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It’s a new year, which for many means a new start. To us, it means a clean slate of Nevada events. Use this story to plan a couple—perhaps 12—trips to Nevada in 2010.
Gardnerville went green this September in celebration of its annual Green Living Festival. Visitors crowded Lampe Park to learn about sustainable practices, renewable energy, and being environmentally responsible—and to enjoy live music.
The world’s best bull riders converge on Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center for two weekends of grueling competition, October 30-November 1 and November 5-8. They will attempt to ride the most ferocious bucking bulls on the planet in an effort to win the most coveted prize in their sport: a Professional Bull Riders World Championship.
“Bonanza” premiered on NBC September 12, 1959, and by the time the trail dust settled some 14 years and 430 episodes later, the Cartwrights of the Ponderosa rode into history and into the hearts of a half billion people worldwide. Gone, but far from forgotten, the show continues to gain followers through worldwide syndication and has spawned countless fan clubs from its throngs of loyal rerun watchers.
“High profile, below the radar” is how Gary Davis and Alan “Big Al” Crawley describe the ’Round Nevada Classic Car Tour, due to the prominent characters who have joined the event over the years. There have been Microsoft executives and federal and state judges, but it’s not the names that are important on this journey. It’s the cause.
In its 21st year, Winnemucca’s Shooting the West photography symposium, March 4-8, continues to gain momentum and attention. Since its inception, the gathering’s aim has been to bring art to the Nevada town and provide amateur photographers a chance to mingle with top professionals.
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s 25th anniversary will be January 24 to 31 in Elko. Past gatherings have focused on cowboy cultures from here and abroad, but this one will be a homecoming. “Artists, audiences, volunteers, and sponsors from past Gatherings have been invited to return to Elko,” executive director Charlie Seemann says.
In Nevada, art has been known to take many—often peculiar—forms. Maybe the most unusual are the sculptures at the annual White Pine Fire and Ice Show near Ely. They’ve recently added fireworks to give further incentive for locals and tourists to check out the festivities.
Nevada’s statehood was proclaimed on October 31, 1864. Thus, Nevadans were left with a dilemma of sorts: two reasons to celebrate the 31st. A solution came when the state legislature stipulated that beginning in 2000, Nevada Day would be the last Friday in October and the capital parade would follow on Saturday.
Imagine using your hands to scoop a fanny-sized dent in the warm sandy beach at Sand Harbor State Park, settling back with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a few beers, and cuddling with your family while watching a Shakespeare play. The set design is mostly by Mother Nature—a beautiful sunset, tall pines, a gazillion stars, and the faint sound of waves lapping the beach at Lake Tahoe.
I quickly lost interest in backyard cultivation when I discovered farmers’ markets with fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables from local and regional growers. Generally, the Nevada season runs from May through September, except for the year-round operations in Henderson, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas.
There’s proof of Southern Nevada’s natural beauty in Sharon K. Schafer’s paintings, photographs, and sketches. Works by the Boulder City artist and naturalist are on display through June 1 at the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society in Las Vegas.
The eagles are the biggest draw, but they’re not the only birds you can see—and photograph—at the annual Carson Valley Eagles and Agriculture event, set for February 20, 22-24.
For the next nine months, the magic number for Northern Nevada’s performing arts scene is four. Four Reno organizations—Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, AVA Ballet Theatre, and Nevada Opera—will host a number of events sure to stir lovers of the live performance. Not coincidentally, a few of the events coincide with the holiday season, when it’s fitting for joyful music to fill the chilly autumn or winter air.
The Great Reno Balloon Race, September 7-9, is the first of six upcoming Nevada aerial festivals. It’s followed by the Reno National Championship Air Races, The Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival in Elko, BalloonaPalooza in North Las Vegas, Boulder City Air Show, and Aviation Nation in Las Vegas.
Californians often see Jay Leno commuting from his Big Dog Garage in Burbank to the studio driving restored automobiles, such as his 1906 Stanley Steamer. Leno owns more than 90 cars spanning 100 years and is familiar with Reno’s Hot August Nights, which attracts thousands of gearheads annually. In this Q&A session with Nevada Magazine, Leno talks about Nevada moments and his passion for cars.