This year marks the 20th anniversary of Idaho Rivers United, the nonprofit conservation group dedicated to protecting and restoring the rivers crisscrossing the Gem State.
Nowhere has river restoration been more important to Boiseans than in their own backyard. Slicing through the center of town, the Boise River is a refuge for fishermen, summertime raft-floaters and local fish populations, restored from its longtime use as a dumping ground in the city's early years.
To celebrate the Boise River's renewed health, IRU and the Sesqui-Shop are hosting a shindig Thursday, May 23. Organizers will temporarily transform the shop into a storefront for IRU, complete with food and a chance to get hands-on with IRU issues.
Swing in between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. to catch up with IRU members and staff, learn Boise River history with Susan Stacy, and view high-resolution GigaPan photography shot by Gary Grimm of Mountain Visions. Art by Ward Hooper and Steve Bly will festoon the shop, opposite historic maps and plants from Draggin' Wing Farm and Peaceful Belly.
A reception from 4-6 p.m. includes wines from Cinder Winery and food from Peaceful Belly and Sol Bakery. Visitors are invited to sample snacks, meet the producers and learn how they take care of the Boise River.
Before long, the weather will be hot enough that you can celebrate the river in person, with your rear hanging through an inner tube.