Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Night in the Country

Early-bird festival tickets go on sale Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8 a.m. for Nevada's largest country music festival, A Night in the Country. The 2013 festival weekend will be held July 26-27 in Yerington and feature some of country music's biggest names — headlining Friday night is The Eli Young Band, and Billy Currington is Saturday's main attraction.

Early bird, two-day festival tickets are $60 plus fees and are limited to the first 500 ticket-buyers. All tickets will be available for purchase at nightinthecountry.org. Two-day general admission festival tickets are $75, or $55 for one day. New two-day "Super Fan" passes will be available for $150.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas in the Sierra

Join David John and the Comstock Cowboys as they ring in the first weekend of December with live music in Virginia City. On Saturday, December 1 they begin their "Christmas in the Sierra" concert series at Piper's Opera House. Located at 12 North B Street in Virginia City, Piper's Opera House will open its doors at 7 p.m. (following the Parade of Lights), and the show runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available weekends at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, the Visitors Center, and at Sundance Gift Shop for $20 in advance or for $25 at the door. Phone orders area also available by calling Patrick Gilmore of the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500 or 800-718-7587.


The "Christmas in the Sierra" concert series continues at Genoa's Town Hall on Saturday, December 8 with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The first show is at 5 p.m., with a second show at 8 p.m. For more info call 775-782-8696.

Finishing up the series on Sunday, December 16, the Cowboys play at the Barkley Theater in Fallon. The first show is at 3 p.m., with a second show at 6 p.m. For more info, call Valerie Swirczek at 775-423-3040.

If these dates don't work for you, be sure to catch one of the band's many 2 to 6 p.m. performances at Virginia City's Bucket of Blood Saloon. No cover charge, just a one drink per set minimum. View the Comstock Cowboys' Calendar of Events here or call ahead for information at 775-847-0322.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration

Jesse Ortiz, lead dancer for Danza Azteka Quezalcoatl, will perform at the Day of the Dead celebration Saturday, November 10 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
The Nevada State Museum in Carson City will celebrate Dia de los Muertos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. Also known as Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos is a multicultural celebration of life, through death, for entire families.

The museum’s eighth annual observance will feature ofrendas, video, crafts, songs, dance, and special exhibits. Dance will be by colorful, folkloric groups. Crafts include creation of sugar skulls that honor the deceased loved ones. Ofrendas are displays by families that include memorabilia from the departed person, with samples of favorite foods, symbols, and remembrances of things people loved. Pan de Muerto is a traditional bread associated with the celebration.

Jesse Ortiz will present aspects of Latino cultural heritage through dance in two 45-minute Aztec performances at 1 and 3 p.m. The Sacramento dance group Danza Azteka Quetzalcoatl features about a dozen dancers, age four through adult, Ortiz says.

The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 North Carson Street. Admission is $8 adults, and free for museum members and children 17 and younger. For more information, contact dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810 ext. 237 or visit nevadaculture.org.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Radio Memories II — The Fabulous Forties

Back by popular demand, the Carson Valley Community Theatre presents a follow-up to its successful old-time radio re-creation show that played to sold-out audiences in 2011. Once again the show will return to the golden age of radio with the focus being the Fabulous Forties, when radio entertainment was at its peak.

The performance, November 16-18 at at the Carson Valley Inn, will re-create an evening of prime-time programming set in the mid-1940s with performers gathering at KVCT radio station in Minden to present the evening’s entertainment with such shows as “The Bickersons," "Fibber McGee & Molly," "The Shadow," and others from that era complete with vintage commercials sung by the Jinglettes, a modern-day version of the Andrews Sisters.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Dinner & show on Friday the 16th & Saturday the 17th: Dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with show at 7 p.m.; $30. Tickets must be purchased before midnight the day before the show.

Show only on Saturday the 17th at 1 p.m.; $15.

Champagne Brunch on Sunday the 18th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with show at 1 p.m.; $35. Tickets must be purchased before midnight the day before the show.

Show only on Sunday the 18th at 6:30 p.m.; $15.

Tickets can be purchased at showtix4U.com or by calling 866-967-8167. Tickets can also be purchased at the CVCT box office at 1572 Highway 395 in Minden, or by calling 775-292-0939, beginning October 30.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Bird's-Eye View of the Reno Air Races

The 49th annual TravelNevada.com Reno Air Races attracts fans and participants from around the globe.

Story & photos by Eric Cachinero

Pure-pumping adrenaline coupled with incredible horsepower perfectly complemented the heart-pounding vessels traveling near the speed of sound. Although inaudible over the screaming engines of the T-6s, the crowd’s cheers act as a catalyst to these beautiful machines, pumping them faster and faster as they roar around the next pylon.

I attended the 49th annual TravelNevada.com Reno Air Races on Friday, September 14 at Reno-Stead Airport. Every year, the five-day event draws thousands of national and international spectators to be humbled by this one-of-a-kind spectacle. From daredevil aerobatics performed by David Martin and his Breitling CAP-232, to the neck-and-neck air battles engaged by the Formula Ones, the event has something for all plane enthusiasts.

As pilots warmed their engines in the mid-morning heat and spectators began to find their bearings amongst the crowded grandstands and aircraft pits, a familiar tune rang over the crackling arena speakers. As I removed my hat and squinted toward the sky, the first view of our magnificent stars and stripes being waved in front of the crowd by parachute came into view. I watched on as parachutist and double-amputee Dana Bowman eloquently guided down the flag. The subsequent scream of the F-15s signaled that the welcoming ceremony was a success.

Continuing my way through the pits, I met with Reno pilot David Hults, who guided me through the different classes of aircraft and explained the rules of the races. In a small, ornamented hangar, Hults proudly displayed a plane he occasionally pilots, the 8KCAB Super Decathlon, or as he describes it, “the plane the old-school guys learned to fly on.” Like most pilots who attend this event, Hults is fascinated with the races and admires their unique nature. “It’s one of the only events of its kind,” Hults said. “It pulls people from all over the place.”

