December 29, 2010

Great Offers When Staying with Us in St. George

Del Sol at the Zion Outlet Stores

At check in you will be offered a coupon to Del Sol, a new store at the Zion Outlet Shopping Mall and the first to be opened in Utah.  The coupon is good for a FREE color-changing, Del Sol tote bag.  It is our Thank You to you for staying with us.  It makes a wonderful souvenirs or gifts.  (They even have cool stuff for guys).  The bag is a large and beautiful and is a $20 value.  CLICK HERE to find out more about DEL SOL.

Without the Sun

With the Sun

Also at check in you will receive a 10% discount key card to Samurai 21.  The delicious food of this excellent Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi restaurant has fast become a local favorite among sushi lovers.
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December 15, 2010

“Twilight to Midnight” in St. George only 1 block away!

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Twilight to Midnight Activities ~ 7:00pm – 12:00 Midnight

Event Button & Wristbands 

$5.00 per adult 12+ years, $4.00 per child  3-11 years

  Main Stage – Town Square – featuring regional and local entertainment – This year help us set a U.S. record with the most paper airplanes taking off at the same time! We will also be announcing the winners of the “Your Flight’s in the Bag” seats on the inaugural fl ight at the new St. George Airport. Karaoke Stage – West Parking lot – Town Square – Share your voice with others at Twilight to Midnight Celebration St. George

Tabernacle Stage – (St. George Tabernacle) Get warm and enjoy classical, acoustic and accapella performances in the Historic Tabernacle

Rock Band – video game (West Parking lot – Town Square) Show your group’s groove as you play the game on the big screen

Patriot’s Lane – (Main Street) Try out the climbing wall and visit with representatives from the military

“Swing Dance” – (3rd Floor of the Arts Building – 86 S. Main) Strut your dance moves in this newly renovated space with the Mick Jones Band.

“The Spoken Word” – (Main Floor of the Arts Building) Listen to best of the Washington County School District’s “young” storytellers as they “spin” a few tales.

Family Dance – dance the night away to the beat with DJ Lex.

“Poetry Corner” – Main Floor of the Arts Building) The Red Rock Writers share their well versed poems and prose

“Red Rock Film Festival Favorites” – (Community Arts Building) Red Rock Film Festival shares favorites from their recent acclaimed film festival

First Night Art Exhibit – (Main Floor of the Arts Building) View artwork from all ages – sponsored by the St. George Arts Commission

  Magic Show with “Max the Magician” – (Social Hall – 212 N. Main Street) Young guests will enjoy magic by local magicians (enter through west entrance) Clean Hypnotist Kerry Sharp – (Opera House – 212 N. Main Street)

Art Exhibit – This is your chance to experience ART with your button. Don’t miss these vibrant exhibits on the last night of 2010. You can fi nd out about some of the other programs offered by YOUR Museum. – (St. George Art Museum – 47 E 200 N)

Kids Area – (Town Square – near the river feature) “Make N’ Take” arts & crafts

Activity Zone – West Parking Lot – Bouncers, large slides, climbing wall, Twilight to Midnight train in the parking lot between the Arts Center and Library

BIG TOP – Festival Lawn area – Take a minute and relax under the tent – get warm and enjoy virtual soccer courtesy of SUSA

Obstacle Course – Festival Lawn area – Do your best as you face this tricky course

Food Court – West Parking lot – Enjoy tasty food, treats and drink (both warm and cold) from local vendors

“We’ve Got Game Show!” – Main Street – It’s Game Show night! The stage is set, and we are excited to bring the game to you. Great prizes and fun for all!

Drum Circle – Gazebo – come together with friends and others as you share the beat of life

  Kokopelli Garden – Lawn area near fl ags – Town Square View large scale Kokopelli’s decorated by art students from local schools and others that refl ect the current and past New Year’s Eve celebrations. Photo Op – (Main Street) Have your picture taken and commemorate the night

Outdoor Chess – (Town Square – splash pad) Try your hand at chess or play with the oversize chess pieces

Resolution Screen and St. George Trivia – (Town Square – east side of the Tower) Use your techno skills and share your New Year’s Resolution with others via text messaging

Wandering Entertainment – throughout the event Singers, clowns and magicians will be out and about to entertain throughout the evening.

Challenge Field – (Lawn area near fl ags – Town Square) Share your “Challenges Met or Challenges Yet” with friends, neighbors and others

Children’s Special Fireworks – Scheduled at 10:00 pm for our young guests who can’t quite make it up to midnight

Sidewalk Chalk Art – (Pavillion area – near the river feature) View works of art created on the sidewalk by local artists: Diane Crockett, Tanya Perez, Ana Perez Rojas, Patty Lewis, Cindy McFadden, Lisa Roland, Aimee Bonham, Reece Thompson, Melissa Barrett, Laurie Johnson, Stephanie Wheeler, and Amanda & Jordan Green.

1st Night Fireworks Spectacular – At the stroke of midnight, watch the skies light up with fi reworks galore

First Night to Twilight?

By Marc Mortensen

In late December 1999 people throughout Southern Utah and around the world were talking about “Y2K” and fears were mounting about the “Y2K Bug.” On December 31st, 1999 as cities in the far-east began to ring in the New Year with celebration instead of colossal computer crashes, anxiety was replaced by jubilation here at home and nearly 20,000 Southern Utah residents and visitors converged on Historic Main Street for the inaugural First Night 2000 St. George. Since that time, hundreds of families and individuals have adopted the New Year’s Eve downtown celebration of the visual and performing arts as their own holiday tradition.

