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Reno Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Season

The 40th season of the Reno Chamber Orchestra began Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, the 21st, and the chosen program was the perfect lineup to start it off. William Barton, one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players, was scheduled to perform alongside the RCO. However, due to an illness Barton was unable to fly into the states and last-minute changes had to be made. Fortunately, the RCO is filled with incredibly talented and eager musicians, and RCO’s principal oboist Rong-Huey Liu stepped up to fill Barton’s place. Her performance was captivating, and her obvious confidence made it easy for audience members forget that she had only had 24 hours to prepare herself to fill Barton’s highly-praised shoes. Alongside Liu and conductor Theodore Kuchar was a wonderfully diverse orchestra with musicians differing in age, gender, and race.  Witnessing such a wide variety of people on stage and in the audience shows just how far the power of music can reach, and the RCO is the perfect example of how easily it can bring people together.

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The orchestra performed four pieces varying in length and style: Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, Telemann’s “Water Music,” Peter Sculthorpe’s “From Ubirr,” and Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony.” Even to RCO amateurs, it is easy to see how incredibly talented the orchestra is- individually and as a whole. It doesn’t take a PhD in music composition and performance to understand how much time and energy each musician has put into his or her part, and their passion for the music shined through with each and every note. The pieces chosen for the season opener were very unique, filled with special effects and non-instrumental sounds. For example, Telemann’s “Water Music” included measures that called for stomping by the orchestra. This was surprising to anybody in the audience who was unfamiliar with this movement and offered a comical element to the otherwise formal piece. In Sculthorpe’s “From Ubirr,” cellists created a distorted sound by sliding their fingers up and down the neck of their instruments, which added to the eeriness and mystery of the music. It’s these types of risks that demonstrate the orchestra’s skill set and deep understanding of the music, as well as their desire to not only play each note correctly, but to keep the audience entertained and sitting on the edge of their seats. This type of engagement allows for a unique and unforgettable experience.

The RCO’s 40th season opening weekend was a huge success. With multiple audience members recognized and congratulated on their steadfast support since the RCO’s first season, newer attendees were welcomed into the community with encouraging words of acceptance. The RCO’s goal of an all-inclusive experience allows for supporters new and old to come together in an organic and enjoyable way. This opening performance set a high bar for the rest of the season, and it was made clear by the fire in each musician’s eyes that they are not going to settle for anything less than exceptional for their 40th season.

Fall in love with Reno Tahoe’s Fall Festivities

Despite the relentless summer-like weather, fall is finally upon us! While donning a scarf and sipping hot chocolate may seem like something for the distant future, anyone who’s familiar with Reno Tahoe weather knows that can change in an instant. The Reno area is gearing up for all things autumn with a plethora of events for all members of the community.

Starting on September 24, Street Vibrations kicks of the season with their Fall Rally. The Wednesday through Sunday event offers enough music and motorcycles to satisfy any bike-lover’s dreams. Events throughout the rally include live music, scavenger hunts, and celebrity appearances by big names such as History Channel’s Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker. With 250 vendors and 15 factory rigs, Street Vibrations will have everything motorcycle and more!

For those interested in a different kind of wild, the Animal Ark is holding a number of events throughout the month of October.  Their “Harvest Festivals” take place on October 4th and 18th, and promise an afternoon of animal watching. On these Saturdays, the Ark’s predators are given pumpkins containing their favorite treats. Visitors are encouraged to watch and take pictures as the animals work to open their pumpkins and enjoy their snacks. Another event hosted by the Animal Art is the Cheetah Run, which will put on its final run of the season on October 12th. At this event, cheetahs are allowed the rare privilege of running off their leashes demonstrating grace and incredible speed. Watching these wild animals run free is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Of course with October comes Halloween, which means that ‘tis the season for horror and spooky fun. The Aces Ballpark is hosting Fright Fest Production’s 9th annual “Slaughter House,” which is open Thursday through Sunday, starting October 3rd. For those who enjoy getting their heart rate up in a unique way, Northern Nevada’s largest indoor haunted house is for you! After a full redesign, this year’s House contains new rooms and scarier scenes that are guaranteed to keep your adrenaline pumping all night long. In addition to the Slaughter House, the ballpark’s “Fright” House District will be open for food and beverages to help you unwind after an evening of screams and scares.