As Hults and I neared the next hangar, a yellow biplane with giant batwings painted on the underside came into view. Appropriately named “The Batplane,” the Pitts S-1S gleamed as it awaited its big moment in the races. Owner and racing pilot Casey Erickson has been flying for 20 years and said the 900-pound Batplane is just perfect for her. “I’ve never flown anything as difficult,” she said. “And I absolutely love it.” Erickson owns a flight school in Southern California and never misses a chance to make the annual trek to Reno.

In the distance appeared an icon which I found myself drawn to like a moth to a flame: a tower that prides itself as the symbol that officially greets pilots and participants alike, the air traffic control tower. Militantly painted on each side of this familiar tower are the words “Welcome to Reno Stead Airport Ele. 5,046.”

As a member of the media, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to climb the tower, which offered truly the best seat in the house. I made my way up the seven-story stairwell of the tower and reached the top deck just in time to hear the starting announcement for one of the greatest displays of the day.

With an ear-piercing thunder, The Patriots Jet Team took to the sky in a brilliant display of skill and precision matched with an equally impressive display of color. I watched on as six L-39 jets danced in an aerobatic display that had the crowds on their feet. Impressing both the seasoned pilots with their razor-close passes and families with their vivid trails of red, white, and blue smoke, the Patriots truly earned their place as “the Premier Civilian Owned Jet Aerobatic Team.”

The high-octane, need-for-speed mentality that lives in every single pilot will undoubtedly continue to shine through here for years to come. As Erickson so beautifully sums it up, “When the flag drops, it's full throttle; it's game on.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

92nd Annual Candy Dance Arts & Craft Faire

If you’ve never been to Genoa's annual Candy Dance Arts and Crafts Faire, prepare to be amazed. What seems like every square inch of open space in this little Sierra Nevada foothills town fills with vendor booths offering unique and eclectic handmade gifts. Held on the last full weekend of September every year, it often jump starts holiday shopping for residents and visitors alike.

The event will take place Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 this year and is the longest standing event not only in Nevada but throughout the nation. More than 300 booths will sell handmade arts and crafts, entertainment will be provided both days, and almost 40 food and activity booths for the kids make this a very family-friendly event.

Be on the lookout for red & white polka dot aprons at the Eastern Star Bake Sale booth, which will be located on the front porch of the Masonic Lodge at the southwest corner of Genoa Lane and Foothill Road. 100% of their proceeds will benefit Nevada Military Support Alliance, which helps wounded soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers in Nevada.

Admission is free, and parking is available for just $5 per vehicle in designated lots at Foothill Road south of Genoa, Genoa Lane east of Genoa, and Jacks Valley Road north of Genoa. Free shuttles run throughout the day to and from the fair. Free parking will be available at Douglas High School and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Shuttle service to and from Genoa will be available at these locations for $2 per person (round trip) running during fair hours on both Saturday and Sunday.
 
For additional information and more on the history of this event, visit http://www.genoanevada.org/candydancefaire.htm.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Valley Road Field Day

UNR event highlights local produce and advances in biotechnology.


Story & photos by Eric Cachinero

While traveling the streets near Reno's Valley Road, morning commuters and residents alike might not expect to see much more than an aging neighborhood, coupled with the occasional trumpet of the Union Pacific chugging in the distance. However, hidden amid the district are fertile fields that contain everything from an experimental vineyard and winery to some of the latest and most innovative advances in biotechnology.

The University of Nevada, Reno's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension invited hundreds of local residents, farmers, and agricultural enthusiasts Saturday, September 8 to celebrate the annual Valley Road Field Day. The event took place at the 48-acre Agricultural Experimentation Station and featured everything from samples of fresh local produce to wine-tasting events spotlighting some of the program’s 12 varieties of wine made from grapes that are astonishingly grown right off of Interstate 80.

Sitting behind an immaculate array of fresh heirloom tomatoes, savory grapes, and the sweetest honey I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, was Nikki Boyze of the River School Farm. Partnering with the College of Agriculture, the River School Farm provides local community space that includes everything from outdoor yoga classes to a large variety of locally grown organic produce. “It’s important to represent local food and local farms,” Boyze said. “It just makes sense.”

As I licked the last taste of honey from my lips, the announcement that the first tour of the day was beginning rang over the facility’s PA system. An enthusiastic crowd gathered as the biofuels and algae ponds tour got underway. 

John Cushman, project leader for a biotechnology program that aims to develop algae as a practical renewable resource, explained the process of growing algae in one of the facility’s many greenhouses. Cushman explained how he hopes to eventually grow algae on municipal wastewater and turn it into an alternate fuel source. The project is gaining speed, and Cushman believes rising gas prices could speed the algae’s consideration as a practical alternative to gasoline.

The event appealed as much to children as veteran farmers. Hay wagon rides and various agricultural puzzle games kept youngsters occupied while their parents kept busy eyes on the research posters that lined the fence.

Living with Fire, a local organization that educates the public on ways to reduce the risk of wildfire, played a major role in making the day fun for children. Their construction of a miniature house gave children a chance to throw ping-pong balls—representing embers—at the structure in order to educate them on the danger areas of a home during a wildfire. 

Tucked neatly among the greenhouses and algae ponds was the real reason the field day has increased in popularity: the vineyard, home to 12 varieties of grapes, which its students manage to ensure a productive and flavorful harvest. Also on site is the department’s winery, where the grapes are pressed, put into fermentation containers, and bottled and labeled. Grant Cramer, lead researcher, has shown that a wine/grape industry would be a viable economic development project for Nevada.

