.4660,, $$-$$$, ,  , D

the kneadery The Kneadery has been the locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years, with wholesome fresh food and a rustic Idaho atmosphere. 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.9462, $-$$,

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cornerstone bar and grill It’s Wild West meets haute cuisine at The Cornerstone Bar and Grill. A local twist on the city-style grill with an open kitchen, all in a historic building on Main Street, Ketchum.

sawtooth club The Sawtooth Club has been the gathering place for Ketchum locals and visitors alike for more than 26 years. The Sawtooth Club is comfortable and welcoming with rustic elegance. 231 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233,

the moose girls café Formerly known as the Rustic Moose, The Moose Girls Café is a locals' favorite, owned and operated by twin sisters Maxine and Marlene. The spacious open patio with views of Baldy and Ketchum Town Square make it a great spot for breakfast or lunch. 360 East Ave., Ketchum, 208.727.9767, $-$$,

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pioneer saloon The Pioneer Saloon is renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, in a setting where natural woods, mounted game and period firearms help recreate an authentic saloon atmosphere. 320 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.3139,, $$-$$$, , , D, yum

whiskey jacques’ Whiskey’s is the premier live music venue and sports bar in Ketchum, with eight HD bigscreen TVs and one projector screen. Whiskey’s kitchen is famous for their brick-oven pizza, awesome wings, refreshing salads and tasty grinders. The upstairs room is available for your private event. 251 N. Main St, Ketchum, 208.726.5297,, $-$$, , , , D

zinc Ketchum’s newest restaurant—Zinc—where the design is sleek, yet raw and industrial, with a menu showcasing American classics with a twist. Each handcrafted ingredient is focused and presented with care. Come see where the most exciting food is being created in Ketchum! 230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.727.1800,, $$-$$$, , L, D

asian fusion sushi on second Established in 1994, Sushi on Second is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head sushi chef Zack Venzon is at the center of a talented crew of sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat. 260 Second St., Ketchum, 208.726.5181,, $$-$$$, , D, yum

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roundhouse This charming, historical restaurant was first

bakeries and delis bigwood bread Visit us at one of our spectacular locations, both

featuring beautiful outdoor views, fantastic food and outstanding service. Our bakery café offers the customer a chance to see our bakers in action at our new 12,000-square-foot bakery. Our downtown location offers you the chance to be in the heart of the city’s bustle on the corner of East Street and Fourth Avenue in Ketchum’s core. Fresh and homemade is how we do it! Visit us today for breakfast, lunch and takeout. Downtown Café, 380 N. East Ave., 208.928.7868 Bakery Café, 271 Northwood Way, 208.726.2035, $, ,  , B, L

johnny g’s subshack “The Subshack” was born in 1992 with killer sandwiches, toe-tapping music, cold beer and personal service. Only the finest quality meats and cheeses on delicious fresh-baked bread are used at Johnny’s. Take it to go, or stay awhile— you won’t leave Johnny G’s wanting. Corner of 4th and Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208.725.7827, $, , , L

perry’s A fixture in Ketchum, Keith and Paula Perry have been serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner for 25 years. Enjoy appetizers, an expanded premium beer-and-wine menu, a popular fullgrill menu, soups, fresh baked bread, made-toorder sandwiches and fresh salads, plus eclectic dinner specials. 113 W. 4th Street, Ketchum,

Bigwood Bread Bakery: 208.726.2035 Downtown: 208.928.7868

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shelley’s deli Shelley’s Deli offers fast, fresh, quality food that’s handmade with love. Fresh daily soup and salad specials complement a full sandwich board of local favorites like the Bacado or Godfather. Each sandwich starts with a fresh La Brea baguette. We roast our own turkey and beef daily, all of our soups and salad dressings are made from scratch and our desserts are all fresh-baked just for us. Come on in … It’s all good downtown! 14 East Croy, Suite A, Hailey, 208.788.8844, $, , , L

bars, pubs and grills grumpy’s It started as a place the working man and local could come, have a beer and burger and not be bothered. Today, Grumpy’s is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. We are a little hard to find, but not hard to find out about. Grumpy’s hosted Rachel Ray for a lunch segment on “40 Dollars a Day in Sun Valley” in 2004 and was most recently mentioned in USA Today’s “LIFE” section. But don’t just read about us, come in and discover the local’s hangout. 860 Warm Springs Rd., Ketchum,, $, , , L , D Summer 2014 | 171

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mahoney’s bar and grill The South Valley’s favorite spot for familyfriendly food, Mahoney’s offers a full bar, a terrific deck that’s just a short stroll from Bellevue’s Howard Preserve and a tasty menu featuring their famous “Juicy Lucy” cheese-filled, grilled-onion-topped hamburger. Delicious kids menu! Serving lunch and dinner daily, Mahoney’s offers free live music on Thursday nights, called “Mahoney’s Baloney,” throughout the summer. 104 S. Main St., Bellevue 208.788.4449,, $, , , , L, D

lefty’s Lefty’s has been a local and visitor favorite for more than 20 years, and for good reason. Lefty’s has a great casual dining menu including killer burgers served on fresh-baked bread, monster hot sandwiches, wings, salads and our specialty, fresh-cut French fries. For families, Lefty’s has all the foods kids love, at a price you’ll love. There is no better place to watch sports than Lefty’s, whose motto is “All the games, all the time.” Live music. Great outdoor deck! 231


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sawtooth brewery Local beer enthusiasts Paul Holle and Kevin Jones just celebrated their one-year anniversary as Ketchum’s only local brewery. The brewery does not feature a restaurant, but encourages you to bring in your own food from local restaurants. Many will deliver directly to the tap room. Sawtooth Brewery rotates their taps seasonally, carrying at least eight of their delicious concoctions as well as several guest taps.




