Annual Manual, Meet the Big LeBoise 

This is a big week for us. And I'm not going to sugarcoat it and say that it's been easy getting here. We sweated, some cried, at least one has bled (but that was to due to shoddy kitchen-knife skills) and we almost came to blows, but it's all done and it's ready for you.

First, there's that giant thing poking out of the middle of this week's issue. That thick, glossy, beautifully covered and bound thing we've been whining about for months: Annual Manual. This is our inaugural edition of that slick mag, and it's something alt weeklies all over the country put together in their communities. Think of it as your encyclopedia of Boise. The sort of thing you send to your out-of-town friends to convince them that Idaho is not in the Midwest, and while Boise isn't a mega-metropolis, it's no backwater either. As it is our first, it's not perfect. But strive for perfection we do. As usual, ring us up, e-mail us, comment at and tell us what works, what doesn't and what we absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, forget or fail to do next year.

Second, we have another first: Saturday, Aug. 28, we're gettin' down. The first-ever Big LeBoise--BW's craft sale, block party and music marathon--happens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Broad Street in front of BWHQ. We've pulled permits to shut down the street and have a proper block blowout. Bright and early Saturday morning, almost 40 of the city's raddest crafty types will hawk their wares. The Bloody Mary Contest finals featuring bartenders from Quinn's and Piper Pub and Grill shaking it up for celebrity judges starts at 10 a.m. The music starts at 11 a.m. with seven bands and a dance party. The party rages all day with a kids' corner, food, drinks and the grand finale: a Vespa giveaway. Raffle tickets are $10, and you can still buy them. You don't have to be present to win (although you'll be missing out on some serious fun if you aren't present). See the center spread in this issue for more details.

Finally, thanks, readers. Without your devotion, support and occasional attaboys we wouldn't be doing such kick-ass things as Annual Manual and the Big LeBoise. Now, come party with us.

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