Bowling for funds at Silver Strike |

Bowling for funds at Silver Strike

Contact Ellen Caywood at or 790-1565.

Did you join in our bowling tournament last weekend? There were so many people there enjoying this event with 14 teams competing for that grand prize of four Mexican dinners at Jethro’s. Silver Strike Lanes in the Ranchos generously opened their doors for our fundraiser, welcoming our teams and promoting the fun. Our winners are, from left to right, Jerry Vandenberg, John Wayne Hatley, Evan Bower and Teri Vandenberg, sister of Jerry. Check out the name of their team: The Hysterical Society. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to Silver Strike Lanes, Jethro’s and all who participated.

Some bowling participants have requested a repeat tournament in the fall. If you are interested in participating or helping arrange such an event, please call 782-2555 and let Grace, our DCHS president, know you will be there.

When we appealed to the community to help us with our leaking roof, we did not mean for you to stop all rain and snow this winter. While we appreciate your concern for our archived exhibits, please send the rain and snow back. We’re going to need all the water we can get come summer.

Meanwhile, back at the Melodrama, rehearsals are proceeding as planned. Each time we rehearse, it gets funnier. Those of you who already have tickets are the smart ones. You have selected the performance of your choice. Already, some of the more popular performances are or will be sold out soon, so get to the museum and get your tickets. You can also call 782-2555 to purchase tickets by credit card.

We have told you that the performances are Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 12. We have told you that the Thursday performance is at 6:30 p.m., the Friday and Saturday performances are at 6 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at noon. We’ve even told you the price for tickets for each performance. What we haven’t told those of you who may be new to the area or new to the Melodrama is that it is held in the Main Gallery of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Parking is plentiful beside and behind the building and there is handicapped access. But do get there early as there is no reserved seating. It is first come, first seated. Doors usually open 30 minutes early.

The other day a friend of ours mentioned that she had been in the museum several times for functions but had never taken the time to just look around. If that’s true for you, take one of these winter days and treat yourself to a tour of the Gardnerville Museum. You learn the history of the Washoe and Basque in the area. You’ll see exhibits showing the wild mustangs in our Valley as well as the historical points along the Immigrant Trail. Spend a couple hours just enjoying the history of our beautiful Valley. The museum is open from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday all year long.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. We are self-funded, receiving no money from state or local entities, and are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful Valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

Contact Ellen Caywood at or 790-1565.