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Follies return with a vengeance

BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

Crude, lascivious, and a part of the town’s illustrious history, the Truckee Follies reemerged after a four-year hiatus and, with an eye toward tradition, belittled everyone and everything in its path.

Presented by the Downtown Merchants Association, the Millennium Truckee Follies were held at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District Community Center April 12-15. The comedy program, featuring a number of skits performed by local characters, proved that nothing is sacred.

The program poked fun at Lahontan, incorporation, the roundabout, tourists and a few other Truckee nuances while throwing in dance numbers and absurd interludes like the Past Time Whistling Midgets and the “plant lady.”

“It was a fantastic success” Ed Candler, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, said, “Monetarily and as far as everybody having a great time … it was terrific. I think it was the best Follies ever. We want to thank the community for all the support.”

The show sold out all four nights.

“It was a bringing of the town together,” Candler said. “The people who came to the show were so thrilled to enjoy that kind of show in Truckee.”

Proceeds, which won’t be determined until all the facets of the production have been paid off, will go towards street maintenance, parking lots and snow removal. The Merchants Association will also fund a high school scholarship program and will donate a portion of the profits to the Truckee Branch Library.

Candler said that 550 raffle tickets were sold for the 2000 Subaru Forester which was won by Sally Muhlgrabbr.

“I’m thrilled,” Muhlgraber said. “We couldn’t be happier.” She and her husband Hans bought two tickets for the car.

“We were sitting there at 9:15 (Saturday night) and I said time, they’re drawing my winning ticket,’ she said. “The phone rang, and I just about fell out of my chair.’

She said there’s one great side-effect of having the new wheels. She’ll have a smoother ride when she visits Hans at jobsites in Lahontan.

“Now I feel OK when I drive through Lahontan,” Muhlgraber said.

The Follies will return in the year 2002, according to Candler.


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