The Weekly Magazine, by Nicole Cheslock
During Truckee’s heyday, murders were not uncommon. Though the spirits that still roam the streets are not all suffering souls, there are a few restless phantoms of the night. In years past, they’ve been known to creep up from behind when least expected.
Designed to tap your senses and satiate your desire for fun, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour is a fundraiser for Trails & Vistas, a nonprofit organization that sponsors fieldtrips for third grade students and produces an annual September art hike that incorporates music, art and dance.
The action begins at Moody’s
If you’re lucky enough to score tickets for this adults-only event that usually sells out, you are in for a treat with captivating skits inspired by legends of yore at seven featured haunts that are all within walking distance of Moody’s Bistro, Bar and Beats.
Saddle up to the bar at Moody’s and keep your eyes wide open for the Lady in Red. Deceased at the hands of her husband, she frequents the bar every now and then and you just might catch a glimpse of her.
“After a one-year hiatus, this year’s highly anticipated performances will take place in new featured haunts including Bluestone Jewelry, LaGalleria and Tahoe Oil and Spice, while returning to previous favorites including BeSpoke, Masonic Lodge 200, The Truckee Hotel and The Railroad Depot,” shares event producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, a business designed to enhance partnerships, strengthen exposure and inspire creativity.
With a creative flair based on, but not necessarily deeply rooted in, fact, characters and historic tales come to life through songs, dances and entertaining dialogue. People from as far away as Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Arizona join Nevada and California residents for a rip-roaring good time in Truckee.
“I’ve never thought of Truckee as a historical exclamation point. However, the tour was enlightening, engaging and entertaining,” shared Mary Taitano, a Reno resident. “This quaint little town harbors family histories that would widen even the most unenthused eyes. Who knew Truckee had as sordid a past as the rest of us?”
Expect to weave in and out of historic sites as this year’s theme, guarded by only those who need to know, links the saloons, stories and brothels of yesteryear. Truckee, past and present, is tied to the tracks laid through town so long ago. Some things haven’t changed – rents were outrageous, one saloon paying a rental of $500 a month nearly 100 ago, and for many, money was plentiful.
After all, Truckee attracted those looking for a good time and was known all over the West for a bustling lumber industry, transcontinental railroad, icehouses and red light district.
“There would be many years of work for hardworking lumber, ice and railroad workers – who made more than enough cash to enjoy town employing the ladies of the night … It is said you can still hear headboards going ‘Ji-boom, Ji-boom, Ji-boom,’ ” shares one of the guides from the tour’s script.
Though fires swept through buildings, the flames did not keep rowdy folks away. All species of vice flourished back in the day.
The lawlessness gave birth to the “601,” an organization formed to purge undesirables. Members of the 601 would sometimes break prisoners out of jail to bring them to Hooligan Rock where they would threaten the criminals, sometimes even tar and feathering their victims, before pushing them out of town.
What, you wonder, does 601 stand for? Six feet under, zero tolerances and one bullet. Chances are high you will hear their gunshots on Oct. 16 and 17.
Drop the kids off
The KidZone Museum is offering a Not So Haunted Night at the Museum from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 offering childcare with pizza, art and activities for ages 3 to 6. The cost is $30 per child and $25 per child for Tour attendees. Additional siblings are $10 each. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. To make a reservation, call (530) 587-5437.
The Historical Haunted Tour began as a three-year experiment by Sunshine Tahoe to celebrate Truckee’s historic gems while raising funds for worthy causes. The event quickly became a sensation, selling out and attracting a waitlist list every year since inception.
“The Tour is a creative fundraising event that celebrates local legends and history with highly entertaining and spooky twists. And, we’ve raised more than $31,000 over the years,” explains Stoever-Young, who attributes the success to the world-class acting talent, generous volunteers and business sponsors.
Moody’s doors are open for business. Join the cast of characters on the nights of the infamous Historical Haunted Tour. I dare you.
For more information or to get your tickets while there’s still time, visit truckeehistorytour.org. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine from Moody’s and a keepsake and gift certificate to Squeeze In. For a video on the tour, visit vimeo.com/105266757.
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It’s hard to believe the PRSSA conference is over. Months of planning, preparations, fundraisers and anticipation occurred for those fabulous 5 days. It took me a few days after returning home to process everything I learned, everyone I met and the great impression the Nevada chapter left. There were so many great speakers and information packed in such a short time frame.
Some of the accomplished speakers at the conference were Mary Henige from General Motors, Christopher Brown from Stanford Children’s Hospital, Brian Solis from Altimeter Group, and Rae Bazzarre and Katherine McLane from Livestrong’s crisis communication team. Now you see why I needed a few days to fully comprehend everything?
One important thing I am taking away from this conference is the networking and relationships I’ve established. They’re professional and dependable relationships that have the possibilities of benefiting both parties and the organizations involved. I think networking and building trustworthy relationships is even more important in non-profit PR. These relationships can open doors to new connections, sponsors, and resources for non-profits. Mutually beneficial relationships can help a non-profit reach and exceed a set goal.
The conference also gave me a clear picture of where my skills learned in school can apply and helped me see different ways I can use them. I left the conference with a clear picture of the PR world, what it entails and what the options are with it., and I’m sure PR is the right choice for me!
