Living History – Lake Tahoe’s Enigmatic Elias “Lucky” Baldwin and his Daughter Anita at Valhalla

Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla

1 Valhalla Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

September 25

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

June 12 @ 8:06 am

On Wednesday, September 25, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., A Chautauqua performance by Gayle & David Woodruff, Lake Tahoe’s Enigmatic Elias “Lucky” Baldwin and his Daughter Anita, inside the Boathouse Theatre at Valhalla.

A Chautauqua performance by Gayle & David Woodruff.Luckywas “one of the greatest pioneers” of California business. Earning a fortune in speculating on mining stocks of the Great Comstock Lode, Baldwin owned over 8,000 acres of Lake Tahoe, including some of the Lake’s only remaining old growth forest (Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake). Nicknamed “Lucky” due to his extraordinary good fortune in a number of business deals, he also survived being shot two different times by jilted lovers. His daughter Anita inherited his shrewd business acumen, overseeing the development of the family’s 45,000 acres in Southern California into the towns of Arcadi and Monrovia, and building famous Santa Anita Racetrack.

The Tallac Historic Site is located 2 miles past the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 89, just past Camp Richardson, on the lake side of Highway 89. Please turn right on the street with the sign “Valhalla.” If the gate is locked or the 73-space parking lot is full, feel free to park along Hwy 89 outside the entrance. There is a large dirt lot just past the Valhalla Tahoe sign. Overnight parking is not allowed inside the gate. Cars can be left overnight outside the gate in the dirt lot at the owner’s own risk. 

We encourage carpooling, bike riding, and good old-fashioned walking. Parking is allowed in designated 73 spaces only. There is also a large public parking lot for the Tallac Historic Site on Heritage Way, one street West of Valhalla Road, that is open in late May or early October.

  • There are ~225 yards between the parking lot and the Boathouse Theater. Please wear comfortable shoes and allow time for the walk. A site host can bring a golf cart around for accessibility issues if scheduled ahead of time.  

Food & Beverage:

  • Light snacks, popcorn, and beer and wine are available for sale at our concessions.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the Boathouse Theater.
  • Outside alcohol is not allowed in the reserved table section/beer garden at outdoor events. 

If you have questions or require assistance please call (530) 541-4975 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

Valhalla hosts a Summer Event Series each year that includes concerts in the Boathouse, improv shows, free lawn concerts, living history performances, two plays, children’s art camp, the annual Gatsby Tea and the WordWave one-act play competition. The Holiday Faire is a family tradition for many locals and visitors. Join us for a performance and experience living history against a stunning backdrop. The theatre’s interior with exposed beams from the original boathouse creates an unrivaled experience in performing arts venues.

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