Still time to enter Holiday Gala contests |

Still time to enter Holiday Gala contests

by Carson
Published Caption: The High Sierra Flycasters tree at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Those who enjoy Christmas trees, gingerbread, and holiday cookies galore can check out the Historical Society’s annual Holiday Gala.The Gala, which is a big part of the historical society’s annual fundraising efforts, will take place at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 1.“(The Gala) keeps our doors open,” said Shannon Hickey, fundraising chair for the Douglas County Historical Society, “It pays for what’s typical of keeping anything open.”The Carson Valley museum is staffed by three people, and is run by the historical society.Depending on the year, the Gala can bring anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000 people to the museum.The event will include the Gallery of Trees, a gingerbread house decorating competition, and a cookie walk. The historical society is hoping for up to 18 trees this year, and anywhere between 15 and 25 gingerbread houses. Currently, there are 10 entries for the Gallery of Trees. To enter a tree or a gingerbread house, call the museum at 782-2555.Traditionally, the historical society has chosen a winner based on the amount of funds each participant raised. There is a can under each tree and to vote for a tree, people put money in the can. The can that contains the most cash decides the winner.However, this year the historical society is planning on having up to three different winners for both the Gallery of Trees and the gingerbread house decorating competition, including a “money winner” and a “best themed.”To participate in the Cookie Walk, you may either donate cookie, or shop at the cookie sale. You can donate cookies by calling or stopping by the museum to sign up and bringing your cookies to the museum by 4 p.m. Nov. 30.The cookie sale itself begins at 10 a.m. To participate, purchase a container and fill it with your choice of cookies. Containers are priced starting at $5.The Holiday Gala Cookie Walk has been well attended in past years. Last year, there were more than 100 dozen cookies, but they still usually sell out before noon.In addition, this year, the museum will keep its doors open after the Gala until 6 p.m. for a small public party. There will be tea, coffee, cider, and hot chocolate served.“Anyone who wants to come set up outside or come inside to watch the parade is welcome to,” said Hickey.In addition to the Gala, there are a variety of events held at the museum, including lectures the second Thursday of every month. The most recent lecture was given by a man from the Virginia City museum, but the topics range from Douglas County itself, to boxing, to ghosts.The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 four youth (ages 7-17), and free for children under 6.For more information, call 782-2555 or go online to