Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Valley gets fired up for the holidays

Recent sub-zero temperatures have not slowed the pace of activities in the Wood River Valley. In fact, the number of events has been on the rise as we inch closer to the holidays. Clockwise from top left: Boulder Mountain Clayworks in Ketchum held its fourth annual Clay Carnival last weekend. Kids made Christmas tree ornaments while adults shopped for handmade gifts. Lola Street, left, and Bel Clayton made clay Christmas tree, reindeer, angel and star pottery ornaments; The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation held its first ever Winter Lift-Off party Friday as a major fundraising event to replace the Wild Game Dinner. More than 400 people gathered at River Run Lodge to support the foundation’s 500 winter athletes. From left to right, Sonja Johnston, Steph Sammis, Hillary Sammis-Felker and Marya Hecht were some of the supporters who attended and listened to live music; From left to right, Peter Prekeges and Cynthia Preston, representing the Toy Run Committee, present a check for $6,912.87 to Robin Christensen from the Holiday Baskets/Sun Valley Board of Realtors group. The funds were generated from this year’s Mike Kelly Memorial Toy Run, which also collected more than 100 toys. Currently, 337 local families will receive a holiday basket structured toward their needs; At the annual Papoose Club Holiday Bazaar held over the weekend at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum, the eighth-grade travel club had a booth and sold bags of coffee. From left to right, Taylor Schreiner, Sidney Chambers and Libby Kaiser are part of a 33-student contingent raising funds for a trip to England and Scotland next summer.
Express photo by Willy Cook

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