BBQ and Bluegrass on a Saturday night at McPolin Farm
June 24, 2014
The McPolin Farm, located on the outskirts of Park City on S.R. 224, is an structural landmark icon in the area and is on the National Historic Register.
In 1990, Park City Municipal acquired the land. It started holding events 12 years ago. The events were designed to raise money to maintain the barn, the farmhouse and the surrounding yard, garden and silo.
One of those events, BBQ and Bluegrass at McPolin Farm, will be held Saturday, June 28, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The night will feature a dinner, live music and dancing, rain or shine, said Denise Carey, recreation coordinator for Park City Municipal.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityrecreation.org or by visiting the Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center (PC MARC) at 1200 Little Kate Rd. The money raised from ticket sales will go directly into the capital funds that go towards the restoration of McPolin Farm, Carey said.
"We’ll start with a social gathering or a social hour between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a little music by the Cold Creek Band," Carey said during an interview with The Park Record. "The reason is that we live in Park City and we know people won’t all show up on time. We figured everyone may get there around 5:30 p.m."
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Dinner, which will be catered by Dickey’s Barbecue of Sky J Catering, will be served at 6 p.m. In addition to the barbecue, there will be dinner options for those who don’t eat meat. Carey said.
To order a vegetarian meal, diners need to email Tina Adkinson, who is a volunteer on the Friends of the McPolin Farm committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We’ll also serve cookies and watermelon," Carey said. "We want people to come out regardless of what they eat."
There will be activities and games for the kids, as well.
"We’ll have bubbles and hula hoops and other activities that will be held on the grass," Carey said. "We’re also hoping before, during and after dinner, people will get up and dance."
The event will also feature some special guests — members of the McPolin family.
"We actually ran into the McPolin family accidentally at the farm one day a few years ago," Carey said. "They were out visiting and I was out there with volunteers and we became the best of friends."
Betty McPolin, the daughter who was born in the farmhouse, has taken Carey under her wing.
"She’s pretty awesome," Carey said. "She and her husband and Betty’s daughter and sister’s kids will attend the party."
No dogs will be allowed at the BBQ and Bluegrass at McPolin Farm.
"One reason is because we don’t want dogs running around eating people’s food," Carey said. "Some of our guests won’t be eating on the picnic tables because they want to eat on a blanket on the grass."
The Cold Creek Band was booked after Adkinson found them online, Carey said.
"Tina, who is one of my volunteers, did some research online to find different groups for this year," Carey said. "The musicians we had last year [Sophia Dion and The Stringshot Band] were great, but we like to change things every year."
The Cold Creek Band is donating part of their services to the event.
"When we contact the groups, we tell them what the event is for and usually they will reduce their hiring fees because of where the money we raise from the event goes to," Carey said.
The musicians aren’t the only ones who reduce their prices for the event.
"Even Dickey’s Barbecue at Sky J Catering works with us because they know we have limited funding and that any money we raise will go back to the farm," Carey said. "It makes a huge difference for people, because the McPolin Farm is such a huge historic icon in the area and people are will to do more to help maintain it. If we don’t keep taking care of it, we could lose it."
This year is a big year for the farm, Carey said.
"We’re working on a preservation plan and having a structural report done on the barn," she said. "We’re looking into other areas to secure the barn, because right now it’s secured with cables. We want to make it more secure because if we decided to host small tours, and we’re approved for it, the building needs to be coded for that in order for us to take people into it so they can see it better."
During the barbecue, the barn doors will be open to give visitors a peek inside, but no one will be allowed to enter.
"We would love to be able to take people into it some day, even if it’s just 20 feet," Carey said. "That would make all the difference in the world."
The city’s planning department is working with an intern from the University of Utah on the preservation plan, according to Carey.
"We also have a company, BHB Engineering, who is doing the structural report," she said. "They are halfway to almost three-quarters of the way done with the assessment."
In addition to the plan and report, a new $10,000 sprinkler system was installed.
"These projects are all being funded by the events we do, including the one coming up on Saturday," Carey said.
Since the parking lot at McPolin Farm only has 25 spaces, there will be a free shuttle service available to and from the PC MARC.
"People will be able to park their cars at the end of the parking lot and grab one of these shuttles," Carey said. "It’s much safer if people take the shuttle so they don’t have to park on the highway."
BBQ and Bluegrass at McPolin Farm will be held on Saturday, June 28, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Live music will be provided by the Cold Creek Band (http://www.coldcreekband.com). Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 12 and younger. They can be purchased at PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd. or by visiting http://www.parkcityrecreation.org. People who can make it to the event can still donate at the website. For more information, visit http://www.Mcpolinfarm.org or call (435) 615-5401.
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