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Don’t miss this year’s Taste of the Towns

by Ellen Caywood

Special to The R-C

If you have had enough of the heat and just want to go sit on an iceberg somewhere, we think we can help – sorta. We don’t have any icebergs floating around, but we do have some spectacular diversions coming up. We’ll at least take your mind off the heat for a while.

We’ll start with the July lecture on July 11. Dr. John Marschall will speak on the Jewish presence in Nevada. The one-hour program will include an introduction to the Jewish presence in Nevada from 1850 through the turn of the century before the Goldfield boom. The doors open at 6:45 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members; $3 for all others.

July 13 and 14 we will send you to the Dangberg Home Ranch for the second annual summer melodrama, Tall in the Saddle or “The Mail Must Go Through.” This is a tall tale about the Pony Express and villains and heroes and damsels in distress. It’s about tycoons and emigrants and outlandish, get rich quick schemes. True to the art of melodrama, we will cheer the hero, boo the villains and sigh with the heroine. (The audience will also be asked to do a couple of other things, but we won’t spoil the fun by mentioning them here).

Visit Plant It Nursery, Battleborn Wine, The Entertainer, or sponsor Joyce’s Jewelry for your tickets or get them online at Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for children 16 and younger. Each performance runs from 5 to 7 p.m; park entrance opens at 4 p.m. This is an outdoor event so bring lawn chairs as seating is not provided and a picnic meal if desired. For more information or directions to the ranch, call 783-9417 or visit

The following weekend, July 19 and 20, we’ll return to Genoa for the Curse of the Hanging Tree. We haven’t offered this play in a couple of years, but now it is back. This is moving theater where the audience moves from scene to scene as we recreate the lynching of Adam Uber from a tree on Genoa Lane in 1897.

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center is the place to be 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. It’s our annual Taste of the Towns. There will be restaurant booths in the parking lot for your tasting pleasure. Then walk “Main Street” to taste the food at nearby restaurants. On your way, check out the local shops as well. Tickets are $20 for DCHS members, $25 for nonmembers. Thrivent members, look for discounted ticket information soon.

The CV museum is also selling tickets for Jethro’s 4th Annual All-4-Charity King Crab Feed and Steak Cookout 5 p.m. Aug. 16. Tickets for king crab are $40. The rib eye steak dinner is $30. All proceeds to benefit local charities. You can also get advanced reservations by email: Jethro’s is located in the Tillman Shopping Center in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

August will also feature another great Chili’s fundraiser. Bring our flier and Chili’s donates a portion of your bill to our museums. Mark Aug. 20 through 22 as the dates to dine at Chili’s. Come to the CV museum for the flier or download it at

There’s more, but we are all out of space.

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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