Boise What To Do

Aug. 1, 2019

Hello fellow adventures!  I hope everyone has been enjoying the warmer weather and getting their adventure on! I know I have.  I say, lets keep the adventures rolling with an exciting weekend here in the valley.  We have everything from cars to pirates to music and even a parade!  There is something for everyone!

 

1.  First, we have the Boise Cars and Coffee event at the Village in Meridian.  This is an international exotic car show on Saturday starting at 10. Boise Cars and Coffee is a Non-Profit organization whose sole purpose is to rally the community around charitable organizations.  This event is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Idaho. Coffee is being served by Village Coffee. Bring the whole family down to check out some cool rides and support an amazing organization.  

2.  Also this weekend, we have Kuna Days happening in Idaho’s Hometown of Kuna.  Things kick off tonight with pony rides, a petting zoo and reptile exhibit in the park followed  a showing of Back to the Future that starts at 9:30. Then Saturday the boy scout pancake breakfast begins the day at 8 with a 5K fun run to follow at 8 am and a parade at 10.  The park will be full of vendors and fun activities for all ages including a car show, kids carnival, the annual youth mud obstacle course and a hot dog eating contest. The day will end at full speed with a concert behind City Hall featuring Jensen Buck with Fire Dancers and a fireworks finale.  A lot of fun packed into the City of Kuna!

3.  To keep adventuring this weekend, Sunday is the time to don your eye patches and foam swords and float the Boise River Pirate style!  Head to Barber Park at 3 and join in the Boise River Pirate Adventure. A fun adventure for the whole family! Cool off while floating the river and getting your inner pirate on!

***BucketList Adventure this Week***

For this week’s BucketList Adventure I would like to introduce the most haunted campground in Idaho.  Yes...I did say haunted. Farragut State Park is one of Northern Idaho’s best and most diverse recreation and vacation areas.  Located approximately 6 hours from Boise, this well-maintained campground and park is tucked away in the heavily forested northern corner of Lake Pend Oreille.  Farragut has a haunted reputation due to its spookiness come nightfall and its unique history.

Between 1942 and 1946, along with over 293,000 young sailors who were trained and housed here, it was also a fortress-like German POW site.  Now, nobody is quite certain who...or what...is haunting the park and its campsites. It could be the restless souls of former sailors...or maybe vindictive prisoners...or it could be something else.  I’ll leave that to the campers imagination. The only thing for certain is that Farragut’s unique history is definitely a factor and that nightfall is no time to go exploring the woods...unless you are that brave soul looking for adventure and something strange to tell stories about.  

Now this is a very well maintained park that is close to modern conveniences.  There is beach and water access, plenty of scenic views, a museum, trails scattered throughout, cabins for rent and plenty of campsites.  It is also close to Silverwood Theme Park, if you want to check another bucketlist item off your list.  

I have never been to Farragut, but I am headed up there this Sunday to check out the spookiness for myself.  I can’t promise I’ll venture out of my tent at night, but I will definitely be enjoying the lake, doing some hiking and visiting the museum.  I’ll let all of you know if I encounter any spooky visitors!

 

Have a great week everyone! 

Jul. 19, 2019

Hello fellow adventurers!

We are all aware that Garth is coming to town and, of course, it is Snake River Stampede week, but I have managed to uncover a few other super fun events going on this weekend.

1.  The 6th Annual Tater Dash is happening Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm at Twin Oaks Farm.  The Dash is a community event focused on promoting Idaho agriculture and reversing the idea of the couch potato to potato fitness.  You can register online or the day of the Dash.  This is an obstacle course through the mud and fun for everyone.  Bring the kids out and trek through the mud to raise money for a good cause.  The goal of TOF is to preserve this beautiful piece of land and not have it turn into residential development. By supporting their events, you are helping them keep it green!

2.  If you love a great breakfast and want a great way to start a Saturday (I know I do!) be sure to check out the 2nd Annual GI Joe Breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall in Boise.  All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House so you will be helping out children who need it and getting a great breakfast to boot!  The cost is only $10 and well worth it!  

