INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With five weeks and counting, board members of the eighth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival are fine-tuning details and focusing on quality and commemoration throughout the festival’s 25 events scheduled for July 3-5.
“We took a good hard look at what we needed to do to sustain our festival for years to come,” said Jim Smith, who has chaired the event the past six years. “The entire board concurred that our Salute to our Veterans will always be our primary focus. In addition, our community and visitors expect and deserve the best that our imagination and market can provide so we will continue to improve the quality and service of our events each year.
“As such, we have reviewed our signature events and have made some nice modifications to some of our more popular programs.”
For the first time in RWTB’s eight-year history, all the events this year have an overall theme of “Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.”
Some examples that mirror this mission are the new partnership with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, which will offer a concert in sync to this year’s fireworks on July 4; the re-creation of the popular Wine and Cheese event, which has been rebranded as Wine and Dine in the Grove; and the investment in Billboard artist and American country songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, who will honor fallen local American hero Michael Landsberry at the concert on July 5.
Further, in an effort to strengthen the fanfare and fun of the “Tahoe Salute’s Our Heroes Parade,” all entry fees have been waived this year, with “organizations of any shape and size welcome to enter their floats and bands for free,” said Smith.
For the Philharmonic concert, RWTB has created a VIP Concert Package, priced at $200 (plus a processing fee), that serves as a fundraiser, with proceds equally shared with the nonprofit festival and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. General Admission tickets are $10 for youth and $40 for adults. There is also a $125 VIP Reserved Seat ticket.
The new Wine and Dine in the Grove event at Aspen Grove from 5-7:30 p.m. July 4 will showcase the talents of Chef Chris Daniel, of Big Water Grille, who will be on site to prepare and serve a selection of hors d’ouvres to pair with some of the finer wines of the region.
“If all goes as planned, members of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be on hand to complement what is coming together as a rather classy summer afternoon affair,” Smith said.
Tickets can be purchased through the festival’s website at a discounted rate of $55; tickets are $60 at the door and include food, wine and a commemorative wine glass. Gayle and Tom Kolassa annually sponsor this event.
The Cyrus concert is from 7-9:30 p.m. July 5 at the Village Green. Cyrus plans to share a new Collection CD, among other top Billboard-rated hits during this fundraising concert. A very special commemoration to fallen local American hero Michael Landsberry is planned as well. Tickets are $10 for youth; $40 for adults, and $100 for a reserved VIP Seat.
Finally, regarding the July 5 parade, a new highlight is the entry of the McQueen Lancer High School Band, which recently represented Nevada at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade and has performed across the country.
Over 100 members of this award winning band will be joined by many new entries and traditionally led by over 100 local children who annually start this All-American parade. Dress the Part(y) is the sponsor of this year’s parade which will begin at 10:15 a.m.
— Lee Weber Koch is Executive Director of Red, White and Tahoe Bluw. For a complete schedule of 2014 events, visit www.RedWhiteTahoeBlue.org or call Koch at 775-298-1010.