Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mark your calendars for July 11th!  Tour of  Homes starts at the Tamarack Realty Office at 3pm.  Pick up a map to guide you to our beautiful properties.  Tour  ALL properties on the tour to enter into our prize raffle.  Tour ends at 5pm followed by a BBQ social at the office until 7pm.  Tamarack Resort’s new General Manager and his Replay Tamarack staff will be on hand to meet and greet all in attendance.
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Tamarack Resort announces the opening of a new Waterfront Concession on Lake Cascade in partnership with the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

DONNELLY, ID (June 19, 2015)-. Tamarack announced today that it will be opening a Waterfront Concession on Lake Cascade located at the Poison Creek Campground and Day Use area, permitted by the Idaho Dept. of Parks and Recreation under an agreement with the Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. July 1st, 2015 is the anticipated opening date.

Tamarack’s goal is to bring more recreation opportunity not only to Tamarack Resort, but to West Central Idaho. This partnership represents a positive step in attracting new vacationers to this amazing region and providing additional recreational opportunities to our current residents and visitors.

“Providing visitors, residents and Tamarack homeowners with easy access to rental equipment to enjoy summer watersports on Lake Cascade is a great step for us as we move toward becoming the premier year-round resort for the Boise and McCall regional area” said Brad Larsen, General Manager of Tamarack Resort.

“We are excited to be working with the Resort and for the recreation opportunities this will provide to the visitors of Lake Cascade” Theresa Perry, Park Manger -Lake Cascade State Park.

The Tamarack Waterfront operation will be located just north of the group pavilion and the boat ramp and will include a floating dock and a yurt-style rental and retail facility. The Tamarack Waterfront operations will feature a variety of rental equipment and amenities including motorized and self-propelled watercraft such as kayaks and stand-up-paddleboards. In collaboration with Idaho Watersports, Tamarack is proud to feature luxury pontoon and wake boats for rent. Once open, the facility will operate Monday thru Thursday between 10am-6pm, and Friday thru Sunday 10am-8pm until Labor Day (water level dependant). Boat reservations will be available through or by calling 208-325-1011.

Recreational Paradise surrounds this Luxury Lodge! Nestled on 43+ acres with quick access to Championship Golf and Ski Resorts, lakes, world class fishing, snowmobiling, The STANDING ROCK RANCH houses it’s own private fishing pond, aspen groves, and various creeks running through the property. A hunter’s dream come true, this property has abundant wildlife on it during every season. The 6000 SF custom log home features 4 suites, Viking appliances, radiant floors, glass view wall to capture views, 2 stone fireplaces, western style bar in basement with home theater, rebuilt handcrafted deck, and much more than words or pictures can detail. Additional 40 acres available to have an 83 AC Private Idaho Estate. Offered fully furnished. Video and Virtual Tour Links:

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Check out this interactive map detailing the premier location of Standing Rock Ranch in the middle of a Recreational Paradise:

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Recently completed, this mountain cottage features two master suites, a private covered deck and detached single car garage. This is the first and only cottage in Tamarack with updated mountain contemporary finishes throughout. Featuring dark hardwood floors, trim and cabinetry, granite counters and kitchen island with additional storage, beautiful tile in all three bathrooms, and a sleek stone gas fireplace in the living room. Located within walking distance to the Tamarack Express chairlift, the future Village Plaza, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Click here for a virtual tour of the interior:

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Huckleberry Jam Announces Inaugural Event

10 Bands Set To Kick Off First Annual Huckleberry Jam at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th

Donnelly, ID (June 12, 2015) – The First Annual Huckleberry Jam, sponsored by Commercial Tire, will feature two days of live luminary sessions by bands stretching from indie to blues and folk to funk. The jam band infused musical weekend, produced by Townsquare Media, is scheduled for Friday, August 14th from 3pm – 10pm and Saturday, August 15th from 10am-10pm on the mountain vista of TAMARACK RESORT overlooking Lake Cascade near Donnelly, Idaho.

The Huckleberry Jam will feature live performances by scene favorites including the long awaited return of superstar jammers Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, plus Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Brett Dennen, North Mississippi Allstars, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Pimps of Joytime, Anders Osborne, The Motet, The Ballroom Thieves and Idaho’s own Shook Twins.

*** Tickets Go ON-SALE on Monday June 15th, 10:00 a.m. at ***

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are back – returning to the stage and the studio in 2015 after a seven-year hiatus. The anticipation is understandable as the last show they played together was a double encore set in Brazil in September 2008.

The tour and forthcoming album reunite Harper with The Innocent Criminals’ classic line-up: percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward. Touring the globe non-stop for 15 years, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals established themselves as one of the world’s most versatile and hard-working bands around. Their explosive performances took them from playing gigs at the tiny Mint nightclub in Los Angeles to appearances at the world’s most prestigious concert halls, theaters and festivals. In 2014, Ben won a GRAMMY® for Best Blues album for his collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, Get Up!

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – San Diego-based, iconic performer Karl Denson is set for another busy summer. With his own band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, he’ll play a number of select theatre dates and high profile festivals across the U.S. The shows will have added significance, as drummer Alan Evans (best known for his work with Soulive) will be joining the Tiny Universe.

