October photo contest winner announces, holiday events coming up at museum

We have a winner for the October page of the Douglas County Historical Society's 2010 calendar. Candy Stewart's photo of fall decorations covered with our surprise October snow captured first place with our judges. Runner-up is Priscilla Forster's great photo of colorful fall leaves. Congratulations and thanks to both of our winners.

Thanks to everyone who entered the October contest and please keep those great photos coming. The November 2010 contest is already underway.

The DCHS 2009 calendar is in and selling like hot cakes. Come on in to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville and pick up yours. If you plan to give a calendar to someone local, think about including in that package a copy of the Douglas County Historical Society application for membership and our calendar of upcoming events. Your friends might love being a part of our history.

November is here and we are coming up on some early Christmas deadlines. Nov. 14 is the deadline for entering the 12th annual Gallery of Trees. Entry forms are available at the Gardnerville museum or by calling 782-2555. We will be glad to mail one to you.

Decorated trees will be on display in the museum from Dec. 6-29 with the public voting for their favorites. Voting is done with quarters, so everyone is encouraged to vote over and over again. The winning tree will be ananounced in January.

Also coming up is the Carson Valley Arts Council's gingerbread house decorating contest. Applications, including contest rules and guidelines for entering a gingerbread house, are available at the Gardnerville museum, the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Office at Lampe Park or by calling Dennis Little at 267-5634.

Entries will be on display at the Gardnerville museum Dec. 6-18. There will be a reception for the artists 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13. Entries may be taken home after the reception or at the end of the display period Dec. 18.

 As you can see, Saturday, Dec. 6, is shaping up to be a very busy and fun day. The Christmas trees and the gingerbread houses displays will open and the cookie walk will be going on so you can get the cookies you'll need for the holiday season. On the front porch, Santa will be in his sleigh while his elves take photos of your kids on his knee. Mark this date on your calendar and we'll see you there.

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, the museum in Gardnerville and the Genoa Court House Museum, 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 in2my2cats@yahoo.com or at 790-1565.



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