Tallac Historic Site has summer activities
Relive the 1920s, or experience them for the first, with a tour of the decadent Pope House, a game of jacks or an afternoon tea. The Tallac Historic Site and Baldwin Museum will be the center of a flurry of activities this summer, perfect for a local checking out the museum’s summer events or a touring history buff with children on their hands.
Tours of the Pope House are a good way for adults to gain a glimpse of the glamorous living of wealthy summer vacationers at the Tallac Historic Site. A tour guide in period piece costume shares with visitors the history of the building and the estate as well as providing a history of the families who summered there. Tours are offered daily at 1 and 2:30 p.m., except Thursdays. The tour costs $3 and lasts about one hour.
For people with an interest in boating, Boats of Tahoe is a 45-minute program about boats associated with this estate and with Lake Tahoe. It is an adult program offered free of charge at 3 p.m. every Thursday through September. Tallac Historic site employee Michael Rhea leads the program.
Lucky’s Legacy is another hour-long adult program. During this walking tour of the Baldwin property led by museum volunteer Marilyn Long, participants get the dirt on Lucky Baldwin’s secret dealings and learn how he made his fortune. This program is offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a $3 charge.
Two living history programs offered this summer are Tea with Mrs. Tevis, a hit from past seasons led by volunteer Carol Bordeaux, and An Afternoon with Anita, a new program created by Marilyn Long. During Tea with Mrs. Tevis, visitors to the museum enjoy an afternoon tea on the Pope House porch, followed by a guided tour of the arboretum gardens. This program is offered at 1 p.m. each Thursday during July and August. The cost is $12.50. Afternoon with Anita will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7. Participants converse with “Anita Baldwin,” view exhibits of her musical compositions and taste her cooking creations. The cost is $10.
Children’s programs for July are Boat Buddies, a fun hour-long guide to boats and boat safety hosted by Rod Church and Michael Rhea, and the Children’s Garden Party, a one-hour program hosted by Peggy Church that teaches children early 20th century manners while they decorate hats and eat cookies at the arboretum. Boat Buddies is offered at 1 p.m. Thursdays and the Garden Party takes place at 1 p.m. Fridays.
Joining these children’s programs in August will be two more programs. Kitchen Kids for children ages 4 to 12 costs $7.50 and When Grandma Was a Kid for children of all ages costs $5. Kitchen Kids is offered at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and will show children what it was like to cook before microwaves, while children will experience early 20th century games likes jacks and marbles during the Grandma program.
Two special events to look forward to in August are the Great Gatsby Festival and Nanny’s Tea. The Great Gatsby Festival, scheduled Aug. 10 and 11, is free of charge and will showcase early 20th century living. Visitors will enjoy craft displays, antique cars and Pope House tours with live actors. They may also look on as Great Gatsby tea-goers enjoy a high afternoon tea at 3 p.m. July 11 and view a fashion show of 1920s and 1930s designs.
Nanny’s tea will be a special one-day parent/child tea party offered at 1 p.m. Aug. 17. The cost is $10. Remember to dress for the tea and call in advance for reservations.
Many exciting adult and child-centered programs are offered each summer at the Tallac Historic Site. Everyone is encouraged to check out the grounds and museum to enjoy a view of Tahoe as it has changed over the past 100 years.
The Tallac Historic Site and Baldwin Museum welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. They are located just past the Camp Richardson Resort on the right-hand side of Emerald Bay Road before the entrance to the Forest Service Visitor Center. Visitors are encouraged to call in advance to make reservations for all programs. For reservations and more information call (530) 541-5227.