It’s here. This is melodrama weekend at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Get your tickets ready and get here early. You no longer have to rush for seats, but you still have to vie for parking spaces. The cast and crew can’t wait for you to arrive. All those rehearsals we have been through were for only one thing – you, the live audience. And we are ever so much better when there are real laughs and real cheers and real boos coming from a real audience. There are a whole lot of you who have already seen this year’s melodrama as last night was opening night. Those who were here laughed in all the right places and in some places we weren’t expecting. It is always interesting to see what the audience thinks is funny. Tonight and tomorrow night the dinner will be served first and the show will follow. The Sunday hot dog lunch, furnished by our friends at Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670, will also be served first, followed by the matinee. The back door will be open for our guests who prefer to use the elevator. Beverages may be purchased before the show and during the intermission. And there will be a 50-50 raffle for each show. (The winner gets 50 percent of the total raffle money and DCHS keeps the other 50 percent.) Each table will have DCHS membership forms available. This is a great chance for you to pick one up and join us. For a very few dollars you will have access to our two museums and all our events. Just next week we will be featuring our February lecture series. If you are a DCHS member, you get in to each and every lecture for free. And you receive a 10 percent discount in our bookstores. Membership has its definite benefits. Speaking of that February lecture, on Thursday, our speaker will be Kim Clawson. Kim has been a park ranger at Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Buckland Station since October 2011. She came from Utah State Parks where she worked as an interpretive ranger for nine years at Dead Horse Point State Park.During the 1860s, Fort Churchill was Nevada's largest and most expensive military outpost. Kim will talk about the history of the Fort and Buckland Station and about what the park has to offer to visitors today. The doors will open at 6:45 and the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 per person; free to DCHS members. The deadline is nearing for your nominations for our Women in History celebration on March 23. While our nominee does need to be a woman who has lived in Carson Valley at some point in her life, she need not be a native of the valley. Several women have moved here recently and gone on to contribute mightily to our history. If you need help with any part of the nomination process, call 782-2555 and we will be happy to do whatever we can. 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 http://www.historicnevada.org/. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.