For 11 years First Night St. George offered local talent an opportunity to perform for the home crowd in a variety of venues in downtown St. George. Both indoor and outdoor venues set the stage for everything from the Rock Docs to Max the Magician to Dance, Dance Revolution to entertain thousands of First Night patrons. Additionally, the fi reworks display atop the Red Hill at the end of the evening has always rounded out the evening of revelry. That being said, the event has evolved from year to year and moved almost exclusively to the Town Square upon its completion in 2007. Well, the tradition lives on as we prepare to celebrate the beginning of a new decade in 2011 with one small exception, the name.

Yes, that’s right; you’ve probably already noticed the new name. You may be wondering why it changed. Some cities that once belonged to the First Night International organization have decided to modify their events somewhat to fi t the community they serve. A good example of this is Salt Lake City making the switch last year from First Night to the new “Eve” celebration. In our case, we felt that the move would give us greater fl exibility in the future as the event continues to evolve while still maintaining the same alcohol-free, family friendly environment we have provided at First Night.

So, how did we come up with the name? Let’s just say, it has nothing to do with vampires although I’m sure we’ll inevitably see a few at the event this year. While brainstorming the name change the suggestion was made to call the event “Last Night.” While it did make perfect sense, we felt that it was a little too obvious and too closely tied to “First Night.” The word “twilight” became a topic of discussion because of its meaning. After some discussion the phrase “Twilight to Midnight” became the preferred name because of its symbolism and literal description. Yes, the event begins at twilight and ends at Midnight!

Twilight to Midnight St. George 2011 will be held on Friday, December 31 at the St. George Town Square as well as the Pioneer Center for the Arts and Dixie Sunbowl. The event will feature a number of returning performances and activities like the Intermountain swing dance, Rock Band video game competition, Max the Magician, childrens and fi nale fi reworks displays, and high energy performances on the main stage. New to the event this year will be Kerry Sharp the Clean Hypnotist, paper airplane toss U.S. record attempt, outdoor family dance, Zumba, We’ve Got Game Show, and announcement of SGU inaugural flight giveaway winners!

We hope you and your family will join us as we ring in a new decade in Southern Utah at the biggest party of the year, Twilight to Midnight St. George 2011!

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December 8, 2010

Ice Skate in St. George, just two block away!!

The Dixie Igloo closed down in 2011…It was fun while it lasted but the Dixie Sun was too hot even in winter time. ;-(  But if it comes back we will be certain to blog about it.

The Dixie Igloo is open again for another of great ice skating in St. George, Utah!  The Sunbowl is only two blocks away.  I went last night and had a wonderful time!   They also have a fire barrel,  hot chocolate and a fun staff.  Eventually, it is their abition to have it in a permanent building. – John Kessler, AGM

Schedules, pricing and other information is available at

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Igloo Ice Centre is returning to St. George for its second year, but this time it won’t be in a tent.

Or have a roof.

This year’s ice rink will be located at the Dixie Sunbowl, a venue surrounded by bleachers rather than walls and located under the sky rather than a roof.

“There will be a much more outdoorsy feel and really a better atmosphere than the tent,” said co-owner Dave Stanley. “It will be under the stars.”

But it will also be under the sun.

“There’s no doubt that having the sun hit the ice will be a little more difficult,” he added. “Once the ice is made we can maintain it. As long as the temperature stays under 70 degrees we’ll be fine.”

To help keep the ice from melting, Stanley said, the rink will be reduced to 75 percent the size of a normal rink and the season will be restricted to Thanksgiving through January.

The new changes signify yet another risk for Stanley and co-owner James Mitchell’s ice rink endeavors, but the duo points to the success of last year’s rink as evidence of a local appetite.

“It was very well received by the community,” Stanley said. “We had over 30,000 people come through the doors last year.”

He predicted this year’s numbers would surpass 40,000 as people come to simply skate or play sports like ice hockey. It’s something the duo hopes would expand with the “more charming” atmosphere of this year’s outdoor rink.”

Brian Ahern • • Published: November 09. 2010 4:55AM

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December 2, 2010

Bird Watchers: Purple Sandpiper spotted at Sand Hollow!

The Purple Sandpiper was spotted last evening and this morning by one of our guests and posted is experience on the site.  This bird is not indigenous to the southern Utah area.  It is a juvenile and it is thought it was blown into the are by the recent storms. (these photos are not of the actual bird sighted at Sand Hollow)

Go to to find out where the best bird watching locations are in Washington County.  Click on “by County” then choose “washington county” on the map or list.  Also listed are the sightings of rare birds and other useful information for bird watching in the county.  Especially helpful are the ready to print sightings check lists.  

 Another helpful site for birdwatching information is which gives a link to the top 25 current birdwatching sites.

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Tuacahns Christmas in the Canyon

Christmas In The Canyon

Start your Christmas season out right and come visit the live Nativity at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Enjoy the live nativity with real camels, goats and horses, thousands of Christmas lights, and the Holiday Trainride.

Train-rides are $1.00 per person and the cost to the Nativity is $2.00 per person or $10.00 per family. Or come and volunteer and be part of the show. All volunteers are welcome to participate for the one night or multiple nights. Roles will include Mary, Joseph, Three Wise Men, Angels, townspeople and shepherds.

For More information you can call

The Best Western Coral Hills at 435-673-4844 or call

the Tuacahn at 435-652-3300

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