Letter — You don’t want our donations?
Your article: “Face-lift for landmark business in Markleeville” published Sept. 13, 2002, caught my attention. Business reporter Susan Wood quoted the new owner of the “landmark business” (formally the Cutthroat Saloon), Mr. Tom Abdoo: “We want to make the place more family oriented … Mario appealed to bikers. … I’m not sure it worked well for the community.” And further: “We’ve had absolute support from the community with the exception of a few people who are resistant to change.” Wood also paraphrased Alpine county Museum Director, Dick Woods, with: It’s the bar’s notorious reputation for parties that he thinks the town could do without.
Remodeling the building is undoubtedly a good thing; it was probably long overdue. As for trying to appeal to families, I ask, what is wrong with bikers? The old Cutthroat Saloon was a great destination for a Saturday or Sunday motorcycle ride. Will the new Wolf Creek Bar & Restaurant no longer cater to bikers?
Last year in August, the Too Much Fun Club resurrected the “Hope Valley Run.” The run was a great success with over 300 motorcycles. So much of a success that the Too Much Fun Club was able to donate over $2,000 to Alpine County charities. This last August the Hope Valley Run attracted close to 400 motorcycles and every business from Woodfords to Markleeville prospered. Every motel, inn, bed & breakfast, restaurant and store was full of bikers for the whole weekend. Only the local merchants can tell how much revenue was generated. Again, the run was successful to the point that the Too Much Fun Club is anticipating another donation to Alpine County charities. The annual business meeting of the Too Much Fun Club is in November. At the business meeting major expenditures and donations are approved. If the Alpine County business owners and museum directors want the “bikers” to stay away, please let us know; we can find another use for the funds earmarked for the Children of Alpine County. Mr. Abdoos comments leads one to think that “bikers” are not family orientated. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Fritz Klinger, president
Too Much Fun Club
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