Soon enough, the heat of day set in, and as the event began to wind down and the wine began to ignite people’s appetites, a lunch of tri-tip, chili, and biscuits was served. The meal was provided by the college's Wolf Pack Meats.

As I grabbed one more slice of mouth-watering orange tomato for the road, I glanced toward the tractor transporting children around the vineyard and knew that the necessity for this event was vital. Our production of produce and advancement of biotechnology is absolutely essential to our community, and without Valley Road Field Day, most of these problems and advances might fall on deaf ears.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Silver State Showdown


Sparks’ Wild West Motorsports Park opens with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Rounds 11 & 12.

BY ADAM ROBERTSON
Photos by Matthew B. Bown

The track at the new Wild West Motorsports Park east of Reno/Sparks is reminiscent of a rock quarry with rocky hills and plateaus forming a V-shaped loop. Construction started on the venue, built locally courtesy of Norm Dianda's Q&D Construction, on June 6 and was completed August 20.

During my visit on opening day, Saturday, August 25, the desert sun beat down on the park—with little natural shade, the breeze and cloud cover provided welcome relief from the heat. Because of the dry conditions, dust is common, so water trucks occasionally drove through the vendor area to spray down the dirt.

In place of a ribbon, a red pace truck started each race. The truck led the vehicles around for one lap before exiting the track at the start of the straight-away. What came next was a high-speed, heart-pumping adrenaline rush as the vehicles took off for the drop of the starting flag. As they hit each hill, the vehicles launched as high as eight feet into the air. The announcer’s commentary was sometimes drowned out by the roar of the engines.

The smell of burning rubber filled the park when racers' tires began to smoke, sometimes having to pull off to the pit for maintenance. At one point, a driver bumped the rails and spun out—only their expert control prevented a collision.

A white flag indicates the final lap of each race, and the checkered flag drops when the first vehicle crosses the finish. The pace truck returns to lead a victory lap, and, as the drivers come around, the winning three vehicles drive off the track and right up to the podium. After each race, bulldozers and tractors clean and smooth the track, then the water truck sprays it down in preparation for the next race.

Following media interviews, the drivers were met on the podium by their trophies and three Rockstar Girls from Rockstar Energy, who posed with them during the ceremony. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series included trucks, buggies, lites, and karts.

The new track promises to be a mainstay in the Reno/Sparks region. "We have a five-year agreement to host Pro Series Races and are working on setting up a Regional Off Road Series for sportsman-level racing on a regular basis," says Micah Anderson, Motorsports Marketing Associate for Lucas Oil Products. "We had massive crowds thanks to the support of local businesses and the community's [strong interest in] off-road motorsports and recreation."

More information can be found here, and highlights of the races can be found on Lucas Oil Off Road Racing’s YouTube channel. Click here for standings and race results. Rounds 11 & 12 will be broadcast on CBS Sports September 30 and October 7, 14, and 21 at 8 p.m. EST. For the complete broadcast schedule, click here.

Look for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series ad on the back cover of the September/October 2012 edition of Nevada Magazine, now on newsstands.

Pro Buggy Main race winner Doug Fortin (middle) poses with runner-up Steven Greinke (left), third-place finisher Cameron Steele, and the Rockstar Girls on Saturday, August 25 at Wild West Motorsports Park.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Spirit of Wovoka Days Powwow

The 20th annual celebration honors Wovoka, the Ghost Dance Prophet, this weekend in Mason Valley's Yerington.

This event will be held at the Pat Peeples Softball Field within the Joe Parr Sports Complex. Dry camping is available, and security will be provided. Special events include Host Drum North Bear from Riverton, Wyoming, Kennie Keats Memorial Grass Dance Special, a Hand Drum Contest sponsored by the Ivan Hanson Family, Wovoka Princess and Lil' Miss Wovoka Princess Contests, Powwow raffle with great prizes, and more. A Head Man and Lady will be chosen each session and dance categories include Tiny Tots, Golden Age, Junior, Teens, Adults, Grass, Fancy, Traditional, and Jingle. 

For more information, call 775-463-2350 or 775-230-8383.

Yerington Inn: 775-463-5310
Copper Inn Motel: 775-463-2135
Victorian Rose Inn: 775-463-2164

No alcohol, No drugs ~ Strictly Enforced

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PERSUASION at Harrah's Reno

A suggestive adult revue filled with hypnosis, comedy, alluring ladies, and special effects.
Harrah’s Reno welcomes Master Hypnotist Tyzen and his new adult revue to Sammy’s Showroom. Persuasion kicks off with several theatrical skits and breathtaking stunts performed by beautiful showgirls, who are often elevated on stage by hoops and climbing garments.

Tyzen appears at the conclusion of the last theatrical dance and keeps the audience engaged with his mysterious magical tricks and a comedy skit that includes a perfect impersonation of Doctor Evil from "Austin Powers." Tyzen proceeds to draw in audience members and hypnotizes them into doing various scenarios that are fresh and funny, keeping the rest of the audience hysterically laughing.

With tickets offered at $25 each for general admission, this is a must-see show while in Reno. Make it a night on the town with dinner-and-show packages available for $39.99 and $59.99 (the $39.99 package comes with a general-admission show ticket and up to a $24 dining credit.)

PERSUASION: with Master Hypnotist TYZEN
A Suggestive Adult Revue

Thru Oct. 7, 2012 (dark Aug. 30-Sept. 2)

Thurs.-Sun. at 9 p.m.
 (Aug. 17 show is at 10 p.m.)

Tickets:

General $25/VIP $30
Purchase here or call 800-745-3000

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference


The American Motorcycle Association International Women & Motorcycling Conference is the premier event for women who love to ride. Taking place today through July 29 in Carson City, the 2012 conference will combine inspirational speakers, great roads, demo rides, product showcases and unmatched camaraderie for the best AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conferences ever. Registration is available now to AMA members for $175, a $60 savings over the standard non-member rate.

