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Save the date: Popkey to finally be jailed

Yes, dear reader, I’ll be incarcerated on Jan. 10, as part of an annual fundraiser to benefit the Idaho Foodbank and the Idaho State Historical Society.

I’ll be joined by my Statesman colleague, Anna Webb, who participated last year. Webb, the author of “Boise Icons 150,” tells me the hour behind bars passes quickly with games played in the cell.

We’ll be among the “local celebrities” in an event that runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrities will be jailed from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Old Idaho Penitentiary in East Boise.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids 12 and under. Canned food and cash donations are also welcome at the event  presented by The Friends of the Historical Museum.

Among the other celebrities will be radio personality Tim Johnstone, paranormal expert Marie Cuff, artist Julia Green, musician Catherine Merrick (Belle), Radio Boise/Go Listen Boise/Treefort Musical Festival’s Stephanie Coyle and Story Story Night’s Jessica Holmes. The celebrity with the most donations made in their name will be presented with the “Warden’s Cup.”

To see how Anna and I will look, check out the flyer circulating here at the Statesman.

A news release from the Historical Society follows:

Local Celebrities “Locked Up” at Old Idaho Pen to “Escape Hunger” and “Fuel Field Trips” in Idaho

The Idaho State Historical Society wants your help to MAKE HUNGER HISTORY and help Idaho students. Join us at the Old Idaho Penitentiary Friday, January 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the “Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips” celebrity lock-up event. Regular admission fees apply $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids ages 12 and under. Bring canned food and cash donations to this unique community event presented by The Friends of the Historical Museum. This second year event includes some of your favorite local celebrities locked up from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. in the historic prison. You can pledge your donations in the name of your favorite local celebrity. Also enjoy special drawings, prizes and giveaways all night long! All admission and donations from “Escaping Hunger” will be divided between the Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho schools’ field trips to the Idaho Historical Museum and the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Participating celebrities include radio personality Tim Johnstone, paranormal expert Marie Cuff, artist Julia Green, musician Catherine Merrick (Belle), Radio Boise/Go Listen Boise/Treefort Musical Festival’s Stephanie Coyle, Story Story Night’s Jessica Holmes, and more! The celebrity with the most donations made in their name will be presented with the “Warden’s Cup” and bragging rights for the year!

The Idaho State Historical Society’s MAKE HUNGER HISTORY program seeks not only to promote and preserve Idaho history, but also to assist struggling Idaho families and schools in the present. The Idaho Foodbank can stretch every $1 you donate into 3.89 pounds of food or three nutritious meals for Idaho kids. The Friends of the Historical Museum will provide field trip money to cash-strapped schools in tough economic times, allowing kids to learn about Idaho’s rich cultural past with hands-on activities and lasting memories.

Also, all month-long in January the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Idaho Historical Museum provide half priced admission to any visitor who brings two canned food or non-perishable food items for the Foodbank.

For more information about “Escaping Hunger, Fueling Field Trips” or “Make Hunger History”, call the Old Idaho Penitentiary at 334-2844 or the Idaho Historical Museum at 334-2120.

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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