Bijou Bash Neighborhood Gathering

Each Summer, Steve and I host a potluck in our front yard. Those in our neighborhood, with whom we have a connection, are invited. 

Oh man, I was having so much fun I didn't get photos of everyone- so not like me (sorry Gene & Joanne, Carl & Kathy, Mike & Margo, and Scott & Kathy).
When we have new neighbors I invite them because this gathering showcases the best people of our Bijou Pines neighborhood. Martha and Jim (center) had recently moved here from Texas. I was so excited to see them walk down the street to join us.

One of the Bash bests is the fact that Joe and Deborah (my left) attend each year. They are the people who owned the cabin before us. We give them full credit for our move to Tahoe. Had they not created such a welcoming environment with all the work they put into the cabin, we wouldn't have fallen in love with it.

"Old friends are the great blessing of one's later years...
They have a memory of the same events and have the same mode of thinking."
-Horace Walpole

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Politics & Rock Music...

First off, I am extremely non-political and I am not endorsing any candidate by any means. I'm just sharing the happenings around us and the big news today is that Donald Trump was here doing a fundraising dinner for the Nevada Republicans. Regardless of how one feels about either candidate, when a candidate comes to your town it is news.

Wanting to catch a glimpse, we headed to Harrah's where the $200 a plate dinner was being held. The security was intense and there was a feeling of anticipatory excitement along the caution tape.

We had to leave before spotting Mr. Trump but a friend, who was at the event, sent me a photo. The press was forbidden to attend so this is a pretty cool insider image.
Our destination for the night was the park in Minden, NV for the season's last GE Concert Series performance by the rocking band- Foreigner Unauthorized.

They played and we danced to all our favorites from the amazing 80s. What a total blast which made us realize that summer is still alive and well!
And as we passed the Nevada border heading home, we paused at a red light and got the other political view, contrasting from the start of our evening. America is a wonderful place where everyone can share their political opinions and we were privileged to witness that tonight.

“We in America do not have government by the majority.
We have government by the majority who participate.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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Brooks' at Edgewood for Lunch...

Wanting to end the summer in style, Cathy invited Jenny and I to dine at the Edgewood Golf Course.

We did it. We redefined classic pub fare with an ambitious menu of our own, served it up with a side of lake views from our sun-drenched deck and topped it off with the lake's most iconic mojito. Brooks' Bar & Deck has taken its place as the premier post-play watering hole in the State of Nevada. Offering great food and an amazing atmosphere to enjoy with friends, Brooks' has become one of South Lake Tahoe's best restaurants that everyone can enjoy.
The favorites were fresh salmon, either as a fish & chips dish or on top of a scrumptious salad.


In addition to having a delicious lunch, we got to see beautiful flowers and even do a little bird watching.

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” 
― Dean Martin

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Two Nights at Valhalla Tahoe...

We found ourselves on the Lake's edge two nights in a row... definitely not a bad place to be!

For our last event in the Boathouse, for the season, we chose Molly's Revenge.
Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.
There exists no more beautiful concert setting than the historic boathouse.
While all three musicians were exceptional, there was something so unique and mesmerizing about David Brewer who was accomplished on Highland bagpipes, border pipes, uillean pipes, whistles, and bodhran (a shallow one-sided Irish drum typically played with a short two-headed drumstick). Wow!
Listening to these talented musicians, while watching the sun set was a pretty spectacular way to spend a Wednesday night. Irish word of the evening...Spleodar (SPLYO-dar) – Glee, joy, vivacity, exuberance PLAYFULNESS.
Tonight, we returned to Valhalla, this time for a private party hosted to honor us volunteers. What a special way to make us feel appreciated.
Evangeline was our 'boss' and was the one who made all the magic happen. She has given us such great opportunities and is a delight to work with.
The best part of any volunteerism is the quality of the people you get to be with. This is a group of exceptional individuals and we are honored to be a part of the Valhalla Tahoe team.
Those who can, do.
Those who can do more, volunteer.

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Tuesday Part 2: Ukuleles

Every Tuesday, for the last three years, the South Shore Ukulelians have gathered for food, drinks, plenty of singing, strumming and laughing. Today we joined them- finally.

We arrived early and grabbed a loaner ukulele and began to get excited.

Jeff was there, giving free lessons which Steve embraced fully. By the end of the night, he could play.
Cyndi and I strummed, sang and earnestly tried to play. Were we good? Hmm. Probably not according to those sitting near us.
Karen and Stephen were game, too. It was great to be there with friends.
Gary comes all the way from Gardnerville and has been playing for about 15 years. Way fun.
I estimate that over 100 players were there. When the singing and playing were happening, the room was filled with a joyous vibe. I loved it all.
"There’s something about the ukulele that just makes you smile.
It makes you let your guard down.
It brings out the child in all of us."
– Jake Shimabukuro

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Tuesday Part 1: The Farmer's Market

Tuesdays are special because of the diverse activities that happen on this day. We began by delighting in Sunflowers and so much more at the Farmers' Market.

Certified Farmers' Market - Tuesdays
8AM - 1 PM
2732 South Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50)

The colors almost overpower one's senses. What a palette!

During my neighbor Jackie's month long Sierra Sojourn, a must for her is visiting Toscano Family Farm's produce booth. It truly is a tradition. The market is a who's who of Tahoe people. It is community.

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Emerald Bay with Fern...

Wanting to share our day by the Bay with Fern was something we had tried to do for the last couple of years, and today it just worked out.

It had been about 20 years since Fern was here with her husband, Don. What was wonderful for us was that we helped her recapture all those memories the two of them shared all those years ago. How sweet.
We also played an exciting game of Scrabble®... probably our best one yet!

While our job was escorting disabled guests to Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay, today was a true treat sharing this magical place with Fern and hearing her stories of life here. 

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