SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — There's something so very special about spending an elegant afternoon being entertained by a local group of performers that includes both your gynecologist and your mailman. And therein lies the beauty of living in a small mountain community where multi-talented inhabitants abound. Sunday, June 5, Barbara and Fred Ilfeld opened their lovely Squaw Valley home for a few hours of singing by the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, socializing and sipping of fine wines accompanied by tasty tidbits from some of the area's choicest dining establishments.
The intimate concert took place in the Ilfeld's living room overlooking Squaw Valley's Hidden Lake. “Music goes through us like thread through a needle. Everything we do is stitched with its color, like weaving a tapestry … with all the colors of our emotions, our deepest pain, most exultant joy, most mournful sorrow, and how if we only look at the back, it seems like a knotted mess, but when we turn it over, the pattern is revealed … and it is beautiful,” said Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee Dean Kim Bateman when she addressed guests.
In the corner of the living room a baby grand piano played by Sandie Davis accompanied the singers. Local musicians including classical guitarist John Gray and clarinetist Dan Dickerman also accompanied some of the performances by Pam Motinho, TTCC Development Director Tom Acord, Tom Rinne, Mike Holly, Artistic Director Susan Horst, Steve Thompson, Meghan Powers, Vicki Sparks, Fran Sandwith, Hal Dawson, Founding Director Chris Nelson and Ned Roberts. During short intermissions performers served elegant hors d'oeuvres artfully prepared and donated by Dragonfly, Christy Hill, Moody's and the Lodge at Tahoe Donner. Performers also poured wines donated by Truckee River, Sobon Estates, and Mira Flores Wineries as well as some supplied by the Pour House in Truckee.
A somewhat hidden gem, The Community Chorus, which is offered as an Osher life-long learning course at the Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus, performs excerpts from large choral works by Schubert and Haydn, operas by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Offenbach, Gilbert and Sullivan as well as music from Gershwin, Sondheim, Kern and Leonard Bernstein. The TTCC, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is in need of community financial support. For more info visit www.singttcc.org
Some of those enjoying the upscale afternoon included Janet and Chuck Zipkin, Lisa Dobey and Debbie Cole, Margaret Lewicki and Ernie Grossman, Stephanie Andrysiak, Lucille Gannam, Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson (who also addressed guests), Louise and Norm Ginsberg, Peter and Gail Tierney, Mavis Bowers, Kim Bateman, Dr. Daniel Smith, Nan Carnal and John Stubbs and Peter and Nancy Kautz.
The West Shore Cafe has a new chef; William “Rusty” Johns (formerly of Moody's, Lahontan Golf Club, and Montagna) who has created some new and innovative dishes to be showcased this Saturday, June 11 at it's opening of the summer season deck party. A sampling of the new menu includes brown sugar natural pork chop with applesauce and mac and cheese, baked oysters with spinach, leeks and hollandaise, Dungeness crab and corn fritters, crispy fried asparagus, and a late afternoon menu with such offerings as a cheese plate. Check out www.WestShoreCafe.com or for reservations call 530-525-5200.
— Vicki Kahn can be e-mailed at email@example.com