My Grandma My Inspiration

GrandmaGrandma was the grandest of grandmothers. She was elegant, caring, loving, and even quite stubborn in an endearing way. When other kids dreaded going to their grandparents’ house, I initiated most of my sleepovers there by calling 355-3454 to ask to spend the night or weekend. Grandpa could be counted on to ask, “Who invited you?” And Grandma would declare, “I did!”

Whether it was New York or Florida, I loved getting into bed with her to watch the 80s TV shows she got me addicted to at a young age. We’d eat M&Ms and become engrossed with Dallas, Falcon Crest, The Love Boat and Remington Steele. She had the hots for Piers Brosnan like nobody’s business. We all know the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking Noah and me to see Basic Instinct, and Grandma very loudly whispering to us, “Just so you kids know, this is not normal sex!”

Besides causing an earth-shattering scene if I ever attempted to pay for a check, the only time I can ever recall Grandma yelling at me was to get out of the sun when we were at the pool. Of course, I should have listened. About 12 years ago, I was visiting her in Florida and received a debilitating sunburn. Her brilliant idea of a cure was to give me a horse-sized sleeping pill. When Mom called, Grandma told a while lie that I was taking a little nap. I slept for 17 hours. It’s a good thing Polaroid cameras no longer existed by then because she used to love taking pictures with it.

Grandma genuinely enjoyed taking me shopping. Whether it was Bloomingdale’s in New York or the Boca mall in Florida, she had a shop ‘til you drop mentality. With a death grip on her credit card, she’d wait at the cash register while I tried on clothes to ensure she’d be paying for my purchases. Grandma even supported my Victoria’s Secret habit during my teen years without ever questioning why a 16-year-old needed a stockpile of lingerie. She used to tell me to never leave the house without makeup. “You never know who you might run into,” she said. Therefore, I can blame her for my Sephora obsession, but I am still wondering who it is she thought I might run into. And, speaking of shopping, she was a masterful negotiator to an embarrassing extent. Whatever small amount of her bargaining power that rubbed off on me has become useful for overseas travel to places where bargaining for goods is actually customary.

I continually recognize Grandma’s influence on me and my outlook. As I get older, I can see how much I take after her:

For example, I have just the right amount of New York elitism and snobbery, something that only occasionally serves me well in Utah. A couple of years ago, she told me most people are animals. I’m reminded of that every time I am in an airport or on a plane. Or whenever Trump speaks or Tweets.

Grandma and Grandpa went to some pretty amazing foreign destinations, especially for their generation. They brought back photographs, native gifts, and stories that likely inspired my desire to see as much of the world as I can.

Grandma’s nails were always perfect, and she instilled in me that it’s of the utmost importance. She taught me how to do a complete manicure on myself pretty much before I could tie my shoelaces.

Grandma was politically liberal. Women didn’t even have the right to vote when she was born, so I was thrilled that she finally had the opportunity to vote for a woman presidential candidate in 2016. And I commiserated with her the following morning about the horrifying result. She exposed me to political programming at a young age, so my very opinionated political opinions must come from her too.

She often asked about my “love life,” as she called it. When I was in college I developed a crush on Grandma and Grandpa’s elevator man. She agreed he was handsome and enthusiastically schemed to cover for me if my boyfriend called when I went out on a date with him.

I remember Grandma telling me, “You can marry whomever you like as long as he isn’t religious.” I agreed with that…and then I moved to Utah, of all places. No wonder, I am still single. My one regret is Grandma was never able to visit me in Park City and experience the beautiful place I live. And that she never got to meet her great grand dogs. There is no doubt in my mind that Jackson and Rusty would have converted her to the dog lover she had always refused to be.

Many of my happiest, most colorful childhood memories involve Grandma and Grandpa, so I will always be forever grateful to them.

 

 

Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

SLARA PRESENTS 2nd ANNUAL SALT LAKE FOOD & WINE FEST
A Series of Events Celebrates the Area’s Culinary and Beverage Scene, Sept. 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine FestFollowing a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $100, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

SLC Foodies Unite for Food and Wine Fest

2nd Annual Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to Be Held September 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

Following a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at slfoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here.

