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Social Scene: Old man winter tried to steal Lake Tahoe summer’s thunder

Story and photos by Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Ilse Spivek and Ivan Gennis got into the '70s theme at the Ilfeld's party with peace symbols made out of tinfoil on their shirts.

TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Old man winter tried to yank summer out of Tahoe last weekend with powerful winds and a dramatic drop in temperature. Many events and parties were planned and a change to a winter wardrobe seemed to stave off the chilling grip. Few commodities are more precious in Tahoe than the limited summer days. When the end of August is in sight, it seems a flurry of events and parties pile up.

Over at Hidden Lake in Squaw Valley, Barbara and Fred Ilfeld invited 150 friends to dance to the tunes of The Sun Kings, a fabulous Beatles tribute band. Some dressed in blast from the past 70s style while hovering for warmth under a large canopied tent.

A dance floor on the beach enticed some adventurous and#8220;hippiesand#8221; to work up some heat. Early attendees included Vicki and Larry Lawrence, Carol and Jon Shanser, Nanette and Eric Poulsen, Starr Hurley, Barbara and John Wilcox, Jan and Dave Hardie, Sue and Sam Harrosh, Terry and Ken Yagura, Joan and Mark Lowenstern and Ken Cutler and Mai Nguyen (she handily catered hors d’oeuvres and dinner).

Later on Saturday, Aug. 28, Annette and Fred Gellert invited about 45 friends to celebrate with a summer birthday dinner for Annette. A DJ was spinning tunes at their West Shore lakefront home as guests, dressed warmly, filed in. A congenial cocktail hour and a half was followed by a delicious dinner prepared by Melanie Jackson. A hysterical pinata-hitting session by the birthday girl ensued, and then dancing. Staying warm and cozy at the Gellerts were Florene and Patrick Buckman, BJ and Craig Miller, Patty Sue Mozart, Barbara Brown, JC Krise and Joyce Drechsler, Nancy and Marshall Krause, Janie and Don Friend, Teresa and Ron Rupp, Lynn and Dave Olson, Ned and Carol Spieker and Steve Lind.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, a memorial gathering at Swiss Lakewood Restaurant celebrated the life of Albert Marty. More than 200 patrons and friends stopped by to pay their respects to the beloved chef who, along with his wife Helga, owned and operated Swiss Lakewood restaurant for many years. Current Swiss Lakewood owners Betty and Rick Brown insisted on hosting the memorial at the restaurant and prepared a spread of grilled sausages, poached salmon, German salmon tartar, potato and fusili salad. Ron Eber from Granlibakken prepared assorted canapes, smoked salmon, puff pastry filled with pesto and finger sandwiches. Tahoe House dropped off yummy homemade cookies and Stohlgren Brothers distributors contributed food as well. The bar was open serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

Host Doris Rinderknecht was aided by longtime employees Robert Mangan, Betuel Carreria, Mengia Obermuller, Renee Wright, Dylan Lane, Elisa Tauber, Marlies Boehm as well as new chef Kurt Oechsle and Joseph Croteau at the bar.

Stopping by Swiss Lakewood to give Helga Marty a hug were Martha and Tom Hughes, Barbara and Stan Chaconas, Kathleen and Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s, Nate Topol, Father Spencer, Nancy Binz, Franz Weber, Mickey and Jim Gregory, Vicki and Ron Eber, Roz Mitchell, Muriel and Hugh Harris, Sue Popp, Lorie and Paul Cress, Sarah Obexer-Fields, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig and Jane and Bob Solinsky.

Labor Day cruise

The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society is hosting a Labor Day dinner cruise, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6. A generous anonymous donor has underwritten the cost of the boat ride and dinner so any tickets sold benefit the Historical Society’s bottom line. The cruise includes beautiful views, dinner, coffee and dessert. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. from the Tahoe Gal pier behind the Tahoe City post office with departure at 6 p.m. Cost is just $60 for members of the historical society and $65 for nonmembers. Call 583-1762 to sign up.

and#8212; Vicki Kahn may be reached at vickikahn@sbcglobalnet

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