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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
With Halloween celebrated on the tail end of Nevada Day, ghosts and spirits are set to arrive 11 days early with the “Legends of the Past” Ghost Walk through Carson City. The rich Victorian history of the capital city will be mixed in with ghostly folklore during three 90 minutes walks.
You never know what type of ghost you'll encounter on Carson City Ghost Walk!
The walk includes paranormal stories, tours through historic homes and meet and greets with spirits of Carson City’s Wild West past including Mark Twain, Kit Carson, the Curry family, Eilley Orrum Bowers and Mrs. Rinckle.
Some of the stops along the tour include:
— The Bliss Mansion Built by Duane Bliss is a three story, 8,500 sq. ft. mansion that was completed in 1879, built by millionaire Duane L. Bliss to become his dream home. This 15 room Victorian was built in the Italianate style and was the biggest, most elaborate home in Nevada at the time.
— Ferris Mansion – Home of George Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World Columbian Exposition in 1893.
— Rinckel Mansion – Built by the fortune of Mathias Rinckel, a forward-looking meat magnate who struck it rich supplying Gold Rushers and Lake Tahoe lumbermen.
Ghost walkers should get tickets early. The 10 a.m. tour has sold out and others are filling up fast. The last tour leaves at 2:30. Meet behind the Firkin & Fox Restaurant on 3rd and Curry. Tickets are available by going online and are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour. For more information call 775 348 6279.
If you can’t make it to the ghost walk, try Carson City pumpkin picking — the Seeliger Pumpkin Patch provides ample family fun starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Don’t forget to be careful during this spooky holiday. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking motorists to be especially cautious on the road as young children will be out trick or treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Sgt. Darrin Sloan reminds motorists to drive slowly; look for children walking on the street, running and darting in between parked vehicles. And as always, don’t drink and drive.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
Just in time for Halloween, pumpkins have arrived! A variety of shapes and sizes can be found at Save Mart, Grocery Outlet, Smith’s, Raley’s or Trader Joe’s. Or if you’d rather pick your pumpkin you can visit Seeliger Pumpkin Patch, a 20 year Carson City Tradition.
The family event Saturday, Oct. 20 begins at 9 a.m. at 2800 Saliman Road in Carson City. Organizers not only amass a hefty amount of the orange gourds, but there are crafts, games, plenty of food and music and carving demonstrations.
Will you carve a scary or funny face in your pumpkin this year?
Speaking of carving, here are some tips to plow through a pumpkin, without breaking out the power tools:
1. Choose the right pumpkin. If you like your jack o’ lantern to have a fat face, get one that’s wide and rotund; if you’re aim is for a zombified human face, pick one that’s longer and more oval-shaped.
2. Prepare your cut. Draw a circle or hexagon on the top, bottom or from behind of the pumpkin in preparation for making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.
3. Operation Jack-o-gutting. Whether you go through the top stem-end, bottom or side, cut through along your outline with a sharp knife. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick, tough skin.
4. Scoop the goop. Remove what you cut, which will act as a cap, and be sure to scrape off any seeds or pulp. Then use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside.
5. Draw the face: Use dry erase markers and draw a pattern for the face. Go big on the eyes, nose and mouth. Remember that the smaller the features, the tougher time it is to cut through the skin. But if you’re not a Picasso and just want to hammer through, exaggerate the face with large features.
6. Finding the right pumpkin tools: You can find them in your own kitchen knife drawer without having to buy the specialty tools. Here are a few we found that will work.
7. Operation time. Follow your pattern as you cut all the way through the pumpkin. Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.
8. Dress it up. The more outrageous the better. Use licorice for hair, wood chips for teeth, taffy for the ears and tongue. Stick a votive candle inside to create an eerie glow. Once it’s done, set it out on a ledge, landing or hiding place.
Be forewarned: If your pumpkin is all the rage in the neighborhood on Fright Night, there’s a good chance that you’ll be picking up pieces of Jack O’ from the street and sidewalk come Nov. 1.
