A Midwinter Night’s Dream

The performers perfected the show during a rehearsal

A rehearsal on Thursday allowed the performers to perfect the show

On this, the shortest, darkest day of the year — the Winter Solstice — rich sounds of traditional Christmas carols and holiday favorites will enliven the long night. This evening’s fifth annual Classical Christmas Concert will showcase stirring melodies and soaring voices, transporting audience members into a peaceful reverie and setting the tone for the coming weeks of celebration.

For many, measures of Christmas music strike (pardon the pun) a chord deep within. The first bars of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the opening notes of carols that have been sung for hundreds of years, a chord from modern favorites, bring a flood of memories and emotions. For instance, for me, Away in a Manger, places me right back beside my grandmother’s upright piano in upstate New York. Her home is decorated with traditional, colorful handmade Norwegian tablecloths and flickering candles. Fresh cookies cool on the rack. Despite the frigid weather, all is merry and bright, secure and safe.

This evening at the Sun Valley Opera House, John Mauldin’s evocative tenor will surely stir your own memories. His sister, Leslie Mauldin’s soaring soprano, will take your breath away. The talents of the Hatvani Chamber Ensemble and of pianist and baritone Jed Moss will weave together bits of memory, feeling and meaning to create an unforgettable evening of live music. Add the festive and popular Sun Valley Carolers and I dare you not to lose yourself to the mood.

It takes a crew a full day to assemble the winter wonderland on the Opera House stage

It takes a full day to assemble the winter wonderland on the Opera House stage

The stage in the Opera House has been transformed for the night and mirrors the winter wonderland outside, bringing evergreens, white lights and everything but the snow, indoors. As the two violins, cello and piano play the first strains of music, close your eyes and let the holidays begin in earnest. But don’t get too lost in the moment – a very special guest is expected to take the stage along with the featured performers.

The sun will set today at 4:32 p.m. Before the doors to the concert open at 7 p.m., enjoy the brisk winter evening in the Sun Valley Village. Bundle up and take a walk through the Village Light Festival, where thousands of twinkling lights mimic the stars overhead. The Holiday Window Stroll leads through whimsical depictions of holidays around the world, Norway included. Visit the Gingerbread Village, a 20-by-30-foot scale replica of Sun Valley’s charm. Enjoy a drink or a bite at a Village restaurant or bar. Then make your way to the historic Opera House, take your seat, and surround yourself with the sounds of the season.

Tenor John Mauldin rehearses a favorite carol

Tenor John Mauldin rehearses a favorite carol

Historically, in the northern hemisphere, the Winter Solstice has been a time of celebration and gathering. In different cultures throughout the ages, Yule logs have been burned to light the long, dark night. Neighbors gathered and feasted. This pivot point from which days will again grow longer and warmer has always been a time of renewal, ritual and reflection.

What better way to spend this night than by enjoying your favorite music, performed by consummate professionals and wonderful entertainers? Settle in and enjoy this midwinter night’s dream.

Tickets are now on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center, by phone at 208-622-2135 or 888-622-2108, or at the door based on availability. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

– RES

Window Wonderland

This detail from one panel shows the great whimsy artists bring to the project

A detail from one of the panels

In a week’s time, when Thanksgiving memories are still fresh and bellies are still full, Sun Valley Village will provide a wonderful opportunity to take a stroll, shop and turn your thoughts to the holidays. Next Friday, November 23, storefront windows in the Village will come to life with eye-popping, three-dimensional, beautifully conceived and crafted scenes depicting the “Language of the Holidays” throughout the world. The new Holiday Window Stroll is certain to be one of the highlights of the season and will hopefully become a Sun Valley tradition.

A transformation of Village shops is underway as Jonnie Hartman, a talented artist in her own right, is busy unpacking everything from bags of brightly colored gumballs, oversize glass jars and Chinese lanterns, to hand-crocheted flowers and huge silver ornaments.  Spread carefully around a staging room in the Village, 13 window-size panels in various pieces, are quickly taking form into a whole.

