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St. Patrick’s Day Reno Tahoe Style

With everything from beef “fries,” to 2,000 year old artifacts, to shaved heads, Reno Tahoe USA is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration destination!

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival & St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17, Virginia City

1_rocky-mountain-oyster-festivalOften referred to as “The Testicle Festival,” this fun filled cook-off is by far the most unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Professional and amateur cooks will gather in Virginia City to compete for the most creative and appealing way to prepare the delightful delicacies known as beef “fries” (yep – those are beef and sheep testicles). Prizes include $500 for the best tasting recipe, as well as $250 for the most creative dish, best presentation and best booth. The fun continues with marching leprechauns and dazzling floats during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicking off at noon!

Celtic Heritage Exhibit & Celebrations

February 18 – April 30, Sparks Heritage Museum

The Celtic Heritage Exhibit is a unique compilation of over 30 different people’s private collections and features artifacts dating back as far as 30-40 AD. For the next three months visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Celtic traditions and customs, not only in the Museum but through dance and music performances in the Cultural Center, including:

  • March 4, 1-4 pm – The Blachette Irish Dancers, Celtic Session Musicians and others will perform at a reception for The Sons & Daughters of Erin and honor the “Irish Person of the Year”
  • March 17 Victorian Square St. Patrick’s Day Music & Festivities
  • April 21 – Scottish Clans Reception & Celtic Jam

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl

March 17, Club Cal Neva

Dust off your green top hats and join the shenanigans at Club Cal Neva where $10 gets you an array of drinks throughout the casino; including, Irish whiskey shot, Killian’s Red, Irish Car Bomb, Melon Bomb and much more! Don’t miss the costume contest where $100 will be awarded to the most traditional, most sexy and most outrageous costumes.  The crawling begins at 5 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Wine Walk

i_love_shamrock_reno_st_patricks_day_postcard-p239757067022059667z7knw_152March 17, Downtown Reno

Grab your friends and start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early with an afternoon of wine tasting along the Truckee River and neighboring streets. Pick up your wine glass, map and ID bracelet for $20 at any of the 33 participating merchants. The St. Paddy’s Day fun kicks off at 2 pm!

St. Baldrick’s Day

March 17, Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center

This St. Patrick’s Day, be brave and go bald in support of kids fighting cancer. Hosted by the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, the 6th annual event has raised over $675,000 and shaved more than 770 heads in northern Nevada, making it one the largest St. Baldrick’s Day celebrations in the world! Show your support from 5-8 pm.

St. Patty’s Parties

March 17, Eldorado Hotel Casino

The Eldorado Hotel Casino is going green with St. Patties Patty’s Parties. Celebrate the luck of the Irish at BuBinga Lounge where you’ll party the night away while dancing to the beats of (((xmfredie))), Roni Romance, Jessica the Ripper and VJ A-Jay  starting at 10 pm. At The Brew Brother’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash, rock out to your favorite top 40 hits performed live by Alias followed by late night sets from DJ D. Rek. The bash begins at 9 pm.

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March 12 – 18, Silver Legacy Resort Casino

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, each of the bars at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino will serve up special Irish inspired drinks; including, green beer and Irish drop kicks, from Monday, March 12 to Sunday, March 18. You’re bound to work up an appetite during all the bar hopping so stop by Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, Flavors the Buffet or Fresh Express for a delicious Irish cuisine on Saint Patty’s Day.

Green Party

March 17, EDGE Nightclub

EDGE Nightclub inside the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is turning up the heat this St. Patrick’s Day with the Green Party. Enjoy Jameson, Guinness and Car Bomb specials all night, and receive complementary cover when you show up in your best green attire.

A Metal Madness St. Patrick Celebration

March 17, The Underground

If you’re looking for a head banging, face melting St. Patrick’s Day celebration, The Underground has the perfect party for you. Rock out to the hard hitting sounds of As They Sleep, Nightshade, It Lies Within, Cranium and Nevermute while enjoying $5 PBJs, $3 Guinness and $2 whiskey shots, plus receive a FREE green beer when you wear green! The show kicks off at 8 pm.

A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Haunted Hotels … do you dare?

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The original Mapes Hotel, a grand beauty of a building near the Truckee River, was haunted for decades by an unknown spirit. After it was torn down, the same presence has been reported lingering near the ice rink on the spot of the old hotel that is set up in the winter months.

