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Park City Museum members descend to Dungeon Party

Park City Museum members are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes for the upcoming Dungeon Party on Oct. 30. The event, which will be held at the museum, is a member-appreciation affair, says Executive Director Sandra Morrison.

Members are the lifeblood of the Park City Museum, and they have supported the nonprofit even before it opened its doors in 1984, said Executive Director Sandra Morrison.

"Every time we have embarked on a big project, such as when we needed to raise $9 million to renovate the museum in 2009, or raise $2.5 million for our education and collections center that opened in Prospector last year, it was our membership who stepped forward," Morrison said.

To show their appreciation, the museum staff throws an annual "Dungeon Party," where members can socialize while enjoying food, drinks and a costume contest.

This year's event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Park City Museum, 528 Main St. Admission is a Park City Museum membership.

All memberships, which vary in price, are good for a full year, according to Morrison.

A family of four membership is $100 and includes year-round free admission to the museum, invitations to special events, the museum's quarterly newsletter, and 10 percent off items at the museum store.

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A Guild membership is available for $350. Those benefits include the family membership benefits plus complimentary invitations for two adults to Guild private receptions.

The last option is a Charter membership for $2,000. Those benefits include the Guild membership benefits, plus sponsorship of one museum local free day and exclusive invitations to join the Board of Trustees.

Memberships can be renewed or purchased at the door, or online by visiting parkcityhistory.org.

The party will take place in the Tozer Gallery, which is fitting, because it once housed a pub, according to Morrison.

"Top Shelf will pour beer and wine and make a specialty cocktail for us, and Riverhorse on Main is generously providing all the hors d'oeuvres," she said. "Java Cow will provide dessert and coffee."

The museum store will also be open during the event.

"We're getting in a lot of inventory, and of course some holiday items will be available," Morrison said. "So people can get a jump on their holiday shopping."

This year marks the Dungeon Party's return to the Museum's main location, Morrison said.

"We held the party last year in the Collections and Education Center, so when we decided to move the event back to the museum, we came up with the theme, 'Back in Black,'" she said. "People can dress in black or come in costume."

Those who come in costume can enter a costume contest.

"Since it's the night before Halloween, people will be ready," Morrison said. "The prizes are still to be determined."

The Dungeon Party is a tradition that precedes Morrison, who is celebrating her 20th year as executive director. (See story on page C-1).

"It's about getting all the members together and socializing," she said. "It's more of an open house. People can come and go."

What: Park City Museum Dungeon Party

When: 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30

Where: The Park City Museum, 528 Main St.

How much: Free for Park City Museum members

Web: parkcityhistory.org

Phone: 435-649-7457