“When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around.”-Willie Nelson

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, there is much to be thankful for here in the Wood River Valley.

Winters are an especially great time of year around here. Ski season kicks off and soon we’ll enjoy endless downhill and Nordic terrain right at our ski-tips. Baldy is still expanding, adding 380 new acres in Cold Springs. Dollar will once again be home to a world-class terrain park. And the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation team has been doing impressive upgrades at Rotarun.

We also really love hockey around here and the Suns are kicking off the season by hosting the Bozeman Stingers this weekend at Hailey Ice.

We are also blessed with lots of delicious places to dine, friendly places to shop, and lots of great live entertainment from plays to bands all season long.

The staff and board of The Chamber would like wish you well as Thanksgiving and another winter season arrive. We hope you have plenty of blessings to count.


Upcoming Chamber Events

The 16th Annual Turkey Trot has become a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many local families. While some run, most folks walk the 5k with family, friends and leashed pets as the course winds through Draper Wood River Preserve and the streets of west Hailey. Schwag bag pick up for the first 500 folks to sign up is Wednesday, November 27th at the Hailey Welcome Center next to the Campion Ice House. Day of race registration happens in front of Sturtevant’s in Hailey.

The Hailey Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, December 6th from 4:30-5:30 at the Blaine County Courthouse. The Chamber and the City of Hailey invite the public to come and meet Santa, enjoy some cookies and cocoa and kick off the holiday season in style by lighting the City’s Christmas Tree.

Blaine County Historical Museum will be celebrating the season by opening for two special holiday weekends. The small but impressive museum on Main Street in Hailey will show a film about dogsledding in Hailey in the 1930s on Saturday, December 7th. On Sunday, December 8th Mike White will be performing Christmas music on the piano while they serve free hot chocolate and cookies. December 14th will feature a Kids Scavenger Hunt and Santa will visit the museum on Sunday, December 15th. For more information, go to BCHistoriclaMuseum.org or call 208-788-1801.

Jane’s Holiday House will host our December Business After Hours on Thursday, December 19th from 5-7pm at 14 East Bullion Street in Hailey. It will be a fun and festive occasion, and with less than week to go until Christmas, it will be the perfect time to pick up any last minute gifts while enjoying food, drinks and catching up with local people and happenings.

To find out more about any of these events, please go to ValleyChamber.org, follow the Discover Wood River Valley Facebook page or call 208-788-3484.

By Mike McKenna

This story originally appeared in the Weekly Sun.

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