GOLD HILL HOTEL

A few miles out of Virginia City is the little town of Gold Hill.  This is the town where the actual gold strikes began just prior to the biggest gold and silver strike ever (called the Comstock Lode) occurred in Virginia City.

Gold Hill has its share of mines that are still under the ground.  The Yellow Jacket mine, the Commons mine and all the rest are still here.  Miners were killed in some of these mines due to accidents.  Right behind the Gold Hill Hotel is the Yellow Jacket mine.  The miners didn’t have electricity with which to do their work.  They had to use candlelight.  Oxygen was limited underground and the gases that emanated from under the ground combined and fires were a constant danger.  Unfortunately, a fire broke out in the Yellow Jacket mine in 1873 and 37 miners were killed and were left buried at the bottom of the mine shafts behind this hotel.

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The Millionaires Club

“Locals and tourists rub shoulders and swap stories at The Old Washoe Club. Originally called The Millionaires Club, it was built so that nouveau riche gentlemen might enjoy the pleasures of wealth, in comfort and style. At one time, the building was even used to store corpses when the ground was frozen too solid for digging graves.

“Three ghosts haunt The Old Washoe Club; A lovely, blonde apparition, known as the lady in blue, the specter of a scared little girl, and a grizzled prospector who occasionally cadges drinks from unsuspecting patrons. Ladies be warned, the door to the women’s room locks and unlocks itself.” – Janice Oberding, Suite 101 Article.

These stories and more are part of the Old Washoe Club.  What people don’t know is that there are two totally different sites of the Old Washoe Club.  There are two different “parts” to the Old Washoe Club.  There is the bar and snack bar downstairs.  There you will find the winding staircase.  This staircase was the original front door to The Millionaires Club.  This would be where respectable men turned millionaires would be greeted.  Behind the scenes was where the real action took place.

OVERNIGHT GHOST HUNTING EVENT

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend it with us as we Ghost Hunt and attempt to communicate with the lovely spirits here at St. Mary’s Art Center, fondly known as The St. Mary Louise Hospital, established in 1876 located in Virginia City, NV.  Mark your calendar and make your reservation now. Price includes overnight accommodations plus we have a special 2 nighter package as well.  Go to the following link for more info and to purchase your ticket.

http://www.virginiacityparanormal.com/upcoming-events.html

GHOST TOWNS & RV TOURS AROUND RENO TAHOE

3546490090_d08face92c_zAny RV trip to the Reno Tahoe area is exciting, but you can take the adrenalin up another notch by touring the many ghost towns within a few hours’ drive. Thanks to gold and silver for which this mountainous region is famous, hundreds of boomtowns came and went. Here’s the rundown on the ways RVers can enjoy Reno Tahoe ghost towns on their next camping trip.

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Within half a day’s drive of the Reno Tahoe area is a nice collection of ghost towns, restored mining towns and state parks that contain the remains of cities that flourished thanks to gold and silver fever. One tip: a few of these towns can be reached on developed roads, but if you plan to go off the beaten path to photograph and explore ruins, it’s a good idea to use your towed vehicle rather than your RV.

Before moving on to ghost town descriptions, it’s also good to know an exciting selection of RV campgrounds awaits the Reno Tahoe ghost town tourist. Check the listing on our website for helpful information on area RV parks.

Gold Canyon Ghost Towns

Less than thirty miles from Reno, RV travelers will find a wealth of ghost towns to explore in Gold Canyon. Given its name for the rich veins that crisscrossed it, this canyon is home to both developed and abandoned ghost towns. Here are some of the places you’ll want to visit:

2369629086_ab5a9b3325_zVirginia City, the queen of the Comstock Lode silver mining towns, flourished in the

19th century and now draws millions of visitors each year to its federally designated historic district. More tourist oriented than the other towns mentioned, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in the form of restored saloons, shops and wooden sidewalks. There are also plenty of places around Virginia City where gold panning can be done.

Silver City, south of Virginia City off NV-341 promises plenty of mining town ruins to discover. Plan to get out and explore the buildings and artifacts left to remind visitors of Nevada’s rich mining history.