Prost! Bavarian music, brats and beer gardens will be of plenty at Squaw Valley’s annual Oktoberfest, September 27 from 2pm to 6pm. Participate in a friendly competition of traditional games, or relax with a beer in hand and a view of the Sierra all around. Entertainment at the event is free. For $10, you’ll receive a specialty glass and first beer, $5 for additional beer.

A more kid-friendly event that is sure to entertain is the Andelin Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Cornmaze Harvest Festival. Starting September 27th and continuing through the 1st of November, the family farm provides fun for participants of all ages. The harvest includes the crowd-favorite corn maze, which is designed to celebrate Nevada’s 150th year birthday. There will also be barnyard games, animals, and a pumpkin patch that guarantees a large selection of pumpkins perfect for carving and pie making.

So whether you’re a rowdy biker looking for loud music and new bike gear or a family interested in a peaceful afternoon, the fall season offers a number of festive events for all ages and interests. Check out the events calendar for a full list of fall events that are guaranteed to make this fall fun, family-oriented, spooky, or anything else you’re hoping for!

20th Annual Street Vibrations Fall Rally

More Riders, Gawkers and Celebrities

Thousands of riders and motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy music, metal, motorcycles, amazing bikes, and TV celebrities during the 20th annual Street Vibrations® Rally Sept. 24-28 in downtown Reno, at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and in Virginia City.

The 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations®, will take over the main streets in downtown Reno and Virginia City. Special event plazas, parking areas and event space in hotels/casinos will be filled with live entertainment and vendors selling everything from leather chaps, helmets, artwork and sunglasses to motorcycle boots, chrome, LED lights and insurance.

The event is free and open to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee to take part in Street Vibrations® to participate in; poker runs, ride-in competitions, slow bike races, scavenger hunts and VIP parties. Registered participants receive a 5 day VIP parking pass, an official ride pin and an exclusive 20th anniversary Street Vibrations® 2014 shirt.

Celebrities

This year, co-founder of Orange County Chopper’s and star of the Discovery Channel’s reality TV series “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul Sr. and Danny Koker, star of the History Channel’s reality TV series “Counting Cars” will be joining in the fun.

Teutul, is a custom and production motorcycle manufacturer originally based in Orange County New York and the outspoken “American Chopper” TV star.

Koker is star of the reality TV series that chronicles daily activities at Count’s Kustoms, an automobile restoration and customization company he owns and operates in Las Vegas, NV.

Both Teutul and Koker will be available for photographs and conversations during “Meet and Greet” sessions at multiple venues during Street Vibrations®. Koker will perform with his band, Count’s 77 on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Jagermeister Stage on the El Dorado special events plaza.

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Virginia Street in downtown Reno will host multiple Street Vibrations® stages with non-stop music from live bands, Factory Rigs, vendors selling all things motorcycle, festival food booths and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Wed., 12 to 9 p.m., and Sun.,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson® is also an official venue hosting vendors, live bands and festival food and beverages.

The Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno will host participant and vendor registration, vendor booths, the Tattoo Expo and meet and greet sessions with TV Celebrities.  The Reno Ballroom is also where you’ll find America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo featuring cutting edge custom motorcycle creations and the Bike Corral, where registered participants can buy or sell a bike to private parties.

Virginia City

In Virginia City the action will be on “C” Street, the main street through the historic mining town.  Enjoy live music from a variety of bands and vendors from across the nation.

Some Highlights

Street Vibrations® will feature a Huey Lewis & The News concert at the Silver Legacy on Fri., Sept. 26, ceremonial flag raising on both Fri. and Sat., Sept. 26 & 27, police on parade led by Grand Marshall Paul Teutul on Thurs. Sept. 25 and Grand Marshall Danny Koker on Sat., Sept. 27.  The event includes a popular wet T-shirt contest and drawings to win Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. VIP registered participants will enjoy scavenger  hunts in downtown Reno and poker runs up to historic Virginia City and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Free, non-stop entertainment from live bands can be enjoyed by everyone at all venues.

Watch this short video from last year’s event!