3.  Finally, now that summer is finally here in Idaho its time to get out to America's favorite pasttime.  That's right adventurers...time to get to a baseball game!  The Boise Hawks have a home game this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Saturday and Monday the games start at 7:15 and Sunday at 5:15.  Be at Memorial Stadium to cheer on the Hawks in the perfect family friendly summer event.  Tickets start at only $8.  Be sure to grab a hot dog...hot dogs and baseball go hand in hand!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For this week's adventure I would like to recommend something that is happening the second weekend in August.  The Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho.  This is one of Idaho's most famous gatherings and one you don't want to miss.  I have been there and I will tell you it is a great time to have by all! 

"Now in its 14th year in Challis, the festival prides itself on maintaining its focus on music and a familial atmosphere – something that began decades ago, courtesy of its founders, Muzzie and JoAnn Braun, and their family, who have a deep musical history with the state that goes back decades."

"In the 1950’s, Muzzie’s father Eustacious “Musty” Braun, a musician himself, moved his family (wife Becky and three sons Gary, Billy, and Muzzie) to Twin Falls, Idaho.   Their three sons became musicians themselves, forming a band in high school and playing teen dances and the rodeo circuit. Eventually, Muzzie met Joann and together had four boys – Cody, Willy, Gary, and Micky – raising them in a rural home in Idaho with no electricity, running water, or neighbors. However, the homeschooled foursome had access to a variety of musical instruments, which, not surprisingly, they showed an innate ability to play."

All the boys have become accomplished musicians in their own right and have forged their own paths moving out across the west, however, they still call Idaho home.  They return often to their homes in Idaho including that busy weekend in August that has become known as the Braun Brothers Reunion.  Cody and Willy became the band we all have come to know and love as Reckless Kelly.  Micky and Gary formed Micky and the Motorcars, an Idaho favorite.  

"First held in 1979 in Stanley, Idaho by Muzzie and his three brothers Billy and Gary, the reunion started out as a record release party, but soon became an annual gathering, growing in size from a one-day event to a three-day event, drawing large crowds and artists from outside the region. By 2003, the festival outgrew Stanley itself and was moved to Challis. "

"While the yearly lineup has featured such musical powerhouses as Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Alejandro Escovedo, Jerry Jeff Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson, Guy Clark, and more, the Braun family too finds themselves on that stage during the Braun Family Jam. A highly anticipated part of the BBR, the entire Braun family – Muzzie, the boys, Billy, Gary, and others – takes the stage on Saturday to sing originals and standards. As a wave of nostalgia washes over those who have attended for years, others stand in awe at the talent on stage and the amount of joy they have performing together, a joy that spreads as wide as the mountains themselves."

There are plenty of food and beverage booths, but you won't see vendor booths at this event.  They want the focus kept on the stage where artists are serving up country for a gracious audience.  This year the event happens August 8-10th.  Its a good idea to get tickets early as they are more expensive the day of the events.  To learn more about everything Braun Brothers click here and I'll tell you how much fun I had and give you tips for a fantastic weekend!  This is a BucketList event you don't want to miss!

Have a great week friends!  Listen in next week on KQFC with Steve Shannon Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 to hear all about new adventures!

Jul. 11, 2019

Hello Peeps!  I would like to start this posting by sending out a big Happy Birthday to my son, Garrett DeGraw!  Mom sure loves you!

Now on to this weeks excitement....

I was busy BucketListing down in Twin Falls this past week while Steve was vacationing.  Due to Studio timing, we are revamping things a bit on here so I can’t wait to share what 3 events coming up this weekend caught my attention.  There is a little something for everyone!

  1.  Do you like Improv?  I love it! I’m always intrigued watching the quick wit of some people.  If you are too, Saturday night Longform Improv invades Boise. They are bringing us SUPER SQUID from the darkest depths of black box theatre.  Three local comedy teams will charm the audience with improvised storytelling and lightning-quick wit. They will build a world, from scratch, in front of a live audience.  This is all happening at the Gem Center for the Arts in Boise starting at 7 pm. Tickets are only $10 and go straight to the teams. Let’s help them prove that comedy can pay.

