Ole’ amigos! Today, beginning at noon, the Canyon County Fair is dedicated to Latino culture and festivities, including mariachi, folkloric dancing and events for kids. Concerts on the main stage will offer performances by Banda Movil, Banda Toro, Pura Vida Orquesta, Tejano Outlaws and After the Fire. These Hispanic festivities are sponsored by Radio Rancho, Idaho Central Credit Union and Telemundo. The fair ends at 9 tonight. Enjoy!
ENJOY GARDEN VALLEY
The Nampa Thursday Thrivers is a women’s support group, organized in 2012 by the Rev. Jack Bynum, former pastor of the Southside Boulevard United Methodist Church, assisted by Betty Twitchell and Lois Landers. The organization seeks to give comfort, emotional help and encouragement to those suffering the loss of a spouse or loved one. Betty said, “having the support of our Thrivers members has helped us meet the challenges of being alone or single.”
The group meets on the third Thursday of each month for a discussion of problems or spiritual guidance, when they are faced with difficult decisions. They often go to lunch together and take out-of-town fun trips, such as Branson, Mo., McCall, and the Grand Hotel in Baker, Ore.
Seven of the members enjoyed an overnight outing recently, attending the outdoor dinner of delicious lasagna and a performance of “The Little Mermaid” at the Starlight Mountain Theatre in Crouch. Then they spent the night at the unique “Walk on the Wildside Bed and Breakfast” in Garden Valley.
The plays available at Starlight Theatre besides “Mermaid,” include “Grease,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Spitfire Grill.” Dinners under the stars are served at 6:15 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday; reservations due by 5 p.m. the day before. For more information, see http://www.starlightmt.com/ticket-info.html.
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BED & BREAKFAST
OFFERS UNIQUE THEMES
Martha Bollich moved from Texas to Idaho in 1999, discovered Garden Valley and was “mesmerized” by the drive along the South Fork of the Payette River into this valley. She bought a house, which was built around 1930. She began renovating it and named each room according to its furnishings.
The “Shadow Room” honored her mother Wilma and Aunt Evelyn Shadow. The furniture is Victorian from her aunt’s gallery in the French Quarter in New Orleans. This room features an enclosed Jacuzzi tub. The “Call of the Wild” room is her tribute to Idaho and is named after the beautiful sound of the elk bugling from the Elk Ranch across the river from her house. This room’s furniture is a mixture of her aunt’s Victorian antiques and reed furniture by local artists Tiffany and Dale Thuleen. This room is handicapped accessible, with adaptive bathroom equipment.
The living room is filled with art objects collected from around the world, gathered while Martha lived overseas for eight years. Upstairs, she says, “you will enter the Arabian Night Suite.” This is an adventure of pictures, furniture, Bedouin jewelry and carpets from her years living in Saudi Arabia.
“The apartment upstairs was a challenge,” Martha said. The tiles and mosaic river in the kitchen and bath are her rendition of “A River Runs Through It,” and is her tribute to her beloved Idaho. But this apartment is also her “African Room” with pictures and artwork from Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Congo, thanks to her son, who is an international teacher.
Marie Galyean writes the Front Porch column for the Idaho Press-Tribune. Email your local news, club activities, honors and other “tidbits” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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