A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Monday, August 08, 2005

Hot August Nights

Living in the Sierras biases a person against wanting to attend large events in big cities. The beauty of the mountains, together with the peace and quiet, lack of traffic, and generally laid-back atmosphere all conspire to have a lulling effect, making things going on even twenty miles away, seem unimportant to the bliss at hand.

However, we made an exception this weekend, since our two nieces were going to be visiting Glenn's brother Dave at his newly-purchased home in Reno. Dave also wanted me to come over and see the place, and help him alter his acquired landscaping by digging up and hauling home the rose bushes. I am a sucker for roses, so we stopped and got five gallon pots, a spading fork and two cubic yards of potting soil at the nearby Home Depot, but the roses took a back seat to Hot August Nights. This event began in 1986 to help promote tourism to the Reno-Sparks area, and has gotten HUGE. It now lasts five days, with multiple venues for the hundreds of cars that officially register to "show and shine", and there are two main "cruises", open periods in the evening where a portion of the downtown in each of the adjoining cities is closed and the classic cars cruise around the block, to the delight of visitors... with up to 5000 car entries from 1972 or earlier, there is an amazing assortment to see.

There are now several major locations, with craft shows and live music and other entertainment at each, all day and into the night. There is also a grand parade on Sunday morning, although we skipped that part. We went to Victorian Square in Sparks, where Dave's company, PC Doctor, had a V.I.P. table reserved on the grounds of the Silver City casino, with the promise of free food and drink. Since we couldn't have dinner till 5:30 P.M., we wandered around checking out the cars and the crafts, and got caught in a summer thundershower. The Reno-Sparks area is high mountain desert, and of course, water only comes in buckets, so we had to find places to stay under cover for the hour or so of intermittant rain.

That didn't keep my DH Glenn and niece Jamie from having a good time....

Glenn and Jamie chasing each other through the fountain... we all got wet anyway from the afternoon thundershower. Posted by Picasa

I found this way cool necklace, featuring five (the exactly correct number) donkeys, at the crafts show. Posted by Picasa

After eating, it was time to watch the cruise... and we tried to find a place to stand where there weren't any large puddles left. Luckily, the rain stopped about an hour before the cruise started.

This is an example of the detailing featured on many of the customized classics attending Hot August Nights. Posted by Picasa

This one had a terrific paint job and a flame-shooting exhuast system... a real crowd pleaser. The folks standing below us were holding signs saying "Rev It Up"! Posted by Picasa

Very cute! Posted by Picasa

This was the most unique car we saw during the cruise... a shark head emerging from the engine compartment, custom palm tree upholstery on the inside, and, of course, aging surf bums in Hawaiian shirts riding inside with their antique boards on top. Being a California grrl, I just loved it! Posted by Picasa

We ended the night by celebrating Alison's 14th birthday. Posted by Picasa

I did get some knitting done, in fact about eight inches of the body of my Berrocco Cotton Twist tank top are now completed. Sallee is moving right along with her shawl. In fact, if I knew how to make and post a button, I would start a Cotton Twist KnitAlong... there are already two of us, so give me a shout if you want to join, or can help me solve the technical problems so I can make a Cotton Twist gallery of photos this week. Happy Knitting!


Blogger Kary said...

LOVE the shark's head car!!! Oh MY!!

4:31 AM  
Anonymous margene said...

How wonderful to find a necklace made just for you! Happy Birthday Alison!
(I love that car!)

8:39 AM  
Blogger FaeryCrafty said...

Happy Birthday Alison! Thanks for sharing all of the pictures with us.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Wasn't it crazy!

We drove over last Wednesday to go shopping and just checked out the cars at Harrah's.

I didn't even KNOW about the craft fair....but we cut or day short anyway. There was a two year old that was tired and cranky and needed sleep!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous caroline said...

woot, girl! Jamie and Alison are adorable and DH is also a cutie...have you read Dad Gone Mad (2 or 3 posts back). He refers to his lovely wife as Hot Wife. bet you two could take a page from his book.
all the best,

7:02 PM  

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