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Community residents wanted for Truckee Town Portrait 2000 photo

Say cheese and smile, Truckee.

On September 17, Mayor Maia Schneider is inviting her town’s residents to gather together in celebration of Truckee and to pose for a group photo – all 12,000 of us.

“We’re a very special community,” Schneider said. “This is a great way to celebrate that.”

Schneider said the day of celebration, dubbed Truckee Town Portrait 2000, will take on a carnival-like atmosphere, complete with music and entertainment, games, food booths and exhibitions of local artists. The actual photograph will most likely be taken from atop one of the Truckee Fire Department’s ladders, if not from a balloon or helicopter.

The event is planned to be held at The Old Mill Site, east of downtown, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Schneider said the idea came up about a year and a half ago while eating dinner at O.B.’s Pub and Restaurant. A photo of a group of Truckee residents taken around the turn of the century hung on the wall.

“It’s a great picture, it’s a great historical record,” she said, adding that she thought it would be nice to take another picture to document Truckee as the town entered the next century.

John Echols, a producer with Tahoe Truckee Community Television and project historian for the portrait, plans to make a video-documentary of the celebration and the events leading up to it.

“We’re going to document the entire process,” Echols said, explaining that a group of community and student volunteers will keep a detailed video record of everything related to Truckee Town Portrait 2000.

Echols said he was excited, not only about the documentation, but about the event itself. The portrait, he believes, will be good for community spirit, as well as an historical record.

“It’s scope is very large; it’s fun being a part of that,” Echols said of the event. “I think it’ll make a great shot and a great event. People will say, ‘there I was, that’s me in that picture.'”

Schneider has formed a committee to plan and organize the event; currently, they are seeking funds. The group is looking towards corporate sponsorships as well as asking the Chamber of Commerce for support.

Local vendors and artists are encouraged to call 587-4982 for information on participation. Area organizations are also being invited to the event.

“Any organization that exist in Truckee should come out and take part in this day,” Schneider said.

Although there will not be any roadblocks to keep non-locals out of the town, Schneider said that Truckee Town Portrait 2000 is for residents, and that she hopes to get a realistic representation in the photo.

“We’re not carding at the door, but it’s a Truckee day,” she said.

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