Kimball Arts Festival
Hours and Admissions
Friday, August 6, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Donations are encouraged for entrance on Friday evening.
Saturday, $10 adults, twelve and under free, tickets purchased on Saturday may be used for entry on Sunday.
Sunday, $10 adults, twelve and under free
For more information visit www.kimballartcenter.org
Realtor of the Year
Kathy Mears is 2009 Realtor of the Year and Jim Lewis is Presented with The Director's Award
by PR or News Wire
The 30th Annual Park City Area Board of Realtors award ceremony April 29 carried on a tradition begun several years ago to recognize contributions over sales performance, president Mark Seltenrich said Tuesday.
For example, the coveted Realtor of the Year award used to be called something like "Salesperson of the Year," he said. The shift in priorities began long before the recession began, but was accentuated last Thursday by the absence of the Distinguished New Member award usually determined by sales performance and the introduction of the new Meritorious Service Award.
Realtor of the Year
Kathy Mears with Summit Sotheby's International Real Estate is the 2009 Realtor of the Year.
Presenting the award Seltenrich said Mears "has achieved every measure of success offered by the Park City real estate community" and recognized her service on the Snyderville Basin Open Space Committee.
In an interview Monday, Mears said to be honored by one's peers is a humbling experience, especially considering so many are worthy of the recognition. "Most Park City Realtors are involved one way or another in their community. You can find them in civic or church groups working on issues like trails or open space," she said. In addition to all the people serving on committees, many even serve in elected office. Park City is filled with "high-caliber" Realtors, she said. Her favorite aspect of the profession is mingling with those colleagues as well as with the people who come to invest in this community each of whom has enhanced her life, Mears said. In more than 20 years as a Park City Realtor, Mears said she's most proud of her three-and-a-half years on the association's board of directors and almost four years on the open space committee that has secured large tracts at Kimball Junction and Round Valley to protect the community's entry corridor, she said. Looking to the future, Mears said she believes the greatest challenge facing her profession is to remain optimistic about the future, but also that the resiliency of the local market has convinced her Park City will always rebound well from setbacks, she added.
Service to the community awards
The ceremony began with the presentation of the Community Service Award to Spencer F. and Lisa Eccles, who head the George S. and Dolores Dor Eccles Foundation and who own the Goldener Hirsch Inn. The foundation has or continues to support the Egyptian Theater, National Ability Center, Park City Historical Society, Park City Medical Center, People's Health Clinic and more, said presenter Jess Reid.
The brand-new Meritorious Service Award was given to every chair and co-chair, past and present, of the Luxury Home Tour that raises money for the Peace House. The tour began in 1982 and has benefited the local shelter since 1995. Recipients included Sandra Vogt, Mike Varoz, Patti Stires, Karen Kasperick, Cindy Stoltman, Ginny Schulman, Vickie Burgess-Keene, Cathy Ahlers, Renee Wood, Pam Crowe-Weisberg, Margaret Plavocos, Barb and Brent Sanford, Kacy Quinley, Denese and Kim Peterson, Bill Blair, Susan Catenacci, Deanna Carter, Rebecca Page, Carlyle Morris, Cathy MacIntosh, Ann MacQuoid, Bridgett Murphy, and Peace House officers Jane Patten and Jean Jensen.
Service to the profession awards
The Director's Award, given by the board of directors, recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to the industry. It isn't always given annually, and the recipient does not have to be a Realtor. At times, it resembles a "lifetime achievement award," Seltenrich said.
That's a fair comparison this year, he said, because it went to Jim Lewis. A Park City Realtor since 1981, he founded Lewis, Wolcott & Dornbush Real Estate in 1992 before selling in 2008 to Summit Sotheby's International Realty, which he now heads. Lewis helped raise money for the Salt Lake City Olympic bid as an original member of the Olympic Organizing Committee. He then serviced on the board of the Utah Winter Games. He has also participated on the boards of Zions Bank and the Park City Ski Education Association and was a founder of the Park City Winter School, Seltenrich said in the presentation.
The Le Roy J. Pia Award (previously Affiliate of the Year) went to Tina Coombs for her service as chair of the Building Balance Golf Tournament for the last three years and service on at least three other committees. Coombs is a loan officer with Mountain Express Mortgage and a pilot with Skywest Airlines since 2000. In addition to her service within the industry, Coombs is also a member of the Park City Women's Business Network and the Park City Ambassadors and a volunteer for multiple local events.
Lastly, the Realtors who earned the fifth-year level of the Professional Achievement Award include Michael Hebert and Chad Mitchell.
Fourth-year recipients include Jeff Coe, Patrick Giblin and Diane Rinehart.
Third-year recipients include Jillene Cahill, Heidi Ingham, JanaLee Jacobsen, Karen Keating, Nancy Tallman, Sandra Vogt, Rob Wells, Laurie Wing and Marcus Wood.
Second-year recipients are Grady Kohler, Mike Mazzone and Heather Peterson.
