Railway Reflections International Art Expo

Press release from the Northern Nevada Railway Foundation. The first film has already been shown, but the second one is scheduled for tonight at Piper’s Opera House.

The first Railway Reflections International Art Expo starts July 17, 2008, and runs through August 17. It will be a fun time for everyone and will benefit the reconstruction of the V & T Railroad from Virginia City to Carson City. It will start with the Artists and V.I.P. Reception on July 16 at the Nevada State Library and Archives.

The art exhibit features all of the entries and will be on display in the Nevada State Library and Archives from July 17 through August 17. All of the artwork, or copies of it, will be for sale.

The Film Festival will be held every Thursday night during the Art Expo at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City and will feature railroading films from the past.

“Union Pacific” was originally released in May of 1939 and starred Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck and will be the first film on July 17. We will have Steven Drew from the California State Railroad Museum, which is where a lot of the V&T equipment went to do that film, at the theater to introduce the film and give us some background.

We also have “Breakheart Pass” with Charles Bronson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, and Charles Durning. Larry Jensen is the author of the book “Movie Railways” and will be at the theater to introduce this film from 1976.

Next on the list is “Emperor of the North” starring Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. We may have a surprise guest to introduce this film which was originally released in May of 1973.

“Posse” is also on the list and stars Kirk Douglas, Bo Hopkins, and Bruce Dern. Bo will be in Reno for the Hot August Nights festival and may be at the theater to introduce the film. “Posse” was originally released in June of 1975.

The last movie on the list is “Carson City” starring Randolph Scott, Lucille Norman, and Raymond Massey. It is a story about building the V&T Railroad from Carson City to Virginia City. Yes, they do it backwards but it is still a good movie. It was originally released in June of 1952.

We also have a Railroad Memorabilia Show and Sale scheduled for July 26th and 27th in the Nevada State Library Gallery. Railroad antiques and collectibles will be on display and for sale featuring locks, lanterns, badges, china, silverware, timetables, linens, signs, and much more. Admission is free.

“The Perils of Pusher” is a comedy-melodrama that will be performed by the Misfits Theater Group at the Historic Odeon Hall & Saloon in nearby Dayton, also on July 26th and 27th.

The Governor’s Gala is a black-tie celebration and fundraiser, including cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, to be held at the Governor’s Mansion on August 6.

August 8 is the date for our Golf Tournament and Luau at the Eagle Valley Golf Course. There will be competitive play for golfers (and duffers) during the day and a Luau celebration (everyone welcome) afterwards.

Ales for Rails will be held August 10 in Fuji Park on the south end of Carson City. We will feature beer tasting, barbeque, and bands. It will be a day to relax and have fun. Sponsored by Bodine’s Casino.

Eastern Fare Meets Western Trains will be our last event on August 17 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. This is the site of the closing dinner that will showcase the area’s 16 Asian restaurants. Lecture and train rides are included.

All of this adds up to a busy and fun schedule for our first Railway Reflections International Art Expo and we are looking forward to seeing as many of you as we can. Stop by and see us if you get a chance and don’t miss this exciting event.

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