One festival down, another on the ropes |

One festival down, another on the ropes

WINTER PARK – A music festival that was long a highlight of Winter Park’s summer schedule has been killed, and another major festival is on the ropes.Clear Channel Music, the primary sponsor of Rockfest, also known as the American Music Festival, has declined to renew its contract to produce the festival. Performers want more money and their own concerts. But also, outdoor summer festivals didn’t do very well last year. The festival had attracted up to 12,000 people per day.Still possible, if a major commitment of local money is made, is the Winter Park Jazz Festival, which also dates to the 1980s. Still on the summer table are the Winter Park Folk Festival and the Blues From the Top, which is actually held at nearby Granby.The Winter Park Manifest interpreted the news as a message to de-emphasize special events. “Perhaps now resort communities will start to come to depend less on special happenings and more on the special characteristics, the people, the character of the area, and special environmental features, such as healthy forests and streams, to attract visitors.”Park City wants more open space moneyPARK CITY, Utah – Park City officials have spent $17 million since the late 1990s in acquiring open space, and they have $3 million left for future purchases. Mindful of how rapidly open spaces in and near the town are disappearing, they may ask voters in November for another allocation.”We are down to some of the last significant parcels that are not developed around our town,” Mayor Dana Williams told The Park Record. “Over the next couple of years, these opportunities will be gone.”Guitars preceded cover girl’s gamsJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Jackson Hole’s Sara Carlson graces the cover of Outside magazine, an issue devoted to women climbers. But the Jackson Hole News & Guide says that what really defines the tall blonde as a rock chick is her music. She took up singing and playing the guitar first, only later becoming a model.Vail, Colorado

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