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Sun Valley Summer 2004



Geocaching Workshops—Turn hiking into a hi-tech treasure hunt with your Global Positioning System. June 5 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the ERC. Details: 726-4333.

Dance in the Mountains Summer Workshop—Join Footlight Dance Centre to dance with guest teachers ages 12 to adult and special classes for ages 9-11. June 7-11. Details: 726-3664, ext. 16.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Concert—First concert of Sun Valley Center for the Arts summer series at Hop Porter Park, Hailey. June 11. Details: 726-9491.

“Rumors”—Laugh at Neil Simon’s witty comedy about a dinner party gone awry. Presented by the Laughing Stock Theatre Company and Sun Valley Performing Arts at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. June 11-13 & 17-20. Details: 726-4TKS.

2nd Annual Wildflower Fair—Learn from botanists at this all-ages event. Sponsored by the Sawtooth National Forest. June 12. Details: 726-9358.

Carnival—The seventh annual gala event with dinner, dancing, live and silent auction June 13 at the Sun Valley Inn. Details: 726-1231.

Armchair Adventure Series: Mike Libecki—Share extreme adventures with this professional climber’s presentation on ascents in Greenland, June 17 at 8 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre. Details: 726-4333.

The Sawtooth Relay—Starting from Stanley, six-person teams will run or walk 5-mile legs over Galena summit on the scenic 62-mile course to Ketchum on June 19. Details: (208) 853-1221.

Improvisation—Andrew Alburger leads children grades six through eight in acting class, June 21-July 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Details: 788-6520.

Stop Acting and Start Living— A class for middle school students to discover one’s self inside the role portrayed. From June 21-July 1.
Details: 788-6520.

“Always Patsy Cline”—The song-filled evening of ballads and honky-tonk returns. Presented by the Company of Fools June 23-July 11 at The Liberty Theatre in Hailey. Details: 788-6520 or

Wolf Tracking—Join Suzanne Stone, the Rocky Mountain Field Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, on a weekend excursion to track and learn about the reintroduction of wolves. June 25-27 at 7 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

The Governor’s Challenge Golf Tournament—Golf with Idaho’s politicians at the Sun Valley Golf Course June 25-26. Details: 622-2251.

Ninth Annual Best of the Valley—Taste the valley’s best cuisine while benefiting the Wood River Valley’s Youth Activity Center. June 26, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Forest Service Park, in Ketchum.
Details: 788-2117.

Blaine County Heritage Court Coronation—Honor five older women for their efforts in preserving our Valley heritage during the ceremony at Hailey’s Liberty Theatre, June 27 at 3 p.m. Details: 726-8405.

Ketchum Criterium Road Bicycle Race—Take to the streets to ride with 400 others or cheer for racers on June 27. Details: 726-0707.

Jonny Lang—The Coors Light Summer Concert Series kicks off June 29 with special guests the Young Dubliners and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at the Park and Ride Lot in Ketchum. Details: (800) 965-4827 or



Ice Cream Social—Meet Clark Heglar, the oldest man in Idaho, and enjoy Idaho history at the Hailey Public Library, July 1 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Details: 788-2036.

Hailey Rodeo—Throw on boots and head to the Hailey Rodeo Grounds for the three-day riding event, July 2-4. Details: 788-1232.

Hailey 4th of July Antique Market—Search for treasures among the antiques at the Roberta McKercher Park and the Hailey Armory. July 2-4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 788-9292.

Fourth of July Antique Show—Located at the nexStage Theater, Ketchum July 2-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: 720-5547.

Hailey Days of the Old West—Celebrate the Fourth of July with old-fashioned fun including a Main Street parade, barbecue and fireworks. Details: 788-2700.

Sun Valley Opera—“From the Met to Broadway Series.” Highlights from Opera and Broadway at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. July 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets available at Chapter One Bookstore or call 726-2220.

Lights, Camera, Acting—Fire up young actors’ ambitions with a week of acting camp for kids entering grades five through eighth. Sponsored by the Footlight Dance Center and the Sun Valley Athletic Club. July 5-9, 3 to 6 p.m. Details: 726-3664, ext. 16.

