Letters to the Editor, Jan. 7-9, 2015
January 6, 2015
Museum hosts an event fit for a queen
What an evening! Last Saturday’s fourth annual Silver Queen Ball held at the beautiful Stein Eriksen Lodge was another rousing success. The Park City Historical Society & Museum is overjoyed and grateful for this enthusiastic and generous outpouring of support for our organization.
A huge thank you to the generosity of our wonderful local businesses who made this event possible: Another big thank you to our silent and live auction donors and bidders. Every item was eagerly snapped up! I wish I could list you all separately to thank you.
A most special thank you to Bob Wheaton and Bill Rock who so graciously gave special keynote addresses honoring our skiing heritage. Speaking to our skiing past and what the future holds, they were the highlight of an evening full of highlights.
As if this wasn’t enough, our entertainment blew everyone away with the Orchestra, former members of Electric Light Orchestra. From the first note of "Evil Woman," everyone danced and sang and had a ball.
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The evening couldn’t have happened without the wonderful staff at the world-class Stein Eriksen Lodge, our numerous volunteers who are the backbone of our organization, and our Silver Queen Ball Committee who spent countless hours making sure this event went flawlessly. And it did!
Lastly, and most importantly, thank you, thank you, thank you to our wonderful guests – all 300 of you!! Your support means the world to us. You came decked out and ready for a party and because of you it was a party we will all remember for a long time to come.
Sandra Morrison, Executive Director
The Park City Historical Society and Museum
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Anniversary dance is a first for gay couple
I had the opportunity on New Year’s Eve to go to the Park City Eccles Center to see Jayne Lynch who was sponsored by the Park City Institute. After the show I went to the after-party.
The strangest thing happened at the after-party dance. I felt free to dance with my wife for the first time in a public at the St Regis ballroom sponsored by the Park City Institute. Thanks to the law change we celebrated our first year of legal marriage on the 23rd of December. As we went onto the dance floor — the first gay couple to do so — there were a few strange glances and then when a male couple started to dance I heard an elderly man say to his female partner, "I won’t dance with them on the floor." She told him he was free to go but she would stay and dance with all of us. He decided to stay and dance.
It was the most beautiful scene, gay and straight couples, mothers with their sons, women with their daughters and people of color. That dance was the first dance of our anniversary and the first dance of our 12-year relationship. My wife exclaimed "I didn’t know you could dance." But it was really even much more than that. Many thank yous to the Park City Institute for providing the equality-driven forum that allowed our anniversary dance to be our first.