The Social Schedule for the APSE Convention in Salt Lake City. Register for events by e-mailing Michael Anastasi at email@example.com. Day events are for family members of editors. Editors and family members may attend night events.
Opening Night Reception, 7-10 p.m.: At the hotel. Jerry Sloan gives welcoming address.
Thursday, June 24
Family Orientation, 9-10 a.m.: Julie Anastasi, The Salt Lake Tribune
Shopping in historic Park City, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Julie Anastasi is your guide
Synopsis: World-class shopping at the home of the Sundance Film Festival. Visit Park City’s outlets and downtown area for lunch and excursion, with transportation provided to and from the hotel. Cost: Free. Pre-convention signup preferred to arrange transportation.
More information: www.parkcity.com
Clark Planetarium and/or Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On your own.
Synopsis: Perfect for families with pre-teens, the Planetarium and Children’s Museum are located across the street from each other at The Gateway, Salt Lake’s modern downtown hub featuring dozens of shops and restaurants. With 60,000 square feet, The Children’s Museum offers engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits that invite the whole family to create, learn and play. The Planetarium features a number of free exhibits on space and space exploration plus a range of astronomy shows. Transportation: Free Trax light rail from the hotel. Cost: Discovery Gateway — $8.50 per person. Planetarium — free entrance, $6-8 for shows. Pre-convention signup preferred.
More information: www.discoverygateway.org and www.clarkplanetarium.org
Utah Museum of Fine Arts and/or Utah Museum of Natural History, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On your own.
Synopsis: For those looking to add a little culture to their live. Both museums are located on the campus of the University of Utah. Prices range from free to $7 depending on age. Trax light rail from the hotel on the University line. Pre-convention signup preferred to determine need for APSE-arranged transportation.
More information: www.umnh.utah.edu or www.umfa.utah.edu.
This is the Place Heritage Park and This is the Place Monument, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: On your own
Synopsis: Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, the Monument and accompanying 450-acre park mark the spot where pioneers first set their eyes of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake and offers visitors a look at life in 19th Century Utah from the Mormon arrival in 1847 to statehood in 1896. Heritage Village, located within the Park, presents a pioneer experience for all ages. At Settlers’ Pond, a Native American Village explores the cultures of Utah’s first residents. Cost: Monument is free, $7-9 for park. Transportation: Public transportation available. Pre-convention signup preferred to determine need for APSE-arranged transportation.
More information: www.thisistheplace.org
Hogle Zoo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On your own
Synopsis: The Zoo is located across the street from This is the Place Heritage Park. It is possible to take in both attractions in one day. With roots dating back to 1911, the Zoo has been in its present location since 1931 after Mr. and Mrs. James Hogle donated the land it currently occupies after Princess Alice the Elephant kept breaking out of the old zoo compound and was repeatedly seen wandering Seventh East — often strewn with an assortment of clothing from clotheslines. The zoo fell into neglect but has been a point of emphasis for Salt Lake City in recent years. Enhanced exhibits helped the zoo hit 1 million visitors for the first time in 2009.
More information: www.hoglezoo.org.
Rehearsal performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and tour of Temple Square, 6 to 10 p.m.
The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir has invited APSE members and their families to their weekly Thursday night rehearsal. The choir, consisting of 360 volunteer singers, performs in the Mormon Tabernacle, completed in 1867 and the group’s namesake. The Rehearsal takes place from 8 to 9:30, and the Choir has a tradition of inviting members of visiting groups such as APSE to join them on-stage for a song during rehearsal.
Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will provide tours of Temple Square prior to the rehearsal. The 10-acre plot is the spiritual home of Mormons worldwide and one of Utah’s most visited attractions. The centerpiece is the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple. Brigham Young laid the cornerstone on April 6, 1853 and construction was completed 40 years later.
The LDS Church is hosting a reception.
The NBA Draft with executives of the Utah Jazz, 5 p.m.
The Utah Jazz have invited APSE members to sit with them in their “war room” as they follow the Draft and relay their selections to their representative in New York. Because of a 2004 deal, the Jazz own the New York Knicks’ first-round selection in addition to their own.
The Jazz are hosting a reception.
Cost: Free. Transportation: Trax from hotel or walk. Pre-registration preferred to allow for planning.
Friday, June 25
Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Julie Anastasi is your guide.
Synopsis: The Museum of Ancient Life boasts the world’s largest display of dinosaurs, many species of which lived in Utah in prehistoric times. The museum has many interactive exhibits. Thanksgiving Point itself has a number of other attractions, including the 55-acre Gardens, Water Tower Plaza (shops and restaurants), Farm Country, Electric Park and a movie complex. Cost varies by attraction; entrance for the Museum of Ancient Life ranges from $8-15. Transportation: Preregistration preferred so sufficient transportation can be arranged. Thanksgiving Point is located in Lehi, Utah, an approximate 25-mile drive from Salt Lake City. Rio Tinto Stadium is about halfway between the hotel and Thanksgiving Point, so we’ll be dropping off members of the group going to the game on the way back.
More information: www.thanksgivingpoint.org
Major League Soccer game between Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes, 6-10 p.m.
Synopsis: Dave Checketts, owner of MLS defending champion Real Salt Lake and the St. Louis Blues hockey team, and Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, host editors and their families at new Rio Tinto Stadium. This will be MLS’s first game following the league-wide shutdown for the World Cup. Cost: Tickets provided by APSE. Transportation: Trax from the hotel. (The stadium is located outside the downtown free-fare zone; RT tickets on Trax cost $4 and can be purchased at the station). Preregistration preferred so RSL can plan appropriately for the size of the group.
More information: www.realsaltlake.com.
Gaming Express to Wendover, Nev.
Synopsis: Editors bus to the casinos at Wendover, Nev., for an evening of gaming and nightlife. Buses leave Salt Lake City at 6 and 7:30 p.m., returning at 1, 2 and 4 a.m. Cost is $15 and includes a buffet. Preregistration preferred.
More information: www.wendoverfun.com.
Saturday, June 26
Excursion to Snowbird Resort, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Editors travel to Snowbird Resort, a world-renowned ski destination in the winter with various mountain activities in the summer located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Activities available include:
Alpine hike led by Lauren Gustus of the Reno Gazette-Journal;
Alpine slide, Peruvian high-speed quad & Aerial Tram that ascend to the 11,000-foot summit of Hidden Peak, bungy trampoline, zip rider and wall climbing are among the activities available at the Resort.
Cost: Varies by activity. Preregistration required in order to arrange transportation. Snowbird is about a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
More information: www.snowbird.com/events/summeractivities.html.
Salt Lake Bees vs. Reno, 2 p.m.
The Anaheim Angles’ Triple-A team plays host to Reno in an afternoon contest at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Tickets available on site. Trax light rail from hotel.