Tahoe Weekly https://thetahoeweekly.com Lake Tahoe's Complete Events, Entertainment, Recreation, Dining, Art guide Thu, 24 May 2018 17:17:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 May 24-30, 2018 | Summertime fun kicks off in Tahoe Sierra https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/may-24-30-2018-summertime-fun-kicks-off-in-tahoe-sierra/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:01:20 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41812 The official start of summer may be nearly a month off, but the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off our summer in the Tahoe Sierra each season. The boats are in the water, beach time is a requirement, the toys are out of storage – SUPs, bikes (all of them), hiking gear, and on and on. […]

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Tom and Gail Bansak enjoy a cruise on “Star Dust,” an original 1934 Chris Craft and one of Tahoe’s most famous ride boats. Visit the Tahoe Maritime Center to learn more about its public ride boat program and other educational opportunities. Photography by Matt Bansak | MattBansak.com, @Matt.Bansak.Photography

The official start of summer may be nearly a month off, but the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off our summer in the Tahoe Sierra each season.

The boats are in the water, beach time is a requirement, the toys are out of storage – SUPs, bikes (all of them), hiking gear, and on and on. It’s also time for outdoor grilling and picnics, and the free summer concerts series throughout the region start in a few weeks.

To get amped for the summer season, we’ve put together our 11th annual Ultimate Tahoe Summer Bucket List. And, yes, it’s a new bucket list from previous years. Come on, this is Tahoe after all. So, I challenged myself to come up with 100 things that I haven’t mentioned before. Enjoy checking off our Bucket List this summer, share your pictures with us @TheTahoeWeekly and you can find last year’s Bucket List for even more things to do at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

Events Calendar

Since we debuted our new online and print Event Calendar a few weeks ago, we’ve received some great feedback and we’ve incorporating some additional changes.

In this edition, we’ve streamlined and moved some of our listings. In the main Event calendar, we’ve added local nonprofit meetings like the Veterans Club and Toastmasters and moved guided hiking, kayaking, wildflower and other tours to Wet ‘n’ Dirty (our section for outdoor tours, races, clinics and more). We’ve moved the wine tastings to our Local Flavor section under Tasty Tidbits. We’ve also changed the way some of the listings are presented to make the information more accessible.

And, if you have something to list, calendar submissions are still free and may be done at TheTahoeWeekly.com. Click on the red button to submit your event for online and print.


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Ultimate Tahoe Summer Bucket List https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/ultimate-tahoe-summer-bucket-list-2/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:00:55 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41815 As we welcome in the warming and longer days of the season in the Tahoe Sierra, we’ve put together our annual summer fun guide – the Ultimate Tahoe Summer Bucket List. This year marks our 11th year of putting together our picks for this summer’s must-do fun list. I challenged myself this year to not […]

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Sawtooth Ridge | Courtesy Sean McAlindin

As we welcome in the warming and longer days of the season in the Tahoe Sierra, we’ve put together our annual summer fun guide – the Ultimate Tahoe Summer Bucket List.
This year marks our 11th year of putting together our picks for this summer’s must-do fun list. I challenged myself this year to not repeat anything on last year’s list and I did it (with the exception that I put golf on this year’s list again – there are 44 courses in the region after all.)
We have information on nearly all of the items on the bucket list at TheTahoeWeekly.com. Just go to the search bar and enter any item and you’ll find information. For those items we haven’t covered yet, we’ll be writing features on all of these fun activities (it’s a hard job).
Check trail conditions before going out as snow at higher elevations will linger into June. Lake Tahoe and other waterways are extremely cold from snowmelt and therefore dangerous. Stay close to shore during water activities and wear a life vest. It only takes minutes for hyperthermia to set it.

