April not only brings new calves and green alfalfa fields to Carson Valley, NV, but two events open the summer festival season, celebrating both the area’s ranching culture and artistic community. To widen your recreational opportunities, Carson Valley is just minutes from Lake Tahoe and an hour’s drive to Reno, NV.
Third Annual Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
Genoa, Nevada’s oldest town, welcomes back Waddie Mitchel, Dave Stamey, Juni Fisher, Paul Zarzyski, and Cowboy Celtic to what essentially is a cowboy powow.
Not only are these folks nationally-known western performers, they are working cowboys and long-time friends who take this opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives. It’s like attending a family reunion and everyone’s related.
Vendors will help you select outfits of fine western clothing and offer high-quality crafts as well as fabulous western-style cooking. You haven’t tasted western cooking until you’ve sampled chili, biscuits and stews simmered in a dutch over an open fire.
Try your hand at leatherworking, horseshoeing, and even shooting a Colt .45 revolver. You can even learn how to write your own western song in one of many lectures and demonstrations held daily throughout the weekend.
Of course, this particular powwow wouldn’t be authentic without the Washoes, Shoshones, and Paiutes from across the state bringing their crafts and cultural demonstrations to the Native American Pavilion.
So join the fun of true western culture that is still very much a part of daily life in Nevada.
Thirsday-Sunday April 26-29, 2012
Tickets on sale now from
Because tickets can include various concerts, lectures and demonstrations, guests are encouraged to choose from several packages available on the website.
For more information contact:
Town of Genoa
The 4th Annual Johnson Lane Art Studio Tour
This art studio tour first included Johnson Lane, Minden, Gardenville and Markleeville, but proved to be far too spread out.
Jan Rollenhagen trimmed it to just the Johnson Lane area and didn’t charge admission. The response vindicated her efforts with hundreds of art enthusiasts coming from as far away as Lake Tahoe, Reno, NV and beyond.
This year’s list of artists includes the area’s finest painters, jewelers, fabric artists and Rollenhagen’s stunning carved gourds and three authors. Cafe de Sol, the neighborhood’s newest eatery located at 1165 Annie Ct., will sponsor an artist and author as well as offer tasty treats from their creative menu.
Artists and authors include: Paul Ford, Jo Linda Smith, Jan Rollenhagen, Jo Anne Wood, Buz Schoot, Reiko Hervin, Sabina Bye, Helen Fanning, Tina Esquival, and Sue Cauhape.
Saturday-Sunday May 19-20, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Maps available at Brewery Arts Center, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV
or you can download a map from gallerygourds.com.
Contact: Jan Rollenhagen, 775-267-4347 or 775-781-5964