What’s your favorite way to carve a pumpkin?
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
What happens when you put a historic railroad engine and an array of passenger cars decked out with holiday season flair on a set of tracks that departs from Nevada and arrives at the North Pole? The answer, of course, is the Polar Express™, which returns for its second season to Carson City and the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.
Officially licensed as one of a handful of holiday trains that run nationwide, the Polar Express™ train rides are based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and the beloved children’s book, by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The Polar Express tickets are available to all who truly believe.
Tickets are on sale now and will likely sell out by the time the holidays roll around. The 100-year-old train and decorated passenger cars leave the Carson City Eastgate Depot (located seven miles east of Downtown Carson City) and travel nearly two miles before staging at Santa’s mythical North Pole retreat. The Polar Express™ departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from November 23 to December 23.
Times are subject to change. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before departure where they can sit inside heated tents, get a picture with Santa Claus and browse through the Polar Express holiday merchandise.
The diesel engine train features room for 210 passengers in the decorated coach section, heated by wood burning stoves. Tickets include keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment and a reading of Polar Express. VIP Passage aboard the 30-seat historic Parlor Car also receive additional entertainment, preferred parking at the depot, more time with Mr. Claus, a special holiday treat and souvenir ceramic cocoa mug. Passengers who upgrade to the Parlor Car will have more room because the seats face windows instead of straight ahead. This also allows for elaborate decorations and more time for song, dance and games during the trip to the North Pole and on the return.
Tickets are free for infants and toddlers; $25 for children 2-12, $34 for ages 4-13 and $34 for 13 and older. A VIP Parlor Car is available with limited seats. The cost is $59 for ages 2-12 and $68 for ages 13 and older. Tickets are available through the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Seating is limited. Last year’s event, with 7,500 tickets available, sold out two weeks before the holiday train tour began. To book tickets in advance call (775) 687-7410 or online. To book Coach go online or to book VIP Parlor Car rides click here. Information is also available through www.polarexpressride.com.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
With a rare 1873 dime minted in Carson City fetching $1.6 million at a Philadelphia auction recently, coin prices are now showing signs of letting up.
Organizers of this year’s Carson City Mint Coin Show say the auction and the amount the coin brought in will surely trigger renewed interest in collecting. The Carson City Mint Coin Show, Aug. 24-25 at the Nevada State Museum, is a favorite for collectors worldwide featuring several dealers, free appraisals, raffle prizes, jazz, gold panning and a kid’s treasure chest.
Ask any coin collector and they’ll tell you their stories of how they got into, what is also known as numismatics. You can be sure there’s money in collecting, but you’ll also meet people who are “into money” because of the history and symbols used in the making of currency. Civil War era-currency minted and exchanged in the United States are favorites as are paper money and coins from Africa and the Middle East. Some save currency that depicts ancient culture, animals or architecture. Others gather coins to study up on the history of the coin during the time it was minted.
Collector Paul Knudsen of Daytona Beach, Fla., studies a rare minted coin at the 2011 coin show in Carson City.
Many find the process of minting as fascinating as the coins themselves. “Coin Press No. 1 has a long a colorful history which continues to this day,” explained Curator of History, Bob Nylen. “On Feb. 11, 1870, Coin Press No. 1 struck the first coin, a Seated Liberty Dollar, bearing the soon to be famous CC mintmark. The original press still works, but, instead to minting coins, it produces commemorative medallions—still bearing the CC mintmark.” Visitors to the Nevada State Museum can see Coin Press No. 1 in action the last Friday of every month and, of course, at the coin show.
The 2012 show offers a framed grand prize — a one-of-a-kind treasure that includes all of the following: 2011 Nevada Day Poster and Button, plus three Nevada Day medallions minted on Coin Press No. 1, with the official CC Mint Mark on the reserve: 24 K gold-plated on .999 fine silver (one of only two made), .999 fine silver (only 100 made), and brass reverse showing CC Mint Mark. Raffle tickets are available now and are $1 each or 6 for $5. More prizes will be added near the show date. Carson City Mint coins and other prizes donated by the dealers will be raffled throughout the show. Grand prize drawing will be at 3 p.m., Aug. 25.
