Mrs. Sun’s guide to a fun-filled Fourth

Fire and Ice combine in Sun Valley for a rollicking good Fourth.

As I mentioned a few posts back, the one thing I hate about summer in Sun Valley is that there is simply not enough time to enjoy everything there is to do. The next eight days in the valley will prove me right as the Sun family embarks on a marathon of fun that will barely scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Having experienced it all a few times over, I thought I’d share my plan for getting the family through a week of exhaustive Fourth of July fun.

Saturday, June 30
We’ll kick the week off with a gentle morning in the Wood River YMCA pool, then head out for a family hike, the combination of which will ensure Little Sun and Baby Sun are happily tuckered out for the babysitter. This will allow Mr. Sun and I to enjoy a patriotic evening of pops and arias at the Sun Valley Summer Spectacular, featuring International Diva Alyson Cambridge (I wish I could be an International Diva – how does one get that job title?).

Sunday, July 1
In anticipation of the astounding defeat of Roger Federer by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final next Sunday (a Brit can dream can’t she?), we’ll take our own future Wimbledon champ along to the Sun Valley Lyle Pearson Tennis Tournament to  pick up a few tips. We’ll then finish off the weekend with some locally-brewed beer and Idaho potatoes at Trail Creek Cabin’s Sawtooth Brewery Beer Dinner.

Monday, July 2
Born in the Wild West, Mr. Sun will insist on attending Family Night at the Days of the Old West Rodeo in Hailey. Not that I don’t enjoy rodeos, but having grown up in a city curiously bereft of the need to wrangle cattle I do find it all a little baffling (especially when they lasso those cute little calves). But as long as I can keep telling Little Sun he’s too young for mutton bustin’ all will be well (although I’m sure the fearless Baby Sun will sneak off on the first passing sheep). I’ll just have to console myself with gawping at the gorgeous Rodeo Queens.

Tuesday, July 3
The place to see and be seen (at least until the Symphony rolls in to town) on Tuesday nights is Ketch’em Alive. This low-key, free, weekly concert at Ketchum’s Forest Service Park is perfect for the whole family. Just one of the many reasons I simply love summer.

Wednesday, July 4
The big day itself. Being American-born and British-raised, Independence Day has always sat a little uncomfortably with my dual nationalities, but who doesn’t love a parade? And that’s where I’ll be come noon, jealously guarding a prime slice of Hailey Main Street real estate, ready to wave vigorously as Mr. Sun rolls by in a big red fire truck with Baby Sun and Little Sun dangling out the windows.  Then, after strapping the kids down for a nap to get them ready for the long night ahead, we’ll mosey on up to Sun Valley to watch 2011 US Gold Medalist Ryan Bradley spin in the first Sun Valley On Ice of the season, followed by the obligatory spectacular fireworks exploding over the Lodge.

Thursday, July 5
I will tolerate Mr. Sun’s efforts to turn my son into something other than a great British/American Wimbledon Champion by exposing him to the skills of the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championship riders. The culmination of the week-long biking bonanza Ride Sun Valley, the championship races begin today on Baldy. We’ll watch as the best American cross-country, short track cross-country and Super D riders race for the chance to represent their country at the London Olympics (race start times).

Friday, July 6
Today, it will be Little Sun’s turn to show off his prowess on two wheels as he gets a chance to cover the same trails the pros do in the Ride Sun Valley Kid’s Mountain Bike Race. As you’ve no doubt gleaned by now I’m a bit of a nervous mother, and if it all gets too much for me I will head in to town for some wine and art at the superlative Sun Valley Gallery Association Gallery Walk.

Saturday, July 7
Time to ditch the highbrow (and the kids) for some good old fashioned partying at The Sun Valley Shakedown. There’s quite the line-up, but I’m particularly looking forward to the signature New Orleans-stylings of the Dirty 
Dozen
 Brass
 Band.

Sunday, July 8
Based on the fact that we have four times as many bikes in our house as people, the chances are high that the whole family will be back at Baldy today to see the culmination of the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. From the safety of the River Run Lodge we’ll be cheering on the insanely brave boys and girls careering down Baldy. As thrilling as that sight will be, it’s the one later this evening that I am most excited for. The week from will end in paradise as I watch angels dance on earth when the San Francisco Ballet‘s dancers, including the exceptional Maria Kochetkova, grace the stage of the Sun Valley Pavilion for one night only.

