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Soroptimists, Genoa business group sponsor Holiday Home Tour this year

by Didi Chaney

The fifth annual Soroptimist International Holiday Home Tour will concentrate on homes in Genoa this year.

This special anniversary edition of the Holiday Home Tour is co-sponsored by the Great Genoa Business Association and will include the Harvey Gross-D’Ascoli Ranch, Dondero-Cochran Ranch, Orchard-Falcke Home, Blossom Young-Martin House, Horsefeathers Unlimited-Judge Gamble House, Dingman Genoa Lakes Home and the Sierra Shadows-Turnipseed Victorian Home.

“A live Santa will greet visitors to Horsefeathers Unlimited, and each home will be decorated to celebrate the season. Many will have information on the history of the home,” says Didi Chaney of the Soroptimist club.

“The best part is that our luncheon will be held in the Genoa Town Hall with mulled cider, hot chocolate, sweets to temp and tea sandwiches will be available to stave off the cold weather,” she added.

New this year is a holiday boutique offering Christmas ideas and gifts.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or five for $6, and this year there will even be diamond and gold earrings among the many other offerings.

The tour will be held noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $15 each and available from Winans Furniture, Nevada State Bank, Carson Valley Market, Wild Rose Inn, Douglas Disposal (782-5713), Valley JobLine (782-8220) and any Soroptimist or Greater Genoa Business Association member.

The Greater Genoa Business Association was organized in 1991 with the commitment to encourage business growth and tourism while fostering peace and harmony within the community. The association is raising funds for a Snowshoe Thompson memorial.

John “Snowshoe” Thompson made twice monthly trips over the Sierras on wooden skis to deliver the mail and other goods between 1856 and 1876. He is buried in the Genoa Cemetery. A bronze statue honoring this heroic man will be erected in the Mormon Station State Park with commemorative bricks (available for $100 each) surrounding the base. Proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour 2000 will benefit the Snowshoe Thompson project.

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is a worldwide service organization of women in management and professions working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. The funds raised from events such as the Holiday Home Tour 2000 directly benefit the community through scholarships, donations and a long-term project aiding the efforts of the Family Support Council to build a shelter for victims of domestic violence.