Get your Gatsby on this weekend
August 6, 2009
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past,” says narrator Nick Carraway at the end of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic novel, “The Great Gatsby.”
While the line is the conclusion of Carraway’s thoughts on the realities of the American dream, it also proves a fitting introduction to Lake Tahoe’s Great Gatsby Days Festival, which takes place this weekend at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
In its 24th year, the festival doesn’t celebrate Fitzgerald’s book specifically, but rather the decade that inspired “The Great Gatsby”, said Charley Williamson, a volunteer and spokesmen for the Tahoe Tallac Historic site. Tahoe, and the historic site in particular, has a rich history from the 1920s and that heritage will come alive in more ways then one this weekend, Williamson said.
More than 50 volunteers will sport vintage costumes, 1920s era cars will be on-site and vintage games will be available to play, Williamson said.
Historic jewelry, household items, linens and clothing will be available or purchase at the festival, but attendees will find plenty of entertainment at the festival that doesn’t cost a dime, Williamson said.
“People can come in and walk the site and never spend any money unless they want to,” Williamson said.
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A favorite attraction of William-son’s – who is in his sixth year as a volunteer for the festival – is a tour of the historic Pope House with volunteers playing the roles of the Pope family.
Last year, Stateline resident and festival volunteer Carolyn Grubb was the bartender at the festival’s speakeasy – which includes beer, wine and root beer – but says she’ll guide tours through the Pope House this time around.
Dressed in flapper garb as a bartender, Grubb will be dress more formally this year, but no less as classic.
“I love it, it’s a blast,” Grubb said on Thursday.
Also back this year are the silent, black and white movies that were introduced to the festival in 2008, Williamson said.
“They were a big hit last year, so we had to do them again this year,” Williamson said.