The Carson City Mint Coin Show is at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free for museum members and children 17 and under; non-member adult admission is $8 per day. Entrance fee includes the coin show and all exhibits. For information about the show or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Deborah Stevenson at email@example.com or 775/687-4810, ext. 237.
Monday, August 20th, 2012
If you’ve arrived in Nevada’s capital city and are looking to stay for a few days, the best way to get the lay of the land is to poke around and ask a local about their favorite hot spots and places to recreate. Here are some of our favorite places where we let it all hang out:
When we’re not working, Carsonites enjoy working out and all recreation activities. The Carson City Aquatic Facility is where you’ll find many before or after work. This underwater family playground has an Olympic-sized indoor pool, a parent and tot pool, therapy pool, weight room and from May to September, a 25-yard outdoor pool. 841 North Roop Street.
The Carson City Aquatic Center is where locals swim laps year-round.
Every morning at around 6:30 a.m. and every night around 6 p.m., you’ll see locals hit the pavement or the grass at any number of Carson City parks. Hundreds of acres give way to open space making the parks havens for families, walkers, joggers, barbecuers, horseshoers and skateboarders at Fuji, Carson River and Mills parks.
Many trails are just minutes from downtown Carson City. Beginner hiking trails include a mile-long loop that winds along a portion of the Carson River at Riverview Park, a 109-acre natural area with miles of traversing trails. Brochures at the trailhead are available for self-guided tours, and benches near the river provide multiple areas to relax.
Another favorite hiking route is at Longview Ranch where 1.9 miles of paved paths connect with a portion of the old V&T Railroad. Dirt trails leave from the paved sections where hikers and bikers can experience more advanced climbs.
Mountain biking can be found in Carson City to the east and west. Local bike shops offer rentals and trail maps, and backcountry tours can also be arranged. BikeCarson.com and MusclePowered.org are two sites that can help set you up for tours.
Carson City is a bike-friendly community with dozens of lanes and off-road adventures. Photo by AroundCarson.com
Carson Hot Springs is the perfect spot to wind down with a relaxing swim after a workout. The naturally heated mineral water pools are said to have therapeutic powers and, well, couldn’t we all use some extra therapy now and then? 1500 Old Hot Springs Road in Carson City. (888) 917-3711.
How’s your golf game? Check out any number of courses that make up the Divine 9. With more than 70,000 yards of spectacular golf terrain, the courses between Carson City and Carson Valley have earned a reputation as being affordable, challenging and rewarding among enthusiasts worldwide.
A myth about locals in a gambling state is that they don’t like to game. Carson City locals do and you’ll find them at a number of casinos such as the Carson Nugget, Casino Fandango, Gold Dust West, Carson Station or at Bodines Casino.
There’s no shortage of dining options in the capital city. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Adele’s Restaurant and Lounge is a favorite as is Firkin & Fox, Sassafras, Red’s Old 395 Grill, and Glen Eagles Restaurant.
The light of the night in Carson City can be found at a number of bars and taverns. You’ll spot locals at High Sierra Brewing Company, The Fiesty Goat Pub, the Tap Shack, Jimmy G’s Cigar Bar and Bully’s Sports Bar.
Families and friends love bowling and Carson City has two of alleys. Carson Lanes Retail Center is built around a complex filled with restaurants, billiards, darts, games and plenty of lanes. This smoke-free center is a locals hangout for all ages. 4600 Snyder Avenue. The 32-lanes at Gold Dust West contains a Bowling Center that is ideal for families and friends looking to catch the spare or try their luck at bowling that perfect game. 2171 East William.
Bowl a few frames at either Carson Lanes or Gold Dust West.
What’s your favorite Carson City local spot?
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
It may be summer still, but the countdown to Halloween has begun. And there’s no better way to prepare for the insanely scary October night than a walk or two through Carson City’s most haunted of haunts.
