Boulder City Magazine® December 2009/January 2010 Issue
by Ginny Gottfredson, Sales Manager
Lake Mead Cruises
Boulder City is abuzz with Holiday activities for the whole family. Miss Amy’s Boulder City Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker on December 11, 12, and 13; at this writing, tickets are still available at just $20 per seat, $15 for seniors! Truly a seasonal highlight of sights and sounds for the senses!
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|December 5 is a busy one for Boulder City with Santa’s Picture Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bicentennial Park Gazebo. Will Santa be tuckered out when his Electric Night Parade kicks off at 4:30? Wow, there’s still time to head for Lake Mead Boat Owner’s Parade of Lights! December 12, Henderson offers their WinterFest Parade at 10 a.m., also a craft fair, activities for youngsters, and ice skating.
Neat Nevada Notes: Perched at 6,000’ in the Virginia Range only 15 miles from Carson City, is Virginia City, once a boisterous mining community of 15,000 residents. It’s about 14,000 shy today, but boasts a million or so annual visitors. The Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859. As the first major silver ore deposit in the country, it ultimately yielded between 4 and 7 hundred million dollars worth of silver! A little bit bawdy and bursting with history, in 1961 Virginia City received designation as a National Historic Landmark. Every October, 3-person teams compete in World Championship Outhouse Races, and there is a Parade featuring the VC Plungerettes. The event was born when the State Legislature banned outhouses in the early 1990s… only in Nevada! International Camel Races take off in September. Alice Springs, Australia, Virginia City’s sister city, hosts Camel Races too. Quirky but not unique to Virginia City is the Mountain Oyster Festival every March. Traditional events celebrate 4th of July and an International Chile Cook-off. The Bucket of Blood, one of my favorites, hails from 1876. It has been owned and operated by the McBride Family since 1931, www.bucketofblood saloonvc.com. For more on Nevada’s Virginia City, visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com, or 800.718.7587. Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” gives readers an intriguing perspective on Virginia City, and is available to read at no charge on-line www.mtwain.com or check with the BC Library.
Contact Ginny at Lake Mead Cruises, www.lakemeadcruises.com.
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