September 2, 2014

Thriller returns for Halloween at Tuacahn

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Enjoy at haunting time at Tuacahn

 

Thriller, performed by Odyssey Dance Theater.

If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve.

Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”

Critics agree that Odyssey Dance Theatre is nothing short of spectacular:

“Compelling dance performed to perfection! Young, trim, slim, and athletic…Great fun!” –The Spectrum

“Odyssey’s Thriller”..a delightful “Dance Macabre”….As for humor, there were bucket loads. Laughs abounded during a “Romeo & Juliet” inspired “Frankenstein & Frankenstein” and “Jason Jam,” a work that used a lot of percussive dancing, a la “Stomp”, that spotlighted three “Friday the 13th” villains dancing with ice picks, machetes and, of all things, chain saws. The whole idea was cool…” — Scott Iwasaki, Deseret News.

 

October 24 – November 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm $18.50-$28.50

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.

 

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July 21, 2014

Pioneer Day

July 24th is Pioneer Day and a Utah state holiday.  REMEMBER that banks and government offices will be closed. It commemorate the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Utah’s Salt Lake Valley in 1847. This day celebrates the bravery of the original settlers and their strength of character and physical endurance.

Background

This day commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Utah’s Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The Mormon pioneers viewed their arrival as the founding of a Mormon homeland, hence Pioneer Day. The Mormons, as they were commonly known, left their settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois, and journeyed west seeking refuge from religious persecution. The final impetus for their trek was the murder of founder and prophet Joseph Smith on June 27, 1844.

Determined to settle in an isolated region, the pioneers made their way across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to Utah. They lost many of their party to disease during the winter months. By the time that they reached Utah, the desolate valley was a welcome sight. Potatoes and turnips were soon planted, and a dam was built. With solemn ceremonies, the settlers consecrated the two-square-mile city, and sent back word that the “promised land” was found. By the end of 1847, nearly 2000 Mormons settled in the Salt Lake Valley. The first Pioneer Day was celebrated in 1849 with a parade, band music and speeches. In modern times July 24 is celebrated annually as Pioneer Day, a state holiday, in Utah.

Pioneer Day, July 24th

Pioneer Day, July 24th, Utah State Holiday

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April 15, 2014

Earth Day April 22, 2014 at Best Western Coral Hills

Happy Earth Day!    Its coming soon!   You may not know this but Best Western Coral Hills has a 4 out of 5 Green Key rating and a Bronze Level rating with TripAdvisor  This means the BWCH goes beyond most properties to be a more responsible steward of our earths resources.   It is actually less expensive to recycle than to throw them into a landfill.  Please use the recycle cans made available in your guest room.   Join us for Earth Day 2014 by recycling something that day.  Click below to learn 20 interesting things about our unique home.  For example did you know…?  The lowest point on Earth is the Dead Sea measuring 1,302 feet below seal level.  or that 80% of all life on Earth lives under the surface of the ocean.  This Earth Day, pick up a bit of trash, or reuse a water bottle, or turn off any running water.

Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

 

 

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March 2, 2014

St. George Catholic Church

St. George, Utah Catholic Church, Click for Home Page

St. George, Utah Catholic Church, Click for Home Page

The St. George Catholic Church is located at 259 West 200 North, St. George Utah 84770  only three blocks away from Best Western Coral Hills.  Office: 435-673-2604, Rectory: 435-673-7354.  See below for a history of the Southern Utah Catholic congregation.

Click HERE for Mass times.

Click HERE for Mass times.

 

