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Tahoe Rim Trail celebrates 25 years

Vicki KahnSpecial to the Sun

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There are dreamers and there are talkers, but the dream makers are the people who make things happen, said Tahoe Rim Trail supporter Bob McDowell last Friday night. About 30 ardent supporters of the trail gathered for an elegant cocktail 25th anniversary celebration at the Incline Village home of Barbara Pearlman and Andy Whyman to help raise much-needed funds to keep the wonderful trail properly maintained. The party capped a day of a 25th anniversary celebration of hikes, childrens activities and a picnic.More than 10,000 dream makers have volunteered, in addition to help from the U.S. Forest Service, to make the Tahoe Rim Trail worthy of its recent prestigious designation by National Geographic and ABCs Good Morning America as one of the top 10 Outdoor Adventure Vacations in the country. The 165-mile loop trail, which runs through diverse terrain, rims the circumference of beautiful Big Blue right in our own backyard. It was completed in 2001 and is used by an estimated 3,000 people each week in the peak summer and fall seasons. The trail has also garnered kudos as one of our countrys most successful volunteer trail projects. A well-thought-out list of the rim trails specific needs gave supporters a better grasp of tangible things that the rock solid association could use. People should know what the difference they make is by donating to that particular project, said board member Chuck Greene (whose father was Lorne Green of the TV show Bonanza). Donors who wrote a check were just the kind of dream makers the organization was hoping for at last weeks event. Also, a stunning 25th anniversary TRT limited addition commemorative silver coin in a cherry wood encasement in honor of the rim trails silver anniversary was unveiled at the party, which is offered to donors who donate (at a specific level) to the Milestone Opportunities list of the trails needs. Some of the Tahoe Rim Trail enthusiasts and supporters included Linda and Dave Brown of Northstar, Chuck Greene, Suzy Lusk, Lynda and Bob McDowell, Betsy and Roger Peterson, Tim Cashman, Jackie and Sam Viviano, Wendy and Alan Schaevitz, Claudia and and Steve Andersen, Kathy Quinden and Bill Hager, Sue and Dave DeVoe, Patti and Karl Olson, John McKenna, Shai and Elyse Gut, Carol Auslen, Bob Andersen, Nancy and Phil Brisack, volunteer of the year award recipient Jim Backhus, and TRT executive director Mark Kimbrough. For info about upcoming hikes and more about the wonderful organization log on to http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.

Those privileged enough to attend last Thursdays Lake Tahoe Music Festival Sha Na Na concert at Squaw Valley had a real treat. From the minute the motley crew stepped on the stage until the end of the evenings concert, onlookers were taken on a whirlwind high energy and extremely entertaining trip back in time. Everyone worked off dinner dancing the night away. The concert was so entertaining that word on the street is the nostalgic rock group (members of the original group performed at Woodstock) might be back next year for an encore. The newly planted lush green grass is a much-needed improvement over last years dusty dirt patch.

Thursday, Aug. 10 at PlumpJack Conference Center in Squaw Valley the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in Association with the Squaw Valley Institute will present An Evening with American Authors, featuring Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama, Elizabeth Rosner, author of The Speed of Light, Alice Seborld, author of The Lovely Bones, and Tahoe second homeowner Amy Tan, who needs no introduction. A no-host bar starts at 7:30 p.m. with the program at 8:15 p.m. Visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or http://www.squawvalleywriters.org.You can email Vicki Kahn at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net.