Alpenglow Mountain Festival Yoga | Courtesy Blair Lockhart

Explore Tahoe
Stay at the Sierra Club’s historic Clair Tappaan Lodge.
Take a full moon hike or kayak tour. They are listed in Wet ‘n’ Dirty.
Take in the show during the Perseid Meteor Shower from Aug. 11 to 13. Find a spot to lie down and wait.
Freefall at 120 mph.
Enjoy yoga on the beach. It doesn’t get much better.
Go bird watching with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.
Golf at the Tahoe City Golf Course. It’s 100 years old this year, so this is a must.
Book a tee time at one of the region’s 44 public courses. Don’t worry, we have all of the details in our annual Golf Guide at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Jump in the lake like you did when you were a kid.
Chill at Grover Hot Springs.
Listen to the sounds of Jody Sweet busking on the streets of Truckee.
Explore the night sky with Tahoe Star Tours.
Tee off at Tahoe’s disc golf courses.
Learn how to grow vegetables in the Tahoe Sierra.
Go in search of Monkey Rock off the Flume Trail.
Smell a tree. Jeffrey pines smell like butterscotch. Make a game of it.
Shop local. Our small businesses rely on you, so spend freely.
Take only pictures. Leave the rocks & flowers. They belong to everyone.
Pick up litter.

Ward Creek | Courtesy Tim Hauserman

Family Fun
Visit the East Shore’s Chimney Beach. Take a picture with the chimney.
Explore the family friendly trails at Taylor Creek.
Take the kids to the Truckee Fishing Derby on June 16.
Ward Creek State Park is an easy hike for everyone. Early season it’s bursting with wildflowers.
Visit Martis Valley Wildlife Area. It’s brimming with things to see.
Explore the Balancing Rock Nature Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park.
Explore the bike trails. There are breathtaking paved family trails throughout the Tahoe Sierra. We have a list at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Explore the easy hike to Cascade Falls.
Join in the weekly art class every Friday at KidZone Museum.
Go for s’mores or make your own.
Check out our Top 20 spots for toddlers at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Take the kids to Woodward Tahoe – they will love you forever for it.

Snow Valley Peak | Courtesy Tim Hauserman

Get thee to the mountains
Visit the Sierra Club back-country huts: Benson, Bradley & Ludlow.
Bag all three in one season.
Hike to Azalea and Flora Lakes on Donner Summit.
Look for the face of the Bard at Shakespeare Rock.
Hike to Skunk Harbor.
Take a guided hike to Carpenter Valley.
Camp at Webber Lake & explore.
Explore the historic Donner Pass.
Hike part of Tahoe’s history on the Incline Flume Trial
Explore the wonder & awe of Roller Pass.
Take in the dramatic views to Snow Valley Peak.
Hike to Picnic Rock and enjoy the panoramic views.
Take in expansive views from Donner Peak.
Enjoy wildflowers at Meiss Meadows.
Explore the trails around Cave Rock.
Hike to the Martis Peak Lookout.
Try an endurance race – a marathon, a tri, swim races, mountain biking races. There’s usually several every weekend all summer.
Explore Hawley Grade Falls in Meyers.
It’s 13 miles to Heath Falls in Soda Springs, but it’s worth it.
Go bouldering at D.L. Bliss State Park.
Photograph the arborglyphs left by Basque shepherders.

Two-wheeling fun
Cycle around Lake Tahoe.
Explore the Sierra Valley by bike.
Take in the sunset mountain biking the Sawtooth Trail.
Mountain bike Henness Pass from Verdi to Boca.
Ride from Donner Lake to Cisco Grove. It’s gnarly.
Explore Tahoe singletrack. Pick up a copy of “Mountain Bike: Tahoe. 50 Select Singletrack Routes” and get started.
Enjoy the mountain bike park at Sky Tavern.
Visit the new Incline Bike Park.
Try the mountain bike park at Woodward Tahoe. You can hone your skills in the foam pits while you’re there.
Need to improve your skills? Take a lesson offered at many of the local mountain bike parks.
Enjoy a serene cycle to Blue Lakes.
Bike along the trail following the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Glenshire.
Go big. Bike The Triangle made famous as part of the Lake Tahoe Ironman. Bike Tahoe City to Truckee to Kings Beach and back to Tahoe City. The climb to the top of Brockway is a doozy.
Try out an electric bike for the day.

Loch Leven Lakes | Tim Hauserman

Swim in the lakes
Sure, there’s Big Blue, but how about some of Tahoe’s other lakes:
Donner Lake with great beaches on both ends.
The Reservoirs – Boca, Stampede & Prosser.
Independence Lake north of Truckee.
Explore the lakes of Desolation Wilderness. There’s 87 named lakes. This will take a while.
OK, that’s a lot, we know. How about some of our favorite swimming holes in Desolation to start: Dicks Lake, Middle Velma, Fontanillis, Half Moon, Crag, Stony Ridge and what can be the best of all, Lake Aloha.
Loch Leven Lakes west of Donner Summit.
Paradise Lake north of Donner Summit.
Showers Lake on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Star Lake at 9,200’ is the highest elevation lake in the region.
Go skinny dipping at the East Shore’s nude beaches.
Take a dip in the Potholes near Kirkwood.