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Spectator’s Guide 2014

Lake Tahoe is considered one of the toughest courses! Watch 2,500 of the strongest athletes from around the globe compete in the iconic 2nd annual IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. The setting alone is remarkable!

Here are some tidbits to help you get the most out of being a spectator at this year’s event.

DATE:
September 22, 2013
DISTANCES:
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run
LOCATION:
Swim Start: 8318 North Lake Blvd State Route 28 Kings Beach, CA 96143
Finish Line: The Village at Squaw Valley 1985 Squaw Valley Rd Squaw Valley, CA 96146
COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES:
SWIM: The swim course will close 2 hours and 20 minutes after the last age
group athlete starts the swim. Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and
20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they
enter the water. Athletes who take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes
to complete the swim will receive a DNF.
BIKE: 5:30 p..m.
RUN: Midnight
FINISH LINE CUT-OFF: 17 hours (or 12 midnight)

DATE:

September 21, 2014

DISTANCES:

2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run

LOCATION:

Swim Start: 8318 North Lake Blvd State Route 28 Kings Beach, CA 96143

Finish Line: The Village at Squaw Valley 1985 Squaw Valley Rd Squaw Valley, CA 96146

COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES:

SWIM: The swim course will close 2 hours and 20 minutes after the last age group athlete starts the swim. Each athlete will get the full 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the 2.4 mile swim regardless of what time they enter the water. Athletes who take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete the swim will receive a DNF.

BIKE: 5:30 p..m.

RUN: Midnight

FINISH LINE CUT-OFF: 17 hours (or 12 midnight)

WHERE DO I PARK?

Athletes are encouraged to park at Squaw Valley and ride the shuttle busses to Kings Beach. Spectators will be allowed to ride the bus with athletes, but priority will be given to athletes. Busses will take approximately 20-30 minutes to travel from Squaw Valley to Kings Beach, please plan accordingly. Athlete busses will operate from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Spectator buses will operate until 6 a.m. Shuttle buses are free. Return buses from Kings Beach to Squaw Valley for spectators will operate from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Due to traffic impacts, anticipate the return trip to Squaw Valley taking 60 minutes.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass Road through old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike and 4 times on the run.

The Great Reno Balloon Race 2014

It’s worth the wake! Be dazzled by hundreds of colorful balloons as they rise above Reno, September 5-7! It’s the largest FREE hot-air balloon event in the world!

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Glow Shows
Beginning at 5:00am on Saturday and Sunday, a handful of glowing balloons will act as a beacon to those sleepy spectators making their way to the launch field. Friday morning only is the Super Glow Show starting at 5:15 a.m. This new feature showcases 20+ balloons glowing and twinkling to music across the field.

Dawn Patrol
A trademark of The Great Reno Balloon Race worth the early rise, the show features a handful of balloons that are qualified to fly in the dark. This is a dangerous task as atmospheric conditions change drastically as the sun begins to rise. Balloonists glow, twinkle and fly along with choreographed music across a darkened sky, leaving the crowd awe struck. Saturday and Sunday only starting at 5:30 a.m.

T-6 Formation Fly Over
Each morning during the national anthem, just as the American flag is presented for Mass Ascension, spectators will be thrilled by a T-6 formation fly over. Thanks to our partnership with National Championship Air Races, visitors can experience just a brief taste of what the Air Races are all about.

Mass Ascension Launch
Starting at 6:45am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, nearly 100 balloons will launch from Rancho San Rafael Park. The splendor of these unique and beautiful balloons thrills the crowd as they enjoy the multitude of vibrant sights and sounds in the early morning light.

Balloon Boulevard
Crafts, souvenirs, food and warm drinks await spectators at the concession line. Official posters may also be purchased here along with official Balloon Race clothing and memorabilia. We encourage you to visit and support our vendors as they are part of the reason this event continues to be free.

Check out the list of participating balloons this year – from Darth Vader, to the soccer ball, to Smokey the Bear, to chili peppers, to beagles to fish – this year’s event has it all!

26th Annual Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Set For August 27th through September 1st

The 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 27, through Monday, September 1, 2014. This must-attend culinary, barbecue, music and craft festival is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free!

