Holiday Gala is right around the corner |

Holiday Gala is right around the corner

by Ellen Caywood

Just because our Northern Nevada weather has been absolutely gorgeous doesn’t mean Christmas isn’t right around the corner. Douglas County Historical Society’s Holiday Gala is Dec. 7, and that is just three weeks away.

We have heard from our favorite gingerbread house contest coordinator Dennis Little. Here’s what he had to say about his gingerbread houses. Now in its ninth year, the gingerbread house decorating contest, helps evoke a memoir of classic American traditions. Groups, individuals and families are eligible to enter the contest. For information to how to enter, contact Dennis at 267-5634 or or call the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center at 782-2555.

This is the 17th annual Gallery of Trees and we are still accepting applications for decorated Christmas trees. The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Nov. 27, with no entry fee required. Trees may be set up between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public viewing and voting on the trees will take place Dec. 7-31. Winning trees will be announced in this column right after the first of the new year. For questions or to receive an application, stop by the CV museum, or call 782-2555.

Your CV museum goes all out for this Holiday Gala. We will have photos with Santa right on the front porch. Yes, this is for mom and dad and the grandparents to have a holiday keepsake of the kids with the bearded guy, but some of our best shots have been of Santa with grandma, Santa with the granddogs and Santa with the terrified toddler.

We also have the best cookie walk you’ve ever seen. We have hundreds of different types of cookies and you can take your pick for a nominal fee. The cookie walk runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., but don’t be surprised if they are sold out early. For the best selection, be there well before noon.

Our bookstore will also be open with a 20 percent discount off all regularly priced items. We are having an open house after regular museum hours and we have the best location for viewing the Parade of Lights right in our own front yard. Come spend this special day with the Douglas County Historical Society.

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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