Settling into Post-Quarantine Life in Park City
Much has been said about the “New Normal” we’re experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ways local eateries, presenters and nonprofits have adapted to this could become a preferred mode of engagement for many over the next few months, particularly for those who are not quite ready to venture out among the masses due to health issues or continued concern for personal safety.
I’ve cultivated a few ways locals can still participate in their favorite pastimes, while also staying within their own coronavirus comfort zone after the Park City quarantine.
Gourmet in PJs
Immediately after Parkites were directed to stay at home, many local restaurants jumped headfirst into curbside pick-up, with more restaurants than ever offering takeaway dinners safely. The opportunity to nosh nightly on everything from lobster rolls to Jamaican beef patties without even leaving your car means you can still get your favorite foods while staying safe and supporting local restaurants and their employees. A list of 35 restaurants serving curbside during and after the Park City quarantine is included on the Park City Chamber/Bureau site here, and includes options for every price range. It’s a perfect time to try a new place, and be sure to tip generously (think of all the money you’ll be saving by serving your own drinks at home).
Fitting in Fitness
As I’ve noted in an earlier blog, my fave sweat sessions happen at the Beau Collective, which has made its popular workouts virtual by offering ten classes (two per week) for just $50! Check out the details here, and toss any excuses not to exercise out the window.
Mountain Trails Foundation has made their Triple Trail Challenge (TTC) virtual this year, with the three events taking place during June, July and August. Covering 78.6 miles total, participants will have one month to complete each course by either running, walking or jogging, creating an event that is truly suitable for all ability levels. June is the Round Valley Rambler, July is the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase and August is the Mid-Mountain Marathon. Upon registration, participants receive a race bib and finishers medals for each stage, with overall event results posted online Sept. 2, 2020. Registration is $290 for new participants and includes a TTC jacket, while returning participants pay $250 and receive an embroidery with the 2020 logo/year to add to their jacket from previous years. Registration fees benefit Mountain Trails’ mission to build, maintain and protect local trails for non-motorized recreation. Click here to register for this year’s event.
Bring Performances Home
Providing arts experiences to a broader audience has long been the goal for presenting organizations, and the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired some area nonprofits to bring entertainment into the comfort of their patrons’ homes.
Park City Institute, presenters of the Eccles Center shows and Big Stars, Bright Nights summer series, is presenting its new “Locals Live” season by streaming concerts online. The performances are held at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights throughout the summer, and feature professional lighting, film and sound crews. The full schedule can be found by clicking here. Contributions from individuals and sponsors will go toward paying the artists, and can be made by visiting the donation page here.
Park City Film Series has scheduled a variety of “Virtual Cinema” screenings, including “Hail Satan?” from June 5 – 21, “The Hottest August” from June 5 – 18, and “One Ocean Film Tour” from June 8 – 10, and “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” from June 12 – 25. Each screening includes an online rental of the film, and some offer the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the filmmaker on a set date by sending in questions in advance of the event. Park City Film Series receives 50% of each ticket price, so it’s a great way to view new films, while also supporting the series until they’re able to resume operations at the Jim Santy Auditorium. For more information on the Virtual Cinema program, click here.
While everyone is handling Park City quarantine re-entry at their own pace, it’s heartening to know we live in a community where individual approaches to ones own health and wellbeing are respected and supported, and is one of the many reasons people Choose Park City for their new home or vacation property. To learn more about the many ways to enjoy all Park City has to offer, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.