Carson Valley summer events wrapping up |

Carson Valley summer events wrapping up

“The days dwindle down to a precious few…” Summer won’t last forever so get outside and enjoy the many activities Carson Valley has to offer.

Farmers’ Market both evening and daytime: Lampe Park Farmers’ Market in Gardnerville is every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. weekly through Sept. 21. They offer an abundance of fresh produce and other items including baked goods, outdoor décor, local honey and more.

Prefer to shop later in the day? Esmeralda Avenue Farmers’ Market is every Tuesday from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. There’s always plenty going on as you wander up and down Esmeralda Ave. between 4th and 5th Street.

Dangberg Home Ranch and Historic Park continues with its whirlwind of summer activities this Saturday at 10 a.m. when Author Melba J. Ray-Leal speaks on “Women and The Pony Express.” The short-lived exciting Pony Express era only lasted from 1860 to 1861, yet its place in history lives on forever. The route covered over 1,966 miles between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento in 10 days’ time. The National Pony Express Assn. began in 1978 to re-establish, identify and re-ride the historic Pony Express Trail. For the first 12 years, women were not permitted to ride in the annual celebration because “there were no known women riders in the original operation.” That doesn’t surprise me considering the handbills advertising for riders were like no others. “Wanted, young skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18. Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages: $25 per week.” Who could resist an ad like that?

Due to Ray-Leal’s tenacity and tireless efforts on behalf of women, the National Pony Express Association began allowing them to participate as riders in 1990. In her book, she tells of her love for the history of the Pony Express and her own journey to becoming a full riding member of the California division of the organization. She also shares her personal tragedies and triumphs during those years. Sierra Coffee Company will provide complimentary coffee and 88 Cups & More will provide baked treats. As always, bring your own chair and no dogs, please. For information, visit See the park’s full Summer Festival event schedule on the website

Don’t forget that Ted Nagel brings his Rolling Thunder to Heritage Park every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Everyone’s is welcome to try karaoke or just chill to Ted’s music. No charge and lots of fun.

Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department’s “GE Summer Family Concert Series” continues with “Rad Moon Rising.” This is California’s Premier Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band. Come and enjoy the excitement and passion of those “swampy” rock and roll days, with such iconic songs as “Down on the Corner and Bad Moon.” Relive the summer of love — it’s like our own little Woodstock in Minden. Well, not exactly. Except for the music — that would be stretching it quite a bit. Concerts are free due to the generous contributions of local businesses and organizations.

The 12th season of Gardnerville’s “Movies in the Park” came to an end this month, so no more of those until next year.

Time is running out, don’t let summer pass you by.

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