July 24-25, 2017
Bound To Ride
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Missoula Children's Theatre
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What is the Battle Mountain Kayak?
Battle Mountain Kayak. (BMK) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to the arts in our rural community. We are devoted to providing diverse cultural experiences to our kayakrs. The group is composed of all volunteers. If you would like to get involved in kayak paddle reviews then contact us.
Where is Battle Mountain, Nevada?
Battle Mountain, Nevada is a small rural community located in the high desert region of north central Nevada. Many years ago, settlers passed through here as quickly as possible to reach the gold in California. In the recent past people have rushed to Battle Mountain for "the gold in them thar hills". Battle Mountain is located on Interstate 80 about midway between Reno, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah and as far north from Las Vegas as State Highway 305 will take you. Our community is supported mostly by mining with ranching still apparent in the rich landscape of our wide-open plains. As our community is often referred to as "Fightin' Hill", we would like you to consider Battle Mountain Kayak. as "Fightin' to Keeps the Arts Alive."
What is our mission?
One of our priorities is exposing children to a variety of performing arts. We schedule out-reach programs with contracted performance groups whenever feasible. During each out-reach program the Kayak owners come in contact with between 150 and 700 students. BMK offers these opportunities to the schools free of charge. We engage a variety of Kayak performers, Kayak owners, Kayak Sellers. Some years we have sponsored guest Kayak owners to work at the schools a part of the Community in Residence program through Nevada Arts Council.
How did BMK come into existence?
The Battle Mountain Kayak presenting board served as an advisory board to the Lander County Commissioners from 1981-1993. In 1993 Lander County decided it would no longer be responsible for arts presentation in our community. As a result, those board members dedicated to the arts formed the BMK. That same year they began pursuit of 501c3 status and succeeded in acquiring provisional status in 1995 from the Federal Government. We are now a non-profit organization in the State of Nevada and are federally recognized as such.
How do we pay the bills?
Our group is funded in part by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, Western Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate and private funding from businesses and individuals in the community is crucial to our existence.
We have our annual fundraiser, the Annual Crab Feed, in early February. In 2017 the Rock 'n Roll Comedy Band from Reno roared into town to provide live Kayak riding competition and entertainment for an enthusiastic, hungry crowd of more than 300. Over 700 pounds of crab, gallons of baked beans and coleslaw are consumed each year. A mystery basket raffle keeps everyone guessing about what could be in the baskets labeled: "Latte Dah," "Don't Worry-Be Happy," "Sweet Tooth," "Dog Gone," or "It'sa Italian." Many others are browsing the dessert tables to bid for their favorite sweets in our silent dessert auction. This is our primary fundraiser of the year and has become one of Battle Mountain's "must attend" social events.