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $95, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.slfoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

Media interested in previewing the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest or covering specific events may contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

Summer Heats Up at Conestoga Ranch

SUMMER HEATS UP AT UTAH’S PREMIER GLAMPING RESORT WITH NEW OFFERINGS
Conestoga Ranch is Ideally Located for Visitors Traveling to Yellowstone, The Tetons & Park City

glamping at Conestoga Ranch

Conestoga Ranch is at Bear Lake, known as the Caribbean of the Rockies.

Utah’s most luxurious and popular glamping destination, Conestoga Ranch, is a full-service resort at beautiful Bear Lake that attracts those seeking lake and mountain recreation, as well as a convenient halfway point between Salt Lake City and the Yellowstone National Park area. New offerings this summer that are proving to be popular with guests, include:

• Blue Waters Spa and Wellness Center for massage treatments and yoga practices
• A Conestoga wagon option that comfortably sleeps four with a king-size bed and bunk bed
• Traditional tents with electricity and propane heaters in wagons
• Sunday brunch buffet at the open-air Campfire Restaurant for just $14.95 per person

“We are essentially the only resort located halfway between Salt Lake City and the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, making us a popular stopover,” says Conestoga Ranch General Manager Clark Thornock. “We also host many visitors taking a side trip from Park City and Salt Lake or who are looking to beat the heat of hotter regional climates with invigorating lake and mountain adventure. Guests enjoy a relaxing stay in our unique, furnished accommodations that come with linens and bath products and array of resort amenities to make their visit convenient and comfortable.”

Bear Lake dining

Campfire Grill Restaurant

The Campfire Grill Restaurant elevates the Bear Lake dining experience with gourmet meals consisting of fresh, local products. Saturday nights feature live music by local bands that perform country, folk, and classic rock music styles. New menu items this summer include a Rendered Duck Breast with black pepper citrus glaze and Bear Lake Wagyu Meatloaf with Texas toast and white portabella mushroom gravy. Another new offering is the Wednesday BBQ and Brew Special, a $19.95 BBQ dinner with entrée and two sides and a selection of $3 beer. The featured special will vary each week and will be announced on the Campfire Grill’s website, Facebook page and Instagram.

Enjoying Utah’s breathtaking night sky goes hand-in-hand with glamping, so several weekends per month, Conestoga Ranch offers weekend Star Parties guided by local astronomers with the use of telescopes. Groups like family reunions and corporate retreats can also make special reservations for private Star Parties.

The 2018 summer season goes through September 30. The luxury camping destination appeals to and can accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, weddings, and corporate retreats.

For more info, reservations, and to view lodging packages, visit www.conestogaranch.com or call 844-Go-Glamp.

ABOUT CONESTOGA RANCH
Overlooking Bear Lake’s magnificent turquoise-blue waters just outside Garden City, Utah, Conestoga Ranch encompasses 18 acres and the ability to accommodate up to 178 guests. The glamping resort is designed to make camping easy, cozy and comfortable. For overnight accommodations, guests can choose from Grand Tents, authentically styled Conestoga Wagons, and Traditional Tents. Each is outfitted with soft beds and fresh linens, and Grand Tents feature en suite bathrooms. Resort amenities include the Blue Waters Spa & Wellness Center, Campfire Grill Restaurant, game tent, Main Lodge with private spa-style bathrooms, General Store, activities field, Wi-Fi, complimentary firewood and s’mores kits, and cruiser bikes. For more info, visit www.conestogaranch.com.

Finnbin Introduces Wellness Baby Box

FINNISH-STYLE BABY BOX COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTHCARE PROVIDER PARTNERSHIPS & DEBUTS HEALTHCARE-FOCUSED BABY BOX

As the Number of Millennial Moms Surpasses 17 Million in U.S., Finnish Baby Boxes Surge in Popularity

baby boxFounded in 2017, Finnbin creates Finnish-style baby box “starter kits” and safe sleep cardboard bassinets for the Millennial parent who prioritizes convenience, price, and responsibility, without sacrificing quality. Finnbin baby boxes are made in the U.S. to ensure sustainability and quality assurance to create a safe sleeping environment for newborn babies. Each of Finnbin’s baby boxes include high-quality baby products that are essential for the first year of a newborn’s life. Recognizing a need to cater to healthcare providers and their patients, Finnbin has recently launched a Wellness Box designed specifically for healthcare organizations, birthing centers, nonprofits, and government entities. This box contains more than $300 worth of products, including a digital thermometer, a nasal aspirator, nail clippers, toothbrush, swaddles, washcloths, a wooden teether, clothing, diapers, baby wipes, and much more. As a testament to the growing popularity of baby boxes, Finnbin has seen its year-over-year sales increase by more than 500 percent.

