Glass Half Full: Truly a phenomenal 4th of July in Incline
Glass Half Full
Traditionally, Incliners batten down the hatches, as it were, in anticipation for the 4th of July celebration. We expect hordes of tourists who flood “our” beaches, roads, shops, and waters. Big name bands, for which tickets have been sold, have added to the allure for the out-of-towners.
How lovely it was to return to a much more genuine home town celebration this past extended weekend. Perhaps the experience of others was different than mine — I hear the beaches were typically crowded — but my husband and I found no venue to be so crowded as to be uncomfortable.
Kudos to the Red, White, and Tahoe Blue organizers for creating events that truly felt both celebratory and family-friendly. The Village Green sported various games in which children could participate with no cost, booths that represented Incline businesses and non-profits, and the excellent bands that provided a variety of music.
We were impressed and involved. I couldn’t make the “March 4th” show Saturday evening and that was a major disappointment. From all accounts, their performance was professional, entertaining, and captivating.
In the words of one observer, “Who would have ever believed there would be a band who could get 1,000 Incline Village residents jumping up and down together?”
July 4th should be a celebration of our country’s freedoms and the men and women who have given so much to preserve them. In my humble opinion, too often the 4th is simply an excuse to party hard, and our little town has sometimes become the locus for that partying, and the cost to the community has been great.
Not so much this year. The phalanx of cheerful volunteers on every corner and spread throughout every crowd kept traffic moving and the various venues clean. At every event we attended, appreciation was expressed to veterans present. Toccata on Sunday evening, including the children’s chorus, ranged from sweet to powerfully moving.
Local talent! The Air National Guard bands on Monday provided music that reminded us of our country’s history as well as of the gifts our armed services men and women provide all of us on a daily basis.
I have no idea how many Incline residents were involved in helping create, run, and clean up following this year’s Red, White, and Tahoe Blue. The names of major organizers have been published, and we all owe them our thanks.
Their plans would not have been nearly as successfully and effectively executed, however, without the hundreds of man, woman, and children hours volunteered by so many.
Please join me in thanking everyone who was so involved. We are so very fortunate to live in a community that is, well, truly a community.
Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at http://www.laketahoeschool.org.