January 6, 2014

“Dixie” How St. George got the Nickname

When you come to visit southern Utah, and specifically St. George, you will notice two predominant features on the surrounding hills.  The first is a very large “D” lit up on the Black Hill and a “DIXIE” painted on the sugar loaf or the Red Hill.  Obviously, the “D” stands for Dixie; but why?

How does "Dixie" fit in to St. George?

How does “Dixie” fit in to St. George?

Here’s how the story goes…

When the Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) Pioneers left the United States to go out west and settled what is now Salt Lake City they the began to establish settlements about every fifty miles to the north, south, east and west.  The reason it was every fifty miles is because that was about how long the signal on a telegraph wire would extend.  This expansion of what was then called the Territory of Deseret is most notable when looking at a map and the settlements that extend north into Canada and as far south into Mexico.  In fact it is interesting to note that the cities of Mesquite and Las Vegas, Nevada were created due to this expansion effort.

Geographically there is a mountain range between St. George and Cedar City, Utah…fifty miles north.  This is the reason for the drastic difference in weather between northern Utah, which has great snow skiing, and southern Utah which has great golf – year-round.

The warmer weather alone still doesn’t account for the nickname “Dixie”.

When the American Civil War broke out it became extremely expensive to find cotton and have it shipped to the western territories.  Thought the Mormons did not actively participate in the Civil War fighting they claimed faithfulness to the Union and had strong antislavery sentiments.  To find remedy to this lack of cotton several of the Mormon Saints were sent to establish the Cotton Mission.  They were charged to grow cotton and other warm climate crops.  Today one can still tour the Historic Cotton Mill which currently houses the Star Nursery Business.   Some of those Saints were from the southern United States and had the special skills and knowledge in growing cotton.

Other products that are known to come out of the area included Dixie Wine, silk and tobacco.   Grapes grow well in the area and one will notice Mulberry trees that abound in the historic areas of Downtown St. George.  The leaves from these trees was harvested to feed to the silk worms.

So, for the warmer climate, the growing of cotton by some Southern Saints, the area  became known as Dixie, and later Utah’s Dixie.

Since 1998, Star Nursery has owned the historic Cotton Mill Factory in Washington City, Utah. For many years during the 19th century, the factory was at the center of cotton production in Washington County. (Photo by Loren Webb)

Since 1998, Star Nursery has owned the historic Cotton Mill Factory in Washington City, Utah. For many years during the 19th century, the factory was at the center of cotton production in Washington County. (Photo by Loren Webb)

December 30, 2013

new years wishes from the BWCH

New years wishes from the staff of Best Western Coral Hills, your home-away-from-home in St. George, Utah.

Bring in the new year and stay with us while the rates are at their lowest and the weather is fair.  So fair, you can even golf!

Coming to St. George during the new year but don’t know when?  Need to give the kids a little help or incentive to come and visit, but still don’t know when?  Click on the picture below to purchase Best Western Travel Cards. The Best Western Travel Card® allows you to fit over 100* countries and territories worldwide into your wallet. Travel Cards are accepted at 4,000* properties worldwide.  If you would like to speak to someone regarding these cool cards CALL 1-877-CARD-2TVL within North America or 1-877-227-3288

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Give a gift of travel this new year.

Give the gift of travel this new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 26, 2013

New Years 2014 Eve Party 2014 in St. George

New Years 2014!

New Years Celebration 2014

New Years Celebration 2014

 

The Biggest New Years Eve Party is at the Washington Rec Center!

New Years Eve Party 2014 with plenty to do for the entire family!

CLICK HERE to link to the event site. www.myheartofdixie.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2013

Christmas Greetings from Best Western Coral Hills

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Christmas Greetings from our family to yours.

A Christmas thank you for your patronage and comments over all these years.  We have been blessed with great employees and wonderful guests.  The year has gone by so quickly and there are many improvements we have made to the property because of your recommendations.  Thank you for being such great supporters and trusting us to care for your friends and family.  We do not take your trust lightly.

From the staff of Best Western Coral Hills, St. George, your home-away-from-home.

merry-christmas best Western

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 19, 2013

Little Mermaid by Disney Returns to Tuacahn

The Little Mermaid swims back onto the Tuacahn Stage!

May 29 – October 18, 2014

Tuacahn presents Disney’s Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. This stage adaptation of the beloved film comes to life in a magnificent stage production the entire family will enjoy.  Tuacahn is one of the first regional theatres in the country to present this updated version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  There is new orchestrations which enhances this fabulous production.

