Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SolFest

Ketchum festival brings community together


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Liz Brown and Glenn Thomas get down to DJ Gil Aguilar from Boise at the 511 Building in Ketchum. Photo by Willy Cook

Enjoy a spring skiing weekend at SolFest, which will take place Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29. Spring breakers and hometown folks have an opportunity to enjoy a weekend of festivities, from meal deals to live music as well as a Baldy Poker run. The party begins Friday, March 27, with a welcome event at the Clarion Inn hotel in Ketchum where SolFest attendees can pick up an all-access SolFest badge and sign up for the Poker run.

The Baldy poker run is free and participants must visit five Bald Mountain locations and receive a playing card each stop. The player with the best hand wins.

The Roosevelt in Ketchum will offer SolFest badge holders dinner discounts from 5-9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. In addition, the Roosevelt rooftop deck will be open. Papa Hemi's Hideaway will offer a special soul food menu with items such as shrimp 'n' grits and applewood smoked ribs 'n' pork through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Hideaway will also offer breakfast every day from 8 a.m. until noon and will have its outdoor fire pit going all day throughout the weekend.

Take advantage of $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers all day at Grumpy's in Ketchum and enjoy the 2009 Holding Cup on Bald Mountain all day Saturday. Apple's Bar and Grill at the base of Warm Springs will offer hangover helpers all day on Sunday with specials on burgers, red beers and mimosas. In addition, Papa Hemi's will feature an outdoor fire pit and an open stage for live music on Sunday all day.

Lodging rates at the Clarion Inn in Ketchum for the weekend begin at $79 per night, with late check-out available. SolFest participants will receive a special lift ticket rate of $30 with a college ID, SolFest badge holders will receive $10 off a regularly priced lift ticket, and season pass holders to other ski resorts in the country will receive a $55 lift ticket. Participants are also entitled to half-price ski and snowboard rentals and demos at PK's when they mention SolFest.

For details, go to visitsunvalley.com.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com

Event Schedule

Friday, March 27

· 2-5 p.m. The Kim Stocking Band will play at Warm Springs Lodge.

· 3-6 p.m. welcome party at the Clarion Inn in Ketchum. Pick up SolFest "All Access" badge, sign up for the Saturday poker run.

· 3-6 p.m. happy hour at Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum with food and drink specials.

· 6:30-9:30 p.m. live music by Hat Trick at Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum.

· 10 p.m. until closing, spring break party at the Roosevelt with free late-night munchies and music by DJ Swerve.

· 10 p.m. until closing, Rebecca Scott sings at the Casino in Ketchum.

Saturday, March 28

· 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. poker run on Bald Mountain, free. Sign up 10:30 a.m. at Apple's Bar and Grill at the base of Warm Springs.

· 2-5 p.m. The Kim Stocking Band will play at Warm Springs Lodge.

· 3:30 p.m. until sundown, street party and awards ceremony at Apples at the base of Warm Springs with live music by Boise band Low-Fi and Blacksmith from Hailey.

· 3-6 p.m. happy hour at Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum with food and drink specials.

· 6:30-9:30 p.m. live music by The Craig Meyers Blues Band at Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum.

· 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Gil Aguilar from Boise at the 511 Building, corner of Fifth and Leadville, $5 cover and $5 drinks.

· 10 p.m. until closing, spring break party at the Roosevelt with free late-night munchies, music by DJ Rincon.

Sunday, March 29

· 12-4 p.m. hot tub and hot toddys at the Clarion Inn pool with specials on food and beverages. Late checkout will be available.

· 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Papa Hemi's Hideaway farm breakfast, available every day.

· 2-5 p.m. The Kim Stocking Band will play at the Warm Springs Lodge.

· 3-6 p.m. happy hour at Papa Hemi's Hideaway in Ketchum with food and drink specials.

· 4-7 p.m. early door drink and appetizer specials at Clarion Inn with SolFest badge.




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