Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival Highlights

Our Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival Rally was a huge success!!

Monday morning, October 17th, dawned cold in Sun Valley and there was snow, not just in the mountains, but on the ground! The snow delayed a couple of Airstreamers who had to cross mountain passes to reach the Region 10 Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival Rally.  But you know Airstreamers . . . “neither rain, nor snow or sleet . . .” will stop us.  We persevere. And that is true for arriving at our destination, however, we just couldn’t imagine having our Happy Hours outside in the freezing weather. Or maybe I should say, the rally host was not as hardy as some folks who had put our their chairs and were ready to gather next to the rigs. Instead, we had our first Happy Hour that Monday afternoon, in the lobby of the Best Western hotel with a nice warm fireplace and just a short walk (maybe a block) from the River Run parking lot where the rigs were parked. It was a great time of getting to know the folks who had made their way to Sun Valley from as far away as Pennsylvania, Texas, California and other closer places. At that gathering, we voted (considering the cold) to meet at a local Pizza place (which also had a fireplace) the next afternoon for Happy Hour.

There were 24 memberships represented and 45 people. Twenty-one volunteered at the Festival and four more would have, but they didn’t get an assignment. One couple was a sponsor of one of the bands in the Festival. And we were privileged to have the WBCCI International Treasurer and her husband, Gail and Bruce Harrower, from Manitoba, Canada at the rally. Eleven folks were from the WA Unit, ten from the ID Unit and eight folks from the OR Unit. There were four from Michigan – both full timing in their B-vans (Sprinters on Mercedes chassis).

The Jazz Festival began on Wednesday afternoon.  There were Big Bands, small ensembles, soloists, pianist duets, a US Navy Brass Band from San Diego and the Whiffenpoofs from Yale University. There were local high school jazz bands and jazz singers.  Dance lessons were given and there was a dance competition later in the week. Crooners, Blues bands, a String quartet, one band called “Cornet Chop Suey” and another named, “Gator Nation” and finally, one called “Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles.”  Regardless whether there were huge groups or small, thing that was common:  THE MUSIC WAS OUTSTANDING!!!

If you missed this event this year, there will be another Jazz & Music Festival in Sun Valley and another Region 10 Rally during this Festival.  The rally will begin on Monday, October 16, 2017 giving a couple of days before the Festival begins to explore Sun Valley and area around. The Festival goes from October 18 – 22, 2017.  Our rally will end with a final dinner  on Sunday, before we start for home, or other destinations on, Monday, October 23rd. Watch for the articles and registration form in the Blue Beret starting with the June-July issue.  I hope that you will consider heading to Sun Valley in 2017.
=-) Carol Ortiz, Rally Host
H: 360-491-6511 or C: 360-870-4705









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