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eclectic world globus If your palate demands flavorful and adventurous cuisine, then a unique dining experience awaits you at Globus. Located in downtown Ketchum since 1992, Globus serves delectable and satiating world fare. 131 Washington Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.1301,, $$-$$$, ,  ,D

the haven It isn’t easy to miss Kellee Haven’s bright green bus-turned-food-truck when it rolls through the Valley, especially if you love good food! The Haven can be found parked at the corner of Seventh and Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. Open year round Monday through Thursday, from noon to 2 p.m., and weekends for private events. Their Gourmet Grilled Cheese and assorted fresh salads, sliders, tostadas and a variety 172 | 40th anniversary issue

of local proteins have a large and healthy in every sense of the word—following! Seventh and Warm Springs, Ketchum, 503.349.0035,, $, L

european cristina’s restaurant & bakery Cristina’s Restaurant, located in a charming, salmon-colored house in the heart of Ketchum, is a special place where people gather to enjoy the company of friends and to taste the fresh, uncomplicated flavors of Cristina’s Tuscan childhood. 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum, 208.726.4499, $$-$$$, ,  , B, BR, L

konditorei A Sun Valley tradition gets reimagined for a new era under the masterful hands of Executive Chef John Murcko. The new Konditorei offers a fresh take on the classic alpine café experience for breakfast and lunch. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2235,, $$,

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french michel’s christiania Ernest Hemingway came so frequently to Michel’s Christiania and Olympic Bar, he had his own table. Classic French fare in an elegant setting. 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.3388,, $$-$$$, , , , D,


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ice cream parlor a la mode Sun Valley Resort has a new sweet spot serving irresistible gourmet cocoas, sundaes, shakes and sodas. a la Mode is located in the village next door to the Short Line Deli. You’ll be tempted by 17 specialty cocoas such as the Raspberry Snowball, Sea Salt Caramel, or the Orange Dreamsicle. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2243,, $, L

italian davinci’s The local’s Italian restaurant. Serving New York-style Italian food in Hailey for 18 years. All menu items made in-house for a consistent and fresh dining experience. Local favorites include fresh Clams and Mussels, Chicken Parmagiana, Fettuccine Alfredo, the ever popular Rotolo, Cioppino, our fantastic desserts, and much, much more. We offer a yummy kids' menu, gluten-free options, as well as a great selection of beer and wine. Our outdoor dining is the best in Hailey and the perfect place to enjoy our beautiful Idaho summer. And of course, to be the the “local’s Italian restaurant,” we must be reasonably priced! Reservations are encouraged, but not necessary. Open for dinner at 5pm, Wednesday - Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. 17 W. Bullion St. Hailey, 208.788.7699,, $-$$, , D,  Summer 2014 | 173

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“Ketchum’s Killer Meal without the Killer Price A Great Kids' Menu Too!” Grill Open 11:30am - 10:30pm Daily (Bar open late)

Burgers, Salads, Wings, Hoagies, Fresh Cut Fries and More! HD Satellite TV Sports “All the Games, All the Time”

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bald mountain pizza A family-friendly restaurant featuring handtossed pizza, pasta bowls and salads. Very casual and fun fare for kids. Sun Valley Village,

Open Daily at 7am • Dinners Tuesday - Saturday

Weekends! Live Music

enoteca Ketchum’s newest gastronomic addition, with its upscale pizzeria and wine bar. Enoteca has a plethora of small plates to choose from. 300

Salads Sandwiches Soups • Specials Beer • Wine Patio Dining Casual & Comfortable Children Welcome Dine in or Take Out

Fresh and Organic Local Foods Served 7 Days a Week

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smoky mountain pizzeria grill Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill is a comfortable, casual, dynamic family restaurant in downtown Ketchum. Our extensive menu features unique pizzas and pastas, delicious salads, sandwiches, grilled steaks, hamburgers and more. You’ll also find a kids’ menu, an exciting selection of seasonal appetizers, entrées and desserts, daily lunch specials, an extensive beer and wine selection, TVs, catering and fast, friendly delivery service. 200 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, ID. 208.622.5625,, $-$$, ,  , L, D

il naso restaurant & wine bar Owner Sam Turner invites you to enjoy his warm, inviting restaurant with Italian-influence cuisine. Il Naso is special whether you drop by to have a burger and beer at the wine bar, or to relax in the candlelit dining room. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff will help you choose just the right bottle to enhance your dining experience. Large parties welcome. 480 Washington St., Ketchum, 208.726.7776,, $$-$$$, ,  , D

regional northwest the grill @ knob hill The environment at the Knob Hill Inn is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated, with distinctively Northwest cuisine, and a variety of American and European classics. 960 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.8004,, $$$$$, , ,  , D, yum a blog abou t food

The design is sleek, yet raw and industrial. The menu showcases American classics with a twist. Each handcrafted ingredient is focused and presented with care at approachable prices.