Finnbin’s focus to provide baby boxes to provider organizations has led to new partnerships like Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon; The Parenting Cottage in Lubbock, Texas; and Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, Arizona who distribute Finnbin baby boxes to their patients or community. Finnbin also has forged new product partnerships with Finn + Emma, Bestaroo, and Dreambaby, in addition to existing partnerships with brands such as Huggies, Aden+Anais, ApplePark, Colored Organics, Lollaland, Chewbeads, and Kickee Pants.

Thanks to a grant from the Ford Family Foundation in 2018, Bay Area Hospital was able to start providing Finnbin baby boxes to all maternity patients and offer in-depth safe sleep education. Nearly 300 families have received baby boxes this year to date.

“Parents are delighted and enthusiastic about the baby boxes. Anytime we can have an engaged conversation with parents about safe sleep practices is a positive thing, and the baby boxes help facilitate that discussion on a deeper level because they can see what a safe sleep environment looks like, “ says Kerry Smith, Clinical Manager of Family Birth Center and MOMS Program at Bay Area Hospital.  “After vetting a few different companies, we decided to go with Finnbin because we loved that they could customize the boxes with our hospital logo. They have been very responsive to my questions, and even set up a Skype meeting to demonstrate how the boxes are assembled.”

The Parenting Cottage, a non-profit, delivers Finnbin’s boxes to two area hospitals. They are distributed to new parents who report lacking a safe sleep space for their babies. All babies delivered at Mountain Park’s four Phoenix birthing facilities receive a Finnbin baby box.

“It is incredibly rewarding to see that our products help organizations create sustainable and effective programs to help prepare their patient population for parenthood and educate them about safe sleeping practices,” says Shawn Bercuson, Finnbin’s entrepreneurial Founder & CEO who is also a Founding Member of Groupon.

In addition to the new Wellness Box for healthcare organizations looking to start a baby box program, Finnbin offers a variety of baby box options at multiple different price points for consumers to purchase online at www.Finnbin.com.

ABOUT FINNBIN

Based in Park City, Utah, Finnbin is a baby box company that provides newborn “starter kits” delivered in a Finnish-style bassinet baby box and carefully designed to help new parents prepare for a growing family. Baby boxes are study cardboard boxes with waterproof mattresses that provide a safe sleep environment for infants up to six months of age and contain high-quality, essential products parents need to care for them. Finnbin is inspired by the Finnish baby box tradition that started in the 1930s. The Finnish social security program known as “Kela” distributes baby boxes to all new parents, a practice which many believe has contributed to Finland having one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. All of Finnbin’s baby boxes are made in the U.S. to ensure quality and safety. For more info, visit www.finnbin.com

Alpine Spur Whiskey Wins Drammie

ALPINE SPUR WHISKEY WINS DRAMMIE AWARD FOR MOST INNOVATIVE NEW WHISKEY

Spur WhiskeyWhiskey enthusiasts have honored Alpine Distilling’s Spur Whiskey with a 2018 Drammie Award for Most Innovative New Whiskey Release in 2017. The annual International Drammie Awards sends out a call for nominations to ForWhiskyLovers.com email subscribers, members of whiskey clubs, and the general whiskey-consuming public. After nominations are closed, the top five nominations for each category are posted on ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and voting then commences to select the category winners. The Drammie Awards have become among the most important and prestigious means of recognition for those in the whiskey industry.

