Reindeer Lodge Opens For Benefit

RENO, NV - “And this is one of our featured items is a baby grand piano,”: Reindeer Lodge Owner Gary Schmidt says as he shows us what's up for auction this weekend.

Schmidt shows us some of the contents of the lodge that sits on the Mt. Rose Highway.

The ticket on one of the rafters harkens back to the time Schmidt had the place open full=time with live musical entertainment, when the bands weren't allowed to play in casinos.

“I had Elvin Bishop, Eric Burden and the Animals, Elton John, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell,” says Schmidt as he describes the talent that appeared in the lodge's heyday.

But as the years went on Schmidt says, so did other opportunities for not only the bands but himself.

He ventured into antiques and collectables, and with too much stuff, he's decided to auction off 200 lots of items with money going to a proposed Mt. Rose Historical Society.

“One of the games we are selling is the air hockey table. It's been here more than 30 years. I'm sure there is going to be some high interest in our buffalo head, another mascot. A lot of this stuff you see is going to go,” says Schmidt.

Schmidt says there may be a real jewel among all these items: lunch boxes, old cameras, dolls, furniture.

He says the auction will give him a chance to clear some of the clutter out, and perhaps even make room for the Mt. Rose Historical Society to move in.

While there will be 200 lots auctioned off, Gary says if someone comes up here and sees something they like...well, he says he's not married to anything, except his wife Sharon.

The music starts at noon on Sunday at the Reindeer Lodge; the auction gets underway at 1:00.