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vegetarian/vegan glow live food cafÉ Glow is an organic, vegan, live food café. We support local farmers and use local produce when possible. The menu consists of energizing superfood smoothies, green juices, organic live vegan entrées, loose-leaf teas, and nutrient-dense decadent desserts. We offer custom desserts, party platters and classes. 380 Washington Ave., #105,
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Fine Dining Wood River

Volume 9, 2014

featured cuisines: Italian • American European • Asian Fusion French • Steakhouse



Valley Eateries

At-a-Glance Guide to Restaurants

Dear Friends, In Nicholas Lander’s laudable book, The Art of the Restaurateur, he quotes the ultimate restaurateur’s restaurateur, the late Jean Claude Vrinat, as to the one essential factor in any successful restaurant: “restaurants must come from the heart.” Any restaurateur must possess three qualities: a love of food, a love of wine and a love of one’s fellow human beings. The restaurateur/members of the Wood River Fine Dining Association each present their own vision of what they want their restaurants to be. Certainly, in addition to providing what their customers want to eat and drink, each presents their vision in surroundings meant to enliven one’s dining experience. At their essence, the restaurants featured in this Guide provide not only great food and wine, but also a vital social role at the heart of living in the Wood River Valley. The restaurants featured in the Wood River Fine Dining Guide have embraced a ‘locavore’ approach, sourcing from within 100 miles for our local organic produce: potatoes, lettuce, herbs, dozens of squash varieties, dried legumes and edible, decorative flowers. We use local dairy—farm-fresh milk, artisanal cheeses, and organic farm-fresh eggs. Although all of these items may not be found in every one of our restaurants, we all work to avail ourselves of local product wherever possible, including local organic lamb, local free-range chicken and farm-raised trout. Many of us even grow our own vegetables and herbs. Restaurateurs derive their professional name from the French verb restaurer: to restore. Each restaurateur in the Guide understands the inextricable link of trust between customer and restaurateur. Providing creative healthy food, delicious wine, and a lively environment in which to savor one’s meal is the chosen path of each restaurant listed here. At its inception, the Wood River Fine Dining Guide began with the idea that the best restaurants in Ketchum would provide information about each of their eating establishments so that customers could make informed choices about not only where to spend their money, but their valuable time as well. Our Association has become a family, a force, a significant contribution to our regional farm communities and the social heart of our community. We share ideas. We share customers. We share a friendship that comes of our work together. We share in giving back to our community and non-profit organizations. It is a great and exciting responsibility. Each of us possesses a passion about creating and presenting fresh experiences to our dining customers. WE are strong because we love what we do, and together we will strive to do what we love.

Sincerely, Roger, Jill, Paige, Erik, Meg, Cristina, Wendy, Scott, Anne, Duffy, Bob, Jolie, Ellie, Michel, Tom, Mark, Whit and the Sun Valley Resort

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The Cellar Pub where valley folks say

the cellar pub, boasting the Valley’s

best Alaskan cod fish and chips, is nestled below Sun Valley Road, just a stone’s throw from Main Street. Reminiscent of the legendary “Cheers” bar, where everybody knows your name, The Cellar Pub is a favorite with locals seeking the perfect après-ski atmosphere. It provides a convenient venue for catching up with friends, old and new. The Cellar Pub features traditional pub fare, in addition to its more unique entrées. The beloved bangers and mash, flat iron


steak salad and Idaho lamb or Kobe sliders are just a few examples. The variety of cuisine is sure to please every appetite. In addition to the menu favorites, The Cellar Pub offers its patrons a full bar and features a selection of draft beers, fine wines and spirits from around the globe. Bigger than a nook, yet intimate and cozy, The Cellar Pub is a warm and inviting pub that ensures fun times with every visit. It also offers the competitor in all of us a

venue to cheer for your favorite team, or to challenge friends to a game of shuffleboard. Run by pillars of the Ketchum food service community, The Cellar Pub is owned and managed by a team of local all-stars. This family-like group pays close attention to quality service and the overall experience for every visitor to The Cellar Pub. Please check our website to view The Cellar Pub’s complete food and drink menus at www. and please like us on Facebook.


Phone: 208.622.3832 Location: 400 E. Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum Hours: Open daily, 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar, beer, wine, shots Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American Service: Dine in, takeout Website:


The Cellar Pub offers Happy Hour daily from 4-6 pm and includes $1 off drafts, $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks and half-off wings. Check out our daily drink, shot and food specials. Tuesdays we offer $2 Kokanee pounders, Wednesdays we offer $1 Rainier cans and Thursdays it’s Man Night with $2 Bud and Coors bottles and $5 Chili bombs. Fireball whiskey shots are available every day for only $4! Open early Sundays during the NFL season. Come on down!

