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28th Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival • The 13th Annual Soul Food Extravaganza • Rat-A-Rama • Idaho Novelist and Poet Gino Sky to Read at Log Cabin

Because There's a Lot Happening This Saturday


Friday 5-Saturday 6

28th Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival

We just can't seem to keep out of the Wood River Valley this summer-there's too much going on. Here's yet another reason to take a day trip to the Valley of the Sun:

Not-so-little old Hailey is hosting the 28th Annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival. Featured acts will include Jefferson Starship (we're a little confused here, too), the Subdudes, Micky and the Motorcars, Hot Strings, Reina Collins, Haydens Wheel, Loretta Gooden, the Kim Stocking Band, Red Headed Fiddler and the Ketchum World Street Band. Come out and enjoy great weather, great people and great tunes.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m., $18 advance tickets covering both days, $20 at the gate, kids and seniors free, Hop Porter Park, Hailey, on the Web at

Saturday 6

The 13th Annual Soul Food Extravaganza

Some Boiseans wait all year for this, start talking about it weeks in advance. And if you haven't attended the annual Soul Food Extravaganza, we envy you your first time.

The whole point of the Soul Food Extravaganza is to increase awareness of African-American culture represented in this community. The Extravaganza celebrates the rich traditions of the Valley's African-American community with neighbors and friends of all cultures with a fun, educational and certainly delicious family friendly event, all the while supporting charitable causes in our community (all net proceeds will benefit local charities and non-profit organizations).

The Soul Food Extravaganza began in 1993 as a large picnic to foster camaraderie among the Treasure Valley's growing African-American community, to share "soul food" staples with different groups around the area and to highlight African-American arts and crafts. In 1997, SFE moved to Julia Davis Park's bandshell in order to accommodate the growing attendees (some 1,000 people). This year, somewhere between 10,000 to 12,000 people are expected to show up and join the fun. Seriously: Be one of them.

All day, beginning at 10:45 a.m., Julia Davis Park, on the Web at

Saturday 6


This event is just too interesting to be missed. Why even consider a dog or cat show when there's a Rat-A-Rama going on?

Put on by RatsPacNW's Rat Fanciers Club in an effort to promote rats as pets and to educate people about this much-maligned critters. No further entries will be accepted, but it's not too late to be a spectator. This fancy rat show features a breed standard and pet class show, and rat breeders and fanciers will display and lecture on all things rat. Plus, rats will be available for adoption.

10 a.m.-6 p.m., $3 adults, $1.50 children 3-13, FREE children under 3, Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman St. For more information, call 761-5071,

Saturday 6

Idaho Novelist and Poet Gino Sky to Read at Log Cabin

Man, there's a lot happening this week on Saturday...

Idaho novelist, poet and Haight-Ashbury Fifth Mesa Allstar Gino Sky will return to Boise (from Salt Lake, where he's been living for the past five years) to mark the 25th anniversary of his classic novel Appaloosa Rising: The Legend of the Cowboy Buddha with a reading at the Log Cabin Literary Center (which he helped to found). Not incidentally, Sky will also celebrate his 70th with an accompanying birthday bash.

Besides Appaloosa Rising, Sky is the author of a sequel, Coyote Silk, as well as several collections of poetry.

The public-old friends and new-is invited to attend.

6:30 p.m., Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 Capitol Blvd.