Gold Hill, tucked between Virginia City and Silver City on NV-342, boasts an elegant hotel, restaurant and saloon in the midst of the mining camp ruins. An added attraction is Bowers Mansion County Park, where visitors can tour the 1864 mansion built by Eilley Orrum to celebrate the wealth of her miner husband, Sandy Bowers.

For a more extensive list of Ghost Towns and RV parks throughout the region, please look through the Ghost Trail Driving Guide below  and  visit www.elmonterv.com.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals, which conveniently has a Reno RV rental location. For you college football tailgaters, be sure to check out the new RV Tailgating page for a list of games and tailgating information.

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ALL ABOARD THE 6TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA CITY/CARSON CITY RAILFEST

rail1rail2rail3Experience the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the 6th annual Virginia City/Carson City Railfest on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Step into the shoes of our yesteryears and celebrate by riding the historic rails on a Stream Train from Carson City to Virginia City and back. Train rides are available all weekend and are a great experience for the whole family.

On Saturday, pose for a picture with legendary western characters at the Virginia City Living Legends Photo Op in the Delta Saloon parking lot. After you have your memorable picture taken, stop by the F street Train Depot to experience how the American Civil War helped shape the country we live in today at the Battle Born Civil War Reenactors Educational Booth. For adults 21 and over, escape the Comstock and relax on a romantic full moon evening train on the Moon Over the Comstock V & T Ride. This tranquil journey includes a light box dinner and a glass of wine in a souvenir Railfest wine glass.

Head over to the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Sunday to see and learn all about the trains that traveled along the V & T Railroad, as well as other locomotives and cars made famous in movies and on television.

For overnight accommodations in Virginia City and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR 4TH OF JULY?

Sparks Fireworks tower crowdThis year Reno Tahoe USA is hosting some of the top Independence Day events and pyrotechnic displays in the nation. It’s a tough call deciding which of these parties to crash but we’ve tried to make it easy for you to see what each event has to offer.

LAKE TAHOE

July 1-4, the fifth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village offers the perfect getaway for families. They’ve got a patriotic chalk drawing contest, beer tastings, firecracker trail trek, and even a doggie dress up contest for your pup. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a jam-packed weekend with the fam, look no further – after you finish reading this post, of course.

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We can’t forget about the 70 feet of snowfall last winter quite yet. Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA are reopening for the weekend offering discounted tickets and wrapping up the season with huge 4th of July parties. Squaw will also host the famed 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing on July 3. No one does pond-skimming quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because men and women in Reno Tahoe are a little more daring, a little more agile and a little better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. We don’t really need a reason; we do it the way we want.

Other local Lake Tahoe events include Tahoe City celebrating 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach, July 4, and Kings Beach hosting their annual firework display and deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center on July 3.

SPARKS

Experience the biggest 4th of July party in the region, Star Spangled Sparks, at the Sparks Marina. Join thousands to celebrate our freedom at this FREE all day event. Rise bright and early for free hot air balloon rides at 6am and a three dollar all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The excitement continues during the day with a fun-run around the Sparks Marina, bounce houses and a ride area for the kids. Later that evening, witness a military flyover moments before the longest and most spectacular pyrotechnic display in the region, you won’t want to miss this 11th annual celebration.

VIRGINIA CITY

Virginia City made the list for the “Top 10 Fourth of July Fireworks 2011.” For us this comes as no surprise as every year thousands journey to the famous, historical city. The event begins with a parade downtown around noon and ends with the Comstock Cowboys performing at dusk along with an extensive fireworks show. The last time Virginia City had this many explosives was back when the city was first discovered as a gold mining jackpot.

PYRAMID LAKE

Do you want to be the party planner? The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes all those who want to throw their own 4th of July party. Summer season fireworks are now on sale for use on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in designated areas. Create your own fireworks show over North America’s most beautiful desert lake!

Crawl Back in Time Pub Crawl

Delta SaloonVirginia City’s own Christmas Nites, introduces the 1stAnnual Christmas Crawl Back in Time pub crawl event on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Virginia City, Nevada.  Ten participating saloons and bars will have drink specials for your enjoyment, as well live entertainment.   Participating saloons include:  the Bucket of Blood, Delta Saloon, Mark Twain Casino, Old Corner Bar, Old Washoe Club, The Palace, Ponderosa Saloon, Silver Queen Bar, Red Dog and Union Brewery.  Local hotels, The Silverland Inn & Suites, Silver Queen Hotel, Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and Virginia City Motel will have special room rates for participants.  There is a $5.00 donation, which will be given to our local Community Chest to help with their annual Christmas food baskets for  Storey County families in need during the holiday season.

