by Ellen Caywood

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June 27, 2013
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Pony Express melodrama gallops into Dangberg

While most of us slept, Pony Express re-rider Mike Murphy sped into Genoa at about 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sorry we missed you, Mike, but we’ll catch up with you out at the Dangberg Home Ranch in July.

The accompanying photo shows Mike as he prepares to ride into the Dangberg Home Ranch for the upcoming melodrama, Tall in the Saddle or “The Mail Must Go Through.” Mike and his horse, Billy Bob, will be making sure that mail gets through for both performances on July 13, and July 14, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for age 16 and under, and can be purchase at Joyce’s Jewelry, The Entertainer, Plant It Nursery, Battleborn Wine or online at This event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

In a previous column we mentioned some of the characters you can expect to see. We have a hero, a heroine and some villains. While our villains may be evil, they sure are cute. Have you gotten your tickets yet? Our melodramas sell out fast.

Immediately following the melodrama, DCHS will present “Curse of the Hanging Tree”. This is a moving, living history/spoof based on the most infamous lynching in Nevada History. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to visit some of the actual sites where events took place in 1897. No two performances are alike, as each performance is improvised, the actors are often more surprised than the audience at the turn of events.

Performance times are 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. July 19, and July 20. Tickets are $15 per person. Advanced tickets are recommended as seating is limited. This year we have partnered with Tombstone Tap & Grill in Genoa. Each ticket comes with a 10 percent off food coupon. Tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center or by calling 782-2555.

Our next major summer event will be the Taste of the Towns fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. Tasting booths will be set up at the CV museum in the parking lot and on the walking tour through downtown Gardnerville where there will be food tasting at participating restaurants. Ben Crocker will be playing music at the museum.

New restaurants participating this year are Tombstones Tap and Grill, Tiny Cakes Cupcakery, Bubba Bob and Lentines. Returning restaurants are Papa Murphys, Tahoe Ridge Bistro, Buona Sera, Grill Next Door, Overland, J.T.’s, Sharkey’s, Rancho Grande, Market Café, Girasole and Port of Subs. Businesses who are participating include Margarita Man, Ruby Rose City and Saddle Clothes, Classical Glass, Country Carousel and Battle Born Wine. They are staying open just for us, so check them out and thank them.

Tickets are on sale at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Thrivent Financial is sponsoring this event and will be offering special ticketing options for their members in a couple of weeks. For now, DCHS members are $20, non-members $25. For more information or to purchase your tickets by credit card, call 782-2555.

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

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