June 28, 2019
Good Morning Everyone! This is a weekend full of a real diversity of things to do. There is something for everyone! And by the way...everything I have here is FREE this weekend!
To start things off we have the Rock the Village David Bowie Tribute at the Village in Meridian. Friday night starting at 5:30 the Band Steady Rush will bring the songs of David Bowie to Idaho in an outdoor concert. This is a family friendly and pet friendly FREE Event. Bring your own low backed chairs and blankets and enjoy music, food, and vendors all courtesy of the Village in Meridian.
Also Friday and Saturday nights the Idaho Dance Theatre is proud to present the Summer Dance Fest Workshop performances to the public. For 30 years now more than 2,000 dancers from across the nation have attended the Idaho Dance Theatre summer dancefest workshop, many going on to have professional dance careers. These performances are the culmination of this years 2 week intensive workshop and is choreographed by Faculty members. FREE Performances take place tonight and Saturday night at the Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. The shows start at 7 pm and is presented by the Idaho Dance Theater in conjunction with the BSU Theater Department.
Now, something a little rowdier Friday and Saturday is the Road to X-games competition returning to Rhodes Skate Park in Boise for the 3rd consecutive year. The Road to X games Boise qualifier brings the worlds best skateboard and BMX competitors to Idaho. This is also a FREE event and open to the public. Boise Parks and Rec will also offer tickets to premium bleacher seating. Last year more than 12,000 fans attended this event. They also feature an interactive fan village with food, sponsor booths and music. The competitions start at 10 am Friday and 1230 pm Saturday. Sounds like a wild ride….literally.
If you are looking for something a little different this summer weekend, assemble your closest companions and dive into this weekend long adventure! At Boise Board Wars 2019, test your stamina, brain power and team power as you develop and prototype a playable board game in just 48 short hours. This event happens at the Boise Public Library on Capitol Blvd starting Friday a 6 pm and running all weekend. There will be trophies for the top 3 teams and the winning team will receive a Game Crafter gift certificate. The top 3 will also be given time to demo their game at the Gem State Gaming Convention. All competitors will be invited to showcase their games at the Boise Comic Arts Festival in August. Materials for game development will be provided, including the opportunity to mold dice and custom pieces. No physical work can be done until the contest starts off tonight, but you can work those brains! Something different for the whole family or a group of friends to collaborate on.
Ladies….the Shoot like a Girl Mobile Range will be at Cabelas in Boise Saturday and Sunday. Shoot Like a Girl's mobile range is the perfect opportunity to grow the number of women in shooting sports through empowering them with the confidence that is instilled after shooting in a controlled environment, under the guidance of trained female instructors.
Inside the range, women are afforded a FREE opportunity to gain experience in handling and shooting handguns, long guns and compound bows using state-of-the-art technology. Women are guided by certified National Rifle Association instructors and archery coaches. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon right before hunting season.
Ready to mellow things out Saturday night? Then head to Kuna to watch Gary Tackett and Full Moon Rude along with Sweetbriar perform in the Music on the Greenbelt Concert Series. These two HomeGrown Idaho originals bring a bucketful of Idaho musical talent to the stage and a show you don’t want to miss. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in by the river behind City Hall for this free family friendly event starting at 6 and including live music, food and a great time. I’ll see you there!
I also want to note an important event happening throughout July is the Grocery Outlet Independence from Hunger Campaign. During this independent month, Grocery Outlet will match every $5 donation with an equal donation of their own. They are also collecting food and cash donations to distribute to those who need them. All donations stay within the community to help out those in Idaho needing a little hand up. Please reach out and help out this fantastic cause.
*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***
This week’s bucketlist adventure is a little closer to home. Have you been out to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival? Its a theatre in the great outdoors of Idaho. The amphitheater is located along the Boise River on Warm Springs. You can bring a blanket, a picnic basket and even a bottle of wine and sit under the stars while enjoying some of the best theatre shows you will ever see. (They also have their own cafe if you don’t feel like packing that basket.) From Shakespeare to much more....they do theater in an unforgettable manner. If you love theater, and even if you don't, this is an experience you will enjoy for years to come.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has provided Idaho with a unique art and theatre experience since 1977 and is still going strong. To quote Retroscope Media...
"As you enter our outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve, you’ll be embarking upon a theatrical experience like no other! In addition to all the magic, drama and passion of professional theater, and a 770-seat, state-of-the-art facility that was built to feature the human voice, the Festival Amphitheater & Reserve is nestled in a unique habitat that is home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species. The Festival operates under an agreement with the Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. As you wend your way into the theater proper, you’ll enjoy native plants, the songs of water birds and glimpses of deer, heron, ducks, geese and an occasional fox."
Many of the actors showcasing their talents are from BSU’s Theatre Department, as are much members of the stage and theatre crew. I have worked with these amazing talents while getting my Theater Degree at BSU. Some of the best costume and stage designers in the country lend their teaching talents to BSU.
They also provide camps and workshops all summer long open to the public. You can check out their website for more information.
This is an Idaho original and not to be missed. The whole family will enjoy it and they have student discounts so young people can be exposed to the amazing world of theatre. This was one of the first things I put on my BucketList. The idea for this venue was created right here in Idaho and it has grown to be the huge experience it is now. A definite item not to be missed, and right here in town!
Next week Steve Shannon is taking some much earned vacation time. I will be taking the time to catch the blog up on all the ADVENTURING I have been doing! Stay tuned! I'll be back on the radio July 12...just in time to wish my son Happy Birthday! Have a great 4th of July and remember to get your Adventure on!