102nd Bohemian Variety Show set to captivate Monte Rio
The Bohemian’s private jets have landed, the members have been buzzed over to the Grove, the men are breathing more deeply and easily now and Monte Rio and environs are preparing to enjoy the 102nd Monte Rio Variety Show held on Thursday, July 25.
Monte Rio’s amphitheater is being prepared, buildings washed, grounds put in tip-top condition and signs have been posted where they’ll be seen by the most people.
Dessert recipes have been resurrected - apple turnovers, truffles, tons of homemade cookies, lemon bars, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, the wine and beer are ready to flow and Monte Rio’s fire fighters are addressing their BBQ plans in earnest.
The entertainment, as always, will be a surprise but considering past performers – Steve Miller, Zac Brown, Merv Griffin, Art Linkletter, Phil Harris and Der Bingle – it could be almost anyone.
The Bohemian Club itself is a private gentleman’s club located at 624 Taylor Street, San Francisco, founded in 1872 after journalists, artists and musicians meeting regularly decided to put an exclusive club together. it soon began to accept
businessmen and entrepreneurs as permanent members, as well as offering temporary membership to university presidents and military commanders and it evolved into a largely affluent and influential group with a diverse membership ranging from Past Presidents to past members of the Grateful Dead.
In 1911 Bohemian Club members camping at the Grove decided to put together a variety show as a means of sharing their talents and expressing their appreciation to the Russian River Community by raising money for charitable causes, which this year are St. Catherine’s Church, the Monte Rio School Foundation, and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation.
Show tickets are $25 per Adult and $5 for Youth (Aged 13-17) when accompanied by a paying Adult. Children 12 and under are free with a paying Adult. To reserve and pay for tickets by mail call 707-486-1739 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be waiting at will-call at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the show.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Thursday so people may set up their chairs for optimum viewing
The Fire Department’s barbeque begins at 4:30 p.m. next to the Monte Rio Amphitheater. Chicken or ribs dinner will be served and veggie burgers will also be available as a meat alternative. Hot Dogs, beer and wine will also be offered for sale near show time.
All proceeds from the show and barbeque go to benefit St. Catherine’s Church, the Monte Rio School Foundation, and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation.
Showtime: 7 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at Monte Rio Amphitheater