Philharmonic will tune up on the Fourth |

Philharmonic will tune up on the Fourth

by Mellisa Murphy, staff writer

Mormon Station State Park in Genoa will be the site of the 17th annual “Pops in the Park” Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, presented by the Sierra Philharmonic League.

“We offer a lot of good, clean, family fun,” said Brenda Robertson, publicity chair of the Sierra Philharmonic League. “My kids come all the way from Santa Cruz, Calif., to see and hear us.”

Musical entertainment, the centerpiece of the festivities, begins at 3 p.m. with the 40-member Reno Silver Dollar Chorus. The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 5 p.m., with a repertoire of classic patriotic pieces, including a tribute to the men and women of the armed forces.

This year, the philharmonic will be conducted by Mark Lenz, filling in for conductor Barry Jerkowsky, who has another commitment conducting with his Bay-area orchestra, Robertson said.

The concert is free, but tickets are available at $5 each for a drawing to conduct the orchestra in a piece.

“People who have participated in the conducting in the past have had just a great time. It’s so much fun for them,” Robertson said.

John O’Neill, director of the Carson Valley Violin School, will also be conducting original compositions.

A silent auction, with more than 150 items, will also take place. Items up for bid include paintings, hunting packages and overnight trips.

The park will be open all day. The public is invited to bring picnics and food will also be sold by The Minden/Douglas Elks Club #2670, including homemade cookies provided by the Sierra Philharmonic League. T-shirts featuring the “Pops in the Park” logo will be sold at the event. Dogs are prohibited from the park, as well as high-backed chairs.

For information about “Pops in the Park,” call Brenda Robertson at 267-2403.

n Virginia City will also be hosting a full day of Fourth of July festivities, including a barbecue, parade, dinner/dance and raffle.

The barbecue, hosted by the Virginia City Boosters Club, will start at 11 a.m., with a $5 lunch of hamburger or hot dog, with salad and beans. Proceeds from the barbecue will be donated to the Virginia City graduating class of 2001.

Entry forms for the parade are available at the chamber car, free of charge. Forming up for the parade begins at noon, at the Fourth Ward School.

The dinner/dance, beginning at 6 p.m., will be held at the Old Train Depot on E Street. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Comstock Cowboys. A New York steak dinner is included in the price of admission. Various door prizes will be raffled, including a Colt .44 pistol.

Tickets for the dinner/dance are available at the Old Washoe Club and Muldoon’s for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Virginia City Middle School.

For more information about Virginia City events, call Julie Lee at (775) 847-0311.

n South Lake Tahoe will be hosting “Lights on the Lake 2000,” a professional fireworks display. The event begins at 9:45 p.m., accompanied by patriotic music broadcast by KRLT FM 93.9. The display, set up on barges on the lake, is visible from Nevada Beach to Camp Richardson. Viewers are encouraged to arrive early.

n Carson City’s professional firework display will begin at dusk at Mills Park, following a carnival that begins today and runs through July 4.