Holiday window panels awaiting installation

Holiday window scenes awaiting installation

The panels, created by four international illustrators, Danielle Davis (United States), Ben Javens (England), Miguel Ornia-Blanco (Argentina) and Janine Rewell (Finland), are whimsical, bright and detail-dense. According to Jonnie, the artists create the scenes digitally and then transfer images onto enormous, flexible panels – something akin to supersize foam core board but with a waterproof and durable surface. Layering is crucial to the designs.  A sophisticated laser-cutting machine creates lattice borders, drifting snow and hundreds of other details you will have to see for yourself to fully appreciate.

Installation begins at the Sun Valley Signature Store

Jonnie Hartman plans the best way to begin work on a China-themed window

The holiday window dressings are rich in breadth and depth. In the Sun Valley Signatures & Gift Shop this morning, Jonnie was busy measuring and centering the background panel for a display depicting holidays in China. Drill in hand, she readied to hang the panel a foot or so back from the front window of the shop. Once the picture is secured, Jonnie’s next step is to bring the scene to life.  In this case, that means layering a serpentine dragon across the backdrop, hanging paper lanterns and adding dozens of unique touches to the life-size diorama. Stunning.

Throughout this week, installments will go up throughout the Village, as well as in the Sun Valley Inn and Lodge, creating a temporary gallery that encourages a free and interactive self-guided stroll.  Starting on November 23 and continuing through January 4, 2013, participants will receive “passports” at any window location. Visit each one to receive a stamp bearing a holiday greeting, then enjoy a special treat at the end of the stroll

The windows are a part of Sun Valley’s Winter Wonderland Gala.  On December 1, join in the festivities at Sun Valley Village to kick-start the season. Free and fun for all, activities include cutting the ribbon at the Gingerbread Village in the Boiler Room, a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, great food, a special visit from Santa and, of course, a look at those windows.  Festivities begin at 1 p.m and last into the early evening.

Sun Valley’s new window displays promise to fulfill that universal yearning for simpler, more meaningful holidays. The vibrant colors, exquisite details and evocative images will transport you around the world and serve as a reminder of what the season is truly about: friends, family, giving and sharing.  Take a moment to stop, stare and appreciate the season in front of these gorgeous works of art – a gift to the community from Sun Valley!

This window-in-progress sums it up! Merry Christmas!

This window-in-progress sums it up

–RES

Crochet flowers will be added for texture and color

Crochet flowers will lend texture and color

Gumballs will be used in the displays

Bright gumballs add to the whimsical feel of a display

Romance at the Ram

A cozy banquette for two

Last weekend, I found myself without children – a rare state for me. My daughters were whitewater rafting and my son was at a sleepover. With this sudden profusion of grown-up time, my immediate instinct was to avoid my own kitchen and let a professional do the work. I wanted elegance, charm, great food, a cocktail. So I headed to the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village. From the toile draperies to the hideaway wooden banquettes with their needlepoint backs and leather seats, there is nothing I don’t like about the Ram. On the occasion that I have an evening to spend with an adult I really want to talk to (read: a date), the Ram is my restaurant of choice. On Saturday night, I slipped into a booth by the window, admiring the pressed white linens, sparkling crystal, and spotless silver, and allowed the soothing notes of the piano to adjust my attitude. I went from harried mommy-mode to night-on-the-town-mode in record time.

There is something truly relaxing and romantic about the Ram. From the moment you walk into the room — styled with more than a hint of Sun Valley’s Austrian roots in mind – the pressure is off. Unlike some other area restaurants fueled by the see-and-be-seen scene, at the Ram, you can bring a big group and make a scene or simply nod and smile at your fellow diners as you enter (because you will inevitably know someone there), but take comfort in the fact that your privacy will be respected. Many of us locals (you know who you are) seek refuge, while seeking a good meal, at the Ram.

The gateway to a wonderful evening

None of this would matter, of course, without delicious food. For a few years, the Ram’s menu was bit heavy for me, focusing on wild game, red meat and rich sides. Not my thing. Today’s selections are much more eclectic. Sure, you can still get a great steak, but I swapped the red meat for gravlax, the heavy red wine for a perfectly chilled Cosmo, added a fresh beet salad and a hot, creamy cup of New England clam chowder and, voila! I created my perfect meal (plus a few bites from the communal Bananas Foster, of course). My only complaint? Rice pudding is no longer served. I used to go to the Ram just for that. (Hint).

