By Tim Hauserman

After this past winter, any paragraph with the word summer in it is a welcome relief. So here it comes, a blog post about Memorial Day weekend: The unofficial start of summer in the Sierra.

While the 4th of July is when things really start to get busy at the lake, Memorial Day is traditionally the time when Tahoe folks rake up the branches, take down the shutters and start to enjoy their favorite summer activities. With the lake still pretty dang cold and many hiking trails still covered in snow, it’s also a great weekend to take advantage of some of the cool events going on in the area.

Two can’t miss Tahoe events to get to this weekend are the Made in Tahoe Festival in Squaw Valley, and Opening Day on the Lake along Tahoe’s West Shore.

Made in Tahoe Festival, May 27-28th 11-7 pm each day. Village at Squaw Valley

Celebrating all things local, the Made in Tahoe Festival will be a place to check out the products of over one hundred artists, photographers, furniture makers, clothing sellers, community organizations and anybody else that is creative and comes from Tahoe. Music and live performances will be going on all day at three different stages including a series of fun events such as hula hoop and dance workshops put on by Tahoe Flow Arts. And don’t worry, there will also be over a dozen locally inspired food and drink vendors to keep you satiated.


Opening Day on the Lake, May 26-28th.

From morning to night at a variety of locations.Organized by the West Shore Association, restaurants, museums, and a host of small businesses on the West Shore are celebrating Memorial Day with deck opening parties, live music, BBQ’s and special tours. Highlights include a 30th anniversary deck opening party at Sunnyside on May 26 at 11:30 am, and a Launch Party at the new Tahoe Maritime Museum location near Granlibakken on May 26 at 5:30 pm. Tours of Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay State Park and the Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park will begin for the season on Saturday morning, the 27th.

The Wooden Boat Show is Coming!

By Tim Hauserman

Yes, it’s time once again for one of the premier exhibitions of classic and wooden boats in the United States, The Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’Elegance. On August 8th and 9th, 2014 you can be part of this annual gathering of some of the most beautiful boats still afloat, with about 70 craft competing to win a variety of prestigious awards. This year the show has moved from Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay to Obexer’s Marina in the heart of Homewood.

Obexer’s is a fitting place for the spectacle since current owner Sarah Obexer-Fields great grandfather Jake Obexer created the first wooden boat dealership in Lake Tahoe when he started Obexer’s in 1911. To give you an idea how long ago that was, the boats would arrive at the lake by train.

Travel and parking along the west shore in the Homewood-Tahoma area could be a challenge on August 8th and 9th. Please plan accordingly. If you are close enough to walk or ride your bike to the event, by all means do so. Or take TART, the public transit system. Another alternative is the North Tahoe Water Shuttle, which runs seven times a day with stops in Carnelian Bay, Tahoe City, West Shore Cafe and Obexer’s. View more information here or call (530) 581-8707. What could be finer then arriving at a boat show via boat?

Boat Show Hours:
Friday August 8th between 10 and 4:30 pm, with an awards presentation at 6 pm.
Saturday, August 9th, between 9 and 4:30 pm, with a Roar off, at 4 pm. The Roar Off is when many of the boats leave the harbor at the same time.

Social Events:
An extensive calendar of social events  are set for between August 7-11th.  For details on all of the events or to purchase tickets go to