Park Silly Sunday Market returns to Main Street
June 6, 2014
On Sunday, June 8, a funny vibe will hit Main Street when the Park Silly Sunday Market opens for the summer.
The market is an ecofriendly, open-air market, street festival and forum "where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate our community of fun and funky Park Sillians," said co-founder Kimberly Kuehn.
"It started with 40 booths and one stage, and now we average 200 booths and have performances on two stages," Kuehn said during an interview with The Park Record. "We also have a lot of performing artists that roam and entertain up and down Main Street."
The market will be held every week through Sept. 21, and will feature an array of artisans, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, food, drinks —with and without alcohol — and live music presented by Mountain Town Music, Kuehn said.
The Main Stage entertainment for June 8 will be Jake Johnson at 11 a.m. and the Patwa Reggae Band at 2 p.m.
"It’s basically a new festival every week," she said. "The vendors will change out, and that’s exciting to me. We always find vendors from Utah or national ones who pass through on their way to California or other art festivals and that has always been great."
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One of the biggest rewards for Kuehn is seeing a vendor grow.
"There are many people who have started businesses out of their little booths at Park Silly," she said. "They come in and start selling things and they grow into a brick and mortar businesses."
There will be a few new offerings during this year’s festival, Kuehn said.
"We have a new merchandise program rolling out," she said. "We see a lot of tourists and many of them want to take home some of our souvenirs. So we will have water bottles, sunscreen, flasks, T-shirts and tons of onesies for babies."
The merchandise sales will help keep booth spaces affordable for vendors.
"We can keep going with the grassroots idea of keeping the Main Street businesses growing," Kuehn said.
Another new aspect of the market is the comingled recycling.
"We used to have to separate the paper, plastic and compost," Kuehn said. "We don’t have to do that this year because recycling has come a long way. It’s great to see the evolution of recycling happen everywhere here in the community and not just the market."
Then there is the addition of the Hot Paws Thermostat Stations.
"These areas will tell people how hot the street is," Kuehn said. "I don’t think people know how hot the tar gets and little paws burn up. We will have water around the market to cool off their dogs."
Of course, one of the major draws to the Park Silly Sunday Market is the artists.
One will be Park City-based Josée Nadeau, an internationally renowned artist who has worked with Ralph Lauren, Harry Belafonte, the Royal Family of Serbia, Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest gala that served as a benefit for Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance to name a few will be showcasing her work.
She was also the featured artist for the Hewlett-Packard New York Art Expo in 2006.
Nadeau and her sons, Philippe William Grant and Nicholas Grant, will present prints, postcards and gilcées of paintings she did that were inspired by the Olympic gold-medal wins of their friends Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenburg during the Winter Games in Sochi earlier this year.
The larger original paintings will also be available.
Nadeau and her sons have known Christensen and Kotsenburg for nearly a decade and these paintings were something she felt she needed to do.
"When Joss left for Sochi, I told him that I was going to do a painting, and Philippe William was the one who suggested I do one," Nadeau said.
"It all began with Joss," Philippe said. "We were all inspired watching him through the qualifying process."
"He qualified last to make it on the U.S. Olympic Team," added Nicholas. "He was the complete underdog."
"Sure enough, when he won the gold medal, I knew I had to get moving on it," Nadeau said with a smile.
Showing these works during Park Silly is exciting for the family.
"It’s great to continue the Olympic vibe in Park City for the tourists at the market," Nadeau said. "I think the exhibit in the booth will be unique because the Olympics are still fresh in our minds and continues the momentum."
"So many U.S. winter athletes come from this place is something that needs to be celebrated," said Nicholas.
"To have both Sage and Joss, who are friends, come from Park City and won is unbelieveable," Philippe said. "They gave people a perception of what Park City has to offer."
The postcards will measure16 by 20 inches and the original, signature-collection paintings are six- to eight-feet tall. The larger paintings by Nadeau will be available at http://www.joaseenadeau.com .
"Some of these originals are on display at the SKY and Table One," Nadeau said. "These works fit well in large-scale homes."
In addition, some of the posters that feature Nadeau’s works created for the Park City Olympic Celebration that was held in April will be available at their booth.
"These are rare collectible items," Nadeau said.
"We will also provide an opportunity for the people who buy a giclée to get it signed by Joss and Sage," Philippe said. "Throughout the summer at the market, we will also ask Sage and Joss to come to the booth to sign autographs. We have a special connection to these athletes and my mom has seen us all grow up together. "
Nadeau first participated in Silly Market four years ago.
"It’s so much fun," she said. "You get to meet many Park City people and this is a great way to get involved with the community."
The Park Silly Sunday Market will open on Sunday, June 8, and run every Sunday through Sept. 21 on Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, visit parksillysundaymarket.com.
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