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A luxury lounge for locals - The Park Record

There are 31 comments on the Park Record story from Jan 15, 2010, titled A luxury lounge for locals - The Park Record. In it, Park Record reports that:

The Crown Group, a Park City-based events planning company, believe it's time for locals to take back Sundance.

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Are they smoking crack

Heber City, UT

#1 Jan 15, 2010
$1,200 for a pig in a poke lounge? And trying to market as a way for locals to "take the festival back? L-O-F'ing-L! Good luck with that. I predict that the few suckers that pay up front will be a bit bummed when it turns into a place anyone can go in and buy food/drinks. Let us know how it works out, Ms. Oliver!
crack indeed

Sandy, UT

#2 Jan 16, 2010
I think this party is geared to the "locals" who fly in for Christmas, Presidents week, and Sundance......and maybe a few full time locals who identify with the poser, social climbing, plastic face set.....and Prudential/Slothbeys agents.
Hell yeah it sounds like a great party......to stay away from.
Are they smoking crack

Heber City, UT

#3 Jan 16, 2010
I welcome and embrace the locals who fly in for their holidays her. They own property, pay nearly twice the taxes we do (yet don't use our schools) and are part of our community, albeit part-time. I don't see them buying a pass to this "lounge", as they won't know about it till they are already here. Plus I don't perceive Sundance as something the 2nd homeowners really flock to.

In any case, I know a lot of wonderful second homeowners here and am glad that they come...and they get my kudos for creating the resources in their lives that allow them to be able to have a 2nd home here.

I also respect the efforts of the organizer of this "locals lounge" idea, I'm all for entrepreneurship...I simply don't see it working. If they have had to pay rent for the gallery space, they will be losing money on this, unless they wind up opening it up on a ala carte basis after they found they didn't sell any "passes."

Since: Jan 10

South Jordan, UT

#4 Jan 16, 2010
Personally, I feel like a VIP in this town for the 355 days a year that Sundance is NOT here, and that's enough VIP treatment for me. this is NOT "our" film festival - it is bought and paid for by Hollywood, so let them have it. I don't feel the need top impress other locals with my ability to "pose as an insider" and I certainly don't care about what the film industry visitors think of me and my social standing in Park City. I always wish the best for any new venture in PC, but I just can't imagine who would be silly enough to pay $1200 for "continental breakfast, light fare lunch,[and] evening appetizers" just so they can look "cool". Better to send a bit of that money to a relief organization for the people in Haiti - I'll bet they would find those "evening appetizers" to be really cool.
dave

South Jordan, UT

#5 Jan 16, 2010
REAL PC Taxpayer wrote:
Personally, I feel like a VIP in this town for the 355 days a year that Sundance is NOT here, and that's enough VIP treatment for me. this is NOT "our" film festival - it is bought and paid for by Hollywood, so let them have it. I don't feel the need top impress other locals with my ability to "pose as an insider" and I certainly don't care about what the film industry visitors think of me and my social standing in Park City. I always wish the best for any new venture in PC, but I just can't imagine who would be silly enough to pay $1200 for "continental breakfast, light fare lunch,[and] evening appetizers" just so they can look "cool". Better to send a bit of that money to a relief organization for the people in Haiti - I'll bet they would find those "evening appetizers" to be really cool.
I agree 100%
Interested

Park City, UT

#6 Jan 16, 2010
well, I disagree. The ticket price includes all the alcohol you can drink and if you check out their website they have some premium brands. Where else can you go and eat and drink all day for less than $120 in Park City on Main Street during Sundance? I'm in!
Well Duh

Salt Lake City, UT

#7 Jan 16, 2010
If anyone that worried about being left out or can't seem to be what the others are....you're a loser anyway and this "lounge" just might be the place for you. Hob nobbing with some over intoxicated, legend in their own mind real estate agent.
Wait...maybe Jon will take time off from Flannigans to shuck a few drinks and then you can say you were with someone. O yea..Jon isn't anyone anymore. oops. Maybe Kate will stop in and we'll get to see some real action. Now that would be worth 1200 clams.
As with all new ventures, I hope they do well. Posers, wannabes and all.
Shonuf

West Jordan, UT

#8 Jan 16, 2010
I hope they put out Rainbow flags! If they do, I'm definitely in.
Keep It Straight

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Jan 16, 2010
Interested wrote:
well, I disagree. The ticket price includes all the alcohol you can drink and if you check out their website they have some premium brands. Where else can you go and eat and drink all day for less than $120 in Park City on Main Street during Sundance? I'm in!
Uhhh...m'kay. I hope you're thirsty.
Ben Dover

