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

.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.

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 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

December 2, 2013

Kurt Bestor plays at Tuacahn

A Holiday favorite, Kurt Bestor is an Emmy-award-winning composer, who for over 30 years has composed an incredible variety of music in a myriad of styles and genres. From over 40 feature-length films, 16 popular CDs, numerous television themes, and mix of live shows, he has established himself as one of America’s most prolific and versatile composers.

As a gifted performer, Bestor has performed his popular holiday shows for over 24 years to sold-out audiences throughout the western United States. People from Seattle to Dallas have enjoyed his easy-going manner and rapport with the audience. Bestor has also performed internationally, conducting and performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, the Estonian National Orchestra, among others.

Friday, Dec 6
4:00 PM and 7:30 PM MST in the Hafen Theatre

Kurt Bestor returns to Tuacahn Hafen Theater

Kurt Bestor returns to Tuacahn Hafen Theater

December 1, 2013

Dickens Festival Returns to St. George

The Dickens Festival has become a holiday tradition for many southern Utah families and visitors that usurers in the Christmas season. Held at the Dixie Center every year on the first Saturday in December and the three preceding days.  One of the most unique features of this festival is they have had the same Santa Clause every year for the past 20 years.  Families have delighted to see their children age while Jolly ol’ St. Nick remains ageless as the first day they visited the toy maker.

Come visit ol' Saint Nick at the Dickens Festival

Come visit ol’ Saint Nick at the Dickens Festival

Some food vendors can only be found during the Dickens Festival.

Some food vendors can only be found during the Dickens Festival.

There are over 300 vendors showcasing their crafts and wares and food the only comes around once a year.

Every hour there are local musicians, dance companies and singers performing on the various stages.

Two highlights of the festival are the one hour musical productions of Oliver and Scrooge.  It is free to see the performances once you have paid your entrance to the festival at the main gate.  Admission is always reasonable. And even if you are not going with any intention to shop the atmosphere is not something to miss.

This year’s re-enactment of 19th Century London will take place in the beautiful Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah. The Festival is created to bring you the best selling experience of the year. Delighted guests will wind through narrow village streets as they shop for their gifts.

Guests will be amazed to see “Olde London Towne” come to life. Thousands of eager customers will attend and experience our magical holiday festival, then take home wonderful treasures, fond memories, and the spirit of Christmas…. Happy Christmas!

Dates:

December 4-7, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location:

Dixie Convention Center 1835 Convention Center Dr. St. George, UT 84790

Admission:

$6 Adults

$5 Seniors (65+)

$4 CHILDREN (4-12)

FREE CHILDREN 3 & UNDER

 

 

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving, St. George, Utah

Thanksgiving in St. George, Utah is a big event and very busy time of year.  With so many folks who have retired in our beautiful town it brings the rest of the family to town to visit the grandparents.  The other reason St. George gets so busy is because of the softball/baseball tournaments that are held over the weekend. And we usually have great weather too.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you.  Please travel safe.  Below we have added several quotes regarding thanksgiving, gratitude and thankfulness.  May your holiday season be wonderful.

happy-thanksgiving-300x225

Saying thank you is more than good manners.  It is good spirituality.”  ~Alfred Painter

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”  ~John E. Southard

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”  ~W.T. Purkiser

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner

“If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes.” Catherine Pulsifer, from Many Blessings

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” W.T. Purkiser

“God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings.” Edwin Percy Whipple

November 26, 2013

“Messiah” performance free to attend

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at the Cox, 350 S. 700 East, St. George. Admission to the concert is free, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as there are no reserved seats.

Locally, this year marks the 33rd performance of “Messiah” by the Southwest Symphony and Chorale with the Community Chorus in St. George. The choir and soloists are rehearsed and prepared by Robert Briggs and the concert is directed by Gary Caldwell.

The Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Chorale perform Handel's "Messiah"

The Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Chorale perform Handel’s “Messiah”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The music for Messiah was completed in 24 days of swift composition. The autograph score’s 259 pages show some signs of haste such as blots, scratchings-out, unfilled bars and other uncorrected errors, but according to the music scholar Richard Luckett the number of errors is remarkably small in a document of this length.

In the Christian tradition, the figure of the “Messiah” or redeemer is identified with the person of Jesus, known by his followers as the Christ or “Jesus Christ”. Handel’s Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as “a commentary on [Jesus Christ's] Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension”, beginning with God’s promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ’s glorification in heaven.[ In contrast with most of Handel’s oratorios, the singers in Messiah do not assume dramatic roles, there is no single, dominant narrative voice, and very little use is made of quoted speech. In his libretto, Jennens’s intention was not to dramatise the life and teachings of Jesus, but to acclaim the “Mystery of Godliness”, using a compilation of extracts from the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible, and from the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer (which are worded slightly differently from their King James counterparts).

The three-part structure of the work approximates to that of Handel’s three-act operas, with the “parts” subdivided by Jennens into “scenes”. Each scene is a collection of individual numbers or “movements” which take the form of recitatives, arias and choruses.  There are two instrumental numbers, the opening Sinfony in the style of a French overture, and the pastoral Pifa, often called the “pastoral symphony”, at the mid-point of Part I.

In Part I, the Messiah’s coming and the Virgin Birth are predicted by the Old Testament prophets. The annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of the Christ is represented in the words of St Luke’s Gospel. Part II covers Christ’s Passion and his death, his Resurrection and Ascension, the first spreading of the Gospel through the world, and a definitive statement of God’s glory summarised in the “Hallelujah”. Part III begins with the promise of Redemption, followed by a prediction of the Day of Judgment and the “general Resurrection”, ending with the final victory over sin and death and the acclamation of Christ. According to the musicologist Donald Burrows, much of the text is so allusive as to be largely incomprehensible to those ignorant of the biblical accounts. For the benefit of his audiences, Jennens printed and issued a pamphlet explaining the reasons for his choices of scriptural selections.

November 18, 2013

Jubilee of Trees

Jubilee of Trees returns for its 10th year! 

ST. GEORGE – From humble beginnings in 1981, to generating $6 million over the last 10 years, the Jubilee of Trees has become the largest showcase of custom-designed Christmas trees and wreaths between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and a powerhouse fundraiser for Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. The 2013 Jubilee opens this week, with its fundraising theme of “In the Blink of an Eye,” because that’s how life changes. The goal aims to bring Trauma II Services, especially for severe head, spinal  and other neurological injuries, to Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Jubilee of Trees

The Jubilee of Trees, St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Dixie Regional Medical Center

The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center is equally grateful for the  dedication of its volunteers and proudly announces the 2013 leadership of the  annual Jubilee of  Trees fundraising event.  The leadership—collectively known  as the Jubilee of Trees Executive Council—places its heart, soul and elbow  grease into heading the five-day event to generate philanthropy in support of  healthcare advancements at Dixie Regional Medical Center. The Jubilee is the  largest showcase of designer trees between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and one  of the southwestern Utah’s most beloved holiday venues. Read more:  KCSG Television – 2013 Jubilee of Trees

If your are in town during the Jubilee of Trees ask for “Jubilee of Trees Discount” which is available off the regular rate.  Thank you for helping to support such a wonderful and worth while event as we usher in the holiday season.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the staff at BEST WESTERN Coral Hills!

Jubilee of Trees 2013 Schedule

Click above to go to the Jubilee of Trees home page.

 

 

 

 

Older Posts »