Music by country-rock band Derringer, dinner from Aspen’s legendary Hickory House, and a special dog-and-pony show by local entertainer Anita Witt and her four-legged pals Whiskey, Jose Cuervo and Spanky are a few of the highlights of the 10th annual Save the Land Dance, a benefit for Aspen Valley Land Trust.
The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Tybar Ranch near Carbondale and also includes cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a live auction of a once-in-a-lifetime trout fishing experience at The High Lonesome Ranch.
The Save the Land Dance is held each year to recognize the local landowners in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys who have conserved their land through AVLT, and brings together a fun, lively mix of valley locals and visitors from Aspen to Rifle.
Since 1967, AVLT has helped landowners conserve nearly 37,000 acres of prime agricultural lands, quality wildlife habitat, riparian areas and scenic and recreational open space, including more than 60 miles of streams, 100 acres of bald eagle winter habitat and thousands of acres of critical habitat for elk, moose, deer, songbirds and threatened or endangered native plants. The land trust also owns six city parks in Aspen and has conserved land for 15 major trails, including the Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.
The evening will include a special performance by Witt, who has been singing “cowboy music” since her first radio show at age 14. She has performed throughout the United States, singing and playing at high-end piano bars. Songwriter Buck Ram managed her career in the 1960s, until she met her future husband, Don Witt, at Chicago’s Fritzels Restaurant. Her show is a uniquely American West experience and local treasure. Anita conserved her Missouri Heights ranch in 2007.
The High Lonesome Ranch, located 10 miles north of De Beque, is a premier sport-oriented guest ranch that has been featured in numerous publications and television shows and has generously donated a fishing expedition for the event. The 4,300-acre ranch, along with adjoining BLM leases, is managed with a goal of establishing a new model for landscape-scale conservation, stewardship and multiple uses. The North Dry Fork Valley runs through the ranch, creating a unique fishery with 16 miles snow-melt and spring-fed streams, interrupted by pools of beaver ponds filled with 20-plus-inch brookies, browns, rainbows, cutthroats and cutbows. The High Lonesome Ranch trip includes four nights lodging and three days of guided fishing.
Carbondale’s Tybar Ranch is again hosting this year’s event. The ranch is known for its top quality Angus breeding and research facility, and the barn is the site of the annual Tybar sale, attracting cattle buyers from around the country. It is located on Prince Creek Road, four miles south of Carbondale at the base of Mount Sopris.
Tickets for the Save the Land Dance are $100 per person, with a special $50 rate for those under 40 years of age, and can be purchased by calling AVLT at 963-8440 or online at www.avlt.org.