Mountain Times: Summer is winding down
As you remember summer came very quickly this year after only three days of spring (well at least andamp;#8220;spring typeandamp;#8221; weather). Now, it is just about over. With many kids now going back to school in the middle of August, versus the traditional day after Labor Day start, the tourist peak season is definitely winding down.It has been a great summer with nice daytime temperatures, few thunderstorms, and (knock on wood) no major fires. It has been a great time to enjoy the out of doors as well as to take advantage of the abundance of recreation and entertainment offered around the Truckee/North Tahoe areas.For those of us that get to enjoy our surroundings beyond the customary summer season, weandamp;#8217;re just getting started and still have a lot of enjoyment in store. It is just a matter of choosing what you want to do, and getting out there and doing it.Assorted kudos … The andamp;#8220;Lake Tahoe Music Festivalandamp;#8221; just concluded another great season of musical entertainment. Their programs included an andamp;#8220;Opening Night Galaandamp;#8221; in mid July, followed by andamp;#8220;Classics New andamp; Oldandamp;#8221; featuring the Orchestra Academy, andamp;#8220;America 40th Anniversary Tourandamp;#8221;, andamp;#8220;Broadwayandamp;#8217;s Bestandamp;#8221; with Debbie Gravitte and the Orchestra Academy, andamp;#8220;Strictly Classical Music in the Key of Dandamp;#8221;, andamp;#8220;Simply Sinatraandamp;#8221; with Steve Lippia, andamp;#8220;An Evening with Wyonnaandamp;#8221;, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, and the closing andamp;#8220;Benefactorandamp;#8217;s Concertandamp;#8221; this past Saturday featuring Nikki Yanofsky.Congratulations to the organizing committee, and the many sponsors, benefactors and volunteers who made the festival a huge success once again. One of the organizers, Kane Schaller, said that the programs were well received by the audiences and that the committee is already starting plans for next year.The andamp;#8220;Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivalandamp;#8221; at Sand Harbor has also had a very successful run this summer. There are still performances through Sunday night so call and order your tickets, pack your picnic dinners, get out your low backed beach chairs, and go!Tomorrow night is the last andamp;#8220;Truckee Thursdaysandamp;#8221; event for the year. Again, this venue is getting bigger and better each year and has become a weekly tradition for many locals and tourists alike. There are great vendor booths, lots of fabulous food, live music, a beer garden, and most of the downtown shops and stores remain open. We have been several times this year, and it is a lot of fun. This is also a place to do some great andamp;#8220;people watchingandamp;#8221; and to run into friends and acquaintances you may not have seen lately. I ran into John Sproehnle last Thursday. He was looking good … must be all the andamp;#8220;Pickle Ballandamp;#8221; he has been playing.The Truckee Donner Park and Rec District has two more Wednesday andamp;#8220;Music at the Parkandamp;#8221; programs. Tonightandamp;#8217;s performance will be by Phoenix and their Rock and Roll Tribute to andamp;#8220;Dan Fogelberg.andamp;#8221; Next week the concert season will end with Dj vu. They will be doing Rock and Roll Oldies. These concerts at the park have become a weekly andamp;#8220;must doandamp;#8221; for many residents and the amphitheater at Truckee Regional Park fills up every week. This is great entertainment for the whole family, young and old! Thanks for stepping up … Since our last column, many candidates did step up to the plate and put their names in to run for all the different board and council positions around the area. Some will be running uncontested so are andamp;#8220;in.andamp;#8221; Others will be running against opponents. I look forward to seeing their platforms. I encourage everyone to get out to a andamp;#8220;candidateandamp;#8217;s nightandamp;#8221; or two so you can hear the candidates and make an educated decision on which candidates most closely match your views and positions.I see that Shannon Bahrke has officially retired from the U.S. Freestyle Skiing Team, is going to get married to her fianc Matt Happe, and is heading to Salt Lake City to get more involved in the management of their coffee roasting business, andamp;#8220;Silver Bean Coffee.andamp;#8221; Taking the lead from Kristin Krone?Again, thanks to Shannon for the dedication to her sport, her country, her family and to all the people she has touched through the years of competitive skiing. You did GREAT!I also read that one of her goals is to appear on andamp;#8220;Dancing with the Starsandamp;#8221; … arguably my favorite winter time TV show. If any of you readers have an andamp;#8220;inandamp;#8221; with the producers or organizers of the show, put in a good word for Shannon. If anyone has an e-mail contact for the show, share it with us and perhaps we can do an e-mail campaign to get her recognized as a potential andamp;#8220;starandamp;#8221; on the show. I bet she would do extremely well.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.