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Jul
2015
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Events

A Midsummer Oenophile’s Dream (and more)

Summer is always exciting and fun-filled in Sun Valley and one of the most highly anticipated events of the year begins next week. The annual Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction runs this year from Thursday, July 23, through Saturday, July 25 and limited tickets are still available.

Celebrating its 34th year as one of the preeminent charity wine auctions in the nation, everything vine-related is feted and toasted during this amazing three-day event that celebrates Northwest, California, and International wines at a variety of venues.

Raise a glass! The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction returns next week and it’s a great time for a great cause

From exclusive Vintner Dinners to the high-energy Wine Auction Gala and the very popular and more casual Vine and Dine, if you like wine and supporting a wonderful cause, don’t miss a minute.

At the Gala, 40 live auction lots and 40 silent auction lots including once-in-a-lifetime experiences and wines will delight and entice. The Gala, held on the grounds of Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge, is a casual yet elegant night filled with camaraderie, high energy, fabulous entertainment, gourmet fare and surprises. Start the evening sipping samplings from famed vintners then allow Sun Valley’s brilliant Executive Chef John Murcko to further entice your taste buds with multiple courses. The big party takes place under the tent on Friday, July 24 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Gala offers fabulous wines, food and fun

Kick the weekend off with the Junior Patrons Circle Tapas and Tasting from 7 – 10 p.m. on July 23. Sample tasty tapas and savor exciting wines while mingling with fellow patrons of the arts amid a gorgeous setting. You will even have a chance to chat with vintners who have paired wines to complement the chef’s creations.

The weekend concludes with the very popular Vine and Dine, again at Dollar Mountain. Local restaurants and chefs prepare wonderful food and more than 100 wineries contribute their best varietals for endless tasting. The lawn party kicks off at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. and includes live music and dancing. To remember the evening, every participant takes home a complimentary commemorative Riedel glass. This night always sells out so be sure to get your tickets now. This is one party I never miss.

The Vine and Dine lawn party brings the community together for wonderful wines, great food, dancing and a terrific evening

Proceeds from all Wine Auction events support The Sun Valley Center for the Arts. The Center provides educational opportunities in the arts, with fine art and music programming, lectures series and arts education in Blaine County schools.

The Center also brings excellent music to River Run this summer and now is the time to save the date. On Monday, August 3, at 7 p.m., Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will rock the beautiful outdoor venue and is sure to get the audience on its feet. Their hard-edged funk employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews leads this band that has toured in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and Brazil and performed at the Grammy Awards in 2014. In addition, they’ve made guest appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Arsenio and Austin City Limits, according to The Center.

The highly anticipated show featuring Wilco with special guest Vetiver comes to the stage at River Run on Sunday, August 16, at 7 p.m. According to The Center, with lead singer Jeff Tweedy at the helm, Wilco draws influence from alternative country, The Beatles, Beach Boys harmonies, classic pop and more. Known for their adventurous spirit and ever-changing sound, they’ve won two Grammy Awards, made multiple television appearances, and are wildly popular on tour.

 A Center summer concert at River Run is one of the best ways to spend a summer evening

If you haven’t experienced a Center concert at River Run, you must. Bring a picnic or buy dinner from one of the great food trucks, relax on a blanket or low backed chair and then dance the night away under the stars.

More information on all Center summer events, and tickets, is available here.

Here’s to the arts! Cheers!

--RES


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