There will be costume contests around town for Best Western Costume (male and female), Best Saloon costume (male and female) Best western costume couple, best saloon costume couple, and best group.  Participants need not dress in costume to participate in the pub crawl.  There are raffle prizes for the participants at some of the locations which include bar tabs, meals etc. 

Upon completion of the pub crawl, having visited all 10 saloons, participants will be entered into a drawing.  Prizes will include hotel stays, meals, bar tabs etc.

Signups are at 6:00 p.m. at the Silverland Inn & Suites, Silver Queen Hotel, Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and Virginia City Motel.

For questions or more information please call:  Jett at the Union Brewery 847-9016, Loren at the Red Dog Saloon 847-7474 or Cherrie at the Ponderosa Saloon 847-7210.

-Cory Y. Wood

Virginia City Salutes Veterans With Traditional Large Parade

Veterans Day Parade VCVirginia City will hold its annual Salute to Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11 with the Veteran’s Day Parade. John Koch, a Virginia City man who served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, will be the grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., in recognition of the date and time the Armistice was signed ending World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School, 527 South C Street, Virginia City.

A free spaghetti lunch for parade participants will be held at the Storey County Senior Center, E and Mill Streets, following the parade. Also, all veterans with ID will receive free admission to the Silver State Peace Officer’s Museum on B Street.

Koch was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Los Banos, Calif. at 17. He was drafted in 1941 and was assigned to an anti-aircraft 90 mm gun unit in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Koch participated in the battles of Attu and Kiska, and stayed in Alaska until the end of the war.

Thursday’s parade will feature many veterans groups as well as about a half-dozen high school ROTC units and two marching bands, the Carson Middle School Band and the Dayton Intermediate School band.

To enter the parade, call 775-691-5687 for a parade form, or e-mail your entry to comstockwriter@yahoo.com.   You may also find an online form at www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or register at www.VirginiaCityNews.com using the guest book section. Those entering should include their name, address and phone number and a brief description of their entry for the parade announcers.

To be part of the advance lineup, entries must be received by Nov. 10; however, late entries are welcome and will be placed at the end of the parade.

This is a large parade and advance entries help things run smoothly.  After the parade there is still a lot to do in Virginia City. Stop at the visitor center to purchase your Silver Line Express discounted attraction passes and tour the town.

For overnight accommodations and more information on this and other events happening in Virginia City, log on to www.VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Visitor Center at (775) 847-4FUN (4386) or (800) 718-SLVR (7587).

Street Vibrations 2010 is Ready to Rumble into Reno Tahoe USA

Street Vibs RenoStreet Vibrations Motorcycle Festival is a celebration of music, metal and motorcycles. Street Vibrations offers tours, live entertainment, parades, ride-in shows, stunt shows and more. This event is so big, it rocks at several locations throughout the region. Major event venues are planned at Harley-Davidson Dealerships in Carson City and Reno and in historic Virginia City. Rides to what Mark Twain called “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” Lake Tahoe — provide unparalleled entertainment. Flirt with Lady Luck during poker walks and runs and during slot tournaments. It’s HOG heaven!

Thirty thousand motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to enjoy Street Vibrations 17th year. Now ranked the 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations 2010 expands venues to include downtown Reno, Sparks Victorian Square, Reno Harley-Davidson and Virginia City. 

A Tattoo Expo, with more than a dozen tattoo artists, is a favorite of many at the Reno Events Center. The Reno Events Center, on the corner of 4th and Center Streets  which boasts climate controlled comfort will also host more than 100 vendors and climate controlled comfort while shopping.

“This year, we’re having a lot of bike parking on Virginia Street in downtown Reno and in Virginia City so motorcycle participants get a plum parking spot and enthusiasts can enjoy the all the bikes,” says Randy Burke, president of Roadshows, Inc. producer of Street Vibrations. 

“We have more than 250 vendors coming from 35 different states with their wares,” Burke continued.  “Some of them come all the way from Florida for Street Vibrations and many of them tell us it’s the best show in the nation for them.”