General Registration:
AMA Members: $175
Non-Members: $235
Not a member? Join now to take advantage of the discounted rates.

To register, learn more about the event, and help plan your trip click here. If you have any questions, please call the AMA at (800) 262-5646 or email them at IWMCinfo@womenandmotorcycling.com.

Keep up with the event via Twitter and Facebook, or head on down to Carson City to enjoy AMA International Women & Motorcycling Week!

Host hotel and other accommodation information »

Ride well!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Balloons and Brews

An image from the 2011 Great Reno Balloon Race. Photo by Matthew B. Brown
Balloon Brew to be featured among additions to The Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno.

BY ADAM ROBERTSON

It is an awe-inspiring image — as the first rays of sunlight break over the eastern horizon, dozens of hot-air balloons rise into the sky above Reno. Such will be the sight in The Biggest Little City come early September, when The Great Reno Balloon Race returns to Northern Nevada.

The GRBR, September 7-9, will have its usual festivities: Dawn Patrol, the pajama party, vendors, kids balloon rides, and the return of the Darth Vader balloon, heralded by the Imperial March during lift-off. However, after a change in management — the first in 31 years, according to Executive Director Pete Copeland — some exciting additions are coming to the 2012 event:

• First, two new balloons have been added to the Dawn Patrol, alongside the five from years past. If you’ve ever wanted to ride in one of the Dawn Patrol balloons, now’s your chance; opportunities for rides in the Dawn Patrol — and the Darth Vader balloon — will be auctioned off on eBay, leading up to the GRBR. The bidding is scheduled to start on August 6. This year will also feature more special-shaped balloons than ever before.

Balloon Brew. Photo by Adam Robertson
• An expanded Balloon Boulevard will offer even more options for food, drinks, and merchandise from the 80-90 vendors and 15-20 crafters from the McQueen Craft Festival. The Challenger Program — a space and aeronautical interaction simulator — will also be available, allowing “kids of all sizes” to experience landing a lunar capsule and space shuttle back on Earth. Access to the Challenger Program simulators will be free of charge.

• The new Cloud 9 VIP Club will be located on the field in a see-through tent, offering a unique 360-degree view of the event. VIP access is $75 for adults, $50 for kids 10 and younger, and $750 for a corporate table for 10 guests. Tickets includes breakfast and champagne provided by the Eldorado Hotel Casino, a Cloud 9 VIP badge, VIP parking passes, and a shuttle from the parking lot to the tent.

• On Tuesday, July 24, Great Basin Brewing Company unveiled its limited edition Balloon Brew: a crystal blonde ale, reminiscent of champagne, made with three different types of hops and crystal malts that give it “hints of honey…[and] floral, citrus, and spice notes." The beer is light and refreshing, without a heavy bitter flavor.

The Balloon Brew will be available at the Reno and Sparks Great Basin Brewing locations, and in six-packs at select Northern Nevada retailers and casinos. It will also be available during the event and for a limited time thereafter, as stock permits. A portion of each pint and six-pack sale will go to The GRBR organization.

For more information, visit renoballoon.com or call 775-826-1181.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Legends of the West Bike & Car Fest rolls into downtown Carson City Saturday, June 30th!

Downtown Carson City will thrill to the deep-throated vroom of motorcycle engines from 250cc to over 900cc and classic auto engines from 4 cylinder to giant V10s! 


Bike categories include Vintage, Classic, Custom, and Open while car categories include Vintage, Pre ’65, Muscle Car, Street Rod, Low Rider, Rat Rod, New Gen, Open, Truck, Mini Truck (Mid-size), Import, and VW. Both car and bike entries are $25 per vehicle, but you can get a $5 discount with five cans of food for FISH (local charity "Friends In Service Helping").

Kids ages 5 to 15 can enter a pedal car, bicycle, or wagon at no charge – just bring a can of food for FISH.

North Carson Street will be closed from Robinson to Musser Streets, so that all the bikes and cars can be viewed by the public. The annual Police Motor Officer Extreme Training Challenge will take place right here on our own downtown streets. See these highly trained men and women compete for glory in slow motion!

The Arlington Block (across Carson Street from the Carson Nugget Casino) will be part of the action, too! Crafts, food, and beverages will be available all day. 

Activities include: live entertainment, show 'n' shine, raffles, cruise parade, breakfast, awards, and more.
 
This event is being held on June 30, 2012 under the auspices of the Carson City Downtown Business Association and is managed by Arlington Group Events LLC. 

The Disabled American Veterans, Chapters 1 (Reno), 7 (Carson City), and FISH are the designated charities for this event. Visit EventsNevada.com/legends.html for more info and all the entry forms.

Bowling Under the Reno Arch

Missy Parkin practices on the outdoor bowling lanes, which were specially constructed for the U.S. Women's Open Finals held June 27 in downtown Reno.
Kelly Kulick claims her third U.S. Women's Open title under the famed Reno Arch.

BY ADAM ROBERTSON
Photos by Matthew B. Brown

For one week, the stretch of Virginia Street between Second and Fourth Streets was closed. Reno locals have gotten used to this, especially in the summer, but this time it was for an event unlike the downtown area has seen before—an outdoor bowling stadium.

On June 27, Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open Finals came to “the unofficial home of bowling” in The Biggest Little City as the five finalists—emerging from a field of more than 200 competitors, from 12 countries—competed for the top title in the sport. According to Bart Burgers, vice president of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, this is the culmination of 42 games that each competitor played to get here.

From the limited-access stadium seating area, which held 500 spectators, we had an unparalleled view of the four-lane bowling platform built for the event. “The logistics of this were incredible,” Burgers said. “A crew has been working literally around the clock since Sunday (June 24), at 6 a.m., to get this set up. …Building four lanes on a street that’s not level is an engineering marvel.”