Approaching two decades strong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is a prolific touring juggernaut that regularly performs over 150 shows annually. They’re currently working on material for a new studio

album to be released later this year. Denson himself is an acclaimed and highly in-demand saxophonist and songwriter who first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule-era band.

Brett Dennen – is a folk/pop singer and songwriter from Northern California. “It was time to get back to basics,” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, released in October 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”

Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.”

North Mississippi Allstars – North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world.

Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll. Luther and Cody continually expand the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that has inspired them from the beginning, but as Rolling Stone aptly notes, “the Allstars may be children of tradition, but they’re digging deep in undiscovered country”.

Nahko & Medicine for the People – Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conner Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery.

Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring.” Nahko describes his music as a mix of hip-hop and folk rock with a world message.

Pimps of Joytime – Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling— it’s that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy. You might accurately call the Pimps of Joytime a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose

sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s musical tastes. “It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,” says Brian J.

That’s where the Pimps excel, by mashing up ‘70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples creating their mosaic sound. For listeners weary of today’s DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime are the antidote.

Anders Osborne – Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

The Motet – Hailing from Colorado, The Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style of music with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

The Ballroom Thieves – In this increasingly virtual world of ours, what makes music authentic? For some, songs are no more than tiny sentimental decompressions. But others treat music as an extension of their roots, a mirror of their travels and relationships, and a testament to both their craft and passion. For the Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Now, on their debut album, A Wolf in the Doorway they find themselves taking the very idea of “roots” and creating ways to make its associated sound progress, while making its encompassing spirit glow.

Stylistically, the trio—Devin Mauch (percussion/vocals), Calin Peters (cello/vocals) and Martin Earley (guitar/vocals)—finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time.

Shook Twins – Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden EGG. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

Neil Gaiman of the New York Times says, “I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.”

Tickets and VIP Passes
Two-day General Admission (GA) tickets for The Huckleberry Jam will be available for purchase at

$99 each starting on Monday June 15th at 10am online at

VIP Passes will be available for music enthusiasts to upgrade their experience for $300 each, limited to the first 300 fans. The VIP pass include fun perks such as admission into the special shaded area stage right with umbrellas & chairs, VIP entrance & parking, event t-shirt, food, drink coupon, bathroom and a commemorative event poster.

Camping Spaces will be a delight for overnight adventurers to reserve at the nearby Donnelly Airport. Shuttles and showers will be some of the amenities available for purchased. Tent spaces will be available for purchase at $40 each for Friday and Saturday nights. RV Spaces will also be available for $165 each for Friday and Saturday nights. For those that tent camp and load in early on Thursday, August 13th, will be treated with a free night of camping and a special campground concert from the Shook Twins.

For more information, please visit /thehuckleberryjam

Hashtag: #HuckleberryJam

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Star News Article,  June 4, 2015   by Dan Gallagher

The builders of Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade will move forward with the purchase of 91 acres near downtown Cascade as the location for “green” projects, the Cascade Chamber of Commerce was told on Tuesday.

Mark Pickard told chamber members that he and his wife, Kristina, will close on the land now owned by Hans Borbonus and his Cloverdale Nursery.

The Pickards have been in discussions for weeks with Cloverdale, which provided four acres for Kelly’s, which the Pickards opened in 2010.

Pickard joked that on Friday he would be the proud owner of an expanse that now resembles the aftermath of an Iraqi battle.

But he has invited nonprofit groups to come up with environmentally friendly projects to fill up that space, dubbed “Kelly’s Green Project.”

“The good news is unlike the Kelly’s Whitewater project, which we undertook, it’s going to be a community project,” he said. He did not disclose the price of the land.

Ideas for the land include a dog park, community garden, outdoor skating rink, and a space showing homeowners how to maintain their trees and bushes to protect from wildfires.

One idea already in discussion is a new football field and track for Cascade High School, Cascade School Board member Jason Speer said.

“We’re the only district we know of in the state of Idaho that doesn’t have a track facility,” he said. “That’s in our hopper. We’re working through the process of moving forward as Mark moves forward.”

Save Trips to McCall

A track in Cascade would save trips to McCall for athletes, and Cascade also could host its own track meets, Pickard said.

The Pickards, of Miami Beach, Fla., have a long record of philanthropy in the Cascade area since building a home at Tamarack Resort in the middle of the last decade.

Pledges or donations have been made to the Cascade Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Cascade Food Pantry, Cascade’s pathway system and the Treasure Valley YMCA’s camp in Horsethief Reservoir.

The 91 acres to be acquired by the Pickards was the site of a Boise Cascade Corp. sawmill, which closed in 2001. Borbonus struck a deal with Boise Cascade to clear the site of sawdust and rock in exchange for owning the ground.

The ground could be capped with topsoil and grass in many areas to seal off any environmental hazards, Pickard said.

No homes would be built on the site and any vegetable gardens would feature raised soil beds, Pickard said. He said he also wants to try and restore some wetlands on the site.

“Don’t knock down the doors yet,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go until we take suggestions. But we seem to be on the right track.”