A special thanks to Arts for the Schools who was responsible for bringing Project Bandaloop to our little mountain community. To kick off their season, Arts for the Schools had their fund raiser event at the Resort at Squaw Creek which included hor d oeuvers, a raffle, a performance by Inner Rythmns in Truckee and the big draw a performance by Project Bandaloop. Wow! It was moving, breathtaking, inspiring and showed the power and strength and of the human body. The dancers were harnessed and repelled down the side of the Resort at Squaw Creek building then secured at a location, they danced on a vertical stage. The physics of this allowed what appeared to be huge jumps over long distances and lasting longer that gravity would usually allow. It also allowed one dancer to effortlessly hold two others over their heads. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera so here are a few photos from my phone. If you ever have the opportunity to see these dancers you’ve got to go.
Archive for August, 2010
Here’s two minutes of highlights for the upcoming ski season done by Eric T. from SVTV. Sounds like Squaw is continuing to make changes and improvements for a better mountain experience.
Fall may be around the corner but summer is still here. We’ve had some of the warmest weather the last few days luckily with a nice mountain breeze to make it the kid of heat we like.
Kids are back in school, the real estate activity has picked up and winter is not too far off. Enjoy your fall days.
Yesterday was a beautiful day for the 17th Annual Gourmet Asado and Fund Raiser for the Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation. This year’s event was held on the Sun Deck at Squaw Valley. (The usual lake front property was occupied with a family member’s wedding.) The event came off great with a beautiful sunny afternoon surrounded by some of the area’s most impressive peaks. The ski community came together including young local athletes from the surroundind ski areas, coaches, former athletes, former Olympians and ski racing enthusiasts in general. It’s fun to be surrounded by that crowd where you can catch up and celebrate ski racing with so many people you know. The local race kids were doing the serving, both passing appetizers and serving dinner to the tables. I coached quite a few of the kids in their Mighty Mite years and it was fun to see them as young adults. One in particular reminded me of “the day we skiied corkscrew”. It just reminds me how much a coach can impact an athlete.
Squaw Valley has a long history of coaching and athlete success. In fact many of the athletes come back to Squaw Valley to give back to the program. Among the attendess yesterday were 4 of my past coaches from Squaw Valley Ski Team, about 10 to 15 athletes that I coached during my years as a Mighty Might coach and at least 5 friends (or the parent’s of friends) that I raced with in my ski racing days. Wow, what a ski community all pulling together to support the current athletes. Squaw Valley… it’s an amazing history to be a part of and a great place to be.
Trails and Vistas celebrates art and nature. Each September a local hike is chosen along with an artist who is responsible for displaying art along the hike. This year’s event will be in Shirley Canyon in Squaw Valley the weekend of September 11th and 12th. “Trails & Vistas features CAPACITOR performing in this year’s “If Dreams Were Clouds” event. The San Francisco Dance Troupe CAPACITOR, will stretch the limits of physical poetry on granite rock formations.” There will be 10 artists along the guided hike. Tickets are $25 up thru this weekend and then prices go up to $30. The event sounds exquisite. To find out more go to www.trailsandvistas.org.
Once again the League to Save Lake Tahoe Oscar dela Renta Fashion Show was exquisite. The collection of people gathering for the event included locals, second home owners and visitors alike. It was certainly a place to enjoy fashion, not only that of Oscar de la Renta but also the fashion of the attendees. There is always a wide range of fashion statements including many who done some of Oscar’s beautiful summer dresses and a few women who are sinking into the grass with their spiky heals. It was a wonderfully sunny August day and luckily the guest gift of Oscar de la Renta umbrellas was not needed during the event. (However later that day a massive thunderstorm came thru the Tahoe/Truckee area.)
After the cocktail hour we all took our seats so the models could strut their stuff on the open air catwalk and share Oscar’s 2011 collection. Unfortunately this year Oscar could not make the event as we was recovering from a hip surgery, I think they said. Though we missed his presence and his charm we certainly enjoyed his fashion and the chance to try it on back stage after the show. There were some lovely pieces.
The company, the weather, the fashion, the food… it all added up to a perfect summer day. For more details on the event, here is the article from the Sierra Sun. Ron and I were named as attendees.
Well we are at the tail end of summer but that does not mean the fun of summer stops, it is just catered more to the locals. I just got word about the local restaurants making a combined effort to get locals and visitors alike out to dine in September. Check it out.
Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week puts the spotlight on High Sierra fine dining, giving local food aficionados and visitors an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, prix-fixe menus at 30+ participating restaurants, both new and established favorites, throughout the Lake Tahoe region for $20, $30 or $40 per person. The inaugural event kicks off Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 5, and runs through Sunday, September 12. No tickets or coupons are required to enjoy these delicious offerings at exceptional values. Just get out and dine..it’s that easy. For more details, menus offered during the week and how to participate, click to www.TahoeRestaurantWeek.com.
I’m so excited for the annual League to Save Lake Tahoe Fashion Show featuring Oscar de la Renta. This will be our fourth year in attendance and it should be as lovely as ever. I would imagine the $350 tickets are sold out this late in the game and the organizers are getting the final details ready at the Fritz Estate for Saturday’s fun. The event seems to be a summer high light in Lake Tahoe, combining the beauty of Lake Tahoe and its mountain lifestyle with the ritz and glitz of city life, resulting in an exquisite lake side fashion show. I’ll be sure to take a few photos and blog about it next week.
Squaw Valley just hosted the 2nd Annual Wanderlust Festival combining yoga, music and nature.
This year we decided to check it out by strolling thru the booths in The Village, seeing the art on display and listening to the music. Being Squaw Valley residences within a mile for the main Pulse Stage we were given free tickets to the nightly music performances. We missed Friday night, and the talk was big about Moby’s show. We made it on Saturday and Sunday with a 3 band line up each night, all of which were new bands for us. On Saturday my favorite was Yard Dogs Road Show. This was an electic group of musicians and performers who had a great energy and entertained us all. On Sunday my favorite by far was Rupa and the April Fishes. I may be a little biased as Rupa was the college roommate of one of my best childhood friends. The music was great, an exquisite combination of instruments, and Rupa is a talented singer and musician and we loved dancing to her music.
Overall I think the festival was a success, at least from my vantage point. Squaw Valley was full of people in a different way with a different energy than on a winter powder day. As we were leaving the main Pulse stage area late Saturday evening I oddly felt like I was not in Squaw Valley. I think it was great for the valley to host a big festival like this and I hear it may be on the calendar again for next summer.