Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land

Gala_Poster_FinalWhat: Open Spaces and Wild Places – A Celebration of Land
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Where: Linden Lea Ranch, Nevada City
Gates Open: 4 pm
Limited Tickets: $100 member; $125 general. Table reservations available upon request. All proceeds go directly to the Land Trust mission of land conservation.

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Nevada City, Calif. – Aug. 8, 2016 – Imagine a farm-to-fork dinner, dancing under the stars to a live Salsa band, a nature-themed art show, and an entertaining auction at a local Nevada County cattle and horse ranch.

As the sun sets behind the Yuba River canyon, participants dressed in their finest ranch attire, will sip cocktails under the oaks, reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Bear Yuba Land Trust invites the community to an end-of-Summer Gala to be held outdoors at one of BYLT’s most spectacular permanently protected agricultural lands.

This year, organizers want to share the beauty of one of the most important conservation easements in our region.  Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the beautiful Linden Lea Ranch, Nevada City. It’s the Land Trust’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“In previous years, our large annual fundraisers included concerts with big name talent. We are evolving and moving forward with Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land. We want to get people out on the land and give them a more intimate experience of our mission,” said Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

In the future, BYLT will hold a Gala at a different farm, ranch, or protected open space – from the oak woodlands of the foothills to the mixed conifer forests of the high Sierra. The event is part of a series designed to get people outside such as the EcoKids for families in April, Celebration of Trails in June and ongoing guided treks and outings all year long.

“We want people to experience the diversity of landscapes the Land Trust protects,” said Development and Programs Manager Melony Vance.

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Land, local food, art and dancing = FUN! 


During social hour, guests will sample appetizers and sip signature cocktails, local wine from Coufos Cellars or favorite micro-brews. Participants can peruse Silent Auction and buy landscape-inspired art from local artists.

Gourmet Chef Emily Scott-Arbaugh from Emily’s Catering will prepare a delicious, locally-sourced farm dinner using seasonal foods. Nevada County Free Range Beef will be the centerpiece of the meal, in honor of Cowboy Jim Gates, long-time Land Trust partner who grazes his cattle at Linden Lea Ranch and Garden Bar Preserve. Salmon and vegetarian options are also available served family style along with the freshest summer side dishes and a decadent dessert to round out the meal.

At 7 pm, get ready to dance to music by Sacramento-based Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Jazz Band. A Live Auction will take place at intermission followed by more music and dancing outdoors under the stars.

Founded in 1990, BYLT is a private, non-profit, membership-supported group promoting voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural resources in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and foothills. BYLT saves land, builds trails and offers programs to get people outdoors and encounter nature.

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For more information, click here or call (530) 272-5994 x 204