Holiday Gala opens tomorrow at the museum |

Holiday Gala opens tomorrow at the museum

by Ellen Caywood
Five-year-old Logan Pursel chooses cookies at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in 2012 during the cookie walk at the annual holiday gala event.
Shannon Litz file photo |

Saturday is the annual Holiday Gala at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Don’t miss this kick-off of the holiday season. This is how Christmas is done in rural America. It’s wholesome, it’s fun and it’s all yours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

The line for the cookie walk starts forming a bit before 10 each year. Don’t worry; we always have tons of cookies. There will be plenty as long as you get there before noon.

Bring the kids and grandkids for photos with Santa on the front porch. If your pre-teen or teen balks at a photo with Santa, have them bring a couple friends with them. Pose the whole group with Santa like a family portrait. Bring the family dog to be in the picture as well.

Visit the galleries inside the museum to see the trees and gingerbread houses. Bring a little cash to vote for your favorites. Come back as often as you like to vote for your faves. This is the only time you really can vote early and vote often.

Stop in the bookstore and pick up some Christmas gifts – books, ornaments, all kinds of interesting and local history related items will be on sale. If you enjoy our lecture series, some of your favorite authors’ books are available as well.

Have you ever attended the Parade of Lights? This year you can wait inside the museum in warm comfort for the parade to pass by right in front. Our lawn is reserved for you.

Don’t forget those 2014 melodrama tickets. They go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Performances will be on two weekends this year, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2. Seats for Friday’s cocktail performances are not reserved. Saturday’s dinner and Sunday’s lunch performances seats are reserved. If you want the best seats, get your tickets early.

DCHS speaker for the Dec. 12 lecture will be Laurie Hickey speaking about James Wallace Haines, a delegate to the Nevada State Constitution Convention in 1863. He served several terms as a state senator from Douglas County. The lecture will be downstairs at the CV museum due to all the holiday exhibits upstairs. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7. Admission is $3, free to members of the historical society. Remember, this is the night when there will be a special bookstore sale after the historical lecture.

Coming up, DCHS invites all students third to eighth grade to participate in its Young Chautauqua program beginning Jan. 7. If your child is interested in drama, speech, history or costumes, this may be for them as they pick a character from history and create a performance in costume. This program is free of charge. For more information call the museum at 782-2555 or call Iris Blaisdell, program director, at 392-1772.

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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