Allman Brothers Band—The Coors Light Summer Concert Series continues with special guests Chris Robinson and New Earth Mud Band, July 6 at the Park and Ride Lot in Ketchum. Details: (800) 965-4827 or

“The Drawer Boy”—A touching play about a young actor who moves to a farm to research an upcoming play. Presented by New Theatre Company. July 8-18. Details: 726-4TKS.

2004 Ketchum Arts Festival—Browse the street fair, music and food as Blaine County artists share their work on East Avenue in Ketchum. July 9-11. Details: 726-3350.

Lee Pesky Scavenger Hunt and Dinner—This around town scramble and BBQ benefits the Pesky Learning Center. July 9. Details: (208) 333-0008 ext. 126.

Sun Valley Sprint Triathlon— The race begins July 10 with a .5-mile swim followed by a 4-mile run and a 14-mile bike ride July 11. Registration required. Details: 726-3664.

Ninth Annual Sawtooth Botanical Garden Tour—Admire the beautiful Sawtooth Botanical Gardens and tour six home gardens, July 10. An evening garden party with the Paul Tillotson Trio July 9 kicks off the event. Details: 726-9358.

Summer Dance—Frolic with Footlight Dance Centre, Grange Hall Studio and Sun Valley Athletic Club, with dance classes for ages 10 to adult, July 12-Aug. 6. Details: 726-3664, ext. 16.

Harry Connick Jr.—The Coors Light Summer Concert Series continues July 15 at the Park and Ride Lot in Ketchum. Details: (800) 965-4827 or

13th Annual Cowboy Ball—Saddle up for a night of dancing at the Sagebrush Arena to benefit the Therapeutic Riding Program. July 16. Details: 788-9316.

Hailey Garden Tour—Meander through impressive Hailey area gardens. Sponsored by Friends of the Hailey Public Library. July 17. Details: 788-4726.

Gourmet Mountain Bike Tour—Tour the Harriman Trail, tasting delights along the ride. Sponsored by Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. July 17. Details: 726-9298.

Elephant’s Perch Backcountry Run—Run 10 or 16.5 miles on the Fox Creek trails during the 24th annual backcountry run, July 17. Start time at 8 a.m. Registration required. Details: 726-3497.

28th Annual Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair—Head an hour north of Ketchum to Stanley as over 130 artists from throughout the Northwest gather to display their original crafts. July 17-18. Details: (208) 922-9957.

Hemingway’s Birthday Party—Remember the valley’s most famous author at his birthday celebration on July 21 at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum. Details: 726-8118.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction—Wine connoisseurs, collectors and patrons of the arts gather for a picnics, dinners, dancing, receptions and wine tasting to benefit the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. July 22-24. Details: 726-9491.

Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Music Series—Exhilarate in the free chamber music during the free series in the symphony tent on the Sun Valley Lodge esplanade at 6:30 p.m. on July 26, 28 and 30.

Shakespeare Studio—A workshop designed for teens who want to immerse themselves in Shakespearean theater. Presented by Sun Valley Performing Arts, July 26-Aug. 20. Details: 726-9124.

Pat Green in Concert—The country star with a Texas-size fan base plays at the River Run Lodge, July 29. Sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Details: 726-9491.

Annual Animal Shelter Fundraiser: “Pooches Gracias”—Dine to help the animal shelter’s fury friends on July 29. Details: 788-4703.

Organic Farm Day—Learn about the organic foods you eat and tour a working farm. July 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details and to register: 726-4333.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony—A full orchestral ensemble performs under the open-air symphony tent on Sun Valley Lodge esplanade, nightly Aug. 1-16 at 6:30 p.m. Details: 622-5607.
Journey—Coors Light Summer Concert Series continues Aug. 4 at the Park and Ride Lot in Ketchum. Details: (800) 965-4827 or

Northern Rockies Folk Festival—Reckless Kelly headlines the annual weekend event at the Hop Porter Park in Hailey. Aug. 6-7. Details: 788-0183.

Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival—Renowned Artists display their handcrafted work on the Sun Valley Lodge esplanade. Aug. 13-15 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Details: 726-9491.

