Fall Celebrations in Tahoe: A birthday, an anniversary and a few weddings | SierraSun.com

Fall Celebrations in Tahoe: A birthday, an anniversary and a few weddings

Norma Parson blows out the candles on her birthday baked Alaska cake.

TAHOE and#8212; When Granlibakken owners (for 32 years, no less) Norma and Bill Parson throw a party there’s usually a fun theme and always great food. For Norma’s milestone birthday they decided on an Italian motif: Italian operas sung live and Italian Chianti classico in traditional fiasco basket wrapped bottles. Longtime Granlibakken executive chef Ron Eber whipped up seafood linguini, osso bucco, raviolis stuffed with mushrooms, Italian sausages and tomato caprese skewers. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served al fresco on Granlibakken’s patio, where the weather was bellissimo.

The dinner buffet was also served on the patio before guests sat down in the main dining room for the Italian feast. La piece de la resistance was a super-sized baked Alaska dessert, delivered to the birthday girl, who deftly blew out the candles.

Wishing Norma a happy birthday were, Ellen and Hugh McBride, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig, Marge and Syd Bartlet, Fritzi and Bill Briner, Dottie Intorf, Anne and Art Penniman, Jan and Rick Ganong, Ginger and Bill Walsh, Bernicia and Jerry Pearlman, and many more. Family in attendance included Norma’s nephew Philip Tschersich and wife Adelia Myrick from Kodiak, Alaska; Bill’s sister Christa Kuiper from Amsterdam and Bill’s brother Henk and wife Georgia. A nephew of Bill’s (once removed) Raffaele Bossard from Switzerland with his father Roberto and Lauren and Ron Parson.

The California Tahoe Conservancy celebrates its 25th anniversary

The transformation of the Commons Beach in Tahoe City from a neglected, overgrown patch of land to a beautifully landscaped recreational area with swings and playground equipment, picnic benches and BBQ areas, bathrooms, and a bike trail is in and itself a wonderful accomplishment for the California Tahoe Conservancy who funded its redevelopment. Thousands of people now enjoy this lakefront gem everyday which was completed back in 2003.

It was apropos recently to celebrate the California Tahoe Conservancy’s big 25th anniversary at Tahoe City’s Common Beach and#8212; right on the water of Lake Tahoe the conservancy has worked to protect, preserve and enhance as evidenced by its signature Commons Beach project. The party also served to debut the new cool environmental license plates that California drivers can purchase for their cars. The money raised from the sale of the license plates will go toward the continued efforts to protect Lake Tahoe. The gathering also featured live music, a delicious and healthy lunch, speakers and a commemorative gift for attendees: a re-usable grocery goodie bag and a T-shirt both emblazoned with the new Tahoe environmental license plate design.

In the last 25 years the Conservancy has authorized more than $450 million to acquire more than 4,700 properties and facilitate hundreds of resource enhancement and public access projects throughout the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Visit http://www.tahoefund.org for license plate info.

Celebrating the conservancy’s accomplishments were Tahoe City PUD general manager Cindy Gustafson, California Tahoe Conservancy Executive Director Patrick Wright, CTC Deputy Director Ray Lacey, Bruce Eisner, Alex Mourelatos, Doug Houston, Joanne Marchetta, Larry Sevison, Lynn Suter, Terri Marseron, Kathay Lovell, John Hooper, Cynthia Bryant, Todd Ferrara, and Norma Santiago, Jennifer Montgomery, Phebe Bell, Lisa Dobey, Maja Thaler, Sandra Carter, Jim Backhus, State Senator Fran Pavley and more.

Congratulations to Linda Tripp and Mitch Packard who tied the knot Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Dollar House in Chinquapin on a gorgeous Indian summer afternoon. Congratulations to Caroline Vogt of Tahoe House Bakery and Brian Lee who will marry Oct. 10 at Sunnyside Resort. Betting on who will make the wedding cake should be a piece of cake.

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