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Chautauqua Festival is this weekend

Staff reports

The inaugural Lake Tahoe Chautauqua Festival is scheduled for this weekend.

Advance tickets for the Lake Tahoe Chautauqua will be available at area Chamber of Commerce locations around the lake.

The festival is scheduled for two evenings, Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. This year, the Nevada Humanities Committee has chosen the World War II era for its focus.

Both evenings begin at 6:30 p.m. with live Big Band performances on the Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor. On Saturday, audiences will hear portrayals of former President Harry Truman by Noel Pugach and William Shirer, author of “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” by Clay Jenkinson. Sunday’s performances include Eleanor Roosevelt, portrayed by Ann Saville; Ernie Pyle, portrayed by Doug Mishler; and Anne Frank, portrayed by 10-year-old Elia Pirtle.

Tickets for early admission, from 6 p.m., cost $20; general admission, beginning at 6:30, is $15; and students from age 13 are $10. VIP seating is available for $100. Checks may be made out to the Nevada Humanities Committee – Lake Tahoe Festival, and mailed to Lake Tahoe Chautauqua Festival, P.O. Box 3868, Incline Village, NV 89450.

Audience members are invited to dress period-style and to bring or buy picnic suppers. Low-back chairs only are permitted and may be rented or brought to the festival.

For more information about tickets, call (800) GOTAHOE.

All underwriters, sponsors and Angels will be named on the Web site.

Major financial sponsors include Coldwell Banker-Incline Village Realty; Lake Tahoe Printing Co.; Nevada Parks Dept.; and Prime Services Group. Organizations and businesses supporting the event include the Nevada Humanities Committee; the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and affiliated newspapers; Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor; Via Magazine, of the California AAA Automobile Association; and Print Art.

Individuals and corporations may sponsor the event by pledging at various donor levels, from $1,000 for individual Angel donor; $5,000 sponsor at the bronze level; or $10,000 at the silver level. Corporate underwriters may donate at the gold level for $15,000 or the platinum level, at $20,000.

For more information visit the Lake Tahoe Chautauqua’s Web site at http://www.tahoehistoryfestivals.com.

Residents and visitors have an opportunity to support the event and obtain an original, signed, limited-edition print, which is the event’s only fundraiser.

Renowned Incline watercolor artist Barb Kallestad has rendered a sunset over Lake Tahoe print especially for the festival. Kallestad is making no money off of the sales of the prints, but is donating the proceeds entirely to the festival.

“I was happy to help out when Lyn asked me,” Kallestad said of event organizer, Lyn Karol.

The prints are available for $25 at galleries around the lake. Art Attack gallery in Incline’s Christmas Tree shopping center is offering a 20 percent discount on a frame purchased at the gallery for the print. At Frames by Ryrie, in Tahoe City’s Cobblestone Mall, anyone purchasing a print may buy a frame for it at the gallery at a 10 percent discount. The James Harold Gallery at the Boat Works Mall (formerly Sierra Gallery) also in Tahoe City is offering the prints and at South Lake Tahoe, Eagle Valley Frames is offering the prints at Round Hill Mall.

Kallestad has shown and displayed work in many locations on the North Shore.


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