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Capital City springs back to life

by Candace Duncan
Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Spring is a great time to get out and experience some exciting special events in Carson City. We are very fortunate to have some of the best performing arts, special events and exhibits in our state, maybe even the West!

The Western Nevada Musical Theater Company is bringing the high-spirited baseball classic, “Damn Yankees” to the Carson City Community Center for seven performances, weekends, May 9-16. A WNMTC musical is always a treat, with live music, great costumes and entertaining performances by Broadway caliber actors. If you haven’t ever been to one, I would encourage you to find out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! Call

(775) 445-4249 for details.

If you and your family are looking for something fun to do outside with the kids, a great way to begin the season is at the RSVP Spring Fun Fair, which takes place annually in Mills Park, this is a great way to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day. Get ready to enjoy more than 30 midway rides (free for moms on Mother’s Day) a craft fair and great food. The fair benefits the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and runs from May 8-11.

Another sign that spring has arrived is the annual Wild West Tour. In celebration of Carson City’s 150 birthday, this year’s tour will be a spring version of the ever popular Ghost Walk. The tours begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at the corner of Third and Carson Streets. Costumed guides will escort you back in time to meet the founders of Carson City and hear tales of our early days. With gunfighters, a stagecoach, professional actors and ghost stories, this will be a day to remember. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour. Call (775) 687-7410 for the details.

Our museums all have some very unusual exhibits planned for spring.

For instance, “Slot Machines: The Fey Collection” is in the South Changing Gallery all year. Abraham Curry, Carson City Developer and Promoter is part of the Frances Humphrey Lecture series, Tuesday, April 22. Call Robert Nylen at 687-4810 for more information on this and many other special lectures and behind the scenes tours at the museum. The Children’s Museum is offering “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” performances by the Wild Horse Theater April 18-20. Call them at 887-0438 or visit

http://www.wildhorsetheater.com.

The Brewery Arts Center is offering a concert by Michele Shocked, one of the first adult alternative singer-songwriters, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. May 2-5 the popular “Defending the Caveman” will return to the BAC, the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Call BAC at 883-1976 for information on the spring performance schedule.

May 10 brings the Western Nevada College Multi-Cultural Festival, highlighting different cultures, ethnic foods and desserts. Call 445-4453 for the details.

May 16-18 is Honor Our Troops Celebration, featuring a parade, classic car show, motorcycle show, fashion show and arts and crafts fair. Call 884-1989 for more information.

As you can see, there is plenty to do in the Capital City this spring, and even more can be found

on our Web site:

http://www.visitcarsoncity.com.

So call your family and friends, and make plans to enjoy all that we have to offer. Be sure to stop in our visitors’ center at 1900 South Carson St., right next to the Railroad Museum. Our helpful staff will get you all the information you need. Call us at 687-7410.

If a visitor should ask you what there is to do in Carson City, don’t send them to Reno, tell them to enjoy your home town!