Melodrama pokes fun at familiar Valley topics |

Melodrama pokes fun at familiar Valley topics

by Ellen Caywood

If you like heat, this has been the month for you. Last Monday, Gardnerville hit 104 before the cloud cover dropped the temperature to 92. If you don't like heat, just wait until December or January when we are all complaining that it's too cold.

For now, it's still July and the summer melodrama out at the Dangberg Home Ranch is next weekend. We've told you a bit about the plot – a drought in Carson Valley and everyone is fighting over water rights. That should sound familiar, but that is where all resemblance to reality ends. This is a melodrama and melodramas always have a villain. Our villain has some zany tricks up his sleeve.

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 are for July 26, or July 27, and are $10 for adults, $5 for 16 and younger. Performances start at 5:30 each evening, with the gates to the ranch opening at 4:30 p.m.

The very next weekend, Aug. 2, is DCHS's annual Taste of the Towns. Each year we have a walking tour of the restaurants and shops near the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. We also fill our parking lot with restaurants and shops from Minden and Genoa. If we can't walk to them, they come to us. Tickets are on sale now at the CV museum or by credit card at 782-2555. Tickets are $25 per person; $20 for DCHS members. The evening starts at 5 and goes until 8 p.m.

The restaurants on this year's "Taste" include Abby Jo's Café Girasole, Genoa Station Bar & Grille, JT Basque Bar, Market Café, Overland Hotel and Basque Restaurant, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Pizza Barn, Port of Subs, Sierra Gourmet Grill & Wine Bar, Tahoe Ridge Winery & Bistro, The Grill Next Door and everyone's favorite, Killer Salsa. The shops include Nevada Margarita Man, J. R. Watkins, I.S.R. (spices), Chocolate Shoppe, Quail Cottage Antiques, Gadzooks and Battle Born Wine.

Aug. 3, you can return to the Dangberg Home Ranch for a concert featuring The Mental Notes, jazz quintet, and Milton Merlos, flamenco guitar. Contact Mark Jensen, curator, at 783-9417, or visit their website for more information on this concert series including ticket information.

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The Aug. 14 Lecture Series at the CV museum will feature Jed Block speaking on Carson City changes. We don't know for sure, but we are assuming these are changes over Nevada's 150 years as a state. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3; free for DCHS members.

Having opened with a mention of December, we thought it only fair to conclude by reminding our readers that December really isn't all that far away and the 18th annual Gallery of Trees will open on Dec. 6. We know of at least one group that has already begun their tree. How about you?

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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