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Cornerstone Bar and Grill among the best ski restaurants in america

Food and Drink to Civilize Your Soul


Phone: 208.928.7777 Location: 211 Main St., Ketchum Hours: Open daily at 5 pm Beverages: Full bar, wine list, beers Reservations: Reservations & Walk-ins accepted Type of Cuisine: Innovative American, Fine Dining, Seafood, Vegetarian, Locavore

Service: Full Bar, Exceptional Wine List, Children’s Menu, Private Parties Website:

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it’s wild west meets haute cuisine at Cornerstone Bar and Grill.

Longtime locals Meg and Erik Vorm welcome you to a Main Street venue as stimulating to the eye as it is to the taste buds. It’s a local twist on the citystyle grill, with an open kitchen featuring buffalo, nightly specials, and the famous mac and cheese. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill always serves up a night to remember, making it the new Ketchum tradition. menu highlights

“The rose flight was amazing!” Nightly fish specials, light summer entrées, casual and delicious. We love the Guest Bartender charity events and, of course, Pirate Night! Call for more information or check the website.

Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery european-style trattoria and pasticceria

for 20 years, cristina’s restaurant

and Bakery has been serving up a delicious array of seasonally inspired recipes for a devoted clientele who come to the charming, salmon-colored house in Ketchum to enjoy the company of friends, good conversation and satisfying food. “Food is really about people and friendship,” says Cristina. “In Tuscany, it’s not just about the food. We sit at the table for four hours, but we don’t eat for four hours. We talk, we laugh, we cry.” From her signature soups to her freshly baked breads and breakfast pastries, everything Cristina offers in this cozy, European-style trattoria is steeped in her Tuscan heritage. Choose from traditional Tuscan recipes such as Spezzatino of Beef and Tortellini in Brodo, along with homemade pastas, fresh salads, thin-crust pizzas and a variety of daily specials. And don’t forget the deli, which overflows with a tantalizing assortment of hot and cold entrées, salads, appetizers and imported and domestic cheeses, salami and olives. Cristina’s cookbooks, Cristina’s of Sun Valley and Cristina’s Tuscan Table, have garnered raves from sophisticated reviewers to legions of local regulars and Cristina’s Tuscan Table was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite 25 cookbooks of the year for 2008. Her new book, Cristina’s of Sun Valley Con Gusto! was published in November 2012. All the cookbooks are available at the restaurant. If you dream about the perfect meal, you can find it by following Cristina into the pages of her books or . . . you can come to Cristina’s restaurant. As Cristina says, “At my table, there is room for everyone!” contact

Phone: 208.726.4499 Location: 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7 am to 11 am what i love

Kitchens are magical places and I love to take my customers on a journey with me to be transformed by a sense of adventure and creativity. Fresh ingredients and simple preparation are the foundation of my cooking. But…always remember, it is the people who bring any meal to life! I love to think that I have created a place that you will want to return to again and again.

Lunch, Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Brunch, 9 am to 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal, plus sunroom dining Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Casual European Service: Dine in, takeout, bakery, private dinners Summer 2014 | 179

Enoteca restaurant and wine bar

about enoteca

Nestled in one of Main Street’s most iconic buildings, Enoteca was once The Lane Mercantile, an upscale clothier nearly 30 years ago and, most recently, Starbucks. The renovated space is not recognizable as either of the former. In fact, the rustic industrial décor is just the kind of atmosphere to settle into for drinks, appetizers and the main dish and even feels cozy enough to stick around for dessert. Don’t miss out on the Idaho Lava Lake Lamb meatballs or the wood-fired pizzas Enoteca offers. Their extensive beer and wine selection will complement any entrée.


Phone: 208.928.6280 Location: 300 N Main St. (corner of Sun Valley Rd. and Main St.) Ketchum Hours: Open 5 pm daily Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional Italian Website: 180 | 40th anniversary issue

adelaide mason

scott and anne mason, owners of the hugely successful Ketchum Grill, have recently filled a gap in town with the much anticipated opening of their new restaurant and wine bar, Enoteca. Located in the historic Lane Mercantile Building, at the very center of town on the corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Road, Enoteca (think Italian wine library) serves traditional Italian food in an atmosphere that blends modern urban with mountain-town Italy to create a uniquely Idaho feel. At Enoteca you’ll find a beautiful assortment of Italian wines, regional Northwest selections and wines from local (Sun Valley second home )“Valley Vintners.” Local and Regional Beers are available on tap as well as unbelievable Applewood Fired Pizzas, House-Cured Meats, Idaho Lamb and their own housemade desserts. Besides their creative entrées, one can order from a delicious selection of small plates, making Enoteca the perfect place to refuel after the day’s activities, après-ski with friends or to enjoy a romantic date night. Space is limited, so reserve in advance for the best options or walk in and grab a seat at the bar.


