Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Around Town

Texas native Mark Mueller now makes Sun Valley home..
Courtesy photo

Clip this out to enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is getting started with “Wine Down Wednesdays” featuring the sounds of seven acts over the course of 11 Wednesdays throughout the summer.
    Each week, the lawn opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from 6-7 p.m. Picnics are welcomed but there will be light refreshments offered for a donation.
    Mark Mueller kicks off the series on Wednesday, June 18. The guitar-playing Texan played his way through college in Minnesota for tips on the streets of the Twin Cities.
    Now living in Sun Valley, Mueller’s music combines his love of folk and songwriting with the classic rock and country roots on which he was raised.
    He is recording his debut record, “Riches and Rubble,” which will be released this summer.
    To learn more about Mueller, visit or hear his music by visiting
    Additional booked acts this summer include: June 25 – Wood River Orchestra; July 2 – Tyia Wilson; July 9 – Mark Mueller; July 16 – Colin Muldoon; July 23 – Wood River Orchestra; July 30 – Hurdy Gurdy Girls; Aug. 6 – Mark Mueller; Aug. 13 – Spike Coggins; Aug. 20 – Keith Waller & Friends; Aug. 27-Wood River Orchestra.

Where fur is in fashion
    The Furball Fundraiser hosted by the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is the place to be if you are a fan of fur—at least the kind worn by its original owners.
    The party starts at 9 p.m., at Whiskey Jacques’ Saturday, June 21, with The Heaters performing live.
    Tickets are available at the door the day of the event for $20. 
    Costume contest, and a raffle with all proceeds going to the shelter.
    For more info go to:

Wouldn’t it be nice?
    Revisit some old favorites in Sun Valley this summer with the Fab Four Beatles Tribute band on July 5, Los Lobos on July 13, The Doobie Brothers on Aug. 29, and The Beach Boys on Sept. 9, all at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
    Tickets for all of the events can be found Or call 622-2135.
    Beach Boys tickets go on sale today, June 18.

Rock ‘n’ Reggae at Ketchum Town Square
    Save the Date for Rock ‘n’ Reggae on Thursday, July 10, from 4-10 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square.
    A celebration of seven years as part of Reggae in the Mountains presented by Mountain Niceness Productions, Rock ‘n’ Reggae is part of the only reggae festival in Idaho.
    Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase to avoid the long lines. Tickets are $20 until July 10 and $25 at the gate day of show. Kids under 10 are free.
    VIP, “Very Irie People,” tickets are $100 with access to the Rock ‘n’ Reggae VIP sponsor’s tent with VIP parking, décor, no-host bar, food, servers, swag and shade.
    To win a VIP, “Very Irie People,” pass, tag yourself in the picture on the Mountain Niceness Productions Facebook page and don’t forget to RSVP while browsing through the page to win great gear.
    Tickets are available at Atkinsons’ Markets in Ketchum and Hailey and Johnny G’s Subshack, with more locations to come. To purchase tickets online, visit:

Author to speak at Community Library
    Meet Boise-based author Ryan Blacketter and learn about his new novel, “Down the River,” which explores mental health disturbances and the behaviors that attend them.
    Blacketter will be at the Community Library in Ketchum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25.
    His character Lyle Rettew moves from the mountains of Idaho to the valley of Eugene, Ore., following the death of his 16-year-old twin, Lila. His religious, well-intentioned older brother has forbidden any mention of her name. But Lyle, fighting to keep his memory of her alive, has quit taking the lithium that numbs his mind. He openly rebels against his brother and mom for the first time.
    Blackletter, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has received a literary grant from Oregon Regional Arts and a prison teaching grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. His work has appeared in the “Antioch Review,” “Image,” “Alaska Quarterly Review” and the “Crab Orchard Review.”

Think Christmas in June
    The Papoose Club is now accepting applications for this year’s annual Holiday Bazaar, which will take place Dec. 6-7 at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum.
    The club is looking for new vendors and products, and all applicants can benefit from early-bird discounts if their application is received by Aug. 20.
    Access the club’s website at to view an application. The document can be found under the “Forms” tab.
Trailing of the Sheep Festival events set
    The 18th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival will be Thursday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 12, and as usual will prove a weekend filled with food, music, history, culture and family good times.
    The festival commemorates the century-and-a-half-long tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the Wood River Valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas.
    A new series of cooking classes will kick off the festival this year. Several new classes are being scheduled with the best local chefs at the For the Love of Lamb Foodie Fest.
     For a full schedule, visit