From the Washington County Historical Society:
In 1879, Father Lawrence Scanlan  established the St. John’s Catholic Church,  the Silver Reef Hospital,  and St. Mary’s School in Silver Reef.  At the invitation of his friend, John MacFarlane, a deputy U.S. mineral surveyor at Silver Reef,  Father Scanlan offered mass in the newly completed St. George Tabernacle.  The St. George Tabernacle choir sang and three thousand people attended the mass.  This was the first high mass celebrated in southern Utah.
In 1951, Bishop Hunt of the Salt Lake City Diocese of the Catholic Church purchased the old   Presbyterian Church and property.  For several years, the small chapel in this structure was used for mass.
The historic building was remodeled in 1958 to serve as a church with an adjoining rectory.  It was dedicated by Bishop Federal on June 8, 1958.
The St. George Parish was formally established in 1958.  It was administered jointly with Christ the King Parish in Cedar City,  since neither parish was large enough to accommodate a full-time priest.  Though there was only one resident Catholic family in St. George in 1958,  the church there served the needs of the influx of tourists during summer months.  They also cared to missions in Enterprise and Zion National Park.
In the 1970s, fifteen Catholic families were registered  at the church/rectory duplex on Main Street in St. George.  The resident pastor of Cedar City provided pastoral care throughout Washington County.
In 1979, under the supervision of John Lanham of Dammeron Valley,  the church was renovated and expanded to double the seating capacity.  Local residents paid the cost by raising $25,000,  and the Catholic Church Extension Society also assisted the project.
In 1981, landscaping was completed and an addition was made to the rectory  by contractors Jim Martin and Sal Grillo.
Also in 1981, two Holy Cross Sisters served as pastoral associates  to the five parishes in the Southwestern Deanery  of the Salt Lake Diocese and visited St. George regularly.
The St. George Parish received its first full-time priest in 1983.  Father James M. Greenwell (administrator of the parish from late 1980 to 1983)  served as the first full-time pastor during the year 1983.  He was also administrator of St. Christopher Parish in Kanab  during that year until Father Anthony Vollmer CPpS was named pastor there.
The Father Paul S. Kuzy CPpS became pastor in 1984.  At this time, there were 150 Catholic families and well over 250 members.  He also served Zion National Park as a station of the St. George Parish,   offering mass in the lodge there weekly from May through September.  During this time, a parish council was formed, a Newman Club  was started at Dixie College, and a parish thrift shop was opened.  Father Kuzy served until his death in the spring of 1997.
The old church building was torn down in 1990.  A new and larger white stucco Spanish-style building was constructed on the site in 1991.  That building with attached hall and offices was dedicated July 14, 1991 by Bishop Weigand.
A new social hall was dedicated December 14, 1995 by Bishop Niederauer,  and later named Kuzy Hall for the beloved pastor who died in 1997.  The church was then expanded to include the section previously used as a parish hall.
In 1998, the Metcalf property was purchased as a rectory.  The old rectory was demolished in 2003 and in 2005 the recently purchased rectory was renovated.
On March 13, 2005, Bishop Niederauer dedicated the new Bishop Scanlan Catholic Center,  which housed a large thrift store, parish classrooms, and offices.  Surrounding homes had been purchase to provide space for the expansion and required parking.
The present parish in St. George serves some 1,800 families  and also gathers people in Hurricane for mass, prayer, and socializing.
The future:
During the 1990s, with the assistance of benefactors as well as the Diocesan Development Drive,  the diocese purchased property at Washington City on the east side of St. George for a future church.  They also acquired ten acres in Hurricane, where the local Catholics have organized a thrift store  to begin raising funds for a church there at some future date.  In 2007 the diocese purchased property in the areas of Southgate and Ivins.

February 10, 2014

Parade of Homes, St. George 2014 – 2 Free Tickets!!

St. George Area Parade of Homes between February 14 and 23rd

Are you planning on going to the St. George Area Parade of Homes ?
“Like” this post and our page on Facebook and be entered to WIN 2 Tickets to St. George Parade of Homes.
Comment what you like about your house and double your chances!
The winner will be picked at random and will be announced this Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:00am when the parade begins.
A chance to win two free tickets: like our post and page on Facebook.

A chance to win two free tickets: like our post and page on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. George Area Parade of Homes is presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA). SUHBA is a trade association representing building industry businesses throughout Washington, Kane and San Juan Counties of Southern Utah. Our members play a vital role in the construction industry. Our mission is to build communities. Our tools are education, communication, participation and advocacy.

Homes are open daily from 10 am to 7 pm throughout Washington County, Utah (closes at 5 pm on February 23rd).  Plan to attend and see why the St. George Area Parade of Homes is one of the most popular Parades in the country – over 28,600 people attended last year! For more information, contact the Southern Utah Home Builders Association at 435-674-1400.

Best Western does not endorse, sponsor, or administer this promotion. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By participating, you hereby release and hold harmless Facebook from any and all liability associated with this promotion.

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 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.

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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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