• organic • sustainable • world cuisine

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Cider Glazed Wild Alaskan Salmon

if your palate demands flavorful and adventurous cuisine, then a unique dining experience awaits you at Globus. Located in downtown Ketchum since 1992, Globus serves delectable and satiating world fare where patrons often come more than once a week to try Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman’s fresh and creative daily specials. In the summer, outdoor deck seating is a treat, and if there’s a chill in the air, Globus owner Wendy Muir has you covered with a selection of pashminas. Muir’s choice of bold colors in the dining room adds vibrancy to the chic mountain-town dining scene. Chef Stadelman, with the assistance of Sous Chef TJ Sonner, prepares seasonal menus using regional products and premium ingredients to create exceptional dishes. Included are Lava Lake Lamb Dumplings, Wild Alaskan Salmon with Charred Artichoke Puree and Cider-Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Alongside Chef Stadelman’s original dishes are the ever-popular Globus mainstays of Crispy Fish, Green Thai Curry and Pad Thai, which are always prepared to satisfy a craving. Salads bursting with flavor include the seasonal Butter Leaf with Asparagus and the delicious menu staple of Cucumber “Noodle.” Inventive soups, tasty vegetarian dishes and a range of pork, beef, chicken, and fish fill the diverse Globus menu. All desserts are made in-house, offering a sweet ending to a meal of bold flavors and tangy spices. A celebrated and superior wine list hand-selected by Muir also features flights of premium chilled Japanese sake and an exceptional list of craft beers to accompany the array of world cuisine Globus offers. Internationally renowned photographer Laura McPhee, a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley, equates Globus with the likes of Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger. And upon The Food Network’s Rachel Ray’s visit to Globus, she said the calamari is “the best on the planet.” Discover for yourself why Globus is one of Ketchum’s finest.


Phone: 208.726.1301 Location: 131 Washington Ave., (between First and Second Street) Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: World Cuisine Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: www.globus–

new location!

We’re moving! Look for us at our fabulous new location at 131 Washington Avenue, between First and Second Street. We’ll miss our funky house, but are excited for our new spacious location. Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman has helped propel Globus from its humble roots as a mere noodle shop to something decidedly more sophisticated. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Stadelman uses a broad spectrum of culinary influences and cooks with passion, creativity and refinement. This is apparent in all of his artfully presented creations, including his many gluten-free options.

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The Grill @ Knob Hill northwest cuisine with a european influence come enjoy a meal or a cocktail at the Grill @ Knob Hill in the beautifully remodeled Knob Hill Inn. Restaurant owners and longtime locals Bob and Jolie Dunn, formerly of Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant, have created an environment that is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated. The restaurant produces a simple yet refined menu with a Rocky Mountain influence using the highest quality meats, poultry and seafood available. Every evening Knob Hill also offers creative specials to complement a menu sure to please Sun Valley guests and locals alike. The menu highlights distinctly Northwest cuisine and a variety of American and European classics. Entrées include Idaho ruby red rainbow trout, fresh seafood, prime steaks, local lamb, wienerschnitzel and succulent fried chicken. Warm homemade popovers and honey butter grace each table. Visit the relaxing, refined bar and choose from the full dinner menu or an extended bar menu consisting of smaller plates: “Felix’s” calamari, steamer clams, lollipop lamb chops and delicious pizzas, to name a few. The customer will also enjoy premium liquors, specialty drinks and a large assortment of beers and wines at our full bar. Our recently renovated Sun Valley hot spot utilizes natural materials and rich earth tones that harmonize with the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy lighter fare or dinner in the dining room, in the lobby by the fireplace or at the cozy revamped bar. The semi-private fireplace room allows for additional dining for individuals or groups and access to an intimate outdoor patio. The layout is ideal for holiday parties, company events, rehearsal dinners and weddings. The summer space is spectacular, with a covered and heated terrace and extensive lawn seating in the beautiful garden. With views of Baldy and to the north, the Grill @ Knob Hill is one of the best outdoor spots in the Valley. contact things we love

Outdoor dining in the garden or under the terrace. Cozy lobby bar with fireplaces. Refined and comfortable dining room. Warm and friendly staff. Small plates. Popovers and honey butter.

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Phone: 208.726.8004 Location: 960 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Northwest Service: Dine in, takeout, private events Website:

Ketchum Grill

adelaide mason

among the best ski restaurants in america

if you want to dine next to a celebrity,

you’d best get a reservation at the restaurant run by Ketchum’s celebrity chef. That would be Scott Mason, whose Ketchum Grill is in one of the charming old houses left standing in the face of demand for grand accommodations. And the bonus is the fabulous food, featuring Mason’s famous innovations, ultrafresh ingredients and service that combine to earn Ketchum Grill a nod as one of the eight

best ski-town restaurants in America by Snow Country Magazine. The cuisine is “New American, with Idaho emphasis,” which means such entrées as Grilled Black Canyon Idaho Elk, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank and Duck with Mountain Huckleberries. Mason and his wife Anne (pastry chef for the restaurant) are supporters of the movement to promote local, seasonal food, with a dedication to healthy, natural and homemade.

