3-week Renaissance Festival finds home in Meyers
February 13, 2003
The knights and days of the Valhalla Renaissance Festival have returned to our Tahoe kingdom.
The popular South Lake Tahoe event has found a home at Tahoe Pines Campground and will extend its stay in Meyers off Highway 50 from two weekends to three, the Tahoe Tallac Association announced Wednesday.
The event will run June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, with Saturday’s schedule slated from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday’s ending at 5 p.m.
The festival moved from Camp Richardson Resort off Highway 89 because the facility was unable to accommodate the event’s schedule.
Guests can camp at the KOA Campground next to Tahoe Pines, and shuttles will be arranged from the Lake Tahoe Airport and other nearby locations.
The Tallac Association awaits permits from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and El Dorado County. Organizers expect to line those up soon.
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“I’m very happy the show goes on. It’s going to be an adjustment, but my experience has been that we adjust pretty well when it comes to entertainment,” said Alice DeBerry Kane, the association’s executive director.
DeBerry Kane left the Ojai Music Festival to start the Tahoe job Feb. 1. She replaced Carol Spain, who left the post after 24 years to pursue her personal dreams of painting and traveling.
The change in staff coincides with alterations to the contractual agreement for the Ren Faire.
A Bay Area-based promoter will underwrite the event, which netted $4,000 last year. The Tallac Association will provide volunteers and help with publicity for the 11th annual event.
The Ren Faire transports visitors back to 1580 during the English Elizabethan period. Her majesty will appear on the first and last weekends of the festival. Craftsmen, peasants, nobles, minstrels and jugglers roam the grounds spinning lyrical English yarns, and the Knights of Avalon will perform jousting tournaments every day.
— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at email@example.com