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Music Makers returns with services for Park City

MATT JAMES, Of the Record staff
Randy Barton whips up the crowd at last year s Music Makers bash. Scott Sine/Park Record.
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With the ski hills closed and snow still on most trails, this can be a tough time of year to find something to do in town. Unable to access most parts of the mountains, Parkites have to resort to other areas for recreation, and fortunately the town offers some things to do aside from stomping in puddles or playing in the mud.

One of those opportunities will come next weekend, when Mountain Town Stages presents its annual Music Makers event.

"We always hold it during the spring off-season, when there are lots of locals around," said Randy Barton, Mountain Town Stages’ first chair.

"Music Makers A Local Bash" will include live music from local standby Tony Oros and a chance for Mountain Town Stages supporters to gather, and as always, the event will feature a silent auction of personal services donated by community members.

"It’s an opportunity for people who like what we do to support us," said Barton.

"This and the Cow Ballet are our two biggest fundraisers," said Sofia Mileti, Mountain Town Stages second chair.

She said the organization hopes to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 at the bash.

Barton emphasized the event’s benefits to the community.

"It not only helps us financially," he said, "but it hooks up supporters of ours."

The event’s heart is its silent auction, in which personal services not items are sold.

"We have locals in town, either professionals or not, who donate a service," said Mileti.

"It’s different in that we don’t go around to restaurants to solicit meals," said Barton. "We don’t go around to businesses."

Instead, the organization accepts donations from its members and its supporters, who contribute all sorts of creative services. Among the items auctioned off over the years, Barton noted a panoply of services. He once offered a guided tour of Main Street establishments that offer live music, and others have offered everything from custom mohawks and home-cooked meals to personal psychic readings and massages.

"We also have a lot of the artists who we help and who we showcase," noted Mileti. "They always help us by donating lessons in whatever instrument they play or donating a private performance."

Some of the more creative services donated, she said, have included existential detective work, life coaching and a martini party for 50.

Barton said that by donating a service, Mountain Town Stages’ supporters can give something back to the organization. They also receive four free tickets to the event, he noted, making Music Makers a worthy event for any Parkite looking for a good time.

"It’s just a real local socializing event," Barton said.

And in keeping with the Park City ethos, the party is an informal one.

"It’s not anything that people have to sit down and pay attention to," Barton noted.

He also said that while last year’s event, which took place at Harry O’s, featured, for the first time, a disco theme and plenty of dancing, this year’s incarnation of Music Makers will be a slightly quieter affair with more chances to talk and see some old friends.

The event will also have a new location.

"For the first time, we’re going to do it off of Main Street," said Barton.

The party will take place in the Celebrity Theatre in the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center.

"We’ve never had it as this room before, so we’re kind of excited about that," said Mileti. "We have showcased music in that room before, and we kind of want to get back into that."

"We’re trying to reenergize that room for live music," Barton added.

Proceeds from the event will help fund Mountain Town Stages slate of free summer concerts, which will take place around Summit County. Mileti said that while the organization hasn’t yet finalized details on the shows, fans should expect about 80 shows.

By donating a service to Music Makers, or purchasing one there, locals can help make those shows happen. And Barton said that the organization’s supporters should make the event a good time.

"It’s a really good showing of locals," he concluded.

Mileti agreed.

"We’re really encouraging people to come and enjoy the music and come and enjoy each other," she said.

"It’s basically a Park City locals’ social."

Music Makers A Local Bash, will run Saturday, April 29 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre in the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center, located at 2200 Sidewinder Drive. Admission to the event is free for those with tickets. For more information, go to http://www.mountaintownstages.com or call 901-SONG.


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