Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Around Town

Writers to speak of the love of libraries
    Collaborators and writers Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will discuss “How Libraries Helped Shape Our Lives” in a free event at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey on Thursday, July 24.
    Come see what this insightful and hilarious writing duo have to say on the subject. No tickets are necessary—just show up by 6 p.m.
PBR is back in Hailey
    The Sun Valley Professional Bull Riders are due to kick up the dust at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds on Friday, July 25.
    There will be live music, bull riding, entertainment and food and drinks. The action starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost from $23 to $25. The event sold out early last year. Tickets will be for sale at the door, or you can get them in advance online at or at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce and Atkinsons’ Market in Hailey.
    For more information, visit

Still time for ‘Enchanted April’
    This summer’s Company of Fools production of Matthew Barber’s award-winning romantic comedy “Enchanted April” is nearing the end of a much-heralded run. The final show will be Saturday, July 26.
    Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a lush, thoroughly refreshing theatrical holiday” and “a magical triumph,” and by NYTheatre as “a play where every single element falls perfectly into place,” this production is sure to be a bright spot in the summer lineup.          Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award winner and guest director Steve Perigard returned to Hailey to direct this show with a standout cast that features local actors Jana Arnold and Andrew Alburger and guest actors  Neil Brookshire, Suzanne Gray, David Janeski, Susan Sanford, Aly Wepplo and Irene Ziegler.
    The creative team for “Enchanted April” includes Joe Lavigne (set designer), Lynne Hartman (lighting designer), Darrin M. Pufall (costume design), Ann Price (dialect coach) and K.O. Ogilvie (stage manager).
    Remaining show times are tonight, July 23, and Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m., and Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door, at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey, online at or by calling

Camp Rainbow Gold escort and party planned
    Join more than 500 bikers and supporters from all over the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, July 27, to celebrate Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer as they make their journey to Camp Rainbow Gold north of Ketchum.
    Starting from Bellevue City Park at 300 Elm St., the motorcycle escort travels to a site near Cathedral Pines, where campers arrive for their week away from the stresses of everyday life with cancer.
    Bikers and supporters will arrive in Bellevue between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to wait for the buses. There they can buy a barbecue lunch and enjoy live music and dancing for $10. Mahoney’s Bar and Grill will donate all the food sales funds to the camp.
    For more information, contact Pat Pacheco at 208-539-6885 or find the event on Facebook.
    Camp Rainbow Gold aims to improve the spiritual, mental and physical health of children with cancer and their families.
Still time to shine for ‘Hello, Dolly!’
    St. Thomas Playhouse has announced an additional “Hello, Dolly!” audition date, Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road.
    Actors, singers and dancers ages 5 and up are welcome to audition. Auditioners will be taught and then sing a song from “Hello, Dolly.” They may also be asked to read a scene from the show.
    Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day. Performance dates for “Hello, Dolly!” are October 16-19, 7 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
    For questions, contact Sara Gorby at 726-5349, ext. 16.

Help the Sawtooth Society at soiree
    The Sagebrush Soiree, a fundraiser for the Sawtooth Society, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Pat and Janis Lee’s Lost Creek Ranch between Smiley Creek and Stanley.
    The soiree festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and a gourmet barbecue-themed dinner catered by Silver Fox Catering followed by a live auction.
    More than 80, one-of-a-kind auction items include stays at premier Idaho resorts and destinations around the world, a wide variety of artwork including marble, wood, photos and paintings, fishing and other outdoor-oriented trips, plus numerous outdoor-education and research-oriented trips. Absentee bids are welcome.
    This year’s auction items include river trips by Far and Away Adventures, an event sponsor, and an Amish restored antique wooden sleigh donated by Hans and Terry Carstensen.
    Tickets are $200 per person, a “Let ‘Er Buck” table sponsor for 10 is $5,000 and a “Rope ‘Em In” table sponsor for 10 is $3,000. For tickets, absentee bidding and information, contact Executive Director Gary O’Malley at 721-2909 or email

‘Shirley Valentine’ is back
    The play “Shirley Valentine” is back by popular demand, for three nights only. The Company of Fools will present the critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated, one-woman show starring Denise Simone from Aug. 7-9 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.  
     Inside Mrs. Joe Bradshaw—a mother of two grown children—is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out.  Her hope and self-confidence badly shattered by school, marriage and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall while preparing her husband’s evening meal—to be on the table as he opens the front door every night. As she sips a glass of wine, she dreams of drinking in a country where the grape is grown.  Her friend offers her a holiday in Greece. With great trepidation and a lot of forward planning, Shirley seizes the opportunity and goes, where she encounters a totally different lifestyle.
    This production marks Simone’s fourth turn in this tour-de-force role, having performed it in Hailey in 2003 and 2005, as well as in Boise and Sandpoint.
    “Bringing ‘Shirley Valentine’ back is like bringing a dear friend out for a visit,” said Simone, “and she’s such a fun friend—we just want to share her with the whole valley!”
    The full creative team for “Shirley Valentine” includes direction by John Glenn, set design by Joe Lavigne, dialect coaching by Ann Price and stage management by K.O. Ogilvie.
    Tickets can be bought at the door, at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey, online at or by calling 578-9122.  

Wildflower walk this week
    The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will host another wildflower walk this week on Thursday, July 24. The theme is “Wildflowers and Mountain Goats.” The walk will be guided by local goat expert Nappy Neaman.
    Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum at 9:30 a.m. or at Billy’s Bridge north of Ketchum at 10:15 a.m. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and appropriate clothing for a moderate hike. To make a reservation for this free experience, call the garden at 726-9358.
Cutthroat reunion coming up
    Community School students past and present will convene at the Sun Valley school Aug. 1-2 for the second annual All-Alumni Reunion.
    The party kicks off on Friday, Aug. 1, with a faculty vs. alumni soccer game at 3 p.m. at the Sagewillow Fields in Elkhorn. The match will be followed by individual class parties, including the 30-year reunion of the class of 1984, which will include a mixer at Sun Valley Brewery, a gathering at the peak of Bald Mountain and a family-friendly party at Rotary Park. Class parties will also include the 20-year reunion of the class of 1994 and the class of 2004’s 10-year reunion.
    On Saturday, Aug. 2, alumni can go rafting on the Salmon River with White Otter Outfitters.
    The reunion will end on Saturday with an all-alumni dinner at 6 p.m., as well as optional tours of the Trail Creek and Sagewillow campuses.
    Family of all ages are invited to join, but registration is required. To register, visit and click on the “All-Alumni Reunion” headline or contact Director of Alumni Relations Krista Detwiler at 622-3960, ext. 165.

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