Tour of Homes—Visit impressive valley homes on the annual benefit for the Community Library. Tour begins at the Community Library on Spruce & 4th Street at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 14. Details: 726-3493 or check

Braun Brothers Reunion Concert— Idaho’s favorite family of country rockers reunites at the Challis golf course for a concert on Aug. 14. from 1 to 8 p.m.

Wood River Community YMCA Annual Celebrity Classic—Locals and celebrities gather for a dinner auction followed by a golf tournament at the Sun Valley Golf Course, to benefit a future community center. August 14-15. Details: 726-6260.

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference—An impressive group of America’s most distinguished writers gather at the Sun Valley Resort for talks, panels, readings and small group discussions. Aug. 20-23. Details: 726-6670 or

From the Shop to the Top—Climb 3,000-feet up Baldy at the annual run or walk on Aug. 21 with a 8 a.m. start time for walkers, 9 a.m. for runners from the Elephant’s Perch. Details: 726-3497.

Hailey Rod, Run and Cruise—Classic and vintage car gathering at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. Aug. 21-22. Details: 250-8507.

Ballet and Jazz in August—Dance with the Footlight Dance Centre and guest artists. Aug. 23-27. Details: 726-3664 ext. 16.

Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament—Called the “Tournament with a Heart,” celebrities and other golfers head to the Sun Valley golf course to raise money for leukemia and cancer research. Aug. 25-28. Details: 726-1049.

Smoky Mountain Rendezvous—Traders of the Old West gather at the Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road (across from the Sun Valley barn). Aug. 26-31. Details: (800) 634-3347.

Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival & Fair—Share a night with the Bard at the fifth annual outdoor festival in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park Aug. 27-Sept. 5, 6 p.m. (See story page 60.) Experience medieval entertainment on Aug. 28 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: 726-4857.



Ketchum Wagon Days—The valley’s mining history comes alive with the annual Old West celebration featuring the largest nonmotorized parade in the Northwest, a Main Street shootout, a pancake breakfast, an antique car auction and a Western dance. Sept. 3-6. Details: 800-634-3347.

Wagon Days Antique Show—Shows take place at the nexStage Theatre and Park and Ride Lot, Ketchum. Sept. 3-9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: 720-5547.

Hailey Main Street Antique Show—Browse antiques on Main Street. Sept. 3-6. Details: 532-4439.

11th Annual Hailey Antique Market—Antique dealers gather to show their fare at Roberta McKercher Park, indoors behind the park at the Hailey Armory. Sept. 4-6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 788-9292.

17th Annual Classic Car Auction and Show—An impressive car collector’s auction at the Sun Valley Lodge Esplanade. Sept. 4-5. Details: (800) 255-4485.

Galena Grinder Mountain Bike Race—Dare to race 10- to 45-mile loops on the annual Galena trail challenge or watch great riding from the Lodge on Sept. 4 starting at 10:30 a.m. Pre-race pasta feed on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Details: 726-4010.

The Boulder Mountain Bike Tour—Pedal from Ketchum to Galena Lodge in the noncompetitive race or bring your bike up north for brunch and party on the deck on Sept. 5. Details: 726-3497.

Bellevue Labor Day Celebration and Arts & Crafts Fair—Celebrate in Bellevue at the City Park. Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Details: 788-7060.

Used Art & Jewelry Sale—Find fun gifts at the Hailey Cultural Center sponsored by the Center and the Masonic Lodge. Sept. 10-12. Details: 726-6446.

Panayoti Kelaidis Gardening Presentation—Dubbed the “Guru of rock gardening of North America,” Kelaidis shares his knowledge at the nexStage Theatre. Sept. 15. Details: 726-9358.

1st Annual Hemingway Heritage Festival—Celebrate Hemingway with lectures, films and readings. Sept. 23-26. Details: 726-3423.

4th Annual Harvest Festival—Sawtooth Botanical Garden celebrates fall with an event for adults and children. Sept 26. Details: 726-9358.



Trailing of the Sheep Festival—Thousands of sheep run down Main Street Ketchum to winter pastures, as the valley celebrates the history of sheep ranching with sheep poetry readings, sheep folk life fair and storytelling. Oct. 8-10. Details: (800) 634-3347.

