Once again, the Festival at Sandpoint continues to give back to the community in unique and generous ways. This year, it is holding its first ever Summer Youth Camp July 9 through 12 at Sandpoint High School.
With four fun-filled days of musical instruction, participants can take a variety of classes that include symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, master classes and more.
The camp, which is open to ages 8 through 18, welcomes participants of all levels of ability and costs only $25 thanks to the generosity of the Festival of Sandpoint, who has underwritten the tuition as part of its educational mission. The week will kick off with a Festival at Sandpoint Faculty All-Star Concert on Monday, July 9, at the Panida Theater and culminate with a Grand Finale Student Concerton Thursday, July 12.
Leading this unique camp is Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently first violin with the Spokane Symphony. Other instructors who are ...
“You simply cannot be anonymous here. You want to be conscious of other people.”
That quote seems to be the secret sauce to Jackie’s accomplishments in the community.
Jackie Suarez relocated from North Carolina with her husband of 30 years, Carlos (aka Uncle Cha Cha), to North Idaho back in 1999 and shortly after entered the real estate arena as a full-time agent.
It should be noted that prior to launching into real estate, Jackie had a solid background that provides a great foundation for her profession. In the late 1980s, Jackie worked as a paralegal for an attorney whose practice involved title searches and real estate closings. Then, in the early 1990s, she was recruited to manage a title company. Solid credentials, right? Well, there’s more.
It is summer, and it is time to get out and enjoy the beautiful place in which we live. Whether it is a walk along the water, a hike in the mountains or a bike ride to take in the scenery, there is always something to entice us to be outside during these warm summer months.
Here in Sandpoint, there are also ways to couple your adventure with helping a good cause at the same time.
The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo – June 16, 2018
What started as a 150-mile benefit bike ride, this increasingly popular event, which draws riders from all over the country, has rapidly grown as organizers do what they can to accommodate various levels of endurance. Shortly after its inception, the CHAFE 150 added an 80-mile half CHAFE, and about four years ago the 30-mile Fun Ride was added in hopes of bringing more participants to the event.
Initially, the CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo benefitted the Panhandle Alliance for Education's "Ready for Kindergarten" program...
For James Green, the property his grandparents, John and Kate van Schravendyk, homesteaded in 1902 at Camp Bay on Lake Pend Oreille is a very special place. But after 116 years, it is time for someone else to enjoy it. And whom ever is fortunate to purchase this property will be treated to one of the most unique and beautiful places in not just North Idaho, but throughout the country.
“It is very unique both from a geographic standpoint and the fact that I’ve been told it’s one of the largest privately owned properties on the lake,” says Green.
The 407-acre property, which is listed for $13.5 million and borders the national forest, has 3,000 feet of shoreline and is in an area that is one of the deepest parts of the lake. The view is across one of the largest expanses of Lake Pend Oreille with the Cabinet Mountains in the distance. “The most incredible views, in my opinion, are in August and September when those harvest moons come up over the Cabinet Mountains and shine on the lake,” Green says.
Since he was a young boy growing up in Sandpoint, music has been a big part of Devon Wade’s life. Now, at the age of 41, his passion for music is taking him to places he never imagined.
Devon’s dad was a drummer in a band, so it was natural that was the first instrument Devon played. But he longed to play guitar, so he saved his money, and at the age of 14, purchased his first guitar. “My dad wasn’t too happy, but it was my money so there was not much he could say,” says Devon. It was the beginning of what he hopes will become a full-time career. He taught himself how to play, watching videos and asking questions to friends who played the instrument.
“While other kids were out having fun and chasing girls, I was inside learning to play guitar,” he says. Ironically, Devon didn’t start out listening to the country music he is associated with today.
There’s something about a car show that always seems to bring in a crowd. Perhaps it’s the car-enthusiast community, a tight knit bunch, many of whom put all their extra hard-earned money into the hobby they cherish so much. It might be the nostalgia, seeing a vehicle you drove as a teenager, bringing back memories of care free summers and the freedoms and irresponsibility of youth. Perhaps it’s showing the next generation beautiful pieces of history, engines that didn’t need to be hooked up to a computer to be fixed and teaching them the importance of keeping alive memories and images of the past. From late spring through early fall you can find a car show just about every weekend across the Inland Northwest, but it wasn’t always so.
Thirty-three years ago, Sandpoint community members were looking for a way to help raise funds for the Festival at Sandpoint. Being a music festival, the thought of bringing in a few bands to perform seemed logical. To add a little extra, organizer Carolyn Gleason and her small team of volunteers decided to organize a car show as well. “We had 29 vehicles the first time around,” remembers Sally Transue, a Lost in the‘50s volunteer since day one.