Cascade Falls

It’s a dog’s life
In case you haven’t noticed, dogs enjoy a special place of honor in Tahoe. If your brought Fido on vacation, then take him with you on your adventures (just be sure dogs are allowed).
Pamper your dog. Belly rubs, back massages, ear rubs. Come on, they deserve it.
Take your dog on a hike.
Take your dog swimming. We have a list of dog-friendly beaches at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Teach your dog to go kayaking or stand-up paddleboard with you. It takes patience and lots of treats.
Enjoy the dog parks in Tahoe City, North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista or Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe.
Bag it out. Seriously. And, that means packing it out of the back-country, too. There are no magic forest gnomes picking up those doggie bags on the trails.

Take to the water
Kayak, paddleboard or canoe? Read our pros & cons on each before you make a choice at TheTahoeWeekly.com.
Kayak Sand Harbor & explore the Thunderbird Lodge on one trip.
Get your tickets to the Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 10 & 11.
Go bar hopping by boat on Lake Tahoe. You’ll need a designated driver.
Go kayaking under the light of the moon.
Explore the hidden beaches of the East Shore by SUP.
Compete in a SUP race.

Sample the fare
Sample the local brews. Then take a growler with you.
How many local breweries can you visit?
Or, if wine is more your style, enjoy a flight from one of our knowledge wine purveyors.
Visit the farmers market. We have eight in the Tahoe Sierra.
Buy a fruit or vegetable that you’ve never tried before. When all else fails, grill it.
Forage for mushrooms (but only if you know how to identify them).
Try a locally made creation from coffee roasted in the Tahoe Sierra, to housemade ice cream at Little Truckee Ice Creamery, to the honey made in Tahoe from Harmony Honey Co.
Make your own Tahoe tea. We have the details at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

The Arts, The Music, The Events
Summer in the Tahoe Sierra is jam packed with events, festivals, wine walks, brew fests, live music, free outdoor concerts, Shakespeare at Sand Harbor, music festivals, yoga festivals and the list goes on. It’s so much stuff, we have a guide just for all of it. Look for our summer guide Tahoe Music, Events & Festivals out June 7.


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Cycling the Mount Rose Highway https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/cycling-the-mount-rose-highway/ Wed, 23 May 2018 19:00:43 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41770 How does a ride on 16 miles of beautiful smooth pavement with a wide bike lane sound? Nice, eh? For an added bonus, there are unbeatable views of Lake Tahoe and some of the Tahoe area’s highest peaks. Now that you are excited, I should add a disclaimer that there is one little hill. That […]

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Views of Lake Tahoe.

How does a ride on 16 miles of beautiful smooth pavement with a wide bike lane sound? Nice, eh? For an added bonus, there are unbeatable views of Lake Tahoe and some of the Tahoe area’s highest peaks. Now that you are excited, I should add a disclaimer that there is one little hill. That climbs to 8,900 feet. What is this amazing ride? It’s a place thousands of cars pass by every day: Mount Rose Highway from Incline Village, Nev., to the Mount Rose Pass.

Around the bend the climb continues with views of Rose Knob Peak, the Tahoe Rim Trail clinging to its face on your left and a thick forest of red fir and lodgepole pine on your right.

Mount Rose Highway — aka State Route 431 — is a go-to ride for those looking to get in a two-hour workout close to Tahoe. I’ve ridden it about a half dozen times, including in February in the midst of our long lull without snow. While 8 miles of climbing is tough, it’s a fairly gentle grade. Just put it in your lowest gear and keep pedaling. The biggest challenge for me might actually be the 8 miles of downhill when my hands cramp up from keeping a death grip on the brakes. This is more of a problem early season when there is still sand in the bike lane, so you will want to keep your speed well under control.

Views from the the Mount Rose parking lot at 8,900 feet.

