Snake River Music Festival
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A 501c3, The Dercum Center derives all its funding from individual donors, ticketed donations, and contributions from other local non-profits that support the arts.
The support of the community is vital to the on-going success of The Dercum Center.
Please consider becoming a Dercum Center “ConTributary” by giving at whatever level is meaningful to you. We so appreciate your support of the arts in Colorado.
Snake River "Contributary"-- $6,000+
Peru Creek "Contributary"-- $1500-$5,999
North Fork "Contributary"-- $1100-1499
Deer Creek "Contributary"-- $700-1099
Jones Gulch "Contributary"-- $300-699
Webster Creek "Contributary"-- $0-299
The Dercum Center
483 Blue Lake Trail
Lafayette, CO. 80026
Karina Wetherbee/General Manager
Dercum Center History
Max & Edna Dercum
The Dercum Center takes its conceptual inspiration from the lives of Max and Edna Dercum, respected Colorado pioneers whose enthusiasm for pursuing bold new endeavors helped them shape the history of Summit County.
Two of Colorado's renowned ski areas would not exist today were it not for the visionary and adventurous spirits of the Dercums. The dream of mapping out ski trails began to percolate through their minds and cemented their desire to establish a world for their family in the Colorado high country.
1941 found them diving into the homestead dream with the purchase of Ski Tip Lodge, which lives on today as an exclusive bed and breakfast with some of the finest food in Summit County. As demand grew for this charming gem in the rough, so too did Max's vision of an epic ski area in his beloved mountains. Thus, the Legend-- Arapahoe Basin--was born.
With nothing more than a rope tow and a desire for quality skiing, the Basin lured die-hard skiing fans to the snow-laden slopes on the flanks of the Continental Divide. Today, Arapahoe Basin boasts a loyal following and retains its old-world charm.
But Max and Edna's impact on the ski industry did not stop there. Max's dream of mapping ski trails through the evergreen glades of Dercum Mountain lived on, and soon Keystone Resort was up and running. Today, with over 3,000 acres of terrain, Keystone has become a world-class destination for skiers of every generation.
It would be an oversight to ignore Max and Edna Dercum's many other achievements--international ski racers, Colorado and National Ski Hall of Fame inductees, author, cowboy, miners, artist, county clerk ...ultimately, though, the Dercums will always b!e remembered for their zest for life, their pioneering zeal, and their passion for lifelong exploration and learning.
It is this legacy we honor at The Dercum Center.