Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Topaz Lake Fishing Excursion


Topaz Lake fishing season is coming up fast, and January 1st kicks off the Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby as well. Skip the confusion and use this fishing excursion itinerary to pick up a few pointers on your casting, get expert tips, and perfect your fish story over a hearty meal.

To get the fish while they are biting you might want to hit the road early, but a 7:30am start is not required.

7:30am - 12:30pm
Established in 1994, The Angler's Edge proudly services the 
local and visiting fly fishers of the Eastern Sierra.

~ 7:30am ~

Fill up for your fishing tour at Topaz Lodge.

~ 8:30am – 12:30pm ~

The Angler’s Edge guided trips in California and Nevada are geared to your particular needs and experience level. Guides have an intimate knowledge of fishing on Topaz Lake. Fishing tips, conservation education,
and emphasis on catching your trophy fish included!

 1:00pm – 2:00pm ~

Head back to Gardnerville for lunch at El Aguila Real,
to get your fish story straight.

*Itineraries are provided as samples and are subject to availability and seasonal considerations. Service provider conditions and rates apply. Tour includes education about conservation and wildlife management.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Corley Ranch Harvest Festival

Pumpkins! ©Ali Moffitt

©Ali Moffitt

Pig Race

I found it.....The Perfect Pumpkin!

The Corley Ranch Harvest Festival begins every year starting October 1st and runs through October 31st.  Bring the whole family for fun fall activities including: 
Hay Slide
 Kiddie Land Straw Maze 
Farm Animals
Miniature Golf (Brand New Rebuilt) 
Bounce House
Pig Races
Hay Wagon Rides (Every Half Hour)
Haunted Corn Maze 
Huck & Chuck 101 Trampoline Show
There will also be food, crafters and other vendors on site.  The Pumpkin Sales & Country Store is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission to the Corley Ranch M-F is free.  Bring your little ghosts & goblins and join in the fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Genoa Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire

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A view of Job's Peak ©Ali Moffitt 

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oodles of Arts & Crafts ©Ali Moffitt 

AHHH...Candy! ©Ali Moffitt 

©Ali Moffitt 
The Genoa "Candy Dance" originated in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for the small, but enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada's first settlement. Lillian Virgin Finnegan, daughter of then prominent Judge Daniel Webster Virgin, suggested the idea of a dance and making candy to pass around during the dance as an incentive for a good "turn-out" of couples.

With the help of her aunt, Jane Raycraft Campbell, and the female populous of Genoa, delicious samples of candy really made the evening special. Of course, the midnight supper served at the Raycraft Hotel was, as always, a culinary delight. So, if the candy did not entice people to join in the fun, the midnight supper was surely an incentive.

The Genoa community did raise the needed funds for streetlights, but realized the monthly electric bill had to be paid. The candy makers were then called upon each year to help promote the "Candy Dance" and pay a year's worth of electricity for the streetlights throughout the town. This annual event became the "Big Event of the Season." Couples came from Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville and surrounding areas to join in the evening's fun.

The Arts & Crafts Faire was added in the 1970s, and later became a two-day event. The first Faire was held on the front lawn of a private residence in Sierra Shadows on Genoa Lane with twelve vendors. A few years later the popular Faire was moved to the Mormon Station Historic State Monument grounds. Expanding proved necessary and now Faire exhibitors are also found along Nixon Street, and along the sides of Genoa Lane and Main Street. With all the people visiting the Faire these days, the streets in and out of Genoa are temporarily closed during the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles bring people from the main parking lots on Genoa Lane and Foothill Road, as well as the limited parking lot at the Genoa Cemetery.

The "Candy Dance" is still held each year with music from a live band playing everything from rock-n-roll, country-western, swing and hop to waltzes for all ages. Everyone is invited to the Saturday night dinner and dance. A limited number of tickets are sold to the event. 2009's dinner-dance in Genoa Park was a huge success with over 700 tickets sold.

Generation after generation has continued the candy making and Faire tradition. The funds raised by the Town of Genoa during the Candy Dance weekend provide a substantial portion of the town's annual budget. We will be celebrating the "Candy Dance" as long as we have volunteers to keep it going, and we thank all our volunteers for their hard work.

We are looking forward to this year's Candy Dance on Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th from 9am - 5pm.
The Dinner & Dance will be on Saturday from 4:30pm - 10pm. All tickets may be purchased at the Genoa Town Offices or by phone 775-782-8696, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner and Dance Only tickets will also be available at the at the entrance, if room allows.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sealed With A Kiss......Your Special Day in Carson Valley!