The first-year recipients are Cathy Ahlers, Michele Cone, Sharon Eastman, Rob Lea and Chris Robinson.
Seltenrich said the criteria for the award is the same every year, and each year it is met the Realtor advances. After five years the person joins the list of Sustaining Masters, which currently is made up of 25 people.
Deer Valley Concert Series
Big Stars Align for Deer Valley Bright Nights
PCPAF announces full lineup for summer concert series
by Submitted by Park City Performing Arts Foundation
Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCPAF) is proud to announce the full lineup for its seventh season of outdoor concerts at Deer Valley Resort. The 2010 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert series will include five nights of sizzling music including OneRepublic (July 4), Wynonna (July 20), Michael McDonald (Aug. 8), Earth, Wind & Fire (Aug. 20) and Ryan Bingham (with special guests TBA Sept. 6).
Held at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 3 (presale for PCPAF sponsors and members began April 19). Tickets are available through PCPAF and Deer Valley Signatures or Etc. stores beginning Tuesday, May 4. Independence Day weekend, OneRepublic brings its R&B-tinged pop-rock on Sunday, July 4. "All the Right Moves" (in all the wrong places) is both the mantra and the Top 40 song for this Colorado-based band, one of Rolling Stone's "Artists to Watch." OneRepublic frontman, Ryan Tedder, has written chart-topping songs for Beyonc ("Halo"), Kelly Clarkson ("Already Gone"), and Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love"), but it's his group's multi-platinum single "Apologize" that garnered the "most popular download in American history" distinction.
On Tuesday, July 20, Wynonna brings a voice as big as her long-running career for a night filled with more than just her tried-and-true country singles. Dabbling in everything from roots rock, gospel and adult contemporary pop to folk and Southern R&B, this celebrated songstress counts more than 10 million albums sold, 6 platinum-plus/gold-plus albums, 16 Top Ten hits, a Top Female Vocalist Of The Year Award from the Academy of Country Music among her many accolades. "No One Else on Earth" can rock the Deer Valley Resort hillside quite like "Wy."
Mr. Blue-Eyed Soul himself, Michael McDonald, will unleash his husky, soulful baritone for an unforgettable evening on Sunday, August 8. This Grammy Award-winning, gold and platinum-selling R&B/soul singer and songwriter whose roots with the Doobie Brothers cemented his place in the annals of rock 'n' roll history is a soulful, stylish and graceful veteran musician, famous for standards like "What a Fool Believes" and "Sweet Freedom."
On Friday, August 20, get ready for a "Mighty, Mighty" good time as Earth Wind & Fire bring their notoriously elaborate and dynamic stage show to Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. "One of the tightest bands in funk" (All Music Guide), this Grammy Award-winning '70s super band incorporates jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music and disco into an evening destined to be a "Shining Star."
Hot on the heels of Golden Globe and Oscar wins for the critically-acclaimed film "Crazy Heart," husky-voiced, bull-ridin' Ryan Bingham returns to Park City on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6. Bingham will be joined by yet-to-be-announced special artists.
New this year:
The Reserved Punch Pass Ever wondered what it would be like to be a show sponsor? Now everyone has an opportunity to experience a bit of VIP treatment with the Reserved Punch Pass. A $1,500 value, the pass is $900 and includes eight VIP reserved ticket punches, two reserved parking punches, and four after-show reception punches (tickets, parking and reception passes can be used all on one show or spread out over the summer).
The Lawn Punch Pass
Love the lawn? Then come enjoy the summer shows at a discount. Copying a classic favorite of patrons for Main Stage, PCPAF is selling a Lawn Punch Pass for summer shows. The $300 lawn punch pass includes 10 lawn ticket punches to be used either all on one show or spread out over the summer.
TALISKERBUYS WALDORF ASTORIA AT THE CANYONS
by Mike Gorrell
Talisker Corp. has expanded its already important presence in the Park City area, acquiring the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at the base of The Canyons Resort, which it bought in 2007. Terms were not disclosed. Formerly known as Dakota Mountain Lodge and part of the famed Waldorf Astoria Collection, the luxury hotel opened last summer. It has 170 rooms and condominiums, a Golden Door Spa, a restaurant and plans for a golf course. But court records show that one of its principal developers, Lee Hindin of DuValcq Development, has encountered financial problems in the past year, apparently contributing to the change in ownership.
"We are proud to add this wonderful and complementary asset to the Talisker and Canyons properties in Park City," Jack Bistricercq, Talisker's chairman and CEO, said in a prepared statement. "The Waldorf Astoria will expand Talisker's 'Definitive Alpine Living' experience." Talisker is a Toronto-based real estate development and investment company. A local spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, added that the ownership change is not expected to result in operational changes at the hotel, whose general manager is Steve Lindburg, chairman of the Utah Board of Tourism Development.
Roskelley handled media relations for former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Talisker has been a key player in Summit County ever since one of its subsidiaries purchased United Park City Mines and began converting its property along Deer Valley's fringes into a posh ski and golf development. Its properties include Empire Pass at Deer Valley, Red Cloud and Tuhaye golf course community, all part of the exclusive Talisker Club.
