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Truckee’s 2015 Historical Haunted Tour Another Wicked Success

Published by Christina on September 20, 2015, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

The 2015 Historical Haunted Tour was another sell-out affair. Thank you for supporting Truckee’s most notorious fall event.

“Expect clandestine affairs, carousing, gun fights, and unforgettable stories,” shares original tour producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe.

Sunshine Tahoe partners with Trails & Vistas to support local arts education.  As a sponsor of the Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, Sunshine Tahoe will support Art in Nature field trips for 400 local students.

TRUCKEE, CA – Sunshine Tahoe is pleased to announce a partnership with local non-profit Trails & Vistas to sponsor the 2015 Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, the primary fundraiser for the Art in Nature field trips benefiting 400 local third-grade students.

The sixth annual Truckee Haunted Historic Tour will have attendees nervously shifting in their boots with its exploration of the town’s darker past on October 15 and 16, 2015. This sell-out event harkens back to days gone by when local law enforcement kept order on the streets – but just barely. Tickets and more information are available at www.truckeehistorytour.org.

The Truckee Haunted Historic Tour is the original production created by Sunshine Tahoe as an immersive experience to celebrate the town’s historic gems. Now produced by Trails & Vistas, it is the signature fundraiser for the organization, whose mission is to inspire community by celebrating the arts in nature.

The Art in Nature field trips foster creative interaction between the students and our natural environment through art. By offering projects in the arts, poetry, and environmental studies, the field trips celebrate the land and culture of the Sierra Nevada and instill a sense of community among the participants. The field trips take place at Sand Harbor State Park each fall.

“Working with Christina Stoever-Young has helped move our non-profit to the next level by improving the organization of our events, expanding our activities, and building an annual fundraiser. Christina is always there to lend an expert ear, challenging us to do better while cheering us on with her positive energy, advice, feedback,” Nancy Tieken Lopez, artistic director of Trails & Vistas said.

Sunshine Tahoe is a business designed to enhance partnerships, strengthen exposure, inspire creativity and captivate well intended efforts ripe for success. Sunshine Tahoe has supported Trails & Vistas for almost a decade and also served as the original producer and funder of the Truckee Haunted Historic Tour from 2009-2014.

“MEADOWS TO MOUNTAINS – A CULTURAL JOURNEY”

Published by Christina on March 31, 2014, in Recent Projects

Sunshine Tahoe is delighted to serve as Summit Sponsor for this one-of-a-kind annual hike series.

By Nicole Cheslock

Experience dancers, visual artists and musicians during the three-hour art hikes at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Sept. 6 and 7, 2014 | Tickets on sale April 22, 2014 (Earth Day)

TRAILS AND VISTAS PRESENTS TAHOE ART HIKES

“MEADOWS TO MOUNTAINS – A CULTURAL JOURNEY”

Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.

“The work of extraordinary artists combines with tremendous trail leaders and event volunteers in an inspiring setting to make Trails & Vistas’ Art Hikes a unique and treasured experience,” shares Nancy Lopez, Creative Director of Trails and Vistas, a non-profit organization based in Truckee, CA.

“Meadows to Mountains – A cultural journey” will celebrate the environment through visual arts and nearly a dozen original performances during the first weekend in September. Featured artists, among others, include Scarlet Rivera, one of the world’s most prominent and versatile violinists and award-winning flutist Ann Licater. Santa Cruz-based SambaDá, a funk band dubbed the “the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band” will also perform during the Sunday, Sept. 7 art hikes. Trails & Vistas collaborates with community partners including InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, KidZone Museum, For Goodness Sake, Arts in Wellness and Truckee Donner Land Trust. This year’s art hikes are co-hosted by Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks.

Advance sellouts have become the norm for Trails and Vistas. In addition to the art hikes, there will be an evening world music concert featuring prominent and celebrated musicians from near and far on Saturday, Sept. 6. The concert includes multiple acts and serves as a fundraiser for Trails and Vistas’ Art in Nature fieldtrips for more than three hundred third grade students. In addition to the general public, people who treasure the environment and the arts but may be unaccustomed to hiking at altitude are encouraged to experience music and dance at the world concert. For tickets and the most up to date concert details, visit trailsandvistas.org.

