Saturday, June 14, 2008
Brown smoke on the horizon today. That means there’s wildfire somewhere. Anybody have any idea where this one is, and where the smoke is coming from?
Update: As pointed out in the comments below, this smoke is from the Humboldt Fire in Paradise, California. It’s about 150 miles away, but the wind is blowing just right to bring the smoke from this 23,000 acre fire our way. Stay indoors if you’re sensitive to smoke!
Also happening this weekend is the Carson City Rendezvous (or Kit Carson Rendezvous, as it used to be called). The main festivities are happening down at Mills Park, with arts, crafts, and a mountain man encampment. This is the 25th year for the Rendezvous. Here’s a list of what will be at Mills Park this weekend:
Mountain Man Encampment – life in the early 1800’s, including contests of skill, music of the era, and trade goods
Civil War Encampment – re-enactment of the earliest period of Nevada statehood, both Union and Southern camps
Pony Express – re-rides of the most famous cross-country mail route from the 1860’s
Gunfighter Town & Stage – live action shows by teams of gunfighters representing the end of the 19th century
Main Stage – a full weekend of country and western music, dance, and comedy. Great Saturday line-up and FREE concerts. Main Stage Schedule in WORD or Adobe PDF. Note: Schedule is subject to change.
Don’t take chances! Attend Cowboy Church on Sunday at 10 AM at the Main Stage. Preacher Paul Hirdler presiding.
Mountain Man Stage – traditional banjo, fiddle, and accordion music, so tap your feet and dance along Click HERE for details.
Native American Village – traditional dances and drumming, beadwork demonstration and instruction, arts and crafts Click HERE for details.
Pueblo de Nevada – traditional Hispanic dance and music
Camel Rides – travel the way John Huston did when filming “The Misfits” in nearby Virginia City
Stagecoach Rides – an Abbott-Downing replica pulled by a 4-up team of horses
Children’s Area – Back-In-Time Kids perform for you, old time games and fun
Dutch Oven Cook-off – mouth watering food, cooked pioneer style
Kid’s Stick Horse Rodeo Games – FREE to kids age 2 to 13 Click HERE for details.
Horseshoe Tournament – Rendezvous’ First of this event. Click HERE for details.
Arts & Crafts – astonishing variety
Food Court – feast on a variety of foods, including Indian Tacos, barbeque, kettle korn, and more…
Nevada Appeal has a story in the Rendezvous too.
Friday, June 13, 2008
The Carson Valley Days parade is tomorrow. The Record Courier calls it their favorite time of year. The parade starts around 9am at Minden Park, and runs to Lampe Park, taking three hours or so to run all the way. The parade travels down Hwy 395, so really anywhere along the parade route is good for viewing. I’ve always been partial to locations near where the road curves, so it’s easier to see the floats coming and going.
I won’t be making it to the parade this year, but hopefully I’ll get some photos from you loyal readers!
I never went out to the Champion Speedway to watch any races, but for anyone who did, the latest news coming out of there has to be pretty sad. The Speedway was open for 42 years at the south end of town, past Stewart Street along Bigelow Drive. The racetrack was home to many car races over the years, but dwindling attendance and noise complaints from new neighbors led to the owners being more and more frustrated with operating it. When developers approached them, wanting to buy the land for a housing development, they eagerly accepted.
That was three years ago. The housing development has been delayed many times since then, and the racetrack has become a hotbed of graffiti and vandalism. The Grandstands and announcer booths have been demolished, splinter by splinter, by local vandals. And the trash and debris has been scattered all over the track. Now Carson City wants the developer to at least clean up the land so that it’s not a public hazard, and the developer is still dragging their feet.
Until then, the old racetrack is a post-apocalyptic mess of graffiti, bashed-up buildings, and trash. NewsCarsonCity had the story last week, and the Carson Times followed it up today. Head over there for pictures and video.