“This award is especially gratifying because we are being recognized by actual whiskey drinkers and enthusiasts. As a Kentuckian, the responsibility of Bourbon stewardship is important. Finding a way to innovate a flavor profile that so many people enjoy is deeply satisfying,” comments Rob Sergent, Distiller and Founder of Alpine Distilling. “We know the market is crowded with many excellent products, giving individuals seemingly unlimited choices in what to consume, so earning this award from hundreds of worldwide whiskey enthusiasts is quite an honor.”

This year, ForWhiskeyLovers.com received more than 300 nominations for its 25 Drammie Award Drammie Awardcategories, with 2,000-plus people from around the world casting their votes for the finalists.

In 2017, Alpine Spur Whiskey was inspired by The Spur Bar & Grill, a classic and popular establishment on Park City’s Historic Main Street. Spur Whiskey blends just the right balance of Alpine Distilling’s Double Gold & Gold Medal-winning Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey and a Kentucky Bourbon. The French Oak-aged single malt has a banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice, while the Bourbon contributes corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with subtle rye spice. This blend creates a spirit that excels as a sipping whiskey or in classic American cocktails.

Alpine Spur Whiskey is available by the bottle at the distillery, in Utah State Liquor Stores, online at ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and through distribution partners in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, and California.

As a young distillery, Alpine Distilling is pleased to add this Drammie Award to its collection of Awards – Preserve Liqueur (SIP Awards -Platinum medal, 2016), Lafayette Spiced Flavored Bourbon (SIP Awards- Gold medal, 2016), Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey (“50 Best” -Double -Gold, 2018; SIP Awards -Gold medal, 2017), and Persistent Vodka (SIP Awards – Silver medal, 2017).

For Whiskey Lovers is the largest online retailer of whiskey in the United States, shipping spirits to 29 countries and 35 states.

For more info, visit www.alpinedistilling.com.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING
Founded in 2016, Alpine Distilling is an award-winning craft distillery based in Park City, Utah. We produce the highest quality premium spirits for the active, creative, and mindful individuals who are drawn to the mountain lifestyle. All products are certified Kosher. As a socially conscious brand, Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

UDOT DENIES VOTE TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DENIES ELIGIBLE VOTERS THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON PROPOSED I-80 NOISE WALL IN SUMMIT COUNTY

Local Activist Group Continues Its Appeals to UDOT and Governor Herbert

sound wall

The sound wall along I-80 in Summit County between Parley’s Summit and Jeremy Ranch

As the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) moves forward on plans for its proposed, 3,200-foot long sound wall on I-80 from Parley’s Summit to Jeremy Ranch, homeowners excluded from the balloting process are now petitioning Governor Herbert. Residents of Jeremy Pointe were denied the right to vote despite being in closer proximity to the highway than the homeowners behind the Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club who were invited to cast votes. According to UDOT, the existing noise level for some of these homes is as high as 70 dBA, well above the UDOT noise abatement criteria (NAC) of 66 dBA.

“It is disappointing enough that UDOT has ignored the concerns of the majority of the residents in the area, but it is a violation of state law to deny eligible voters their right to vote,” explains Tom Farkas, one of the founding members of Citizens Against the Wall. “Not only has UDOT committed this egregious violation, but they did so in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”

This right to vote is in complete accordance with UDOT’s policy requirements, which provides:

UDOT Noise Policy C.2.c.1, Balloting b) “Receptors that border or that are directly adjacent, or both, to the end of a proposed noise wall that are not, by definition, benefited by the wall, will be allowed to cast a ballot.”

Dan Bass, President of the Jeremy Pointe Homeowners Association and a founding member of CATW, says, “UDOT should abide by its own rules given the other residents who voted were required to do so. We have suggested alternative, more effective methods of noise mitigation to UDOT, but they are proceeding with the project, taking down wildlife fencing, and have given no indication that any other noise measures will be used.”

The proposed noise barrier would be 17 to 20 feet in height and approximately 3,200 feet long, which would impact the views of many while detracting from the scenic beauty and open space visitors and locals have long appreciated when entering Summit County.

UDOT balloted only two-dozen Jeremy Ranch homeowners, while the greater community, including these 24 residents, would be adversely impacted by a permanent visual stain on the area’s natural beauty.

For more info, visit https://www.citizensagainstthewall.org/.

