Company of Fools is a professional non-profit theatre company celebrating its sixth season and dedicated to bringing the highest caliber of theatre and arts-in-education programming to the Wood River Valley as well as greater Idaho. The company has produced such shows as Fool For Love starring Bruce Willis, Side Man, The Philadelphia Story, The Seagull and A Christmas Carol. Production focus is given to selected works that deal with "the human heart in conflict with itself" and to an American perspective of these works. Company of Fools' arts-in-education programming includes, the theatre component of Blaine County School District Academy for the Arts & Sciences, Stages of Wonder (grades 1-5), internship and apprenticeships, adult actor training, student matinees and master classes in acting and directing taught throughout the United States.
The Blaine County Historical Museum serves as a place for participants to explore the Wood River Valley's past, research family histories, and view stored vignettes of mines, schools, agricultural contributions, transportation expansion, famous literary personalities, period fashions, western attire, and political memorabilia. Each display contributes to the historical perspective of life as early inhabitants and pioneers experienced it. The museum is located in Hailey in the Gem State of Idaho. It was established in August 1962 to "Discover, procure and maintain whatever may relate to the history of Blaine County." It is housed in a building built in 1883 and was donated to
the City of Hailey by the pioneering Friedman family, for the purpose of establishing a museum. The building was originally an adobe structure and has housed several occupants over the years. The area encompassing Blaine County has experienced a rich and colorful history.
The Ezra Pound birthplace at Second and Pine is being restored as a cultural gathering place for the community. The house is an example of mining town Victorian architecture, popular during the 1880's. The poet Ezra Pound was born there October 30th, 1885 while his father served as Register of the U.S. Land Office. He went on to become one of the most influential poets, editors, and critics of the 20th century. Often called the father of Modernism, Pound was a mentor to young writers such as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Marianne Moore. He was a lifelong friend of Ernest Hemingway and helped publish his first stories. Hemingway is buried in the Ketchum Cemetery. When the restoration of the house is complete, the site will serve as a memorial to Pound and to Roberta McKercher, beloved Hailey journalist, who owned it for 37 years. Under the guidance of the local Ezra Pound Association, cultural programs such as poetry readings, art exhibits, classes, and musical events will be offered in the future. For information call (208) 788-2071.
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is a non-profit educational arts organization founded in 1971 by Glenn and Bill Janss. The Center offers cultural experiences that are exceptional for a community located far from urban centers. We believe our purpose is community service, and that the arts are an integral part of our development as human beings. The Visual Arts department, through our gallery, offers programs ranging widely in scope, structure and subject, including exhibitions of works by local artists, nationally recognized contemporary artists, and museum-quality educational exhibitions. Our Performing Arts presents a spectrum of the nation's finest performing artists; programs feature chamber music, blues and jazz, contemporary theater, film, and modern dance. The Education and Humanities department offers art classes for adults and kids as well as lectures, discussion groups and symposia on various topics. Several times a year, the departments collaborate on multi-disciplinary projects that explore a theme or concept in depth. Our two major annual events are the Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival and our only fund-raising event, the Sun Valley Wine Auction.
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) has approximately 750 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300 plus high mountain lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas.
The US Forest Service manages the SNRA. It consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country and is located North of Ketchum. Recreational pursuits include the usual outdoor activities of camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating, observing nature, photographing and bicycling. Golden Age, Golden Access and Golden Eagle passports are honored. Inquire about the Trailhead Vehicle Parking Pass. The camping season usually runs from Memorial Day to about mid September. Fee boxes are located at each campground. Also, regulations and camping limits are posted at each campground. In the developed campgrounds, there is a 10-day camping limit except for the 6-day limit at Outlet, Glacier View and Point Campgrounds located at Redfish Lake.
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