Please contact us to schedule a private tour of this beautiful, one of a kind, conservation-oriented community.
Blackhawk on the River is proud to be the venue for this year’s Auction for the Animals. Auction for the Animals is a fund raiser for MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter.
Join MCPAWS and friends on July 24, 2014 at Blackhawk on the River, 11 Shooting Star Ln. in McCall, for the every-other-year Auction for the Animals. The silent auction and cocktail reception begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and a live auction. There are over 40 silent auction items and 13 live auction items this year! Auction items include a 6-day back country rafting trip with air transport for two with Canyon’s Rafting Company, a diamond and gold paw necklace from Nancy Hoyt and McCall Jewelry, a new Weber Grill donated by May Hardware, several original art pieces, a queen sized log bed, and much more!
A hand-carved Mallard Hen is the raffle item. This Mallard Hen decoy was hand-carved and painted by local artist Dave Alexander. It is valued at $1,500! You can purchase your $5 raffle ticket at MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter, MCPAWS Thrift Store and McCall Pet Outfitters. The winner will be announced at the Auction for the Animals on July 24, 2014. You do not need to be present to win.
Tickets to the Auction for the Animals are now on sale. Tickets are $75 each and currently for sale at MCPAWS and MCPAWS Thrift Store. All proceeds from this event will benefit the cats and dogs at MCPAWS. For more information, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please call (208) 634-3647.
It is the peak of a new season in McCall. Tourist season is upon us; in fact it would be safe to say we are in full swing of this crazy time of year! I have already found myself frustrated at the grocery store, only able to make left hand turns, and doing everything I can to stay home. The only person that was affected by my bad attitude was me. So on Monday morning I vowed to make it a great week, to enjoy our beautiful town, and lose my “locals only” attitude. When you love something as much as I love living in the mountains, you want to share it. We are so lucky to live in this place. As the saying goes, “I live where you vacation.” And in that spirit of being fortunate enough to live where most come to vacation, I think that it is our responsibility to make our guests feel welcome. Because for every one jerk, there are a 100 wonderful people having a good time and being responsible guests. So, I was thinking…. what 5 virtues would help me be more hospitable to our tourists?
Patience – Wait without complaint. Be able to go through your day being tolerant of mistakes, ignorance, and difficulties. Know that a trip to the grocery store this weekend is going to test your patience.
Friendliness – The old wives tale, “you can catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar can be applied. We need to smile and greet our neighbors and tourists with a kind word. A good friend shares their time, their selves, and their belongings with others. We have the opportunity to share our hometown with others. A friendly person makes others feel welcome.
Sense of Humor- The Fourth of July in McCall can be very stressful. A good sense of humor about this life challenge can be a very effective coping mechanism. Laughter and having a sense of humor about life’s craziness can provide a way to bond with others, to be able to look at things in a different light, and helps to normalize your experience. It can keep our Fourth of July weekend from feeling too overwhelming.
Courteous – Polite, respectful or considerate behavior that is mindful of other people. Our vacationers will probably have left their manners at home. And despite this, we will be much happier if we don’t let their poor behavior ruin our holidays. We may live here and feel encroached upon during this week of revelry, but we should keep our good manners intact.
Helpfulness – Being able to provide useful assistance to others. This might be the most important virtue of a hospitable local. Being able to give directions to the lost, making sure the family doesn’t head down the wrong trail, or just holding a door for a stranger. These small acts can change a person’s day from bad to good. And there is a wonderful side effect to helping others, it makes us feel good. It brings us a warm feeling inside when we reach out to those in need.
If we can live the rest of the year being good neighbors and citizens to one another, then I think we can manage a month or two of summer craziness and our town being full to capacity. We can meet this challenge with a quick wit, a friendly smile, and laid back attitude.
Happy Fourth of July Everyone! Stay safe, stay sane, and keep it chill!
We would like to thank those who attended our June Wellness Retreat on Saturday June 14. We had a great time learning about nutrition, wellness, and working out with Body Basics Inc. trainers Miki and Corey.
The Wellness Retreat was a perfect start to the summer. Learning about nutrition, fitness, and overall well being was rejuvenating for the body and soul. Participants enjoyed a lovely brunch catered by Delish Catering of McCall.
As the weather gets warmer, the residents of McCall start to get out and about more and more. With the longer days of summer, our town gets very busy with activities for the whole family and with many town improvement projects. Be in the know by checking out our city’s website.