Members of CATW are available for media comment. Please contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR to schedule interviews, Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com or 435.901.2071.

 

 

Junior Golf Championship at Promontory

American Junior Golf Association Promontory Club Park City Utah

AJGA’S ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT PROMONTORY CLUB IN UTAH

Park City’s Exclusive Private Community to Host World’s Top 72 Girl Players on Its Award-Winning Pete Dye Canyon Course

For the first time, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will hold the Rolex Girls Junior Championship golf tournament at Promontory Club, a private second home community in Park City, Utah. The invitational tournament will feature the top 72 young women players from around the world competing on Promontory’s award-winning Pete Dye Canyon Course, June 11 to 15, 2018.

“It has been more than a decade since we held a tournament of a similar caliber in Utah, and we feel so fortunate to have Promontory as an enthusiastic partner,” says Blair Thompson, AJGA Tournament Director for the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. “This will be an incredible chance for Utah golf fans and college recruiters to witness the sport’s rising stars playing on one of the state’s most renowned courses. It’s also exciting for the young women to compete in a world-class destination like Park City.”

Pete Dye Canyon Golf CourseThe event kicks off Monday, June 11 with a Junior-Am fundraising tournament, giving sponsors the unique opportunity to play with one of the top junior girls on each team. The tournament will raise money for AJGA charities like the Ace Grant, local junior golf organizations, and the Promontory Foundation, which is dedicated to donating funds to Park City’s non-profit organizations. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Lisa Hardy, Tournament Chair at 801.372.4488 or lisa.c.hardy@gmail.com.

Official championship play starts on June 12 and concludes June 15 with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at The Shed amphitheater. For the complete tournament schedule, visit https://www.ajga.org/microsite/index.asp?tn=2018049 Public access is limited, please call Cole Carlson at 435-333-4720 if interested in attending.

Promontory General Manager Robin Milne remarked, “Promontory GOLF, led by Utah’s Section PGA President, Ryan Kartchner, is honored and excited to host the world’s best Junior Girls as they compete for the coveted Rolex Championship! As a multi-generational private club ranked the “The BEST of Utah 2018”, supporting the game of golf at all ages aligns perfectly with our community’s lifestyle!”

Tournament Chair Lisa Hardy adds, “I have been trying to get an AJGA event to Utah for years and am thrilled to finally have one of such high caliber and am thankful to Promontory for hosting the event. Having had the opportunity to play in this tournament as a high school student, I am pleased to support these young ladies and to give back to the AJGA. While showcasing these players’ tremendous talent to help them secure college scholarships, the AJGA instills integrity, sportsmanship, honesty and respect – great lessons for life itself. “

Tribute to a Great Mentor

Everyone should be so fortunate to have one amazing, influential mentor during the course of his or her career. For Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter, it was her last boss prior to launching this business in 2010. Here is the story…

Redhead Marketing & PR founder Hilary Reiter with mentor Conrad ElliottConrad Elliott, who passed away tragically and suddenly from Creutzfeld Jakob Disease (a rare prion brain disease) on March 25th was my former boss at Dering Elliott & Associates, mentor, and friend. What made this true creative genius the ultimate mentor was he didn’t even know he was being one. Just a couple of months ago, C (as I always called him) gave me sound business advice regarding a client that I am grateful to have followed. We were supposed to be working together now for some of Redhead’s clients. His absence as the creative engine for these projects has been profound.

In 2007, Conrad hired me to manage public relations for DEA’s luxury real estate development clients in various destinations. This was new territory for him as the advertising agency never before had a PR department. He let me do my thing and always seemed pleased with the resulting media coverage. C was the absolute most brilliant and perfectionist writer I have ever had the privilege to know and work with. His mastery of the English language was remarkable. He had an uncanny ability to come up with the catchiest tagline or advertising headline in a fraction of a minute…and with great finesse. Whenever I handed him a draft press release to review, he would redline it to death – even if I had been convinced it was the most fabulous release ever written in the history of public relations. This was always a humbling, yet educational experience.

