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Flappers come alive at Gatsby festival

Nancy Oliver Hayden

Deborah Rush, owner of Fashions of Yesteryear, models a vintage afternoon gown on the lawn of the Valhalla Estate, while guests enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and cookies.

The Tallac Historic Site will be abuzz with activities from the Roaring ’20s this weekend during the Great Gatsby Festival and Tea. The festival, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will feature vintage fashions, antique cars, games, entertainment and food to recreate every aspect of life during the age of flivers, flappers, prohibition, bootleggers and jazz. Everyone is encouraged to dress in Gatsby style and join in the fun.

The festival and tea will take place at the 74-acre Tallac Historic Site, three miles north of the “Y” on Highway 89. The 20th annual event is sponsored by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Valhalla Estate. The cost is $25 per person and reservations are required by calling the Tahoe Heritage Foundation office at (530) 544-7373. Only a very limited number of tickets for the tea remain.

Deborah Rush, owner of Fashions of Yesteryear in Burlington, Calif., will coordinate and present “The Ladies of Fashion” show of period costumes from 1850 through 1950. As the models walk down the steps of Valhalla and stroll across the lawn, volunteer hostesses, maids and butlers will graciously serve tea, finger sandwiches, cookies and mints to guests who will be seated at beautifully appointed tea tables.

A variety of activities is planned to take place on the lawn of the Pope House. Included will be children’s games, pie-eating and watermelon seed-spitting contests, bocce ball, a face painter, antique automobiles and a wide range of entertainers. The museums will be open the entire weekend along with the recently completed Women of Tahoe exhibit. Pope House tours will be offered for $3 and food and beverage concessions will be available throughout the weekend.

Tickets for prize drawings will be sold both days for $1 each or $5 for six. Each day of the festival winners will be drawn for prizes including a tea set.

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For more information about the Gatsby Festival and Tea call (530) 544-7383 or visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org.

Great Gatsby 2005 Schedule of Events

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 13 and 14

Tallac Historic Site

— Pope House Tours – $3 per person.

— Blacksmith Shop and Pope Boathouse open.

— Antique Automobile Show on the Pope House lawn.

— Vintage Vendors – Dad’s Garage, Heirloom Blessings, Connie’s Clothesline and A la Modé Vintage.

— Information booths from the San Francisco Art Deco Society and the Sacramento Art Deco Society.

— Children’s Games – watermelon seed-spitting contest, three-legged race, pie-eating contest and other activities.

— Face-painting by Gina Calderon Stowell – Saturday only

— Artist Darci Park will sign posters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— Concessions – Tahoe Wildlife Care will sell barbecue lunches and Coldsteam Creamery will sell ice cream.

— Amelia Bedelia will read her stories to children at 1 p.m. Saturday only.

— Amazing Elliott will perform “Old Time” tunes on the banjo and clarinet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— The “Banjo-ologist,” Gordy Ohliger, will play humorous musical history and talk about his vintage banjos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday only.

— Baldwin Museum and Dextra Cabin will be open with exhibits and displays available to view at each site.

— Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show is at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Valhalla Lawn.