The Brewery Arts Center has teamed up with the organizers of the popular Carson City Ghost Walk for fall tours of some of the capital city’s most familiar homes that are said to have mysteries that bounce in and out of the walls. Ghost hunters of all ages can learn about lingering spirits of the past still living in the present during tours on September 15 and all day long on October 20.
Join Madame Curry for the 90-minute September walk through Carson City’s downtown district’s historic homes, a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience the capital city’s unique past that blended Victorian sensibilities with Wild West cards games, whiskey-fueled fights and gunslinging showdowns. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tours depart from 3rd & Carson Street next to the St. Charles Hotel (Firkin & Fox Pub).
For the October finale, tour organizer Mary Bennett will ask for the meek and easily-frightened to “Brave-Up” for a series of two-hour walks that happen 11 days before Halloween night. There’s a whole lot of mystery set to go off on these walks with twisted stories designed to transport guests into a Twilight Zone state of suspended animation and heightened sensory perceptions.
For more information and tickets call (775) 687-7410 or (775) 342-0776; on the web at www.carsoncityghostwalk.com or visit the Facebook page.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Whether it is the rumble of the V-8 engine, the fuzzy dice or the polished chrome, classic cars always seems to shine a little brighter in Carson City.
Maybe it is because car shows have become a part of the capital city’s old school culture, with cruises and show n’ shine events on week nights and weekends throughout summer.
While Hot August Nights makes its way through Reno and Lake Tahoe, the crescendo event for Carson City is the annual Silver Dollar Car Classic.
Now in its 18th season, this weekend’s events have all the makings for a car lovers’ paradise. More than 400 souped-up and tricked-out hot rods, convertibles and trucks will line Mills Park beginning Saturday morning.
Here’s the event schedule:
Thursday, August 2
- 6 p.m. Cruise Night, Show ‘n Shine, Music & Spirits hosted by The Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 805 S. Carson St.
Friday, August 3
- 4 to 7 p.m. Welcome Reception and Registration — Car Participants only – Carson Nugget Ballroom
- 5 to 11 p.m. Carson Nugget Street Dance & Show ‘n Shine with Route 66 – Public Welcome – West Parking Lot
Saturday, August 4
- 8 to 10:30 a.m. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
- 8 to 11 a.m. Registration at Mills Park
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show ‘n Shine, Music, Food, Vendors
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Judging
- 5:30 p.m. V&T RR Canyon Train Ride (Seating on train limited)
- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Silver Dollar Sock Hop (Carson Nugget Ballroom)
Sunday, August 5
- 8 to 10:30 a.m. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
- 8 a.m. to noon SDCC Poker Run
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show n’ Shine, Music, Food, Vendors
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Great Fixins’ barbecue
- 1 to 3 p.m. awards ceremony
Friday, July 13th, 2012
My name is Florent Kozel. I’m 20 years old and from North-East of France, Nancy town. I’m a second year student in the French business school ICN and am working on a Bachelor in International trade. I’m an ambitious man in daily life; my goal is to create my own French wine & champagne.
You might be wondering, why I am writing this? I’m enjoying a rewarding experience by living in a very interesting place: Nevada. I am interning at the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau for two months. I work as a marketing coordinator very nice people.
But, the question is, how did I arrive here? It’s important to me to explain this wonderful experience from beginning to the end.
As part of my curriculum I was required to have an internship of two months in a foreign country any where around the world. I chose United States as my destination to improve my English and because it’s a good experience to put on my resume for your future jobs. To
try to find my internship, I had several Skype sessions with various people all over the country regarding opportunities. I spoke with Candace Duncan, my future supervisor, about our expectations and she offered me an internship in marketing.
I took this opportunity, prepared my luggage, filled out all administrations papers and finally boarded a flight to Vegas.
Las Vegas is a crazy town. It is the only city around the world where you can see the Eiffel tower, Statue of Liberty and a Venetian gondola in the same night. Casinos are everywhere. The nightlife is amazing. There are thousands and thousands of people who walk on the streets. I spent one night in Vegas before my departure for Carson City. I was surprised by the distance between cities. There is a big landscape, where you can see wild Nevada nature with mountains, deserts and the former Indian civilizations. It is wonderful to see.