In 2007, Talisker outbid Vail Inc. in a contentious duel to acquire The Canyons Resort from American Skiing Co. That $100 million acquisition increased the company's Utah holdings to more than 13,000 acres. The hotel opened as Dakota Mountain Lodge in July, fulfilling Hindin's goal of providing luxurious lodging "with a few surprises," such as a Czech crystal chandelier in the main lobby. The European-style check-in desk was backed with a floor-to-ceiling screen whose art depicted a village-life scene in Japan. Its stained wood interior was designed to inspire thoughts of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, rather than a rustic mountain resort.
But in the months after the hotel opened, 3rd District Court records shows that Holladay Bank and Trust secured two judgments totaling $182,000 against Hindin, while American Express Centurion Bank obtained a third for $245,000. Utah Department of Commerce records also show that the license for DuVal Development Partners 1 Holdings LLC has expired.
Park City Is #4
AT LONG LAST, THE MARKET FOR LUXURY REAL ESTATE IS COMING BACK TO LIFE.
Prices for primary residences, which plunged at least 20% from the peak in 2007, appear to have bottomed. In some of the snappiest locations, scattered bidding wars are breaking out and prices are turning upward. In Greenwich, Conn., realty brokers say, the final months of 2009 were almost record-setters for sales volume, as two years of pent-up demand was unleashed. Even the megadeal is back. In Beverly Hills, film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg just plunked down $35 million for an 8,700-square-foot home on six acres. There's nothing like a stabilized economy and a huge rebound in stocks to send folks looking for the perfect manse. The return of hefty Wall Street bonuses hasn't hurt, either. With all that in mind, and with summer just around the corner, Barron's sized up the market for upscale second homes, one of the greatest luxuries of all. We scoped out dozens of deluxe enclaves across the country, speaking with brokers, homeowners and others. Our conclusion: Now could be an excellent time to buy. Prices are way down -- 40% off the peak in some locations. Seemingly at or near bottom, they are starting to attract the first wave of bargain hunters -- and not just families in need of R&R. Hard-nosed investors also are on the prowl, says Jan Reuter, head of residential real estate at U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management: "We've seen an uptick in buying in just the last couple of months." To help you in the hunt, Barron's has selected the 10 best places in America for second homes. These alluring locales have it all: gorgeous houses, spectacular views, world-class golf, fishing and skiing, fine dining and great shopping. You'll find the complete range of lifestyles, from peaceful and easy to vigorously social. Some warnings: 1) Our selections are every bit as subjective as tastes in homes themselves. 2) The prices cited are based mainly on conversations with locals, because hard data isn't available. 3) Your plush new retreat may take some time to rise in value. Serious appreciation will require a better economy and, quite possibly, another big rally in stocks. But hey, you could do worse than marking time in paradise.
1. Maui Consistently rated the "Best Island in the World" by travel experts, this Hawaiian beauty underwent a growth spurt during the past decade that some critics bemoaned as excessive. But the southern coast, anchored by the hamlet of Wailea, has weathered it all well. One of the first master-planned resort communities in the nation, it's a balanced blend of understated gated communities, luxury resort hotels, three excellent golf courses, a tennis center and, of course, several crescent sandy beaches. Wailea has 500 single-family homes, and their views are stunning: lush, verdant hills, brilliantly blue ocean and, after the steamy sun showers, rainbows over the horizon.
Median Price: $1.5 million ?Drop From Peak: 27% ?Neighbor: Oprah Winfrey
2. Kiawah Island, S.C. Languid elegance defines South Carolina's coast, and Kiawah, just off Charleston, may be its ideal expression. The island has one developer, Kiawah Development Partners, and an architectural review board that protects the 4,500 or so properties from the excesses often seen when wealth meets water. It has 10 miles of hard-sand beaches and abundant wildlife: bobcats, gray foxes, loggerhead turtles and more. Its Ocean Course has long been favorite of golfers; it hosted the 2007 Senior PGA Championship. Want to tee up some culture? Charleston is just 45 minutes away.
Median Price: $1.4 million ?Drop From Peak: 21% ?Neighbor: Dan Marino
3. The Hamptons Long the favored retreat of high-powered New Yorkers, the Hamptons are a just now experiencing a fresh jump in home sales, realty brokers say. Credit the revival in Wall Street bonuses. Southampton, bastion of old money, is known for its grand estates, but lovely homes can be found in what not long ago were potato fields. In chic East Hampton, the choicest real estate is on Georgica Pond. Alas, most of the area's finest properties never come to market. Once you own a home in the Hamptons, you own it forever.
