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August 2015

Theatre – Company of Fools

By | 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.

www.sunvalleycenter.org/companyoffools/theatre

Sun Valley Center for the Arts – Hailey

By | 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.

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

Trailing of the Sheep Festival – Folklife Fair, Arts, Music, Dance

By | Arts

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!

www.trailingofthesheep.org

July’s Business After Hours and Wake Up Hailey Host Big Crowds

By | Chamber News

With the heat of summer in full swing, both the Hailey Chamber of Commerce’s monthly events in July saw large and festive crowds. Festivities kicked off on the second Tuesday of July with the monthly Wake Up Hailey (WUH) at Giddy Up Coffee and Kitchen on Main Street in Bellevue. A few dozen folks stopped by to enjoy their breakfast burritos—which have a cult following—as well as other tasty breakfast treats and their delicious organic and Swiss-process coffees and teas.

OJuly WUH 3wner Shandyn Blakely and his staff were happy with the turn out, and several members of the Bellevue Chamber stopped by to show their support as well.

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July WUH 1Hundreds of locals and visitors alike came on the third Thursday of July for what turned out to be one of the biggest Business After Hours (BAH) ever! Goode Motor and Sun Valley Title hosted the event, which featured live music, food from Mahoney’s in Bellevue, and another terrific business card raffle.

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Of course the biggest draw was the selection of the winner of the I Love Hailey Truck Raffle. The lucky winner was former Hailey resident, DeEtte Lindberg, who now lives in Boise. She has decided to keep the truck—and not trade it in for a vehicle or credit of similar value—and was thrilled to be the lucky winner.

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The August WUH will be held at The Connection on Tuesday morning the 11th and the next BAH will be held at Webb Garden Center on Main Street on Thursday, August 20th. US Bank and Wood River Dental Care will co-host the event with Webb. Hope to see you there!

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By Mike McKenna

 

Wood River Valley Studio Tour

By | Arts

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.

www.wrvstudiotour.org

Trailing of the Sheep Festival: Oct 10-14, 2018

By | Events

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

Highlights include:

*Authentic Sheep Folklife Fair in Hailey featuring Basque, Scottish, Polish and Peruvian dancers & music, sheepdog herding sheep shearing and sheep camp cooking demonstrations, sheep wagon displays, storytelling sessions, sheep and 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 Wool Festival with classes in knitting, spinning & felting, a fleece competition, exhibits and special lectures by fiber experts.
*Special Exhibits & Programs on the history and culture of ranching in the West
*Championship Sheepdog Trials – watch 50 of the most talented border collies in the west compete over three days for prizes.
*Trailing of the Sheep Parade – witness a “wall of wool” featuring over 1500+ sheep trailing down Main Street in Ketchum!

wicked spud hailey Idaho

Live Music

By | Arts

Hailey is alive with music throughout the year, but especially in the summer.   Each Wednesday in the summer, the Wicked Spud burger joint offers up its infamous ‘Back Alley Parties’  showcasing local bands & musicians in a family friendly outdoor venue while raising thousands of dollars in support for local community causes. 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, and KBs Burritos, offer live music on a regular basis.

Blaine County Historical Museum Interior Photo: Carol Waller

Blaine County Historical Museum

By | Arts

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.”

www.bchistoricalmuseum.org

Hailey Halloween Hoopla: Oct 31, 2018

By | Events

A very special trick-or-treat extravaganza happens on Main Street in Hailey! Don your best costumes on and join the throngs of ghosts, goblins and other creative spooksters for this special afternoon of trick-or-treating at friendly local businesses in downtown Hailey. The fun runs from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.  More details HERE.

Hailey Turkey Trot: Nov 22, 2018

By | Events

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 the perfect way to burn off some calories before you stuff yourself silly!