Silly Market to unite visionary vendors, performers
The new Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street will be a market with a message.
"Our mission is to bring people together to create a ripple effect of eco-awareness and community," said Rose Kaszuba, the market’s project manager. "I get on my soap box, but I believe in this The Park Silly Market is our chance to make an impact on the world."
The debut of the market is two weekends away, but a party Wednesday evening celebrating market organizers, vendors and performers already buzzed with the exchange of ideas.
Recycle Utah Outreach Director Lola Beatlebrox discussed her mission to encourage people to bring cloth bags to the grocery store, while Karen Wilson, who plans to belly dance at the market, explained the difference between tribal and Egyptian belly dancing. "It’s a dance from Iraq, Iran and Egypt that wasn’t originally a performing art until it came to Hollywood. There’s tribal belly dancing, but we do Egyptian it’s very expressive," she said of her group,"The Belly Babes."
Scott Whitaker, a founder of the Salt Lake nonprofit educational artists’ collective, Alchemist Magicians and Outlaws, talked about AMO’s mobile city a large tent that serves as a music venue and artist gallery that runs on solar and wind power. AMO plans to bring the mobile city to the outdoor Nevada festival Burning Man to unite world-renown artists and deejays, and is considering bringing it to the market.
"At our warehouse in Salt Lake, we build large-scale art projects and teach classes in everything from energy healing to performance art," Whitaker said. "We have about 60 to 100 in our group who will be coming at various times to [the Park Silly Market.]"
Jesse D. Kavalauskas, who graduated from Park City High School in 2004, spoke about his new sustainable waste management business, Kavalauskas Industries.
"Incinerators are the way to go now landfills are obsolete," he insisted. "It’s what’s taking over in every country except the United States. I have units that can burn oil without any emissions at all and Park Silly Market is where I’m going to start."
The pre-Silly Market bash was held at the home of Julie Dorr Arenson, the creative director behind the market.
Arenson, along with the market’s program director Jewels Harrison and executive director Kimberly Kuehn call themselves "The Three Marketeers."
The idea for a Main Street market originated at a dinner party nearly two years ago, according to Kuehn.
"We were throwing around ideas, and this really seemed to bring all our different talents together," she said. "We really love cool markets like the ones in Aspen and Boulder, Colorado."
Shops at the Village on Main’s Park Silly Market received 200 applications, and 90 plan to attend the debut market on Sunday, June 17, according to Kuehn, including live music by the rock band, Muddpuddle, food and a Uinta Brewery Beer Garden.
The market will take place on the lower half of Main Street, from Heber Avenue to 9th Street and a on a portion of 7th Street. The areas will close to automobile traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., to allow vendors time to set up their booths.
With an emphasis on zero waste, market-goers are encouraged to ride or walk to the market, Kuehn said. Cyclists can plan to park their bikes at Cole Sport’s bike valet on 9th Street.
All vendors will use disposable cups made from cornstarch, a material that naturally decomposes into compost, and composting bins, for food waste, will be placed throughout Main Street.
The market will promote three nonprofits each week and a local chef, who will present a special pairing of food and wine.
"We cater to locals and second home owners and tourists," Kuehn said. "The Park Silly Market is a community forum where you will learn about being green."
The Park Silly Sunday Market will begin June 17, and continue through October 14. There will be no market August 5, during Park City’s Arts Fest. Held on the lower half of Park City’s Historic Main Street, the market begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com or call (435) 655-0994.
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