I don't quite know how to introduce the strange place in the desert we visited early in July. It is only ten miles off Interstate 80 at Mill City but far removed from what you expect to find in the Buena Vista Valley. It's called Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary. You're welcome to visit, but call ahead first — 775-538-7093 — to make sure the gate is open. From Mill City drive south on Nevada 400; about 10 miles along you'll pass a small tan cinderblock structure on the right and then take the first road to the right, maybe a quarter mile farther on. This graded gravel road leads straight to the base of the mountains, but the marked turnoff to Safe Haven is about a half-mile along. Pass through the gate as pre-arranged and continue to the small compound that is headquarters for the fenced and double-gated retirement community for wild animals unfit for the wild.Read more
Fall is in the air, and there is lots to do in Elko this month while the weather is nice. Western Folklife Center Happenings "Indian Summer" by Sharon Gilmore-Thompson The Western Folklife Center is presenting a new exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery -- Stitching Art: Contemporary Quilts and More. The exhibit is on display September 21 through December 8, 2018. Stitching Art showcases the quilts and collections of six fabric artists, who have taken great joy in honing stitching skills to create work that beautifully reflects personal interests, aesthetics, moods, and milestones. In the exhibit’s curator seat is award-winning quilter Sharon Gilmore-Thompson, who has gathered together work from northeastern Nevada artisans Mable Beatty, Donna Chism, Holly Bruning, Karleen Bundy, and Shirley Davis. These women all share an addiction to fabric arts and testify that stitchwork contributes to their physical and mental well-being.Read more
Luke Rizzuto was one of the people who thrilled when a centennial re-creation of the Great New York to Paris automobile race was announced. Times Square, New York City on February 12, 1908 as the Great Race was about to begin; the crowd was estimated at 250,000 people. He has a rare 1918 Chevrolet touring car with an overhead valve V8 engine — that's right, Chevrolet made this engine from 1917 to 1919 and then abandoned it until 1955 — and he wanted to drive it across country following the route of the winning Thomas Flyer in 1908. So he set about seeking sponsors to defray the substantial cost to participate. This video was made when Luke was trying at attract sponsors. When the race organizers went bankrupt, he decided to make the run anyhow. However, the organizers of the event became disorganized and eventually they cancelled their event. But Luke still wanted to do it.
August is heat in Northern Nevada, and that brings out the festival season as well as quite a few art-oriented events. Let's take a look at a few of these events. Street Theater in Carson City On the evenings of August 11th and 12th, Madame Curry will take us on a walk around Carson City's historic west side to encounter the lingering ghosts of those whose homes these were. Madame Curry is a spirited and historically fictional character named for the widow of Carson City’s founder, Abe Curry. This is the 26th season of the Carson City Ghost Walk, a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse history. Hear about lingering spirits of the long ago centuries, haunted and paranormal stories and gossip from the past. This is a spirit lead, guided walking tour of the downtown district’s west side historic homes and businesses.
Bicycling Nevada in August-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” August with its hot daytime temps and thunder showers is the Dog Days of Summer when it comes to bicycling events in Nevada. Still, August is still a great time to get out and ride, no matter where you are in Nevada. Road Biking in Northern Nevada and [...]
Bicycling Nevada – July is Looking Hot!-by Curtis Fong, “the Guy from Tahoe” The Bicycling Season in Nevada has started and is going strong with many exceptional June events and more upcoming in July. America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday June 3 was sold out and had 3000 participants with 1040 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training bicyclists coming [...]
Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada-by Curtis Fong, “The Guy From Tahoe” Holly Molly! Did you see how fast that Peloton was moving through Carson Valley? Amazing Race! Women’s Stage 2 The 13th Annual Tour of California, Men’s Stage 6 and Women’s Stage 2, provided excitement and drama as both races came through the Carson Valley and climbed up and [...]
Bicycling Nevada, the look ahead-by Curtis Fong, the guy from Tahoe In recent years, bicycling has become an integral part of attracting tourism to the state of Nevada. Bike the West was at the forefront of promoting bicycle tourism since 1992 and in 2018 continues to produce the 27th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride – Lake Tahoe, on [...]
Willie Nelson Visits the E Center With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, 85-year-old Texan Willie Nelson & Family will headline The E Center at the Edgewater on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. Nelson, who has earned every conceivable award as a musician and singer, has delivered more than 10 [...] Continue Reading
Annual Dutch oven cook-off pleases crowd Some of the over 200 people who attended the Dutch Oven Cook-Off at Cathedral Gorge State Park on Sept. 15 came from far away, without even knowing the event was going to take place. Such was the case with a man and his family from Texas and a woman [...] Continue Reading
This season of harvest is all about pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. Although we’ve been blessed with sunny skies, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop fast. Fortunately, there’s plenty to do in North Lake Tahoe all month long before all of the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins come out on [...] Continue Reading
Ride the Rails in Nevada! On Friday morning April 27 in Boulder City the Nevada State Railroad Museum, home of the Nevada Southern Railway woke up early. The little depot on Yucca Street was bustling — not with choo-choos but with railbikes. These are industrial grade quadricycles-built-for-two that run on railroad tracks when pedaled, and [...] Continue Reading