The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is pulling out all the bells and whistles with a three-day wine auction packed with chocolates, one of the coolest marching bands around, dinners prepared by personal chefs, picnics and, of course, lots of wine. It all goes down Thursday, July 19-Saturday, July 21, in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area.
Among the less expensive highlights of the three-day fete are a chocolate and wine tasting, featuring chief chocolatier David Owens and Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolates on Friday, July 20, and a wine tasting and picnic, featuring March Fourth Marching Band on Saturday, July 21.
"On Thursday, we have all of the higher-end events like vintner dinners, where vintners come and pour wine, and we bring in chefs to design meals around the wine," said Melissa Becker, summer assistant at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
Cocktail attire and jackets are recommended for the vintner dinners, which will be held in private homes across the valley and offer perfect pairings of wine and cuisine prepared by some of the finest chefs in the nation. Similar attire is encouraged for Friday's gala, featuring 40 different auction lots, a live auction, dinner and a surprise performance.
Even if you're not in it for the wine, catching March Fourth is still well worth the trip. This eclectic marching band comprised of musicians, acrobats, stilt-walkers and dancers is known for its wildly theatrical performances and ability to get a crowd dancing.
Proceeds from this annual fundraising event have represented between 30 and 50 percent of the center's annual budget, helping the center achieve its mission of making the arts more accessible.