LOWER LAKE >> What do you get when you cross cats with cannabis? Lake County’s first private cannabis use club.
The Joint at the Lodge on Lake Street will be a non-profit, members-only club where people can gather to sip wine, socialize and smoke weed, as long as they are at least 18-years-old, have a valid ID and a valid medical marijuana recommendation (script).
The Lodge on Lake Street is hosting its grand opening from noon to midnight Saturday, featuring live music and food. The public is invited to the free event. The Lodge is a public entertainment and multimedia center.
And the feline connection? Thirty percent of the proceeds from food and other items sold at the event go to the Lake County cat rescue non-profit group, Animal Assist and Rescue. To date, the group has adopted out more than 150 adult cats and kittens through PetSmart in Santa Rosa.
Both The Lodge and The Joint are the ideas of Lower Lake resident Terri Larsen and her partner, Peter Shifman, operators of the cat rescue organization.
Larsen’s idol has always been the late, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Now, Larsen wants to work a little bit of Graham’s magic in Lake County by promoting concerts and other events at her new entertainment venue.
Larsen and Shifman — along with a lot of volunteer help, including contractor Joel Moore — have converted the old Rebekah’s Lodge building in Lower Lake into a combination broadcast studio and entertainment venue.
“We are going to be a public event center and private club,” Larsen said.
The Lodge will be available for outdoor events, including concerts, workshops and seminars,” Larsen said. “I want to be a local Bill Graham.”
A renaissance fair is planned for October. Lake County’s once-largest renaissance fair venue, Terrill Cellars