It’s melodrama weekend at Dangberg ranch |

It’s melodrama weekend at Dangberg ranch

by Ellen Caywood

It's melodrama weekend out at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. Performances are Saturday and Sunday evening. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 16 and younger, and performances start at 5:30 each evening, with the gates to the ranch opening at 4:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper if you like. Tickets for River of Dreams or "Water You Doing in Carson Valley" are available at Joyce's Fine Jewelry and Battle Born Wine or on line at Tickets will be available at the gate the evening of each performance.

Melodrama is about putting suitable music with drama. You recognize the characters by their explicit music. So, tune up your voices to boo the villain, sigh with the heroine and cheer the heroes. (If you're not a villain, you must be a hero, right?) We'll see you out at the ranch for an evening of great fun and laughter.

Get some rest during the week so you can come out next Saturday night, Aug. 2, for our annual Taste of the Towns. If you like to eat or want to know where the best eating places are, this is the event for you. Start at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center parking lot at 5 p.m. and try all the venues set up in the parking lot. Then head north or south on 395 to visit the shops and restaurants in our neighborhood. Meanwhile enjoy the music of All Hat No Cattle.

Most of you know that the Taste of the Towns features food from Gardnerville, Minden and Genoa eateries. But have you ever visited the shops that set up in our parking lot or located on 395? This year's venues include: Nevada Margarita Man, for a sweet sip of something magic; J. R. Watkins, for spices and extracts; Chocolate Shoppe, for everyone's favorite – chocolate; Quail Cottage Antiques, for antiques and collectibles; GadZooks, for fine art, glass, jewelry and more; and Battle Born Wine, for usual and unusual wines and beers.

How do you get tickets for this extraordinary event? Come in to the CV museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and buy them at the bookstore. DCHS members' tickets are $20; $25 for nonmembers. Or call 782-2555 and reserve them with your credit card. They will be in the museum parking lot for you to pick up that evening.

Each year, our ticket holders vote for the best of the evening – Best Taste, Best Atmosphere, Best Overall, Best Shop and Best Discovery. The ballot is inside your ticket. Make your best choices and return the ticket to the booth in the parking lot. We'll announce the winners in this column as soon as the ballots are tabulated.

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Don't think that this is it, that this is all there is in Douglas County for the summer. We have lots more planned for you but these two events are two of our biggest and best and we don't want you to miss them because we forgot to tell you about them. Come out for both of them and have the best summer ever.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and occasional grants from public and private sources. We are here solely to preserve the history of Douglas County from the Valley to the Lakes 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

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