There is an excellent wine list, as well. The boyishly handsome Mason is usually seeing to the fish, the steaks, all the great stuff that comes out of the kitchen. But on occasion he’ll come out to meet and greet. Asked what celebrity customer made the Masons know they had “made it,” they replied: “Lance Armstrong. But JFK Jr. was a regular in his day.” Oh, did we forget to mention Mason bikes to work most days, even in the winter?

contact new restaurant!—enoteca Welcome to Ketchum! It’s 5 pm and you’ve had a glorious day hiking. You might be tired, or you might be energized. That’s where the Ketchum Grill and Enoteca (KG’s long awaited offspring) can help! The last thing you want is to spend the night cooking and cleaning. Drop in at Enoteca (Italian for wine library) where you will find the best wines of Italy and the Valley’s best applewoodfired pizza, local beer, housemade prosciutto and salami. If the center of the universe is the corner of Sun Valley Road and Main Street—then that’s where you’ll find us—in the historic Lane Mercantile Building. Call for reservations at 208.928.6280.

Phone: 208.726.4660 Location: 520 East Ave., Ketchum Hours: 5 pm to 10-ish nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended at Type of cuisine: New American with Idaho emphasis Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: Summer 2014 | 183

The Kneadery best breakfast in the northern rockies

the kneadery has been locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years. Established in 1974, The Kneadery combines wholesome fresh food with a rustic Idaho atmosphere. Whether you’re headed out for a day of hiking, or spent the morning skiing the slopes, you’ll want to fuel up with a wholesome, nutritious meal at The Kneadery. All meals start with the freshest ingredients—locally baked organic breads, farmfresh, cage-free eggs, seasonal fruit and top-quality meats. From the huge omelets and pancakes, to the fresh salads and burgers, there’s something for everyone. Great food is just the beginning at The Kneadery. Service with a smile and the authentic décor complete the package. Owners Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been collecting the Western artwork that fills The Kneadery and the Pioneer Saloon for decades. Come see why so many have made The Kneadery Ketchum’s best restaurant for breakfast for more than 15 years. 184 | 40th anniversary issue

service with a smile

Gina Penn - 19 years. Gina is the heart and soul of The Kneadery; she is also the mother of two boys and a marathon runner. Jimmy Roberts - 20 years. Jimmy is responsible for cooking over 3,500 eggs a week. Milagros Ortega - 9 years. Originally from Lima, Peru, Mili has been “heating up” The Kneadery’s kitchen for years. Nancy Gove - 6 years. We scored “Mama Nance” after 18 years of great service at the Pioneer Saloon. Steph Rowley - 3 years. After 5 years of service at the Pioneer Saloon, Steph is our newest edition. Buck - 26 years. Buck has been eating at The Kneadery daily for 26 years—he swears by the pancakes.


Phone: 208.726.9462 Location: 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum Hours: 8 am to 2 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Idaho American Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website:

Michel’s Christiania 1959 “the christy” 2014

no other restaurant is as steeped in ski

history as Michel’s Christiania. Since 1959, “The Christy” has set the standard for fine dining in Sun Valley. On the walls are photographs from owner Michel Rudigoz’s time as coach of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team during the golden years when a number of Sun Valley locals became ski champions, including Christin Cooper, Abbi Fisher-Gould and Maria Maricich. Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street gave a signed pair of skis to adorn the wall, as did Italian champion Alberto Tomba. But you don’t have to be a ski aficionado to enjoy a meal here–Ernest Hemingway came so frequently he had his own table! Salmon with sorrel sauce, filet mignon with morels, lamb shank and fresh Idaho red trout are just a few of the tantalizing entrées that keep locals and tourists coming back year after year. Michel’s authentic recipe as well as superior Idaho potatoes make “pommes frites” an unforgettable treat! Classic French dessert selections include crème brulee, fresh fruit sorbets, profiteroles and tarte tatin. Rudigoz, formerly of Lyon, France, made Sun Valley his home in 1972 and the restaurant his creative expression since 1994. Every evening you will find him lighting from table to table in the dining room, warmly greeting guests. The Olympic Bar’s warm, casual atmosphere encourages patrons to enjoy a wide selection of classic specialty cocktails as well as the full dining menu. From the vineyards and maison bourgeoises of Burgundy, Executive Chef Laurent Loubot cultivated a love of classic French cuisine and fine wine. Laurent honed his culinary skills in France and New York before settling in Sun Valley. Chef Loubot’s innovation and exceptional attention to detail help make “The Christy” the place to dine in Sun Valley. He leads our culinary team nightly in creating Michel’s signature French cuisine! contact

Phone: 208.726.3388 Location: 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:45 pm; Dinner 6 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Beautiful, seasonal patio dining Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional French Service: Dine in, bar service, private parties Website:

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“Our A-List bartenders, Jan Hegewald and Jeremy Scherer, are busy every night mixing classic cocktails and their own special creations to complement the season. Try Michel’s fav: “Blanc Cassis” pairing white wine with a splash of Crème de Cassis liqueur. Enjoy a Blanc Cassis with our house-made pate de compagne appetizer! Bon Appétit!”