At about 7 p.m., the opening ceremonies commenced. First, the five finalists were introduced: Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas; Shannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas; Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, California; and defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey.

A color guard then brought in the flags of Nevada and the United States, followed by the National Anthem, sung by the Silver Dollar Chorus. The "Star-Spangled Banner" was unexpectedly punctuated by the firing of a fireworks cannon, much to everyone’s surprise, right next to the grandstands. After the chorus was finished, a group of C-130 war planes flew over downtown Reno.

The one-on-one competitions were single-elimination, stepladder games, with Kulick ultimately defeating Parkin in the championship match to earn a purse of $40,000. The outdoor competition posed a number of new obstacles for the competitors: the setting sun shining on the wood and pins caused glares and shadows, the dry desert heat, and the difference in altitude. Just as the first match was starting between Nation and Barnes, the evening winds picked up from the east, which appeared to have an affect on ball movement.

The competitors were in their element, their faces masks of serious focus. The women showed no break in concentration; their focused expressions not even cracking as they gave a fist-pump after a nice strike. The exception being when it was clear they had lost, hearing their opponent’s final score and realizing there was no way to overcome it.

Although she lost in the semifinals to Parkin, O'Keefe was the high-scorer of the tournament with a 182 in her defeat of Nation in Match 2. “This is the most prestigious bowling tournament that we have,” said O’Keefe, before the competition started. “This is the best of the best. To make it this far is pretty awesome.”

The Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, July 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (results)

Match 1
Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 166-158. (Barnes finishes fifth, earns $10,000.)

Match 2
Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Nation, 182-165. (Nation finishes fourth, earns $12,500.)

Match 3
Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., def. O'Keefe, 150-148. (O'Keefe finishes third, earns $15,000.)

Match 4
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Parkin, 170-160. (Parkin finishes second, earns $20,000; Kulick finishes first, earns $40,000.)

Read more at bowlingsuswomensopen.com.
 
The five finalists (from left to right: Barnes, Nation, O'Keefe, Parkin, and Kulick) stand with members of the U.S. National Guard and Navy during the opening ceremonies.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Gifts of Healing Return to Nevada State Museum

The Gifts of Healing: 1945-1949 exhibit at Nevada State Museum, Carson City displays 21 French travel posters, given as gifts to the United States on board the Merci Train of 1949.
Relics of a forgotten piece of World War II history are on display in Carson City.

BY ADAM ROBERTSON

It’s 1945, and World War II has just ended. France is in shambles, having been devastated by the German invasion and fighting across its countryside. Then, a train bearing gifts of friendship and healing arrives from America, the 700 boxcars loaded with food, clothing, supplies, and other items that would be of use to the war-torn French people.

In response to the Friendship Train, the French sent a train of their own in early 1949—called the Merci Train—bearing thank-you gifts to the people of the United States. The train had 49 cars, one for each state in the union at the time (Washington D.C. and Hawaii shared a car), and provided a look into the lives and indomitable spirit of the post-war French and the gratitude felt towards their allies.

The Nevada State Museum, Carson City has recently opened an exhibit featuring artifacts that were on board the Merci Train’s car bound for Nevada. The exhibit, Gifts of Healing: 1945-1949, features 21 hand-painted travel posters of various areas in France such as Normandy, Paris, Dauphiné, Provence, and the Ile de France. The posters were commissioned by the Société Nationale des chemins de fer Français (the National Society of French Railways) as a way to encourage post-war travel.

Also included in the exhibit are pieces of a more personal nature: medals of soldiers from both World Wars, books, a cherished set of toy soldiers sent by a 10-year-old-boy, dolls, and family heirlooms. These cherished items were sent, with a personal letter beginning “To my American friend,” by French citizens in hopes that they would find a home with those who helped them in their hour of need.

Monsieur Trocme, the French delegate who presented the Merci Train car to Nevada, had this to say in 1949: “The car and its contents bring this message from the French people. We thank you, friends of Nevada, for the help you have given us. We cannot give you material goods commensurate with what you have given us, but we can show our gratitude in this manner.” This quote originally appeared in the story, “French Show Gratitude by Merci Train Gifts to Nevada,” in the June-September 1949 issue of Nevada Highways and Parks (now Nevada Magazine).

The posters and about 200 other assorted artifacts, including a one-of-a-kind wedding dress made in Lyon specifically for the Nevada car, are a testament to the friendship and gratitude expressed by France to America. The emotion within the exhibit is palpable and awe inspiring when considering what the French, who already had so little, were willing to give away to say, “Thank you.”

The Gifts of Healing exhibit will remain in the museum until mid-August, when it will come down briefly in preparation for the Carson City Mint Coin Show, August 24-25. It will be put back on display indefinitely starting in September. More information about the Merci Train, plus other exhibits at the Nevada State Museum, can be found at nevadaculture.org.

A short drive from the Nevada State Museum, at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, sits the actual Merci Train boxcar (see photo below) that was sent to Nevada; a perfect accompaniment to visiting the exhibit of artifacts.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Carson City Railroad Museum Hosts Celebration


Five days of train festivities conclude on Independence Day.

History comes to life at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City during a five-day celebration of Independence Day, June 30-July 4.

Visitors can ride a train pulled by steam locomotive No. 25 on Saturday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 3 and photograph significant cars — on outdoor display for this special event — including the fully restored McKeen motor car. On the Fourth of July, the rare McKeen will operate on the rails offering passengers rides all day.

In addition, the historic and visually stunning 1875 wood-burning steam locomotive Inyo (pictured) will operate at the museum for classic photos Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Train rides are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The museum’s interpretive center and museum store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for visitors to enjoy before or after their train trips. Outdoor exhibits are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Daily all-inclusive museum admission and unlimited ride tickets for adults are $12 for Saturday through Tuesday, $16 on Wednesday; tickets for ages 12 to 17 are $5 Saturday through Tuesday, $10 on Wednesday; tickets for ages 4 to 11 are $3 Saturday through Tuesday; $5 on Wednesday. Admission and rides are always free for children age 3 and younger.

