Big night planned in Genoa |

Big night planned in Genoa

by Laurie Hickey, Special to the R-C

The old-fashioned Genoa New Year’s Eve gala to be held tomorrow evening in the historic Genoa Town Hall beginning at 8 p.m. will include live music provided by Ramblin & Co., a local group that has played for functions at the Carson Valley Inn, Carson City Nugget, Ormsby House and for several groups and organizations throughout the area. Ramblin & Co. plays a wide range of music, including classic country, big band and country swing plus rock and roll.

The gala will include a no-host bar and a ham buffet with all the trimmings served later in the evening.

The Genoa Sesquicentennial Committee has been given a $2,500 grant from the Nevada Commission on Tourism to publicize Genoa’s 150th anniversary to be held June 1-3, 2001. The Sesquicentennial Committee must raise matching funds and, hopefully, this event will put us over the top. The committee is delighted that the Nevada Commission on Tourism is willing to support the efforts of the committee in honoring Genoa’s special place in the history of the Utah Territory and Nevada.

The committee has patterned the gala after the old Douglas Engine Co.’s New Year’s Eve parties that today could be considered historic or, at the very least, nostalgic. We hope that many of those who used to attend those fun community parties will come to Genoa and enjoy an old-fashioned Carson Valley New Year’s Eve.

Historically, the New Year’s Eve parties in Genoa were costume balls, with prizes being awarded for the best sustained character, most original, best local character, most handsome lady or gent, best local impersonation, plus best Irish, Dutch or Puritan character, just to name a few.

Because of Genoa’s 150th anniversary, the committee would like to encourage costumes. Anything and everything is acceptable that covers the past 150 years of fashion: Victorian, Roaring ’20s, ’50s-’60s, poodle skirts, jeans, even something that you bought last week.

The committee also encourages those who would like to come in costume to consider local characters both past and present or someone or something that has had a significant impact locally or on the state. Here are a few suggestions: Hank Monk, Snowshoe Thompson, Kit Carson, Dr. Eliza Cook, Sarah Jane Kinsey, Emma Nevada or a former governor.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala may be purchased in advance at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Antiques Plus and Laura Springs Antiques for $22 per person or $40 per couple. All tickets purchased at the door will be $25 per person.

We hope to see you in Genoa for our New Year’s Eve gala where you can enjoy music, dancing, food, fun and nostalgia.

For information, call 782-2893 or 782-2486.