Summit County ‘Phantom’ event benefits land preservation |

Summit County ‘Phantom’ event benefits land preservation

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Summit County, CO Colorado

The Continental Divide Land Trust has put a unique twist on this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities by featuring a stay-at-home celebration to benefit preservation efforts in the area.

Instead of going out for the evening, the land trust is asking for a $25 donation for tickets to the Phantom Ranch Ball.

“There’s no need for a babysitter, no need to drive or slog through the snow,” said land trust director Leigh Girvin. “Stay in the comfort of your own home, put on some favorite dance tunes and dance like nobody is watching.”

Girvin explained the idea: “Phantom Ranch is a popular geographic place-name throughout Colorado and the West. But there is no ‘Phantom Ranch’ in Summit County, making it a perfect make-believe location to represent the importance of preserving our community’s agricultural and ranching history and the scenic qualities, food production, wildlife habitat and natural areas that ranches provide.”

Everyone who buys a ticket to the ball will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. To request tickets, send your donation to the land trust at P.O. Box 4488, Frisco, Colorado 80443, or call (970) 453-3875, or e-mail On-line donations can be made at Deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 14.

The land trust also is leading a snowshoe tour on several properties it protects on Feb. 15. Check the website for details.

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