Then, if we actually manage to pull off a miracle and cram all this into one week, we’ll likely hibernate until winter rolls in (in about 2 weeks). But please do share, what will be missing out on? Where will you be this week?

Lonestar Concert

Lonestar Concert

August 15th, 2012

8pm

Sun Valley Pavilion

Tickets on Sale June 27th; Call Sun Valley Recreation for more information:  208-622-2135

Sun Valley Shakedown

Sun Valley Shakedown

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Festival Meadows

6pm–11pm

A night of incredible music in a festival atmosphere at the Sun Valley Festival Meadows.  Early Bird Tickets available from May 2-31 ($29 – pretty much a no-brainer).  All general admission from June 1 thru day of show ($34).  Purchase tix at Atkinson’s Markets or online at sunvalleyshakedown.com.  Vendors will be on hand for food and drink (no outside food/bev permitted).

 

This site is beautiful, but it’s no golf course. It’s on mostly flat, grassy terrain. If it rains, there will be mud. Please come prepared!  All entry access is from Sun Valley Road. ADA restrooms (porta-johns) will be available. ADA accessible parking will be available. You must present a valid ADA issue pass in order to park your vehicle.

Online ticket sales will be available until noon on the day of show. Assuming we haven’t sold out, tickets will be available at the door. Will-Call and ticket sales will be located together at the front gate and will open at 3pm on the day of the show. Tickets being sold at any other ticket location will close at their respective end of business hours the day before the show.

There are several great National Forest campgrounds located very close to the venue. Visit the Sawtooth National Recreation Area website for details and reservations or click this handy site for camping options – forestcamping.com/dow/intermtn/saw.htm

We love kids, so feel free to bring them. Children 10 and under will not be charged admission. Parents please be prepared to provide documentation of your child’s age if they appear to be older than 10. Keep in mind that this is a long evening of music. Parents – you are responsible for the supervision of your kids.

From Highway 75 in Ketchum, turn east on Sun Valley Road – you won’t miss it.

Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples at Sun Valley Pavilion

Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples at Sun Valley Pavilion

Thursday, August 30

7pm

Series tickets available to purchase for members April 13th @ 10am
Individual tickets available to purchase for members April 20th @ 10am
All tickets available to purchase by nonmembers April 27th @ 10am
Click here for series pricing chart

Pavilion Seating Map
There is no early entry for this show. All ticket holders will be admitted at 6pm.

Pavilion Seating Prices:
Tier 3: $50 / $60 nonmember
Tier 2: $60/$70 nonmember
Tier 1: $75 / $85 nonmember
Premium seats: $85/$95 nonmember

Lawn seats: $30/40 nonmember
(picnics will be allowed on the lawn at the Pavilion and the big screen will be in operation that night!)

Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her Grammy award winning albums, ‘Nick of Time’ and ‘Luck of the Draw,’ which featured hits such as, “Something To Talk About” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” With nine GRAMMYs under her belt and a long history of social activism, she tours regularly incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule. After a brief hiatus, Raitt is back and recharged with a batch of great new songs to play in her live set along with the tried and true favorites that have treated her very loyal following to countless memorable shows through the years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s nineteenth album, ‘Slipstream,’ is daring, bluesy, and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. Out April 10, 2012, ‘Slipstream’ marks Raitt’s first new album in seven years, and the debut for her newly-minted label, Redwing Records.

Opening for Raitt is legendary gospel and rhythm and blues singer, Mavis Staples, who began her career over sixty years ago singing with her ground-breaking family group, the Staple Singers (“I’ll Take You There”, “Respect Yourself”). Staples has been nominated for Grammy awards in blues, gospel, folk, and pop categories and is the winner of the 2011 Best Americana Album award and a 2005 Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. With both The Staple Singers and on her own, Mavis is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. Rolling Stone named Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” among Top 500 Songs of All Time.

http://www.bonnieraitt.com/ 
http://www.mavisstaples.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Martini at River Run

