The Fourth is Looking Fab

The big Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner, and no one does it better than Sun Valley. Now is the time to make sure you’ve secured tickets to all the concerts, shows and events that will make celebrating the nation’s independence unforgettable.

At Sun Valley itself, the Fourth will be feted with the first Sun Valley On Ice of the season on Friday, July 4. This star-studded event beneath the stars features the one-and-only Gracie Gold. Gold, the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2014 National Champion, is figure skating’s golden girl. Known for her beauty, grace, athleticism and lyricism, Gold will take your breath away. It’s rare to get this close to a star of Gracie’s caliber, so be sure to get your bleacher, Sun Room, or fabulous dinner buffet seats today. Also lighting up the ice on the Fourth will be Jason Brown, the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2014 US Silver Medalist, as well as Nathan Chen, 2014 Junior World Bronze Medalist and 2014 US Junior Gold Medalist. The fabulous core skaters and featured skaters of Sun Valley will keep the action – and beat — going strong. We’ve heard a rumor that there is a strong disco influence in this show and it is sure to be quite a night.

Sun Valley On Ice kicks off a star-studded season of Saturday night shows on July 4 with headliner Gracie Gold.

Following the show, Sun Valley will set off a dazzling fireworks display, lighting up Dollar mountain and beyond.

Tickets are still available but are going fast. To make sure you don’t miss a moment of this spectacular show, click HERE or please call 208.622.2135. To make the most of the weekend, book a special hotel package, as well. Stay at the Sun Valley Resort July 4 and enjoy two tickets to Sun Valley On Ice and buffet for only $209 per person, double occupancy. Bleacher seating is also available for two plus one night’s lodging for $158 per person, double occupancy. Ask about children’s tickets, too. For reservations, please call (866) 893-4452.

Close your eyes -- you'll swear it's John, Paul, Ringo and George

Close your eyes -- you'll swear it's John, Paul, Ringo and George

The fun continues in Sun Valley on July 5 when the Fab Four play the beautiful Pavilion. At 8 p.m., this first-class Beatles’ Tribute band weaves their precise attention to detail and uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs into the fabric of the weekend. This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-evolving career and live performances of classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

A concert at the glorious Sun Valley Pavilion is one you will never forget

A concert at the glorious Sun Valley Pavilion is one you will never forget

The holiday weekend kicks off with music of another sort – the upbeat, “dare you not to dance” sounds of Michael Franti & Spearhead, performing an evening concert at River Run on July 2 at 6 p.m. A part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series, Franti is a Valley favorite and puts on an amazing show that also features SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall. Tickets are still available for $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Early entry (entry 15 minutes prior to general admission) costs $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers plus a $1 per ticket Reverb charity donation. A special VIP Party pack is available. Please click HERE to buy tickets and for more information.

Please note, picnics will be allowed at River Run, as usual, but due to liability concerns, Sun Valley Company will no longer allow outside alcohol at concerts. Bring ID if you’d like to purchase alcohol on site. Bags and IDs will be checked by Sun Valley Security.

Last time Michael Franti & Spearhead played River Run, an amazing time was had by all. Don't miss it!

Last time Michael Franti & Spearhead played River Run, an amazing time was had by all. Don't miss it!

Fun with Franti begins earlier in the day, though, when the Soulshine Tour Yoga Experience hits the idyllic Trail Creek Cabin picnic grounds. Starting at 11 a.m., live music, DJs, yoga and fans all take part in what organizers call “one ridiculously awesome jam.” The morning begins with a very special mass acoustic music and yoga practice, featuring Michael Franti and friends playing live and a class led by Allie Purdy. The yoga is appropriate for all levels, ages, shapes and sizes. The yoga event will last a roughly 90 minutes, followed by an hour-long traditional yoga class taught by Allie Purdy with Michael Franti performing a couple acoustic songs on either end of the class and physically participating with fans. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for this event. Please bring yoga mats and water, but leave your dog at home. The event is rain or shine and is non-refundable. Tickets are $20, $10 if purchased with a ticket to the Soulshine Tour Concert (plus tax). For more information on The Soulshine Tour Yoga Experience, please visit:

And the Fourth wouldn’t be the Fourth without the Hailey Fourth of July Parade. This true community event features an old west shootout gang portrayal and fun-filled, family-friendly parade that runs down Main Street in Hailey from noon until approximately 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Wood River Valley Inspires.” The Grand Marshal will be Dick Fosbury noted for his “Fosbury Flop” and for sharing his love and enthusiasm for sports, especially track and field, around the world.

Hailey's family-friendly Fourth of July parade is non-stop fun

Hailey's family-friendly Fourth of July parade is non-stop fun

Also in Hailey, enjoy the Rodeo over the long weekend. The Sawtooth Rangers Fourth of July Rodeo runs starts July 2 with “Family Nite” (kids ten and under are free). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show usually lasts until about 10 p.m. Tickets are available at all Atkinsons’ Markets and at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce in the Welcome Center located at 781 S. Main Street. All Tickets are General Admission and sell out fast so get there early! This is the 66th annual “Days of the Old West Rodeo.” It runs through July 4.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Ride Sun Valley events continue through July 5. On the Fourth, the Hailey Criterium races around downtown Hailey following the parade. On July 5, some of the best mountain bikers around compete in the U.S. Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships on Baldy.