After last year’s tenth anniversary art hikes and first ever world music concert, poet Barbara Tieken wrote, “It was like uncorking joy in a bottle as musicians and dancers took to the amphitheater stage and presented a magical review of all that is good and wonderfully uplifting about the creative experiences of life.”

Tickets will go on sale April 22 and are expected to sell out early given the popularity of this year’s participating artists and beauty of Lake Tahoe in September,” adds Lopez.

Spooner Lake, located at an elevation of 6,980 feet, is an easy drive from the Sacramento, Reno, Carson City, Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village. Tickets for the art hikes and concert will go on sale on Earth Day. The early bird art hike cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children (5 to 12 years old) when purchased by July 15. Beginning July 15, art hike admission goes up to $40 per adult and $15 per child. The Art Hikes are recommended for physically healthy hikers who are accustomed to hiking at high altitude for three hours. For tickets, visit www.trailsandvistas.org.

ABOUT TRAILS & VISTAS

Trails & Vistas is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that creates art experiences in nature to inspire environmental awareness. Trails & Vistas’ Art Hikes are a collaborative effort led by Founder / Artistic Director Nancy Tieken Lopez with Performance Director Elizabeth Archer and vital support from volunteers and regional organizations including the Truckee Donner Land Trust, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, For Goodness Sake and the KidZone Children’s Museum. The first art hike was created as Tieken-Lopez’ thesis project in 1994. In addition to annual public art hikes, Trails & Vistas will also present an Art in Nature field trips for 300 local third grade students and second annual world music concert in 2014. Visit trailsandvistas.org for more information about the art hikes, concert, volunteer opportunities, and to view photos from past art hikes.

 

What is your Heart Stone?

Published by Christina on September 17, 2013, in Career Advice, Case Studies, Recent Projects

What is your heart stone?

For the past seven years I have had the absolute pleasure of attending a very special event, Trails & Vistas. As an experienced marketer, I still have difficulty explaining the event. Those of you that have attended Trails & Vistas often say the same when you leave the trail, all you know is that you are encouraged to “let go” of daily life and “check-in” to nature.

This year’s journey included a special devotion to heart stones. Every attendee was invited to open a vessel, look at the heart shaped stone inside that’s settled in the sand. Then everyone looked even further as each heart had a very small colored stone inside. We were asked to remember the color of this tiny stone, close our eyes and hold the heart stone close to our own heart.

We all received different colors and for different reasons, none of which I can explain. As we closed our eyes and held our individual stone to our heart, the definition of the color of the stone was read aloud – the silence was deafening.

Purple means protection and purification, blue means mood uplifting, orange means courage and vitality, yellow means optimism, green means prosperity, pink means love and gentleness. As the colors continued to be read, I was surrounded by tears, smiles and a whirlwind of emotion. When my color was read aloud, I immediately knew it WAS the right stone for me and I’m confident I wasn’t alone.

As we proceeded, I was excited and exhilarated and I couldn’t wait to share the color of my stone to my husband. When we shared our different colors and their individual meaning, they each made perfect sense in our life as it is today.

I wouldn’t say it changed me or even made me a different person, quite honestly, it was the contrary. The experience reminded me of exactly who I am, and I intend to stay like this.

Please remember, all well-intended efforts start from the heart… so why not allow them to end with your heart as well?

edited by: Maura Connor

KIRA CATANZARO NAMED 2014 SCRIPT WRITER AND THEATRE DIRECTOR

Published by Christina on April 15, 2013, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

Sept. 6, 2013

Truckee’s Historic Haunted Tour has been tabled for 2013, Kira will join us when the tour resumes in 2014. We will announce dates by January 1, 2014.  Your support is appreciated and loved by all Trails & Vistas and Historic Haunted Tour Volunteers.