Some folks don’t seem to have much problem with that big downhill like my riding buddy Dana Ash. She says: “The Mount Rose Highway is one of my favorite local rides for the workout it offers with a solid, steady climb up 2,500 feet from the lake to the highest year-round Sierra pass. The views are fantastic the whole way and although it can be a busy road, there is a generous shoulder most of the way.” (She didn’t even mention the downhill because she barrels down it fearlessly.)

You can start the ride anywhere in Incline Village. I drive up from the roundabout where State Route 28 and 431 meet, continue up SR431, past the two churches on the right and park in a pullout along the road about a half mile from the roundabout. Once you begin to ride, in fairly short order you will see a Scenic View 2 Miles Ahead sign and you will discover that distance is relative. In first gear on this climb, 2 miles is one hell of a long way, but eventually the road arrives at the big curve in the road where the view is located. Stop and catch your breath, take a photo, because no matter how many times you see this view it never loses its appeal. And it is certainly most appealing as an excuse to take a break on this ride.

Around the bend the climb continues with views of Rose Knob Peak, the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) clinging to its face on your left and a thick forest of red fir and lodgepole pine on your right. At about 8,000 feet, views open to the west of the lake, but save those for the ride back down when you will be looking directly at the lake.

At about 5 miles from the start, the road veers to the east and the grade seems to increase a bit as unseen on your left you pass the meadow formerly known as Incline Lake. High above to the north sits Relay Peak, the highest spot on the TRT. Eventually, finally, the road levels off for a short distance at the lushness of Tahoe Meadows.

Only 1 mile more of climbing to go, but that 100 yards of coasting was a welcome respite and perhaps an excuse for another photo. Keep on trucking past the TRT South trailhead on your right, to the Mount Rose/TRT North Trailhead at the 8,900-foot summit. Here at your turn around spot there’s a restroom — but no water — and parking. You also get a chance to see the dramatic face of Mount Rose itself high above to the northeast.

Now it’s time for the downhill back to Incline — or you could go for Option B: Have someone pick you up on his or her way back from Reno, so you don’t have to go flying back down the hill, unless you like to speed. In that case, you will enjoy the long downhill. Watch for obstacles and the rumble strip between bike lane and road as you descend. I usually have to stop a few times to give my arms an overhead stretch and release my brake-cramping fingers. Fortunately, the views of Tahoe and the mountains are always worth a stop.


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Larry & His Flask | Punkgrass Heroes https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/larry-his-flask-punkgrass-heroes/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:58:24 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41792 Magical things can happen when punk and bluegrass meet. Just ask Larry and His Flask. Well, there’s not actually someone named Larry (or a flask) in the band, but you can ask bassist and founding member Jeshua Marshall. WATCH the video for “Muffled Thrums” “We try to stay true to a do-it-yourself punk-rock spirit, but […]

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Larry & His Flask

Magical things can happen when punk and bluegrass meet. Just ask Larry and His Flask. Well, there’s not actually someone named Larry (or a flask) in the band, but you can ask bassist and founding member Jeshua Marshall.

WATCH the video for “Muffled Thrums”

“We try to stay true to a do-it-yourself punk-rock spirit, but we borrow and take from a lot of places,” he says. “It definitely goes beyond a simple punk-rock musical philosophy.”

Following an extended hiatus, the Oregonian troubadours are back in the studio and ready to hit the road on a Western spring tour.

“We try to stay true to a
do-it-yourself punk-rock spirit,
butwe borrow and take from a lot
of places. It definitely goes
beyond a simple punk-rock
musical philosophy.”
– Jeshua Marshall

“We took time off of everything just to kind of decompress and reevaluate our own personal lives,” says Marshall. “We’d pushed it really hard for a number of years. We needed some time and space to get back to being ourselves where we weren’t being so pressured by an intensive touring schedule and never getting to see our family. The time apart was great for everybody and now we’re revitalized and passionate about the band again and ready to get back at it.”

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Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor | Reno, Nev.

Larry and His Flask are currently in the final stages of recording their first full-length album in five years at a friend’s recording studio in Bend, called The Firing Room.

“I think there is some maturity in the lyricism, for sure,” says Marshall of the new material. “We are all older in quite a few ways. Our lead singer in now a father, so his writing is coming from another perspective. I think we’ve grown and had more time to process the band so we can treat it the way we really want to.”

As opposed to past albums, this time around the band wrote most of the material in the studio.