Ariel, a lovely young mermaid, spends her days dreaming of what life on land might be like, but, as a human.  With so many magical inventions and curiosities—as well as a very handsome prince—the world above the water proves to be irresistible.  Ariel trades her voice to the sea witch for the chance to live and walk on land.  But, with the change be long enough for her to make the prince fall in love with her?  She sets in motion a dramatic and sometimes humorous series of events that will ultimately change her life forever.

The Little Mermaid features new as well as familiar tunes—including all of the classic songs from the film, such as “Part of Your World,” “Les Poissons,” “Under the Sea,” and “Kiss the Girl.”  You must come a see how Tuacahn makes a shark swim on stage.  Filled with enchanted characters, brilliant waterscapes, and beloved music, this production will certainly delight the young and will surely rekindle pleasant memories of youth and love in the young at heart.

Tickets range from $28.50 to$ 79.50   Discounted tickets available when booking through Best Western Coral Hills.

Call the Tuacahn Box Office today: 435-652-3300 Tuacahn.org

Guests attending Tuacahn shows and concerts receive a 10% discount on the regular room rate at BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.  Just show your tickets to the front desk agent at check in.

Discount tickets  and rooms available through Best Western Coral Hills

Discount tickets and rooms available through Best Western Coral Hills

December 16, 2013

Employee of the Month Dec 2013

Employee of the month for Dec 2013 is Rachel!

She works in our laundry department and is an absolute joy to have on our staff.  Since her first day with us she has yet to ever call in sick or nor be available to help cover shifts for other employees.  She always has a great attitude and has been a consistent support to the laundry supervisor.

Rachel is married and has two daughters.  We are also proud of her efforts in continuing her efforts to complete her studies for a college degree.  A great inspiration.

Thank you Rachel for being such an outstanding employee.  Your work and efforts within your department it greatly appreciated.

Employee of the Month, December 2013, Rachel Jurgensmeier.

Employee of the Month, December 2013, Rachel Jurgensmeier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 12, 2013

Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn

Tuacahn’s Christmas In The Canyon is presented every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from November 29 through December 23, 2013.

Live Nativity at Tuacahn

Live Nativity at Tuacahn

There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon.  It’s Tuacahn’s

way of saying “thank you” to the community for its support and to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas.

Live Nativity •Presented in the amphitheatre at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. •$2.00 per person or $15.00 per family (up to 10 guests). •Special group rates are available upon request. •The Live Nativity is a family favorite which through music, narration and acting tells the story of the birth of the Christ child. •Volunteer groups provide the on-stage talent each night.  The Live Nativity includes live camels and other animals.

Activities for the Entire Family •Live Nativity 7 & 8 p.m. •Holiday train ride on the Old Salty Train provided by BEST WESTERN Ruby’s Inn. •Santa Claus from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. •Hot chocolate & other delicious treats at concessions. •Christmas items and Holiday gifts at the Tuacahn Gift Gallery. •Christmas Lights & Holiday music on the plaza •Open fire

Christmas in the Canyon and the Live Nativity are not open on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn

Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn

Christmas In The Canyon Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings November 29 – December 23 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Live Nativity Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings 7:00 PM & 8:00 PM Duration: 20min

Cost Festival of Lights:  FREE Live Nativity: $2.00 per person,  $15.00 per family,  (up to 10 Family Members) Old Salty Train: $2.00 per ride

December 9, 2013

Snow Records for St. George, Utah, 3rd highest on record.

Snow Records, here are the top four snow days:

The 1-day snowfall records for St. George are:
1st 1894 15”
2nd 1974 10”
3rd 1919 8” the next day received another 8” for a total of 16”
3rd 2013 8”
All over St. George there are scenes occurring which are not often seen.  First, the more obvious, there is white stuff all over everything.  After some research it was determined that indeed it was snow….and staying.  This conclusion was reached due to the freezing air temperature, cars sliding on the road, children sledding down hillsides and a multiplicity of what looks to be snowmen and snow forts doting the city.  Even ice cycles have appeared overnight.

There can be a snowfall about once, maybe twice, a year and typically it is gone within hours or by the end of the next day.  It certainly is a pretty site however when viewed from atop any of the area hillsides.

Check this link for more information and stories regarding the snow from St. George News.

Photo Credit/Shawn Ferris

Record snowfall of 8" in December 2013 ties for third place.