More than 500,000 visitors and 230,000 pounds of ribs were served in 2013. The wide variety of activities within the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best BBQ in the country  – all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.

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Rib Cookers

Twenty-three of the world’s most decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.  In 2013, Famous Dave’s BBQ took home the title of “Best in the West,” their third time following wins in 2006 & 2007 at the event. Another top honor – the 2013 People’s Choice Award was given to Chicago Barbecue Co. See the full list of rib cookers here: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/About-The-Event/Cookers.html

2014’s winners will be announced on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the West End Stage at 2 p.m.

Rib Eating Competition

Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 9th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Main Stage area. The country’s best competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion.  It’s estimated the top competitors will consume eight-plus pounds of meat during the 12-minute competition.

Entertainment

As always, the Nugget will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. Free headline concerts include: Lit on Wednesday, Eric Hutchinson on Thursday, Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue on Friday, Joe Diffie on Saturday, Jefferson Starship on Sunday and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Monday. All headline concerts will be at 7:00 p.m. except Monday, which will be at 3:00 p.m. In all, more than 40 bands will play on multiple stages throughout the six-day Victorian Square event.

Shuttle Service

Daily shuttle service from the Legends at Sparks Marina will run Wednesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye’s, and the drop-off location is the Sparks RTC Centennial Plaza.

Kids’ Area

There will be a children’s area located on the west end of Victorian Plaza. Children will delight in an array of rides and activities including:  an obstacle course, bounce house, slide and mechanical swing. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

New Cookers

New to the event this year are Hole In the Wall BBQ from Oregon and Yazoo’s BBQ from Mississippi. Four of the 23 rib cookers will be locate on Victorian Plaza near the movie theater. You will be able to find Desperado’s BBQ Rib Co., Yazoo’s BBQ, Butch’s “Smack Your Lips” BBQ and Hole In The Wall BBQ at this location.  Crafters and vendors will also be located at the East end of Victorian Avenue during the cook-off. See map: http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/Maps-Directions/Event_Maps.html

Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Reno Tahoe

It’s time for one last summer trip over Labor Day Weekend! Skip the neighborhood barbecue, and tell Siri to direct you to Reno Tahoe where a full list of events is heating up!

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We’re not saying skip all barbecues Labor Day weekend, we’re just saying GO BIG, with 230,000+ pounds of ribs at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off at Victorian Square in Sparks!  From August, 27- September 1, JA Nugget will be holding their 26th annual Rib Cook-off.  The aromas will collide in the air to conjure a perfume of mouthwatering desire, and the hundreds of fully-packed grills will call out for you to stop at every vendor.  There will be 24 rib vendors from all around the world coming prepared to feed an expected crowd of 500,000 people. Watch in awe as rib-eating champions devour multiple pounds of savory sauce covered swine during the Nugget Rib Cook-off World Rib Eating Championship.  Last year’s 1st place prize went to the record holding Joey Jaws Chestnut with 13.76 pounds of ribs devoured in just 12 minutes. Pig out, then dance the food comas away.  The main stage will have LIT on stage Aug. 27, Eric Hutchinson on Aug. 28, Joan Osborne on Aug. 29, Joe Diffie on Aug. 30, Jefferson Starship on Aug. 31, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Sept. 1.  Admission and parking is free, with shuttles running to the overflow parking at Legends every half hour.  For more information, visit the Nugget Rib Cook-Off Website.

Take your pack to watch The Pack

Head to University of Nevada’s Homecoming Game with Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Southern Utah, on August 30.  Take a selfie with the Pack mascots, or grab a beer at one of the only university stadiums with a liquor license.  The University of Nevada students make every game fun for the family. All will enjoy the howl of the wolves. Tickets range in price but start around $20 for general admission.

