Dangberg Ranch hosts jubilee event
October 11, 2012
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will present a music concert, cowboy poetry and an exhibit of historic clothing over two weekends in October. These include both free and ticketed events.“We’ve expanded on the popularity of the annual clothing exhibit, layering on additional events that fully use the potential of the park and offer more things for more people,” said curator Mark Jensen. “It’s a great spot to come enjoy some music or cowboy poetry with friends and family.”Poet, humorist, storyteller, historian and entertainer Tony Argento will present his “Tuned Up and Twisted” cowboy poetry 10 a.m. Oct. 20.Argento is known for his animated style of presentation that shows his love of cowboy poetry. “Once you get a transfusion of cowboy poetry in your blood, you’ll be hooked for life,” Argento said. “That’s what happened to me. Its unique form shows that the cowboy and the American West is alive with stories of humor and patriotism. It’s a great source of entertainment for the entire family.”His performance takes place on the park’s outdoor stage. Seating is provided, but the audience is invited to bring their own comfortable lawn chairs. Pets are not permitted. Argento’s performance is a free event and tickets are not needed.The annual exhibit of historic clothing, one of the park’s most popular events, is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Oct. 20. The exhibit is self-guided and admission is $5 for adults, payable at the entrance, and free for children 16 and younger. Reservations are not required. For the first time, the park will exhibit every item found in the trunk of possessions owned by Dwight Dangberg. Dwight was the oldest child of Fred and Gertrude Dangberg, and he passed away of scarlet fever at the age of 5 in 1904. Found in the trunk, unseen since then, were Dwight’s toys and clothing, including the oldest Levi’s known to exist in Nevada today.Other highlights of the exhibit include the christening dress first worn in 1866 by Fred Dangberg, Jr., several elaborate, beaded gowns from the 1920s, and women’s dresser sets from the 1890s-1930s. Also returning this year is the wedding gown worn in 1898 by Gertrude Dangberg, casual and formal clothing worn by Gertrude and her four daughters from the 1900s through the 1960s, and children’s clothing from the 1930s worn by Gertrude’s grandson, C. Stephen Achard, Jr. Tuxedoes, suits and other clothing worn by Fred Dangberg, Jr., from the 1920s-1940s will be shown, and visitors will see a range of men’s and women’s hats, shoes, jewelry and accessories from throughout the 20th century.The exhibit is arranged in the historic Dangberg residence, which contains the family’s original furnishings including a 1916 grand piano that will be played during the event.“The Dangberg clothing collection is so extensive that we always have something new to display each year,” Jensen said. “The park’s volunteers enjoy putting it together, and it’s rewarding to have more and more visitors come to the park to see these treasures.”The Jubilee concert on Oct. 21 features three music acts performing on the park’s east lawn.Performances begin at 1 p.m. and include Vanessa Littrell, CW & Mr. Spoons and All Hat No Cattle.Gates open at 11 a.m., and ticketholders must bring their own lawn chairs. The historic clothing exhibit is also open to those with tickets to that day’s concert, at no extra charge. Picnics and beverages are allowed. Bubba Bob’s will be selling its old-fashioned root-beer floats and soft drinks, with wine and beer available for purchase from the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. Dogs are not permitted.Concert tickets are $10 for 17 and older, $5 for youth aged 13-16, and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at dangbergjubilee.eventbrite.com, or in Gardnerville at Battle Born Wine, 1448 Highway 395; Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 1503 Highway 395; Plant It Nursery, 1346 Centerville Lane; or The Entertainer, 1426 Industrial Way. Tickets can also be purchased in Stateline at Events, Ink, 152 Highway 50. Ticket-holders will also have access to the historic clothing exhibit at no extra charge.The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, in Minden, one mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. More information can be found at http://www.dangberghomeranch.org or by calling 783-9417.