Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stanley, ID Sled Dog Rendezvous: Skijoring, Racing & More

Ever since reading "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" as a young girl, I've wondered what it would be like to travel via dog sled. Well, this is an opportunity for spectators like me to observe the sled dog community up close.

If you are already a musher (one that leads a sled dog team) and want to participate in some competitions or learn more about happenings in the sport, come to Stanley Idaho on March 9 & 10.

This is the forth annual Sled Dog Rendezvous. Most of the events take place in the beautiful snow-covered hills surrounding Stanley, a quaint country setting. The Rendezvous features multiple mid-distance dog sled races and skijoring. Anyone is allowed to come and enjoy the competition as a spectator.

Sled Dog Rendezvous Schedule and Fees

Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8th. There is a Mushers meeting at Mountain Village Restaurant at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Applications and fees can be turned in at meeting. Dinner will be provided.

 Beautiful scenery abounds during the Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous, March 9 & 10, 2013[/caption]

Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 a.m. race information will be available and check-in will continue. At 8:30 a.m. the races start. Skijoring will start about 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 10th at 8:30 a.m. the second day of races begins. Skijoring is at 12:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. the awards presentation will take place. For further details, go to or call 208-774-2286.

Lodging in South Eastern Idaho

If in need of great lodging next time you are traveling through Idaho, please consider staying with one of our member bed and breakfasts. Along with superior service and amenities, you can look forward to a home-made, pipping hot breakfast every morning. Plus, you can feel good about supporting a local business owner. So take some time to explore an Idaho Bed and Breakfast near your destination!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Upcoming Wood Carving Show in Boise

The last weekend in February, satisfy your inner lumberjack with a great wood carving show in the lovely town of Boise Idaho. The Idaho Artistry in Wood Show takes place Saturday and Sunday February 23 & 24.

This is one of the leading displays of wood art in the nation. Competitors of all skill levels will showcase their work. The event also includes vendors, raffles, auction and a banquet. Enjoy seeing pieces made by woodturning, carving, burning, marquetry, scrolling, gourds and intarsia.

Do You Carve Wood?

 An entry from the 2011 show.

Be a participant in the show! Registration is the Friday before the show opens from 1-6 p.m. at the Boise Conference Center. The participation fee is $5 for registrations at the door.  Youth 16 and under may compete without cost.

Artistry in Wood Featured Artist

The 2013 featured artist is Liz Meyers. She is a gourd artist and has worked with this natural medium for the last dozen years. Here is her artist statement:

"Perhaps one of the most unique things about gourd art is that you are using something that you have grown from a seed, watched, watered, and talked to through the growing season; harvested; let dry and mold through the winter and then scrubbed clean to create a palate on which to work. They are dimensional, something you can hold in your hand and feel texture, smooth or rough, dense or lightweight, large or very small.  They have their own unique colorings, some very light and creamy and some dark and mottled. They can be woodburned, carved, or painted. They very much mimic wood in their characteristics except for one thing, their shape and size was determined as they grew."

Need Lodging for the Wood Carving Show?

If you are planning on attending the show, consider staying in a Boise bed and breakfast during your weekend. Experience superior quality and make a friend or two!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival 2013

Starting in less than a week, the famous Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival takes place at the University of Idaho. This half-week event is from February 20 - 23.

About the Hampton Jazz Festival

For 46 years, the University of Idaho and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brought together jazz masters and students of all ages to share and celebrate a truly American art form: Jazz music. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has grown from a one-day event to an amazing four-day experience!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sandpoint Winter Festival 2013

After 39 years, Sandpoint Idaho continues to bring buckets of winter fun at their Winter Festival, taking place this year from February 15 - 24.

The 2013 Winter Carnival events include favorites from past years including the cool Rail Jam, Cirque de Sandpoint, downtown bonfire, the Schweitzer Extravaganza and more. And, the very popular Skijoring will return as well. Let's start with this event...

Skijoring - One Horse, One Rope, One Skier.

Combining two favorite pasttimes - skiing and horseback riding - Ski Joring involves horses and riders pulling skiers at high speeds around a course of jumps and gates. Some folks use dogs for these events, but not Sandpoint. These folks are speed junkies!

Ski Joring is an equally exciting show for spectators and everyone's invited to watch the action. There will be booths, food, and some fun surprises. Skijoring is taking place on February 16 & 17 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds (two miles north of Sandpoint), in the rodeo arena.

The competition starts at noon and gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is $3 but parking and children under 12 are free and each paid admission will receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes. Vendors will be present so don’t worry about getting hungry or thirsty at the event...root for your favorite winter cowboys and cowgirls!

Downtown Rail Jam and Bonfires

One of the biggest events of Winter Carnival, the rail jam is a freestyle contest where skiers and snowboarders put up their best acrobatic moves while sliding on handrails and other man-made features. The Rail Jam is on Friday February 15th. Points are awarded for style, amplitude, difficulty and variety. Spinneybent Rails provides a rail jam setup that’s 30 feet wide and 100 feet long rail with two features, a handrail and box. Riders compete for prizes from 7B Boardshop and other sponsors. Spectators can keep warm and catch the excitement by roaring bonfires.

Sandpoint Lodging for Winter Festival

Look forward to a great night's sleep and a delicious breakfast when you choose an Idaho bed and breakfast for your accommodations when in Sandpoint.