Trails and Vistas, Sunshine Tahoe, Truckee residents and attendees from near and far enjoyed another sell-out event – this year to a global audience. A gracious thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and donors the ensure the success of this fundraiser. More details to follow, in the meantime please mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and book your tickets early at our website, Truckee History Tour.
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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Would you like to be a gracious recipient of funds, support and camaraderie? Take a tip from Shannon Skarrit, Director of Membership & Outreach for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
After a great celebration at Coffeebar on Monday, Sept. 22 (see prior post) – I, along with a few others, received the following notes the following day:
I can’t say THANK YOU enough for all of your help yesterday as we hosted the 33 Year Celebration event at Coffeebar. Working with you all made the event go so smooth, fun and successful! I’ve received some great emails from people who attended last night expressing their thanks for such a great event! I have YOU to thank! You all had great attitudes and came ready to pitch in and help wherever you were needed. Special events can often times be stressful, but I must say that yesterday I didn’t feel any stress because I knew I could count on each one of you. No matter the challenge, you stepped up to it! So, thank you for all you do and WHO you are!
I hope you all had a fun night as well and were able to catch up with old and new friends! I hope to see many of you at our Annual Meeting on October 8 where we’ll celebrate together again!
My deepest gratitude & thanks,
Greg & Christina,
Thank you again for a wonderful evening last night. Greg, your staff were delightful to work with and were such gracious hosts! We had over 60 of our top volunteers, donors and partners join us for this fun celebration and your venue was ideal for such an occasion.Thank you as well for the donated gift cards and coffee for our thank you bags!
And thank you Christina for helping us expand our presence in the Reno area! I think this event was perfect for our Reno donors, partners and sponsors-right in their neighborhood. I was blown away by the 60 people who came and enjoyed a fun evening with us who were also so enthusiastic about the TRTA. This event truly brought old and new friends/partners together. Thank you!
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s next, “Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Day” made headlines with KOLO 8 News Now!
Reno’s regional news station has stepped up to this year’s challenge and enjoyed the trail with their news crew and Trail Challengers alike! On Saturday, Aug 23 KOLO 8 News Now was on the trail ready to catch Trail Challengers in action!
Those that found McLeod on the trail and received a cool Tahoe Rim Trail Trail Challenge tech hat from KOLO 8.
I’m pleased to announced Squeeze In celebrated their second annual Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) Trail Challenge Giveaway. Three generations of the Squeeze In family were on the trail Saturday, July 12 as part of “Where’s McLeod Giveaway Day?”. Did you attend? If so, load up those photos. If you weren’t on the trail that day and eager to know what you missed? A generous complimentary breakfast certificate for each and every one of our Trail Challengers.
Not yet a member? Not to worry. Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge membership is $55 for individuals, $85 for families. Team rates are also available. Existing TRTA members can enroll for just $20. To begin the challenge and to register visit: www.tahoerimtrail.org. My two cents, register now and don’t miss out on our next giveaway day.
As per usual, the trail always provides a surprise. From a hunt for McLeod to a beautiful horse and a who lot of smiles – who wouldn’t want to miss out on so much fun?
The 2nd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe base corporations engage their employees in the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge. The program, now in its second year, has inspired both novice and seasoned trail users from the Reno-Tahoe, Sacramento and Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the Tahoe Rim Trails through six single day hikes along the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants socialize by sharing their on-the-trail experiences, trail stories, pictures and blogging on the interactive, Tahoe Rim Trail Community; an online social media platform which is part of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s (TRTA) website.
Can’t make it to this giveaway day, don’t worry – there’s more. Along with quite a few special surprises from our fantastic sponsors.
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Pet Friendly Notes
Please keep your dog on a leash within the developed facilities, including the day use areas and trailheads. Please pickup or bury your pet’s waste as you would your own.
Trail and parking lot are open all year. Note that the facilities are seasonal.
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The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a proud Non-Profit Organization Member of Leave No Trace.
The 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is made possible from individual and corporate sponsorship support including: NV Energy, CA Technologies, REI, Desert Research Institute, KPS3, KOLO 8, Reno Gazette Journal, Wells Fargo, Hometown Health, Sunshine Tahoe, NC Communications, Squeeze In, Tahoe Trail Bar, Coffeebar, North American Embroidery, YESCO Outdoor Media and Tahoe Mountain Sports.
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ABOUT THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL ASSOCIATION (TRTA)
Established in 1981, TRTA is a membership-supported organization that maintains and enhances the Tahoe Rim Trail, a trail like no other™. TRTA exists to practice and inspire stewardship, promote access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region and sustain the Tahoe Rim Trail system. This mission is accomplished through two overarching programs: Trail Operations and Trail Use. Both programs offer in-depth trainings and rewarding volunteer opportunities. TRTA recruits, trains and manages approximately 1,000 volunteers who contribute more than 17,000 hours annually to support TRTA’s mission. Volunteer efforts, individual and corporate donations and grant funding make TRTA’s annual stewardship work and more than one hundred free public offerings possible. Visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.
People living near and far gathered to celebrate unique wineries and microbreweries along with fine cuisine and specialty art in support of The Nevada Diabetes Association