Despite fire, July 4 events will go on |

Despite fire, July 4 events will go on

Susie Vasquez

South Lake Tahoe businesses have seen some cancellations following the Angora fire, but they’re open and ready for the Fourth of July visitor rush.

“Bookings were down 10 to 25 percent the last I heard and we’re encouraging people to come to South Lake Tahoe for the weekend,” said Patrick Kaler, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “It’s a way to show support for our community and the individuals who lost their homes. Many of them work in the tourist industry.”

Missy Springer, resort manager at Camp Richardson lost her home and two cats in the fire.

“We were out of town and didn’t get anything out. Now, we’re just picking up little pieces of nothing,” she said. “I’ve heard some say we shouldn’t have the fireworks this year because of the fire but I disagree entirely.

“I’ll be watching the fireworks and thinking how lucky we all are,” she said. “It’s important we keep moving forward, to show people that Lake Tahoe can come back.”

Camp Richardson general manager Kris Knox said their guests were evacuated twice during the fire, but they’ve had few cancellations for the upcoming week.

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“They start coming in for the Fourth of July today and we’re open for business,” he said. “We had been closed since Sunday and this is a peak time of year for us.

“Businesses here have 10 weeks to make a profit — between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” Knox said.

Business on the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie has dropped by about 15 percent over the past week and the crowds at Zephyr Cove beach are pretty light for the Friday before the Fourth, said Bruce Gorton, general manager for Zephyr Cove Resort.

“We’ve had some cancellations, about a 5 percent drop, but we anticipate picking that business up with walk-ins,” he said.

Visitors are reacting to television coverage that shows a raging fire, but 90 percent of the lake is fine and it’s beautiful at Zephyr Cove, Gorton said.

Dorian Lee, front office manager for 3 Peaks Resort and Beach Club said they had a lot of cancellations earlier, but the reopening of Highway 50 has helped a lot.

“Business is slow compared to what we expected for the Fourth,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of inquiries as to whether we’re still having fireworks — a lot of calls, but not that many reservations.”

The show will go on even if the crowds are smaller and the following is a small listing of Lake Tahoe events from July 4 through the weekend.

Events for the week ahead

Here’s what’s coming up:

• Rated one of the top five fireworks shows in the country, Lights on the Lake draws 100,000 people to Lake Tahoe’s south shore. It can be viewed from many local beaches, starting at 9:45 p.m. Simultaneous music will be broadcast on KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490.

• The First Thursday Wine Walk is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. July 5 at Heavenly Village. Wine Walkers follow a map of the stores location and enjoy either a taste of a different wine, special samples or special sales at each.

The $12 cost includes a tasting glass and proceeds will benefit Boys and Girls Club families that were victims of the fire.

• The Tahoe Tallac Association is hosting a special Americana Picnic Day at the Tallac Estates next to Camp Richardson from noon to 5 p.m. July 5. Games, arts, and a barbeque are all planned, the proceeds to be donated to a relief fund for victims of the Angora fire.

Pine needle basket weavers will be giving special demonstrations and Sourdough Slim will be performing in the boathouse after the picnic.

The event costs $15 per person, $12 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 12.

• Kaskade will perform July 7 at the Opal Ultra Lounge Inside MontBleu. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at midnight.

• Creedence Clearwater Revisited will be performing July 7 at the MontBleu Theatre in Stateline. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is slated for 9 p.m. For more information, call (775)588-3515.

• The Sixth Annual Lake Tahoe Fine Arts Festival is set for July 7-8 at South Tahoe Middle School, 2940 South Tahoe Blvd. More than 50 artists will exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, and photography from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July a. Admission is free.

• From July 3-8 The Improv at Harveys is featuring Max Alexander and Lowell Sanders. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the cabaret. For more information, call (775) 588-2411 or (800) 427-8397.

• The Heavenly Village Concert series will feature local rock and roll band Lavish Green, July 7 from 3-6 p.m. at the fountain at Heavenly Village. A special Sunday jazz concert will feature By Ear, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8.

For more information on any of these Heavenly events, call (877) LKTahoe.