What’s Up Wednesday – Spring Is In The Air!

Spring is in the air, warm weather is here, and its time to get outside and celebrate.  This weekend, we have some great events to celebrate spring, and not to mention its St Patrick’s Day on Sunday!

Ahh, St. Patrick’s Day. A holiday that began as a religious celebration in Ireland that soon became a world-wide holiday synonymous with the color green, leprechauns, and drinking.   Here in the U.S., Suffolk County (Boston), Massachusetts is the only place where St. Patrick’s Day is recognized as a legal holiday, but multiple cities around the country have long-standing traditions of parades in and around the 17th of March, including New Orleans, Denver, Chicago (which dyes its river green) and Seattle, among many, MANY others.  Although it is technically a celebration of the country of Ireland, here in the US we’ve been celebrating this Irish holiday since the beginning of our country in the 18th century!

Did you know that the original color associated with St. Patrick was actually blue? It wasn’t until Shamrocks became associated with the Irish holiday that green also became the ubiquitous color.

Even if you have no Irish blood in you, we all love St. Patrick’s Day for the history, folklore, imbibing of Guinness, and world-wide celebrations (even South Korea has a St. Patrick’s day parade) this holiday brings.

May the luck of the Irish be with you this Sunday, and don’t forget to wear green! We’ll see you on the slopes.


At Canyons:

Want to end your day on the slopes with the soft sounds of country crooning? Check out the Singer/Songwriter Showcase at 3:00pm at the Resort Village stage on Friday, 3/15.  The free après ski concert will feature rising stars of Nashville, Chicago and beyond.  Make plans now to hear the intricate songwriting and lyrical voices of at least a half-dozen artists.  Some have written hits for stars like Darius Rucker and Billy Currington (Clay Mills, Rachel Thibodeau); one recently made his debut at Nashville’s legendary “Bluebird Café” (Ryan Griffin); while another is emerging from her role as a harmony vocalist for artists like Trace Adkins and Jason Aldean (Lisa Torres). The music begins at 3:00pm with food and drink specials at Umbrella Bar, Murdock’s and The Farm.  Make it a bluebird day on the slopes, then join us for great music!

Can’t get enough of this great music? Join us for encore acoustic shows at Red Tail Grill (Friday, March 15 @ 8:00pm), Powder Lounge at Waldorf Astoria Park City (Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm) and The Lounge at The Farm (Sunday, March 17 @ 3:00pm).

Back for year 3, we’ll be hosting Gnu, Guts & Glory, a session in Elwoods Natural Zone featuring hips, log rails and other natural features to jib. The fun takes place on Saturday, March 16. FREE entry, and winner takes home $300 plus a brand new Gnu Space Case Board! Registration for the event is at One Sweet Ride Snowboard Shop in the Resort Village from 9-1!:30am, and for those participating in the event you have access to discounted lift tickets.

There will be a special prize for the top female competitor (I hear it’s a new pair of bindings…), and SWAG from GNU available for participants!!


This weekend, Canyons Spring Concert series brings you The Drunken Hearts.

Folks around the West are buzzing about Andrew McConathy and The Drunken Hearts. Forged high in the mountains of Colorado and spawned on the banks of the Colorado River, you’ll find trouble bottling their country-rock sound. The band infuses spirited vocals with guitar, upright bass, drums, fiddle, keys, banjo and electric guitar. The Drunken Hearts’ honest brand of alternative mountain music resonates deep within. The band just released their debut EP Live for Today – produced by Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone. The album features Carbone as well as guitar master Scott Law.


Around Town:

Thursday Night – Free Screening of In Organic We Trust

An eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmer’s markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up.

Screening will be following by a Q&A with Susan O’Dell, Slow Food Park City; Daisy Fair, Copper Moose Farm; and, Fred Montague, PhD, Professor (Lecturer) Emeritus of Biology, University of Utah and Author of Gardening: An Ecological Approach.

The Impossible – Friday 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6pm

Naomi Watts earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of a mother facing extraordinary circumstances. A British family on Christmas holiday at a beach resort in Thailand is torn apart when a deadly tsunami devastates the area. The film follows the seriously wounded Maria and her eldest son Lucas as they struggle to safety, not knowing whether Maria’s husband and their two younger sons are dead or alive.

Tumbleweeds Film Festival – Saturday and Sunday

Shorts Program-  1 PM
A delightful collection of animated and live action films from around the world to captivate wee ones.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation -3 PM
As big of an impression as the old serials had left on young Spielberg and Lucas, Indiana Jones left an even bigger one on three Mississippi 12-year-olds. In 1982, childhood friends Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb began filming a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They filmed during school vacations, used the back yard for locations, and fashioned props (like that well-known giant boulder) in the family garage. Six years later, after the lead actor shot up six inches and his voice dropped to a baritone, the film was in the can.

Will – 3PM

Eleven-year-old Will Brennan is Liverpool FC’s biggest fan. At his boys’ school in England, Will’s love and knowledge of The Beautiful Game even outshines his football-obsessed mates. But life is turned upside down when his long-absent father, Gareth, reappears with tickets to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.


Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Saints & Sinners Ball on Saturday, March 16 at St. Regis Deer Valley. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person, tables of 10 for $1750, and include dinner, beverages and dancing with the Soulistics. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call 435-655-3114, or click here.

The festive evening of dinner and shenanigans is a benefit for PCPAF’s Student Outreach programs, bringing performers and filmmakers into area classrooms for more than 15 years, at no cost to schools or students, but at a cost to PCPAF of $1-million since its inception.


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About Caitlin

Growing up in sunny Los Angeles, Caitlin thought she was always meant to be a beach bum . . . until she got her first sun burn. Feeling the pull of the powder, Caitlin has been skiing in Park City since the ripe old age of 4, and moved here full time after a 4 year stint in Boston for school. As the Communications Coordinator, Caitlin lives and breathes Canyons Resort, which works out well because she is passionate about two things: skiing and food.

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