Great Gatsby Festival coming this weekend
August 6, 2004
A slice of American life from the 1920s will become vivid reality at the 19th annual Great Gatsby Festival and Tea on the shore of Lake Tahoe. The festival will feature period cars, fashions, games, entertainment and food to re-create every aspect of life during the age of flappers, prohibition, bootleggers and jazz.
The Great Gatsby Festival and Tea will take place at the 74-acre Tallac Historic Site on State Route 89 three miles north of Highway 50. The festival is free to the public during both days, Aug. 14 and 15. Visitors are encouraged to wear Gatsby-style attire.
Festival events include children’s games, bocce ball, a face painter, performances by Amazing Elliott, a strolling banjo player, and the Placerville Sunnyside Up Barbershop Quartet. Additionally, the Baldwin Museum will be open the entire weekend along with the exhibit, The Women of Tahoe. Pope House tours will be offered for $5. The boathouse and blacksmith shop also will be open. Antique automobiles will be on display each day as will many vintage exhibitions ranging from antique clothing to children’s toys. Concessions will be available throughout the weekend
The highlight of the festival is the Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show, which will take place on the lawn of Valhalla Estate from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Tickets for the tea are $25 each or $200 for a table of eight. They are available for purchase at the Tahoe Heritage Foundation office, (530) 544-7383. Deborah Rush of Fashions of Yesterday at Burlingame, Calif., will conduct the “Honeymoon in Tahoe” fashion show of period costumes from 1880 through 1920. There will be a contest for Best Costume, Best Hat and Best Antique Tea Cup Story. Prizes will be awarded for the best story attached to an antique tea cup or other heirloom piece. The tea is cosponsored by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the Tahoe Tallac Association.
Raffle tickets will be for sale throughout the weekend for $1 each or $5 for six. Each day of the festival winners will be drawn for prizes including vacations and restaurant gift certificates.
For more information on the Gatsby Festival and Tea or to purchase tickets, call (530) 544-7383 or log on to http://www.tahoeheritage.org.