Jessica Estepa

Gerlach History

The town of Gerlach sits about 100 miles northeast of Reno. More than a two-hour drive from any semblance of a city, the town has become known as an outpost for the Burning Man Festival, as well as the kind of place where residents can count on their neighbors for food and comfort.

The town, along with Empire, had a total of 499 residents in the 2000 census.

Gerlach was founded in 1906, when construction began on the Feather River Route of the Western Pacific Railroad. The route connected Oakland, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada

When Stephanie Richardson was in a car accident in 2005, she lost the fingers on her left hand. But instead of letting it keep her down, it inspired her to follow her dreams. Richardson, a professional actress who moved to Reno in 2000, thought she might open her own theater program one day. After the accident, she decided to make it a reality, resulting in the birth of the TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada (TWNN).

Nevada Shakespeare Company

The Nevada Shakespeare Company produces humanities-based works for theater and film in northern Nevada, emphasizing the arts and education. Over the years, the company was best known for its innovative interpretations of Shakespeare and presenting new works with a social emphasis. Today, the company focuses on its Shakespeare in School program and produces two to three main-stage plays each year with local teen and professional actors.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard's words and ideas to life against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe's shores. Drawing more than 30,000 people to Sand Harbor each July and August, the festival presents classic Shakespeare works as well as contemporary works and musical performances.

Gold 'N Silver Inn

The Gold 'N Silver's motto is simple: “Like home, we never close.”

Located on Fourth Street near Keystone Avenue in Reno, Gold 'N Silver is known for being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what the weather looks like outside. Since it first opened its doors, the restaurant has become the place for state legislators to drink coffee while talking politics and for parents to take their children out for dinner.

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