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NevadaGram #203 - Last Chance Joe, Wandering, Cold Springs Station, Old Time Fiddlers

Last Chance Joe, Sparks Nevada
There's a paunchy, nearly toothless bewhiskered old guy who's always wearing a goofy grin and has been a familiar figure on Victorian Avenue in Sparks for more than 50 years — since it was still B Street in fact. When he became suddenly homeless in 2014 a number of local folks made a big effort to help get him cleaned up, rehabbed and relocated. Last Chance Joe has finally returned to his old neighborhood, but across the street, in front of the Sparks Heritage Museum. You can't miss him, he's 32 feet tall. Joe had stood for 56 years at the entrance to the Sparks Nugget when a new owner decided he was old and in the way. Now, after four years in limbo he's back on the Avenue, all spruced up and glowing with . . . fresh paint. All this has been accomplished at considerable expense and effort; the whole Last Chance Joe story is here.Read more




Most Recent Nevada Correspondence

Baker Correspondence - June 2018

Beetle BioBlitz Great Basin National Park will host its 10th Annual BioBlitz on June 12-14, 2018. This year focuses on beetles (Order Coleoptera), and Nevada State Entomologist Jeff Knight will lead participants to find beetles all over the park, day and into the night. The event is timed for the New Moon so that it is easier to attract the flying nocturnal beetles. There will be a variety of field trips, plus a potluck dinner, star gazing, and a final catered lunch. RSVP for the lunch count by June 1 to GRBA_BioBlitz@nps.gov; no RSVP is needed for other activities, but sending an email helps for planning purposes. Participants are welcome to come for as little or as long as they like. Great Basin Café After a cave tour or a hike in the park, you might be feeling hungry.Read more



Recent Feature

The Evolution of Last Chance Joe

by Dick Dreiling The original image of Last Chance Joe was designed in 1952 by Roscoe E. "Duke" Reading of Boise Idaho for Dick Graves. NOW Available at Your Local DMV Office! The Last Chance Joe Charity License plate is available for cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorhomes at license plate issuing offices of the Nevada DMV. Cost of the plates for the first year is $62 plus a $6 transfer fee, then drops to $30 for subsequent years. Since the Museum receives $20 for each plate sold, we offer a Free 1-year Museum membership when you buy one. The plates remain valid as long as they are renewed annually, but we must get a minimum of 1,000 plates in circulation or the plate will be discontinued for sale. Please sign up for one — or more if you have more than one vehicle — and urge family and friends to give Joe and Sparks some love as well!

Recent Feature

Northern Nevada Arts & Artists for June

Hans Meyer-Kassel at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

Welcome June in northern Nevada. Carson City Check out 2018 Stewart Father's Day Powwow in Carson City on June 15th and 17th. If you have been to a Powwow then you know the excitement and pageantry that comes with a gathering of talented dancers and drummers. This is a free event with over 200 dancers, over 40 arts and crafts vendors, Indian Tacos, and community spirit. As with all Powwows this an alcohol and drug-free event. For More Information email the event organizer or call 775-687-8333. Reno The Hans Meyer-Kassel exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art is a must-see for anyone interested in Nevada Art, or Nevada History for that matter. Backstory: This acclaimed painter immigrated to the United States at the end of World War I to escape the postwar turmoil of his native Germany .


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