Pink Martini at River Run presented by Sun Valley Center For The Arts

Monday, August 13

7pm

Series tickets available to purchase for members April 13th @ 10am
Individual tickets available to purchase for members April 20th @ 10am
All tickets available to purchase by nonmembers April 27th @ 10am
Click here for series pricing chart

GA member $35 / GA nonmember $45 EE member $75 / EE nonmember $85
EE = Early Entry Admission to venue at 6pm
GA = General Admission to venue at 6:15pm

“At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue.” Comprised of twelve musicians, and drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Pink Martini is like a rollicking around-the-world adventure.

http://pinkmartini.com

Sun Valley Opera’s Summer Spectacular Concert

Sun Valley Opera’s Summer Spectacular Concert

Sun Valley Pavilion

June 30; 8pm

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and special guest Alyson Cambridge

Presented by Sun Valley Resort & Sun Valley Opera

For General Admission tickets, please contact Sun Valley Resort at 208-622-2135

or visit seats.sunvalley.com

 

 

 

 

A frequent and compelling presence on the recital and concert stages, lyric soprano Alyson Cambridge makes an encore appearance on the Sun Valley Opera’s concert stage.  Equally comfortable in her high and low ranges, Ms. Cambridge has been appearing to critical acclaim around the world, has been signed by Choppard Diamonds to appear in their ads and is part of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s bold new advertising campaign in which a 5-story poster of Alyson hangs on the outside of its building.

 

Kenny Loggins Concert with Blue Sky Riders!

Kenny Loggins Concert with Blue Sky Riders!

June 26th; 8pm

Sun Valley Pavilion

Tickets available for purchase at seats.sunvalley.com or call 208-622-2135

 

blueskyridersband

 

The Great British Invasion

The Great British Invasion!!Featuring U.K. bands, Thunder and The Union With Special Guest Marina V, this show is sure to rock the house.

The culminating event of an iconic Harley Davidson Charity Motorcycle ride organized by UK’s Childline Rocks to benefit UK, Canadian and U.S.  War Veterans is sure to have you dancing in the isles.

Starting at 5:00pm will be The Union which recently won Best New Breakthrough Act at last year’s Classic Rock Awards. Their vocalist Peter Shoulder is one of only three Britons ever to win a WC Handy Awards from The Blues Foundation of America, the other two being Peter Green and Eric Clapton.  Check ‘em out:  The Union Official Website.

After the Union wows you, get ready for more. of the members of Union will re-unite with members of Thunder.  Officially disbanded in 2009 they have come back together for just 2 appearances this year:  one in the U.K. and one right here in Sun Valley at the Sun Valley Pavilion!! Formed in 1989, Thunder was voted the best British live rock act…you won’t believe your ears:  Thunder Official Website

Doors:  4:00pm

concert: 5:00pm

Tickets :  seats.sunvalley.com or call 208-622-2135

Trey McIntyre Project

Trey McIntyre

Huey Lewis and The News

HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS

Benefit Concert for the Danny Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund

Performance starts at 8 pm                                Doors open at 7 pm

TICKETS can be purchased on-line at seats.sunvalley.com, through Sun Valley Recreation Center in the Sun
Valley Village, or by calling (208) 622-2135/888-622-2108. Tickets are non-Refundable.

PREMIUM SEATING
Premium ($250) tickets include access to the VIP Cocktail Party (6:30pm) with The Band at the Pavilion Terrace.

WILL CALL/TICKET OFFICE opens at 6 pm the night of the show at the Pavilion. They can also be printed at
the Recreation Offce in the Sun Valley Village in advance prior to August 17th, 2011.  Phone: (208) 622-2135.
SEATING is reserved inside the Pavilion

- Please note – for the frst 5 rows, people may venture up front near the stage
- The last 5 rows are exposed to the weather

Huey Lewis & The News will perform for approx 90 minutes with no intermission. For more information about
the performer, please visit www.hueylewis.com

No Food or Beverage allowed except purchased at the no-host bar at either East or West Terraces inside
the Pavilion which will be open before and during the show.  Snacks will be available as well.

No photography or video allowed.

Daycare/babysitting for your children is available as well with arrangements made in advance: please call
(208) 622-2288 for further details.

For numerous other fun Sun Valley Resort summer activities and planning, please go to www.sunvalley.com.