For more information, call 775-687-6953, or visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum website at nevadaculture.org. See more photos on Flickr.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Carson City Airport Open House Event - Capital Wings - June 16, 2012

Community event is free to the public and includes fly-bys, 
plane/helicopter demonstrations, and more.
 
The Carson City Airport announced the schedule of its annual Capital Wings Open House. The event is being held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Open House takes place at the Carson City Airport, 2600 College Parkway. More than 4,000 visitors attended in 2011, and this year’s event, which is free to the public, is expected to be even more exciting and popular. Activities include fly-bys, plane and helicopter demonstrations, plane and hot-air balloon rides, food and beverages in a day filled with family activities.


The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Fly-bys begin at 9:30 a.m. and include sky divers and an exhilarating field of planes: P51 Mustang, Army Lakota, War Birds, T6 Texan, AH-1 Cobra Helicopter, T33 Shooting Star, F86 Sabre Jet, OV-10 Bronco, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and more.


Planes and helicopters will also be landing at the airport for public viewing. The full host of events includes hot-air balloon and plane rides, a bouncy house, face painting, paper airplane contests, various craft, food and drink vendors, as well as performances from local dance, tumbling, and martial arts studios. Visitors can also shoot a machine gun (simulated) and operate radio controlled plane models.


“Last year was such a tremendous success that we are even more excited to host this year’s Capital Wings Open House. The exhibits and activities are a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to experience the thrill of aviation in a safe, fun, family environment,” says Tim Rowe, Carson City Airport’s general manager.

The purpose of the Carson City Airport Open House is to raise community awareness of the importance of aviation for Carson City and Nevada’s economy. The economic impact of the airport to the local community is estimated at more than $30 million annually.

Carson City Airport is conveniently located three miles northeast of downtown Carson City, 30 miles from downtown Reno, 13 miles from Virginia City, and only 20 miles from South Lake Tahoe. For more information on the Carson City Airport Open House, visit FlyCarsonCity.com or call 775-841-2255.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lost City Museum Kids Archaeology Day

Lost City Museum. Photo: Matthew B. Brown
The Lost City Museum in Overton will host a free Kids Archaeology Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19. Budding archaeologists are invited to learn the process of archaeology by participating in a mock excavation and learning to analyze the artifacts they find. Students will learn about phases of an archaeological investigation from a professional archaeologist in a hands-on way, from the excavation to the analysis phase. Space is limited to 16 children ages 7 to 13, so early sign-up is suggested. For more information or to sign up, call the museum at 702-397-2193.

The Lost City Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5; children and members enter free. The museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton on State Route 169 off I-15, exit #93 or via Lake Mead or the Valley of Fire.

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. The museum is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tonopah's BEST WESTERN Hi-Desert Inn offers Jim Butler Days discount May 21-28, 2012

Located midway between Reno and Las Vegas, Tonopah is a great place to stay while enjoying central Nevada's abundant outdoor activities. Come Memorial Day weekend, though, they’ve got lots more to offer at the 42nd Annual Jim Butler Days. The celebration commemorates Jim Butler, the rancher credited with the 1900 silver claim that started one of the biggest mining booms in Nevada history, his wife Belle, and their stubborn mule. 

Tonopah’s BEST WESTERN Hi-Desert Inn is offering a 10-percent discount to anyone who mentions this blog and promo code NVBW,  so be sure to touch base with them before their comfortable, clean rooms fill up. An outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast make this the place to stay while celebrating Jim Bulter Days. Call 775-482-3511 or reserve online at http://www.bestwestern.com/hidesertinnhttp://www.bestwestern.com/hidesertinn


Activities are planned throughout the week with the major events occurring Friday through Monday:

Monday, May 21
Jim Butler Little Miss Pageant

Tuesday, May 22
Tonopah High School Band Annual Concert

Wednesday, May 23
Jim Butler Junior and Senior Queen and King Pageant

Thursday, May 24
Jin Butler Talent Show

Friday, May 25
Street Dance with vendors (vendors Fri.-Sun.)

Saturday, May 26
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
Parade, Craft Faire, Nevada State Mining Championship events
Stock Car Races at Tonopah Speedway

Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Photo: Matthew B. Brown

Sunday, May 27
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
U.S. Arm Wrestling Association 2012 Pro Am Arm Wrestling Championship all day long. This is an Arnold Classic qualifying event, the only qualifying event on the west coast!

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day Ceremonies

For more information, visit www.tonopahnevada.comwww.tonopahnevada.com or call 775-482-3558.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Las Vegas Wranglers advance to Kelly Cup Finals

Las Vegas Wranglers team captain Mike Madill (9) poses with the Taylor Trophy along with alternate captains Ryan Weston (52) and Barry Goers (6). Photo: Greg Martin
Three road dates to be announced when Eastern Conference Finals end

After eliminating the Alaska Aces from the postseason and clinching the Western Conference championship last night, the Las Vegas Wranglers announced today the four home dates for the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals. The team will play the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, between the Florida Everblades and the Kalamazoo Wings, and the three road games will be announced once that series is complete. The Everblades currently lead the series, 2-1.