“Usually, we test songs out on the audience first,” says Marshall. “We have yet to play these ones live. I think the studio gives some room for instant feedback in a way. You can try a part and listen to it back instead of writing something in a practice space and playing it live before actually hearing it recorded. This is a cool way to do it, a little bit differently and we hadn’t had that opportunity yet. We don’t know what to expect as far as people’s reactions. We are just making it the best quality we can with truth to ourselves.”

Since their founding in Redmond in 2003, the Marshall Brothers have always relied on a do-it-yourself punk-rock ethic with an instrumentation ranging from banjo and washboard to trombone and baritone horn.

“I think that the punk-rock community is not necessarily one genre of what you would think of as punk-rock music,” says Marshall. “In a lot of ways, it’s people who want to do something out of the mainstream and create art and music that is not necessarily popular or easily accepted. It’s really more of an energy.”

“It was never just one group of people with mohawks,” explains the Baker City native. “To me, it has always been a very diverse group of folks. Our friends are folk signers who put on their own concerts in barns to punk kids in New Mexico or Texas who will set up a space under the bridge with generators and play there. It’s about being part of community where you can relate to people not just on music, but also on a lifestyle of choosing your life for yourself rather than what you feel is the pressure from your family. I’m going to do what is true to me: that’s the punk community that we believe in.”

Those who make it out to the late-night show at Jub Jub’s will be sure to find some high-energy fun times with lots of dancing and singing. Acousta Noir and Boss’ Daughter will be playing, as well. | jubjubsthirstparlor.com


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Billy Ray Cyrus | Musical Family Man https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/billy-ray-cyrus-musical-family-man/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:57:04 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41789 At the Billy Ray Cyrus homestead and recording studio, it’s always a family affair. “She’s behind the console as we speak,” says the proud papa of daughter Miley Cyrus. “She loves this music and she loves these songs. All the kids grew up as musicians on the tour bus with my band, so it’s in […]

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Billy Ray Cyrus

At the Billy Ray Cyrus homestead and recording studio, it’s always a family affair.

“She’s behind the console as we speak,” says the proud papa of daughter Miley Cyrus. “She loves this music and she loves these songs. All the kids grew up as musicians on the tour bus with my band, so it’s in their DNA. It’s what we do.”

“That’s what entertainment is about — giving people a chance to get away from the all the day-to-day jobs and heaviness of life. It’s your chance to come out have a good time, sings some songs you know and be one with me and the band.”
– Billy Ray Cyrus

“She’s also a big fan of Don Von Tress,” he adds, referring to the co-writer of his 1992 multi-platinum hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

WATCH a performance of “Tulsa Time”

Cyrus was brought up in Flatwoods, Ky. His grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher and his father had a gospel quartet based on four-part harmonies that toured throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois.

May 25 | 8 p.m.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa | Reno, Nev.

“To this day, it’s why I love so much being a part of the harmonies,” he says “My mother, Ruth, is a natural who plays music by ear, so I got a heavy dose of the passion and gift of music from both mom and dad. I’m loving what I’m singing because I sing what I’m living. Whether it’s Waylon Jennings or Dolly Parton, they all had that same motto: Keep it real. Whatever is going on my life becomes my next inspiration.”

Cyrus released his 15th studio album, “Set the Record Straight,” on Blue Cadillac Records in 2017.

“It’s a just a fun record, man,” says the veteran country artist. “It’s a journey of music made out the passion and love with some with my musical heroes including Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and some of my family members. There’s even an awesome version of ‘Tulsa Time’ mixed by Miley that’s a tip-of-the-hat to the great Don Williams.”

When Cyrus takes the stage with his world-class band, it’s all about the fans.

“We play all the sentimental favorites,” he says. “So it’s a party on some songs, people sing along on others and there’s always that emotional moment where in today’s world everyone holds their cell phone up. Back in the day, that was lighters.”

Although they may have a setlist each night, Cyrus believes the energy of the crowd dictates the band’s performance more than anything else.

“We play it by ear and by feel,” he says. “That way the audience becomes more involved. That’s what entertainment is about — giving people a chance to get away from the all the day-to-day jobs and heaviness of life. It’s your chance to come out have a good time, sings some songs you know and be one with me and the band.”

