Fremont cannon topic of Thursday’s lecture |

Fremont cannon topic of Thursday’s lecture

by Ellen Caywood

Summer is rushing by quickly as usual. The best and busiest seasons always seem to be over before they begin. However, we do have a summer full of great events planned for your enjoyment and it all starts on Thursday with the next in our lecture series. Jim Bonar will be our guest speaker. He will tell us everything we ever wanted to know about the Fremont Cannon, including dispelling some of the myths that have followed the cannon over the years. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members; $3 for nonmembers.

Then join us on July 21, for the second of our summer flea markets. Call 782-2555 or go on line at for space reservations to sell your goodies. A 10-foot-by-10 foot space is only $20 if reserved early and all spaces are located on Highway 395. The Flea Market will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

While you are enjoying the month of July, we encourage you to be gearing up for Aug. 4 and our Taste of the Towns. Spend every moment in July preparing yourselves for some of the best food and shops in Northern Nevada as our local merchants open their doors (if they are close enough to the Gardnerville Museum) or set up shop in our parking lot. They are there just so you can enjoy and spread the word about how great it is to live, shop and eat in Carson Valley.

As you may know, Taste of the Towns is another of DCHS’s major fundraising events. Again this year we are partnered with the Douglas-Alpine Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans which will mean they will match a portion of your ticket money and donate it to our museums. Thrivent Financial has been a loyal supporter of DCHS and your local museums for several years and we thank them for their faithful sponsorship.

Here’s a list of the shops and eateries that will be in our parking lot for Taste of the Towns: Port of Subs, Papa Murphy’s, Tahoe Ridge Winery, Margarita Man, Killer Salsa, 88 Cups & More, La Lee Pops, La Hacienda Del Sazon, The Grill Next Door, Moose & Squirrel and Buona Sera. After all that, there is the walking tour along Highway 395 where you can visit the Overland, The New Market Cafe at the Historian Inn, The New Rancho Grande, JT’s, Sharkey’s, and Cafe Girasole for food. Along the way stop in our favorite shops: Ruby Rose City & Saddle Clothes, Classical Glass, Nevada Ugly, Cheshire Antiques, Country Carousel and Battle Born Wine.

Tickets are $20 for DCHS members or $25 for nonmembers at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center or call 782-2555.

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