Social Scene: A surprise party, a "sprinter" street dance and a Tahoe City restaurant redux |

Social Scene: A surprise party, a "sprinter" street dance and a Tahoe City restaurant redux

Party organizer Michele De Braganca, right, was happy to see, from left, Heidi Shaughnessy, Debra Raglyn and Christie Lee.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – How can it be that age suddenly creeps up on you, and before you know it you have reached a major milestone? Much like the gradual build up of alluvium at the mouth of a river, you don’t realize you are getting older until one day you have become one venerable “delta.” That was the feeling I had at the surprise birthday party for Ken Volz last week at the River Grill in Tahoe City. As the birthday boy arrived with long-time love Michele De Braganca, guests huddled in the decorated main dining room before shouting out a boisterous “surprise.”

A startled and surprised guest of honor immediately joined in the festivities with his friends and ski buddies with one big grin. Some of those enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks while wishing Kenny a happy b’day were Benita Luke and Greg Tiller, Heidi Shaughnessy, Rocket Bertoli, Debbie Dutton, Tom Lafetra, Jimalu and Gary Davis, Steve and Sally Osborn, Laura and Doug Read, Lynn and Gary Redelberger, Liz Mercer, Christie Lee, Hidalia and Ray Haney, Patty and Glenn Spiller, Dickey “Donuts” Nielsen, Judy and Bill Michelson, Molly and Dan “Red” Goodrich, Nikki and Bob Carter, Gena and Paul Buschmann, and Dana and Peter Leonard.

Local authorities worked so diligently to court the Amgen Bike Tour of California to come to Tahoe this spring and then Mother Nature sabotaged the whole effort by dropping the temps below freezing and spitting snow changing spring into “sprinter”. Saturday night, May 14th, in the spirit of cycling, the Tahoe City Downtown Association partnered with the BridgeTender Tavern and Grill to put on a street dance. Revelers huddled under outdoor heaters to stay warm while some danced to the tunes of “The Drunken Neighbors”. Steve Wallis stayed warm by dancing and rollerblading at the same time! Bundled up at the BridgeTender were TCDA exec director Justin Broglio, Tim Crowell and Wendy Poore, Christin Hanna, Shannon Barter, Brenden Madigan, Peggy and Tim Longo, and Sally Taylor and Rob Weston.

Muey bueno grande news over at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City. Haciendo del Lago is set to re-open after closing several years ago. The space was briefly occupied by an upscale Sol Y Lago restaurant which went out of business after only a few years. Original owner and long-time Tahoe City businessman Joe Lanza will re-open the restaurant with the help of new manager Eli Covell sometime in mid-June for daily dinners (and lunches from July 1 through Labor Day). The lakefront restaurant will serve the same moderately priced, classic Mexican fare as it did back in the day, along with hosting the same festive happy hour specials including dollar nachos. “I’m excited to open a restaurant in Tahoe City that the community has really needed – one that is fun, family friendly, and most importantly affordable,” said Covell.

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