Median Price: $1.5 million ?Drop from Peak: 30% ?Neighbor: Steven Spielberg
4. Park City, Utah Skiers love Park City for its powdery winters, but homeowners relish the summers, too. The crowds thin out, life slows down and the tall aspens lining the nearby Wasatch range shimmer in the breeze. The one-street Old West downtown is dotted with classic Victorian houses, while Deer Valley, an understated year-round resort community, sits on the eastern edge. Its namesake ski hill has been crowned by readers of Ski Magazine as North America's top ski resort for three years running. For $100,000, you can join the nearby Talisker Club, with links designed by PGA Tour Champion Mark O'Meara. Bonus: Salt Lake City International Airport, a Delta Air Lines hub, has direct flights to the East and West Coasts.
Median Price: $1 million ?Drop From Peak: 45% ?Neighbor: Robert Redford
5. Aspen, Colo. Aspen isn't just a year-round playground; it's also a cultural oasis, the home to the Aspen Institute think tank, a world-class symphony, and dance and art festivals. The four major ski hills speak for the themselves. The Maroon Creek Club includes a challenging golf course designed by Tom Fazio. The city's West End has a mix of 19th-century Victorians and modern abodes not far from the "beachfront" -- downtown neighborhoods within walking distance of the lift. The posh shopping is so good that some folks never find their way up to the trails.
Median Price: $5.6 million ?Drop From Peak: 6% ?Neighbor: Jack Nicholson
6. Pebble Beach, Calif. Golfer Jack Nicklaus once said that if he had one last round to play before he died, it would be at Pebble Beach. The site of four U.S. Opens, The Links are rated the No. 1 public course in America by Golf Digest for 2009-10. There are several other public and private golf courses within the guarded gates of the verdant Del Monte Forest, which surrounds the community of Pebble Beach. Stunning estates not far from the first tee offer sweeping views of Monterey Bay. Duffers who buy in can play the Golden Bear's dream course every day.
Median Price: $1.1 million ?Drop Since Peak: 20% ?Neighbor: Clint Eastwood.
7. Palm Beach This Florida island hovers above reality, and at $30 million-plus, so do its finest pads. Oodles of socialites and tycoons wouldn't have it any other way. Neither would Jimmy Buffett, Rush Limbaugh and too many other boldface names to mention. In addition to the never-ending social whirl, residents like the shopping on Worth Avenue and the beauty of Addison Mizner's Mediterranean-style architecture. Mortals can enjoy the town by buying "over the moat" -- in Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach.
Median Price: $3.5 million ?Drop From Peak: 11% ?Neighbor: Henry Kravis
8. Captiva/Sanibel Island, Fla. Sitting off the coast of Fort Myers, a nerve center of America's foreclosure crisis, the barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel are the very picture of laid-back living. Linked by a bridge at Sanibel's northern point, the islands are renowned for their pristine beaches and abundant seashells. Then there are the hiking trails; half the island is a nature preserve. The late Robert Rauschenberg is, even in death, one of the largest landowners. His 35-acre spread, complete with studio, is intact on Captiva's northern end.
Barron's Penta inaugural list of second-home communities from the Hamptons to Hawaii.
Median Price: $3.5 million ?Drop From Peak: 40% ?Neighbor: Ted Koppel
9. Asheville, N.C. Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, Asheville offers a four-seasons lifestyle with just enough culture and good restaurants to keep urban-withdrawal pangs at bay. Some homebuyers come from the Northeast, and many come from Florida to beat the heat. The locals call them "halfbacks," since Asheville is halfway up the East Coast. The town has a university and a thriving art scene. We like the 1920s-vintage Tudor homes in the Biltmore Forest district, once part of the adjacent Biltmore Estate. The funky Grove Park neighborhood is also worth a look.
Median Price: $700,000 ?Drop From Peak: 38% ?Neighbor: Andie McDowell
10. Gasparilla Island, Fla. Katherine Hepburn used to rent a beach house here, and it's easy to see why. The small island off Florida's southwest coast has been lovingly preserved: The Gasparilla Act, a state law passed in 1980, put a tight lid on population density, building heights and commercial development. Golf carts -- some customized to resemble '57 Chevys -- are the favored mode of transportation. The historic downtown has gracious homes, and the waters around the island are renowned for tarpon fishing. To check it out, check into the plush Gasparilla Inn.
Median Price: $1.8 million. ?Drop From Peak: 18% ?Neighbor: Harrison Ford, frequent visitor.
Silver Strike Auction
More developers want to auction off new units
Success of Silver Strike Lodge prompted two more in March
by Andrew Kirk, Of The Park Record Staff
On Dec. 26, The Park Record reported that developers of the Silver Strike Lodge at Empire Pass would auction off eight brand-new units. The developers thought this may have been a first for Park City. In essence, it was a kind of experiment, and response to the article indicated some wished them well, others thought it was a charade. As a result of the auction on Jan. 17, all but one of the units in the lodge have now been sold, and two other Park City developers have signed up with the same auction company ? Accelerated Marketing Partners. DeveloperMatt Mullin said in December he wanted to put Silver Strike Lodge units on the auction block because willing buyers are out there, they just aren't buying because they're worried about overpaying. An auction allows the buyers to come forward and together establish the true market value of a unit without any suspicion of someone getting a better deal. It also allows for a quick disposal once the agreed-upon value is established.
