Social Scene: A Truckee Tahoe farewell fete and lakeside surprise party |

Social Scene: A Truckee Tahoe farewell fete and lakeside surprise party

Lisa Dobey and Debbie Cole display the key to Bend they received while Ted Owens, far left, and Jim Simon continue with their schtick.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson got choked up as he read the heartfelt proclamation from the Town of Truckee Lisa Dobey and Debbie Cole’s farewell party their friends in the Truckee-Tahoe community threw for them Sunday, July 3 at Stefanie Olivieri’s Jackass Ridge Ranch.

More than 100 friends wore black mourning armbands for the and#8220;How Could They??!!and#8221; themed barbecue and and#8220;roastand#8221; (a la Truckee Follies) with familiar walk-ons by Ted Owens as Huell Howser, Jim Simon reading the top 10 list of why they were leaving town written by Jim Duffy, Maia Schneider as the telegram lady, and former Truckee Mayor Kathleen Eagan as Master of Ceremonies.

The guests of honor were made to sit up front wearing dunce caps during the program (they quickly took them off) in which the key to the town of Truckee was presented. A and#8220;bentand#8221; key to Bend, Ore. (where they are re-locating ) was sent to them, and a everyone signed their names on a commissioned work of art by artist Carole Sesko.

Bidding adieu at the farewell fete were hostess and close friend Stefanie Olivieri, Leisa and Tim Petersen, Bob and Penny Fink, Elizabeth and John Eaton, Melanie Jackson, Linda and Dave Brown, Lynn Saunders, Lisa and Mike Kruger, Max and Nancy Gisko, Chris and Andy Otto, Lauren Schaake and Jake Hudson, Stephanie Rogerson, Lynn Olson, Martha and Kevin Murphy, Cathy and Tom Van Berkem, Sandy Korth, Kaitlin Backlund, Ned Roberts, Marylou Austin, Julie and Marshall Lewis, Patty Boxeth, Lorna and Paul Leyton, Tamara and Steve Leiberman, Marianne and Jim Porter, Janet and Chuck Zipkin, Sherilyn Laughlin, Craig Lundin, Molly and Michael Graham, Mitch Clarin, Carol and Mike Sabarese, Kathleen Eagan and Jim Duffy, Maia Schneider, Carole Sesko, Phyllis and Rick McConn, Tom Rinne, Mike and Melinda Holley, Marilyn and Steve Disbrow, Sandy and Tom Combs, Brita Tryggvi and Art Takaki, Adela Gonzalez del Valle, Fran Sandwith, Belle Sandwith, Ruth Hall, Sal and Frank Bulkley, Val Kelly and Buffalo Cano, Mike and Sandy Horn, Steve and Jan Jennings, David and Barbara Kahn, Sherlilyn Laughlin, Brinn Wellise, John and Beence Loomis, Allan Marshall and Shirley Kaminsky, Laura and Mike Ryan, Art Domigue, Deb Ryan, Dick George, Mary Hetherington, Drew Duerlington, Mayumi Elegado and Laurel and Tom Lippert.

The birthday girl, Maurine Turner, was enjoying being out on the lake boating with good friends Lisa and Pat Bagan and Rick and Betty Brown Friday, July 1. They tied up at Gar Wood’s Grill and Pier to retrieve her hard-working husband Tom, who was supposedly overseeing a wedding party upstairs at his restaurant. But as she entered the room she was startled by a large group of party animals (who were a good 30 minutes ahead of the guest of honor on the drink-o-meter) who shouted the customary and#8220;surpriseand#8221; in unison. and#8220;This is the party she didn’t want,and#8221; said Tom Turner, who has a bit of merry prankster in his DNA.

Guests soaked in the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, sipped on Rombauer Chardonnay (Maurine’s favorite), Truckee River Winery Pinot, an abundance of Gar Wood’s signature Wet Woodie cocktails, and everything in between. Then everyone dined on halibut, short ribs, and filet mignon. An impressive tiered chocolate mousse and vanilla cupcake display sporting candles and a decorated birthday number atop each cupcake was lit for the birthday girl and all the kids to blow out.

Wishing Maurine a happy birthday were her mom Helen Morris, all her beautiful children including Catie, Camryn, Chadd and Calli, Betty and Don Fulda, Jan and John Corda, Lou Basile, Joan and Russ Jones, Barb and Marty Cohen, Clydene and Tim Leslie, Meshia deVre and Paul Heffren, Linda and Mark Moore, Lynn and Gary Redelberger, Marilyn and Ron Treabess, Patsy and Larry Sevison, Meg and Hank deVre, Anabel Platt, Tim Dalmau, Anne and Bric Haley, Don Sarmento, Scott Conn, Jennifer and Rich Courcier, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Schatzi Boyd and Randy Hill and Lee Roessler.

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