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December 2014

Political Button collection at Blaine County Museum Photo: Carol Waller

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT HAILEY, IDAHO

By | Hailey In the News

Hailey is a very special place and there is quite a bit about this small town in Idaho that you may not know. Here’s a short list:

Historic Hailey Photo: Carol Waller1. A Pioneer History: From prehistoric times until well into the 20th century the Wood River Valley was visited in the warm weather months by Native Americans. Fur trappers came into the area in 1824, followed by miners and settlers beginning in 1865. Miner John Hailey founded his namesake city in 1879 and laid out the quintessence of a 19th century town. In the residential part, the wide tree-lined streets provide an open inviting avenue for course and discourse. The long narrow lots march back to alleys – an added living space, and homes were set back 25 feet from the street. Today Hailey thrives as a community with a mix of tourism, business, arts and recreation.

 

Dolly the sheep loves kids Photo: Carol Waller2. Small Town Values: This is a community of 8,000 whose residents all share the small town values of caring, respect, family and neighborliness with each other and with the hundreds of thousands of out of town guests who come to visit the Sun Valley area each year. It is a “village” made up a diverse mix of people, from families who have lived here for generations, to transplants from across the country who moved here to enjoy the small town atmosphere and big city amenities like great dining and a vibrant arts scene.

 

Basque Dancers at Trailing of the Sheep Festival Folklife Fair Photo: Carol Waller3. Unique Events: Each year Hailey hosts acclaimed events that draw in thousands of visitors such as The Trailing of the Sheep Festival (noted by USA Today as one of the Top Ten Animal Festivals in the world), the Northern Rockies Music Festival, Crosstoberfest Bike Race & Beerfest, the Sun Valley Film Festival, the Wood River Studio Tour and a very special 4th of July Celebration & Rodeo, complete with a parade featuring lots of horses, creative floats, and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.  A variety of other local sporting and cultural events take place throughout the year as well.

 

Wood River Biking Trails Photo: Hailey Chamber4. Tops in Outdoor Recreation: Just minutes from town are miles of scenic mountain trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding in summer,  Nordic and alpine skiing, snowshoeing in the winter, and the crystal clear Big Wood River, which flows right through Hailey, provides great fishing, kayaking and floating. Hailey is also home to one of the country’s top skateboard parks, and the Blaine County Recreation Center.

 

 

rocky_mountain_hardware_from-Web-650xY5. Headquarters for Business: Several top international and national companies are headquartered in Hailey including Power Engineers, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Orflo Technologies and Marketron.

 

 

BC Museum button collection Credit Carol Waller6. Political Campaign Button Collection: The Blaine County Historical Museum holds one of the country’s largest collections of political campaign buttons and memorabilia, reportedly only second in size to the one at the Smithsonian. Joe Fuld, born in Placerville, Idaho, in 1878, was a prominent Hailey businessman and the first president of the American Political Items Collectors Association. The display contains well over 5,000 items, some of which date back to the early 1820s.

 

ezra pound7. Birthplace of Poet Ezra Pound: The Blaine County Museum also contains a wall of photos, reproduced newspaper articles, and a collection of pertinent books reminds readers that the important and controversial poet Ezra Pound was born here in 1885 in a house just a few blocks from the museum. The house, extensively restored by the Ezra Pound Association, is now the Hailey headquarters of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

 

cof liberty theatre at night8. Broadway in the Rockies: Actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore restored the Liberty Theater in downtown Hailey in 2002 to its former art deco glory, and it has since been home to the professional theatre group, Company of Fools, who produce top-notch theatre productions and special events throughout the year as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

 

 

5B Bikeshare9. Leader in Green:  The City of Hailey has made a strong commitment to sustainability and recently completed a three year Community Climate Challenge with support from the EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities Program.  New projects included 5B Bikeshare, construction recycling program, Just Bag It!, renewable energy rebates, LED streetlight retrofit, LEED Silver Certification of Hailey’s new Welcome Center, and building deconstruction and material salvage.  Hailey is also home to the Wood River Sustainability Center and the popular summer & fall Wood River Farmer’s Market.

 

Historic Blaine County Courthouse10. Blaine County Seat: Hailey is the seat of Blaine County, which includes the resort cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum to the north and the more rural cities of Bellevue, Gannett and Carey to the south.