Mark Waltrip, chief operating officer for Westgate Resorts will offer 44 condominium residences at The Lodge at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa on March 28. Located at The Canyons, these condominiums are much smaller than those at Silver Strike Lodge (they average at about 750 square feet) a but have much better amenity packages, Waltrip said. Because the units are smaller, at a good location and fully furnished, he expects them to sell quickly. And like Matt Mullin, that's part of the appeal of the process. Westgate manages timeshares and wants to be rid of the unsold whole-ownership condos at the Park City resort, he explained. "This is a good approach to sell off balance of our inventory," he added. "This is not a company in trouble? You're dealing with a 42-year-old company servicing (this resort) to the same level we're servicing all other resorts."
The other developer, Henry Sigg, will auction off seven "homes" in the development Lookout close to the Silver Lake Village on March 27. They're all "condos" he said, but some are attached, some detached ranging from 4,317 to 5,866 square feet. Sigg, too, said he's perfectly fine letting the units go for less than market price. It's about moving inventory, he said. The market has gone through a correction, and in order for stability to return, inventory levels need to go down. "You've got to remember, prices in the heyday were too high to begin with," he said. When auctions dispose of units quickly it spurs demand. The same number of units it takes a whole season to sell can find buyers in a single day. They also attract a variety of bidders, which drives up the winning bid.
There's a need for transparency in real estate, he said. "People have trepidation. They don't want to overpay? People are comfortable when they know what the guy next door paid, they like knowing they got the same deal everyone else is getting," he said. Could the popularity of the method drive down prices too far? Ken Stevens of Accelerated Marketing Partners said not with this kind of uniqueness in each development. When similar properties are auctioned en masse, that might happen, but there are no other seven homes like the ones at Lookout and no other vacation condos with the amenities offered by Westgate. Also, buyers come in and go out of the market every four to six months so it's always changing. But there's a finite amount of product to be sold, he said. These quick sales will speed the day when buyers are all confident the market has hit bottom and price pressures will resume. "The folks we're selling to are very, very smart," he said. "They're buying now below replacement costs, and sooner or later that's not going to happen anymore, we'll run out of supply first."
Park City News
Save the Banksy graffiti hundreds say in petition
by Jay Hamburger OF THE PARK RECORD STAFF
Macey Truett a few years ago worked as a nanny in London, taking in the arts in one of the world's cultural capitals in her free time. It was in London where Truett first heard of an artist who calls himself Banksy, a guerrilla graffiti phenomenon whose work appeared scattered throughout Park City in the days before the opening of the Sundance Film Festival in January. Truett, a 19-year-old from Huntsville, says she was surprised to hear that Banksy had left his artwork around Park City. With one of the Banksy pieces in Park City already painted over just as other graffiti is when it turns up, Truett says she and three of her friends have gathered approximately 700 signatures on a petition to convince people to preserve the rest of the Banksy artwork.
"Me and my friends were so, so excited. I couldn't believe it," says Truett, who works in a coffee shop's Ogden and Layton locations. "We couldn't believe he hit Park City." Banksy traveled to Park City in anticipation of the premier of his "Exit Through the Gift Shop," a Sundance documentary that was among the most sought-after tickets of the festival.
His pieces created a stir in Park City and on the Internet, with the artwork quickly generating buzz that is normally reserved for the movie stars who arrive for the festival. It is believed Banksy put up five pieces in Park City, with four of them appearing on the artist's Web site. The Park City Police Department received three complaints about the pieces justbefore the start of the festival.
Truett, who saw a screening of the Banksy documentary during the festival, says she and her friends collected most of the signatures outside Java Cow on Main Street, the site of one of the Banksy pieces, during Sundance. She says the people who signed the petition were roughly split between Utah residents and people from elsewhere. A copy of the wording of the petition was not immediately available.She says Banksy's art is unlike anyone else's, and Truett is especially drawn to themes in Banksy's work like a person throwing a bouquet of flowers as if the bouquet is a Molotov cocktail. "I love his uniqueness and his way of expressing things. He has a really different way of thinking. I admire that about him," Truett says. She plans to submit the petition to City Hall by the middle of February. It is not clear, though, what role the municipal government will play as decisions are made regarding the Banksy pieces. Park City officials quickly had the single piece that was placed on City Hall-owned property -- the word 'Banksy' on a white shed along the S.R. 224 entryway -- removed. The rest of the pieces were put on private property. Three of them have been protected in some fashion.
Rhoda Stauffer, the chairperson of the Public Art Advisory Board, a City Hall panel involved with art on municipal property, says she is pleased the three pieces are protected. She is unsure if the board will have a role in any talks about the Banksy pieces since they are on private property. Park City leaders and the arts community have long pressed for art pieces to be put on public display as a way to further beautify the city. "Most of the art board sort of loves the concept, the idea, of having some of those in the community," Stauffer says.