The best-of-seven series begins in Las Vegas on Monday, May 14, and is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday, May 14, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 2 – Tuesday, May 15, at 7:05 p.m. – Orleans Arena
Game 3 – TBD
Game 4 – TBD
Game 5 – TBD (if necessary)
Game 6 – Friday, May 25, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena
Game 7 – Saturday, May 26, at 7:05 p.m. (if necessary) – Orleans Arena

The third-seeded Wranglers will have home-ice advantage over either team it faces by being a higher seed than Florida and having a better regular-season record than Kalamazoo. This will be head coach Ryan Mougenel’s first trip to the Finals with the Wranglers after advancing his team to the postseason in both 2010 and 2011. The Wranglers last went to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008, falling in six games to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Playoff tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Wranglers front office at 702-471-PUCK. Fans can lock in their seats by purchasing playoff strip tickets starting at $18 per game, and tickets for kids ages 12 and younger are just $8. Individual Wranglers playoff tickets are available at 702-284-7777, in person at all Coast Casino properties or the Town Square shopping center, or online at orleansarena.com.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fandango Gourmet Food Truck Fest

The Fandango Gourmet Food Truck Fest comes to Carson City on June 30.
On Saturday, June 30, the nation’s hottest culinary trend will rally in Carson City as Casino Fandango hosts an event unlike any other: the Fandango Gourmet Food Truck Fest from noon to 5 p.m. at 3800 South Carson Street in Carson City.

The most notable mobile restaurants from Reno, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles will roll into Carson City and serve up a variety of authentic, exotic cuisines all prepared fresh.

In addition to the assortment of meals on wheels, attendees can savor a refreshing soda or an adult beverage from one of the outdoor bars and enjoy live musical performances throughout the day from the Red Hot Smokin’ Aces. 

Admission is free, and the food trucks will accept cash for your food purchases. Don’t miss out on this phenomenon — the food is fresh, tasty, and priced just right!

Mobile restaurants will include: Breezy Freeze, Nom Nom, Bodawgs, Red Truck, Bool BBQ, Red Robin Yummm Mobile, Dish Truck, Sauce Wagon, Fuzion Eatz, Slap Yo Mama, Gourmelt, St Lawrence Pizza, and Kenji’s.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Titanic: 100 Years Later


Las Vegas' Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition to Memorialize Titanic’s Centennial with Candlelit Vigil

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will commemorate the Centennial of RMS Titanic’s launch and eventual sinking with a presentation on the legacy of Titanic and a candlelit vigil. 185 students from Griffith Elementary School will tour The Exhibition and remember those who suffered or were lost in the sinking by participating in the candlelit vigil.

After touring The Exhibition, students will hear from descendant Tom Goldsmith, learn about artifacts from the world’s leading artifact specialist, Alex Klingelhofer, and one student will read a self-written essay on why the story of Titanic is still significant today.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10
11 a.m. presentation and candlelit vigil

WHERE: Atrium Level of Luxor Hotel and Casino
3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Monday, March 5, 2012

NASCAR Weekend driver appearances in Las Vegas

NASCAR standout and native Las Vegan Kyle Busch will greet fans on Thursday at M&M's World in Las Vegas. Photo: Mars Inc.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series stars will be making appearances in and around Las Vegas this week in preparation for NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (read all about it in Nevada Magazine's March/April 2012 issue). All events are free of charge and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

Jennifer Jo Cobb – Lee's Discount Liquors, 4427 E. Sunset Rd., Henderson. 5-7 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8

Eric McClure – WalMart at 8060 W. Tropical Parkway. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bobby Labonte – WalMart at 8060 W. Tropical Parkway. 3-5 p.m.

Tony Stewart – Office Depot at 1435 W. Craig Rd. 1 p.m. Wristbands limited to 450 and may be obtained at the store beginning at 8 a.m. on March 8. Fans with wristbands must be in line no later than 1:30 p.m. to obtain an autograph.

Kyle Busch – M&M’s World at 3785 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 4-6 p.m. Fans should call M&M’s World at (702) 736-7611 for details on obtaining wristbands prior to the appearance. Read a Q&A with Busch in this Nevada Magazine feature.

Live SiriusXM broadcast with Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip at The Pub inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. 5-7 p.m. (Broadcast, hosted by Claire B. Lang, starts at 4 p.m.) Waltrip will sign autographs at 5:30 p.m., Bowyer at 6 p.m.

Greg Biffle – autograph session at Team Ford, 5445 Drexel Road. 6 p.m.

Q&A with Jimmie Johnson, hosted by Chris Myers. Suncoast Hotel & Casino showroom. 7-8 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the first 250 fans.

Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr. hosted by Jeff Hammond. Sam’s Town Live! inside Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. 7-8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. (arrive early to submit your questions to Dale Jr.).

Brad Keselowski – Miller Lite appearance at Dick’s Last Resort inside the Excalibur Hotel &Casino. 8 p.m.

Jamie McMurray – autograph session Bass Pro Shops, 8200 Dean Martin Dr. 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

Autograph session with Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt at the Palms Casino Resort. 6-7 p.m. Fans should call the Palms for details on obtaining tickets prior to the appearance.

Autograph session with Michael McDowell and Jason Bowles at The Pub inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. 7 p.m.

Autograph session with Bobby Labonte and team owner Brad Daugherty at The Pub inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. 8 p.m.

Autograph session with Regan Smith and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roxy’s at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. 8-9 p.m.

Autograph session with Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, Dave Blaney, Ken Schrader, Robert Richardson Jr., Scott Riggs, Eric McClure, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Johanna Long at the Riviera Hotel & Casino at 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South. 8-9 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Burning Man, Las Vegas Style

Downtown Las Vegas gets fired up this March at First Friday Las Vegas, featuring—in the spirit of Burning Man—the first public burn in the city's history, fire performances, and an art car extravaganza.

The First Friday Las Vegas arts and culture festival continues to draw crowds from around the valley and beyond for a night of art, music, and food. The next First Friday Las Vegas takes place Friday, March 2 from 5-11 p.m. March’s event is unique and symbolic for the city. First Vegas Burn! The Flames of Change will feature a burn signifying a transition from the old to new way of doing things, bringing a new energy and spirit to the growing downtown district.

