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Sierra Club to throw a party

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The Tahoe Area Sierra Club is gearing up for its fourth annual celebration of great regional art, music, wine and food. This year the party will be from 5 p.m. to sundown Aug. 19 at historic Berkeley Camp atop Echo Summit.

The featured artist is nationally known wildlife photographer Jim Stamates. His art will be auctioned and sold and he will be on hand to talk to guests. Stamates is well known for his low-impact photography methods. Local African drumming group, Java Djembe, will kick things off early in the evening and then the well-known blue grass band, Back Forty, will take it from there.

Auction items include half day trip (picnic and wine included) on Lake Tahoe for any group of up to 18 people in the Thunderbird speedboat. They will see the exclusive Thunderbird lodge and walk the famous tunnel to the boathouse used so that nobody would know who was visiting the eccentric George Whittell. If they prefer dry ground, how about a chauffeured drive for two in a 1941 Cadillac ending at the Thunderbird Lodge? Once there, they will enjoy a private picnic and wine tasting. Organize your friends or a wedding party and bid on these great items.

Nevada City Winery is back by popular demand. Stacy Romagnolo of Two Sisters Catering will create a delicious strolling dinner.

Other fine guest artists include Francis Rider displaying and selling his unique pottery pieces. Ann Thennis will show her medicine bowl gourds embellished with totems, precious stones and crystals. Hilary Dembroff of Rear View Miracles will be there with her wonderful jewelry and garden art. Painter JoAnn Wood will display and sell her work. Pieces from all artists will be auctioned or raffled.

Berkeley Camp was acquired by the city of Berkeley in the 1920s and has enjoyed a colorful history at Echo Summit. The event will include the use of the lodge and panoramic viewing platform, both of which hang almost over the Echo cliffs, allowing bird’s eye views of both Tahoe and rock climbers below. The temperatures are brisk at Echo and the camp is rustic. Guests are encouraged to wear warm camp clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a jacket and flashlight.

Tickets are available at Aspen Hollow Nursery, the Farmer’s Market and at the League To Save Lake Tahoe office on Emerald Bay Road. Information and tickets are also available by calling (775) 588-9216 or by e-mail at All this for $40 per person.

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