The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
― Mitch Albom


What is happening, Main Street Gardnerville!

Spring has sprung in the Carson Valley. We were off to a snowy start but are on our way to the fourth false spring of the year. If you have lived here for any length of time, you know it’s only really spring once it’s summer! You must love and admire the tenacity of our flowers and blooming trees this time of year. As they emerge from their winter dormancy, they are the gentle reminder of the beauty of perseverance to hold out for sunny, warmer days ahead. It is also a reminder that the beginning of our Main Street Summer Series of events and celebrations is just around the corner!

May is the official kick-off to our event season, and we are excited to share some exciting and fun additions to the lineup. But before we do, we need to roll up our sleeves and get some work done at our annual Sweep the Town event on Saturday, May 11th, from 9 to 12 pm.

We encourage our community to grab a broom and meet us downtown as we sweep the remnants of winter out of the district in preparation for the first Third Thursday Wine Walk of the year. With construction, things might look different this year, but we assure you much work needs to be done. Last year, we had a tremendous turnout of just shy of 80 volunteers who contributed close to 300 hours and removed over 8 tons of debris from downtown! This event is open to EVERYONE, so bring your friends, and let’s kick some trash!

Did someone say Third Thursday Wine Walk? Mark your calendars; it is time for sipping, supporting your favorite small businesses, and strolling down Main Street. This year, our Third Thursday Wine Walk officially turns 15, and to celebrate, we are having a Merry Un-Birthday party! Join us as we celebrate the First TTWW of the year at our May’s Painting the Rosé Red – Mad Hatter Tea Party theme.

If wine isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Despite the name, our Third Thursday has something for everyone, from hydration stations to non-alcoholic options, food, and more. The Wine Walks are an excellent way to meet and support your local small business community and meet some pretty incredible people along the way. Season Passes are still available for a limited time, and pre-registration for the event is open and can be found HERE.

Do you want to paint a Mural?! We do! Main Street Gardnerville is excited to announce our Public Art Installation for 2024. This year, we will install our first Asphalt Art Installation on Ezel Street by Heritage Park Gardens as our first community-driven mural project from conceptualization to execution.

We have selected local artists Sherri and Eric Majors, who have completed large-scale chalk art pieces and won chalk art competitions over the last 15 years, as our lead artists on the project.  Under their direction, we are looking to collaborate with other local artists, the Town of Gardnerville, and the community at large through planning workshops for the concept and design of the art installation and implementation of the project through community paint nights to be hosted as a community “fill in the mural” paint-by-number events during the Town of Gardnerville’s Movies in the Park nights this summer. We invite you to be a part of the process! Our first meet-up is Wednesday, April 24th, at 5:00 pm at the Patio by DST Coffee. For more information, check out the flyer below!

We are mere weeks away from fresh organic produce back in the valley. The Just a Drop in Farmer’s Market returns Wednesday, May 15th, from 8 am to 1 pm at Heritage Park. Teresa has been working hard behind the scenes to make this year’s series better than ever. The market will be held every Wednesday through the summer until September 4th. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.

Speaking of fresh produce, the Heritage Park Gardeners are at it again with their annual Plant Faire and Expo on Saturday, May 18th, from 9–1 pm. Get a jump start on your garden with locally grown starter plants and hand-painted garden goodies available for donation to bring beauty and charm to your garden. The Heritage Park Gardens is a Main Street Gardnerville community garden project made possible through 100% volunteer efforts and donations. We have BIG visions in store for the gardens, like enclosed, raised gardening beds, electricity, and a greenhouse to extend our growing season to create further a space for the community to learn, grow, share, and beautify, and to cultivate and nurture our community together. Come support this event and our gardeners to help us make this vision a reality.

You may be wondering how we intend to pull it off with our downtown being an active construction site. Where there is a will, there is a way. I say this often and as often as possible: our local merchants and small businesses depend on us and our community for support now more than ever. With the increase in construction, interruptions to access, and traffic woes, our businesses have experienced a decrease in visitation and revenue. Support for them can come in the simplest ways, like sharing their social media content, stopping in for a quick visit, or purchasing gift certificates for later use. Construction won’t last forever, and we want to ensure our downtown is still thriving when the repave project wraps.

When will it all end?! Soon… ish. Nevada DOT and Sierra Nevada Construction are putting their heads down and getting the job done, with an optimistic wrap-up for the end of summer. We will continue to share updates on active construction sites and recommend alternative routes and parking hubs to access your favorite spots on our HWY 395 REPAVE PROJECT landing page. Besides, who needs roads when you can ditch the car and enjoy a stroll downtown… or a 5k fun run/walk? More on that below!

However you get here, we hope to see you soon on Main Street. There is always a little something for everyone downtown, and we are so excited to see you soon for more Main Street memory-making.

Until then, remember to support your local merchants and businesses, tip generously, and be kind to each other.

Until next time, Main Street!


Jen Nalder, Program Director
Main Street Gardnerville
Main Street Gardnerville is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to revitalize downtown Gardnerville utilizing design, organization, promotion & district vitality to develop a unique identity and preserve the historic nature of our community.