As part of their goal to partner with community-based organizations, the Dangberg Home Ranch is hosting "Radio Memories" Saturday and Sunday.
The Carson Valley Community Theater is staging the play that takes the audience back to a day in 1940s radio, with the comedy, drama, mystery and adventure of "The Lone Ranger," "The Bickersons," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and more.
"Our goal is to partner with other local nonprofit organizations so they can use the park for activities that support their missions. In the case of 'Radio Memories,' our partner is the Carson Valley Community Theater, and the income raised at the event will support both the CVCT and the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch," Curator Mark Jensen said. "But, this isn't just a fundraising event, it's an opportunity for the park to fulfill its mission of providing a gathering place, for the CVCT to do what they love to do, and for our visitors to have an enjoyable evening with their family and friends."
Prior to the performance, ticket-holders will have the opportunity to see an exhibit in the Dangberg ranch house, with a display of artifacts and documents from the 1930s and 1940s.
"Hosting these events is something that I've hoped would happen at the park," Jensen said. "Now that the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch is operating the park, we're able to do a lot more than when it was a state park."
The park is owned by Douglas County, but the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch operates the park independently under the county's authority.
They work closely with the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department in caring for the facility, however, the Friends is a nonprofit that earns much of its support through membership donations.
"I encourage everyone who cares about history and historic preservation, community parks, and education programs to join the effort," Jensen said, "and we offer more information about that opportunity on our website."
Jensen said he plans on using the Dangberg Home Ranch to host future events.
"We'll continue to present speakers and Chautauquas, as well as the themed exhibits that the park has offered in past years, including a historic clothing exhibit on Oct. 13-14 and 20-21 and toy exhibit in December," he said. "We're also working on plans for visual arts and musical performances, and we'll announce details of those events soon. We'll continue to offer guided tours, free school field trips, and to care for the park's valuable artifact collection and historic structures."
Tickets for "Radio memories" cost $30 per car, and each ticket admits up to six people who arrive together in the same car, truck or SUV. Vintage automobiles are encouraged. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with the performance at 5 p.m. Wine and beverages will be available for sale, and ticket-holders can also bring their own picnic.
The audience must bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, as no seating is provided. Pets, with the exception of certified service animals, are not permitted. This is an outdoor event.
Tickets must be pre-purchased and are available at Battle Born Wine, 1448 Highway 395, Joyce's Fine Jewelry, 1503 Highway 395, Plant It Nursery, 1346 Centerville Lane or The Entertainer, 1426 Industrial Way. Tickets can also be purchased in Stateline at Events, Ink, 152 Highway 50.