Weekend to Remember offers plenty for families to enjoy
This year’s Holiday Weekend to Remember is supplying the Carson Valley with loads of cheery, holiday fun.
n Events and activities will begin next Friday night with Light the Lights in Minden Park and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The ninth annual Light the Lights will feature Santa Claus arriving at Minden Park in a miniature sleigh pulled by a miniature horse. He’ll be accompanied by a fire truck filled with elves.
“We want everybody to come,” said Roxanne Stangle, spokesperson for the Minden Business Group, which, along with the Town of Minden, sponsors the yearly event.
“It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season. You can only do this in a small town – that’s what I like about it.”
The evening begins with the Carson Valley Middle School band playing from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the CVMS choir singing from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in Minden Park.
The lights on the Minden Park gazebo will be turned on by Santa Claus at 6:30 p.m.
Children may follow Santa Claus to the C.O.D. Garage, where one photo of each child and Santa is free.
Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served.
The Image choir from Douglas HIgh School will sing on the steps of the Minden Inn from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.
This year, businesses are providing prizes for a raffle. People are asked to donate a canned good, preserved food or new toy to Tumblewind Antiques, and they will be given a ticket for each item they donate.
The food and toys will go to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and Project Santa Claus. After the tickets are drawn, a list of the winners will be posted at each business until Dec. 15, and winners may pick up their prizes.
All downtown Minden businesses will be open, Stangle said.
n In addition to Light the Lights, the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge will hold the annual Spaghetti Feed and Christmas Tree Bingo at the CVIC Hall in Minden beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
The event will be held in conjunction with the lighting of the Minden Park Gazebo and has been a tradition for some years.
Menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, tossed green salad and garlic French bread at a cost of $6 per person. After dinner, the 20-plus Bingo games will feature 6- to 7-foot Christmas trees as prizes.
“Since we are not playing for cash prizes, you are encouraged to bring the entire family, as the young people will enjoy participating with you,” said Elks member Dave Trueblood.
For more information, call Trueblood at 782-3416 or Ray Peterson at 783-1922.
n Not to be outdone, Saturday will also have a series of activities, beginning with the annual Christmas Faire.
The 17th annual Douglas High Christmas Faire will be held Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Douglas High School.
The fair is sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the DHS Ski Team.
There will be more than 100 booths, and drama and choir department performances are planned throughout the day.
The DHS Musical Theatre Review will be at 10 a.m. A one-act comedy, “Christmas Attitudes,” will be at noon, and the DHS Image choir will have a concert at 2 p.m.
A $1 donation for the March of Dimes will be collected at the door.
n Santa will open up the craft supply cupboard at the Douglas County Public Library, Dec. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to create unique and individual Christmas or Hanukkah decorations or ornaments. Glitter, glue, yarn, paper, crayons, paint and some patterns will be provided.
“This is a come-and-do-your-own-thing workshop,” said Children’s Librarian Carol Slavik. “All elves are welcome.”
The library is located at 1625 Library Lane, Minden. For more information, call Slavik at 782-9841.
n The third annual Parade of Lights will illuminate Carson Valley Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas.”
The parade consists of almost anything that moves, from animals and autos to people and “creative mobile objects,” all of which will be decorated with lights or illuminated with glowsticks, flashlights or other means.
The Record-Courier will publish a program and songbook with all the entries in the Dec. 2 issue.
The parade will start at the Douglas County Senior Citizens Center on Meadow Lane, wind down Gilman to Douglas Avenue and Wildrose Drive and end at the Minden Park, where Sertoma will be selling hot drinks.
Santa Claus will be the final entry of the parade and Parade of Lights enthusiasts may purchase commemorative sweatshirts at the chamber office and The Record-Courier.
For more information, call 782-8144.
n Sunday will wrap up the weekend with an open house at the museum.
The Carson Valley Historical Society will sponsor the Gallery of Trees in the main exhibit hall and a Holiday Open House at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
The Holiday Open House is set for Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments and holiday treatswill be provided. Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church choir will perform Christmas carols early in the afternoon. This is a free event and open to the public.
n A Home Tour will also be held in celebration of the holidays Sunday afternoon.
The fourth annual Soroptimist of Carson Valley’s Holiday Tour Home Tour will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
The tour features exquisitely decorated houses and refreshments. Valley residents to open their homes for this year’s event are Harold and Beverly Willard, Patsy Pumphrey, Al and Sue Shankle, Laurie Hennessey, Jim and Val Prather and Gerry and Jerry Bing.
Tickets may be purchased at Winans, the Aladdin or from any Soroptimist member.
n Christmas in Genoa will offer a variety of events for all ages as well.
On Friday, caroling will be held at the Genoa Community Church at 7 p.m. with a lighting of the town and refreshments at the Genoa Town Meeting Room following the caroling.
On Saturday, the annual Genoa Christmas Faire will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Genoa Town Hall and Genoa Office Building. Cost is $1. Santa will be available for photographs with kids or for kids to tell the old gent what they want for Christmas, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A special door prize will be given away on Sunday and one need not be present to win. The prize is a weeknight stay at Genoa House Inn, Snowshoe Thompson Lodge and Wildrose Inn.
The events repeat on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Santa Claus.
The fair offers the Genoa Christmas Cafe, and in addition, there are the Victorian Antique Show at the Dake House south of town where refreshments will be served, the Genoa Country Store and Crafters Attic wine tasting, and Thomas Kincade apprentice artwork on display at Mill Creek Gallery on Main Street next to the Town Hall.
Lock, Stock and Barrel will also be open, as well as the Genoa Saloon, Sierra Foothill Realty and Inn Cognito.
On Sunday, a Victorian Holiday Tea and Fashion Show will be held at the Wild Rose Inn, 2 to 4 p.m. for a cost of $15.
Carolyn Loftus will demonstrate the 17-plus pieces of clothing worn by the proper Victorian lady. Seating is limited. Information, 782-5698.
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