Northern Rockies Music Festival dancers. Photo: Carol Waller

HAILEY ARTS & MUSIC – WE’VE GOT SOUL

By | Arts

The City of Hailey may be located 150 miles from the largest metro area in Idaho (Boise) but it overflows with an abundance of arts and cultural activities and events that are truly world class. Here you can find Broadway quality theatre, renowned music festivals and events, a thriving community of artists and musicians, and a city that fully supports the arts in its many diverse forms.

The City’s Hailey Arts Commission, whose mission is to enhance the cultural vitality of the community, manages the city’s exciting and creative Percent for Public Art Program to develop arts related projects throughout Hailey.

But there is so much more…all year round.

SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS – COMPANY OF FOOLS

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Photo credits: Sun Valley Center for the Arts

 

One organization that has called Hailey home for nearly 20 years is the award-winning Company of Fools, a non-profit theatre company and part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts,  which produces Broadway quality shows year-round, based out of Bruce Willis’ beautifully restored circa-1930s Liberty Theatre located on Hailey’s Main Street. Company of Fools is a theatre company driven by the power of the theatrical experience to connect artist and audience, and their mission is to engage, inspire, entertain and perform.

In the fall of 1996, founding members Rusty Wilson and Denise Simone relocated Company of Fools to Hailey, Idaho at the urging of Bruce Willis and his then-wife Demi Moore, who had also recently moved to the area. Since that time, Company of Fools has produced an average of 5 major performances each year, ranging from relatively unknown pieces by aspiring new playwrights to popular musicals and shows. They have featured well-known actors such as Bruce Willis, Robin Williams and Jodie Foster, along with a variety of other notable and up- and- coming performers, on their stage over the years. Through their strong commitment to innovative and dynamic artistic excellence, Company of Fools has contributed immensely to the rich cultural life of the Wood River Valley and greater Idaho, and appreciative audience members from around the world routinely applaud their outstanding work.

SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS – HAILEY

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Photo credits:  Sun Valley Center for the Arts

 

In 2005, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts became the owner of a historic house at 314 Second Avenue South, one of the oldest houses in Hailey, Idaho. The house was the birthplace of poet Ezra Pound and was later the private residence of one of Hailey’s most beloved and busy citizens, Roberta McKercher, until her death in 1996. Only the first floor of the house is open to the public. The upstairs is frequently used to house visiting artists. The Hailey property also includes a freestanding, 1,200-square-foot classroom built to The Center’s specifications in 2006.

Together, the house and classroom allow The Center to offer exhibitions, classes, workshops and small lectures and performances in a location convenient to the growing population of southern Blaine County. Annual Hailey events include a writer’s workshop each June, a Fourth of July ice cream social and several weeks of summer art camp for kids ages 5 and up.

IDAHO STATE FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIPS 

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The best fiddlers and musicians of all ages in the state gather for this weekend of foot-stoppin’, upbeat competition held at the beautiful Performing Arts Theater in Hailey each spring. Sponsored by the Fiddlers of Idaho.

TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL – Folklife Fair, Arts, Music, Dance

Trailing of the Sheep Parade Photo: Carol Waller Basque Dancers at Trailing of the Sheep Festival Folklife Fair Photo: Carol Waller Lamb sliders Photo: Carol Waller  Dolly the sheep loves kids Photo: Carol Waller

Photo credits:  Carol Waller

 

For an authentic, inexpensive cultural heritage travel experience, check out the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, held each mid-October in the Wood River Valley of Idaho. Every year the popular Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas. This annual migration is Idaho living history and a weekend long festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures, and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west. This is not a reenactment, but a real slice of the American west. This unique cultural heritage Festival, rated as one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by msn.com, has international appeal, drawing thousands each year.

*Authentic Sheep Folklife Fair in Hailey featuring Basque, Scottish, Polish and Peruvian dancers & music, sheep shearing and sheep camp cooking demonstrations, sheep wagon displays, storytelling sessions, wool product exhibits, classes, and children’s activities.
*Culinary events such as Cooking w/Idaho Lamb classes, For the Love of Lamb Foodie Fest, Lamb Feast & Lamb BBQ
*A Fiber Festival with classes in knitting, spinning & felting, a fleece competition, exhibits and special lectures by fiber experts.
*Special Exhibits on the history and culture of ranching in the West
*Championship Sheepdog Trials – watch the most talented border collies in the west
*Trailing of the Sheep Parade – witness a “wall of wool” featuring over 2000+ sheep trailing down Main Street in Ketchum!