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Pioneer Saloon old west meets new no visit to ketchum is complete without

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a stop at the steakhouse affectionately known as “the Pio.” Owner Duffy Witmer has been working door to floor for 30 years to make sure everyone who comes into his saloon has a memorable meal. Prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, ribs­—you won’t leave unsatisfied. The Pio is typical of an earlier Idaho when ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake over a beer. An interior décor of natural woods, mounted game and period firearms helps create an authentic saloon atmosphere. You can stop in for a drink at the cowboy bar any night and choose from a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors. Mosey on in to the dining room where most seats give you a view of a busy kitchen cranking out delicious, tender beef, grilled trout and overstuffed Idaho bakers. The Pioneer Saloon sits in the heart of Ketchum, the gateway to the Sawtooths and a mile from Sun Valley, the oldest and most elegant ski resort in America. The surrounding area is a recreation-lover’s paradise year-round and, since 1950, the Pioneer has become a traditional stop. This is the place for tourists, locals and anyone with a big appetite for history and great food. “If you haven’t been to the Pio,” says Duffy, “you haven’t been to Ketchum.”

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Phone: 208.726.3139 Location: 320 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 4 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American steakhouse Service: Dine in Website: 186 | 40th anniversary issue

The Pioneer Saloon. . . or the Commercial Club, as it was called originally, was opened in the 1940’s as a gambling casino operated by Otis Hobbs. A few years later the casino closed and the American Legion took it over and it was used as a meeting hall. For a short time, the building was converted into a dry goods store. Around 1950, the building was reopened as a gambling casino by Whitey Hirschman, who named it the Pioneer Saloon. Although never legal in Idaho, gambling flourished in Ketchum until 1953 when the law intervened. Whitey operated the Pioneer as a bar and a colorful antique store until the spring of 1965. In the mid ‘60s, the Pioneer was redesigned as a restaurant. The present version of the Pioneer Saloon dates back from 1972—hence, the phrase “Where were you in ‘72?”, the theme of our annual Pio Days celebration held each November. The Witmer family has been the sole owners of the Pioneer Saloon since 1986.

The Ram expertly prepared meals that entice all guests the ram offers a unique nostalgic look into the Sun

Valley Resort’s rich history. Established in 1937, The Ram is the longest continually operating restaurant in the Wood River Valley. A modern steakhouse serving exclusively USDA prime beef complemented by European-inspired starters, sides and salads. For your entertainment, live piano on the baby grand. Full bar service. The food is meticulously prepared and presented by our chef and his team, who labor with love to ensure that your Ram experience is one that you will remember and return for year after year. Not new to The Ram, but an all-time favorite, is Larry Harshbarger on the piano playing your Sun Valley favorites as well as popular show tunes and contemporary music. And, of course, your menu selection may be accompanied by a perfectly prepared cocktail from the Inn Lobby Lounge.

things we love

• The incredible food. • Larry Harshbarger on piano. • Playing your requests for the last 33 years. • Amazing Swiss Fondue. • Exhibition Kitchen—Watch the Chefs! • Hokey Pokey—Created here by the Ram Trio. • Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis dined here. • Summertime on The Ram Terrace— Larry, flowers and ducks on the pond! contact

Phone: 208.622.2225; reservations at 208.622.2800 Location: Sun Valley Village Hours: 6 pm to 9:30 pm nightly (closed Tuesday & Wednesday) Open June 6th Outdoor Dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, liquor Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: European and American Service: Dine in

• Carolers and Santa Claus during the Holidays! • The Service Staff – Many years of taking care of our guests here in the Valley. • The Wine List—Verticals, Old World, New World and Food Pairings. • Memories!

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baldy’s original mountain restaurant perched midway up Bald Mountain on the River Run side, the Roundhouse was built in 1939 by Sun Valley’s founding father, Averell Harriman. He named the octagonalshaped structure after the railroad switch houses of the day. In 1941, thousands of Americans and ski enthusiasts worldwide became familiar with the Roundhouse through the classic movie, “Sun Valley Serenade” starring figure skater Sonja Henie. Today, this restaurant is a culinary destination not to be missed. Serviced by the Roundhouse Gondola, the restaurant is now accessible for summer and winter dining. Offering selections from Northern European Alpine cuisine, the Roundhouse is open for lunch both in summer and winter. An exquisite wine list with a broad variety of regional and international selections completes the unforgettable dining experience at the Roundhouse. contact

Phone: 208.622.2800 Hours: Lunch daily 11 am to 3 pm Outdoor dining: Yes Beverages: Wine, beer, full bar, soft drinks

Reservations: Lunch recommended but not needed.

Type of cuisine: European/American Service: Dine in

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things we love

• Often called one of the Northwest’s most unique restaurants, the Roundhouse dining adventure begins with a soaring gondola ride up into the alpine paradise and towering peaks surrounding Ketchum and Sun Valley. • Lunch on the deck in summer offers a fun repast for hikers and bikers needing a break from Baldy’s challenging terrain. • Finish up your lunch with an ice cream from A La Mode (served at Roundhouse this summer).

