September 20, 2019
Fall has definitely decided to make an appearance this week and to celebrate its arrival the Valley has some fun activities planned for the whole family. So shake the closet dust out of those jackets and get out and enjoy how beautiful fall is in Idaho.
Its Grandparents Day at Farmstead tomorrow. This number one stop for family fun in the Fall has a new location on Eagle Road out in Kuna. They are recognizing the importance of grandparents by offering free admission to grandparents with a paid grandchild admission. Paid admission is only $8 and under 3 are free so this is a fantastic deal. The day runs from 10 am to 11 pm. This is a really fun place to take the family for some fall fun. They have the original corn maze, tractor-drawn hay rides, a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins, pony rides and even a cow train. So much fun for the whole family! There are events scheduled at Farmstead all this month and next, so if you can’t make it out there for Grandparents Day, be sure to check out there other exciting events scheduled for Fall.
Another fun Family event this Saturday is the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games. These highland games feature male and female athletes from around the world with clan and community booths, food, entertainment and a ton of other Highland fun. This is all happening at Expo Idaho and is put on by the Treasure Valley Scottish American Society. Tickets are $10 with discounts for Seniors and Veterans. Kids under 12, active military and first responders are all FREE. This is a really fun event and kicks the Fall season off in a BIG way.
Now Saturday night brings us events to celebrate Idaho musicians in a big way. First up, its the “September Swing” 1940s Big Band Hangar Dance. Step back into the Big Band era of the 1940s with the big band sound of the Kings of Swing and the sweet serenades of the family Victory Belles from 6 to 10 at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. There will be music, dancing, a no-host bar, swing dance lessons, and contests for the best 1940s attire. So much fun packed into one evening! All ages welcome. This is a fundraiser for the museum’s Post 9/11 Hangar Project, a fantastic project to support all while wearing your dancing shoes!
If you are looking for something with a relaxing tone to it, then you should check out the Outdoor Jazz Concert at the Ann Morrison Fountain in Ann Morrison Park tomorrow from 6 to 10. Boise State Jazz Ensembles will be performing to celebrate the Greenbelt Anniversary and Gene Harris Bandshell Grand Re-Opening. Music starts at 6 and the Boise State Jazz band playing the second set. This is a FREE event and open to all ages. Jazz in the park makes for a great evening.
*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***
With the coming of Fall, this is a great time to visit a ghost town and mark it off your BucketList. Only about 2 hours outside of Nampa, Silver City is the perfect day trip for the Idaho adventurer. Silver City is one of the few old mining towns that did not burn down or become commercialized into a modern city. The Idaho Hotel sitting on the main street in town is just as it was 100 years ago with a few modern amenities and maybe a few old ghosts hanging around. The town contains about 75 structures that date from the 1860s to the early 1900s. In its prime, Silver City had about a dozen streets, 75 businesses, 300 homes and a population of around 2500.
Surrounded by the Owyhee Mountains at an elevation of 6200 ft., Silver City boosts amazing views with great hiking and camping all around the area. You can even contact Sinker Creek Outfitters for a historic horseback ride exploring the city, the Owyhees, Empire City, Ruby City and more.
Certainly one of the better ghost towns in the Northwest, there is still enough of Silver City standing to give visitors a good idea of how it was in its heyday. There are some great ghost stories going around town to keep your blood pumping while exploring Silver City. Descendants of the original inhabitants of the town tell of the custom of sitting up with dead bodies the night before they were buried to make sure the person was dead and keep the rats away. They tell of Chinese Polly who had been bought, sight unseen, by a saloonkeeper who promptly lost her in a poker game to a man who freed her and then married her, and the shootout that occurred outside the front doors of the hotel on April Fools Day 1868. They say when staying at the hotel you can feel the ghosts of the past miners all around you. I don’t know if I would enjoy that, but you ghost hunters sure would.
This is a great opportunity to explore some of Idaho’s history and it can be a day trip or you can do some camping and explore for the whole weekend. Get out and enjoy before the weather makes the drive impossible except by snowmobile. Which in Idaho could be tomorrow!