The Banksy tour
Of the five pieces that Banksy is believed to have put up in Park City, four have been preserved in some fashion. The fifth, which was placed on a City Hall-owned shed off S.R. 224, was removed. It is the local government's policy to remove graffiti. The status of the rest of the Banksy artwork:
Java Cow building piece -- under a see-through protective sheet of plastic.
Main Street garage piece -- under a see-through protective sheet of plastic.
Heber Avenue utility box piece -- unprotected.
Egyptian Theatre door piece -- door removed and stored for safekeeping for possible sale in fund-raising auction.
AMERICA'S MOST IMPRESSIVE SKI HOMES
Each year, millions of Americans hit the slopes at ski resorts across the country. For ski enthusiasts with the deepest pockets the best way to enjoy a ski trip may be to own a home on or near some of America's most prestigious winter destinations. ??Recently, real estate website TopTenRealEstateDeals.com surveyed realtors across the country and ranked America?s most spectacular ski homes; from Aspen, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Stowe, Vermont. These impressive homes allow their owners to live in luxury while enjoying some of the best ski runs in the country. ??So, where are America's most impressive ski homes? Click ahead to find out more...
By Paul Toscano ~ Posted 21 Jan 2010
There are many fundamental facts that support continued real estate growth in Park City. The global economy may dip and soar, but life in Park City remains pretty stable. While we can't claim total immunity from external economic pressures, this localized real estate market is a safe harbor to weather the storm. Why?The fundamental attractions of Park City ?world-class recreation, a comfortable, year-round climate, convenient access and a strong sense of community ?are unwavering. Together, these fundamentals will continue to create growth and stability in our market, long into the future.
Fact: Park City homes can be a savvy investment property and, at the same time, an ideal place to reconnect with loved ones.
Fact:If you wait another year to buy, you and your family will be one year older when you do.
Fact:Park City's close proximity to Salt Lake International Airport has always been an advantage over other western mountain resorts.Check out this site for details ?
Fact:Park City continues to represent a great value when compared to other world-class ski resort towns. Read the Article ?
Fact:Park City residents are committed to preserving open space? that provides scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, an extensive trail system, and rural charm.
Fact:There are three great ski resort choices in town ?SKIMagazine readers ranked Deer Valley #1, Park City #5 and The Canyons Resort #13 of the best resorts in North America for 2008.Read the Article ?
Fact:The Park City area has 10 world-class ski resortswithin an hour drive. Check them all out ?
Fact:Park City is a year-round recreation haven? hiking, biking, fishing, boating, golf, outdoor concerts, Park City Arts Festival and much more make the summer season just as fun as winter. View the Park City Events Calendar ?
Fact: Park City is a multifaceted market ? of course the area's myriad resort and recreational offerings make Park City an ideal second home market, but Park City also has a strong and steady primary home market.
Fact: Park City benefits from close proximity to a dynamic metro market.
Fact: Park City benefits from the incredibly large increase in state tourism advertising.
Fact: Park City continues to enjoy increased awareness and tourism traffic as a result of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Fact: Winter and summer alike, Park City enjoys an ideal climate for recreation and relaxation.
Fact: Park City is "in".
Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday proclaiming a return to rebellious and risky filmmaking
Backed by actor and activist Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, the festival began in the 1980s to promote movies made outside Hollywood's mainstream studios, and this year's theme is renewing the independence it first championed. "Sometimes getting back to your roots is fresh and new," Redford told a packed house for the opening night premiere of "HOWL," which was followed by "Restrepo." Earlier on Thursday, Redford told reporters that in recent years he has felt Sundance was "sliding" from its original vision because indie film began to mesh with studio movies.
In fact, some of the best indie films of recent years were products of divisions of Hollywood studios that worked in the arena for low-budget moviemaking. "Slumdog Millionaire," for instance, was originally backed by Warner Independent Pictures, a now defunct unit of Warner Bros. "HOWL" has independence in its DNA, its filmmakers said. It began life as a documentary in workshops at the Sundance Institute, where it was transformed into a feature film by co-writers and directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
TRUTH IN STORYTELLING
"HOWL" tells how Ginsberg's classic poem of the same name, which seeks to tell the truth of the everyday lives of post World War Two young adults, was deemed indecent by some, and its publisher was tried in a California court in 1957 for distributing pornography. At the time, Ginsberg and his Beat Generation were renegades who defied convention. The movie challenges standard biopics by blending elements of documentary and feature films and by using animation to illustrate the poem.
"The poem itself breaks so many formal rules, we felt it was appropriate for us to do the same," Friedman told Reuters. Epstein added that the poem has statements on militarism and anti-consumerism and Ginsberg was, at his best, an artist speaking his own truth. "That's what most spoke to me," Epstein said. "That's what you strive for -- something truthful." In keeping with its risktaking theme, Sundance departed from past tradition with its 2010 opening night. Instead of screening one movie in a gala premiere, it screened two films and a program of short films.
