Still time to vote for trees, houses at the museum |

Still time to vote for trees, houses at the museum

by Caryn Haller
Christmas Trees are on display at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center Saturday in Gardnerville.
Brad Coman |

One of the more unusual Christmas trees at this year’s Holiday Gala wasn’t bushy and green, it was crocheted.

The “We Wish You a Merry Crocheted Christmas” tree was one of 17 entered into the decorating contest at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday.

“I like the novelty trees,” museum trustee Dennis Little said. “I like things that are handmade, especially handmade crafts for the holidays. It takes me back to the time of my grandma when we’d make flowers out of folded napkins and construction paper.”

Never Give Up Crochet Group enetered the tree as well as a crocheted gingerbread house.

Although ineligible for the gingerbread contest, there were 11 others up for voting.

“We’re down a little,” Little said of the amount of houses. “The price of sugar is beginning to cut into that budget I think.”

Minden resident Paula Lawyer had trouble deciding between two of the gingerbread houses.

“I’m going for creativity versus perfection,” she said. “It’s a nice thing for the community. It brings a lot of people to the museum that might not otherwise see it.”

Other houses depicted a diarama of a house complete with people sleeping in the bedrooms and a lit up Christmas tree with a fireplace in the living room. Another creation replicated Frodo’s hobbit house straight out of the movie.

A newcomer to the tree-decorating contest was Full Circle Compost which created a teepee-style tree made from real branches and wrapped in green and white lights.

Cheryl Wirtz had her eye on the Basque tree.

“I love the sheep and of course the pictures,” the Gardnerville resident said. “It’s wonderful, all the participation from the various groups and the fact a town this size puts on such great events.”

Wirtz said she always reserves the bottom of her tree at home for the grandchildren to decorate.

“I believe in children being able to touch the tree,” she added. “I don’t want a fragile, perfect situation.”

Voting continues through December for the trees. The winners will be announced Jan. 2.

Votes for the gingerbread houses are due by 1 p.m. Dec. 19. Those winners will be announced at an artisans reception at noon Dec. 20. The public is invited.

For more information, calll 782-2555.