Carson Valley Pops Orchestra set to return to Gardnerville
Live patriotic music will return to Gardnerville’s Fourth of July celebration after four years.
An agreement with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra was approved by Gardnerville Town Board members on Tuesday.
President of the Pops’ Board of Directors, Judy Sheldrew said the Pops was seeking a venue to play after finding that the Minden celebration wasn’t compatible.
Some musicians with the Carson Valley Pops also perform with the Carson City orchestra, which is scheduled to perform in Genoa for the July Fourth Americana Festival.
“We have to do our concert earlier,” she said.
Sheldrew said the Gardnerville concert would start at 11:30 a.m. and be done in time so the musicians could make it to Genoa in time for that performance.
The Pops was the centerpiece of Gardnerville’s Fourth of July celebration from 2007 to 2011.
A deal for the use of the CVIC Hall for practice brought the Pops to Minden in 2012 and 2013, but the Pops was not included in the Minden celebration in 2014, because the events planned would distract from the performance, according to a memo from Town Manager Tom Dallaire.
After the Pops left Gardnerville, the town started the annual Freedom 5K fun run. Since the run is finished by 10 a.m., that would give the pops time to set up, Dallaire said.
A canopy on the north side of the Heritage Park Pavilion would provide shade for both events.
Town board members approved splitting the cost of the sound system with the park.
This year the event will be limited to the orchestra, but Town Board Chairman Lloyd Higuerra said they could build on it in the future.
The Carson Symphony Orchestra is tentatively scheduled to perform in Genoa at 4:30 p.m. July 4.