May 29, 2016
Filed Under South Tahoe Events
Located at Taylor Creek on the west end of the historic Tallac site in South Lake Tahoe is the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. Each summer this quaint outdoor theater hosts educational programs about Tahoe history and the people that shaped it, Tahoe flaura and fauna, and our environment to help give us a sense of place.
Mark your calendar to learn about Mark Twain and his eloquent impressions of Lake Tahoe on July 1, 2016 at 7PM.
Not only are the performances and information worthy, but the setting is superb. Do yourself a favor and be sure to have time to walk through the old growth forest down to Baldwin Beach and through the Tallac Historic Site.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is one of America’s most celebrated authors and humorists. After working as a printer and a riverboat pilot, Twain moved to Nevada with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to territorial governor James Nye. After many adventures, Clemens’ wit won him a job as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City. He was a lover of the literary hoax and perfected it in Nevada where he created fabulous stories including a discussion about a petrified man. In the spring of 1864, Twain became embroiled in a dispute over one of his libelous hoaxes, and so he left Virginia City in May 1864. He used his western sojourn as inspiration for Roughing It (1872), a book that flowed between fact and fiction. The author’s Nevada experience was far more than the source of anecdotes and the birthplace of a pen name. For Twain the cosmopolitan Comstock proved the perfect training ground with its thriving literary tradition that exploited the western tall tale to its utmost.
For more information on these programs, call the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at (530) 543-2674.
Suggested donation of $5 per person accepted by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation to support Taylor Creek’s Summer Speaker Series. The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater is located at the Tallac Visitor Center just 2 miles north of the Y in South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89.