Written by: Maura Connor
This year, the PRSSA National Convention was held in Philadelphia, so my chapter and I set out to the city of brotherly love. The conference has had so many sessions and speakers where I leave with great advice. Geno Church from Brains on Fire in Greensville, SC was one of those sessions, his advice was applicable for the world of marketing and public relations, but I feel it’s specifically applicable for the non-profit realm.
At Brains on Fire, Geno is the Word-of-Mouth Inspiration Officer. The Passion conversations explains how to get people to fall madly in love with what you do. Being passionate about your work plays a huge role in your success, how your employers, peers, and clients see you. Focus on why you’re doing this work, what you can create from your work, and spread your passion to other people. It’s human nature to share what we believe can help and benefit others, which is what non-profits strive for. Part of being passionate about your work is getting to know your employers, clients and employees. By getting to know who you’re working with, it makes the passion mutual so everyone can collaborate more strongly for an amazing end result.
As a marketing or public relations professional, credibility is essential for success, being passionate about your work will establish and improve your credibility. It helps assure your client that you will be passionate about their passion and complete the task to the best of your ability. After hearing Geno speak, I view passion in the non-profit world as a culture. People who work in non-profits need an environment they can thrive in, if this culture is based on passion, it will inspire and motivate those involved to exceed the set goal. After the beneficial sessions I’ve attended already, I’m looking forward to the sessions ahead and to see how it all wraps up!
Written by: Maura Connor
Hey everyone, my name is Maura Connor and I am the newest addition to Sunshine Tahoe. I have the wonderful opportunity of working with Christina until December. I’m excited to gain experience in the marketing and public relations fields and am even more excited to do so in the non-profit realm.
Being the new girl and all, I thought I could give a little background about myself. I am a senior at UNR and am graduating in December. I will graduate with a journalism degree with an emphasis in broadcast and public relations and a communications minor. I am also involved with Nevada’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. I’ve been a member since 2012 and am currently serving as the vice president of fundraising. I will be at the PRSSA national convention so keep an eye out for some blog posts from me while I’m there!
I also work at Reno Media Group/Americom Broadcasting. I am a production, sales and promotions assistant.I moved to Reno in 2009 to attend UNR from Las Vegas. That’s right, I’m a Southern Nevada transplant and proud of it, Go Wolf Pack! When I am not working or in school I enjoy catching up with friends and family, swimming or snowboarding depending on the weather, and spending as much time as possible with my dog Henry who I absolutely adore.
Written by: Maura Connor
My father never misses an opportunity to remind me of how truly fortunate I am to be an American. Now that I am a mother, I always remind my son. Yes, I fly my flag out front of our home, cheer on our stars and stripes and proudly carry my American passport.
This past week I visited a country where the people would do ANYTHING to enjoy the lifestyle we are able to lead as Americans. Once my fear of men with machine guns, sniffing dogs and people living in sheer horrific poverty subsided, all I wanted to do was help. Yes, help. If you’re reading this, you are someone I adore, respect, admire and appreciate and know you’ll want to help too.
As we continue to watch and wait for what might happen with our government, I encourage you to set aside your political frustrations and instead, make a difference. What can you and your family, friends and colleagues do to help this week? Prepare meals for meal kitchens and churches in the community? Donate clothing? Visit an elder to ensure they are warm, fed and clothed? Coordinate assistance in healthcare? Make donations to local programs to help our homeless? Go see a vet at the VA and lend an ear to someone who bravely put their life on the line for our stars and stripes.
Yes, we are the land of the free. Now, let’s show this world that we are truly the home of the brave.
I suspect you might recognize a few of these lyrics…
“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave…”
I’m sharing this message with incredible pride and great faith, as I know we are all here to step-up and lead. If you are feeling unsure as to “how” to help, pick up any history book, as my father always says, “The one certainty about history is that it always repeats itself.”
Edited by: Maura Connor
Call for Actors
Seeking submissions for Actors for the Historical Haunted Tour of Truckee, October 17 & 18, 2013
Actors and other performing artists are invited to submit ideas and work samples for the Historical Haunted Tour of Truckee, Califonia. We need your talent to showcase Truckee’s Wild West Historical Haunts!
This adult only fundraiser is one of our town’s most talked about events – Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 2013!
Sold out for the last four years in a row, the walking tour skillfully combines historical insights and haunted tales with short skits or songs of 5 minutes long. Along the way, guests learn about the history of the building, spooky tales or tantalizing scandals. Historical research will be given to the site actors to write a short script in late June.
Submission Details *Actors need to be over 21 years old.
Submission deadline is April 15, 2013.
Inquires should be directed to:
Maria Jones, Board of Director for Trails & Vistas
Maria Jones email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone: (530) 448-3056
About Trails and Vistas
All event proceeds of the Historical Haunted Tour will support Trails and Vistas, a not-for-profit providing 10-years of art, music and awareness of land preservation to the region through its nationally renowned Annual Art Hike, and art in nature field trips for local third grade students.
Trails and Vistas is a 501(c) (3) organization that combines walking in nature with artistic expression in the majestic Sierra Nevada. The organization’s mission is to create art experiences in nature that inspire awareness and land stewardship. Each of the 23 hiking groups in the annual September art-hike is guided by a Trail Leader, and historically, the art-hike sells out by mid-August. To learn more about Trails and Vistas, visit www.trailsandvistas.org or email email@example.com for more information.