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Minden gears up for ‘An Evening of Elegance’ gala

Sheila Gardner, Record-Courier editor

Downtown Minden is puttin’ on the ritz July 22 with “An Evening of Elegance” to benefit the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra.

The gala includes a performance by the orchestra, strolling musicians, fine art display, carriage rides around Minden Park and a “taste of Minden” provided by area restaurants.

“We were in a planning session one evening, and the orchestra was practicing downstairs,” said town manager Sheila Byington. “Our town chairman, Bob Hadfield, said we needed to highlight the orchestra and do what we can to promote them so we don’t lose them.”

The result of that discussion is an opportunity for guests to “experience the charm of Minden,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the CVIC Hall.

The orchestra, conducted by Minden resident Danny Yale, calls the CVIC Hall home, practicing every Monday night.

Members come from all over Northern Nevada and California, as well as Carson Valley, and range in age from high school students to senior citizens.

Claudette Springmeyer, a member of the orchestra, said the July 22 fund-raiser will give residents and guests an opportunity to hear the musicians.

“We’re doing great,” she said. “We have a small nucleus of about 25 who practice every week. As it gets closer to concerts, we have more performers who sit in with us. The Evening of Elegance will be a great opportunity. You’ll be able to hear some of our show tunes, a touch of classical and a pretty good variety of fun music.”

In addition to the orchestra, strolling musicians will perform, and there may be a barbershop quartet performance.

“People are encouraged to dress up, although it’s not required,” Byington said.

Minden restaurants participating so far include Nevada Gourmet Grocery, Heidi’s, Subway and Dennys, and Raleys and Carson Valley Inn are also making donations, Byington said.

Admission includes a chance for raffle prizes donated by Carson Valley Inn and the M.S. Dixie.

Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple which entitles guests to “a taste of Minden” and beverages. An art exhibit will also be on display at the hall.

“Everyone is invited to see the recently renovated CVIC Hall, which is now air-conditioned,” Byington added.

Depending on the weather, events will take place in and outside the hall and the park. Some downtown merchants will stay open, she said.

Tickets are available from Minden town board members, at the town office, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., or by calling Byington at 782-5976. Tickets will also be sold the night of the event.