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Sugar Pine Point celebrating 50th birthday this weekend at Lake Tahoe

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Celebrate the 1960s in style at the Erhman Mansion this Saturday.

MEEKS BAY, Calif. — Did you know that Sugar Pine Point become a California State Park 50 years ago?

To celebrate, this year's annual Living History Day will be a 50th Birthday Bash for the park, and the historic Hellman-Ehrman Estate will come alive from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, for a day filled with free family friendly events ranging from live '60s music to a children's activity zone.

Living history activities will also include family lawn games, open house tours, children's activity zone, ma car and boat show, an art exhibit, birthday cake, and an auction.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. All events are free; please note, however, there is a $10 parking fee.

The public is invited to spend the entire day at the park as it throws back 50 years to 1965, complete with costumed volunteers, 1960s boat and vehicle displays, groovy live music by the Fillmore Zone, family games and contests, an all-ages costume parade with prizes, guided natural history hikes, and open house tours of Pine Lodge and the Erhman Mansion. Entrance to the mansion is available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Ehrmans were a wealthy San Francisco family who summered at the lake for 45 years. Pine Lodge was built by Florence Ehrman's financier father, Isaias W. Hellman, in 1903, and for 45 years, the Ehrmans opened the mansion to family members and friends for lavish summer stays.

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The 2,000 acres and two miles of lakefront beach were closed to the public until Esther Lazard, Florence's daughter, sold the property to the state of California in 1965.

Living History Day raffle tickets are six for $5 and can be purchased on the day of the event or at the Sugar Pine Visitor Center.

The silent auction will include a many fabulous prizes donated by local businesses that include gift certificates to local restaurants, hotel stays, golf, and fine art prints – a full list of prizes can be found at LakeTahoeLivingHistory.com. All proceeds go towards supporting Living History Day events.

Visitors will want to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the live music, and swimwear and towels so they may enjoy the estate's beach.

Young and old will also want to tour General Phipps's Cabin, the home of the frontiersman who came to Tahoe in 1860 to homestead 160 acres that eventually became part of Sugar Pine Point State Park.

The cabin Phipps built in 1872 is still standing, and Living History Day is the only day of the year when visitors may walk through it.

Guides playing Phipps's pioneer friends will regale visitors with stories of pioneer life as they work with their tools and load and shoot their black-powder rifles.

This article was submitted by Sugar Pine Point State Park. Visit laketahoelivinghistory.com to learn more about the celebration.