Summer events keep on coming |

Summer events keep on coming

Has it been beautiful the last couple of weeks, or what? The temperatures have been moderate, the thunderstorms scattered, and it has just been a great time to get out and enjoy it all. We are behind on our gardening and other household chores, but we have certainly enjoyed golfing, biking, playing softball and kayaking lately. Our friend, Laurie Brewer, called us up yesterday morning and asked whether we wanted to hike to Frog Lake Lookout with her and her dogs. If you havent hiked there before, you have definitely missed out on a very beautiful and spiritual place. The trail only has a few snow fields across it, and the mule ears are already breaking through the soil. The meadow before the turn off to Summit Lake is also springing to life a full month or so ahead of schedule.Although somewhat strenuous, this is a great hike (6 miles round trip) and features some fabulous views. For directions, give us a call.

Saturdays Truckee Day was another huge success. Congratulations to the Town of Truckee, Maia Schneider, Beth Ingalls, Nichole Dorr, and other organizers, sponsors; and to the hundreds of participants who picked up tons of trash and attended the Block Party at Regional Park afterward. Thanks also to Jo Mama for providing the music throughout the afternoon. We (the Truckee Optimist Club) served approximately 500 barbeque dinners, and it was reported that the number of volunteers cleaning the streets was several hundred higher.It was also a lot of fun to watch all the kids playing in the Bounce House, and participating in the sack races, Hula Hoop contest, tug of war, and other fun events supervised by Dan OGorman, Steve Randall, and other Rec and Park employees. Great job!

I just got off the phone with Lil Schaller of the Soroptimist Club and she said the Wine and Restaurant Faire Tasting at Coyote Moon was also an incredible success. Im still counting the money, said Lil, and please thank everyone for coming!

Another couple of local events/fundraisers are on tap for this Saturday. The Truckee Sunrise Rotary will be holding its Speak Easy this Saturday night at Sugar Bowl. Dinner, music by Door Mans Whiskey, bathtub gin, martini bar, poker tables, a chocolate bar, and a silent auction will be the venues of the evening. Step back to the 20s and have a great time.The Truckee Optimist Club will hold its second annual Truckee Brew Fest at Regional Park, Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy brews and ciders from approximately 25 breweries, music by the Deck Heads, silent auction, and brats and sausages. You will be given a souvenir tasting glass at the gate to use and keep. Fifty Fifty Brewing Company is the major sponsor this year. It will be fun to taste their new brews created and brewed right here in Truckee. All proceeds will go to scholarships and other Truckee youth activities. Alan and I will be there, please come up and introduce yourselves!

The answer to last weeks question: What was the name of the boisterous and fun loving group of men who would come to Truckee, with their red fire truck, to be a part of the Fourth of July Parade? E. Clampus Vitus, aka, The Clampers.According to long time resident Kelly Shane, They drove the truck in the parade for several years, and then after they could no longer afford the insurance on said truck, they resorted to having it hauled on an equipment trailer. I hauled it for them in the parade.Our early bird winner Ron Rettig used to work at the Tourist Club where the Clampers would sometimes hang out. Bill Mullin remembers the first weekend that he worked at the T Club, along with Ron. The Clampers held their initiation, and it was also Rodeo weekend. It was crazy, said Bill.Gordy Kjer seems to recollect an old Clamper saying, Protecting women and children and having a grand time. Claire Aguera remembers that when her husband, Joe, was a member they would meet at the bar at the rear of Sierra Tavern.I believe the Chief Joseph chapter of E. Clampus Vitus is still in existence today. Other winners included Tim Keltner, Sharon Cook, Barbara Brill, Norm Justesen, Mary DeLisle, Susan Brock and Mark & Jeanette Harrigan. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd.

This weeks questionWhat was the name of the aggregate/trucking company that was operated northeast of downtown Truckee where the Pioneer Commerce Center is now located? Who were the owners? Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer.

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