Re-enact the Civil War Days (safely)

Historic Virginia City will be holding its 150th anniversary of defending the Comstock as part of Virginia City Civil War Days.  The Comstock Civil War re-enactors will bring Virginia City back into the days of the Nevada’s creation.  In conjunction with the V&T Railroad, more than 100 costumed re-enactors from across the United States will battle for the Comstock.  Gunfire, smoke, screams and fear will resonate through the valley. There will be a wide array of events, parades, dances and re-enactments going on from Aug. 30 until Sept. 1, to learn more about the historic happenings visit the event’s website

Sand Harbor 2If beating the heat is in the agenda, then head to Lake Tahoe for some alpine lake relaxation.  Lake Tahoe always boasts fun for all ages with SUP and other water adventures, mountain hikes, beach relaxation, luxurious accommodations and great restaurants – it is hard to resist the great getaway. On Aug. 31, the 21st Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race will churn some blue water between the Nevadan Dixie Queen and California’s Tahoe Queen.  The 4-mile race will have the paddles spinning to the max as the two battle for bragging rights. Have a family picnic on August 31 at one of the many parks and beaches on the lake, and bring some blankets with to enjoy Labor Day fireworks of Tahoe North or South.

Where to Burn your Time in Reno Tahoe

If the crazy weather is raining on your parade (literally) as you try to get to Burning Man 2014, let Reno Tahoe brighten your day!

Here is a list of things you can do to burn your time in Reno Tahoe – parties, activities, burner shops, food stops and more:

LEX Nightclub

You aren’t the only one who is stuck in town tonight – the DJs who were set to play at Burning Man are here in Reno with you! Come party with fellow Burners and Burning Man’s hottest DJs. No cover, no dress code. 10pm. Tonight!

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Aces Stadium

Watch the Reno Aces play Omaha in downtown Reno at Aces Stadium!

Nevada Museum of Art

Learn more about Nevada’s history outside of Black Rock City’s city limits. “The 36th Star” celebrates Nevada’s 150th anniversary!

Eat Fresh and Local Food

Enjoy some delicious eats before you head back out to the Playa. Here is a food lover’s guide to Midtown Reno that will surely have you drooling in no time.

Shop for More Burning Man Outfits

You can never have enough, right?! Here are a few of the top stores for finding the perfect Burning Man outfits and necessities for the Playa. Plus, we have included a list of a few essential you may or may not have packed!

Food for Thought for the Playa

Stock up on more great eats for your time in Black Rock City. Here are a few key stores that will have your favorite foods.

Hotel Deals

Let your friends know about these packages and deals for Reno hotel rooms to stay dry, clean and cozy before heading back out to the Playa tomorrow!

Burning Man 2014 Live Stream

Check out what’s happening on the Playa at Burning Man 2014 with this live stream of Black Rock City, NV:


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Burning Man Style Guide – Prepping for the Playa

Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for affordable vintage, recycled, custom and one-of-a-kind clothing to complete your Burning Man ensemble. From dresses to jumpsuits, from faux fur coats to masks, these places have it all for you to be the most stylish – and YOU – on the playa.  Don’t forget, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, during the day – so plan accordingly! P1780265

Here are a few stores top stores in the Reno Tahoe area to complete your Burning Man experience:

Junkees Clothing Exchange – 960 South Virginia St. – 775-322-5868

The Melting Pot World Emporium – 1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445

Polyesther’s Costume Boutique – 655 South Virginia Street -  775-420-5050

Menagerie Costumes – 1999 South Virginia Street, #B -  775-322-5427

Prism Magic Clothing & Imports – 2161 Pyramid Way  – 775-356-5577

No matter what Burning Man look you decide, here are some essentials you’ll want to add to your costume:

-          Lights: A flashlight is helpful, but you need more than that to be seen at night. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, head lamps…  Anything and everything glowing!

-          Goggles: Essential for keeping the dust and dirt out of your eyes!

-          Shoes: Going bare-foot may seem like a good idea… I mean, you’re channeling your inner nature, focusing on self-expression, right? Unfortunately, going without shoes results in what is known as “Playa Foot”- a painful drying, cracking rash caused by prolonged contact with the alkali lake bed. Burning Man suggests bringing rubber Birkenstock clogs or boots that won’t get trashed by the alkali.

-          A broad brimmed hat with a cord: You’ll no doubt need a head covering… and having a hat with a cord will keep it on your head during gusts of wind.

*Also, don’t forget to leave out those decorations and costume items behind, keeping in mind the Leave No Trace mantra.. Feathered beaus may seem like a cool idea, but when you’re spending all your time picking up all the feathers you shed, you may want to reconsider.

Happy Burn!