The winter months in the rugged northeastern states are cold and snowy, but that does not deter people from some of the best known festivals in the country. Hardy people brave the elements to see creative movie types, Shakespearean actors and athletes. Early in 2009, upcoming events in the northwest include: the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah; Fire & Ice Competition in Ely Nevada; Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho; Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and Iditarod Sled Dog Races in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sundance Film Festival
January 15-25, Park City Utah
A great place for celebrity sightings, the renown independent film festival, affiliated with Robert Redford will take place in January in Park City, Utah. Over 5,000 people attend screenings in twelve theaters in Park City, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah.
Program Categories for 2009 include the U.S. Documentary, U.S. Dramatic, World Cinema Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic, Shorts Programs and Animation Spotlight.
The institute is dedicated to fostering original story telling, artistic innovation and freedom of expression. Festival goers have the opportunity to view the artistry of 200 independent dramatic, documentary and short films.
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Fire & Ice Competition
January 18-21 in Ely, Nevada
The outdoor snow sculpture competition displays works of art from frozen water on Cave Lake. The competition is kicked off with an 1864 Black Powder cannon fired over the lake.
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Boise, Idaho February 7-13, 2009
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland February 15- November 2, 2009
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival begins a new season on February 13 with a Macbeth. Performances in February include Macbeth, Death and the King’s Horseman, The Music Man and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Later in the year there ill also be performances of Equivocation, Paradise Lost, The Servant of Two Masters, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VIII, Don Quixote and Much Ado About Nothing.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1935, is one of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the United States. Each year there are eleven plays in three theatres plus related activities.
Information about tickets, hotels and plays is on the OSF Ashland website.
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Iditarod Sled Dog Race
Anchorage, Alaska March 7-16, 2009
Iditarod Sled Dog Races are an exciting event that draws interest and spectators from around the world. Hardy sled dogs pull sleds over rough terrain, across mountain ranges, through sense forests, across frozen rivers and over desolate tundra. The Last Great Race on Earth is a competitive event without compare.
Dogs, sleds and mushers travel from Anchorage, in south central Alaska to Nome on the Bering Sea Coast. Teams of 12 to 16 dogs cover over 1150 miles in ten to 17 days.
Visitors to Alaska get to share the excitement of the extreme sports event that pits man and dogs against the forces of nature.
Iditarod Dog Sled Race on Extreme Alaskan Terrain
Information is subject to change.