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Don’t Miss Truckee’s 2014 Historical Haunted Tour

Published by Christina on October 2, 2014, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects, Startups

Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17

$40 | Tours every 15 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

Background
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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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.

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.

 

Truckee’s Historic Haunted Tour Signs Host Sponsor

Published by Christina on May 22, 2012, in Recent Projects

For the 4th year in a row, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats will graciously serve delightful libations to over 300 tour attendees.

 

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the host sponsor of Truckee’s 2012 Historic Haunted Tour – Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats!

 

Host Sponsor - Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

Share our gratitude by enjoying Moody’s delicious happy hour or popping in for dinner and letting them know you’ll be back for the 2012 Historical Haunted Tour!

The new and improved venue includes happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, wine on tap, pizza, calamari and bison burgers plus spicy octopus crostone, Ahi poke, maple-glazed pork belly and salads.

Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats will offer haunting libation and fare specials for 2012 tour attendees. Keep an eye out for room / vacation home specials at some of our Truckee favorites including The Truckee Hotel, River Street Inn and The Richardson House.

 

TRUCKEE’S 2011 HISTORICAL HAUNTED TOUR ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBERS AND DONATES MORE THAN $9,000 TO BENEFICIARIES

Published by Christina on January 18, 2012, in Recent Projects, Startups

Save the dates for 2012 Historical Haunted Tour –Thursday, October 18 and Friday, 19, 2012

Truckee’s October 2011 Historical Haunted Tour raised more than $9,000: $4,640 was donated to the Truckee Donner Historical Society and $4,640 to Trails & Vistas. This was possible based on record ticket sales and proceeds from a prize packed raffle that took place at Moody’s Bistro, the tour’s host sponsor.

Photo by Scott Thompson

The Historical Haunted Tour is an entertaining fundraising event that celebrates town history with a fun and spooky twist. During the walking tour, residents and visitors are guided to interesting sites where they hear engaging tales performed by talented singers and performers. The tour, scripted by the event beneficiaries (Trails and Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society) skillfully weaves together previously untold stories from the past with dramatic and funny twists.

“The Historical Haunted Walking Tour has been successful in bringing
together two organizations with completely different missions and
molding their goals and philosophies into a wonderfully entertaining
program that brings Truckee’s sensational historical headlines
together with arts and culture to create an event that has people
coming back year-after-year,” explains Chelsea Walterscheid, President
of the Truckee Donner Historical Society. She adds, “The money raised
helps with our on-going preservation efforts.”

Trails and Vistas founder Nancy Tieken Lopez echoes Walterscheid’s
sentiment, “The tour offers a creative peek into Truckee’s rich
historical past. Proceeds support our mission to create the region’s
only art-hike, an exquisite experience that takes places in nature
every September.”

The Historical Haunted Tour began as a three-year experiment by
Sunshine Tahoe to build support for the two nonprofit organizations as
well as provide an economic boost to historic Truckee. In 2009, 70
tickets were available. The tour sold out three weeks in advance. One
hundred and forty tickets were offered the next year, and once again
the tour sold out weeks in advance. In 2011, all hands were on deck,
every resource was stretched to the max, and more than 290 tickets
were sold and there was a 60 person waitlist. More than $6,000 in
donated raffle items from The Richardson House, River Street Inn, Squeeze
In
, KidZone Museum, The Pour House, Mark McLaughlin – The Storm King,
Scraps Truckee, Dorinda’s Cafe and Johnstone Studios significantly
contributed to the 2011 fundraising effort and provided exposure for
local businesses.

Stefanie Olivieri, owner of Cabona’s, the oldest retail store in
historic downtown Truckee, said, “It was a great experience personally
and a good opportunity for our business. Lots of people came in after
the tour and told us how much they enjoyed learning the history of our
business.” Olivieri confirmed that the event brought shoppers to her
business. Additional sites included Tourist Club, International Order
of Odd Fellows and Masonic Hall, Train Depot and Art Obsessions at
Truckee Mercantile.

Over 60 community volunteers make the tour possible. “Even our most
gracious thanks would not be enough to show them our appreciation to
help promote the dying art of oral history to help promote historic
preservation, local arts, dance and land stewardship,” explained
Walterscheid.

Event organizer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe attributes
much of the tour’s success to the collaborating nonprofit
organizations and incredible talent and dedication offered by all of
the volunteers including performers and tour leaders. “We captivate a
crowd and tell them stories in a way they can hardly forget,” she
says.

Photo by Scott Thompson

Attendee Mary Taitano, a Reno resident, shares, “I’ve never thought of
Truckee as a historical exclamation point. However, the tour was
enlightening, engaging and entertaining. Who knew Truckee had as
sordid a past as the rest of us!? This quaint little town harbors
stories and family histories that would widen even the most unenthused
eyes.”

Volunteers, donors and attendees are encouraged to save the dates for
the next tour: Thursday, October 18 and Friday, 19, 2012. Tickets will
go on sale in August.