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History comes to life on Saturday

It's here! The 21st Annual Douglas County Historical Society's Cemetery Tour is tomorrow night, October 15 from 6:30–8 p.m. This is your opportunity to watch as "History Comes to Life" at the Garden Cemetery, Gardnerville. Rain or shine, we expect to hear from many old pioneers and prominent families who settled in this area. So devoted are our fans that more than 80 (living) brave souls came out in the rain last year for the Genoa Cemetery tour. Just in case the expected full moon is covered by clouds, you may want to bring a flashlight and of course, dress for the weather (which could be interesting). Tickets are $5 and will be available at the cemetery gate that evening. Are you brave enough to join us? Guided tours begin every fifteen minutes, and the Historical Society provides cider and cookies to all ticket holders. On-street parking is available.

Now that fall is here; we resume free special programs as part of First Saturday Family Day at the Museum each month. There is no charge to enter the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center (CVM&CC). You are encouraged to bring the kids along as we have special activities planned for them. On November 5th's Family Day, there will be demonstrations on snow globe, gingerbread house making, and decorating Christmas cookies. Share the fun and start creating your unique entries for this year's Holiday Gala, or as gifts for your friends and family. Pick up applications to enter the competition at the museum, or download them from our website: HistoricNV.org

This year the annual "Cookie Walk" portion of the gala is being upgraded and renamed the "Sweet Shoppe." It's like an old-fashioned bake sale with homemade candy added and other festive confections and specially wrapped goodies as holiday gift packages. Some even come with handmade gift cards. Patty Maebe was kind enough to share her late husband Richard's fudge recipe which has long been a tradition at our cookie walks. Also, newly appointed fundraising chair, Susan Szeliga, is making several varieties of her Russian grandmother's secret fudge recipe. In case you aren't sure how a Cookie Walk works, our experienced customers are at the back door at 10 a.m. You may choose containers in whatever size you desire and "walk" around the room filling them with the cookies of your choice. You may fill it with as many of your favorite cookies as you like–just as long as the lid still closes. These cookies and candies are excellent gifts to share with others, without having to make a variety of recipes yourself.

The Holiday Gala snow globe, gingerbread house and Christmas tree decorating competition is open to everyone — individuals, businesses, and organizations.

These decorations will be on display in our museum throughout December, and you may place monetary votes for your favorites as many times as you like. This event is a good way to help support the DCHS while getting into the Christmas spirit and knowing that 100% of the money donated goes to help support our two museums.

Finally, don't miss Washoe Tribe Storytelling on the 3rd Tuesdays at the CVM&CC. The well-received program was introduced last summer to promote both learning and appreciation of the Washoe language and Native American culture. Washoe tribal members offer an informal gathering where you can hear stories and folklore in their original language with translations to English. October and November will be your last opportunities this year to enjoy it. The next gathering slated for Tuesday, October 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Free to the community.

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