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Storey County Christmas Party

Storey County Christmas Party Tonight

When I was a kid growing up on the Comstock Lode, I really looked forward to the Storey County Christmas Party. Every year the community would hold a party and I was one of the dozens of kids who would sing and enjoy hot apple cider. I remember fondly walking across the stage in the basketball gym to get my present from Santa Claus.

Storey County Christmas Party

Old School Storey County Christmas Parties

For three years in a row, the gift I got from the generous people of Storey County was far better than any gift under my own tree. I remember one particular winter when things were particularly grim. My dad wrote an article in Westways Magazine in August but the cash had still not arrived by mid-December. The propane was long gone, and the cabinets were getting bare. The Washoe Zephyr whipped through the visquine covered windows and the pipes were, once again, frozen solid. The makeshift outhouse was out of toilet paper, but luckily, we had plenty of newspaper. Things were, let’s just say, somewhat bleak. But as kids, we remained calm and carried on.

The day after the Storey County Christmas Party was one of my happiest days as a kid. I received a battery-powered airplane attached to a hand-held tether, and I played with that plane all day. I literally flew that plane until it fell into pieces. It was a blast. I don’t know the details about how the party was organized or who paid for that airplane, but it was a truly magical night.

For those of you who don’t know, Storey County’s annual Christmas Party is tonight. While nobody reads the Comstock Comical anymore, the county has actually made an effort to let folks in the outer communities know they can come to VC and enjoy the sumptuous spread, this year provided by our peerless foodies Richard Oats and Alexia Sober of the Canvas Cafe.

The party starts at 5:30 at the Pipers Opera House.

Last year I went to the Storey County Christmas Party with Commissioner Elect Jay Carmona. We counted 6 non-county employees/spouses among the 60-70 people, including ourselves. I wrote a piece critical of the party when I learned the county spent $6226.23 on a party that county employees primarily enjoyed. Rather than organizing a family event like the one I attended as a kid in Mark Twain, The Highlands, and Lockwood, the County is hosting an open bar for mostly County Employees to enjoy.

Hopefully, more non-County employees will attend tonight. But the notion that the taxpayers will be footing an event where free drugs are provided (Yes Virginia, booze is a drug, just like weed) should concern all residents. Not because it is primarily enjoyed by County employees, not because it isn’t family oriented, not because it is a Virginia City only event, but because the booze is free. I stopped buying booze at my company Christmas parties after the first year because of the legal liability. We see parks without swingsets because of liability issues, but somehow the whole free booze/liability thing hasn’t dawned on the folks in the Courthouse and the District Attorney’s office.

Storey County Christmas Party
Christmas is about kids, not grownups.


Let’s Have a Christmas Party Everyone Can Enjoy.

Perhaps next year we can stop providing county employees with free booze and instead provide a Christmas Party for the families of all communities in the county. Next year, ask me to organize it. With the help of the companies at TRIC and others, the party won’t cost the taxpayers a dime.

Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you at the party tonight.

Sincerely, Sam “The Grinch” Toll

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About Sam Toll

Sam Toll is a native of Gold Hill and returned home in 2016 after 35 years in the Sacramento Valley. He enjoys old cars and loud music. And writing.

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  1. Sam Toll,
    I am forever grateful I met you.
    Before that I thought Reno area govt was really bad.
    Now I find that Storey govt is worse.
    But what else does one expect from a govt controlled by
    whorehouse owner and their citizen-hating million/billionaire
    Their perfidious perversions never cease to amaze even me.
    But I don’t stop trying: http://www.renocitizen.com/dna.htm
    Sam DNA Dehne
    Sam DNA Dehne

    • “citizen-hating” did not necessarily apply for the members of the cartel.
      It was meant for the myriad govt bureaucrats to whom the definition applies.
      Most of whom know who they are. And how greedily wrong they are.
      Sam DNA Dehne

  2. I’m confused, Sam, I’m at the community party right now and it is an open bar (not that I drink) and is open to everyone.

    Hope to see you here!


  3. Sam, I thought there always was a Christmas party for Storey kids, which I believe was organized by the fire dept. They asked the community to provide unwrapped gifts for the kids & it was usually in the middle-school gym. I never attended one because I don’t have children & I haven’t kept up on whether there was one this year.

    Last week, I watched the Cooking Channel’s Ree Drummond’s episode about the Osage community’s Christmas party. I thought, “Why don’t we do stuff like that here?” They had a big empty hall, and set up tables & chairs to accommodate everyone, with a stage at one end for a western swing band. Everyone brought dishes to share, plus there was BBQ. There was a table with plain gingerbread cookies and icing and candies so the kids could decorate them. A roping dummy was set up in a corner & the kids vied for 1st prize in a roping contest (wouldn’t work here, but there are other skill games). There was a decorated tree & people brought unwrapped presents for the town’s kids & put them under the tree. Later, they’d be wrapped & given. Everyone sat down to an amazing meal, dishes provided by each community member. There was no alcohol, just Christmas “spirits.” Children played & decorated cookies and everyone danced. It looked so heartwarming. Was that something that could just happen on tv?

    • Cynthia,

      The parties I went to as a kid were all hosted by the Fire Department. The Christmas Parties went on until four or five years ago when they abruptly stopped.

      We Care and the Storey County Sheriff’s Office pit on great parties at Lockwood and Mark Twain.

      I attended the party at mark twain last night and had a blast!

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