CVIC Hall wraps up 100th birthday bash |

CVIC Hall wraps up 100th birthday bash

by Sheila Gardner

Shannon LitzAmber Smith, Brian Fitzgerald, Jenifer Davidson, Minden Town Board chairman John Stephans and Trish Koepnick in front of the CVIC Hall on Wednesday.

A 100th birthday is worth a year of festivities, and the CVIC Hall ends its centennial celebration with a weekend bash Oct. 5-6 featuring a concert, dance, and a chocolate dessert bar.

On Oct. 5, the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra is performing a free concert at 7 p.m.

The next day, Oct. 6, the Town of Minden and the Carson Valley Arts Council are hosting a community dance that draws on the traditional “midnight dances” popular when the hall opened in 1912.

“Town residents would arrive in horse-drawn carriages, dressed to impress and ready to have a good time while dancing the night away with friends,” said Jenifer Davidson, Minden town manager.

“The town and the Carson Valley Arts Council invite the community to kick up your heels, and join us for the CVIC Hall birthday bash,” she said.

The dance is a fundraiser for the arts council which has brought a number of quality live music acts to the hall, said Brian Fitzgerald, arts council president.

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Mother Mayhem, a Sacramento dance party band, is performing for the evening.

Tickets are $18 with $12 from each ticket going to the arts council.

Admission includes a free carriage ride around Minden Park, chocolate dessert bar and the dance.

A no-host bar will be offered by Tahoe Ridge winery.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music begins at 9 p.m.

The CVIC Hall was built in 1912 after the Carson Valley Improvement Club issued 1,000 shares for $10 each to raise $10,000 to build the hall.

The hall opened its doors in November 1912 with a dance.

“The CVIC Hall is a shining example of what a community united by purpose can accomplish together,” Davidson said.

In the past century, the hall has been used as a meeting place, movie theater, concert hall, church, and as a venue for weddings, exercise classes, art displays and a host of other activities.

Next weekend’s events wrap up a year of festivities that included film festivals for children and adults and concerts celebrating the venerable hall’s status in the community.


CVIC Hall 100 years of history

Carson Valley Pops Orchestra Autumn Concert, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 5, CVIC Hall, downtown Minden, admission free, donations accepted, no-host bar and silent auction;

Birthday Bash, 8 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 6, CVIC Hall, downtown Minden, admission $18, featuring Mother Mayhem, carriage rides, chocolate dessert bar, dance, no-host bar, limited tickets, reservations 782-5976.

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