Dungeon Party comes up for air at the Brass Tag
October 14, 2016
The Park City Museum loves its members so much it wants to throw them in the dungeon.
Or possibly the nonprofit wants to throw them a Dungeon Party.
The latter is correct, according to Executive Director Sandra Morrison.
"Every year we like to get together and thank our members for their support," Morrison told The Park Record. "Of course, we love new members as well, so anyone who wants to join can attend the party and we'll sign them up."
The annual Park City Museum Dungeon Party will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Deer Valley Resort's Brass Tag Restaurant.
"This is the first time we're holding the party at the Brass Tag," Morrison said. "This also is the first time Deer Valley will host a public party at the Brass Tag."
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That's significant, because the Park City Museum's umbrella organization, the Park City Historical Society, consulted with Deer Valley when the restaurant was being built. The name and theme of the eatery itself is a reference to Park City's mining history.
"The Brass Tag is a little tag that the miners leave on the surface of the claims to indicate they are underground," Morrison said. "When they emerged from the mines, they picked up the tag to signify they had safely surfaced."
The evening will feature a Deer Valley buffet, beer, wine, live music by Morrison's husband Ralph, and fun, according to Morrison.
"Of course, Halloween is coming up, so we encourage people to dress up as one of Park City's colorful characters or another character that they fancy," she said. "This will be a good opportunity to test drive your Halloween costume, because we'll hand out prizes for the best costumes. So if you get an award, you will know that you are on the right track."
In addition to the costume prizes, partygoers will have the opportunity to win door prizes and prizes for wining various games, Morrison said.
"One of our volunteers, Michael O'Malley, who is also a Deer Valley host, will front a Deer Valley Jeopardy game," she said. "Obviously, the questions will be focused on the history of Deer Valley."
Another game will be Fruit Gambling.
"There is no money involved," Morrison said. "It's more like those one-armed bandits, and we use real fruit, so there is no machinery involved as well.
"People will have to attend the event to see how it all works," she said. "However, you can get a 100 percent return on your investments."
Registration for the Dungeon Party is open now and can be done by visiting http://www.parkcityhistory.org.
People can also register at the Park City Museum, 528 Main St., or by calling 435-649-7457.
"People can also register at the door the night of the party," Morrison said.
Registration is a membership fee of $55 for individual or $100 for families of four.
"Members receive benefits including a quarterly newsletter, free admission to the museum's exhibits, [and] discounts at the gift shop," Morrison said.
The museum also offers for $300 another membership level called Museum Guild.
"In addition to the other benefits, Museum Guild members also are invited to some private events that the museum hosts," Morrison said.
Memberships give people an opportunity to support the Park City Museum's mission to preserve, protect and promote Park City's history and heritage by funding its student programs.
"We are on track to welcome more than 2,000 school children this year for free field trips and bus stipends, to get students here, without having to have them use school resources," Morrison said. "We even have had students come from Evanston, Wyoming, and charter schools come up from Provo as well."
The money also allows the museum to become a resource to the public.
"Our photo collection has about 50,000 images and growing," Morrison said. "Our library that is open five days a week and staffed with professionals who can help people learn about Park City or look up past relatives.
The funds also helps bring in four traveling exhibits annually that have a more expansive focus than just Park City history.
The current exhibit is called "Apron Chornicles," which tells the history of the United States through aprons.
"This one has been a favorite of our patrons," Morrison said. "We've had people come in and tell us they remember their mother wearing the same aprons when they were young."
The Park City Museum's annual Dungeon Party will be held from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Deer Valley's Brass Tag Restaurant To register or for more information, visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org.
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