submitted by Amy Pason
For those of you planning your adventure in advance, check out our local host website for more information: http://campusguides.unr.edu/wscareno . But here’s more of what you can expect from your visit to WSCA:
Getting around town: There will be taxis at the ready at the Nugget resort, or you can take a ride on our very affordable public transportation between downtown Sparks and downtown Reno: http://www.rtcwashoe.com/ . If you like to drive yourself, Enterprise is offering our participants the Nevada System of Higher Education discount if you wanted your own wheels to see the sites: http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?bid=028&refId=NSHE080.
Mardi Gras and the Nugget: You don’t have to even leave the conference site to get in on some great entertainment and fun! Because our conference coincides with Mardi Gras weekend, the Nugget will have performances by Dr. John, Andre Thierry and Zydeco Music and other lives shows throughout the weekend. You could probably even catch some beads while you dine at the Bayou themed buffet!
Music and More: The nearby Grand Sierra Resort (http://www.grandsierraresort.com/) offers a variety of events for all ages. You can hit some golf balls at their driving range, bowl a few frames at their 24 hour alley, or get in some country line dancing to local bands. For the more adventurous, Marilyn Manson is scheduled to perform over the weekend. Hip hop fans can catch local acts at the Knitting Factory: http://re.knittingfactory.com/event/?id=3322094.
Theater: Reno boasts many local theater and performing groups, and while WSCA is in town, the Goodluck Macbeth Company (http://www.goodluckmacbeth.org/) will be performing: Circle Mirror Transformation.
Sports: For WSCA goers looking for Monday night entertainment the D-League basketball team, the Reno Big Horns, will be taking on the Maine Red Claws: : http://www.nba.com/dleague/reno/.
Museums: For every interest there is a museum! The Discovery Museum (http://www.nvdm.org/index.php) is offering convention goers- $2 off the price of Admission! The Nevada Museum of Art (http://www.nevadaart.org/exhibitions/index) currently has exhibits as diverse as Native American Art from the Great Basin, to the community based art of Kim Abeles, to contemporary drawings.
Skiing: The snow has been good this year, and if you have a few hours, escaping to the mountains is only a 30 minute drive away. Our local staff will have all the latest ski information and direct you on where to go. Even if flying downhill isn’t your idea of a good time, trails around Lake Tahoe are also available for snowshoeing, or you can glance at the mountains by eating at great restaurants and the many towns dotting the lake.
There really is so much to see and do—and we can’t wait to make your trip an adventure to remember!