Reno was just a convenient place to cross the Truckee River until the transcontinental railroad made it a busy transportation center. By the 1920s it was "The Biggest Little City in the World" and is still a major tourist destination.
Arrrrrg maytees! August 13th brings the Reno Pirate Crawl. For anyone who enjoys the night-life, and pirates, this should be a night to remember (or not, but that’s okay because there will be a photo booth for that)! Over 20 bars will be participating, including many dance clubs that “wave” the cover charge for people who are in the Pirate Crawl. For more information visit the Reno Pirate Crawl website.
“Thom & the Tikis” from nearby Truckee, California, among the many performers appearing at the Reno Aloha Festival, deserve to be called a “local band.” They far too modestly bill themselves as “The Best Hawaiian Band in Truckee.”
The Reno Aloha Festival seems like an exciting and fun way to learn about and celebrate Polynesian culture. On August 27th from 10am-6pm at Wingfield park, there will be a variety of Pacific Island style food, unique entertainment, workshops, and many interactive activities for adults, and children. The entertainment includes live music and dancing by Keanuenue Entertainment, Treedom, HalauHula ‘OLeilani, Calling From the Islands, Poly Nui, Ha Hawaii Pakipika, Blessed Love, and many more artists. For further details go to the Reno Aloha Festival website.
One of my personal favorite parts of summer here in Reno is the Best in The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. The aroma of juicy, tender BBQ ribs can be detected from miles away. With more than 20 competitors and more than 240,000 pounds of ribs, this is one of the biggest rib cook-offs in the country. In fact, It was voted “Best BBQ Festival” in the country by the readers of USA Today this year! The main selling point for me, however, is the free live music! Every year, The Nugget in Sparks brings in classic rock bands that people rarely get the opportunity to see anymore. Just in the last few years, I have had the blessed opportunity to be able to see Blue Oyster Cult, Bad Company, Jefferson Airplane (the later version of Jefferson Starship), and Foghat for free at the rib cook-off. This year will be Eddie Money, Jessie James Decker, The Original Wailers, and many more. The cook-off starts on August 31st and continues through September 5th! Visit to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off website for more information.
After growing up in Northern Nevada, the juicy ribs and rock music with my family, year after year, has become one of my absolute favorite childhood memories, and a continued tradition. My advice to any first-timers is to make sure to bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes for walking and dancing in, and maybe even a bib or bandanna, because ribs can be messy if you do it right!
The great gold and silver discoveries in southern Nevada at the turn of the 20th century were stimulating exploration and the re-evaluation of mining properties all over the state. The Nevada Commercial League issued a brochure praising Reno's prosperous future as "encircled by live mining camps — camps that will make of Reno another Denver." But as this boast was being distributed far and wide, the true sources of future prosperity were stepping gingerly down from the railroad coaches to stand for a hesitant moment on the
depot platform: eastern women, bejewelled, beminked and bewildered at the sight of the Commercial Row honky-tonks from which buckaroos, Paiutes, sheepherders, canal diggers, track layers and silver miners gazed out at them like the shy desert creatures they were: wealthy eastern women, come alone to be divorced.
Laura Corey had been a Broadway showgirl, but at the turn of the century her address was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was the wife of the president of U.S. Steel. William Corey was the wunderkind of the American steel industry, and fortunately for three generations of Reno lawyers, he conceived a great passion for the celebrated actress and singer Mabelle Gilman. Ignoring advice and criticism, the determined Corey sent the despairing Laura to Reno with their teen-aged son and instructions to stay there six months and then sue him for divorce.
Sue him she did, but instead of the obscurity Corey had anticipated by bringing the action at remote little Reno, the story was published in installments for six months in newspapers around the nation. Laura Corey was an articulate and attractive person whose plight excited the sympathy of other women across the country. The affair created a continuing scandal which subsided at last when the divorce trial resulted in a two million dollar settlement and custody of their son to Laura. By the time the trial closed, Reno had become indelibly linked with divorce in the national consciousness.
— from The Complete Nevada Traveler, by David W. Toll