Record snowfall of 8″ in December 2013 ties for third place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 8, 2013

Nutcracker by St. George Ballet Company

The Nutcracker by the St. George Ballet

St. George Ballet Company, Shelia Bailey – Directory

 

Nutcracker performed by St. George Ballet this Dec 12-14, 2013

Nutcracker performed by St. George Ballet this Dec 12-14, 2013

William F. Christensen presented the first full length production of The Nutcracker Ballet in the United States in 1944. In kind of Bene` Arnold and Florence Christenson, the St. George Ballet Company has established his original choreography in Act I, scenes 1 & 2 as a part of their Nutcracker. Grown-ups and children will delight in seeing the mice and soldiers in battle before Clara continues into the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancers from around the world entertain the Nutcracker Prince and Clara along with bringing smiles to the faces of all involved.

The St. George Ballet Company in association with Westside Studio of Performing Arts, under the direction of Sheila Bailey, with assistants Bene’ Arnold, Amber Shakespeare and Deborah Dawn, has enjoyed putting on the annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet for 12 Christmas seasons in southern Utah. Many families have made attending The Nutcracker a part of their Christmas tradition.

The cast features over 120 local dancers who will be sharing the stage with professional dancers Erica Bryce dancing Sugar Plum Fairy with Troy McGee her cavalier.  We welcome our own local master artist, Roy Fitzell playing Drosselmeyer.

Following Saturday’s matinee the children can attend Clara’s Party, “A Magical Journey”.  The party is held on stage meeting characters and cast, taking a trip through the Land of Sweets, sliding down the Mother Hubbard slide along with seeing behind the scenes operations of putting on the production. A craft and treat also make this a fun activity for all. Tickets for Clara’s Party are $8.00.

The St. George Ballet Company invites everyone to attend the full length Nutcracker Ballet.  The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 12th, 13th and 14th at Desert Hills Theater. A matinee performance is on December 14th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at westsidestudio.org/tickets or call 674-9728.  Ticket prices are $20 and $15 for obstructed view.

The St. George Ballet Company is honored to have something of such quality to present to our community that comes from their own children.

 

Admission: $20.00

The Nutcracker 2013 Performance dates and times:
December 12th, 7:30 pm

December 13th, 7:30 pm

December 14th, 7:30 pm  2:00 pm (matinee)

December 14th, 7:30 pm December 21st, 7:30 pm
Performances at Desert Hills High School 828 East Desert Hills Drive

Call for ticket information at 435-674-9728

 

December 6, 2013

Storyteller Master shares Stories of Christmas Memories

Master Stroyteller Nanette Watts comes to share her Christmas Memories with St. George Audiences on Dec 13 and 14, 2013 7:PM at the St. George Opera House.  The Historic Opera House is located only two blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills.

Come enjoy a heartwarming evening of Christmas memories and stories with Master  Storyteller, Nannette Watts. Energetic, high-strung, full of life, funny,  graceful, animated, spunky, … are words people are using to describe Nannette  Watts’ storytelling.

Master Storyteller Nanette Watts graces St. George audiences.

Master Storyteller Nanette Watts graces St. George audiences.

Nannette masterfully blends movement and voice to  create animated characters in her storytelling. You may have seen her as a  featured teller at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Weber State Festival,  Blanding Winter, Vernal, Zion, and Snake River Storytelling Festivals, or in  Libraries and schools. She has been billed as very energetic and fun to  watch!

Nannette  has been a professional storyteller for over a decade.  Growing up, her family life was immersed in stories and storytelling. She holds  a BFA in Music Dance Theatre. Nannette is a member of the Utah Storytelling  Guild, Timp Tellers Chapter. She has presented workshops on storytelling from  local to national venues. Nannette is a co-founder and the artistic director for  Resonance Story Theatre. She is a Stories Unlimited instructor focused on  teaching the art of storytelling to all ages.

Admission is $5 Adult – $4  Sr./Children/Military and seating is limited. Tickets can be obtained at the St.  George Art Museum located at 47 E 200 N. Seats not claimed by 6:55 pm will be  released to waiting patrons.

Season of Stories 2013-14 is a series of  presentations at the St. George Opera House. Presented in conjunction with the  Dixie Tellers – a chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild. For additional  information call 435-627-4510 or E-mail artadmn@sgcity.org

Read more:  KCSG Television – Christmas Memories with Master Storyteller Nanette Watts Dec 13 14 7 00 PM

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