Street Vibs AerialPlenty of live entertainment, including Monte Perlin’s Globe-O-Cross Stunt Show and some of the nation’s best tribute bands performing free concerts on numerous stages in multiple locations will provide enough variety to satisfy everyone. The Eldorado Casinowill give away a Harley Fat Boy Softail and the Silver Legacy give away bike is a 2010 Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider.

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The Reno dealership will have a food court, a Coors Beer Garden, a Harley Owner’s Group Pin Stop, a Biker Babe Dunk Tank, a Burn out Pit and lots of vendors.

Sparks Victorian Square

Factory Rig Row will feature all the big rigs with motorcycles, motorcycle merchandise and custom effects.  Live bands will keep the party going and there’ll be a “Go Go Bar” featuring dancing bar maids. VIP bike parking will be available right on the street in the middle of all the action. John Ascuaga’s Nuggetwill give away an Arlen Ness Custom Motorcycle Saturday night, Sept. 25.

Virginia City

A new Street Vibrations headquarters location in the middle of downtown Virginia City will provide sales of official merchandise and registration opportunities for motorcycle enthusiasts. The historic town will offer live music, vendors and parking for more than 400 bikes

“Our participants particularly enjoy the curve-studded ride up historic Geiger Grade,” Burke said.  “They like to drink in some of the local history in this famous mining town.”

Street Vibrations Action

Several Ride-in Shows, bike competitions and a Wet T-Shirt competition at the Sands Regency,  a Bikini and a Chaps Competition for the ladies at the Eldorado and competitions for Miss Reno Harley-Davidson and Miss Coors Light 2010 at the Silver Legacy are designed to provide a little extra fun during the event. 

Participant Only Activities

Poker runs for VIP participants will take riders up scenic routes to Lake Tahoe for breathtaking views and clean mountain air. Riders will also go to Virginia City for a variety of excellent motorcycle riding terrain. They’ll have a lunch stop at Fox Peak Station in Fallon, NV.

“Street Vibrations rides offer a refreshing escape for big city dwellers,” Burke adds. “Our VIP participants receive tickets to three different concerts valued at more than $65, they enjoy special parties, can participate in bike competitions and ride in shows, and they receive an official T-shirt and a ride pin.”

 ‘Round the Clock Fun

SILVER LEGACY RESORT: As this year’s Ride-N-Show Headquarters, Silver Legacy has a jam-packed event and entertainment schedule that’ll have guests in hog heaven from Wednesday, September 22 to Sunday, September 26!

Street Vibs BikeKick off this year’s festivities with the hottest competition in town—the Miss Harley Davidson and Miss Coors Light 2010 Finals are at Silver Legacy on Wednesday night.  Watch as the judges find the perfect hog-wild ladies to represent each title throughout Street Vibes 2010.  The competition kicks off in the Silver Baron Lounge at 8 p.m.

Grab a spot to show off those bike on Virginia Street all week long; registration takes place daily inside the Downtown Reno Ballroom.  Don’t have a hot hog yet?  Silver Legacy can help!  Enter the Harley-Davidson drawing for a chance to win a brand new FXDL Dyna Low Rider simply by using your Legacy Star Card!  Sign up for free at the Star Rewards Center on the casino floor.  Earn 5x entries every time you play all week starting Monday, September 20! 

Get inspiration from the best bike builders in the nation at America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational in the Silver Baron Ballroom.  These motorcycle masters will show off their creations Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Then swing by the Harley-Davidson store next door, right inside Silver Legacy, with extended hours Wednesday through Sunday!

Free live entertainment will keep Downtown Reno rockin’ with a stage set up at on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza next to Roy Boy’s Roadhouse, where there will be plenty of ice cold Coors, Coors Light and other refreshments to enjoy.  Various vendors will also be set up inside the Reno Events Center along with the Tattoo Expo and Bike Competition that will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Street Vibrations 2010 Events at Silver Legacy run as follows:

 Wednesday, September 22

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Miss Harley Davidson & Miss Coors Light 2010 Finals, Silver Baron Lounge, 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 23

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $10, includes one drink

Friday, September 24

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza, Rockin’ Down the Highway Band, 4 to 7 p.m.

Los Lobos, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $45 

Downtown Reno Fireworks Display, 4th & Virginia Streets at dusk, approx. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 25

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

 Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza,The Boogie Daddys, 12:15 to 4 p.m.

- Blues Monsters, 5 to 7 p.m.

