Douglas County Republican Women win Gallery of Trees |

Douglas County Republican Women win Gallery of Trees

by Ellen Caywood
The Douglas County Republican Women's tree took first place in the decorating contest.
Special to The R-C |

We have winners in our 17th annual Gallery of Trees contest. Your dollars have been counted and the first-place winner is Douglas County Republican Women. Second place was won by the Knitstas, and third place went to Douglas County Democratic Women. Congratulations to our winners and our sincere thanks to all who entered.

The Douglas County Historical Society’s first quarter 2014 newsletter “Museum Matters” is out and is receiving rave reviews. Everyone we’ve talked to loves the clean look and easy to read layout. If you’re not a member of DCHS, it would be worth it to join for the newsletter alone. Our thanks to Anta Kornoff for a job well done.

Did you know that the hallway downstairs at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center is a walking tour of old Main Street, Gardnerville? There are all kinds of shops for you to visit by looking through the windows. Coming Jan. 26 there will be a new “thirst parlor” open for viewing. We’ll have more in future columns about the new exhibit and an open invitation for you to come see what our exhibit committee has been up to these past few months.

If it’s winter in Douglas County, it must be melodrama time. The 2014 melodrama is titled Happy Birthday Nevada! or “You Have a Lot of Character(s)” and is loosely based on Nevada’s Sesquicentennial or 150th birthday. We told you last week that we were starting rehearsals with our first read-through. We did, and we laughed ourselves silly. This one may well be the best melodrama yet.

The melodrama performance dates are Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday matinee on Feb. 21 to 23 and Feb. 28 to March 2. Friday nights are unreserved theater seating with beverages available for purchase. Saturday nights are our usual reserved seating dinner shows, again with beverages available for purchase. Sundays are reserved seating for our famous hotdog lunch show. Tickets are on sale now and are already going fast. Call 782-2555 to charge your tickets to your credit card. We’ll hold the tickets for you until your chosen performance.

Volunteers are not paid; not because they are worthless – but because they are priceless. Volunteering for DCHS is a great way to get involved in your community. Not only is your help important in keeping DCHS and both museums up and running, but it provides you with an excellent opportunity to meet new and interesting people, not only from your community, but also our visitors from around the world.

Join us today. Please call the office at 782-3376 to learn more.

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 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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