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Tahoe Today: Summertime in Tahoe

Dayle Schear

Tahoe is the happening place to be this summer. Ah, yes! What a great summer it will be; in fact, this year summer will be amazing at the lake, with all the festivals, boating, swimming and great times ahead.

Might I mention all the great new concerts, oh my goodness not only will there be outdoor concerts at Harveys, but this summer will be one of the first years that MontBleu will have outdoor concerts as well.

The weather will be hot, windy, rainy and will see hail, but that’s Tahoe and, to tell you the truth, I would never want to be anywhere else for the summer of 2012. From July 4 to September, Tahoe is a great place to fall in love with this year.

If I sound like I’m bragging, well, yup, you got it right, Sacramento and the Bay Area will swarm our hills. Might I mention to the locals, Now would be a great time to hire any and everyone you can get your hands on to work for the summer – our cash registers will be ringing off the hook. We want to give our visitors lots of service so they will have a great experience. I call it the Aloha experience and, guess what, they will be coming back again.

So please drop what you are doing for the moment and come for a ride down memory lane for just a moment in time. I remember it well, for I’m one of the old-timers who grew up at the lake and, as I recall, it was in the summer of the ’70s when the town took a major change.

We had a housing boom; everyone was building their new, affordable, custom home. Now, think back Tahoe, don’t you all wish you were still in your first house at the lake? Times were so much easier then. Yes, we all struggled, but we struggled together. We had the barter system, meaning we would ask our neighbor if we could borrow something and, in return, our neighbor would help us build whatever we were building. Yes, those were the days of the welcome wagon in Tahoe.

Believe it or not, the “Y” was the happening place. We had Lampson’s Market and old man Lampson would extend us credit in the winter if we couldn’t afford to feed ourselves. We even had movie theaters for our kids at the “Y.” The shopping is something I really miss and I wish there were theaters there again. We would work really hard in the summer months – especially at the casinos, dealing hands seven days per week – we could hardly wait until summer was over.

Why, in those days, we were the only kids on the block and the only casinos in town. Besides Reno, Lake Tahoe was the place to be to gamble at the lake and to see the great shows and what we had to offer. Elvis at the Sahara, Sammy Davis at Harrah’s and Sinatra, etc. I remember it all. I went to most of those shows, lucky me, and I remember Bill Harrah moseying around his casino checking for dust. Those were the days. Sitting in his showroom, the chatter would die down and, lo and behold, there was Bill Harrah waving to the audience and saying, “Hi.” And right next door there was Harveys casino – this is where I broke in as a blackjack dealer. I remember Harvey Gross and his lovely family making their rounds.

Summer 2012 is looking good in Lake Tahoe. This summer will be fantastic.

– Dayle Schear is an internationally known psychic and television personality. Dayle will be doing private parties. Visit http://www.dayleschear.com. To ask Schear a question for this column, email ESP555555@aol.com. Please include a telephone number.

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