Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year’s in the valley is posh and rock

Celebrate dining, dancing and art for 2011

Express Staff Writer

The Freddy Pink Band will ring in 2011 with their brand of rock and roll, which will keep revelers going until 1 a.m. Photo by

Say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011 with an array of events at the Sun Valley Resort and around the Wood River Valley. Enjoy a sumptuous dining experience at the Lodge Dining Room on Friday, Dec. 31. Dinner will be served from 6-9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 622-2800. After dinner, head to the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room to party with the Freddy Pink Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, no-host bars and dancing. Tickets for the Limelight Room party are $75, available at the door or by calling 622-2135. For anyone dining at The Ram, Trail Creek Cabin or the Lodge Dining Room, tickets for the Limelight Room party are $35. For reservations, to dine and attend the Limelight Room party, call 622-2800.

The Freddy Pink Band began as a Northwest club and festival act in the mid-1980s, performing their own arrangements, melding R&B with rock 'n' roll to create a sound they would call "rock and soul." The nine-piece band has often played in Sun Valley as well as around the country. Its mission is to spread its original brand of rock and soul as far as possible but always remain true to its Northwest roots. Through the years, the Freddy Pink Band's "A" list performers have worked with music giants Tina Turner, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Ray Charles, Randy Brecker, Chris Botti, Little Richard, Johnny Rivers, Natalie Cole, Dr. John and Canada's favorite R&B legends, the Powder Blues.

Through Dec. 31, youths at the Sun Valley Resort can enjoy video games, fast track auto racing, guitar hero, hose hockey, giant twister, speed pitch, calf roping lessons, electronic putting challenge, music and prizes in the Sun Valley Inn Continental Room. Tickets are $25 at the door. A New Year's Eve party for youths will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $75. For details, call 622-2135. Childcare is also available through the holidays at the Sun Valley Resort through Dec. 31. For details, call 622-2288.

In Ketchum, the Ochi Gallery will start New Year's Eve with The Masterpieces show from 6-9 p.m. at 119 Lewis St. in Ketchum's light industrial area. View beautiful and intriguing works by contemporary artists Charles Arnoldi, David Levinthal, Sherry Markovitz, Pat Steir, Alison Van Pelt and William T. Wiley.

At Zou 75 in Hailey, take part in Zou 75's second annual New Year's Eve bash. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. and include dancing with DJ Deben and DJ Wake, cocktails, wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and a buffet dinner with sushi. Enjoy all that and a champagne toast at midnight with snacks for $100. For tickets, call 788-3310.

Other options for New Year's Eve include dining at Galena Lodge with live music by Mirko Pressler. For reservations, call 726-4010.

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