 Cheech and Chong, Grande Exposition Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets $45, $60 and $70

 Sunday, September 26

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Invitational, Silver Baron Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Free!

Harley-Davidson Giveaway, Win a new Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider, 3 p.m.

Live Music Outside on the Silver Legacy/Circus Circus Plaza,Nevada Hazzurd, 4 to 7 p.m.                            

For more information on Street Vibrations or to register for the event, visit www.roadshowsreno.com or call 775-329-7469.

A Fearless German Intern Takes on Reno Tahoe

DSC_0004Benedikt Martinac of Germany is studying International Tourism in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. He will graduate in June 2011. His smarts, sense of humor and extensive travel experience will present him with limitless career opportunities, and success, in the tourism industry. This summer (2010) Benedikt decided to do hands-on learning, specifically in the American tourism industry. Being the smart man that he is, he chose to spend his summer in the great state of Nevada. Below is Ben’s adventure in the Silver State from his own perspective. We hope you enjoy reading his take on the Biggest Little City as much as we enjoyed having him.

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I’ve been in Reno for 5 weeks now and can’t get enough of the city and its charm. But it’s not only the city. There is so much to see and experience in the area. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, all kinds of water sports, extreme sports and on the calmer side plenty of golf opportunities, parks, lakes. You name it.

During my internship at various tourism related businesses, mediated by the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT), I learned a lot about the Reno-Tahoe area and the fun things to experience nearby.

Last weekend I finally had the chance to show what I’ve picked up so far because three friends were visiting from the Bay area. I was really looking forward to showing them around and check out what the night life is like in “The Biggest Little City in the World”.

I met my friends at my place and took them downtown to check in the hotel. While driving towards Virginia Street, Reno’s casino strip, the tower of the Eldorado Hotel Casino, illuminated in bright pink, and we knew instantly we’re going to have a great time. We parked the car in the garage and via skywalk we were right in the lobby. We checked in, dropped of the bags in the room and rushed back downstairs to the casino for a little gambling session. But no gambling without food – we probably wouldn’t be able to handle all the free drinks and our odds of winning would lower even more. So what better to start off with than the “Best Burger in Town”? As different magazines, such as Nevada Magazine, voted it the best burger in Reno and Northern Nevada, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on one of the notorious Awful Awful. At first the name is kind of a turnoff and makes you think if it’s the right choice for dinner but it’s supposed to be “Awful Big and Awful Good” so we headed to the Little Nugget Diner, located at the Nugget Casino on Virginia Street.

Awful AwfulEntering the Nugget, I was back to the thought if this was the right idea for dinner. Old dark carpets, dark lightning and sketchy gamblers occupying the slots give the place a peculiar atmosphere. The little Nugget diner, at the back of the casino, doesn’t make a much better impression. But its style is kind of appealing. Sleazy, greasy, with only two counters and no tables, the 50’s style diner seemed like it’s going to give us the right amount of energy we would need for a long night.

So we ordered our 4 Awful-Awfuls and waited until a few minutes later the gal at the counter shouted out “order 70, order 70!” That was us – we turned around and what was that? Four huge burgers with a lot of fresh toppings, and if that wasn’t enough, a basket with a pound of home seasoned French fries on the side made “mission Awful-Awful” seem impossible. We looked at each other and we knew nobody wanted to fail.

The first bite was just amazing. A homemade onion bun, fresh lettuce, pickles, perfectly melted cheese and of course a 100% beef patty, so juicy and full of taste that my taste buds were going crazy. I expected it to be good but not this good. I guess the taste doesn’t come solely from the burger itself. The whole atmosphere and the little shabby interior add a whole lot of seasoning to the Awful Awful and make it what it is. Together with the fries it is the perfect combination. Every bite was a delight and surprisingly the burger and the basket of fries disappeared faster than expected

After our adventure at the Nugget, we decided to finally gamble for a while. Barely able to move and 5 pounds heavier than before, we schlepped ourselves back to the Eldorado Casino. The ear shattering ringing of the slot machines and the unmistakable smell of cold smoke, booze and old ladies perfume, same as in every casino I’ve ever been to, make you feel like you’re at the right spot to win some cash or probably lose it but who knows, right?