Truckee’s Beloved Historic Haunted Tour is pleased to announce Kira Catanzaro as the 2014 Script Writer and Theatre Director

Theatre arts and storytelling are in Kira Catanzaro’s blood. She began her literary career with a submission to the Connecticut Young Playwrights’ Competition in 1983. Since then she has written in various genres for numerous magazines and newspapers, including Inside Design, Perspectives, Moonshine Ink and The Sonoma Valley Sun. She has also written several poems for Trails & Vistas as well as historical monologues for Historic Haunted Tour.

Kira made her stage debut in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of five. With an Honorable Mention at the New England Theatre Festival for her role as Jean Louise in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and several leading roles in high school musical theatre productions, she earned her entre to the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute at New York University. She has performed in Trails and Vistas since 2006 and in Historic Haunted Tour in 2010 and 2011. She is now performing on stage in Sonoma, California, where she resides.

ABOUT TRUCKEE’S HISTORIC HAUNTED TOUR – October, 2014

Unforeseen events and startling spirits are planned for the 2014 Historical Haunted Tour,” shares Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, the producer of Truckee’s annual Historical Haunted Tour. “We’ll be kicking off both evenings at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats and dare you to join us as we embark on a journey like no other in downtown Truckee!”

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 4 for  $35 / each * 21 years of age and over (no exceptions). The event sells-out within weeks therefore we advise purchasing well in advance.

The 2013 Historical Haunted Tour, produced by Sunshine Tahoe, is a fundraiser for Trails and Vistas. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer Trails & Vistas operating revenue to continue their mission within the community. For more information visit truckeehistorytour.com or call (775) 527-4485.

$16,000 Raised, Over 400 Spooked!

Published by Christina on November 5, 2012, in Charitable Giving, Recent Projects

Sold out four years in a row, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour has raised more than $31,000 total for Trails & Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society since 2009. 

Mrs. Marshall & Ghost from Wells Fargo & Co. Haunted Express Car #5

By Nicole Cheslock

The Historical Haunted Tour began as an experiment by Sunshine Tahoe to support two nonprofit organizations and give an economic boost to historic Truckee during the traditionally slow month of October. It has proven to be a successful fundraising initiative and favorite annual activity. In 2009, 70 tickets were available – the tour sold out three weeks in advance. In 2010, 140 tickets were offered. Once again the tour sold out weeks in advance. In 2011, every resource was stretched to the max, and more than 290 tickets were sold. This year more than 400 people from near and far attended the guided walking tour and enjoyed wine at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats!

2012 Highlights
• Raised $16,000 through cash sponsors, admission and raffle ticket    sales
• Record 400 attendees
• Haunts: Downtown Mountain Home Center, Coffeebar, MOBO Law, Scraps Dog Bakery, Old Jail Museum and The Pour House.

Regulators Taking over Moody’s

“We captivate a crowd with engaging stories about Truckee,” shares event producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe who attributes the tour’s success to the incredible talent and dedication offered by all of the volunteers and sponsors.

Pre event coverage contributed to another sold out event. Thank you to all of the Tour’s media partners – The WeeklyMoonshine Ink, Sierra Sun and Tahoe Truckee Radio – and everyone who found this news worth covering! Special thanks to Sac Bee, 7 x 7, Cap Radio, Tahoe Culture and LifestyleandCharity.com.

The Historical Haunted Tour, produced by Sunshine Tahoe, is an annual fundraiser that celebrates local history with a fun and spooky twist. The script skillfully weaves together previously untold stories from the past with dramatic twists and new haunts every year. Sunshine Tahoe attribute the Tour’s success and popularity to engaging storytelling and high quality performances plus generous community support. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer the nonprofit beneficiaries operating revenue for field trips, arts and historic preservation. For more information visit truckeehistorytour.com or call Sunshine Tahoe at (775) 527-4485.  Photo credit – Rob Retting, visit our online image gallery @ Rob Retting Images.

