Dana Lee Fruend
Dancers enjoy themselves at the Masquerade Ball, put on by The Creative Artists of Lincoln County.

Within the historic walls of the Mission Revival Style Depot in Caliente, a lively masquerade ball on Feb. 16 successfully “raised the roof.”

“This ball not only creates fun, the event also raises funds for more art in our community of Lincoln County,” said Dana Lee Fruend, Executive Director of the Creative Artists of Lincoln County (CALC). “Art is at the heart of Lincoln County,” she continued.

This is the second consecutive winter ball CALC has put on, with proceeds going toward art-related activities throughout the county.

The Depot’s impressive architectural art was temporarily overshadowed by the Winter Ball attendees’ elegant attire. An assortment of masks, gowns, top hats, tuxes, hoop dresses and kilts all honored the event’s black and white color scheme.

CALC President CaraLee Frehner announced Janelle and Cody Christensen as Queen and King of the ball. Other honors included “Picture Perfect Couple” and “Cut the Rug” awards.

The ball was well attended by folks of all ages, with some warming up at the Overland’s wine and cheese gathering in Pioche prior to the event.

Diane and Bob Path were among them.

“Supporting community and having a good time with friends” inspired their attendance, said Diane, “and these beautiful venues really make it special.”