On Saturday, October 28, the Western Folklife Center and host Matt Downs of Elko band Muddy Boots and the Porch Pounders, will present a workshop on how to build and play a cigar-box guitar. That evening, Matt and his band will perform a concert at the Western Folklife Center. Workshop participants get a 50% discount on the price of the concert. Continue reading
The Wild Women Artists can’t wait to see you at our upcoming BY THE BOOK show in Reno on October 20, 21, 22. We are excited to share all our new work and our special project “Alphabet Soup,” a collection of illustrated letters. We will be at the Summit Mall in the same location as last year, between Orvis and Apple on the south end.
Book artist Jaime Lynn Shafer, is our guest artist for this show. Also joining us, Mary Lee Fulkerson and Susan Mantle will be on hand with their book “Women Artists of the Great Basin,” the new release from University of Nevada Press. Angie Terrell will be visiting with her unique printing press bicycle. Continue reading
Great Basin Brewing Co., Nevada’s oldest brewery, is hosting a series of events tapping into the sciences throughout the month of October. Great Basin Brewing Co. is known for engineering great beer that comes from a place of knowledge and discovery.
Those with a thirst for knowledge can attend and “geek out” at any of these events to learn more about topics such as the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Winter weather in the Sierra Nevada and the antler orogeny, an enigmatic tectonic event and its theories regarding its nature and origin. Continue reading
Although now a world famous city, Las Vegas began in 1855 with a humble adobe fort along a creek. First settled by Mormon pioneers from Utah, the site later became the center of one of the most important ranches in southern Nevada. Now a state park, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort preserves and interprets the birthplace of Las Vegas. Join park rangers for one of our many unique Saturday programs and learn about Las Vegas’ pioneer heritage. Continue reading
34th Event Features “Basques & Buckaroos:
Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond”
The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is January 29-February 3, 2018, in Elko. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 5 and can be purchased at nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org or by calling 888-880-5885. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation’s original cowboy poetry and music festival. The 2018 Gathering will honor contemporary culture and heritage of Basques and buckaroos in the Great Basin.
Many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Continue reading
28th annual World Championship Outhouse Races
Return to Virginia City October 7&8
Legend has it that when outdoor plumbing was outlawed, residents took to the streets to protest. Instead of wielding signs, the angry residents brought their outhouses. Now in its 28th year, the annual World Championship Outhouse Races taking place Oct. 7 – 8 is all about having fun, with lots of potty humor and souped-up outhouses. Teams of three are pitted against each other in an all-out potty race to pass the toilet paper finish line and claim the latrine title. With clever names such as “Classic Crapper” or “Stool Shed” this event never disappoints with wacky entertainment for the whole family. Continue reading
Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of ranger-led programs during the month of October. Programs highlight the area’s rich history and abundant natural resources.
Bring your walking shoes and join our park interpreter for a short hike (less than 1 mile) around historic Fort Churchill. See the fort ruins, learn about the early history of the area and hear stories about daily life at a frontier fort. Please bring water, sun protection and comfortable closed-toe shoes.
WHEN: Sunday, October 8 & Sunday, October 29, 10 am – noon.
WHERE: Meet at the Fort Churchill Museum. Continue reading
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Hosts Thomas & Friends
Tickets on Sale Now for October 20–22 and 27–29
Back for another year, “Thomas & Friends” return to the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in historic Virginia City, Nevada, for a Day Out With Thomas™. Tickets are on sale now for the Thomas train ride and the “Friendship Tour 2017,” scheduled for this Oct. 20 – 22 and 27 – 29.
Tickets for a Day Out With Thomas™ include a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt™. The Imagination Station Caboose, the Coloring Caboose, dining at the P. B. & J. Pullman car and many other Thomas-themed activities will be available throughout the day. Continue reading
New website targets Nevada’s motorized trail enthusiasts
A new OffRoadNevada.org website offers information about registering off-highway vehicles, which is required in Nevada, and the benefits of registration. The website also provides motorized trail maps and information about the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles’ grant program, which funds off-highway vehicle related projects.
The Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles promotes safe and responsible use of Nevada’s outstanding opportunities for off-road recreation. Continue reading
When’s the last time you attended a wedding aboard a train? Or has your business ever broken the mold to conduct a rolling meeting? Brides, grooms and meeting planners searching for a memorable venue for upcoming events need look no further than the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The historic train has expanded its unique rental offerings for weddings, corporate events, family reunions and other special occasions. Continue reading