Carson City/Tahoe from above.
After I arrived in Carson City the town was waiting to be discovered. It wasn’t a problem for me to find the stories of “Nevada’s far west period” as I work at a Visitor’s Bureau who is responsible for marketing tourism in Carson City. We assist people who need information about tourism activities, attractions and events. The team and I bring our knowledge to visitors to satisfy their requests. It’s very interesting work because you help people find what they want to do and you have direct contact with visitors.
I’ve also been able to help with some market research on projects that the bureau is working on. The goal of this marketing research is to find how other bureaus have done their marketing and apply those results to our current marketing plan. I am able to give my objective to my colleagues on what I think might work and future projects. I feel helpful to this bureau and which helps working ambiance.
What am I learning about Carson City?
By working in tourism I have discovered there is a lot of history in this area. For example, I rode the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, which is a fun activity for visitors to discover the mining period in the far west. Virginia City is a typical mining town and you can learn how people lived in the past. It was a great experience. There are a lot of original buildings which was cool to see.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is a must.
I helped a coworker organize a Classic Car Cruise Night at one of the casinos in Carson City. Indeed, it is a big American classic car meeting every Thursday night where passionate people and car owners meet to talk about Rock and Roll music and reminisce about their younger years, of course surrounded by old cars.
I consider myself very lucky because I had the chance to travel a little in your country. I went to the Oregon Coast in Rockaway and to San Diego. These two areas are very different in both the landscape and the way people live.
Your country warmly welcomed me and I feel like I am home in my country, France. There are a lot of differences between France and America, but it’s not a problem, if you are open-minded and curious like me.
When will you visit France?
Intern in Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau
2nd year student in ICN Business School (Bachelor program)
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
When we think of motorcycles, images of unshaven buffed out men with black leather jackets and pants straddling the open road on well-polished chromed-out machines usually comes to mind.
Times have changed and the stereotype of motorcycle riding as being a “For Men Only” adventure has long since gone by the wayside. Move over dudes. Ladies by the millions have taken to bikes too and even have a weekend of their own planned in Carson City.
The sixth American Motorcycle Association’s International Women & Motorcycling Conference will cruise to the Gold Dust West Casino, July 26-29. This all-women event will feature inspirational speakers, demonstrations, product showcases and plenty of opportunities to ride.
There will be no shortage of women on bikes during the AMA Conference.
The conference will focus on educating, encouraging, inspiring and mentoring women in the lifestyle and sport of motorcycling. Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle.
Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to attend, putting Carson City on the map as being a motorcycle-friendly destination with ample trails and plenty of on-road runs and off-road treks. So when you our new friends cruising Carson City later this month, give them a Wild West welcome!
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Looking to stretch your creativity this summer? Then check out the arts and cultural events on tap at the Brewery Arts Center.
Classes, theater and film featured this summer at the Brewery Arts Center
- BACs Friday Film Series continues June 29 with the documentary “Nourish: Food + Community.” The PBS film food traces the chain from a global perspective. Show time begins at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow.
- Anyone see a ghost? The BAC has teamed up with the organizers of the popular Carson City Ghost Walk this summer for tours of some of the capital city’s most familiar haunts. Ghost hunters of all ages can learn about lingering spirits of the past. Tour departs at 6:30 p.m. from the Firkin & Fox Pub on 3rd and Curry streets on July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
- See some of the region’s finest actors come together as part of the The Proscenium Players theater group when it presents Robert Harling’s play “Steel Magnolias” at the BAC, Aug. 17-26. All performances will be held at the Maizie Harris Jesse Theatre at 449 W. King Street. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for PPI Members, BAC Members, and students and seniors.
- And don’t forget to check out the whole array of painting, theater, performing arts, dance and filmmaking classes for children and adults.
What’s your favorite BAC event?