The Historical Society prepares for a gingerbread contest

First place and prize in the Best of Show gingerbread contest was won by ‘Hometown Giving’ by the Petter family at the annual Carson Valley Museum
Photo by Sarah Drinkwine.

The holidays are right around the corner and the Douglas County Historical Society is already getting into the holiday spirit.

Preparations are underway for the annual DCHS Holiday Gala, which will take place on December 3 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Main Street in Gardnerville. The festive event transforms the museum’s main hall into a winter wonderland and includes the festive gallery of trees, selfies and letters with Santa Claus, activities and games for the whole family and the popular house decorating contest in gingerbread.

Anyone wishing to enter the Gingerbread House Contest is encouraged to pick up an entry at the Gardnerville Museum. The competition has four categories: Family project; Children 12 and under; Adult/Adolescent; and Club, organization, group or church.

As for the actual construction of the gingerbread house entrances, DCHS Special Events Coordinator Dennis Little said almost anything goes. Traditional structures made from edible, non-perishable foods are welcome, as are more non-traditional builds from materials such as Play-Doh, crochet, origami, or LEGO.

Houses made from a store-bought kit are also accepted, although additional styling and embellishments beyond what comes with the kit are strongly encouraged. LED or low wattage lighting is permitted, although it is the entrant’s responsibility to keep the batteries replaced and running for the duration of the contest.

Little said that each year the gingerbread house entries “exceed what you see on magazine covers,” and that he’s always inspired by the creativity shown by the community.

Entries must be brought to the Carson Valley Museum between November 25 and December 2.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no cost to participate.

The gingerbread house exhibit debuts at the holiday gala on December 3 and will run until December 17. Ribbons will be given out at a special artisan reception on December 17th.

Gingerbread house decorating contest entries can also be mailed via USPS or emailed to entrants. Contact DCHS at 775-782-2555 or email [email protected] for more information.

DCHS is hosting Family Day this weekend

Don’t miss Family Day at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Free entry.

This month’s Family Day is held in honor and recognition of local American veterans, and the first 24 visitors will receive an Armed Forces rubber duck. Entrants can search for images and will have the opportunity to write thank you notes that will go to the Veterans Hospital.

Through the end of 2022, each Family Day visit gives attendees a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the museum bookstore. The last day of this year’s DCHS Family is the De. 3 Holiday Gala, and the draw takes place on December 5.

DCHS Family Day events are held on the first Saturday of every month, except January and July.

Volunteers wanted

DCHS is looking for volunteers and guides to help with special event programs, handle reception, and help with DCHS publications. Please call 775-782-2555 for more information.

The nonprofit DCHS “seeks to enrich lives by preserving local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors.”

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Amy Roby can be contacted at [email protected]

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