Upcoming Events

Open May 1st – October 31st

Monday, April 14th 12:00 pm to

Daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 Adults, $3 Children (6-12)
Children under 6 free with an adult.

Party 5 – Mining on the Comstock

Thursday, August 7th 11:30 am to Thursday, August 7th 2:30 pm

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Gold Hill Hotel

Prospectors panning and sampling rock in Gold Canyon was the beginning of the
Comstock Mining District. The District’s mining and milling activities since the early 1859
discoveries continues into the present. Ron James will guide you through that history
starting with an overview and lunch at the Gold Hill Hotel. Following lunch, Ron will
take you on a tour of the Donovan Mill, American Flat, and the current mining of
Comstock Mining, Inc.

Comstock Mining, Inc.

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $75
Non-Members $82

Number of guests: 12

Party 6 – Comstock Collage

Saturday, August 16th 1:00 pm to Saturday, August 16th 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Historic Fourth Ward School

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to be inspired to create your own Comstock Collage.
An abundant supply of historic images will be available along with everything you need
to piece together your unique visual history of the exciting Comstock era. All you need
to bring is your imagination and expectations of a fun, rewarding afternoon. Once the
masterpieces are completed, we will celebrate with wine and light fare.

Host: Marian Samuelson

Sponsors: Ion Design – Marian Samuelson

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $60
Non-Members $66

Number of guests: 6

Party 8 – First Book of Mixology

Friday, August 22nd 4:00 pm to Friday, August 22nd 6:00 pm

Friday, August 22, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ponderosa Saloon

Jerry Thomas was America’s first great bartender/mixologist, who wrote the 1862
first bartending guide, How to Mix Drinks? He had a bar in Virginia City, San Francisco,
and later New York City. Forbes magazine had an article in October of 2007 about
Jerry Thomas entitled “The Edison of Booze.” He is featured in the book Imbibe! From
Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry
Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar
. Enjoy an evening cocktail and learn first hand about
some of the tricks of the trade of bartending aka mixology.

Hosts: Cherrie Bailey

Sponsor: Ponderosa Saloon

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $40
Non-Members $45

Number of guests: 8

Party 9 – Find the Comstock Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 23rd 11:00 am to Saturday, August 23rd 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Historic Fourth Ward School (starting place)

Do you really know where the events of the Comstock took place or whose house was
whose? Join the fun and discover what you do or don’t know and maybe some new
places. You will be divided into 2 teams and will be driven by a chauffeur, who you will tell
where to go according to a list of clues. Once you find the location, you will take a photo
with your cell phone. After you complete the list, rejoin the other group at the home of
Joan Johnson for a rewarding lunch and show and tell with your photos and exploits. P.S.
Your chauffeur cannot help you.

Hosts: FWS and Joan Johnson

Sponsor: Cathy and Bill Cobb

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $50
Non-members $55

Number of guests: 8

Party 10 – Steampunk Creations

Sunday, September 7th 10:00 am to Sunday, September 7th 2:00 pm

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Historic Fourth Ward School

Steampunk is an aesthetic movement and term used to describe science fiction and
fantasy in a Victorian steam-powered setting. It blends elements of technology and
romance and can be seen in literature, art, music and fashion. Create your own
steampunk rendition from gears, spectacles, switches, and miscellaneous metal bits and
pieces. Take a break and enjoy an untechnical lunch.

Host: Honey Tapley

Sponsor: Bentley Biofuels

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $60
Non-Members $66

Number of guests: 8

Party 11 – Virginia City and Imperial San Francisco

Saturday, September 13th 6:00 pm to Saturday, September 13th 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cafe Del Rio

Dr. Gray Brechin, PhD., U.C. Berkeley, will make history come alive as he reveals stories
about many San Francisco dynasties built with Comstock silver and stocks. The Bonanza
Kings—Mackay, Fair, Flood and O’Brien—The Bank Crowd—Sharon and Ralston– and
other prominent Comstockers had an impact on San Francisco’s cityscape such as the
Fairmont and Palace Hotels, Sutro Heights, and the Hearst, Flood, Sharon and Hobart
buildings. A delightful dinner in the special room upstairs in the Cafe Del Rio completes
your “virtual visit” to Imperial San Francisco.

Host: Gray Brechin

Sponsor: Kathy and Rick Odynski

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $100
Non-Members $110

Number of guests: 12

Party 12 – Drunks, Fools and Lunatics

Sunday, September 14th 11:00 am to Sunday, September 14th 1:00 pm

Sunday, September 14, 2014,11:00 – 1:00 pm
Core at the Cider Factory

Early accounts of the Comstock portray early prospectors as ‘bumbling fools and fast-
talking charlatans.” Ron James will help you interpret the myth of the prospectors’
tale and the legend of the Wild West. One thing will be “for real”—a delectable
brunch prepared by Core.

Host: Ron James

Sponsor: Advanced Dentistry by Design

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $85
Non-Members $95

Number of guests: 10

Party 4 – Hand Bookbinding: Guaranteed to Have You in Stitches

Tuesday, September 16th 6:00 pm to Tuesday, October 7th 8:00 pm

Rescheduled to a series of 4 workshops:
Tuesday, September 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bookbinding is the process of making a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper
or other material typically with some type of book cover. There are many types of binding techniques
ranging from hand stitching methods to adhesives to machine binding. In this class, the Bradel
binding technique will be taught. Bradel binding, also called a German case binding, is a durable,
popular method of bookbinding in which the case is built on the book. Attendees will learn the
basics of this historical structure, from sewing onto linen tapes to building a case covered in cloth and
marbled or hand-made papers, and will end the day with a finished hand-bound book. However, it is
not all about bookbinding. You will take a break at noon with a lovely lunch catered by Core Dining.

Leanne Bakkemo and Jen Chapman

Sponsor: AT&T

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $85
Non-Members $95

Number of guests: 10

Party 13 – High Tea Above Tahoe: Mt. Tallac Summit Parlay

Sunday, September 21st 7:30 am to Sunday, September 21st 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:30 am- 6:00 pm
Carpool from Carson City

Tallac is the mountain with the snow cross looming over Fallen Leaf Lake. Have you ever
been to the top? Your guides will take you to the summit and serve you a “high” tea as an
award for your efforts. Incredible views persist along the entire route to the summit of this
peak, which dominates the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. The summit affords without
question the best panorama in the Tahoe Sierra. Warning: do not eat too much at the
high tea, you do have to hike back down. You will have to schedule a nap later on your
own time. Moderately difficult hike.

Hosts: Shannon and Jay Hataway

Price per person:
Fourth Ward School Members $60
Non-Members $66

Number of Guests: 8

All events are held at the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum at 537 South C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, unless otherwise noted. For more information please call 775-847-0975.