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Harsh weather forces postponement or cancellation of special events

Denise Sloan

The widespread flooding of California and Nevada early this year put a damper on area special events, forcing organizers to postpone or even cancel some performances and events.

Comedian Anthony Clark, originally set to make his Lake Tahoe debut in the Horizon Casino Resort’s showroom Jan. 18 and 19, has rescheduled his engagement for May 24 and 25.

“Because of the road closure and the fact that people couldn’t get around in the floods, we decided to postpone Anthony’s dates to May,” said Kim GeBott, Horizon’s entertainment and special events manager.

Clark currently stars in the television show “Boston Common.”

Another event that goes back nearly 150 years was set back more than two month. The third annual 1850s Winter Ball set for Jan. 25 at Camp Richardson’s Resort was postponed to April 5.

“We simply did not feel it was appropriate to hold a celebration when so many of the Highway 50 Association members and supporters lost everything in the Sacramento floods,” said Vi Tara, the Winter Ball’s organizer.

“However, displaying pioneer fortitude, we have regrouped and will have a bigger, better ball celebrating everyone’s recovery,” Tara said.

All previously made reservations for the 1850s Winter Ball and lodging will be transferred to the April 5 date by both the Highway 50 Association and Camp Richardson Resort. Those who love the history of the 1850s don’t mind waiting a couple of months to attend the celebration. The gala will feature elaborately costumed revelers, a visit by Mark Twain and dancing to authentic 1850s music performed live by The Joyfull Strings.

Then there’s the kiss that got kissed goodbye.

“The Kiss,” set for Valentine’s Day, has been canceled. This event was to be a fund-raiser for the Tahoe Tallac Association at Planet Hollywood. It included dinner, dancing and viewing the highlights of the all-time most romantic kisses in silver screen history.

This is the first event the Tallac Association has been forced to cancel since their 1979 venture to public programing, according to Carol Spain, the association’s executive director.

“We’re not sure how to act,” she joked.

“We did a massive invitation mailing (for The Kiss) but the response has been nil. A lot of people on our mailing list are out of the area,” she said.

“But thanks to the support and generosity of Planet Hollywood, we’ll try again for next Valentine’s Day.”

The price of “The Kiss” was $50 per person making it an easily expendable expense for locals who are feeling the financial pinch of the drop in tourism.

“The Valhalla Brewfest on Feb. 1 was sold out. We sold every single ticket and it was wonderful,” Spain said. “But it was only $15 and I’m sure that made a difference.”

Lake Tahoe arts patrons can still use their tickets to the Reno Philharmonic’s concert now set for March 18. The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts postponed several events but is now back in business. The Reno Philharmonic MasterClassics 4 performance with guest conductor Raymond Harvey was rescheduled when the facility was flooded in downtown Reno.

Barry Auman, executive director of the Reno Philharmonic, contacted all parties essential to the performance.

“We were very fortunate that Mr. Harvey was still available and are glad that our musicians and constituents can still enjoy his work,” Auman said.

Ticket holders may present their January tickets for admission on March 18.

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