Musical Acts The Wronglers and The Hellman Harlots Perform at Living History Day
Warren Hellman’s Presence Remembered Through Music
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heidi Doyle
Volunteer and Interpretation Program Manager
California State Parks Sierra District
Lake Tahoe, CA – While Warren Hellman was known as an investment banker, philanthropist and music festival founder to many, he was known to the California State Parks and Sierra State Parks Foundation as the great grandson of IW Hellman who built his summer home, Pine Lodge, in what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park and as the lead singer of The Wronglers, a bluegrass band that played each year at the Hellman-Ehrman Estate at Sugar Pine Point State Park for Living History Day. This year’s Living History Day – a celebration of lakeshore life in the 1930s – will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While Hellman, who passed away late last year, will not be present, his legacy will be carried on by two musical acts performing at this year’s event, The Wronglers and The Hellman Harlots.
The Wronglers, based in San Francisco, are an ‘old time’ band formed in 2006 at Hellman’s music festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Most recently they have released an album, Heirloom Music, with Jimmie Dale Gilmore of Flatlanders. The Hellman Harlots are a new band, comprised of Hellman’s grandchildren, and will open for The Wronglers.
The public is invited to spend the entire day at the park, enjoying the gracious lifestyle that wealthy residents and their guests once experienced at their summer retreats on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. In addition to live music, Park visitors will be treated like guests of the late Florence and Sydney Ehrman, with many entertaining activities – concerts, historical talks, movies, and painting with artists-in-residence and guided tours, all of them free.
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. 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.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation has arranged a variety of educational exhibits, including vintage car displays, historical talks, live music, guided nature hikes and more. More information on these activities can be found at the event website, www.laketahoelivinghistory.com.
Living History Day would not be possible without the gracious support of its sponsors, including the Hellman Family Foundation, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Sierra State Parks Foundation.
Further information and a full schedule of events may be obtained by contacting Heidi Doyle at the California State Parks Sierra District office at (530) 583-3074, or visiting the website for the event, www.laketahoelivinghistory.com.