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Ren Faire without a home

Even events have their time as vagabonds.

Take the Renaissance Festival, known to Tahoe residents as the Ren Faire.

The Camp Richardson Resort has bid farewell to the popular community event. So the Tahoe Tallac Association — recovering from losing its Executive Director Carol Spain Monday to the art world — is looking for a new home.



There are a few options.

The KOA Campground in Meyers appears interested, Tallac board member Deb Darby said Tuesday.




The board has also considered Bijou Community Park, but parking is a bigger issue there.

The Tahoe Tallac Association wants to operate the event for three weekends during the summer, contributing to a parting of the ways from Camp Richardson Resort.

“Let’s face it — we’re a resort, not a special events venue,” the resort’s General Manager Chris Knox said Tuesday. “They wanted to expand to three weeks. We can’t do that.”

Darby said the board understands the resort’s making a business decision as the event takes up space and staff time.

“They’re business people,” she said.

The two entities were discussing each other’s wishes until a stalemate over continuing the event at the Highway 89 resort was reached. The financial agreement had also changed from a profit-sharing venture to a flat-fee agreement to book the resort.

After paying the resort and the U.S. Forest Service for use of the property, Darby said the Tallac Association was left with almost nothing.

“And we have to hire a director,” she said.

After 24 years, Spain announced her resignation as the nonprofit cultural organization’s director about a month ago to pursue her dreams of painting and traveling.

These may be tough times for the Renaissance Festival. Because it has shown the ability to pull a profit and sustain itself after more than a decade, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority recently took it off its list of subsidized events.

“It’s a great event that definitely contributes to the basin,” Knox said.


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