 

Truckee Hospital Nurse from 1907

Watch a preview compliments of event sponsor Tahoe TV.Truckee’s Historic Haunted Tour 2012

A Hauntingly Good Time

Published by Christina on September 27, 2012, in Recent Projects

Join us for a night you won’t soon forget. Only a few tickets are still available, don’t miss out…

SPONSORS CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESS OF HALLOWEEN-INSPIRED FUNDRAISING EVENT THAT BENEFITS TRUCKEE DONNER HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND TRAILS & VISTAS

Truckee, CA’s fourth annual Historical Haunted Tour offers an evening complete with entertaining storytelling, merriment and prize-packed raffle to raise funds for the Truckee Donner Historical Society and Trails & Vistas on Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19.

  • What:  Historical Haunted Tour
  • Where:  Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, 10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, CA 96161
  • When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19. Tours depart every 15 minutes, last approximately two hours
  • Tickets:  $35 at truckeehistorytour.com

“The Tour is such a success based on the generosity of our incredible sponsors and raffle donors and the tremendous contributions made by more than sixty talented volunteers,” shares Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, the producer of Truckee’s annual sell out
fundraising event.

The Historical Haunted Tour features frightening tales with an entertaining twist and treats galore. Each attendee will receive a flashlight key chain thanks to the generosity of Mountain Home Center, and, everyone who completed a brief survey will receive a $10 Squeeze In coupon. In addition, tour attendees will enjoy a 10 percent discount off their dining bill at Moody’s (food only).

The adults-only tour features stops at many historic gems including Bespoke, Coffee Bar, downtown Mountain Home Center, MOBO Law, the Old Jail Museum, Scraps Dog Bakery and The Pour House.

“I dare you to join us as we embark on a haunted journey like no other,” invites Stoever-Young who mentioned that more than seventy percent of the tickets have already been purchased but it’s not too late to get in on the raffle. Raffle tickets will be available both evenings of the event at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats.

2012 Highlights
Visitors and residents alike are encouraged to help support the Historical Haunted Tour’s beneficiaries while vying for unique raffle prizes. The drawing will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Friday at Moody’s (winners do not have to be present to win). For just $5, raffle tickets offer an opportunity to support two nonprofit organizations and a chance to win extraordinary prizes.

  • A weekend at The Richardson House
  • Two nights at The River Street Inn
  • Two nights at The Truckee Hotel
  • Two night stay at the Hampton Inn
  • A vintage English flask compliments of Bespoke
  • Pampered Pooch package from Scraps
  • Dorinda’s Chocolates
  • A KidZone Children’s Museum Membership
  • “Early Morning” Squeeze In gift baskets
  • Walking tour for 6 with Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin
  • A rustic walking stick and admission to Trails & Vistas 10th Anniversary Hike
  • Framed vintage photo from Truckee Donner Historical Society
  • $50 Burger Me gift coupon
  • Surprise Historical Haunted Tour Souvenirs

Treats for Children
The KidZone Children’s Museum in Truckee is offering a special hands-on Halloween science night including a pizza dinner for ages 5 and up from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. The cost is $20 per child with a discounted cost of $15 for additional siblings for Tour attendees. Call (530) 587-5437 to reserve a place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s sponsors include The Richardson House, Spin Games, Sunshine Tahoe, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, Squeeze In and KidZone Children’s Museum. Media partners include Tahoe TV, Moonshine Ink, The Weekly, Sierra Sun and KTKE.

ABOUT TRUCKEE’S 2012 HISTROICAL HAUNTED TOUR
The 2012 Historical Haunted Tour, produced by Sunshine Tahoe, is a fundraiser for the Truckee Donner Historical Society and Trails & Vistas. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer the two Truckee-based nonprofits operating revenue to continue their missions
for the community. The tour has raised more than $15,000 for the two nonprofits over the last three years. Admission is $35 per person and includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Tickets and more information are available at truckeehistorytour.com.