OLD SACRAMENTO — For the third consecutive summer the popular “Time Travel Weekends” program has resumed in Old Sacramento.
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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 through Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The “Time Travel Weekends” program is presented by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation 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 14-15 : Heroes and 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
Aug. 4-5 : Founders of Sacramento: featuring Sam Brannon and The Founding of Sacramento Pageant, Road Raising debates
Aug. 11-12 : A People at Play: Victorian Pastimes
Aug. 18-19 : Civil War In Sacramento: The Union Stronghold of the West
Aug. 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 and J streets, 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.
The shows includes 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.
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 historicoldsac.org/timetravel or call 916-808-7059 .
The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is a public benefit corporation. Old Sacramento is a living historic district. The mission of HOSF is to convey the importance of historic Sacramento as a place that connects our past to our present and future through engaging and entertaining events, activities and programs.