Hot summer weekends are finally here and you can jump into the summer season by enjoying Tahoe’s “coolest” attraction. Lake Tahoe is renowned for its cobalt blue waters, providing a clear view of depths up to 75 feet. And hey, what better way to explore its depths than to skim its surface via paddle? Here’s something unexpected: Lake Tahoe is the largest stand up flat-water paddleboard venue in the country!
“Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most scenic and green ways to take in Lake Tahoe,” said Ernie Brassard, president of the 2011 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Classic, August 13-14 in Kings Beach. “You get a completely different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the water than you do from the trail.”
The sport continues to skyrocket in popularity, as evidenced by a recent increase in Tahoe rental shops and outfitters, as well as festivals taking center stage during the summer and fall months.
A popular event you won’t want to miss is the Jam from the Dam, July 9, which has participants racing six miles from Commons Beach in Tahoe City to the Waterman’s Landing – a new restaurant and stand up paddleboard shop. Like the Ta-Hoe Nalu, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to demo equipment in a fun and festive environment.
Need equipment? Tahoe Paddle & Oar caters to the canoe and kayak audience with rentals available, including wetsuits and life vests, along with on-water lessons. If it’s a lazy Sunday and you want your paddleboards and beaches all in one place, rentals are available at one of Tahoe’s most well-known beaches, Sand Harbor State Park, located outside of Incline Village. Kayaks and paddleboards are a must to explore San Harbor’s hidden coves, cathedral of massive white boulders and lively beach activities. The infamous white sand is also a great picnic spot!
Celebrating its 38th season, the Festival brings you all of Shakespeare’s plays in one night with the hilarious comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and the return of the Sand Harbor music series featuring performing everything from 60’s and 70’s hits, Latin rock, blues, jazz, swing, favorites by the Reno Philharmonic and much more every Monday and Friday night.
The Festival provides audiences the unique combination of a stunning lakeside location, al fresco dining at Shakespeare’s Kitchen, and performances seven nights a week throughout July and August. Festival-goers can expect a lighthearted escape in a refreshing outdoor setting to spend time with friends and family. The Festival looks forward to welcoming back loyal fans and introducing first-timer visitors to the magic of the idyllic lakeside setting where you are sure to make lasting lifetime memories.
“This 2010 season we truly looked to adding much more cultural diversity to our programming, having something for everyone, no matter what age. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a hilarious option for the whole family,” said Catherine Atack, executive director of the festival. “Our dinner theater on the beach is one of a kind, as is the experience and memories you make there under a Tahoe starry night, and with our Sand Harbor Music Series, you get to start and end your week with a party on the beach. Make sure to grab dinner and wine at Shakespeare’s Kitchen on your way in and sit and relax with friends and family while enjoying quality entertainment. ”
Tickets are now available online at www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or by calling 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697). Regular season tickets, start at $22 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the Premiere and Reserved seating sections at $77. Tickets for the music series every Monday and Friday, July 19-August 20, start at $15 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the premier reserved seating section from $50. A nominal ticketing and processing fee will be added onto all tickets. For more information about the 2010 season, educational outreach, group pricing, membership, volunteer opportunities and sponsorships visit online at www.LakeTahoeShakespeare.com or call the Festival office at 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697).
Every year, the shore of Sand Harbor in Incline Village transforms into a playground for the arts, as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes center stage with beautiful Lake Tahoe and perfect “Mid-summer night” sunsets to make it all the more magical.
We had occasion on July 29 to take in a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing,” a Shakespearian love story with all of the twists, turns and bumbling characters typical of the Bard’s work. In addition to unique portrayals, including modern references and musical interludes, the troupe nailed their timing and didn’t hesitate to bring the audience into the production on occasion.
Although the atmosphere is casual – a laid-back amphitheatre setting with concessions – there is no sacrifice made for quality. Theater buffs will be pleasantly surprised as characters like Beatrice and Benedick, Don Pedro and Claudio, and of course the lovely Hero, come to life. Borachio and Conrade provide frequent comic relief as clumsy Mafiosos.
This year’s Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival runs through Aug. 23, with performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Measure for Measure,” as well as the Urban Village Music Series on Monday nights. Tickets are reasonable, guests are encouraged to bring picnics … and where else can you put your toes in the sand while watching Shakespeare?
For more information, log on to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Web site. Don’t miss one of Reno Tahoe’s great annual events.
One of the privileges that comes with living in the Reno-Tahoe area is the easy access to great events at great places.
Every summer The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival offers the best of the Bard in a surreal setting – a stage at Incline Village’s Sand Harbor with the lake as a backdrop. This year, through Aug. 17, the festival offers two of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, “Richard III” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Also check out “Cambio” the musical based on the Victor Hugo novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Every year locals and visitors take the short drive to Sand Harbor to enjoy a glass of wine, a picnic and a perfect Tahoe summer breeze while taking in the show. Come check it out if you can make it – the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a great tradition that only gets better every year.