The beet salad is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. The Ram’s chef, Steve Ludwig, was kind enough to share this healthy, delicious fall recipe.

Ram Beet Salad:

 what you will need:

roasted beets

honey-lavender vinaigrette

candied walnuts, crumbled/crushed

ricotta salata cheese, crumbled

chive rounds

picked arugula

picked fresh herbs: chervil, parsley, dill, etc. (whatever you like)

 for the beets:

Find medium to large beets at the store. I use chiogga and golden varieties for this dish since the red beets stain everything. Set your oven to 350 F and depending what type of beets you bought, cut the greens off.  Find roasting pans or pots with lids large enough to hold the beets.  Roast different color beets separate from each other by placing them in their own pan, adding a ½ inch of water, covering tightly with lid or aluminum foil and roasting in oven until a small pairing knife can be inserted easily into the beets.  Depending on how uniform the beets were, some will be done before others; remove beets from pans as they fininsh cooking and continue to roast the remaining beets until all will easily take the pairing knife. Let cool for a few minutes and take clean dry kitchen towel and rub the outside of the cooked beets with this towel to remove the skins.  Trim off the root end if necessary and any blemishes.  Trim the top and bottom to create flat surfaces.  Using a 2 1/2 inch round cutter and going from top to bottom, press down and cut out a cylinder of beet.  Slice these beet cylinders into about ½ inch discs.  Let cool down.  This can be done up to two days in advance.

Next, make the honey lavender vinaigrette.

 

honey-lavender vinaigrette

 ingredients:

1 T and 2tsp lavender

1 T honey

3.5oz chevre goat cheese

1 small shallot, rough chopped

1/2 cup champagne vinegar

2 T water

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper, ground

1 cup olive oil

method:

- put first eight ingredients in blender and process until smooth

- with blender still running, slowly add oil to emulsify

Assemble salad:

1)   toss beets with a touch of salt and some of the honey-lavender vinaigrette

2)   position on plate and top with crumbled candied walnuts, ricotta salata cheese and then chive rounds

3)   lightly dress the arugula and herbs in some more of the vinaigrette and place on top

4)   enjoy!

Sun Valley is currently running fall slack dining specials at the Ram and at all Resort restaurants — a terrific, affordable opportunity to enjoy some great food at a great price!  Be sure to check them out!

Fall Dining Specials

The Toy Store’s 33rd Annual Doll Buggy/Parade

Saturday, August 11, 2012

 

This year’s theme is Yippee-I-O, honoring all cowboys and cowgirls and the Symphony’s premeire of ‘Cowboy Bill.’

Costumes/festive attire for girls and boys encouraged, also decorate your buggy’s and wagons!

The most cherished children’s event of the summer!

1:30 start at the Sun Valley Inn, then wander through the Village to the Pavilion just in time for the family Symphony concert at 2:00pm.

Sun Valley Egg Hunt

Sun Valley Egg Hunt

On Friday, April 6 bring your youngsters, ages 10 & under, to the Sun Valley Village Egg Hunt from 4-6pm.
4pm-6pm Village Festivities include Face Painting at the Village Toy Store and live music in front of Bald Mountain Pizza
4:30pm sharp!  Egg Hunt with great prizes for kids around the Sun Valley Inn Pond

Parents- visit the Sun Valley Village shops for a special egg hunt just for you!
Brass Ranch, Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports, The Toy Store, Panache, Sun Valley Signatures & Gifts, The Chocolate Foundry, Towne & Parke Fine Jewelry and Silver Creek Outfitters

Labor Day Sales!