According to Cyrus: “I have one the most stellar bands touring the world at this given moment and I say that with a great deal of confidence. They’re pros. They’re entertainers. We play together as a unit. For me, playing with a veteran band has always been one of the greatest pleasures. I love being surrounded by great musicians and this team where there is not a weak link in the chain. They are stellar musicians and they come to play and all of us are together up there.”

Though music will always be his first love, Cyrus has managed to maintain a steady acting career on the side ever since starring as Miley’s T.V. dad on “Hannah Montana.”

“There are a couple of things that I’m working on as a producer, actor and writer, but music will always at the forefront for me,” he says. “I love the freedom of being a singer/songwriter and an entertainer. I’m counting the days up to shows. I think I look forward to it more than the fans. It’s a moment that I live for. I think all of my kids know how much I love that.” | atlantiscasino.com


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Tahoe City Golf Course https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/tahoe-city-golf-course-4/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:56:55 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41774 18 holes | Par 66 Yardage | 4,806-5,261 Slope | 118 Rating | 65.5 Tahoe City Golf Course is celebrating its centennial anniversary this summer, so now is as good time to get out there and play. One hundred years ago, professional golfer May “Queenie” Dunn-Webb designed the course, passing up an opportunity to work […]

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Kayla Anderson putts as her brother tends the pin. | Bob Bonino

18 holes | Par 66
Yardage | 4,806-5,261
Slope | 118
Rating | 65.5

Tahoe City Golf Course is celebrating its centennial anniversary this summer, so now is as good time to get out there and play. One hundred years ago, professional golfer May “Queenie” Dunn-Webb designed the course, passing up an opportunity to work at Pebble Beach to stay in Lake Tahoe. Over the next century, the golf course has become a local favorite, affordable and fun.

READ more about historic Tahoe golf courses

It was time to experience Tahoe City Golf Course for myself. So, on a warm, bluebird day in Tahoe, my brother and I teed off bright and early. It was the first time either of us played in two years, but fortunately we had a long straight shot to the pin 485 yards away (473 from the Ladies’ tees).

The Dunn Sisters | Courtesy TCPUD

I’ll admit, we were off to a rough start since it had been awhile, so my brother and I decided to implement Winter Rules. However, the ease ability of this course allowed us to quickly get up to speed and we start parring and bogeying holes.

Tahoe City Golf Course has a great layout. Hole 2 is fun because it is a nice par 3 and you are facing/hitting straight toward the lake. Don’t worry, there’s a net up to keep you from overshooting your ball into the parking lot of local businesses. I also really enjoyed the third hole mainly because it was even and long — and I happened to have an amazing chip shot onto the green right in front of Tahoe City Golf Course manager Bob Bonino.


June 8
Putting & driving contest with vintage putters
Historical talk with Mark McLaughlin
June 9
Two Bills Heritage Golf Tournament
Aug. 19
Annika Sorenstam junior golf clinic & demo
Family Golf Tournament


Hole 5 is fairly straight for the first 100 yards and then takes a sharp dogleg right with a bit of a drop off toward the putting green. I think I liked that hole because I kept left in the fairway always positioned with a clear shot whereas my brother immediately got caught in a cluster of trees off to the right from the tee box. Hole 6 was also one of my favorites because it was short and straight (163 yards from the Ladies’ tees), making it easy to get to the putting green.

I’ve only played a few golf courses in Lake Tahoe, but Tahoe City just became one of my favorites. It has a perfect mix of par 3s, 4s and a couple of 5s. It’s mellow and dog friendly, too. We saw one couple playing with push carts, their dogs trotting alongside them and rolling in the grass.

I will definitely be playing Tahoe City Golf Course again this summer, especially since women get a special 9-hole rate of $19.18 on Tuesdays (excluding July 3). All golfers get that same $19.18 rate on Throwback Thursdays (excluding July 5). That’s such a great deal for a quality course so close to the lake, and I was especially impressed with the conditions of the greens so early in the season. Here’s to the next 100 years.
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Bob Strong | A life in pictures https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/bob-strong-a-life-in-pictures/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:56:20 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41725 As a photographer for United Press International (UPI) and Reuters, Bob Strong flew on “Air Force One” with Ronald Reagan, saw a vehicle hit by an explosive device while embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq and experienced a huge earthquake in Mexico City. In Central America, he captured images of the wars in El […]

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Bob Strong at the U.S. Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan in 2008.

