Gus Presents Sundance weekend in the Russian River culminated Sunday, August 15th with Sundance. Hundreds of Bay Area circuit party fans traveled highway 116 to the quiet and secluded town of Guerneville. With a population of 1,040 people, Guerneville is tucked deeply within luscious green forests.
Richard Tremeroli’s private home, complete with a pool house, nine- foot deep pool, tennis courts and plenty of privacy, was the venue for the morning party Sundance. The beautiful home has gone through many changes over the years.
12-year owner Tremeroli said, “The home used to be restaurant. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, this was the hot spot for the families to come. They would swim in the pool, have a beautiful dinner and this was the #1 place; like the Fairmont hotel up here. In the 70’s and 80’s, the gays came in and revitalized the town. This property transformed into a gay resort for a couple years.”
During the early 2000s, Tremeroli and his children converted the gay resort into a home for themselves, but the properties history with the gay community lives on through Tremeroli’s friendship with Gus Presents owner Gus Bean. “I’ve been friends with Gus for years. One day, Gus asked if he could rent my place and that’s how it started. We only let Gus and one other person rent the house during the year; it is not a business. This is Gus’ third year holding Sundance here.”
Gus holding his massive end of summer party in Guerneville produces mixed feelings for Tremeroli. “I feel good to be able to provide Gus a venue to hold his party but also worry about if my family really likes it. A lot of the neighbors, such as the other bars and resorts, are very envious of me allowing Gus to come in. They think I am taking the money away from them.”
Tremeroli continued, “I don’t want to see anything happens to my boys because people feel as like I am taking money from them. If someone is not able to make their rent because this party is taking that money, someone may decide to take violent actions again my boys. People are crazy these days.”
An emotional Tremeroli said, “I told the town today (Sunday, August 15th) that I won’t allow Gus to hold his party here anymore because I have a family which comes first.”
Tremeroli said he has been in conversation with numerous local business owners and though they have told him publicly they support the presence of the party, he believes otherwise. “Behind my back, I know the business owners are not happy. The town can’t support all of Gus’ guests and the restaurants are not benefiting from the liquor sales.” During Sundance, there were five independent bars set-up to allow guests easy access to liquor.
Given the conflicts from the town towards Tremeroli, it is unclear as to what will become of Sundance next year.