Some of Utah’s best pioneer-themed entertainers and artisans will be putting on
a “Settlers’ Soiree” open to the public Tuesday, April 12 at Wheeler Historic Farm at 6351 S. 900 East. The event, organized by the nonprofit group Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, will be held just outside the farm’s barn from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and costs $15 per person. This includes a catered pioneer dinner, a 30-minute live show featuring professional musicians and story-tellers, a chance to mingle with costumed pioneer re-enactors, pioneer dancing and games, demonstrations of pioneer-related crafts and an art exhibition.
“We’re calling this a soiree because some people have the misconception that all
pioneer events were casual hoe-downs featuring stewpots over open fires,” said Clive
Romney, executive director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts.” The pioneers were also very
keen on celebrating their continental European heritage through refined yet lively soirees
or social events.”
Romney said the event will be especially interesting to special event planners, tour
organizers and others involved in introducing the world to the present and past of
Utah. “We as a state and as individuals still have a long way to go in recognizing what
incredible stories Utah has to tell the world,” Romney said. “Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts is working to portray the passion of the pioneer experience. We want to be the source for
pioneer-related education and entertainment, and this event gives families, companies and
individuals a chance to experience the excitement of keeping Utah’s pioneer heritage alive.”
Romney said his nonprofit organization can customize an authentic pioneer-themed
event anywhere in Utah for any size group. The organization works closely with many
pioneer- and arts-related organizations and individuals. A sampling of those who will
participate in this event include the Inspirational Art Association, Mellenthin’s Catering, the Utah Storytelling Guild and the Pioneer Heritage Company. Live music will be provided by Marvin and Sam Payne, Nancy Hanson, Tammy Robinson, Payton Kemp and the band Enoch Train. Art exhibitors will include Linda Curley Christensen, Sandra Rast, Greg Olson
According to Romney, the genesis of the April 12 pioneer soiree was a request from
cultural heritage tourism promoter Pat Lee of Pat Lee & Associates of Denver, CO to “show us your wares.” Lee will be closely involved with promoting tour groups and events at the soon-to-open City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
To make reservations for the event, contact Bonnie Romney at (801) 685-0569 no
later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 8. More information about Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts’
mission and offerings can be found at www.upharts.org.