Arcadia, CA

#10 Jan 16, 2010
Grab your ankles. Hope they serve hummers
PC Server

Salt Lake City, UT

#11 Jan 17, 2010
At first as I read the article I was very interested in the idea of a Sundance locals lounge. After all, when I finally get off work (generally past 12am) there is nowhere to hang out, meet friends and co-workers, and complain about the idiotic demands of film-goers. I've been working in PC, and the hospitality industry here for six years, and not once have I had the opportunity to receive "VIP/Sundance treatment". Actually, there are a VERY LARGE number of people in my position who absolutley hate the festival, simply because we NEVER get to enjoy it.
So along comes Ms. Oliver with what seems like a good idea, at least until you read the fine print. There has been (and always will be) a fruitless debate in this town over what makes a "local". Personally I don't care, but to me if you don't have a Utah drivers license, you're not a local; even if you have six homes here, or formally lived here for twenty years.
That being said, I wonder who the clientele are that Ms. Oliver is seeking? It's not the Hollywood crowd for sure, because based on their attitude and their use of PC as an expendable resource for years, surely these 'people' would not want to associate with locals. It can't possibly most of the working population of the PC area, simply because if you live here (actually live here!) you don't have over $800 to spend on a frivolous extravagance.
I do wish the endeavor well, as they will undoubtedly employ some real, hardworking locals who will attempt to make money based on the supidity of others.
Lastly, REAL PC Taxpayer, I'm suprised by your position (as you usually argue for the farthest politically right position you can create). Bought and paid for by Hollywood? Really? Open your eyes, or actually, open the city and county books to see the millions (Pardon me, MILLIONS!) of our taxpayer dollars that go into the festival. Public works, police and emergency overtime, trash collection,(and not this year....but)emergency snow removal, and even advertising the festival through various agencies all comes out of our pocket. There's more I'm sure, but you get the point.
I have no problem with local merchants raising their prices and making a killing at Sundance. If people are stupid enough to want to participate in the capitalist principle of price gounging, then that is their personal decision. But, if someone wants to operate an establishment for real "locals", I hope they are intelligent enough to understand their proposed clientele. Clearly, Ms. Oliver does not.
Sunshine Jones

West Jordan, UT

#12 Jan 17, 2010
Just got some of the talent from the programmers - LOOKS LIKE A GOOD LINE UP AND A GOOD CAUSE! www.oasisentertainment.org

Oprah Radio with Oasis Board Member, Derrick Ashong http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/derrick-ashong...

Manooghi Hi


Soulfege http://www.myspace.com/soulfege

Michael Williams Band http://www.myspace.com/michaelwilliamsband

Trolls Cottage http://www.myspace.com/trollscottage

Robyn Landis http://robynlandis.com/

Ryan Shea Smith http://www.ryansheasmith.com/

AmyJo Savannah http://www.myspace.com/amyjosavannahmusic

Alysse Fischer http://www.myspace.com/alyssefischer

Red Arrow Messenger http://www.myspace.com/RedArrowMessenger

Aye Aye http://www.myspace.com/ayeaye2

Stag Hare http://www.myspace.com/stagHare

Song & Legend http://www.youtube.com/watch...

The Actors http://theactorsmusic.com/media/

Eric Fridrich http://www.ericfridrich.com

Peter Distefano http://www.myspace.com/peterdistefano

Panel Discussion: Creating Cultural Connections

Derrick Ashong – Oprah Radio
Rebecca Saxe - runs the MIT Neuroscience
Adeline Cassin - Discovery Channel
Lucas Welch - Founder Soliya
Julia Bacha - the director of the film Budrus.
Interested

Park City, UT

#13 Jan 17, 2010
Keep It Straight wrote:
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Uhhh...m'kay. I hope you're thirsty.
Well, I am. I went out last night to a bar on Main Street, had dinner and drinks with friends for the World Cup and spent over $200. That's in one night. So, I have no problem with the idea of spending $120 a day, to have somewhere to go during the festival to drink and eat and avoid the crowds and listen to live music. If you don't want to go to the festival, then this isn't for you. But a lot of us, who are have been living here for years and would actually like to participate in some of the parties of the festival this venue actually gives us the opportunity to do that.
Tired of Cynics

Park City, UT

#14 Jan 17, 2010
It's about time that people accept that the festival is a part of Park City. If you don't enjoy it, don't be a part of it. There are a lot of us, who figure they might as well try to enjoy and be a part of it, rather than complain and whine and moan about it. It is here to stay. It generates income for a lot of local people. Why not try to be positive? I say kudos to these guys for trying to involve the locals on a level they have never been able to do before. If you have such a problem with it, I suggest you leave town for the 10 days and don't let it stress you out. There is a lot of negative in life, and this simply should not be one.
I wish them the best of luck and I pat them on the back for trying to include locals in a festival that takes over their town. Why not have some fun with it?
Good times Great cause

Edmonds, WA

#15 Jan 17, 2010
I looked up the website and was super impressed by what I say. Not only is there great talent!
Local on a mission