  2. Now, for something a little more family friendly, how about Matilda?  Nothing is more exciting for adults and kids alike than a musical rendition of this family favorite.  Inspired by the Tony Award Winner Roald Dahl this is a fantastic musical. You can catch the show Friday or Saturday at the Nampa Civic Center.  Tickets start at $24 and they do have discounts for seniors and students.  

  3. Guess what I have for you now?  How about something a little unusual….like EXTREME MIDGET WRESTLING!  The world’s smallest wrestlers will be competing. I have always wanted to check this out.  This is an all out pro-wrestling war! Its an all ages show and its happening Saturday night at the Mardi Gras Ballroom.  Tickets start at $5 with VIP and Ringside tickets available. Sounds like a wild time!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

My adventure this week took me to Twin Falls, Idaho.  Only about a 2 hour drive from Boise, I found the perfect day trip.  AWOI offers you the chance to experience the Snake River Canyon in an exhilarating way!  First they offer guided zip line tours. This is a four line course that has you soaring at 45 mph while taking in the beauty of the canyon.  It is fantastic and safe even for kids. We joined two other families as we trekked around flying through the air. It was so much fun. You hike about ¼ of a mile between lines and the rest you are soaring.  They provide all the equipment and their guides really know their stuff. We had a great time with Kory and Lance who told some great stories and even got me...who is scared of heights….anxious to get zipping.

After an exciting zip line adventure, we headed back to rent kayaks and paddle the Snake.  They have kayaks and paddleboards for rent. They give instructions and help you get into the water.  Its a relaxing float. We did hit a little bit of stormy weather, but it didn’t keep us off the water.  There are plenty of spots along the Snake to stop if you want to have a picnic or just go swimming. You can rent the paddle equipment for 2 hours at a time.  The AWOI staff is super friendly and their love of these sports is contagious. We spent the day sailing through the air and then paddling along one of the most beautiful spots in Idaho.  We were home by 8. Its a great way for the whole family to spend a day adventuring. Make sure to let AWOI that Bobbi from Realisitic Guide to a BucketList said hello!

Have a great time adventuring this week!

 

 

Jun. 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!  

  1.  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.  

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

*** Both of these amazing artists will be performing at the HomeGrown Country Music Festival in Kuna September 28th.  Get your tickets here! **

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!

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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!

 

Jun. 21, 2019

Hello Adventurers!

Sure missed chatting with everyone last week.  Steve Shannon and KQFC were very busy with Country Stomp, but we are back! This week is really shaping up to be a busy one.  There is a TON of things happening in the valley. We all know the BIG stuff like Bogus Fest will going on as well as the circus, but I would like to highlight some of the possibly, lesser known, but just as fun, events you don’t want to miss out on.

1.First, Friday night at the Morrison Center there is a show called Rain and it is a tribute to the Beatles.  This is a fantastic show that transports you back in time to the wonderful era of the Beatles. This show has gotten amazing reviews all across the country and is not to be missed.  If you are like me and the Beatles are legends, then you don’t want to miss this. The show starts at 8, but I would get there early to get your tickets.

2.This entire weekend is also the 2019 World Village Festival in Downtown Boise at Cecil D Andrus Park.  Cultural and music enthusiasts from all over are invited to this FREE, family friendly event. There will be traditional and contemporary performances, workshops, art, film and an international market.  This festival celebrates Idaho’s international and traditional artists, musicians, and storytellers. There are participants representing the basque, chinese, japanese, bosnian, greet, latin, african and native american cultures, just to name a few.  The fun starts Friday night at 4 pm and continues thru Sunday. This is a great opportunity to get the family out and introduce the kiddos to some cultural diversity.