WOOD RIVER VALLEY STUDIO TOUR

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Photo credits: Wood River Studio Tour

 

The event showcases more than 50 of the best visual artists working in the Wood River Valley via tours of their studios, including many Hailey artists. By showcasing the creative community within the Wood River Valley, the tour aims to inspire visitors to travel to the valley to experience first-hand the quality of locally produced art in this vibrant community, and the beauty of the valley’s natural environment. Art lovers, collectors, and those interested in learning more about art venture out on self-guided tours to see as many Studio Tour artists and their artworks as possible. The free event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and an intimate glimpse into the life of the working artist. A public reception with the artist’s is also part of the weekend’s events.

SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

SV Film Festival image Photo: SVFF  SV Film Festival Liberty Theatre Photo: SVFF  SV Film Festival Directors Chair Photo: SVFF  SV Film Festival Awards Photo: SVFF

Photo credits: Sun Valley Film Festival

 

Hailey is proud to a integral part of the annual Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) , with film screenings throughout the weekend at its beautifully restored Liberty Theatre.   The SVFF, recognized by USA Today as one of the “Great Places for a Film Festival,” rolls out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers each March to celebrate the art of filmmaking and provide another great reason to visit Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La.

The Sun Valley Film Festival began in 2011 and  has quickly become a filmmaker’s festival in a place steeped in cinematic history, with a proven knack for drawing industry heavyweights and independent talents to an intimate locale far from the Hollywood scene. The combination of cutting-edge programming and bona-fide insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is making the Sun Valley Film Festival a rising star in the world of destination festivals. As Hollywood legend and 2013 Festival special guest Jodie Foster put it, “Remember this festival as it is now, ‘cause it’s going to be big.” Great parties, dinners, special events, and sunny spring skiing top off this spirited and inspired festival weekend in Sun Valley.

BLAINE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

BC Museum exterior  Blaine County Museum Basque costume. Credit Carol Waller 2012   Political Button collection at Blaine County Museum Photo: Carol Waller  exhibits_modelt

Photo credits:  BC Historical Museum, Carol Waller

 

At the Blaine County Historical Museum visitors can explore the Wood River Valley’s pioneer past, research family histories, and view vignettes of mines, schools, ranches, famous literary personalities, period fashions, and political memorabilia. Each display shows aspects of the life that early inhabitants and pioneers experienced.  The museum also holds one of the country’s largest collections of political campaign buttons & memorabilia, reportedly only second in size to the one at the Smithsonian.  Joe Fuld, born in Placerville, Idaho, in 1878, was a prominent Hailey businessman and the first president of the American Political Items Collectors Association. The display contains well over 5,000 items, some of which date back to the early 1820s.The museum is located on Main Street in Hailey.  It was established in August, 1962, to “discover, procure and maintain whatever may relate to the history of Blaine County.”

DANCE

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Footlight Dance Company and other touring dance groups stage dance performances throughout the year at the Performing Arts Center in Hailey at the Community Campus.

BACK ALLEY PARTIES – WICKED SPUD

Family Fun Music Nights at the Wicked Spud. Photo: Hailey Chamber  Back alley parties tshirt credit sun valley magazine

Photo credits:  Hailey Chamber

 

Never underestimate the power of a simple act to make a big difference. Over a decade ago years ago two local friends started the weekly summer “Back Alley Parties” at the quaint Wicked Spud burger joint in Hailey with a simple formula of offering free local music and raising money for local area non-profits. This ‘Good Music for Good Causes” event has become immensely popular over the years, showcasing local bands & musicians and has raising thousands of dollars in support for the local community. Back Alley Parties – now the unofficial “place to be” in Hailey on any Wednesday night in the summer.

WOOD RIVER FARMERS MARKET, HAILEY – The Art of Natural Food

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Photo credits:  WR Farmer’s Markets

 

Everyone loves a Farmer’s Market and Hailey has one of the best around. The annual Wood River Farmer’s Market features producers selling fruits, vegetables and flowers seasonally available, honey, cheese, eggs, meats, along with lots of baked goods, artisan breads, pie and other desserts, jams, jellies, sauces, and dressings. Also some crafts including jewelry, pottery, handmade wood products, cutting boards, dog bowls and more. Different musicians are also featured each week. Market is located on Main Street in Hailey and is open 2-6pm each Thursday from June – September. www.wrfarmersmarket.org/hailey-market

AND THERE’S MORE
The Sun Valley Brewery highlights national touring musicians as well as locals routinely throughout the year, and other Hailey businesses, including DiVine, The Power House, KBs Burritos, offer live music on a regular basis.