Edmonds, WA

#16 Jan 17, 2010
I've heard amazing things about this event. The buzz is super positive and it sounds like they are employing a ton of locals for the production.
Park City Paul

Salt Lake City, UT

#17 Jan 17, 2010
WOW!!! OK, I change my mind about the event. I found this on the news wire from Oprah Winfrey's Company. I'm sure with all of the people Oprah is inviting to the party, it just might be worth the $1,200.00
SIRIUS XM’S OPRAH RADIO TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE SHOW WITH “YOUTUBE” PHENOM DERRICK ASHONG
Politics, pop-culture, social media, music and the arts
intersect on live, weekly show
NEW YORK – January 13, 2010 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) and Harpo Radio, Inc. today announced the launch of The Derrick Ashong Experience, a live, weekly call-in show hosted by social entrepreneur Derrick N. Ashong on Oprah Radio, Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive 24/7 channel.
The Derrick Ashong Experience will launch Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/12:00 – 3:00 pm ET, with a special live broadcast at The Sundance Film Festival before an audience as part of the “Synchronize Concert Series” at Crown on Main in Park City, Utah. It will also be streamed live on www.oprahradio.com . The show will air live Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET on Oprah Radio, XM channel 156 and SIRIUS channel 195 as part of “The Best of XM” package.
The Derrick Ashong Experience will be a mash-up of politics, pop-culture, social media, music and the arts, informed by Ashong’s experiences and travels across the globe. Derrick N. Ashong, aka DNA, will offer inspiration, wisdom and an open mic to listeners of all ages and will welcome a wide variety of guests from the worlds of politics, new media, entertainment and beyond. He will take calls from across the country and respond to emails and social media messages from more than 100 countries around the world.
“Derrick’s unique ability to engage young people in thoughtful, meaningful conversation is unlike anything currently offered on talk radio,” said Erik Logan, president of Harpo Productions.“His talent for connecting people ignites open dialogue about politics, current events and the issues everyone is talking about. The result is a ground-breaking, socially-conscious radio show for a new audience of listeners.”
“This will be a radio show for the 21st century,” said Ashong.“This show will challenge my listeners every day, in every moment, in every decision to push our world towards a brighter light. It will bring a passionate, global perspective to radio.”
“Derrick’s dynamic voice will allow him to interact with and impact listeners from all walks of life,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio.
Ashong, 34, a Harvard graduate, was born in Ghana, West Africa. He was dubbed a “YouTube phenom” by The New York Times after a video of him at a Democratic presidential debate in Hollywood, CA, became one of the most viewed internet videos of 2008. Currently, the video ( www.youtube.com/watch... ) has more than 1 million hits. He is the front man of the band Soulfège, which combines the sounds of hip hop, reggae, funk & West African highlife. Ashong won Billboard’s 2007 World Song Writing Competition and appeared in Steven Spielberg's 1997 Amistad.
Ashong has lectured on five continents on the use of media as a tool for human development, including recent talks at the London School of Economics, King's College (Cambridge), the Reconciliation Forum in Washington, D.C., the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and before UK Parliament on the subject of "The Obama Generation." He is a member of the internationally recognized Next Generation Leadership Forum and a participant in the Arts & Entertainment task force of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum. He is also the founder of Take Back the Mic, a youth-centered cultural movement that encourages young people to take leadership in four key areas of life: Art, Society, Business & Politics.
KKSon

United States

#18 Jan 18, 2010
I think this is a great opportunity for the locals who do enjoy the Sundance experience and want to take advantage of a place where they can bring guests, clients, friends and are able to share their pass with others. There are many of us who do live here full time, send our kids to school here (and take advantage of those taxes we pay), actually enjoy seeing films and have fun with the crowds! How nice to be able to get away from the side show on Main Street and hang out with familiar faces, listen to music, and have a drink.
We shall See

Heber City, UT

#19 Jan 18, 2010
KKSon wrote:
I think this is a great opportunity for the locals who do enjoy the Sundance experience and want to take advantage of a place where they can bring guests, clients, friends and are able to share their pass with others. There are many of us who do live here full time, send our kids to school here (and take advantage of those taxes we pay), actually enjoy seeing films and have fun with the crowds! How nice to be able to get away from the side show on Main Street and hang out with familiar faces, listen to music, and have a drink.
So locals are going to pay $800 or $1,200 for a pass to this suite, and then pay the same amount again for each guest they want to bring? I dunno. If you want to bring, say, two guests or friends at a time, you are looking at $2,400 or $3,600. I'm thinking you could go to other functions for a lot less with a folded $100 bill or two pressed into the hand of a doorman.
Bring on the party

Salt Lake City, UT

#20 Jan 18, 2010
I think it's a great idea and am sure there are plenty of Park City people around who want to participate in the Sundance festivities! We're always looking for a place to go during the festival. I applaud the Crown Group's creativity-bring on the party!

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