Social Scene: Gobs of guests at Gatekeeper’s gathering in Tahoe City
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; History repeated itself with another successful North Tahoe Historical Society fundraiser. The annual dinner and auction is a tradition that morphed from potluck dinners hosted at private homes of the founding historical society members to an event now drawing close to 200 guests on the Gatekeeper’s Museum grounds. The al fresco affair had guests mingling at the lakeside venue next to Fanny Bridge, where the cold waters of Lake Tahoe spill through the dam, the only natural outlet, to become the Truckee River starting point. The Gatekeeper’s Museum is a reconstruction of the original gatekeeper’s cabin and#8212; once home of the water master who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. The museum now houses much Tahoe history, from its native inhabitants through the logging era and the establishment of the tourism industry and#8212; including an extensive Native American basket collection.
Guests enjoyed refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres before dinner while browsing the tables filled with silent auction items. Unusual items covered the gamut, from a hand carved walking staff entitled and#8220;The Spirit of the Forest,and#8221; to an original Andy Skaff oil painting, to a Native American woven baby girl’s cradle basket created by a skilled modern basket weaver from the Mono Indian tribe.
An abundant and delectable dinner spread was laid out buffet-style by Peter Bowers of Mountain Magic Catering which hungry guests quickly devoured. The event raised approximately $20,000 for the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, which will be used to help ensure the preservation of our local history for generations to come.
The historical society has its first annual Heritage Week Celebration coming up Aug. 9-15. There will be daily historical programs including a historic bus tour, walking tour, archeological lecture and of course the annual home tour on Aug. 12. For more information call 583-1762 or visit http://www.northtahoemuseums.org. Gathering at the Gatekeepers were Sue and Dave Devoe, Marge and Syd Bartlett, Muriel and Hugh Harris, Fritzi and Bill Briner, Judy and Peter Snook, Bebe and BJ Cassin, Ginny and Nate Topol, Pat Castellucci, Interim NLTH executive director Joanne Dominque and husband Art, outgoing executive director Stefanie Givens, director of exhibits and collections Sarah Schaefer, Lisa and Dave Hanson, Jeanie and Gordon MacAulay, Colleen and Tom Knopf, Bobbie and Bob Dolton, Shirley and Don Hale, Barbara and Stan Chaconas, Liz and Paul Nyberg, Kay Turner, Dody and Bob Scoville, Diane and Don Sloat, NLTHS President Bruce McNulty and wife Marianne, Susan and Dave Elliott, Karen and Warren Wagner and Andy Skaff.