©Stephanie Secrest-Jacobs Family Berry Farm
©Belinda Grant Photography

©Belinda Grant Photography
Planning a wedding?  Have you dreamed about have a wedding with a picturesque mountain view as your backdrop? Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.  Maybe you would prefer a down home wedding in the county in a barn?  Have you ever considered getting married at a Berry Farm? Jacobs Family Berry Farm. Or maybe you'd prefer 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs & Resort.  If any of this sounds like a dream come true for your perfect day, then you have come to the right place.  Carson Valley offers accessible, easy to find venues for a day filled with memories that you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime. Carson Valley offers such a variety of venues that it will be hard to narrow down and choose.  Need a professional photographer, caterer, flowers or music?  We have that covered for you too!  Come, Stay and Plan your special day in the Carson Valley.   Visit Carson Valley

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Fun in the Carson Valley

Carson Valley is just 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe where the night skies are lit up by stars rather than neon.  On the warm, summer evenings you can enjoy a plethora of family fun activities.  Starting in May through August, the GE Family Concert Series takes place in the gazebo at Minden Park.  Unwind with your family and friends with your favorite food on a picnic blanket and enjoy the live entertainment.  Watch as the sun goes down to music that fills the air with fun, laughter and memories that you will create to last your summer.  Come. Stay and Play in the Carson Valley!
All concerts start at 6:30pm except Foreigner Unauthorized on August 26th, starts at 6pm.

*May 27-  Paperback Writer (The Beatles Experience)
*June 17- Nathan Owens Motown & Soul Review
*July 15- Jelly Bread
*August 5- Catch A Wave (A Tribute to the Beach Boys)
*August 26- Foreigner Unauthorized (A Salute To Foreigner)

Friday, May 27, 2016

©Ali Moffitt

Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour June 16 - June 19

The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will be making their third stop at the
Everybody is welcome!

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Over Sixty years ago they flew from bases far from home, over occupied and enemy territory in an attempt to weaken the forces of evil so that freedom could once again return to the people who it was stolen from. Their endurance was tested on missions of ten or more hours, day after day; their strength was proven as they returned countless crews safely back to their bases. Crews counted on them and a bond was made between man and machine...
... Now they fly on missions that are quite different than those of so long ago. Their mission for today is to educate the world about our courageous World War II veterans and to remember those who have left us. These aircraft stand as tributes to their crews and fly on as living history to enlighten future generations.

The best way to relive this history is to take a once-in-a-lifetime flight on board the B-17, B-24 & P-51. The Collings Foundation is proud to offer our Flight Experiences on our Wings of Freedom Tour in over 110 cities annually.

Imagine yourself soaring on board the flagships of the USAAF Strategic Bombing fleet of WWII. Take your position in the crew and experience a taste of what it may have been like in WWII. Sit as bombardier, stand as waist gunner, monitor flight activity as a flight engineer would as you observe the pilots flying the mighty bombers. You can wander through the plane as you like.

Every flight helps to defray maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft that have reached over $4000 per operating hour per aircraft. Maintained to the highest standards and flown by highly experienced pilots, our aircraft safety standards are second to none.
A Flight Experience is an exciting and historic opportunity. The B-17, B-24 and B-25 have been known worldwide as the backbones of Allied air power of WWII and now is your chance to fly aboard!

Walk-through tours are available on the following dates & times at the

6/16/2016 - 2:00 PM till 5:00 PM
6/17/2016 - 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
6/18/2016 - 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
6/19/2016 - 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM

Admission for the walk-through tours is $12 Adults / $6 Children 12 and under.

You can also take a flight on one of these historic aircraft!

Flights take place before and after tours.
30-minute flight on the B-17 or B-24
$450 per person
30-minute flight training on the P-51C
60-minute flight training on the P-51C
30-minute B-25 flight
$400 per person.

For more information visit: 
or Minden-Tahoe Airport 775-782-9871 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Experience Water Recreation in Carson Valley

Carson Valley plays host to the Annual Fishing Derby at Topaz Lake.  The fishing derby takes place the beginning of January through mid April  Catch a tagged fish and win FREE cash.  In addition to fishing, Topaz Lake has great sites for camping, tent or RV.  Throw the hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and experience the fresh mountain lake through paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, boating, water skiing and so much more.  You can also hike, bike or off-road until your hearts content with the unbounded and unrestricted open land to explore as far as your eye can see.
Carson Valley offers many well-appointed accommodations that will make you want to Stay and Play and experience as many outdoor activities that you want to do and create memories that will keep you coming back.