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‘Breckenridge Then and Now’ photography show returns

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Summit Daily file photo/Mark Fox

The “Breckenridge Then and Now” photo show is returning to town April 9 as festivities for the town’s 150th anniversary begin ramping up.

Alden Spilman’s photos from the 1960s and 1970s will be featured for comparison with more recent photos of the same places.

“It’s a way for us to talk about change and permanence,” said Leigh Girvin, executive director of Continental Divide Land Trust. “It also has a secondary effect (of) helping to define the community.”

The land trust functions to preserve open space locally, primarily through conservation easements.

It first featured the “Then and Now” show in 2004, when a slide show of color photographs from the ’70s was compared with more recent ones.

“It’s been five years, and things have definitely changed,” Girvin said. “We have a new set of photos that we didn’t show last time.”

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She said people may recognize the black-and-white photos to be featured in this year’s show and be familiar with what those locations look like today.

More photos are to be provided by such photographers as Carl Scofield, Bob Winsett and the Summit Daily’s own Mark Fox, among others.

Some of the photos in the show date back to the 1870s, though most are to be from the late-60s to mid-70s.

Girvin said some areas of the Upper Blue, such as Wakefield Meadow, have changed very little since 1870.

The show will be at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m.

Event includes:

– Best tie-dye contest (with a prize for the person least likely to wear tie-dye)

– Silent auction

– Breckenridge trivia contest

– Food from Hearthstone Catering

Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 18. They’re available through April 7 from the land trust. The tickets may be reserved by calling (970) 453-3875.

Tickets at the door will be $25. All proceeds benefit the land trust.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.