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What to Do: President's Day

Feb 16, 2012 - 12:05 PM
What to Do: President's Day

President’s Day weekend is here in Sun Valley and there is no shortage on activities to do, sights to be seen and fun to be had in our favorite little big town. Whether you are looking for some reggae tunes, Alpine racing, Nordic skiing, one-of-a-kind art installations, gallery walks or lectures with well-known authors, we’ve got it all. So shut down your computer, get outside and whatever you choose to do, enjoy a beautiful President’s Day Weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho!


Marley in the Mountains: Mountain Niceness and Reggae Jams Return to the Valley

The Good Times return this President’s Weekend for the 4th Annual Marley in the Mountains Festival! Come out and celebrate winter and all the Mountain Niceness! The Greatest Show on Snow! Headlining the 2012 Marley in the Mountains Celebration on Saturday, February 18th is Abja and the Lions of Kush. Other musicians include Soulmedic (California’s top reggae performer), Lions Den Sound System and DJ Vision.  Also, Idaho’s favorites Old Death Whisper, Army of Pines, Captain Dano and the Nobodies will perform.  Reggae/hip-hop sensation Obie Won will be the event MC.  And don’t miss the other special guests and surprises!

When: This weekend! Headliners kick off the event Saturday night at 4:30 PM.
Where: Ketchum Town Plaza
Info: Marley in the Mountains is proud to partner with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS) and its Higher Ground program. SVAS will receive $5 for each pre-sold ticket.  Higher Ground would like to welcome all veterans to enjoy a FREE concert ticket. For more info visit www.marleyinthemountains.com.

Call to skiers of all types!: Leif’s Nordic and Alpine Race is Back!

An Olympic-caliber alpine skier, Nordic skier, ski jumper, biathlete and ice hockey player, the great, glamorous, athletic and romantic Swede Leif Odmark was Sun Valley’s celebrated Nordic God from the 1940’s though the 1970’s. He founded the Sun Valley Nordic Center and was also a champion Alpine Masters racer. He founded Leif’s Race in 1992, a tradition that has continued for 22 years. This race highlights two of Sun Valley and our beloved mountains’ mainstays, Nordic skiing and Alpine racing. We promise there are good times to be had!

When: Saturday, February 18th. Alpine race starts at 10:00 AM and Noridic 5K Race starts at 1:30 PM.
Where: Alpine race takes place on Greyhawk’s Cozy, on the Warm Springs Side. Nordic races are at the Sun Valley Nordic Center and Clubhouse.
Info: More information is available at www.sunvalleyski.com.

“Love you Forever” Outdoor Art Installation: Artist Erin Rachel Hudak and Ochi Gallery

Tomorrow, New York City-based artist, Erin Rachel Hudak (represented by Ochi Gallery) will install a variation of her piece Love you Forever in Sun Valley, Idaho.  The original Love You Forever, made of silver and gold mylar balloons, floated just off shore of the Brooklyn waterfront under the Brooklyn Bridge.  An adoring public service announcement to New York, the installation became, if only for just a few days, a celebrated destination. In Idaho, accounting for weather, the piece will mimic balloons, but be fashioned out of fabric.  In the Festival Meadows, across from Sun Valley’s iconic red barn, Hudak’s message of everlasting adulation will ironically be temporary, but lastingly moving.

When: The piece will be installed Friday, February 17th and will remain in the Festival meadows for approximately three weeks.
Where: Sun Valley Festival Meadows
Info: www.ochigallery.com

Share Your Heart Ball: A special night benefitting Camp Rainbow Gold

Ten years in the making and the Share Your Heart Ball has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in the Wood River Valley.  The Share Your Heart Ball is the primary fundraising event for the Camp Rainbow Gold Program. On Sunday, February 19, 2012, attendees will join  together for a high-energy evening of fine dining, impressive silent and live auction bidding, dancing and fun. Join us for this special anniversary, with new title sponsors The Tunney Foundation. Camp Rainbow Gold started more than 28 years ago as just a week-long camp for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer. It’s now grown into two week-long oncology sessions, a session for siblings, a four-day family-style retreat — all in the Ketchum area — along with a host of other events, support groups and programs in different parts of the state throughout the year at NO COST to the families.

ALL proceeds from the Share Your Heart Ball exclusively benefit the Camp Rainbow Gold Program, including the College Scholarship Program.

When: Sunday, February 19th.
Where: Sun Valley Resort’s Limelight Room.
Info: Visit shareyourheartball.org or get your tickets here.

Author Cherie Burns with Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers

Cherie Burns will talk about her book and share photographs from Millicent Rogers life in her presentation. Burns is the first to write a comprehensive biography of the Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon.  Rogers lived a life emblematic of the first half of the Twentieth Century. From New York, Southampton, Paris, Austria, Washington, D.C. and  Hollywood to Taos, New Mexico she created a sensation and invariably left a  stylist impression. After three husbands and a series of lovers that included Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, James Forrestal and Clark Gable, Rogers settled in New Mexico and reinvented herself a final time in an unpredictable resolution to her high-flying history. 

"Millicent Rogers is truly an American Legend and Cherie Burns has finally given us a wonderful biography about her.” –Diane Von Furstenberg

When: Wednesday, February 22nd. 6:00 PM.
Where: The Community Library, Ketchum.
Info: thecommunitylibrary.org








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