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Melodrama weekend at Dangberg Home Ranch

by Ellen Caywood

By now we sure hope everyone has heard. This is melodrama weekend at the Dangberg Home Ranch. The performances are 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The park will open at 4 p.m., and food and beverages will be available for purchase. If you prefer, bring your own picnic supper. Remember you will be out on the lawn, so bring blankets or folding chairs for seating. And bring your funny bone. We have some great laughs in store for you.

If you don’t have tickets as yet, get over to our sponsor, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, as soon as you can. Also selling tickets are Battle Born Wine, Plant It Nursery and the Entertainer. For more information or directions to the ranch, call 775-783-9417 or visit We hope you won’t miss this fun spoof on life in Carson Valley — yesterday and today.

Right after your ribs have healed from all that laughing, make sure you have your tickets for next weekend’s “Curse of the Hanging Tree,” a traveling, historical spoof based on the most infamous lynching in Nevada history. Tickets are on sale at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, or by phone at 775-782-2555. Ticket price is $15 each which includes a coupon good for a 10 percent discount on dinner at the Tombstone Bar & Grill in Genoa. Performances are at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. nightly, July 19 and 20.

Last week in a letter to the editor of this paper, a young mother recommended all the fun and free things to do in our valley including geocaching. Did you know that a geocache is hidden on the lawn of each of our two museums? To learn about geocaching, visit, the official geocaching site. And to view the museum caches enter GC2ANBR (for the CV museum geocache) and GC2AR44 (for the Genoa Courthouse Museum geocache) into the search box on the home page. Geocaching is a rapidly growing sport that is fun for the whole family.

While geocaching is free, there are other events planned for your summer that are reasonably priced yet great fundraisers for our museums. With August fast approaching, we can only be talking about one thing — the Taste of the Towns. This annual event takes place this year on Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the CV museum and along the sidewalks of town nearby.

This year’s participating restaurants include Tombstone Tap and Grill, Tiny Cakes Cupcakery, Bubba Bob, Lentine’s, Papa Murphy’s, Tahoe Ridge Bistro, Buona Sera, Grill Next Door, Overland Bar & Basque Restaurant, J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room, Sharkey’s, Rancho Grande, Market Café, Café Girasole, Margarita Man and Port of Subs. Participating shops include Ruby Rose City and Saddle Clothes, Classical Glass, Country Carousel and Battle Born Wine. They are staying open just for us, so check them out and thank them for staying open.

Tickets are on sale now at the CV museum for $25 per person, $20 for DCHS members. Our sponsor, Thrivent Financial, will also have tickets available for its members in the next week or so. Look for further information in your bulletins at Shepherd of the Sierra and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Much more is planned for August. Check back here next week to find out what else we have scheduled for your summer fun.

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 775-782-2555 or visit our website at

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