Labor Day Sales at River Run Plaza & Sun Valley Village

Visit Brass Ranch, Pete Lane’s, Signatures & Gift Stores

River Run Plaza:

  • 50-75% OFF Skiwear & Sportswear

Bike Sale

  • Cervelo RS Road Bikes
  • Turner 5 Spot Mountain Bikes
  • Kona Mountain Bikes
  • Adult & Kids Pathway Bikes

 

Sun Valley Village:

  • 50-60% OFF Skiwear & Sportswear

Sidewalk Sale – 25-75% OFF Select

  • Sun Valley  Logo Apparel
  • Holiday Decor
  • Occasional Gifts
  • Wine & Picnic

Cervélo’s éRide Demo Program is Coming to Sun Valley Resort!

 

 

Cervlo’s Ride Demo Program is Coming to Sun Valley Resort!

Pete Lane’s Bike Shop, July 23rd and 24th!

Free swag, snacks, and refreshments!

Have you ever dreamed of riding a pro-level road bike? Well, Cervlo’s  Ride is coming to Pete Lane’s Bike Shop in Sun Valley!

Ride provides the opportunity to ride the same racing bikes ridden by the Garmin-Cervlo team to stage wins and the yellow jersey in the Tour De France… and the same bike that won the 2011 Paris-Roubaix!

Ride fleet consists of:

The re-engineered 2011 R3
The Plush RS

Individual Test Rides:

Saturday July, 23 from 9am-5pm

Sunday July, 24 from 12pm-5pm

Cervlo Squadron:

Group ride Sunday, July 24th

Arrive no later than 9am, ride leaves at 9:30.

You Must RSVP your size by:

Clicking "eRide" at Cervlo.com

Emailing rent@sunvalley.com

Calling Pete lane’s at 208.622.2279

Already a proud Cervlo owner and want to tag along? Hop on your Cervlo and join the fun! No need to register, just show up.

Ride allows any cyclist to test ride the same bikes used by Team Garmin-Cervlo in a safe and fun environment.

This year’s Ride fleet will consist of our completely re-engineered 2011 R3 model. The original R3 set the standard for lightweight yet stiff, strong and comfortable frames and the latest iteration features BBright, which nearly doubles the frame’s already impressive bottom bracket stiffness.

There is no charge for Ride events. Participants should bring their own pedals, shoes and helmet, and will need to sign a release waiver and provide a photo ID & credit card.

 


Meet the Easter Bunny in the Sun Valley Village on April 22


On Friday, April 22 bring your youngsters to the Sun Valley Village Easter Egg Hunt from 4-6pm.
4pm Easter Bonnet Candy Parade in the Village – bring your own basket to load up with goodies!
4pm Face Painting at the Village Toy Store
5pm Easter Egg Hunt with great prizes for kids around the Sun Valley Inn Pond

Parents- visit the Sun Valley Village shops for a special egg hunt just for you!
Brass Ranch, Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports, The Toy Store, Chapter One Bookstore, Panache, Sun Valley Signatures & Gifts, The Chocolate Foundry and Towne & Parke Fine Jewelry.

Chapter One Bookstore to open in Sun Valley Village

We are excited for the Chapter One Bookstore grand-opening on Wednesday, December 15 in Sun Valley Village. During that time we will be displaying photographs by John Jonas taken on his journey to the Himalayas.

Chapter One Bookstore has been a local and tourist favorite in Ketchum and Sun Valley for over 40 years. Located on Main Street in Ketchum, and in the Sun Valley Village, this independent bookstore features a wide selection of books as well as a friendly and knowledgeable staff, out-of- print searches and special orders.

We have a beautiful selection of cards made by local artists, Buddhas from Bali hand made by local artisans we also carry a great seletion of ICU reading glasses to help you read your favorite books.

Check the calendar and our website for upcoming book-signings and featured artists.

Fun Friday in the Sun Valley Village Shops December 3

Come one, come all to the Sun Valley Village this Friday, December 3.
Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports and the Brass Ranch will be open from 8am-9pm and offering 20% off on all accessories. There will be raffles and prizes. Both stores feature the latest in outdoor apparel for men and women. Pete Lane’s also offers outdoor apparel for kids.

The Sun Valley Signatures & Gifts shop will also be open all day to celebrate their Grand Reopening. From 5-9pm there will be live music, refreshments and a 20% Customer Appreciation Discount. This is a great place to pick up Sun Valley logo wear and fun gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.