Some fun times ahead at Whiskey Jacques’
    The Bus Driver Tour will make a stop at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m.
    This national touring band from Montana can be previewed at Tickets are $5.
    Boston’s country combo, Girls Guns and Glory, fresh off a stop at Austin’s SXSW festival, will play Thursday, June 26, at Whiskey’s. Tickets are $5 for the 9 p.m. show.
    They also return to Ketch’Em Alive for a second time, Tuesday, June 24, in Forest Service Park, in Ketchum, from 7-9 p.m. That show is free and picnics are welcome.
Brewfest to take over Ketchum Town Square
    The inaugural Ketchum-Sun Valley Brewfest will be Saturday, June 21, from noon to 6 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square. The Brewfest will feature beer tasting from eight regional breweries.
    “We wanted to put on an early-summer event showcasing all of the great beer our region is producing,” said Holden Morgan, chair of the event. “All event proceeds will go to Rotary-supported charities throughout the Wood River Valley and state of Idaho.”
    Attendees can purchase a souvenir pint glass for $15 to sample all of the beers provided by participating brewers. Beers from Sun Valley area favorites Sawtooth Brewery, Sun Valley Brewing Co. and River Bend Brewing Co. will be featured along with regional brewers Sockeye Brewing, Grand Teton Brewing Co., Idaho Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Crooked Fence Brewing.
     “It’s pretty exciting for Ketchum to be putting on a Brewfest,” said Kevin Jones, co-owner of Sawtooth Brewery. “Craft beer has taken off across the region over the past several years and it’s time for us to have an event in our own backyard. We’re looking forward to a really fun event.”
    Velocio, Zou 75 and Sun Valley Mustard will run food booths during the event, and Sawtooth Brewery will provide games for the afternoon. Music will be provided by KECH 95.3.

Mariel Hemingway to speak at Crisis Hotline fundraiser
    Actress and author Mariel Hemingway will speak Saturday, June 28, at a cocktail party to raise funds for the Crisis Hotline.
    The Crisis Hotline continues to provide the only 24-hour crisis intervention and referral service for the residents of and visitors to the Wood River Valley.  For 27 years, the Crisis Hotline has been a lifeline for people of all ages who find themselves in a crisis situation, suffer from depression, are in need of resources such as food, shelter, legal, medical or mental services or are in need of emotional support.
    Each call is confidential, anonymous and free. Whether it’s a family, personal or work issue, hotline volunteers listen and offer resources to help, enabling callers to take positive steps forward.
    The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Funds go to coordination and direction of hotline staffing, volunteer training, community resources and community outreach.
    The event will be at a private home. Call the Crisis Hotline office for more information at 788-0735.

ERC open house
    The Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum will host an open house from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, to provide information on programs and events.
    There will be live music by Mark Mueller, food and drinks.
    Learn all about what the ERC is, what programs it offers, such as nature workshops, pesticide action and energy initiatives, and what is planned for summer.
    The office is at 471 N. Washington Ave. in Ketchum. Contact Lisa Horton with any further questions at 726-4333 or

Republican women to host tea
    Blaine County Republican Women will host a high tea on Friday, June 20, from 3-5 p.m. with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and state Rep. Steve Miller, R-Fairfield.
    The high tea/reception will be held at Maureen Schwendener’s home, 130 Ranch Rd. in Ketchum.
    Guests will also meet with local candidates for Idaho Senate and House, Dale Ewerson and Don Hudson, respectively, plus  Randy Patterson, candidate for Blaine County commissioners.
    “It’ll be a nice quiet event to meet and chat with Republican candidates,” said Jane Dyndiuk, president of Blaine County Republican Women.
    Hats are recommended but not required.
    There will be an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, jams and sweets appropriate for a proper tea catered by Wilber Perez.
    Seating is limited to 50, so contact Maggi Ferris at or Julie Lynn at 720-3629 or for reservations. Cost is $35. All proceeds will go to support Idaho Rep. Steve Miller.

This week in wildflower walking
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s Thursday, June 19, walk will be led by Jeanne Cassell, founder of the Wildflower Walks, and Leslie Nelson for a Wildflowers in the Sawtooths experience.  
    Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Bring your own picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes. The outing is expected to last until 2 pm.
    To make a reservation for this free experience, call the garden at 726-9358.
     Upcoming Walks Include:
June 26–Diana Citret – “Wildflower Photography.”
July 3–Ann Christensen – “Wildflowers & Butterflies”
July 10–Kathy Richmond – “Wildflowers &  Mushrooms.”
July 17–Natalie Rose Ertz of Rooted in Nature – “Wildflowers and Wolves.”
July 26–Nappy Neaman of The Elephants Perch – “Wildflowers & Mountain Goats.”
July 31–Kelly Conde of the Sawtooth Society.

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