I grew up looking forward to day trips to Virginia City.

And no, not to the fishponds. I think I might be the only human alive to never catch a thing out of those ponds. And no, I don’t pack a grudge because of it. I sat there for years, watching my friends just slay monster trout the size of my head, and I didn’t even catch a cold.

There was always a silver lining to getting skunked on a stocked pond though, the trip always included a stop at Cousin’s Candy Shop in Virginia City. At that time, the big-ticket item (for me) was the monster jawbreakers. They were just massive, and amazing.

As I got older, the trips to Virginia City changed a little bit. (I got bitter that I couldn’t catch a fish in those damn ponds, so I quit trying) My family started going to the Virginia City Players. I want to say I was 12 or so, the first time. I loved it. The play probably went over my head, but the Vaudeville ‘second act’ was right up my alley, and to be honest, still is.

The Virginia City Players’ season got underway on June 16th with Rip Van Winkle as the feature, followed by Vaudeville acts. Rip Van Winkle will run through July 23rd.

On July 25th the Players will present ‘Christmas in July’. “A varied, vigorous, vagary of vivacious vaudeville variety acts” all pertaining to Christmas! That will run for one week only, so don’t miss out.

The second half of the Virginia City Players season will roll from August 1- September 3rd. The main feature will be Miriam’s Crime, followed by the Vaudeville acts as well.

So plan a family trip to Virginia City this summer, first stop at the Candy Shop, load up several bags of goodies for the show, then into the Bail of Hay for a beverage, then to the Opera House for a show. A perfect family day trip, and one that everyone will remember.

You can see the full showtimes, and purchase tickets HERE.

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