Out & About: These prized pets purr, but theyre not kittens
Collectors of antique cars love them so much they treat them like prized pets. Their cars may have temperamental engines, purr like kittens, and demand a lot of TLC. At the Fourth Annual Barnburners Classic Car Show last Saturday at Swiss Lakewood Restaurant in Homewood, 37 classic and older cars were presented by their owners with about 80 guests gathering for the show and luncheon in the West Shore garden of the restaurant.Some people have asked us to make Barnburners larger because of its popularity. But we like it just the way it is. Its charm is based on the small size and the different kind of cars that show up every year, said event founder Howard Turner. Unlike other car shows that are organized events to feature a marquee or class of automobiles, Barnburners is nothing more than a private party of boat and car collectors. We invite cars that interest us and not just classics or exotics, Turner said.We enjoy our friends and look for every opportunity to get together to have a good time, said event co-chairman Carlos Rodriguez. Its a fun private party where the public is welcomed to look at the cars and meet their owners.Among the 37 cars invited this year were a 1920 Pierce Arrow Model 38 owned by Tom and Dottie Batchelor; a 1958 Chevrolet Convertible owned by Jon and Cheryl Cox; a 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible owned by John White; a gorgeous and rare V-12 powered 1961 Ferrari Series II Cabriolet Speciale owned by John and Mary Ann Hopfenbeck; a 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud owned by Wes Lasher; a rare 1951 Jaguar XK120C, and a 410 HP 1958 Lister Roadster owned by Jack and Lindann Fleig.Many of the cars that show up at our Barnburners event are prized award-winning automobiles, but the real fun is the people who own them, said Rodriguez. Among those enjoying the camaraderie and cars were Annette and Fred Gellert, Steve Lind, Lynn and Dave Olson, Sarah (Obexer) and Keith Fields, Alice and Jerry Richardson, Susie and Carlos Rodriquez, Kay (in a killer red hat) and Howard Turner, Ann and Keith Young, and Carol and Bernie Atkinson. Proceeds from this years event will benefit the Ehrman Mansion located at Sugar Pine State Park.
There still are a few tickets available for this Saturdays (July 8) Win For Charity event from 4-7 p.m. at an elegant lakefront estate. Its the tenth annual (has it been that many years already?) wine tasting and auction. Bella Affair will cater, jazz music will be by John Shipley Jazz Quartet, and some the auction items include 49er tickets, private dinner parties, and unique wines. This lovely event benefits local Lake Tahoe charities each year. Call (530) 546-9137 for info or visit http://www.tahoeleagueforcharity.org or http://www.tahoeleagueforcharity.org for more details.
Catherine Macfee unveiled her new store, the Rubicon Collection, upstairs in the Tahoe City Marina Mall last Friday evening with a tres elegante cocktail soiree. Macfee who recently purchased the store from Diana Cunningham, also owns a interior design studio and retail store in Orinda Theater Square. The new 5,000 square-foot store has an impressive collection of Tahoe lifestyle furnishings and accessories, as well as the introduction of Macfees new collection of custom upholstered pieces. While bringing her award-winning interior design skills to Lake Tahoe, the new shop is destined to be the new favorite spot of the well heeled second homeowner set. About a hundred invited guests came to the launch party, which featured wine tasting, a sushi station, passed hors doeuvres by As You Wish Catering (owner Jerry was the former chef at Fiammas), a martini bar, and local artists creating works while guests milled about the expansive store. Some of those checking out Rubicons new digs included Catherines proud hubby Geoff, Robin Cullen and her mom Marie, Ted Houston, Trevor Glidden, Sasha Rabsey, Sharon Fielder, Deborah and Ed Scott, Lisa and Pat Bagan, Ina Sabah, Joan Gibb, Mark Oshira of Jakes, Luanne Morikawa and Jeff Harris, and John Brink.
In Squaw Valley, Balboa Cafs new chef, Michael Papp (formerly with Glissandi, Big Water Grille and La Playa Vista), has inaugurated an innovative Farmers Market Chefs Table on Tuesdays for dinner. According to general manager Peter Fain, the dinner will be served communal family style with a menu that will be based on the mornings delights from the farmers market.
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