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Final plans for Town Portrait

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

On Sept. 17, Truckee Town Portrait 2000 will include numerous activities for residents of every age, from all walks of life.Local musicians, restaurants and entertainers will provide planned activities for approximately 12,000 residents from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old Mill site on Church Street. The photo be taken from an 80-foot ladder provided by Truckee Fire Protection District at 12 noon.The Town Portrait is the second time in history Truckee residents have congregated downtown for a photo. The remaining two copies of the previous town portrait, taken 85 to 100 years ago, reside in OB’s Pub & Restaurant on Commercial Row and at the Jail Museum, in care of the Truckee Historical Society.The MusicPaul Covarelli, owner of the Pastime Bar for seven years and general manager for many more, has organized support from local musicians and sound experts who will donate their skills, time and energy for the event.Deja Vous, The Deckheads, The PLS Band, Jo Mama, the Donner Party – a barbershop quartet, Skinny White Samoans and perhaps, a jam band of all of the different musicians will play before and after the Town Portrait.”Truckee has a very tight family of musicians,” Covarelli said. “Everybody has a good feeling about the event. It’s a part of history, and everybody wants to do their share.”All of the bands are comprised of local musicians. Covarelli said he wanted to keep it that way to celebrate the spirit of the event.”We will have everything from barbershop to bluegrass. Jo Mama plays blues, funk, Latin, swing and reggae… The Samoans are a high energy blues band. The PLS Band plays bluegrass swing and Italian swing, which is like Lou Prima stuff, Deja Vous is a classic rock band, and the Deckheads they have a Jimmy Buffett twang to them,” Covarelli said.Broken Arrow Productions, Bob Sutton and Eric Thompson, will donate the sound equipment.Covarelli said the players will likely join the crowd for the portrait and then resume playing.Raffle for prime seatingTo organize the first few rows of the picture, event organizers will hold a raffle, and draw lines on the ground with chalk to mark the first 90 spots.The raffle tickets will be sold the day of the event at each entrance for $1. There are no limits to how many raffle tickets you can purchase.”The first four rows will hold 90 people, so that’s what we are auctioning off,” Mayor Maia Schneider said. “We will draw 15 raffle tickets. Each of the winners will be allowed six slots, for family or friends.”Children’s ActivitiesThe Truckee Town Portrait isn’t just for adults.Kids’ activities such as face painting, clowns, balloon animals and fun foods will transform the dusty lot east on Church Street into Truckee’s own version of a carnival.Lisa Ellis and Ruth Hall from Sierra Nevada Children’s Services have been working with Mary Lou Carson of the Truckee Town Portrait 2000 Committee to solidify plans.”One thing our agency is trying to do is put together a story hour,” said Lisa Ellis, a child development specialist with Sierra Nevada Children’s Services.The children’s activities coordinators held a meeting Wednesday Sept. 6 to discuss additional activities for the event.”Non-profit fund-raising will be likely from the Children’s Museum,” Ellis said. “There will be items for sale to support local causes. The Children’s Collaborative will be raising awareness and support for the Kidszone project.”For more information or to volunteer services for children’s activities call Phebe Bell at 587-8322.Food vendorsCaptain Gary Botto from Truckee Fire Protection District has been organizing food for the event.”There are numerous non-profit organizations who will be providing food,” Botto said. “There will be things like tacos and burritos, smoothies, hamburgers and hot dogs. I’d like to see somebody do grilled chicken but I haven’t talked to anybody who wants to do that yet.”Alcohol is not allowed.Restaurants which want to serve food for profit need to pay for a booth, which costs around $100.For more information about providing food at the event contact Captain Botto at 587-2773.For more information about volunteering or hosting a booth, contact Maia Schneider at 587-4982.For more information about public transportation, regulations or a schedule of events see the Town Portrait Special Edition of the Sierra Sun on Sept. 14.


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