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Touring Tahoe homes

Vicki KahnSpecial to the Sun

Imagine walking into five homes of strangers you dont even know, and casually looking through every room. Thats just what lots of folks did recently when the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society conducted its 33rd annual home tour. This year five homes and Fleur du Lacs clubhouse were the featured West Shore tour sites. Its always interesting to get a glimpse into other peoples personal spaces, and these homes had the added feature of having informative docents on hand to give a little history and background on each of the sites. Each place was uniquely different from the next. From the Simmonds old Tahoe lakefront with its hand-crafted wood carvings by the owner and its original rattan furniture from the 1939 Treasure Island Expositions Hawaiian display, to the Shepherds McKinney Estates home with an elks head above the free standing fireplace and its stuffed butt on the back side of it, to the Ralph Laurenesque decorated log cabin home filled with magnificent paintings by its owner Andy Skaff and wife Lois, to the final end point home known as The Adjidaumo Lodge dating back to 1899, guests were drawn into the intriguing private worlds of local homeowners. The enjoyable and well attended afternoon event was co-chaired by Margy and Jim Arthur and Lois and Andy Skaff with a host of helpful volunteers including Dick and Nileta Morton, Jim and Renate Moore, Donna and Cornelia Linerud, Keith Vogt, Gil and Ellen Magnani, Bruce and Phyllis Bassett, Bob and Marge Hartsfield, Doni Glassmaker, Syd and Marge Bartlett, Don and Kathleen Allan, Pat Castellucci, Carole Eichhorn and Joanne Hawthorne, Dody Scoville, Jean Stowell, Andrea Koss, Ellen and Hugh McBride, Joanne Moore, Anne Penniman, Mary Summers, Julie Ball, Terry Canizzaro, Margaret Twomey, John and Beezie Iles, Sandy Pyer, Jim and Joy Egan, Phyllis Stephenson, Marian McNulty, Kayse Kelly, Joanne McGrail, Kathy Swigard, Jeri Large, Trudy Lesem, Rolf Lesem, Carol and Gene Averkin, Dave and Susan Elliot, Emilie and Ken Corcoran, Gael and Bud Craft, Karen and Warren Wagner, Kathy Zacher, Jan Brougher and Gayle and Gordon Pelton.

The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation celebrated its donors with an afternoon cocktail reception at the lakefront home of Norma and Bill Parsons Aug. 6. About a hundred friends of the foundation gathered on the West Shore lawn and breathed a collective sigh of relief when the afternoon thunderstorm ended and the sun came out. Incoming board chairman Rob Kautz made some remarks after being introduced by foundation CEO Lisa Dobey. Philanthropically minded individuals at the gathering included Ruth and Breeze Cross, Barbara and David Kahn, Christy and Bill McGlashan, Theresa May Duggan (shes also running for the North Tahoe Public Utility District seat), Phyllis and Rick McConn, Ann and Roger Beck, Shirley and Jack Jorgensen, Dave Ferrari, Julie Mauer and Dave Schotzko, Veronica and Ben Kaufman, Betsy and Tom Watson, Jan Brisco and Drew Briner, Fritzi and Bill Briner, Patti and Ron Florian, Cindy Monroe, and Sue and David Devoe.E-mail Vicki Kahn at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net.