Open House at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center |

Open House at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center

The Holiday Open House celebration with 14 trees decorated for the holidays will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

The trees, which are community inspired and decorated will be displayed in the museum through Dec. 31. Some are small and placed on carriages and piano, others large and placed in and around the exhibits.

Trinity Lutheran Choir will provide entertainment.

The free event is open to everyone. Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. Kay Wildes, event chairperson, will announce the winners at 3 p.m.

New this year is a “cookie walk.” For a set fee, a person gets a certain sized container. They fill their container by picking homemade cookies from a large selection. It’s a great way to get variety and quality for every holiday need.

Donna Allgeier, gift shop manager, has arranged for a one-time only sale of unique items perfect for holiday gift giving. Karen McGuire’s beaded jewelry and amulet bags and Bertie of Tahoe tree ornaments sell for less than $10. From MEC Enterprises there will be handmade pillows, some with holiday designs, others for everyday home decoration. Six fire starters for home fireplace or camping sell for $3.50. Ray Smith, local author, will be on hand to sign his two new books. Artist Elfrede Short’s hand painted, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments have become collector’s items and sell for $20-$50.

Jesse Bower and Mike Oetting made unique, attractive angels of barn wood and horseshoes. Irene Marshall and her crew have produced cute and decorative items with square nails, barbed wire, barn wood and other materials. Bud Brown’s bird houses and Unique Petite basket art make wonderful gifts. Knox Sox are soft, huggable, and lovable dolls and animals that sell from $20.

The museum is located just one block north of Sharkey’s at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information call the museum at 782-2555, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.