15th Annual Swing ’n’ Dixie Jazz Jamboree—Jazz enthusiasts swing into the valley with music. Oct. 13-17. Details: (208) 344-3768 or (877) 478-5277 or



Eco Days Day Camp—The ERC invites children to explore ecology with new themes introduced each week. Camps run June 7-11, July 12-16, July 26-30, Aug. 9-13 and Aug. 16-20. Details: 309-1005.

Free Casting Clinics—Learn to cast or brush up on that double haul with the staff of Silver Creek Outfitters at the Bigwood Golf Course pond. Monday nights, June 7-Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Details: 726-5282.

Ketchum Farmers’ Market—Find fresh produce and goodies, Tuesdays, June 8 through Oct. 12, in the parking lot across from Atkinsons’ Market on Fourth Street, 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details: (208) 764-2246.

The Furniture of George Nakashima—A multidisciplinary project featuring the innovative furniture of the Japanese American master craftsman. Lectures accompany the gallery exhibition. June 9-July 31. Sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Details: 726-9491.

Sun Valley Ice Shows—Skaters will awe you at the Sun Valley ice rink every Saturday night, June 12 to Sept. 1. All shows begin at dusk. Details: 622-2135.

Hailey Farmers’ Market—Shop crafts, produce, meat and other goods while enjoying live music every Thursday 4 to 7 p.m. at Main St. and Croy. June 13 through Oct. 7. Details: 788-2012.

DANCEcamp—Experience dance through a variety of activities for kids entering grades two through four. Sponsored by the Footlight Dance Center and the Sun Valley Athletic Club. June 14-18 & July 5-9, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Details: 726-3664, ext. 16.

Armchair Adventure Series—Travel with the ERC to exotic places with a monthly slideshow and lecture June 17 at 8 p.m. and July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

Peak of the Month Hike—Join the ERC on their hiking series to learn about nearby mountains. Meet at 9 a.m. at the ERC on June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18. For details and to register: 726-4333.

Naturalist Skills Series—Learn outdoor survival skills, including Orienteering June 19, Medicinal Plants July 3, Matchless Fire July 17, and Backcountry Cooking Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the ERC. For details and to register: 726-4333.

Evening Bird Walks—Spend an evening with local bird experts to view and learn about various birds every Tuesday June 22-Aug. 24 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

Ketch ’em Alive—Gather with friends to enjoy live music every Wednesday night at the Forest Service Park. June 23 to Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future—The Hailey Public Library hosts the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibition, which uses pop culture to examine ways Americans have envisioned the future. June 25-July 31. Details: 788-2036.

“Bugs and Butterflies” Nature Walk with Ann Christensen—Discover what is underfoot and flitting past in the Valley. Saturdays June 26, July 10, 24 from noon to 2 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

Introduction to Fly-Fishing—Learn the basics of fly fishing from casting to knot-tying with Silver Creek Outfitters. Equipment provided for these classes beginning June 26 through the end of summer. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: 726-5282.

Beaver Walks—Glimpse nature’s engineers and learn of their importance to our ecosystem. Meet at the ERC Thursdays, July 1-29 and Aug. 5-26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

Science Fiction Film Series—Catch flicks for free at the Hailey Public Library, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 30 at 6:30 p.m. Details: 788-2036.

Thursday Night Dinners at Galena—Take a wagon ride and feast on a BBQ dinner at Galena Lodge. July 1 to Aug. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Details: 726-4010.

Gallery Walk—Stroll through Ketchum’s fine art galleries on monthly walks, with artists available at various galleries to share their work. Check the gallery listings on page 66 for locations. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 8. Details: 726-4950.

Book Club Meeting—Book discussions sponsored by the ERC begin June 10 at 7 p.m. with Barbara Kingsolver’s “Small Wonder.” New books discussed. July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

River Romps—These family walks focus on the Big Wood River ecosystem sponsored by the ERC. Saturdays, July 17-31 and Aug. 7-28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: 726-4333.

The Vanishing: Re-Presenting the Chinese in Idaho—Interdisciplinary project sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Aug. 6 to Oct. 29. Details: 726-9491.

Sawtooth Summer Science Institute Summer Classes—Learn more about Idaho’s plants, animals, geology and mining at this series of classes throughout June, July and August at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski and Heritage Museum. Details: 788-9686. •

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