After "HOWL" came "Restrepo" because Redford and Sundance have long championed documentaries. For the film, author Sebastian Junger ("The Perfect Storm") and filmmaker Tim Hetherington spent a year with a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan looking at the soldiers' day-to-day living, working and fighting. Redford said that throughout 2010's Sundance, audiences would see numerous documentaries in which they "will sense the risk the filmmaker took to tell that story and how important it was to get a certain new truth out."
"That's something that we're proud of," he said.
St Regis Opens At Deer Valley With A Touch Of Refinement
Article by Mike Gorrell with the Salt Lake TribuneThe St. Regis Deer Crest Resort hotel opened at Deer Valley Resort in Park City in early December.
"Park City deserves something like this," said Kirsten Whetstone, a senior planner for the city who has monitored the project since its inception. "It's just beautiful."
Walk into the lobby and a large, square piece of glass art work magnifies and distorts the flames burning in a fireplace behind it. Head into the main ballroom and the eye turns quickly to elaborate chandeliers dangling from the high ceiling. Original artwork of all styles and persuasions adorns the walls.
The art alone "cost a small fortune," said Michael Zaccaro, of Falcon Investors LLC, the ownership group's representative overseeing the hotel built by Okland Construction and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Zaccaro was chosen for that role for one good reason -- he doesn't ski. That means he won't be distracted by a bluebird day to skip out on work for a few runs. The reward for that kind of nose-to-the-grindstone type of dedication, he said, is that the people who signed up to own the hotel's 27 private residences and 64 hotel-condominium suites "are pleased with how the hotel came out. We over-delivered on our promise."
As a result, "we will have a much larger percentage of our buyers closing on units over the next 45 days than projects of a similar nature," Zaccaro added. "That's quite reassuring, their level of confidence in this project."
Heaven knows, he acknowledged, the financial difficulties of the past couple of years provided ample reason for prospective buyers to reconsider. But supported by bankers who have been "better than great and honored all of their commitments in a very difficult time," Zaccaro added, the ownership group "has a strong financial base that will allow this hotel to weather the storm and to be successful long-term."
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell said he felt a sense of "awe and respect [in this] flawless, iconic mountain resort." And Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said the hotel is as fine as he has seen in extensive travels in Europe and Asia. "Deer Valley already has a reputation of excellence," he said. "What St. Regis does is raises that level of excellence." To Valentine, the opening of this world-class hotel brand also reinforces the state's message that "Utah is an island of economic activity that is still growing. This facility just adds to that reputation and brings money into the state."
SUMMIT SOTHEBY?S REALTY ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH PROMONTORY
November 4, 2009
Promontory, a luxury second-home community in Park City, formed a new partnership with Summit Sotheby?s International Realty and their strategic alliance partner, Blueprint Global Marketing, to create a new level of service in Park City luxury real estate.
?We at Promontory are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Sotheby?s International Realty,? said Francis Najafi, CEO of Pivotal Group, the developer of Promontory. "As a global leader in luxury real estate, Sotheby's affiliation with Promontory provides an exceptional alliance and validation for our luxury mountain community. Today's real estate buyers are looking for a community that has everything ready to use, right now, and Promontory's world-class amenities and two golf courses provide that."
Ross McCredie, president and CEO of Blueprint, is especially pleased to be adding Promontory to the exclusive list of communities Blueprint markets worldwide under the Sotheby?s International Realty banner. "Sotheby's International Realty aligns itself with superior projects like Promontory in order to provide exceptional buying opportunities to its clients."
In addition, Promontory has brought a new director of sales to the onsite team, Ron Barnes. Barnes previously worked with such high-profile projects as Aspen/Snowmass Base Village and Peninsula Papagayo/Four Seasons.
Rich Sonntag, Promontory managing director, noted, "Promontory's onsite sales team will now operate as a division of Summit Sotheby's International Realty in order to better take advantage of their international marketing and sales network. Promontory will continue its strong relationships with all local and national realtors through agent programs and events and competitive cooperative commission structures. We expect Promontory's alignment with Sotheby's International Realty and Blueprint Global Marketing to enhance our ability to work with agents from all brokerages on both a national and international basis.
Promontory is a 7,200 acre, 10-square-mile, private second home and luxury mountain community in the heart of the Utah Rocky Mountains just outside of Park City, Utah. Promontory's unique mountain ranch setting offers diverse amenities, championship golf, world-class sking, and year-round recreational activities for the multi-generational family.
Deer Valley #1
Deer Valley Remains Champion
by Andrew Kirk, Of The Park Record Staff
Sept. 17, 2009
For the third time in a row, and the fifth time in a decade, Deer Valley Resort was voted the No. 1 ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine. Rising from fifth place, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) was voted No. 4 overall. All three resorts were in the top 20, and The Canyons ranked highly in accessibility, on-mountain dining and lodging.
Deer Valley president and general manager Bob Wheaton said taking care of the needs of his staff this past winter was key in helping them perform their best on the job.
