This years’ Second Annual Family Picnic at the Bowers Mansion turned out to be another success with a fun summer time feel! There were more children this year, and a convenient playground, and expansive lawn area for all to enjoy. Once again, GrillMaster Andy served up some great burgers, hotdogs & sausages while Club Members brought an assortment of great side dishes including but not limited to: salads, pizzas and even Filipino appetizers.
Tours of historic Bowers Mansion was enjoyed by some, while others played games such as: horseshoes, Assassin, and participated in hoola-hoop and pie-eating contests! It was all fun and games until someone got hurt as two of the ‘big boys’ had their own version of hoola-hoop and one, Jeff Whitesides, scored in winning a trophy for his very graceful movement which now will forever be referred to as a “Whitesides”. This graceful movement resulted in a broken tibia and fibia at the ankle requiring surgery. Our best for a speedy recovery to Jeff.
About Bowers Mansion Park
Bowers Mansion Park is on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. Expansive sunny lawn areas and lots of tall shade trees make this a perfect spot for picnics. We have reserved the Washoe Pagoda.
The pool will be open from noon to 5:00 pm for public swim, (weather permitting). For more information about the pool, swimming lessons or renting the pool for an event, please call 849-0644
The recently restored Bowers Mansion is located in the center of the park and offers a rare glimpse into Nevadan life of the 1860’s. L.S. “Sandy” Bowers and his psychic wife, Eilley Oram, earned a fortune in their silver mine near Gold Hill, Nevada. They were Nevada’s first Comstock Lode millionaires. With their wealth they built a mansion in 1864 and then traveled the world to furnish it. It is now one of the most impressive restored homes in Nevada. Tours are available on weekends during the summer. Adults: $8/person and Child & Seniors $5/person.
The Visitors Center is located directly behind the Mansion. The mansion is open for guided tours. Call (775) 849-0201 to schedule a tour.