The summer of 2012 is about to be relegated to the past, but the memories will linger, accompanied by the tunes provided by the local nonprofit organization Mountain Town Music.
Once again, the hard-working group has provided an array of free outdoor concerts all over the county, much to the delight of both visitors and local residents. And last weekend they hosted a grand finale to an abundant season at the National Ability Center, an updated version of their traditional closing act, the Cow Ballet.
While Mountain Town Stages celebrates Park City's slightly irreverent spirit, the shows are professionally produced and this summer featured a number of top-notch groups. Like the new and improved Cow Ballet, Mountain Town Music has continued to showcase new bands while upgrading its sound systems and adding new venues.
In addition to their own busy schedule of free outdoor concerts, Brian Richards, Mountain Town's music-man-in-chief, and his staff have become the go-to source for a number of other event organizers including the Park Silly Sunday Market and the Kimball Arts Festival. Both festivals are greatly enhanced by the music provided by the reliable MTM staff.
The summer offerings included many professional bands from out of town, but Mountain Town Stages keeps a lot of local musicians working too. On any given Sunday, Silly Market strollers had the opportunity to discover some very talented local youth who might not otherwise have found such enthusiastic audiences.
Mountain Town Stages receives support from local restaurant and arts tax grants but it also relies heavily on individual donors. It is just one of many local nonprofit groups that will be seeking support on Nov. 16 when The Park City Foundation presents its second annual Live PC Give PC day of giving.
Mountain Town Stages adds an invaluable dimension to the summer season in Park City. In addition to qualifying as an important tourist amenity, it has also become an integral part of the community fabric, one that draws people together and encourages them to dance in the sunshine.