Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CDA Summer Theater-Broadway in Our Own Backyard

USA Today named Couer d'Alene Summer Theater as one of the "ten best places to see musical theater way off Broadway."  If you have not had the chance to experience the absolutely entertaining and professional acting that goes on while sitting in the audience of one of these productions, you really must plan to treat yourself this summer.  The CDA Summer Theatre truly is like having Broadway in your own Backyard and better yet, it is just a one hour scenic drive from the St. Joe Riverfront Bed and Breakfast.  

The 2011 season is yet again promising to deliver fantastic reviews.  Here is the line-up:
The Wizard of Oz  June 9-12, 16-19
A Little Night Music  June 30-July 3, 7-10
Once on This Island  July 21-24, 28-31
The Sound of Music  Aug. 11-14, 18-21

The first show of the season is the classic tale of Dorothy's adventures to Oz includes many of the songs from the famous MGM musical.  The Wicked Witch of the West will be played by Ellen Travolta, along with her sister Margaret as Glinda the "good" witch and Annie Travolta's green hair is going to send the laugh barometer to the top!  If you had the opportunity to see these three sisters in action in Cinderella you will know just exactly what I mean.

Watch the stage come alive with flying monkeys, dancing jitterbugs and a yellow brick road that will lead you to the Emerald City...and I don't mean Seattle!  The CDA Summer Theater is Idaho's oldest performing arts organization and performs in the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the Campus of North Idaho College on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The theater is commited to producing live performances of theatre for the benefit, education and appreciation of the audience.  The multi-talented performers are recruited nationally along with local talent and features full orchestrations performed by the region's most accomplished musicians.

If you would like to include tickets in conjunction to your stay at our bed and breakfast just mention that at time of reserving your room or you can access tickets by going to http://www.cdasummertheatre.com/.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Things To Do While Staying at the St.Joe Riverfront Bed and Breakfast

As some may well know, I have entered the "social media" world and have been having our website updated, now have a FB page and this blog.  Interesting that you don't take the time to think about all the wonderful things in your very own backyard until you are told to.  My gosh, I think a monster has been created as my brain can't seem to stop when thinking of all the fantastic activities and sites to explore while in North Idaho.  I am hoping to do an in-depth article on each subject that I have thought of but here are a few I wish to start with:

Antiques, Art, Baldy Mountain, Bicycling, Birds, Coeur d'Alene, Cooking, Farmers Market, Golf, Hiking, Holidays, Huckleberries, Kayaking,Parks, Recipes, Recreation, River Fun, Resturants, Seasons Beauty, St. Joe River, St. Maries River, Shopping, Skiing, Spa, Vacations, Wallace, Wildlife, Wine, Winery and this is just the start! !  As I said, I think a monster has been created.  So stay tuned and check back in regularly.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Fire of 1910

The Great Fire of 1910 referred to as the Big Burn was a wildfire that burned about 3 million acres, approximately the size of Connecticut and killed 87 people-of which 78 were firefighters.  It was the largest forest fire, although not the deadliest fire in American history.  Maybe even the largest forest fire ever.  No one knows for sure, but even now, it is hard to put into words what it did.  For two terrifying days and nights-August 20 and 21, 1910-the fire raged across those three million acres of virgin timberland in northern Idaho, northeast Washington and western Montana.  Many thought the world would end, and for 86, it did.

No single event in American history did more to shape the United States Forest Service than did the 1910 fire, and no two men ever cast longer shadows over the Forest Service than did Gifford Pinchot and W.B. Greely, the agency's first and third chief foresters.  Beyond all doubt, the way the Forest Service views forest fires today-indeed the way the public views forest fires-is rooted in their handling of events that occured during and immediately following the 1910 fire. 

It is amazing how a person can grow up in an area and not truly understand or better yet, take the time to learn about the incredible history that surrounds them.  I have lived in the Western Washington and Idaho area for my entire life and yet had not really thought much about the Fire of 1910 which has been written about in numerous books such as WHEN THE MOUNTAINS ROARED, THE WEST IS BURNING UP, THE BIG BURN: TEDDY ROOSEVEL AND THE FIRE THAT SAVED AMERICA or PULASKI'S CREW, words on pages that brings this time in history to life.

However, differant things in my life have changed my way of thinking, and has also given me a huge appreciation for our forest service and our local history.  Last summer, August 2010 was the 100 year anniversary of this famous fire and the towns of St. Maries and Wallace really did a fantastic job of educating the people about this momentous time in our area's history.  Everything from the authors of books to the parades and dignitaries visiting the area for this great celebration brought tears to my eyes with respect to all the courageous people who saved lives and changed the future of our forest service.

My pride as a mother was even greater as I have a son who has been fighting fires for the past 10 years and his role in this celebration and more importantly his role in the many fires across the United States cannot be explained easily.  As a husband and father of two, he is such a fine example of the bravery, loyalty and sacrifice he is willing to exhibit time after time as he travels throughout our nation to do whatever needs to be done to save lives and timberland.  Take the time to thank those brave men and women who put their lives on the line daily just doing their job....how many of us would really sign up for that kind of job?  It takes a very special person and one whos thought process it to "run to danger rather that from danger" when they know their service is needed.

I would like to also invite anyone who wishes to appreciate natural beauty while also learning about this famous fire and actually having the chance to ride bikes through the very train tunnels that were instumental in saving the lives of more  than 600 people as this fire raged through the area.  You can do this by taking advantage of biking the fantastic Route of the Hiawatha and stop to read the fascinating history and the numerous stories of very heroic actions by railroad employees who drove engines and boxcars filled with people through the flames to the safety of the longer tunnels. 

The St. Joe Riverfront B & B is just a scenic 1 1/2 hour drive to the LookOut Pass where this adventure takes place.  The beauty of the drive itself will be a highlight but the bike trail following the rail system (all downhill) will be guaranteed to give you a new appreciation of the fascinating history of the area.  We will even pack a picnic lunch for those who wish to make a day of it.

For more information on the history of 1910 Fire go to: http://www.idahoforests.org/fires.htm
For more information on the Route of the Hiawatha go to:
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