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Wooden boat week whets the Tahoe North Shore’s appetite for a fun-filled summer

Story and photos by Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
From left: Venetta Rohall, Judy Timken and Deann Spalding spent the afternoon lunching and socializing.

NORTH TAHOE, Calif. – Summer officially kicked off last week with the beginning of the 38th annual Wooden Boat Week, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation.

This summer marked second year the foundation held the week-long event in June (it used to be in August), and everyone seemed to like the earlier time frame, now that they are getting used to it.

This year, early fiberglass boats from the 1940s to early 1960s were added as the featured class for the judged show, in addition to the more than 80 vintage wooden boats.

The festivities began with a “Blue Hawaii” themed opening night Gala dinner Thursday, June 17 at Sunnyside Resort on Tahoe’s West Shore. About 130 guests clad in aloha wear, leis and kukui beads attended the tropical evening.

It featured fine wines (I hear a record amount of wine was consumed!) and a gourmet, sit-down dinner. The next day, Friday, was the VIP preview day at the Concours.

On Saturday and Sunday the boats were on display for all to see, where attendance was up from the previous year.

On Sunday, Dad and the family were treated to a brunch catered by Men Wielding Fire in the Marina courtyard.

Monday was the “Woodie Over-the-Bottom” Regatta and lunch at Sugar Pine Point State Park followed by a sponsors’ reception and dinner at Swiss Lakewood Restaurant.

Tuesday, the ladies lunched at the recently completed stunning West Shore lakefront home of Janet and Rick Cronk while the men hung out lakeside at Kay Turner’s “Playtime” home for a barbecue.

The break-neck speed of events wound down with the finale “Mahogany Magic” slide show review and barbecue dinner at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City Wednesday night.

At the ladies luncheon and fashion show the wind finally died down and the weather was sunny and warm. D’Lish served a perfectly poached salmon lunch and Mickey Gregory of Sports Tahoe provided the fashions for models as they casually strolled through the tables.

Models included Lynn Olson, Fritzi Briner, Nancy Cunningham, Mary Jo Shepherd, Susie Mason, Fran Gerhardy, Lynn Mullen, Diane Shore and yacht club manager Mariana Dye. Some of those lakeside lunching ladies were Jan Brisco, Annette Gellert, Sharon Bernardini, Kay Turner and daughter-in-law Kara Turner, Nancy Ball, Sue Stout, Heather Leonard from the Tahoe Maritime Museum, Suzanne Boucher, Tonya Antle, Stacy Conner, Jeanie Macaul, Donna Block, Katherine Macfee with daughters Lindsey and Justine, Nileta Morton and Deborah Scott.

Sand Harbor, Shakespeare

and music series

Also in its 38th year is the Shakespeare at Sand Harbor Festival. A unique “dinner theater on the beach” venue makes for a truly memorable evening whether its enjoying this season’s hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) or the festival’s popular music series on Monday and Friday evenings featuring either salsa, blues, jazz, soul or “Broadway on the Beach” with the Reno Phil (music from “Wicked” is featured at this season’s Broadway performance).

Back by popular demand are blues soul singer Sugar Ray and the amazing electric violin “soul-o-ist” from Yanni and Oprah fame, Karen Briggs. Tickets are now available online at http://www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or call (800) 74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).

– Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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