Three of us sat down at a black jack table, while the other played some slots. To my surprise it started off really good for all of us. We were winning and winning. One chicken dinner after the other – we were on fire! At the end I’ve tripled my stake as did the others and an even bigger surprise just came around the corner. The slot machines seemed to like our friend too because he came back with $350 he just won.

This has been a pretty great evening so far. We had won quite some money and had a whole day in front of us. Now a nice, cool local brew to celebrate our success would be the perfect round up for the night and since we were in the “Best” mood, why not give the “Best Microbrew, and “Best Beer Selection,” winner a chance? Also inside the Eldorado, the “Brew Brothers” offers a selection of 8 microbrews, all with a very unique taste to it. After trying out a few I determined my favorite – the gold dollar pale ale – a really nice American-style pale ale with a very distinct hop flavor and spoors of citrus in the aftertaste. And the best thing – these delicious beers are pretty reasonable. A 15 oz. beer costs 3.50 and 22 oz cost 4.50. Enjoying our beers and the live music, we started planning the next day. It wouldn’t be any less exciting.

Lake TahoeThe next morning, a bit hung-over, our next stop was Lake Tahoe. I definitely wanted to show it to the guys as it is such a big contrast to Reno and shows the diversity of the area perfectly. As one takes Hwy 50 from Carson City up to the Lake the change of environment is stunning. Feeling the rising pressure in our ears, we noticed the change of terrain from desert-like to alpine mountains with ever green pine tree forests. After a few miles we’ve reached the high point and from now on it was all downhill which meant the Lake wasn’t far anymore. And there it was in the distance. Dazzled by the reflection of the sun on the lake, we couldn’t wait to jump in the water.

The lake was full of boats, yachts, windsurfers, water-skiers and other water lovers. But what really caught our attention were paddle boarders. Standing up on a surf board and paddling their way around. We really wanted to give it a shot but we had other plans.

In the afternoon we had planned a whitewater rafting trip on Truckee River. When we arrived at the meeting point we were briefed on how to behave on the river and were given all the safety guidelines necessary for an enjoyable day.

So all suited up in life jackets and helmets we launched the rafts and the trip could start. We were following the guide through some of the most beautiful and remote areas. Trees alongside the river banks give you the feeling there’s nothing else around. The whooshing of the water and the sounds of nature had a really calming effect and it was the perfect getaway. The combination between the class 2-3 rapids and very calm parts make it a challenging but also very recreating adventure. Being out in the wild, totally cut off from the everyday stress is something outstanding and irreplaceable.

After two hours I started to feel the paddling in my arms. Although we were going downstream it was very exhausting. Suddenly, out of nowhere, buildings started showing up at the side of the river. First a few, then more and more, and from one moment to the other coming from total exclusion of civilization, we paddled through downtown Reno. A few more rapids and drop pools in the White Water Park and we made it to the shore at Wingfield Park.

Pretty exhausted but still up for some more attractions, I decided to take the guys to Virginia City, a living ghost town. The old gold mining town seems like it is stuck in the 1800s. Driving into town on C Street is like entering another time. The Sherriff greets you with a friendly “Howdy”, Cowboys nod their heads and tap their hats when passing by and the ladies in their big, decadent dresses welcome you with waving hands.

VCVirginia City used to be one of the richest cities in the United States. In the 1800s a lot of men tried to find their luck in the mining industry and many did. Gold and silver attracted many people and just a few years after its establishment in 1859, Virginia City grew to more than 10,000 people. Also, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, called Virginia City home and started writing under his alias in February 1863.

Browsing the many little unique shops, we came across the famous suicide table in the delta saloon. Supposedly, back in the 1800s the former owner of the saloon, Black Jake shot himself after losing all his life saving at this very table one evening. Rumors say that his ghost was haunting the Delta ever since. Subsequent to him two other owners took their own lives at the same table years later.

We wandered around town and what better place to go for a drink than the infamous “Bucket of Blood” – a saloon so notorious and brutal that the name mirrors the happenings inside. Apparently, so many fights happened nightly at the infamous saloon, that after cleaning the floors, the bucket where the mop was wrung out was filled with blood. Hence, The Bucket of Blood”.

No blood on the floors anymore but the feeling of entering a saloon in the Wild West and being prepared for a bar fight breaking out any minute is still present. If you too are lucky enough to score a table at the windows, enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the valley and lean back while watching the sundown.

-Benedikt Martinac, Germany