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Arts, crafts show set for historic Belmont Courthouse

Updated June 21, 2019 - 1:55 pm

The Belmont Courthouse will again be bustling with activity during the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse annual arts and crafts show on June 29-July 4, organizers announced.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday through Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

The Belmont Courthouse was completed in 1876 and heard its last case in 1905 when the Nye County seat moved to Tonopah. The Friends of the Belmont Courthouse, a nonprofit formed in 2011, is dedicated to restoring the historic courthouse and every sale at the arts and crafts show benefits those restoration efforts, organizers say.

“The show has been growing every year and this will be the best show yet. Items for sale include crafts made from the original 1876 courthouse lath, original Western art by former Tonopah art teacher Frances Clark, an intricate wood carving of a hummingbird by Nevada native and master carver Janet Johnson, and many other original items, including jewelry, quilts, paintings, home decor and more,” said Colleen Rice, chairwoman of the arts and crafts show.

“Many of the items were inspired by and designed to show off Nevada pride, the theme of the show,” Rice said.

The Friends of the Belmont Courthouse also announced that this year’s featured speaker is Patricia (“Pat”) Ferraro Klos of Reno, Nevada. Pat will speak at 1:30 p.m. on July 4 in the courthouse.

“Pat is a dynamic, vivacious speaker and a Nevada native with deep roots in seven of Nevada’s counties. She is a retired educator, a published author and a well-respected historic preservationist. Her speech, entitled ‘Glimpses: a different look at Nevada’ will enlighten, inform and entertain,” said Francie Terras, a member of the arts and crafts show committee.

For more information about the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse or to see photographs of many of the items available at its arts and crafts show, go to belmontcourthouse.net or the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse Facebook page.

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