All the action is back on Baldy on July 5 for the US Marathon National Mountain Bike Championship, part of Ride Sun Valley

All the action is back on Baldy on July 5 for the US Marathon National Mountain Bike Championship, part of Ride Sun Valley

Oh yes, and the gondola and Christmas Lift on Bald Mountain open to bike traffic on July 1.


Get out there and enjoy a real, small-town, western Fourth of July with a lot of pretty impressive bells, whistles, and yes, fireworks. Have a safe, fun weekend!


Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

Presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts

Thursday, July 4, 1–3pm

Continuing a favorite community tradition, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host an old-fashioned ice cream social after the Fourth of July parade in Hailey.

This free community event has become a summer tradition: walk or bike over to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey, for a traditional ice cream social after the Fourth of July parade. The Center will be serving free root beer floats made from ice cream donated by the United Dairymen of Idaho and root beer by local brewer, Bucksnort Root Beer, from 1 to 3 pm Thursday, July 4. The date is also the birthday of Roberta McKercher whose former home is now the Hailey home of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

July 4 will also be your final opportunity to see the exhibition, Home Front (on display March 14–July 4, 2013, at The Center in Hailey). Part of a multidisciplinary project, this exhibition features artwork made by men and women who have participated in Higher Ground Sun Valley‘s rehabilitation programs for wounded veterans alongside Hailey photographer Matthew Hayes‘ photographs of Higher Ground Sun Valley participants. .

For more information about all Sun Valley Center for the Arts programs, visit or call 208.726.9491 ex 110.


The Skaters are Back in Town

Don't miss the magic of Sun Valley on Ice

Don't miss the magic of Sun Valley on Ice

Walking into Sun Valley’s indoor skating rink last week to pick up my daughters from their lessons, I noticed a change in the air. On the ice were the regulars — working hard on their jumps and spins — but out of the corner of my eye came a blur of speed that ended in a back flip. I did a double take. That was Ryan Bradley, 2011 US Gold Medalist, US Silver Medalist and the headliner for the first Sun Valley on Ice July 4. The skaters were back in town!

Ashley Clark, a core skater for the past eight summers said that the tight-knit group looks forward to this reunion every year. “During the winter, we all go our separate ways and it is always terrific to show up to that first rehearsal,” she said. “On some level we all consider Sun Valley home, so it is a homecoming for sure.”

Ashley Clark heats up Sun Valley ice

The one and only Ashley Clark heats things up

This winter, core skaters from Sun Valley on Ice could be found, among other locales, in Philadelphia (Brent Bommentre), New York (Kim Navarro), Hong Kong (Craig Heath), Florida (Jeremy Barrett), Colorado (Ryan Bradley) and San Francisco (Ashley). Joel Dear could even be found performing an amazing aerial act on a cruise ship at sea.

“We join Darlin Baker and Natalia Zaitseva, who are in Sun Valley year-round, as well as Jozef Sabovcik and it’s game on! Usually, whoever is in town gets together for dinner and drinks even before the first rehearsal and it’s great to catch up on what everyone’s been up to,” Ashley said. “And this year, three new skaters are joining the show, including Ryan, which is exciting. Everywhere we go we hear, ‘the skaters are back!’”

Though dispersed nine months of the year, Sun Valley on Ice remains on the performer’s minds. For instance, during her time in California, Ashley worked diligently on this summer’s programs including one based on the fire dancing lessons she took over the winter. Yes, you read that correctly, fire dancing… on ice.

Consummate performer Craig Heath puts a smile on everyone's face

Consummate performer Craig Heath puts a smile on everyone's face

Overall, the theme of this year’s production is based on Broadway hits and will appeal to everyone in the audience. Choreographer Lori Benton has been hard at work creating eye popping, memorable numbers that will most likely leave you humming long after the show.

In addition to the performances by the core skaters, the biggest names in figure skating grace Sun Valley ice each week. This year’s all-star lineup includes: Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, Surya Bonaly, Ashley Wagner, Kurt Browning, Alissa Czisny, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier as well as the up-and-comers of the Junior world. Ryan Bradley will remain with the cast for the summer, as well. For a full list of performers, please click here.

Tickets are available online, at the Sun Valley Recreation Office in the Village (208-622-2135 or toll free 888-622-2108) and at the box office the night of the show based on availability.

I have probably attended more than 30 Saturday night ice shows over the years, and it is still a thrill to be so close to the world’s best figure skaters, beneath a broad canopy of stars. There is something magical about Sun Valley ice shows, something singular, something that can only happen in Sun Valley. Whether you are here for a week, the summer, or forever, no visit to Sun Valley is complete without spending a Saturday night at the rink.