First Friday Las Vegas highlights:
 
ARTS DISTRICT HUB

Location: Casino Center and Colorado Ave.
Art Style: Emerging and established artists, arts, crafts

8 p.m.
First Friday Las Vegas is pairing up with the “Lucky Lady Lucy” team and the city of Las Vegas to hold the first public burn in the city’s history. First Vegas Burn will feature “Lucky Lady Lucy,” a 20-foot tall wooden showgirl sculpture, to be burned ceremoniously at 3rd and Colorado Ave.

6-8:30 p.m.
Fire art performances by Flameology, Nytronix and The Brotherhood of the Flame will bring the energy of the public burn to crowds throughout the festival.

Cast members from the Los Angeles-based production “The Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse” will perform in a theatrical performance combining rock, opera and vaudeville.

5-11 p.m.
The Art Car Extravaganza will showcase some of the most creative art cars from around the world.

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Two stages with live music and DJ performances. Golden Nugget Main Stage located on Casino Center just south of Colorado Ave. The Lyon’s Den Stage located on 3rd Street just south of Colorado. Both programmed to showcase live performances from multiple live bands and DJs.

FREMONT STREET EAST
Location: Get Back Alley located just south of Fremont Street between 6th and Las Vegas Blvd. 
Art Style: Urban and street art
Activities: Deriving its name from the long-running and hugely successful DJ funk and soul dance party held every First Friday, Get Back Alley is the newest part of the First Friday expansion to Fremont Street East. First Friday will transform the alley behind Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin, Beauty Bar and Le Thai into an arts hallway.

This area will include live murals, street art, live music and performance arts demonstrations.

Entertainment:
Live bands and DJ performances programmed in Get Back Alley from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

OFFICIAL FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTIES
Location: The Plaza Hotel - Under the Dome - Art Car Extravaganza
Entertainment: 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
After the March 2 First Friday event, the Plaza Hotel will host an Art Car party with the Dancetronauts and more of the world’s most unique and artfully designed vehicles.

Location: The Plaza Theatre
Entertainment: 1-6 a.m.
Following the Art Car event the after-party will move into the Plaza Theatre, where guests can dance into the wee hours of the morning. Entertainment will be provided by Project Alma, a Burner camp from Los Angeles featuring four top DJs and live theatrics.

THE PARTY CONTINUES...SATURDAY, MARCH 3
Location: The El Cortez - Jackie Gaughan Parkway - ‘After Burn’ Event
Entertainment: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
For those that missed the festivities during First Friday and those who just want more, on Saturday, March 3 in El Cortez’ Jackie Gaughan Parkway, the Dancetronauts and art cars will be at it again throughout the evening.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Those who wish to make a contribution towards the building of “Lucky Lady Lucy” and receive great perks can do so at indiegogo.com.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Basque Carvings Come to Life in Reno

This rubbing is simply titled, "Cowboy."
I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception last night for the new Basque Aspen Art Rubbings exhibit at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno. In the early to mid-1900s, male Basque sheepherders carved various figures and messages on aspen trees in groves all over Northern Nevada. Most notably the arborglyphs depicted the lives they left behind in France and Spain (the Pyrenees) before they immigrated to the U.S., animals such as deer and sheep, and the opposite sex.

This particular exhibit focuses on carvings that were found in Sierra Nevada groves and meadows by the husband-and-wife team of Phillip and Jean Earl. They began exploring these areas in 1969 and ultimately assembled a collection of more than 130 wax-on-muslin rubbings that preserved the carvings that would otherwise be lost over time due to environmental changes. The Earls have published their findings in a new book, Basque Aspen Art of the Sierra Nevada, published by Baobab Press.

The exhibit is located in the Historical Society's main hall that greets visitors as they walk inside the building located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Rubbings of cowboys, women, animals, moons, dates, and an actual carving preserved on an aspen stump are just a few of the items you'll see at the new exhibit, on display until April 14. The image below, taken at the Historical Society, explains the exhibit in more detail. The building also contains a gift shop, library, and museum and is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library hours are noon to 4 p.m. on those same days.

For an intriguing perspective of Basque history in Nevada, read Robert Laxalt's "The Sheepmen," originally published in 1977. Charlie Johnston's story about Basque dining is also an informative, complementary read. Finally, if books such as the Earls' interest you, visit nevadamagazine.com to learn about many more that focus on the state's culture and history.—Matthew B. Brown, Nevada Magazine Editor


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival

Southern Nevadans will get the chance to enjoy the majestic world of hot-air balloons January 28-29, during the inaugural Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Spearheaded by balloon meister Gayle McCoy of Elko, the event is expected to draw about 20 pilots. A 22-year resident of the city in northeastern Nevada, McCoy literally eats, sleeps, and breaths the world of hot air balloons.

The energetic McCoy is enthusiastic about hot-air balloon festivals. Self-proclaimed as a “utility guy” at Barrick Bald Mountains gold mine in Elko, he is certain that this will become one of the city’s favorite events.

“It’s a passion for me,” says McCoy, adding that a long-running hot-air balloon festival in North Las Vegas ceased about six to seven years ago. “I think people are going to remember this one in Mesquite for years to come.”

Contestants include eight from Nevada, nine from Utah, two from California, and one from Arizona.

All festival events will be held at the CasaBlanca Resort or the CasaBlanca Golf Course. An in-depth schedule of events includes an assortment of gatherings. Balloons will launch each day beginning at about 6:30 a.m. from the golf course.

In the afternoon, tethered rides will be available beginning at 3 p.m. at the CasaBlanca Resort parking lot, weather permitting. Equally as entertaining will be a balloon glow on the grounds of the CasaBlanca Resort on the evening of the 28th. An awards presentation at 10 a.m. on the 29th will wrap up festivities at the CasaBlanca Golf Club.

For further information, or to volunteer, visit rubymountainballoonfestival.com or casablancaresort.com or call 888-711-4653 ext. 51 or 775-397-2494.