3.  Now, an event I’m really looking forward to happens Saturday night at Julia Davis Park.  It is the Boise Lantern Festival. I have been waiting for this festival to come to Boise ever since the Disney Movie Tangled came out!  The event starts at 630 and is family friendly. There will be food trucks, music and a ton of fun. Friends, family and strangers will come together to celebrate life by releasing beautiful water lanterns out onto the Boise River.  Whether you come to launch or just to watch, it is going to be a beautiful event.

4.  Sunday is even looking to be busy this week!  First, start your Sunday off kinda healthy I guess, with Beer Yoga at Lost Grove Brewing.  Taught by Lyndzee Johnson, you can drink a beer and get your yoga on starting at 10. Bring your own mat and the class last about an hour.  Stay and enjoy the brews at Lost Grove after.

5.  End this busy weekend with the Malicious Monster Truck Tour at Meridian Speedway.  Check out these monster trucks getting nasty out on the race track. Bring the whole family to this family friendly event of wild entertainment.  Gates open at noon and the show starts at 2. Looks like some serious fun, not to mention the truck designs are always incredibly cool to view. Tickets are $20 and under with discounts available.  Great way to spend a sunday.

***  BucketList Adventure this Week ***

I have been busy this week working on my Bucketlist.  I spent most of my time down in southern Idaho. I was lucky enough to wander into a place I had no idea would be so awe inspiring.  About 4 and a half hours south of Boise, below Pocatello is a ghost town called Chesterfield. It is not your typical ghost town, Chesterfield faded out gradually, back in the day, from a combination of economic downturns, harsh winters and the pull of an easier life in the city. But those with family ties and roots in the town were reluctant to let the town and its memories die.

The idea for settlement first came to Chester Call as he was traveling through the valley in 1880, in search of grazing land. The next spring, he brought his family up to settle a small ranch because the Salt Lake Valley was getting overcrowded with all of the Pioneers traveling in. He got some friends and family, and before too long, a town arose in the foothills of the valley.

Today, the historic townsite is run by the Chesterfield Foundation, a combination of descendents from the original inhabitants of this community, and has been since 1980 when the first building, the Meeting House, was reconstructed. Currently, most of the historic homes are restored to their original state, including most of the main town buildings. Some of the restored homes are absolutely beautiful.  The details from table setting to bed linens are perfect and so complete you almost want to move in.

I met Jim Douglas and his wife Jolene who are a couple of the caretakers for the town.  Jim took us on a free tour which included the buildings and their historical stories. Details you wouldn’t believe.  There is what they call the romance house, the doctors house and even the haunted house. Super nice people that have dedicated themselves to helping preserve this important piece of Idaho history.  There is even a mercantile store.

The Foundation is working hard to restore the rest of the buildings on the townsite, including relocating a few of the country homes onto the site. Tours are available Monday through Saturday until Labor Day starting at 10 am and ending at 6 pm.  The Foundation does this all themselves with help from donations and grants. They are not a state run facility, so they really appreciate all the support they receive from visitors.

This is an amazing place to visit.  You can literally spend all day exploring the town.  One thing that makes this a unique ghost town in Idaho is that it was not a mining town, but an agricultural area.  Very different than most of the ghost towns you visit in Idaho.  I strongly suggest the tour. Its FREE and you can not only get inside these amazing buildings, but you also get first hand storytelling of the town’s history.  The beauty of this place is astonishing. Its difficult to comprehend how difficult the living conditions were, but when you feel the constant wind, even in the summer, it is a little more clear.

The foundation is in constant need of donations and volunteers.  So if you would like to volunteer your time to explore a ghost town, keep up grounds and teach others the history, here is where you should.  Contact information is available on their website (just click here) and you can volunteer a week, a month or an entire summer. They will welcome you with open arms!  

This is a great day trip or really spend some time down in Southern Idaho  and explore the many other Bucketlist opportunities in the area. Stayed tuned.  I will be sharing more of my southern Idaho adventures in the weeks to follow.

Have a great week!