Have you ever asked yourself what living in the 1920s was like or what life was like for Pope family at Lake Tahoe back in the day?
People dressed up in 1920s costumes answer this question during the 27th annual Great Gatsby Festival, when they take visitors and locals back in history to when the Tahoe Tallac Historic Site was in its early years.
The hub of the festivities will be around the Pope Estate, which will offer historic tours led by actors who play and represent the Pope family and their estate. A lot of activities will be child-oriented, such as watermelon seed-spitting, a chocolate cake-eating contest, and a face painter.
Tallac Historic Site director Jackie Dumin said that more than 70 volunteers donate their time to help out and dress up to help make the festival something unique in Tahoe.
"We expect a couple hundred people to show up over the weekend," Dumin said.
Volunteer Gordon Lawrick, who was still painting parts of the sites Friday to get them shiny for the weekend, said that he will be making handmade hooks and dinner bells at the festival. His wife, Elizabeth Lawrick, will play one of the characters.
"I'm going to be the upstairs maid of Mrs. Pope," she said.
During the weekend, visitors should keep an eye out for historic vehicles that will be available for rides.
"The vehicles are definitely one of the highlights," Dumin said. "We have a group called the Dodge Bothers and Sisters of California that come up and they display their antique vehicles and they do a really nice job."
The group also puts up scenes, where they dress the part and put up tables to create a 1920s atmosphere.
The 1928 GMC Touring bus and a 1931 Model A Roadster will provide rides around the sites to visitors.
"It goes as long as the drivers are able to and the vehicles are working," Dumin joked.
But Dumin's main advice is to check out the history tours and the Pope Estate on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., where visitors get to "meet" Mr. and Mrs. Pope, played by actors, and hear about their lives. Tours are limited to 12 people and cost $5 per person. Tours start every 20 minutes. Tickets are available at the Pope House front steps.
Besides the history that the site offers, there will be a a Great Gatsby Poster artist signing with Darcie Park and a silent auction held in front of the Pope Estate. Visitors will be able to bid on ski passes, local restaurant dinners or local arts and crafts donated by local artisans and merchants.
Admission and parking are free. Tickets for the annual Great Gatsby Tea at Valhalla are available by calling 530-544 7383.
For more information, call the Baldwin Museum at 530-541-5227.