Summer kick-off

The Reno Days Festival celebrates the city’s namesake with free music.

“Remember Reno!" That was the battle cry of the Union troops at the Battle of Antietam back in September, 1862. No, the soldiers weren’t recalling special moments at Nevada brothels. They were honoring Major Gen. Jesse Lee Reno, who’d died defending the Union in the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, less than a week earlier. Reno remembers its namesake with neighborhood beautification, historical reenactments, free music, and vendors of food, beer and crafts at this year’s Reno Days Festival June 1-2 at Wingfield Park. Volunteers (like you) will meet at 7 a.m. at the Arlington Street Bridge to spend a couple of hours pulling weeds, planting flowers and picking up litter. The Saturday free music line-up starts at 10:30 a.m., and includes Sierra Nevada Master Chorale, Wild Creek Bluegrass Band, Back 40, Jason King Band, Guitar Woody & the Boilers and It’s a Beautiful Day. Sunday’s music starts at 11 a.m. with Jakki Ford, then continues with T-Bone Stone, Image Blue, Deja Blues, Fat Chance and Little Charlie and the Nightcats. For more info on the clean-up, call 321-2594. For festival details, call 334-2594.