In a press release, Wheaton said, "In an effort to support and retain the heart and soul of our organization during this tough economic time, last season we made the decision to invest in the Resort's greatest asset: our staff."
In an interview Wednesday, Wheaton said there was no single thing or "silver bullet" he could point to that would explain his resort's success, but that he wants Deer Valley to be a fun place to work.
"We make a consistent commitment to treat everyone on staff as you would your finest guest," he said. "That's not easily done."
SKI Magazine editor, Greg Ditrinco, said the largest resort companies in North America did massive lay offs last winter, and he thinks it's commendable Wheaton chose a different strategy.
"It was a pretty smart tactical move by them," Ditrinco said.
Wheaton said people who enjoy their job treat guests better.
"We get comments from guests: 'Everyone here is so happy,'" he said.
In addition to his staff, Wheaton also attributed the resort's success to support from the community.
"We really appreciate the support of all our guests and especially the people in town. There's no way we could be where we are without that support we see in season-pass sales and coupon books," he said.
Krista Parry, director of marketing and communications for PCMR, said the resort has placed fifth for three of the past four years. Going up to fourth makes them very pleased. Parry also said the community deserves credit for the recognition.
"We're ranked most accessible ski resort in America," she said. "I think it's our connection to Main Street."
Parry believes PCMR to be the only resort in America with ski-in and ski-out access to a Main Street. That contributed to it also being No. 5 for aprs ski options.
"And only a few resorts in the country have an actual, authentic town predating the resort," she said.
Ditrinco said Main Street has been a game changer.
"Your downtown is as good as it gets in ski country," he said.
Parry also bragged that her resort was ninth in family programs. That has been a particular focus of the staff, she explained.
Awards benefit the whole community
More people than just ski resort managers rejoice when Park City's resorts are highly rated. The fame it brings the community benefits many related industries. Lincoln Calder, president of the Park City Board of Realtors, said the proximity to world-class resorts is one of the reasons people look at second homes in Park City and at Deer Valley specifically.
"A place that people want to visit is also a place people want to have a home," he explained.
Paul Christensen, president of the Park City Area Lodging Association said everything good that happens in town benefits the whole town. All three resorts getting high rankings was definitely a factor in people choosing Park City for their winter vacation last year, he said. The close proximity of the resorts means skiers have a variety of options for lodging, which benefits them as well as the local industry. Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said the community is blessed to have three world-class resorts in town.
"Deer Valley's consistent top ranking is a tribute to its staff and the leadership of Bob Wheaton. We have seen that firsthand as Deer Valley has established itself as the premier competition venue for the annual FIS World Cup and the upcoming 2011 Freestyle World Championships," he said.
About 4,000 to 6,000 readers responded to the survey. Ditrinco said that in his experience the readers don't just judge the snow, but the entire winter resort experience. Deer Valley has pleased guests across the board and that's why they rank it so highly, he said.
Utah #1 For Recovery
Utah Ranked No. 1 for Expected Economic Recovery
by PR or News Wire
28 May 2009--In the midst of economic turmoil, federal bailouts, and budget deficits in more than 40 states, a new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) offers a roadmap to recovery based on economic performance trends from states over the last 10 years. The second edition of Rich States, Poor States:ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index shows how the federal bailout of the states may simply encourage out-of-control spending by states, which is up 124 percent over the last 10 years, without requiring them to make the tough decisions needed to bring about financial stability.
"Too many states were too eager to add programs and increase spending during the good times, but we now face very difficult choices," said Indiana Senator Jim Buck, chairman of ALEC?s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. "While we need to make tough choices to live within our means, we also need to remain focused on policies that foster economic development and job growth as the best solution to our budget woes."
Co-author and renowned economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer summarized the report's finding when he said, "States cannot tax their way into prosperity." Rich States, Poor States presents rankings of the 50 states based on the relationship between policies and performance, revealing which states are best positioned to make a recovery, and which are not.
Laffer and his co-authors, Stephen Moore, senior economics writer at The Wall Street Journal, and Jonathan Williams, director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for ALEC, analyze how economic competitiveness drives income, population and job growth in the states. They found that, "states with a high and rising tax burden are more likely to suffer through economic decline, while those with lower and falling tax burdens are more likely to enjoy robust economic growth."
According to Williams, "The top performing states keep taxes, spending, and regulatory burdens low, while the biggest losers in the book tend to share similar policies of high tax rates, unsustainable spending and regulation."
"New York earns the dubious distinction of having the worst economic outlook of any state," according to the report. "The New York governor just might have broken the record for the number of bad ideas he put forward during a recent 17-minute budget address?most notably his 137 proposed tax increases come to mind."
"As legislators, we know that we are in direct competition with other states for human and investment capital," said Utah Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman, Senator Wayne Niederhauser. "Rich States, Poor States has provided invaluable information to strengthen our efforts to reduce tax burdens in Utah and we are happy to again be ranked as the most competitive state in the nation."