 

Basque Dancers at Trailing of the Sheep Festival Folklife Fair Photo: Carol Waller

IT’S HAPPENING IN HAILEY

By | Hailey In the News

Hailey, Idaho is a small town (pop. 8,000) in the Central Idaho Rockies that is proud to host a number of big events that attract visitors from around the county and the world.  Below is a list of the major ones…

ARBORFEST (May)

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Hailey, Idaho is celebrating Arbor Day bigger and better than ever! This year’s event on May 9th is the 4th annual ArborFest celebrating “Community, Art, Earth & Trees”. Activities include free tree seedlings, a visit from Smokey Bear, a bouncy forest, local art displays, musical performances and ArborFest MudRun!

IDAHO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FIDDLE CONTEST (May) 

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Photos:  Idaho Fiddlers

The best fiddlers and musicians of all ages in the state gather for this foot-stompin’, upbeat competition held at the beautiful Performing Arts Theater in Hailey.

 

HAILEY SKATEBOARD COMPETITION (June)

Hailey Skatepark Competition. Credit VisitIdaho  Hailey Skatepark Compeition. Credit Hallmark Properties
Photos:  Visit ID, Hallmark Properties

The world-class Hailey Skate Park hosts an important stop of the Wild West Skateboard Contest Series. This national series features Jam format contests, gear and cash prizes, a massive raffle, DJs, music and artists, and lots of high energy. In order to be eligible for the Overall WWSC Series Title, competitors must compete in at least 4 of the 6 competitions.

SHEEPTOWN DRAG RACE/RIDE SUN VALLEY BIKE FESTIVAL  (June)

Sheeptown Drag race. Credit Mountain Sports International   Sheeptown Drag Race in Hailey during Ride Sun Valley. Credit Daniel Dunn Photo 
Photos: Mountain Sports International, Daniel Dunn Photo

Is this crazy or what?  The annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival ignites with the SheepTown Drag Race in Hailey, a comedic battle challenging the brave to race with flaming logs chained behind their bikes. Open to the public, participants gather at twilight outside the Powerhouse Bike Shop and Pub to sign up for a limited number of spots.  Yep, it’s, ‘flame on’.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Hailey Days of the Old West

Hailey 4th of July Parade Photo: Carol Waller    Uncle Sam Hailey 4th of July Parade Photo: Carol Waller
Photos:  Carol Waller

Hailey, Idaho offers up perhaps the most quintessential hometown 4th of July celebration in the west. Each year Hailey Days of the Old West, July 2-5,  plays host to the exciting Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo, a fun & unique parade on Main Street with colorful entries and plenty of horses, a shoot-out melodrama, a spectacular fireworks display, pancake breakfasts, lots of live music, antique markets and the new Draper Preserve River Festival. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages.  Renowned humorist Dave Barry even profiled Hailey’s 4th of July parade on his national blog in 2012.

SAWTOOTH RANGERS RODEO (July, August)

     Rodeo- Mutton busting. Credit Casey Megehee     Rodeo Steer Wrestling. Credit Casey McGee

Rodeo is a proud tradition in the West and in Hailey, the Sawtooth Rangers have held an exciting professional rodeo, featuring some of the best riders and stock in the country, over the 4th of July weekend every year since 1947. In 2011 the City of Hailey invested over $3 million to build a new state-of-the-art rodeo arena and grounds at the entrance to the city to play host to the Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo as well as other events throughout the year, including the Idaho 5th District High School Rodeos and Gran Jaripeo (Mexican bull riding) events.

HAILEY ANTIQUE FAIR  (4th of July weekend, Labor Day weekend)

Hailey 4th of July Antique Fair Photo: Carol Waller  Antique Fair scene. Hailey ID July4 Credit CarolWaller  Hailey ID Antique Fair 1 creditCWaller
Photos: Carol Waller

Nothing is more fun than browsing for unique treasures at a well-curated antique show, and the Hailey Antique Fairs have some of the best antique vendors and wares in the region.  You will be sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind something!

DRAPER PRESERVE RIVER FESTIVAL – (July 4th)

Riverfest floaters girls flags river. Credit Carol Waller
Photo: Carol Waller

After the City of Hailey’s July 4th parade, continue your Independence Day celebration with a stroll down to the Draper Wood River Preserve for some sun and family fun! The Draper Preserve RiverFEST has food, music, river activities, face-painting, educational nature programs and more. So, bring your friends and family down to the Preserve right after the parade.

