Santa, cookies, trees at Saturday’s Holiday Gala |

Santa, cookies, trees at Saturday’s Holiday Gala

by Ellen Caywood

Tomorrow is the big day — the annual Holiday Gala at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. And here is the time schedule you will need so you do not miss out on any of the festivities. Doors open for all events including the cookie walk and photos with Santa at 10 a.m. sharp. Doors close for cookies and Santa at 1 p.m. All other events will stay open until 4 p.m. Keeping things in order, get your cookies first. They always sell out so quickly. Then bring the kids, grandkids, grand dogs or even grandma and grandpa and get your photos with Santa. While your photos are being printed, check out all the great gingerbread houses and decorated Christmas trees. Be sure to vote for your favorites. As you know, we encourage you to vote as often as you like for the trees of your choice. The ones with the most money win, and will be announced right here as soon as the winners are known.Speaking of trees, the following are the people/organizations that have decorated trees this year: A.R.K. Community Bible Church “Sunday School Class,” A Charlie Brown Christmas; Grace Bower, Victorian Holiday; Carson Valley Arts Council, Shoe Tree; Crystal Angels, Angels of The World; DAR John C Fremont Chapter, Old Fashioned/Our Revolutionary War Patriots; Douglas County Democratic Women, Let Freedom Ring; Douglas County Republican Women, Home of the free because of the brave; High Sierra Flycasters, Fly Fishing; Hip Hatters of Carson Valley, Hats off to You; Lisa Johnson, Poinsettia; Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks; Red Hat Society “Scarlet Ladies” Chapter, Save Nevada’s Wild Horses and Burros; Red Hat Society “Scarlet Sippers;” Rich Smiler, Coke Tree; Turia Todd, Home Depot and University Women of Carson Valley, Education. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your beautiful contribution to our Christmas Gala.While you are there, get your tickets for the coming Melodrama. They make the best Christmas presents as everyone in town knows about our melodramas. Tickets are being sold on the front porch along with photos with Santa. Tickets are $10 per person for Thursday night, Feb. 7; $20 per person for Friday and Saturday night dinner shows, Feb. 8 and 9; and $15 for the Sunday, Feb. 10, hotdog lunch show. But there are a couple of changes.First, the Thursday no-host cocktail show will be theater seating as usual. However, the dinner and lunch show tickets will be sold by table and seat, just like regular theater tickets. You will need to get your tickets early as the best seats will sell out first. So if you want your seats front and center, we’ll see you Saturday morning early — before someone else buys those seats.We hope to see you early in the morning tomorrow getting your Christmas cookies, Melodrama tickets and photos with Santa. Linger for a while inside enjoying the gingerbread houses and decorated Christmas trees. Step into the book store for even more gift ideas. Let our Gala get you into the Christmas spirit this year and, please, support our local shops during the holiday season.All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We 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 by email at