Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Around Town

Spend some time in ‘Other Desert Cities’
    Hidden secrets are unearthed and family tensions fly high in Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz’s contemporary family drama “Other Desert Cities,” hailed by the New York Times as “the best new play on Broadway” in 2011.
    Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award-winner and Company of Fools founder Rusty Wilson will direct the Idaho premiere of the show with a standout cast that features Keith Moore, Denise Simone, Patsy Wygle and guest actors Hanna Cheek and Adrian Rieder.
    In the play, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs, Calif., after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir that dredges up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
    Tickets are $35, $25 for seniors and Center members, and $10 for students (18 and under). These ticket prices do not include the “Pay What You Feel” preview (July 2), 10 for $10, and Educator Night (July 4). There is also a special rate for groups of six or more, at $25 each.
    Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 578-9122 or at the Liberty Theatre box office starting one hour prior to curtain.
    Company of Fools’ box office is located at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St. in Hailey, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Celebrate May in June with The Mountain School
    The Mountain School invites the community to attend a May Faire celebration on Saturday, June 1, at Hop Porter Park in Hailey from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
    Join in a day of fun complete with pony rides, a petting zoo, puppet shows, games, crafting activities for kids, food, music and festivities, including a traditional maypole dance. Handmade artisan toys and other products will also be available for sale.
    The May Faire celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a crown-making workshop for children of all ages and treats from the school’s bakery. The traditional maypole dance will be performed by Mountain School students starting at noon and will be followed by a community-wide maypole dance.
    Following the maypole dance, the fair will continue with more games, crafts, musical performances, food and desserts. Admission is free and all are welcome.
    Tickets can be purchased with cash or check on site for crafting activities, pony rides and more. All funds raised will be used by The Mountain School Parent Association to provide scholarships for families of children enrolled in the school.
     For more information, visit or call 788-3170.
    Mountain School Director Mary Gervase and a new founding board are currently in the process of developing a new charter school. If approved, the Syringa Mountain School will open in the fall of 2014 for children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Fundraiser for injured officer
    Music & Arts Showcase Sun Valley, aka MASSV, will host a pre-party fundraiser for Corey Weatherly at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Friday, May 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
    All proceeds will go to the Corey Weatherly Fund. Weatherly was injured while working security at last year’s event. (See related story on Page C6.)
    Admission is $10. It includes free burgers and hot dogs until 9 p.m. Doc Rock/DJ Alien will entertain from 10 p.m. to closing time.
    There will be raffle prizes throughout the night and all guests get two free tickets.
    MASSV is set for July 5 and 6 at the River Run base of Bald Mountain. Bands will include Krewella, Gramatik, Mimosa, G-Eazy and Chali 2na + House of Vibe.    
    There are a limited number of general admission festival passes available for $89 until June 20. There are also VIP passes and some single-day passes, but there is a guest limit. Children under 6 will get in free with a paying adult.
    On-site camping will be available 100 yards from the festival grounds. Camping passes are available for $25 per spot. Get more information online at

Papoose gives money to youth programs
    The Papoose Club has given $3,700 to the Hailey Public Library, the Wood River Warriors Lacrosse Club and the Two Hearts North 4-H Club.
    The library will buy summer reading books to aid Wood River Middle School students with summer reading lists. It also allows the library to offer $15 family summer memberships to people who live in the unincorporated county.
    The lacrosse club will buy new jerseys for its 45 members ages 11-17.
    The 4-H group will buy helmets and gear for a summer developmental horseback riding program for more than 60 children.
    Debbie Johnson and Annie Bloomfield joined as lifetime members.
    Up next for the group is The Papoose Club Plant Extravaganza at Webb Garden Centers on Saturday, June 1. Twenty percent of the day’s proceeds on certain items will go the club.
Gear up for NAMIBikes event
    NAMI—Wood River Valley has announced a new fundraising event, NAMIBikes Sun Valley, which will start from the River Run parking lot in Ketchum on Sunday, July 7.
    The bike-riding event is intended to raise awareness about mental illness, treatment and recovery—and the need for important services and support in the community for individuals and families affected by mental illness.
    Riding under the banner “Fight Stigma and Ride,” NAMIBikes cyclists will pedal for hope and change.
    “We ride to break down the stereotypes that surround mental illness,” said Tom Hanson, vice president of NAMI Idaho and NAMI—Wood River Valley. “When we see the same compassion given for a diagnosis of a mental illness as we give for a physical illness, then we will begin to see real change.”
    The event offers courses for all abilities.
    For the more rigorous cyclist, there will be a 50-mile ride beginning at 9 a.m. from the  River Run parking lot north along the bike path to Saddle Road, where cyclists will ride the Trail Creek Loop, then back to Sun Valley Road riding through Sun Valley. It will continue along Elkhorn Road back to the bike path headed south and along East Fork Road to complete the Triumph Loop, then through the tunnel to the Greenhorn Loop and then back to the bike path at East Fork Road heading north to River Run.  
    For the family cyclist, there will be a 10-mile ride beginning at 10 a.m. near the River Run parking lot. It will go south along the bike path to East Fork Road, where cyclists will turn around and head back to Ketchum.  
    All courses will be marked and feature rest stops and vehicle support. The event will offer music, food and more.
    For more information about NAMIBikes, how to donate, ride or volunteer, please visit:, or contact Carla Young at or

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