We at DCHS love you, Carson Valley. The Holiday Gala was a huge success. The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center was filled with people checking out gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, cookies and photos with Santa. Thank you for coming out to support your local museums. You may be wondering if there is life after the Gala. We can assure you that there is a lot to do now and into the first of next year. Start with the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park’s “Home Ranch for the Holidays,” a special exhibit of historic toys, games and Christmas decorations from the 1860s through the 1940s. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 16 and younger, and free for members of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch nonprofit. Reservations are not needed. Next, the December historical lecture on Dec. 13 will be meeting in the downstairs meeting room because the main gallery is filled with Christmas trees. Our speaker will be Bob Ellison, longtime resident of Carson Valley and author of numerous articles and books about Nevada history. Bob’s topic is the story of Judge Cradlebaugh, the first representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Nevada Territory. The doors will open at 6:45 and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for nonmembers. Meanwhile the contests for best Christmas trees and best gingerbread houses continue at the Gardnerville museum. Voting for the gingerbread houses ends on Dec. 14. An artisan’s reception for both the gingerbread houses and the Gallery of Trees will be held at noon on Dec.15. Winner of the gingerbread house contest will be announced at the reception. This is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Those who have entered gingerbread houses are: Children’s Division: Izabella, 5, Athena, 7, The O’Connor Girls, 7 and 11, The Reid Kids: JC, 8, and Kevyn, 11, Clinton, 9, Christopher, 10, Kristina, 10 and Samuel, 12. Family Division: The Bodensteins, The Boogmans, The Flamms, The Duffys, The Kaufmanns, The Lemleys, The Smithens with A.R.K. Community Bible Church and The Wetzel-Davidsons. Adult Division with teens: Tina Delorey, Katie Jarboe and Judy Pierce. Community Division: The Home Depot, Store No.3312 and Pion Kids Club, Douglas County Parks & Recreation. Lastly, Dennis Little from the Carson Valley Arts Council has a guest entry. Thanks to all our entrants. You are all winners to us. The melodrama may not be until February, but we had lines of savvy melodrama fans lined up to get the best seats on Saturday. This year we are selling assigned seating for the two dinner shows and the luncheon show. We are not sold out yet and there are still great seats available, but don’t wait until January to get your tickets. Friday and Saturday nights will sell out first, so if you have any interest in the dinner shows, get your tickets now. You can call 782-2555 and charge tickets to your credit card. All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at www.historicnevada.org. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.