Thanks and congratulations to all who participated in the melodrama this past weekend. It was a huge success. We hope you all had a great time because we sure did.
Thanks to the cast and crew - you were the best. Thanks to Partners in Harmony, our barbershop quartet, for the songs and making the effort to get here Sunday through that snowstorm. Thanks to Linda Sandstrom and Margaret Edson for making the production complete with piano music and sound effects.
Thanks to the volunteers who donated the food, cooked the food and cleaned up. Thanks to the Red Hat ladies for all their work serving. Thanks to the Meyers family who tended bar.
More thanks go to Sue and John Smith. You can't even imagine the hours they put into each production. John started writing the play back in April of 2007 and Sue started searching for costumes and props shortly thereafter. During rehearsals they were at the museum almost nonstop making sure everything was right.
The group that gets the most thanks is you, the audience. Thanks for supporting our performances and the Douglas County Historical Society. Thanks for buying all those tickets. Without you we are nothing.
The melodrama may be over, but we're just getting started. Saturday is Student Day and Ralph Chizek will be speaking about the ancient pictographic Hebrew language: where it came from, how it was used and its effect on present-day languages. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with free admission for all students accompanied by an adult. Chizek's lectures will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14, Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, will speak on the treasures of the Nevada Mint. This lecture is held at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Gardnerville museum. Admission is free. Come early or stay late. The Main Street Bookstore will be open both before and after the lecture.
The February Photo Contest starts today. We're looking for a photo that represents Douglas County in February. There has been one change made to the contest rules. Due to several requests, photos may now be submitted either in print at the Gardnerville museum or over the Internet to my e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope Internet submissions will encourage more readers to enter the contests. This is going to be your calendar, so we need your photos to be in it.
March is Women in History month. If you wish to nominate a Douglas County woman for this year's awards, please call 782-2555 for a nomination packet. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 11.
Don't forget our Main Street Bookstore is now selling The Record-Courier's new commemorative book, "Looking Back: Douglas County, Nevada." And we have copies of the 2008 Nevada Historical Calendar put out by Nevada Magazine. This is the one with all the great historic photos. This calendar usually costs $11.99, but we are selling them for $1 apiece. That's a great price for a calendar with 11 good months left in it.
Information about the Douglas County Historical Society at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville,782-2555 or go to www.historicnevada.org.
And if you have the time, the museum is always looking for interested volunteers.
-- Contact Ellen Caywood at email@example.com or at 790-1565.