Holiday Gala may be over, but there is still time to vote |

Holiday Gala may be over, but there is still time to vote

by Caryn Haller
Ian Leming, 2, reaches for a cookie at Saturday's Holiday Gala at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
Caryn Haller |

Trees of all shapes and sizes filled the main gallery of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday for the annual Holiday Gala.

With 18 decorated Christmas trees and 14 gingerbread house entries, visitors had plenty to look at.

“We’re getting a lot of traffic and selling a lot of cookies,” said Grace Bower, Douglas County Historical Society president. “The trees are so different from any we’ve had. This has been a good year for the trees.”

Jerry and Phyllis Latzy of Minden agreed.

“I love it. It’s wonderful,” Phyllis said. “My favorite is the knitted one. He likes the Remember Our Heroes because he’s a vet, but all have their uniqueness. They are all beautiful.”

Barbara Gustafson admired the Scarlet Ladies Red Hat Society tree with a train set wrapping around the bottom.

“I like the different exhibits. The historic part is so neat,” she said. “I’m Christmas all year. I spend a couple of days decorating.”

Virginia Henningsen has lived in the Valley since 1950, and loves how the Holiday Gala brings people into the museum.

“It’s wonderful, and it helps Carson Valley to remember the past, and think about how great this Valley is,” she said. “It also gives everybody a chance to express their feelings about Christmas.”

Volunteers didn’t quite sell-out of all 120 dozen cookies, but volunteer Terry Capton-Snell wasn’t disappointed.

“We had maybe close to 50 varieties at least,” she said. “With the weather we got off to a slow start, but once it cleared families began coming out with their children.”

Christmas trees will be on display for voting until Dec. 31. Voting for gingerbread houses ends 1 p.m. Dec. 20.