Improvements to our roads have begun. Many of you may have noticed that the painting crews have been out sprucing up the roadway lines. This isn’t the only improvements going on in the city. The work that was started on Park Street this past fall is in the process of being finished. The work includes new road surface, new fire hydrants, improved fire protection, paved driveway aprons, storm water drainage improvements, paving of the roadway, and installation of bike/pedestrian lanes and moving utilities underground on the north side of the street. The City of McCall received $100,000 for this project from the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council through their Local Rural Highway Investment Program.
Have you seen this graphic on the roads around McCall City?
This is called the “Sharrows” symbol. Last month the City of McCall installed these new pavement markings on a few streets that are too narrow for separate bike lanes. Sharrows are not separate bike lanes. A motorist can drive over the sharrows. But if a bicyclist is nearby, drivers can use the sharrow to judge spacing so driver and bicyclists can share the lane safely.
The purpose of sharrows:
- To let motorists know they can expect bicyclists on the road.
- Sharrows provide visual cues to drivers and bicyclists which reinforce the existing rules of the road and help both parties align themselves within a shared travel lane.
- To position the bicyclist in the lane in order to encourage safe passing by motorists.
- To help bicyclists position themselves in the travel lane (i.e. “take the lane”) since it is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel side-by-side in the lane.
The fire department has the big dumpster set up for free dumping of woody debris. They put it up each year so people can dump woody debris rather than burn it. No dumping household trash. You can find these dumpsters at the McCall City Fire House and the Donnelly Fire Station. The dumpsters will be there through the whole month of June.
The city’s park and recreation department is taking registration for numerous activities for kids. You can register on line or at city hall. All information can be found in the city’s Recreation Summer Guide. Your kids can learn to play tennis, swim, skate board, mountain bike, play tee-ball, or soccer. We only have a few months of warm weather get your kiddos and yourselves out there and play.
Make sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming June events
Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Friday 10am -2pm
June 14 – Blackhawk on the River June Wellness Retreat 9:00 am
June 21 – Ponderosa Run
We invite you out to Blackhawk on the River’s River Lodge to join us for a day dedicated to personal health and wellness.
Body Basics from Boise will be up to lead us through a day of yoga, fitness, and nutrition. The philosophy of Body Basics is to “coach the client not the program.” According to their mission, they “use client biofeedback and interaction to bring out the real goal, which is always bigger than the immediate goal. The real goal is to find and create balance in the Triangle of Awareness (Scott Abel) – mental, emotional, and physical awareness, resilience, and balance. Only then do the achievements enhance someone’s life experience.” – Body Basics Inc.
We hope that our Wellness Retreat will enhance your life and give you the tools to create a healthy life style. The retreat will start in the morning with an introduction and stretch, this will be followed by a 45 minute workout, BMI testing, we will then provide you with a healthy lunch and nutrition class. The day will wind up with a Q&A session.
The cost is $100.00 and is only open to 14 individuals. This small group will make for a more intimate, and personal experience. We look forward to see you all out at the river.
June 14, 2014 9:00 am – 2:00pm
To RSVP your spot please contact Ciara Houston at (208) 315-3526
Farmers’ Market opening day is Wednesday June 11 at 10:00 am.
McCall, Idaho has a small farmers’ market each Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 2pm from June – October or until the snow starts to fall. The McCall open-air market benefits local non-profit groups. The market includes fresh local produce, flowers, locally produced meats, poultry, and homemade baked goods. I love our little market. Just remember to get there early, bring your own bag or basket to carry your goods home, know what produce is in season & try something new each week.
Top Ten Farmer’s Market Favorites – in no particular order.
- Tamales – Pico de Galo – Green Salsa
- Homemade Pesto
- Fresh Berries – Huckleberries, Boysenberries, and blackberries.
- Homemade jams
- Sourdough baget
- Fresh Veggies – tomatoes, green beans, salad greens, & corn.
- Ham & Cheese Croissants
- Fresh Cut Flowers
- Lemon Cookies
- And of Course Stacey Cakes
For some Memorial weekend marks the end of a long winter and the start of the summer season. The weekend is usually celebrated with family as we all remember those who have given their lives for our country. It’s the first holiday weekend of the warmer months and it is a time for picnics, campouts, pool parties and to make family memories.
Out at Blackhawk our guests and homeowners can enjoy many outdoor activities this weekend. Fishing on the pond, hiking the River Trail, roasting marsh mellows at the fire pit or swimming in the pool.
The pool is opening this weekend at River Lodge just in time for the holiday weekend. It has been cleaned and it looks very inviting.
We hope that you come out and enjoy all that Blackhawk has to offer.
Happy Memorial Day!