The Sawtooth Club downtown ketchum at its best originally opened in the 1940s when it was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, The Sawtooth Club has been a mainstay in Ketchum’s downtown scene longer than just about anyplace in town. For the last 26 years this Main Street institution has been guided by the creative vision of owner and chef Tom Nickel. Always busy with a great mix of locals and visitors, The Sawtooth Club offers a unique blend of steakhouse classics and creative interpretations of American bistro fare. “We’re inspired by our guests, our staff, our personal travel and our colleagues from other restaurants to keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting. And we are committed to offering food that is both healthy and sourced from close to home whenever possible.” From the MesquiteGrilled Ribeye Steak brushed with savory gorgonzola butter, to the unique Chicken Senegalese, the famous Rack of Lamb, Wood Grilled Breast of Duck or the Cajun Shellfish Pasta, everything on this irresistible menu is distinctive and delicious. One taste and you’ll know why—in five different years a local readers’ poll has recognized The Sawtooth Club as the “Valley’s Best Overall Restaurant.” After dinner, or all on its own, the long and welcoming bar, cozy fireside couches and eclectic “café menu” make The Sawtooth Club’s bar just about the most popular watering hole in town. Here you can relax around the large central fireplace and enjoy an order of their todie-for baked brie en croute or a pound of fresh steamer clams with one of their handcrafted cocktails, 20 wines by the glass or 10 international microbrews on tap. The Sawtooth Club really does have everything you could ever want for your night on the town. Don’t miss it. The Sawtooth Club . . . Still and always, this is downtown Ketchum at its very best! contact

Phone: 208.726.5233 Location: 231 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:30 pm; Dining room, 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Spacious deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Creative American dining/casual bar Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu Website:


“Don’t let the relaxed ambiance lead you to the conclusion that its forte is only steaks, though it does have the best in town!” — The Los Angeles Times “The favorite for mesquite-grilled steaks and seafood, and the place where locals hang out late at the long and welcoming bar.” — Life Magazine “They certainly deserve the honor as ‘The Valley’s Best Restaurant.’”— The Idaho Statesman Summer 2014 | 189

Sushi on Second modern global cuisine sushi on second is second to none in Ketchum

for creating a magical evening of food, friends and fun. Established in 1994, it is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chef Zach Venzon is at the center of a talented crew of young sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat, like their famous “Who’s your Daddy?”, Citrus Sun and Galena Summit rolls. Julia Child, after reading their menu, wrote on it, “Bon Appetit to Sushi on Second,” which is framed in the entry. Also see why Bon Appétit Magazine wrote, “Sushi on Second, the best sushi I’ve had in years.” The menu consists of global cuisine mixed with a healthy dose of Northwest experimentalism that creates a truly unique culinary experience. Chefs John Rust and Ashley Weber are behind their nightly specials, which keep local diners coming back, often twice a week. Be sure to try the sushi, of course, but some of John and Ashley’s current creative dishes include Paprika Panko Crusted Alaskan Halibut with a Cilantro Créme Fraîche over curried rice, SOS Tiger Rolls, hot crispy won-tons filled with Crab, Shrimp and cream cheese served with a sweet chili sauce, Hawaiian-style Kalibi Baby Back Ribs, Seared Ahi Carpaccio with an Avocado Tartare and Grilled Washington Sockeye Salmon with an orange ginger glaze over a Shitake mushroom Bok Choy sauté, to name a few. The full wine, champagne, beer and sake bar is fitted with a flat-screen television to see the latest scores, snow and fishing reports. But whether you are sitting in one of the two private, screened tatami rooms or at the 20-seat sushi bar itself, all eyes in the restaurant invariably wind up on the sushi chefs. Knives a-blur, they chop and slice the finest seafood available, which is flown in fresh from locations such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and Japan by their own seafood import company, Idaho Seafood. Come in and taste why Sushi on Second has been consistently over the years voted Ketchum’s best restaurant for sushi and seafood. To take a virtual tour of the restaurant or to check out our full menu, go to and please like us on Facebook. contact

Phone: 208.726.5181 Location: 260 Second St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Wine, beer, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Asian fusion Service: Dine in, takeout Website: 190 | 40th anniversary issue

Trail Creek Cabin an unforgettable experience that inspires tradition

the unparalleled ambiance of

Trail Creek Cabin has made an evening here a family tradition for years. Once seated in the Cabin or on the patio and deck, diners relax with one of the Cabin’s many specialty drinks. Perusing the menu, diners will find an

impressive variety of Rocky Mountain fare which includes wild game—appropriate for the Cabin which once hosted renowned author Ernest Hemingway—Idaho trout, lamb and steak. Seasonal fresh cobblers served with housemade ice cream complete the evening.

While sleighs were the first mode of transportation to the Cabin, guests now find their way to this historic restaurant on bikes, walking or on horse-drawn wagons in summer and snowshoes, cross-country skis or sleighs in winter. Driving also is an option.


Phone: 208.622.2019 Location: 1.5 miles east of the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road (1/2 mile past the Sun Valley Club) Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm to 9pm Deck Bar: 4:30pm -9pm, May 23 through Sept. 12 Beverages: Wine, beer, specialty cocktails Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Rocky Mountain Service: Dine in

things we love

• Cooling off on the deck with cocktails and dinner overlooking Trail Creek. • Enjoying live music several summer evenings a week. • Biking or walking out for dinner on the Baldy View Terrace.

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WHYWELIVEHERE // final thoughts

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. —Henry David Thoreau

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