Great Gatsby Festival returns |

Great Gatsby Festival returns

Kate MacLean, Forest Service exhibits intern
Provided to the TribuneThe 2002 Great Gatsby poster, created by Darcie Park, displays a 1920s Fourth of July scene at the Pope Estate.

The 18th annual Great Gatsby Festival will take place Aug. 10 and 11 at the Tallac Historic Site on the grounds of the Valhalla and Pope Estates in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, recreates life at Lake Tahoe as it would have been in the 1920s and 1930s, at the height of its use by wealthy families like the Popes and Baldwins who summered here. Tours of the Pope House will be offered every 20 minutes Saturday and until 1 p.m. Sunday. During these tours, costumed players from the era will engage the visitors in dialogue. Also, there will be vendors selling collectibles, arts and crafts, clothing and food items — many in keeping with the early 20th century setting.

Members of the Model A Club will be arriving in Tahoe to display their cars on the Tallac Historic Site both Saturday and Sunday. The drivers, decked out in 1920’s attire, plan to parade their cars through South Lake Tahoe. Old-fashioned picnicking events for children will take place in the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday. Games traditionally include a pie-eating contest and tug-of-war.

At “Talk with the Artist” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Darcie Park, creator of this year’s limited edition Great Gatsby Festival Poster, will be available to talk with festival attendees and to sign posters. This year’s poster displays a 1920s Fourth of July scene with boats and beachgoers enjoying leisure time in front of the Pope Estate dock and the main Pope House. Following this signing event will be the Great Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show, which will begin at 3 p.m. Visitors may witness an English-style high tea as maids serve tea, cookies and sandwiches to ladies dressed in proper ’20s attire on the Pope House lawn. Festival and tea-goers alike will enjoy a view of the fashion show as models wearing 1920s and 1930s Dera vintage designs walk the length of the Pope House porch and lawn.

Bringing an end to each festival day will be a raffle hosted by Marv Weitzenhoffer. More than $8,000 in prizes donated by local merchants and sports facilities will be offered at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Tallac Historic Site and Museum is proud to sponsor the Great Gatsby Festival. For any questions relating to the site’s regular programs and tours, or to ask about the festival, call (530) 541-5227. The museum encourages all those interested in volunteering at the museum, its associated exhibits, or in the gardens, to contact Linda Cole, museum director, at (530) 541-5227.

The Great Gatsby Festival is co-sponsored by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the USDA Forest Service. Funds raised by the event are used to assit in the preservation, restoration and interpretation of the Tallac Historic Site. The volunteers, local merchants, Historic Camp Richardson and the Tahoe Tallac Association help make this event a success.

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