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Soup, Skiing and Owls

Last of Heber Valley Autumn Early Snow Soldier HollowAs the last gold of fall gave way to a sherbet sunrise exposing the crystallized trees Maggie, Mary Lou and I walked the south side of Soldier Hollow. I was showing Mary Lou where I was gifted last Mother's Day by the appearance of a young Saw Whet Owl. The owlet sat gregariously on a maple branch and tipped back and forth watching me only a few feet away. I was thrilled. Saw Whet Owls are one of my favorites, and I had never seen one so close in the wild. I had painted the one below a year earlier as part of a display for the Pawnee Scenic Byway. They wanted the digital file, I got to keep the painting.
Saw Whet Owl by Janet Johnson Fall and Winter Olympic SkiersI am donating this painting to the 10th annual Soup and Soldier Hollow Fundraiser Friday night. They have the BEST soup and great auction items. Our young local team has sent a number of athletes to the Junior Olympics where they have made an impressive showing. Be sure to attend, here is Howard's information on the event. You may even go home with this little owl painting!Sundance Film Festival tickets, VIP packages for the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championships and 2010 Olympic clothing donated by the medal winning U.S. Nordic Combined Team are just some of the many unique items up for bid at the 10th annual Soup and Soldier Hollow on Friday evening, November 12. All proceeds support Team Soldier Hollow and Soldier Hollow's low cost introductory youth programs.

As a highlight of the evening, signature soups from Heber Valley's best restaurants are served, starting at 6 p.m. Each year a new commemorative mug is available, which can be purchased for $20. AmBank continues its support of Soldier Hollow by sponsoring this year's ‘soup sampling' mug. While enjoying a great variety of soups, guests can bid on numerous silent auction items. A live auction starts at 7:30 p.m.

The auctions include U.S. Snowboarding apparel, tubing parties, golf outings, lodging packages, Rossignol ski equipment and bikes.

Frosty Soldier Hollow MorningRestaurants represented include the Blue Boar Inn and Restaurant (Roasted Tomato), the Zermatt Resort (Dopplebock and Gruyere), Tommy's Texas BBQ (Brisket Chili), the Homestead Resort, Dairy Keen - home of the Train (Clam Chowder and Chicken noodle), Kumbayah Kitchens (Wild Mushroom and Wild Rice and Seafood bisque), Stew Pot (Tomato basil) and The Spin Café (Butternut Squash). Five of the soups are vegetarian and two are also vegan. For more information, please call 435-654-2002. see my work at

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BY JANET JOHNSON   11/18/2010

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