As a photographer for United Press International (UPI) and Reuters, Bob Strong flew on “Air Force One” with Ronald Reagan, saw a vehicle hit by an explosive device while embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq and experienced a huge earthquake in Mexico City. In Central America, he captured images of the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and was stationed in Bogota during the height of the Columbian drug wars. Now he is leading a more relaxing life in Incline Village, Nev.

“I was lucky; I hit it at the right time. If you were starting out today, you couldn’t do what I did unless you work for the New York Times. I had a great time.”– Bob Strong

Strong’s father was in the U.S. Air Force, serving in locations all over the world. He was an amateur photographer who would create slide shows of his travels and these presentations were the impetus for Strong’s interest in photography.

Strong’s first job as a photographer was in 1972 in Richmond, Va. He earned $35 a week mostly shooting rock concerts. In 1978, his lucky break arrived. “I became a stringer for a UPI photographer. He called me to cover stuff when he was too busy,” said Strong.

Mexico City earthquake in 1985 | Courtesy Bob Strong

In 1982, he was hired in the UPI Washington office where he covered the White House. According to Strong, he went everywhere with Reagan. He would follow the President by motorcade and fly in the back of “Air Force One.”

“Sometimes they would bring all the photographers in to the Oval Office. We would kneel down in front of the President’s desk and have 30 seconds to click off a bunch of photos,” said Strong.

In 1984, UPI sent Strong to Mexico City. He was there when an earthquake violently shook his hotel. He grabbed his camera and captured some of the first shots of the devastating quake that killed 25,000 people.

“All the communications were down. I had to fly to Monterrey, Mexico, to transmit the pictures,” said Strong.

It was a busy time to be a photographer in Central America. He remembers traveling to El Salvador during the civil war. “You got off the plane and would see soldiers everywhere. All the bridges had checkpoints and the army was suspicious of journalists. They thought if you were a journalist, you were a communist,” said Strong.

Iceberg floating in a harbor in Tasiiaq, Greenland in 2009.

In 1985, Reuters bought UPI. Then in 1986, Strong was sent to Bogota about the time Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel was big news. He was on the road 10 months of the year, visiting every part of South America and the Caribbean.

“There was so much unrest in Haiti, it was very scary. There was a complete breakdown of law and order and it was before news agencies had security,” said Strong.

He did all this before digital photography. “We would set up chemicals and an enlarger in the bathroom of our hotel. Then you had to put the photos on a drum and send them over the phone line. Each picture would take eight minutes, so you could only send six to seven pictures a day,” said Strong.

In the 1990s, the long hours and tight deadlines led Strong to decide to shoot for magazines, instead of a wire service. He lived in Miami, Brazil and New Delhi, India, over the next few years before spending nine years in New York as a freelance photographer. In 2000, Reuters hired him back as a copy editor in Singapore, then he became Reuters chief photographer in Iraq in 2004.

In Iraq, he would travel embedded with the troops, sometimes for weeks at a time. “People were shooting at you, you could feel bullets whizzing over your head,” said Strong, who added that the biggest danger were the car bombs. “I was behind a truck that got blown up, right in front of us.” His photos of the aftermath of that bombing are some of his most powerful.

After a few years in Iraq, it is understandable that he was ready for something calmer, so he headed to Sweden.

“It couldn’t have been more different. Lots of cross-country skiing, ski jumping and travel shots,” said Strong.

Over the next five years, he would take breaks from the calm life of Sweden to head to Afghanistan and to shoot at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In 2016, Strong’s sister, who lives in Vermont, bought a house in Incline Village and asked her brother to caretake it for her.

“I wasn’t ready to retire, but, hey, it was too good to be true,” he says.

Now he shoots images of Tahoe, as well as work for Reuters. In fact, he spent several long nights during the Olympics helping to edit a steady wave of images of the hockey games.

“I was lucky; I hit it at the right time. If you were starting out today, you couldn’t do what I did unless you work for the New York Times,” said Strong. “I had a great time.”
| bobstrong.com@bobstrongphotography


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“Upside Down Church” opens https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/upside-down-church-opens/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:54:33 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41763 Sam Shear will open his work “Upside Down Church” in Virginia City, Nev., on May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The opening is Shear’s final thesis for the Master of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College. The “Upside Down Church” is an installation of a 1/20 scale replica of a dilapidated church sitting […]

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“Upside Down Church” | Sam Shear

Sam Shear will open his work “Upside Down Church” in Virginia City, Nev., on May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The opening is Shear’s final thesis for the Master of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College.