WOOD RIVER STUDIO TOUR  (August)

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PhotosWood River Studio Tour

The event showcases more than 50 of the best visual artists working in the Wood River Valley via tours of their studios, including many Hailey artists. By showcasing the creative community within the Wood River Valley, the tour aims to inspire visitors to travel to the valley to experience first-hand the quality of locally produced art in this vibrant community, and the beauty of the valley’s natural environment. Art lovers, collectors, and those interested in learning more about art venture out on self-guided tours to see as many Studio Tour artists and their artworks as possible. The free event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and an intimate glimpse into the life of the working artist. A public reception with the artist’s is also part of the weekend’s events.

KIWANIS CAR SHOW  (August)

The Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley hosts its’ annual Car Show at Roberta McKercher Park the first Saturday in August.  There will be car entrants of antique, sport, modified, collectors and one of a kind. This is a family event fun for all ages. The event is free and all the car entry fees will go to the Kiwanis Club to support children’s events in the Wood River Valley.

TRAILING OF THE SHEEP FESTIVAL (October)

Basque Dancers at Trailing of the Sheep Festival Folklife Fair Photo: Carol Waller Lamb sliders Photo: Carol Waller  Dolly the sheep loves kids Photo: Carol Waller
Photos:  Carol Waller

For an authentic, inexpensive cultural heritage travel experience, check out the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, held each mid-October in the Wood River Valley of Idaho. Every year the popular Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas. This annual migration is Idaho living history and a weekend long festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures, and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west. This is not a reenactment, but a real slice of the American west. This unique cultural heritage Festival, rated as one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by msn.com, has international appeal, drawing thousands each year. www.trailingofthesheep.org

HAILEY TURKEY TROT 5K  (November)

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Photos: Hank Dart/Turkey Trot

Held on the morning of Thanksgiving each year, this great community event brings out over 650 participants  to run, walk & stroll the beautiful 5K course through the Draper Preserve in Hailey.   It’s very popular so make sure to register in advance to save your spot!

SUN VALLEY NORDIC FESTIVAL  (February)

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Photos:  SV Nordic Festival

Nordic enthusiasts won’t want to miss the fun and excitement of the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival , designed to showcase and celebrate Sun Valley’s well-deserved reputation as “Nordic Town USA”.  This world-class event features over a week of activities, races, clinics and fun events, along with discounts on nordic passes, demos/rentals, lodging and dining.  The event starts with “Ski The Rails”, which ends with a party in Hailey.

WOOD RIVER EXTREME SKIJORING (February)

Ski joring race cowboy rider. Credit Carol Waller
Photo: Carol Waller

Fast horses and brave skiers combine for an action-packed weekend of skijoring excitement in Hailey. Come join the fun at the Wood River Extreme Skijoring Association’s annual races at Quigley Ranch in Hailey on President’s Day weekend. This family-friendly weekend event will also feature food booths, music, and more. Great spectator sport!

SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL  (March)

SV Film Festival image Photo: SVFF      SV Film Festival Awards Photo: SVFF
Photo credits:  Sun Valley Film Festival

Hailey is proud to be an integral part of the annual Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), with film screenings throughout the weekend at its beautifully restored Liberty Theatre.   The SVFF, recognized by USA Today as one of the “Great Places for a Film Festival,” rolls out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers each March to celebrate the art of filmmaking and provide another great reason to visit Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La.  SVFF began in 2011 and  has quickly become a filmmaker’s festival in a place steeped in cinematic history, with a proven knack for drawing industry heavyweights and independent talents to an intimate locale far from the Hollywood scene. The combination of cutting-edge programming and bona-fide insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere has made SVFF a rising star in the world of destination festivals.  Each year SVFF screens more than 60-curated films followed by filmmakers Q&A sessions, as well as its popular free Coffee Talks with industry insiders, Screenwriters Lab and much more. Great parties, dinners, special events, and sunny spring skiing top off this spirited and inspired festival weekend in Sun Valley.  www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org

 

The Chamber of Wood River Valley:
tel 208-788-3484  |781 S. Main | Hailey, Idaho, 83333  info@valleychamber.org

 

Hailey Voted as Best City to Live In

By | Hailey In the News

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September 2014.  Another nice honor by locals who know.  “It should come as no surprise that the city of Hailey was voted “Best City to Live In” by the readers of Sun Valley Guide magazine in the 2014 Best of the Valley reader poll.  Family-friendly Hailey has decidedly rural roots and combines a thoughtful preservation of its old west history with a youthful energy and vibrant music, culture and recreation scenes.”  Read the full article here.