Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer doesn’t have to end

Feastival offers a weekend of family fun in the mountains

Express Staff Writer

Idaho BaseCamp is a facility dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature. The aim is to expand the understanding of and create a “working consciousness” for the environment, community and self.
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    Don’t tuck away those sleeping bags just yet—there are a few more key dates to partake of the pre-snow outdoors.
    At the top of the list is the fifth annual Feastival, which takes place at the Idaho BaseCamp from Sept. 20-22. The Idaho BaseCamp is located just a few miles into Trail Creek east of Ketchum.
    The Feastival weekend is filled with live music, yoga, fishing, bonfires, creek jumping, potlucks and biking. The Feastival supports the Idaho BaseCamp, a facility dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature.
    The weekend launches Friday, Sept. 20, with a potluck dinner with a main course provided by the camp, followed by the Campfire Acoustic series with local musicians performing The Beatles “Abbey Road.”
    Saturday’s schedule is chock full of good stuff, too, promises promoter Whitney McNees,
    “We kick off the day with one of the Feastival favorites, the five-rhythms dance in Central Park,” she says of the move and groove.
    Then, Big Wood Ski presents the Feastival Mountain Bike Crit, and in the evening is the third annual Beet-Off, Idaho’s greatest beet-cooking competition. The winner takes home the coveted Golden Beet award.
    New this year, and also on Saturday, is a discussion with Dr. Maria Maricich on Sustainable Health, a fermentation class by Sylvie Dore, and guest speaker Burt Gershater, along with another amazing potluck family-style meal.
    Sunday morning, before everyone departs, there will be a special Fall Equinox yoga practice.
    McNees says even those “not into dancing and fermentation” can find something to do. She invites guests to bring fishing rods and a cooler to enjoy the riverfront land on the Big Lost River.
    This is a family-friendly event, a place to bring the kids for a fun weekend of camping and exploring the magical land that Idaho Basecamp has to offer. However, dogs are not allowed.
    Visit the organization’s website at for information on pricing, directions, camping, and what to bring.  Or, you can RSVP to to ensure there is enough food.
    Can’t go? If after reading about it you feel like supporting the initiative, “Like” their Facebook page: and tell your friends.

Tickets: $30, 1 day and night; $50 for 2 days and nights. Family rate for 4 or more, $20, each person, one night or $35 each person for two nights. This cover music, main dinner, access to all events, yoga, dancing and camping. Two yurts are available for reservation for $150 and $200. Full details at


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