Opening Event – Garden Party – Fri., Aug. 9
The Opening Event of the festival is actually two events on adjacent corners of Robinson and Mountain Streets:
At the Bliss Mansion (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
Art Exhibit, Demonstrations, and Sale – On the Bliss Porch, Lawn, and Inside: Debbie Anderson, pottery; Pam Brekas, multi-media; Cyndy Brenneman, watercolor; Clair Bridwell, pottery; Dana Childs, watercolor; Kristy Dial, unique painted gourds; Julie Grady, Due Sorella recycled goods; Peggy Ione, watercolor; Edith Isidoro-Mills, photography; Karen Kreyeski, multi-media; Maggie M., acrylics; Susan McCarthy, essential oils for animals; Robin McGregor, pottery; Julie Mitchell Raithel, multi-media; Rachelle Remington, multi-media; Kathleen Stemler, Zentangle animal art; Margaret Stillwell, multimedia/oils; Deborah Stevenson, acrylics; Kim VanZyll, Zentangle, LaVonne Vasick, watercolor.
Recycled Garden Art Exhibit, Sale, and Raffle – On the Lawn
Jo Hart, Ruth Hart, Marti Cockell, Mo White, Dave Jones, Mary Grace Miluck, Betsy Sadowski, Cyndy Brenneman, Jim Hoeft Mark Twain Garden Club, Touched by an Angel Garden Shop, Waste Management, and more!
Runway Mannequin ~ Silent Auction ~ My Personal Peacock by Cyndy Brenneman – project of Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition. (For more information on the mannequins, go to the Mannequin Auction page.)
Poster Contest Display and Raffle – In the Dining Room
Reta Hanks, Bob Hickox, Bradley Catmull, Cindy Whitaker, and Kaylie Ann Atteberry
Bliss Mansion Tours – Tour the 3-story, 8,000-plus sq. ft., 15-room Italianate-style Victorian mansion, completed in 1879 by
millionaire Duane L. Bliss. It was the biggest, most elaborate home in Nevada at the time. Donation requested for tour.
Delicious Food ~ Nevada Nosh food truck – John Hurzel, owner. No host Bar.
Fabulous Live Music ~ Rocky Tatarelli Quartet – On the Lawn
Legendary Detroit saxophonist Rocky Tatarelli brings a star-studded band to the opening event. He features Craig Fletcher, guitar and vocals; Tom Stryker, chromatic harmonica; and Bill Heise, drums and percussion. Rockytatarelli.com
Then, move across the street to the Governor’s Mansion (from 6:30-8:00 p.m.) for Cherie Shipley and Take This!