When DEA was adversely impacted by the recession beginning in 2008, I was one of the few employees he kept on as long as possible. Even when I had little work to do for several months, C let me hang out and collect a paycheck while he more than generously sacrificed his own income. He also turned a disapproving blind eye when I would “sneak” my dogs (Redhead’s future canine interns) into my upstairs office. Conrad actually turned down an offer to do marketing for a mayoral candidate because I was volunteering to manage the opponent’s campaign. How many bosses would do this?

Eventually, he had to let me go in 2010. A blessing in disguise, this departure propelled me into starting my own business. I picked up a few freelance projects which led to the founding of Redhead Marketing & PR.  As someone who had been limited to the realm of public relations, I absorbed a great deal about branding and developing marketing campaigns from Conrad that I could offer my own clients.

An integral force that helped drive Redhead’s success, C sent us his clients who needed PR services. We collaborated on businesses like Carlton Landing, Oklahoma and Conestoga Ranch. I was elated when he agreed to lend his branding magic and writing prowess to some of Redhead’s clients. Then he became ill. He called on a Sunday afternoon in February to notify me of his CJD diagnosis and profusely apologized for not being able to meet his commitments. That was the absolute least of my concerns. It was devastating to think that this man – as healthy and fit as he was intelligent – would likely soon be gone.

Conrad Elliott marketing genius and mentor

Conrad Elliott, photo courtesy of Christy Grant

When I met Conrad, my admiration for him was instantaneous. And he was a bit intimidating. A handsome, cerebral silver fox, he was articulate, witty, and seemed to know an enormous amount about absolutely everything. Each conversation left me feeling enlightened. We brainstormed proposals and campaigns for clients, and discussed politics, current events, film, and skiing at Deer Valley. Every time I write, I ask myself how Conrad would wordsmith it to an infinite degree with 15 revisions. I know he is on the other side rewriting this tribute as I type (according to WordPress, I am at just 14 revisions for this post). Ironically, what could be his most annoying trait is probably what I will miss and crave the most.

Conrad will continue to be an inspiration; much of my success can be attributed to his guidance, support and belief in my abilities. I hope this longtime, affable Park City local is enjoying eternal skate skiing, alpine skiing, and running amidst breathtaking, otherworldly scenery. And I’m sure he’s penning a few brilliant marketing headlines as well. Thank you, C, for everything. You will be forever missed by those you touched during your amazing life.

Summer Lodging Packages at Conestoga Ranch

UTAH’S CONESTOGA RANCH ANNOUNCES GLAMPING PACKAGES FOR SUMMER 2018 SEASON

The Family-Friendly Bear Lake Resort to Introduce New Spa and Wellness Center

Entering its fourth season as Utah’s premiere, luxury glamping destination, Conestoga Ranch has designed lodging and activity packages to cater to various interests, so guests can make the most of their visit. New this season, the resort will debut its Blue Waters Spa and Wellness Center, a glamping-style spa that emphasizes massage therapy and yoga. The Girls Getaway and Wellness Packages include 60-minute massages and yoga practices, and all guests are welcome to book treatments to enjoy during their stay.

Located at Bear Lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” Conestoga Ranch’s summer season is from May 18 to September 30, 2018. Offering resort-style amenities, including the Campfire Grill Restaurant, the luxury camping destination appeals to and can accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, weddings, and corporate retreats. Lodging offerings are Grand Tents with en-suite bathrooms, authentically designed Conestoga wagons, and traditional tents. All linens and daily housekeeping service are provided.

Summer 2018 packages include:

Glamping Adventure Package
Rates start at $1,050 for two guests

Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, this package includes:

Two nights of Lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
$350 Adventure Voucher to be used at Epic Recreation

Girls Getaway Package
Rates start at $1,100 for two guests

An invigorating getaway for girlfriends to relax and bond, this package includes:

Two nights of lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
Two yoga classes
One 60-minute massage per person

Wellness Package
Rates start at $1,100 for two guests

Reconnect, refocus, and re-energize with a package designed to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Package includes:

Two nights of lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Healthy Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
Two yoga classes
One 60-minute massage per person

For more info, reservations, and to view sample itineraries for the various packages, visit www.conestogaranch.com or call 844-Go-Glamp.

Yoga with a view of Bear Lake