Hang onto your hats! We are roaring into August with a calendar full of things to do. Saturday is Student-Senior Day and features Mark Jensen, park interpreter for the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. Come learn about the history of the Dangberg Ranch at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
Saturday night is the Taste of the Towns, a sampling of local restaurant fare from 5 to 9 p.m. Restaurants on the walking tour include the Overland Hotel Basque Restaurant & Bar, J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room, New Rancho Grande, Two Guys from Italy and Woodett's Diner. In our parking lot, booths will be set up by Papa Murphys, Port of Subs, Joe's BB Que, Russell's Mercantile, Walley's Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Cookie Girl, Margarita Man and Sugar Daddy's Ice Cream.
Shops including Classical Glass, Fresh Ideas, Felix Pottery, Ruby Rose Cowgirl Clothes, Country Carousel, Battle Born Wines, Baby Willows, Cheshire Antiques and Angler's Edge will be open for browsing and buying. There will be music and dancing to All Hat No Cattle in the parking lot.
Tickets for Taste of the Towns are on sale for $20 per person at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville or by calling 782-2555. Last minute tickets can be purchased in the parking lot tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. This event is sponsored in part by the Douglas-Alpine Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
The Taste of the Towns event will be another opportunity to preorder 2009 DCHS calendars. I will be at a booth in the parking lot with the mock-up of the calendar and pre-order forms for any interested. The calendar will be printed and ready for pickup by early November.
Come to the Gardnerville museum 4 p.m. Aug. 7 for a reception honoring all the barns in the Valley. Plaques will be given to barn owners to be displayed at their historic barns. There will be free admission for all to the museum after 4 p.m. and food and beverages will be served.
The Douglas County Historical Society Swap Meets continue Aug. 9. This event is free to the visiting public and a great place to exhibit treasures or talents. Crafters: this is the venue for you to sell your work. The next swap meet will be Aug. 23.
Coming up on Aug. 14, our ongoing lecture series will present Sue Ballew, president of the Carson City Historical Society and a docent at the Nevada State Museum. Ms. Ballew will portray Nellie Mighels Davis, wife of Nevada Appeal Editors Henry R. Mighels and Sam P. Davis. Mrs. Mighels' husband, Henry R. Mighels, was editor of the Appeal from 1865-1870 and again from 1872-1879. When Henry died in 1879, Mrs. Mighels managed the paper until her marriage to Davis in 1880.
If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville at 782-2555. Visit our Web site at www.historicnevada.org. Remember, DCHS and its two museums do not receive any regular state or county funding. It's up to our members and friends to help us keep our doors open.
n Contact Ellen Caywood at email@example.com or 790-1565.