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2016 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

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Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Joy Strotz

 

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It’s time for the Bard on the Beach during Lake Tahoe’s annual Shakespeare at Sand Harbor event. Long time locals as well as visitors look forward to this every year for an evening of thespian delights overlooking one of Lake Tahoe’s most scenic beaches.

This year’s event hosts two plays, Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ and the jukebox musical ‘Forever Plaid’.

The productions almost always have an interesting twist, with performances, sets and costumes placed in settings and times other than the medieval. Even though you may have seen a particular Shakespearean play before, you are guaranteed to never have seen it quite like this.

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Photo by Joy Strotz

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In addition, every Monday hosts a variety of other performances under the stars. Broadway on the Beach sadly has already sold out, but there are still tickets for other performances, including the Sierra Nevada Ballet’s performance of Cinderella, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, Ann Hampton Callaway, a performance with the Reno Philharmonic of Ol’ Blue Eyes on the Beach and a Trails and Vistas World Concert.

The Monday night performances have become some of my favorites. The ballets are always lovely and with the lake as background, it always adds a touch of ethereal beauty to the performance.

Last year we were treated to an evening of The Beatles on the Beach with the Classical Mystery Tour, and I have to say, everyone had a blast. Not only was the music wonderful, but the musicians were as close to plausibly seeing the Beatles during their heyday as one is likely to get. By the end of the evening the crowd went wild, and there is nothing quite like seeing everyone from age 7 to 70 in a semi mosh pit in the front and singing along. The entire evening was a complete hoot and I only hope that the Shakespeare Festival will invite them back in the future.

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Last year’s Beatles on the Beach with the Classical Mystery Tour and the Reno Philharmonic. Photo by Michelle Portesi

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But the real fun of the Shakespeare Festival is getting together with friends and family for an evening under the stars. Packing a gourmet picnic dinner has usually been our thing, but the venue has added an impressive array of vendors on site, with gourmet dishes you can order ahead of time, which will be ready for pick up before you enter the show. Just the ticket for a hassle free evening on the beach.

The Shakespeare Festival starts July 8th and runs through August 21, with other special performances through September 10th. The Monday night Showcase Series tend to sell out fast, so order your tickets today!

For more information, order tickets and to even order your meals, go to: laketahoeshakespeare.com

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Bike Like a Girl!   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

 

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Bike Like A Girl!

 

Tahoe Donner’s Alder Creek Adventure Center will be home for two unique three day camps for girls this summer developed by the new non-profit organization Bike Like a Girl! The three day program is being offered June 29,30 and July 1 as well as July 20,21 and 22nd. The camp will include both on and off bike fun and will run from 9-12 pm each day.

The Bike like a Girl program was founded by three top notch female cyclists who were passionate about giving girls the opportunity to get excited about being on a bike. The girls will learn bike maintenance and handling skills, develop self-confidence and social skills, and develop an understanding of the science, engineering and math of cycling. And of course they will get to ride bikes with a couple of amazing cyclists.

Co-founder Julie Young says, “We developed a curriculum thanks to talented and creative educators that utilizes the bike to teach the STEP curriculum. Our program also opens doors and provides stepping stones for girls who may gravitate to the sport of cycling at the competitive level. We also want to help girls who may not be able to afford the expense of cycling, to participate in the program by providing equipment and program scholarships.

We are super excited to hold camps at Tahoe Donner because they have developed a fantastic trail system that facilitates skill development, and best of all provides opportunities for exploration and adventure.”

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Bike Lie a Girl founders Julie Young, Michelle Faurot and Sian Crespo

 

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The camp coaches include Kimberly Larson and Michelle Faurot, who was part of a Race Across America Team that sponsored Bike Like a girl. Girls need their own bikes and helmets. The cost is $150.00 for each session. To register contact Michelle Faurot at michelle@bikelikeagirl.org or 917-331-8208. Class size is limited.

If your child cannot attend the program, but you would like to support the very worthwhile concept of Bike Like a Girl, you can go to bikelikeagirl.org to find out more information.

 

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The Truckee River Runs Again!   Leave a comment

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Early morning along the Truckee, about a half mile downstream from Fanny Bridge

 

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By Tim Hauserman

Recently there was a great deal of excitement when Lake Tahoe once again rose up to it’s natural rim of 6223 feet and a trickle of water again began flowing through the Truckee River Dam. After a few years of well below normal precipitation it is pretty dang special to see the lake level rise. But there is something just as exciting as the rising of the lake: Once again, the Truckee River is running.

Sure, the river near Tahoe City is certainly not a raging torrent, but water is moving and cleansing out the stagnant pools that were there during the drought. Once again the Truckee River has become a shangra la for ducks, fish and humans. While Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and the masses of high Sierra granite that surround those beautiful bodies of water are certainly the primary focal point of life in the Tahoe-Truckee region, the Truckee River is truly a gem that is often overlooked.

Several years ago, when the river ran strong all summer long, I lived in the Comstock Acres/Granlibakken area just a two minute walk from the banks of the Truckee River. My afternoon ritual to clean out the cobwebs caused by too much time staring at a computer trying to put together scintillating sentences, was to venture down to the river for a dip.

The river’s water was always several degrees warmer then Lake Tahoe, which was certainly a plus, but my favorite part was that you could just get in the water and float downstream. I would often make my way to the bike bridge across the river at the 64 Acres parking lot, then ease into the gently flowing current. I would float a few hundred yards downstream to an exit point opposite the Tahoe City Lumber Company. From there, I would walk home and confront those sentences again, or If I needed extra brain cleansing, I would walk up stream and do it again.

Hopefully this summer the water will flow through the river strong enough for swimming. Because there is nothing finer then lying on your back and gently floating down the Truckee without a care in the world…at least for a few hundred yards.

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Photo by Michelle Portesi

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