In order to make your experience the best it can be, here is Sun Valley on Ice 101:
• If you purchase bleacher seats, bring a blanket or extra jacket to sit on.
• Layer up! When the sun sets the temperature really drops.
• For a sneak peek at the show, grab lunch on the Gretchen’s patio on a Friday. Chances are, you will see members of the show practicing.
• The pros are all very gracious and love to sign autographs and chat with fans following the show. Be sure to stay if you’d like to say hello to your favorite skater.
• Clap loudly and smile broadly. The performers in Sun Valley on Ice say one of the reasons they so enjoy this show is that they are so close to the audience. They feel and feed off of your energy and enthusiasm.
• If children are coming to the show (which they absolutely should!), a nap earlier in the day is a good idea. Shows begin at dusk, which early in the summer doesn’t fall until 9:30 p.m. or later. The shows last about an hour. Napping on show nights was always a ritual for everyone at my house!
• An extra special way to enjoy Sun Valley on Ice is to make a reservation for the lavish dinner buffet on Gretchen’s terrace before the show.
• Up the ante even further by enjoying a special Sun Valley room package the night of the ice show. You will receive tickets to the performance and a wonderfully comfortable bed, all while remaining at the center of the action.

Headliners, like Sasha Cohen, are usually happy to meet fans after the show

Headliners, like Sasha Cohen, are usually happy to meet fans after the show

If you or your children are inspired by the ice show, most core performers, as well as Sun Valley’s other accomplished pros, are available for private lessons. Many also teach clinics that run throughout the day and are appropriate to many abilities. A few laps around the iconic outdoor rink is de rigueur no matter what. Skates and helmets are available to rent and general sessions, open to all, take place throughout the day. There is no cooler place to spend a hot summer day.


Recipe from the Resort: Trail Creek’s Baby Back Ribs


Trail Creek Baby Back Ribs with twice-baked potatoes and apple cider vinegar coleslaw

Welcome to The Valley Sun’s new Recipes from the Resort series. Over the coming weeks I’ll be scouring Sun Valley’s restaurants for some of the best dishes to pinch for your personal cooking pleasure.

This week I pried the secrets to Trail Creek Cabin’s mouthwatering rib sauce from Wendy Little, head chef at the rustic retreat. So, if your Fourth of July BBQ is not the hit of the neighborhood, I cannot be blamed!


Baby Back Pork Ribs
with Trail Creek BBQ Rub
& Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Serves 6-8

Trail Creek Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup mild (light) molasses
1/3 cup Bourbon
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons liquid smoke 
1 chopped chipolte Chile
1 tablespoon Adobo sauce
Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Chill and cover. Can be made one week in advance.

Trail Creek BBQ Rub
3 slabs Baby Back Pork Ribs
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon Chile powder
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Combine all ingredients expect the meat in a small bowl. Rub both sides of ribs with the mixture. Let stand one hour before cooking. Put the ribs in the oven with a water bath underneath. Slow cook the ribs for 3 hours (this can be done a day in advance). Remove ribs from oven and slather with the Smoky Bourbon BBQ sauce. Place on an indirect grill and cook using the Weber Method or something similar. Add wood chips to the grill for extra flavor. Barbecue for about 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with the sauce. Serve with twice-baked potatoes and coleslaw.

Don’t want to cook? Head down to Trail Creek Cabin and let Wendy and her crew cook these up for you: All the taste with none of the effort. They serve these scrumptious ribs and an array of authentic Western fare Tuesday through Saturday nights, call 208.622.2019 for reservations.

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Sun

Sun Valley Resort Plan Frontier Fun On The Fourth

Village Full of Activities for the Entire Family!

Everyone is invited to Sun Valley Resort’s Frontier Fun, Sunday, July 4, beginning at 5 pm in the Village.

The lawns around the Opera House and Duck Pond will be packed with music, a fun zone for games and special appearances by the Rhinestone Roper’s trick horse "Lucky Joe" and the country-western tunes of the Sound County band.

The fun begins at 5 pm with local high school musical talent followed by Sound County. The BBQ starts at 6 pm, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, garden burgers and ice cream.

At 8 pm, the Rhinestone Ropers will perform with Sound County returning to the stage about 8:30 pm.

Free events for everyone in the family will include miniature train rides, roping and rope making, bingo, sack races, bouncy house, bean bag toss, fly fishing fun casting, face painting and more, culminating in an eye-popping  fireworks display  around 10 pm.

For additional information please call 208-622-2248.

Happy Independence Day! DECK PARTY TONGIHT!

River Bar @ Trail Creek Cabin

River Bar @ Trail Creek Cabin

Bike, Hike or Drive out to Trail Creek Cabin tonight and enjoy a drink at The River Bar! $2 Draught Beer and $10 bottles of white and red wine, an unbeatable deal! See you there!