What a great time we all had – dancing, gambling, eating, drinking, auctioning and just plain FUN!!! Thank you to all who attended “From 1880’s to Steampunk” on January 30, 2016 at the Savoy Opera House at Trail Dust Town in Tucson. Click here to view photos of the evening. Read about the event in the March 2016 ERF Newsletter article.
Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October. Join us for the next Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 25th from 8am to noon. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!
Saturday, April 2nd proved to be a picture perfect day for the Foundation’s annual trail ride! Over 90 riders enjoyed the ride through the spectacular scenery of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Click here to view photos of the 2016 Trail Ride.
ERF recently changed its membership renewal procedures. Rather than asking everyone to renew in May, from now on annual renewal will be based on the month in which a member joined. Expect to receive a renewal request one month before your membership expires. We hope this will lessen confusion and encourage membership renewals! There are not many historic ranches left in the west and with your help we can continue to protect and preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations to enjoy.
We hope you will renew your membership or join as new member. To join via this website, click here. Or call 888-364-2829 to process your membership by phone.
To learn more about ongoing events at the Empire Ranch, read the March 2016 Newsletter
The work of replacing the roof on the Feed Barn/Mechanic’s Shed is finished! The repairs and reconstruction includes hidden reinforcements to improve structural stability of the roof and walls overall and to provide adequate strength to support the large rolling door. To learn more about this project consult the November 2015 and the March 2016 newsletters.
In 2016 the Foundation’s new event, From 1880’s to Steampunk is substituting for the 2016 Western Art Show and Sale. We are taking this year to retool a wonderful event and make it even better. So, don’t be discouraged, we will be working on bringing the Empire 100 back in 2017.
We invite ERF members to become part of an exciting new program at the Empire Ranch by joining the Empire Ambassadors. Ambassadors are a cadre of volunteers who come out to the Empire Ranch on a weekend day, open the Visitor Contact Center, greet visitors, promote upcoming events and the Empire Ranch Foundation, and do some general housekeeping and grounds maintenance.
Your involvement can be as often as you like, one day every month or one day a couple of times a year. Our goal is to have Ambassadors on site every Saturday and Sunday when there are no other activities schedules. To register your interest or obtain more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 888-364-2829.