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“Time Travel Weekends” Program Resumes in Old Sac!

Lively, interactive and free, the popular street theater program continues weekends through August

For the third consecutive summer and to the delight of guests near and far, the popular “Time Travel Weekends” program will resume in Old Sacramento on Saturday, July 7, 2012.  Designed to entertain and engage Old Sacramento visitors with good, old-fashioned fun reminiscent of the Gold Rush era, the free “Time Travel Weekends” street theater program first debuted in 2010 and will be offered again on weekends from July 7 through August 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The “Time Travel Weekends” program is presented by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) in partnership with the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, Old Sacramento Business Association and participating merchants and businesses.

“Time Travel Weekend” performance themes vary each weekend and are scheduled as follows:

  • July 7-8 : American Independence: Picnic Games, Pageantry, Declaration of Independence Reading, Little Patriots’ Parades
  • July 14-15 : Heroes & Villains: Melodrama and Darling Damsels in Distress
  • July 21-22 :  A People at Play: Victorian Pastimes
  • July 28-29 :  Politicians, Patent Medicine men, and other Purveyors of Pomposity
  • August 4-5 :  Founders of Sacramento: featuring Sam Brannon and The Founding of Sacramento Pageant, Road Raising debates
  • August 11-12 : A People at Play: Victorian Pastimes
  • August 18-19 : Civil War In Sacramento: The Union Stronghold of the West
  • August 25-26 : Pioneer Skills: Mountain Men

In addition to toys, games and “make and take” craft activities for the kids at the Victorian Academy located at the corner of Front & J, plus special “meet and greet” opportunities with period-appropriate living history characters from the past, the centerpiece to this free and highly interactive program includes a series of Old West stage shows — including the much acclaimed New Golden Melodeon Review each day at 2 p.m. in the Eagle Theatre — performed by teams of talented actors and actresses in period attire. Special performances are scheduled on four stages located throughout Old Sacramento including in the Eagle Theatre, Victorian Academy (north end of Train Depot), Pioneer Park and Waterfront Park. Additionally, the talented performers will roam the streets of Old Sacramento throughout the scheduled weekends, putting on spontaneous and often-elaborate skits and performances so visitors can step back in time to the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s. 

The “Time Travel Weekends” program is also showcased on special weekends by historic re-enactments complete with wagons, wild characters that include heroes and villains, historic gambling, bowling, juggling, singing, dancing and other forms of musical mastery, military encampments, mining camps, parades, historic events, and medicine shows.  Depending on the weekend theme, Old Sacramento visitors may also meet 19th century miners, ranchers, railroaders, Civil War soldiers, politicians, sailors, magicians, shopkeepers, actors of all kinds and much more as they stroll along the historic cobblestone streets.

The continuing program is designed to bring a lively and theatrical flair to the streets of Old Sacramento reflecting the exciting atmosphere and character of the early gold mining period.   For a complete and updated performance schedule, visit www.historicoldsac.org/timetravel.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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