The “Upside Down Church” is an installation of a 1/20 scale replica of a dilapidated church sitting upside down on its steeple. “The ‘Upside Down Church’ is pulled by 10 to 12, one-third-scale figures of myself,” Shear says.

As part of the opening, Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn of the Dead Winter Carpenters will perform an acoustic Gospel Hour with a set list tailored to the opening, the artwork and Virginia City. The piece will be on display until June 17 and will then be moved to the Sagehen Creek Field Station north of Truckee. The exhibit is located at Marshall’s Tailings at the corner of Union and R Streets across from St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City, Nev. | Upside Down Church on Facebook


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Made in Tahoe https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/made-in-tahoe/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:53:16 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41767 Made in Tahoe celebrates all things local as the Village at Squaw Valley hosts artisans, businesses, culinarians, organizations and entertainers made and inspired from within the Tahoe Basin and Truckee region. Discover, explore and experience a community rich with talented makers and creators on May 26 and May 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. […]

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Matt Palmer | Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Made in Tahoe celebrates all things local as the Village at Squaw Valley hosts artisans, businesses, culinarians, organizations and entertainers made and inspired from within the Tahoe Basin and Truckee region. Discover, explore and experience a community rich with talented makers and creators on May 26 and May 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 5 p.m. Sunday).

The weekend also marks the closing celebration for skiing and riding at Squaw Valley, which will have runs open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until May 28.

The 2018 festival features live music and performances on three stages and more than 100 local vendors offering food, drinks, lifestyle apparel, accessories, photography and one of a kind and artisan goods. In addition to listening to live music from bands and musicians including Peter Joseph Burtt & the King Tide, Sam Ravenna Band, Groove Foundry, Jenni Charles & Jesse Dunn and Truckee School of Music, guests can also enjoy performances and instruction by the Tahoe Flow Arts Studio and Truckee Dance Factory. For the Made in Tahoe schedule, visit TheTahoeWeekly.com or squawalpine.com.

Saturday, May 26

All day | Truckee School of Music Students
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Jenni Charles & Jessie Dunn
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Studio Showcase
12:30-2:30 p.m. | The Beergardeners
2 -3 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Flow Jam
2-4 p.m. | Bayberry Cast
3-4 p.m. | Truckee Dance Factory Family Hip Hop Dance Class
3-5 p.m. | Sierra Drifters
4 -5 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Performance Showcase
5-7 p.m. | Peter Joseph Burtt Band
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Higher Flow Dance Workshop

Sunday, May 27

All day | Truckee School of Music Students
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Serena Dawn Band
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Studio Showcase
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Higher Flow Dance Workshop
12-2 p.m. | Groove Foundry
1 -1:30 p.m. | Truckee Dance Factory Performance
2 -3 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Hula Hoop Flow Jam
2 -4:30 p.m. | Matt Axton & Co
2:30-3 p.m. | Harry and The Razors
3 -5 p.m. | Sam Ravenna Band
4 -5 p.m. | Tahoe Flow Arts Performance Showcase


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Brewery birthday bash https://thetahoeweekly.com/2018/05/brewery-birthday-bash/ Wed, 23 May 2018 18:52:44 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=41798 Memorial Day weekend marks the first anniversary of South Lake Brewing Company and they are celebrating with two days of festivities on May 25 and 26 featuring live music, food vendors, games, delicious cold brews and special beer releases from noon to 11 p.m. both days. Friday features food from The Butcher’s Kitchen with live […]

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Memorial Day weekend marks the first anniversary of South Lake Brewing Company and they are celebrating with two days of festivities on May 25 and 26 featuring live music, food vendors, games, delicious cold brews and special beer releases from noon to 11 p.m. both days.

Friday features food from The Butcher’s Kitchen with live entertainment from Mic Smith, the Sierra Gypsies and Hippiez & Cowboyz.
Saturday features delicious wood-fired food by the Oven and entertainment by Red Dirt Ruckus and Steven Graves Band. | southlakebeer.com


 

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