Chautauquas of John “Snowshoe” Thompson and earthquake survivor Eliza Eppinger, concerts featuring Cíana and The Gardnervillains, and presentations on ballooning, films made at the Historic Nevada State Prison, and the last Basque shepherd are all slated for August during the 2022 Summer Festival at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.
Following is a list of upcoming events.
• Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Chautauquan David Woodruff will portray the famous mailman of the Sierra, John “Snowshoe” Thompson who carried the mail for over twenty years during winter snows and was known for saving many lives. Ticket price is $15 for adults.
This and all Chautauqua programs at the park in 2022 are funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
• Thursday 6:30 p.m., Cíana returns to the Home Ranch playing tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany in the Celtic tradition. Ticket price is $20 for adults
• Aug. 7, 10 a.m., Jason Smith will present “The History of Ballooning” with tales of adventures in Carson Valley and beyond. This event is free for all to attend.
• Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., Chautauquan Kim Harris as Eliza Eppinger will present “San Francisco is Burning!” as the survivor of the disastrous San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. Ticket price is $15 for adults.
• Aug. 13, 10 a.m., Glen Whorton returns to the Home Ranch with a new presentation on “Film Production at the Historic Nevada State Prison”. This event is free for all to attend.
• Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m., jazz quartet The Gardnervillains, in their Home Ranch debut will play smooth jazz alternating with some rowdy blues. Ticket price is $20 for adults.
• Aug. 27, 10 a.m., Dr. Michael Fischer returns to the Home Ranch with his presentation “The Life of Pete Lanathoua, Last Remaining Dangberg Basque Shepherd.” This event is free for all to attend.
“We can hardly believe we are half-way through our summer festival, and we still have so many exciting events left,” said Kim Harris, the park’s events manager.
All tickets can be purchased at dangberg.eventbrite.com. Members of the non-profit Friends of Dangberg can purchase discounted tickets for Chautauquas and concerts and should contact the park directly to make arrangements. Youth 16 and younger enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
All events are held outdoors under a tent for shading. Please bring your own seating, and no pets allowed--certified service animals only. Guests are welcome to bring food or beverage, as none will be sold at these events.
Funding in support of the Dangberg Summer Festival has been provided by Douglas County, Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, Terrence K. Lapan AAMS Financial Advisor at Ameriprise, Carson Valley Accounting, D & B Cabinets, Tru North Wealth Management, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Douglas Disposal & Recycling Service, Edward Jones Investments - Tim Cleveland, Hone Company, and Kaiser Genoa Property, LLC.
The full 2022 Dangberg Summer Festival event schedule is available at Dangberg.org.