Friday, August 12, 2011

Living briefs

Blaine County Fair continues this weekend

Blaine County celebrates its agricultural roots this weekend with animal exhibits, a kids rodeo, archery shoots and many other forms of entertainment.

The mainstay of the annual fair is the animal exhibit hall, which opens at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Friday begins with a sheep show at 8:30 a.m. and ends with dancing and a kids rodeo at 7 p.m.

The Saturday 4-H Market Animal Buyers Luncheon begins at noon followed by the sale at 1:30 p.m.

The grand finale on Saturday is the rodeo at 8 p.m.

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See work of top artisans

The Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival begins today in Atkinson Park in west Ketchum at the corner of Eighth Street and Second Avenue.

Now in its 43rd year, the festival features live music, artist demonstrations, family and kids activities and food from local vendors in addition to more than 100 booths of fine arts and crafts.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Kids and picnics are welcome. Dogs and glass should be left at home.

The three-day festival is one of the top 100 outdoor juried festivals in the nation, with more than 10,000 visitors each year and 130 participating artists from across the country.

Hundreds of people will display and sell their handmade arts and crafts—including glasswork, fiber, jewelry, paintings, woodworking and sculpture. 2010 Best of Category winners returning this year include Alison Antelman (jewelry), Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz (glass) and Nick Wroblewski (printmaking).

Local artists include Kerry Kjesbo, Martha Andrea and Sue Dumke, as well as other artists from around Idaho who will also show their work.

For a full list of artists and photos of their work, visit

Summer Symphony winding down

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is drawing to a close. There are only four more chances to experience world-class music performances at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

On Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., Alasdair Neale will conduct Sibelius' "Finlandia, Opus 26," Falla's "Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat" and Korngold's "Concerto in D Major for Violin, Opus 35."

On Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m., Neale will offer a family concert, "Spotlight on Percussion" Previous to the concert at 1:30 p.m. will be a Doll Buggy Parade at the Sun Valley Inn. There will also be a post-concert "Instrument Petting Zoo."

On Sunday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. the Musicians' Choice Chamber Music Concert will feature Mahler's "Piano Quartet in A Minor," Poulenc's "Sextet for Piano and Winds" and Spohr's "Octet in E Major, Opus 32."

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Neale will conduct Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D Major," providing a bittersweet end to the symphony season.

Braun Brothers to reunite in Challis

Country and Western, and bluegrass music fans can get their fill of great entertainment this weekend in Challis at the Braun Brothers Reunion.

On Friday, the Braun family will host Robert Earl Keen, George Devore, Montana Rose and Sergio Webb, Wade Bowen and the Randy Rogers Band.

On Saturday, Reckless Kelly will play along with Blind Driver, Walt and Tina Wilkins, Billy, Muzzie and the Braun Family Guitar Pull, Cody Canada & the Departed, and Pinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys.

For details, visit

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