Many thanks for a successful melodrama |

Many thanks for a successful melodrama

by Ellen Caywood

Wow! What a run we had: six performances, two weekends, many rehearsals and lots of food.

This year's melodrama will go down in the history books as the best yet.

There are so many people to thank. First, thanks to the Carson Valley Lions Club for feeding our hungry audience on Sunday.

Our audiences sure love those Sunday matinee hot dog lunches. Thanks again to the Elks for feeding the crowds the weekend before.

Thanks go to Smith's, Costco, Raley's and Walmart for their contributions.

Thanks to Carson Valley Inn for their support. Thanks go to Carson Valley Community Theatre for the loan of all the costumes, props, lighting, etc., that they provided.

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Thanks to ABE Printing for the playbills and that phenomenal stage coach.

And a huge thank you to the Wells Fargo Foundation for the generous grant that helped us purchase our beautiful new stage.

Then there were the Douglas County Historical Society trustees, the servers, bartenders and volunteers and the cast and crew.

Every one of you contributed to the great success of this year's melodrama and we thank you.

But perhaps the most important people to thank are the great audiences — well over 400 of you who bought a ticket and came out for an evening or afternoon of laughs.

You are the best audiences in the world and we're so grateful you belong to us.

Now the stage has been put away, the tables and chairs are back in storage and those who worked the show are catching up on much needed sleep.

We may be glad that this year is over, but we can't wait for next year. And, yes, there will be a summer edition of the melodrama out at the Dangberg Home Ranch in late July. Details to come in future columns.

So what's next? We've told you about the lecture on Thursday. Tammy Degenhart will speak about Nevada historian, Mary McNair Mathews.

Her memoir, "Ten Years in Nevada or Life on the Pacific Coast," was published in 1880.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the bookstore will be open for your browsing pleasure.

While you are browsing in the bookstore, note the new Nevada 150th tote bags for only $15. They are perfect for yarn, needlework, books, whatever your hobbies might be. Pick up one for yourself and, at that price, one for a friend.

Admission to the lecture series is $3 per person, free to DCHS members.

Our Women In History Reception at 2 p.m. on March 22, will honor the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. There will also be a Chautauqua performance featuring four of the ladies who were influential in women's suffrage in Nevada.

You may recognize one of them as having portrayed Claire Voyant in this year's melodrama.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

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 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

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