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.
“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
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 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.
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.
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!
Click above to go to the Jubilee of Trees home page.
Veteran’s Day in St. George, Utah
Veterans Parade – Washington City
The Veteran’s Park is located at 75 E. Telegraph in Washington, UT. Last year the parade started near the Washington City Community Center and ran down to and turned onto Telegraph.
November 11, 2013 St. George has a Veteran’s Day Parade and Tribute starting at 9 am
November 9 – 11, 2013 there is FREE admission to ALL national parks in honor of Veterans Day! Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Pipe Springs National Monument are parks near southern Utah you can enjoy. Find more national parks at: www.nationalparks.org
Veterans Day St. George, Utah Info
Sponsored by the American Legion, Post 90, and the City of St. George, the St. George parade’s theme this year is “Freedom Isn’t Free,” and they are planning the biggest celebration to date. Following the parade, there will be a Freedom isn’t Free program in the historic Tabernacle at 18 South Main Street, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
Click here regarding Our Local Veterans
Learn more about our local heroes.
Spending Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013 and not certain what to do?
Here are some ideas to make your stay a little more enjoyable for all your little pumpkins in the family.
October 5 – 26
Field of Screams 8:00pm- Last ticket sold at 11:00pm: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday ONLY, Click HERE for a bunch more information.
Corn Maze: Click here for more information
Saturday, October 12 @ 5-7 pm
Zombie Fun Run: Also in Moab, Utah October 26th. This is not your average 5K run, you will need to survive in order to win. Satellite intel shows that the infestation has become more out of control than originally thought. Run, jump, climb, and evade at all costs. We don’t know who you can trust. Check out the F.A.Q. page for more details on the event and remember to stay ALIVE. This promises to be the funnest 5k run that you will race in. Let the APOCALYPSE begin. Click for more information
Saturday, October 26
Free Comic Book Day Halloween Fest: 11:00am-6:00pm Celebrate Halloween Fest 2013 this year comic book style. Comics Plus will be hosting Free Comic Book Day as well as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. On this day, special Halloween comics will be given away FREE by Comics Plus, no purchase necessary. And while you are here, join in on the spirit of the event by dropping off non-perishable food items in our donation boxes for Dixie Care & Share. Halloween Fest will be a fun event for all ages. Funtime Inflatables will be here with a bounce house, Epic Adventures will have face painters and your favorite costumed super heroes. Maverik and YO2 Yogurt will be here with snacks, hot dogs, drinks and giveaways. Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Admission: FREE
October 26 – Nov 1
Thriller at Tuacahn: Click for times: 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.”
Monday, October 28
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Alley @ Tonaquint Nature Center: 5-7pm:Try your best at our dartless balloon pop game, cast your line into the Swampy Pond or see how many “bats” you can throw into the Witch’s Brew. We will have multiple carnival games outside for kids to play for prizes. Zelda the Fortune Teller will be sharing secrets of the future all evening. You can also visit Dr. Jekyll and his mad laboratory. Kids can get their faces painted at the Black Cat Parlor ran by the gals from Hairitage before sitting down and making a fun holiday themed craft. Get your pre-decorated pumpkin to the Nature Center before 6:30 pm and be eligible for prizes. There are 4 different age categories. General Admission: FREE Crafts: $1 each Monster Boogers: 25 cents/bag
The Pumpkin Festival7:00pm-9:00pm: Professional Carved Pumpkins, Pumpkin Carving Hints and Tips, Wick’a Dee Witch, and more FREE With Farm Admission CLICK HERE for more information
Wednesday, October 30
Boo-Nanza @ Sand Hollow Aquatic Center 6:30-9pm: Join the spooky fun at the SHAC for haunted canoe rides, Halloween games and root beer floats. At 7:00 pm the lights will be dimmed for the evening’s dive-in movie - “Hotel Transylvania “ General Admission: $8/family
Thursday, October 31
Halloween Carnival @ SG Recreation Center 4:30-6:30pm: Attention Kids!! Get your costumes and start your trick-or-treating early. After playing all the Halloween games, take a turn in the bounce house or sit down and create a Halloween craft. You can bring your carved pumpkin to the event and enter our contest for prizes. All pumpkins must be submitted by 5:15pm; judging is at 5:30pm. You must be present to win. General Admission: FREE
Monster Mash …Annual Halloween Celebration! Time: 4pm – 7pm: Crafts-Center Court, Trick-or-Treating-through out mall: Red Cliffs Mall is hosting the annual Fall Family Festival featuring family-friendly activities. Bring your children to the mall for an afternoon of fun, including make-and-take crafts. The mall will also host the annual Trick-or-Treating for kids throught the center as well as free hot-dogs and refreshments from radio station Mix 103.1, hosted by DJ’s Bryan & Cindy. Kids ages 2-12 are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes.
Need a costume?
Here are the best stocked and most unique Halloween Costume shops in St. George:
Spirit Halloween Superstore: (435) 674-3477 250 Red Cliffs Dr, Saint George, UT 84790 in the Promenade across from the Zion Outlet Stores
Partyland: (435) 674-7655 Map 1930 West Sunset Boulevard, St. George, UT 84770 Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
THRILLER returns to Tuacahn, near St. George, Utah
October 25 – Nov 1 See Calendar For Times
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.”
Click HERE for a THRILLER preview!
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.
Labor Day 2013 in St. George, Utah
What do we do on Labor Day? Why, we LABOR of course! Enjoy YOUR holiday weekend.
Thank you for staying with us!
At the Best Western Coral Hills we help y0u celebrate the Labor Day weekend offering the best we have to offer. What kind of Labor Day would it be if you didn’t go swimming? We have TWO POOLS and spas to help with that. Is it Labor Day without going out to eat even once? We have 13 restaurants within 3 blocks to help that happen. All American fare on Labor Day? YES, that is something that cannot be missed…and Iceberg’s shakes, burgers and fries are just on the corner from us. Need to get the shopping bug out of your system? You know what? We have several great , unique shops and, art studios just moments away…walking OR driving.
Curious about the origins of Labor Day? HERE is one history of the holiday compiled by About.com. There’s even a quiz at the bottom for the kids who are out of school today and miss their homework.
Whatever you do this Labor Day, do it safe, have fun, enjoy family and come back to us soon.
- Staff, BEST WESTERN Coral Hills, St. George, UT
September 3-7, 2013
DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George. The 2013 festival will be it’s fourth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 800 films submitted from 60 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers. These filmmakers are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time embraces the community of Southern Utah.
The DOCUTAH festival is located in the southwestern corner of Utah between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Films and events will be offered in several venues in the towns of Springdale, Kanab, St. George and Ivins.
This part of Utah is renowned for it’s close proximity to several national and state parks which are listed below. The area offers many outdoor activities for visitors such as sightseeing, hiking, camping, off-road adventures, boating, and golfing to name just a few.
Click HERE to link to the DOCUTAH site for Directions, Venues and Scheduling information.
The BEST WESTERN Coral Hills also offers a discount to festival attendees.
Join us for these fun Halloween events!
Washington County School District Foundation invites you to celebrate Halloween on the Town and raise funds for Washington County Schools. “Halloween on the Town” features Southern Utah’s first “Haunted Cave” plus the family-friendly “Spooky Town Fair.”
While the Haunted Cave will entertain the community all month long, the Spooky Town Fair will be a one-day Halloween-themed fair-style event in downtown St. George at Town Square. All profits benefit the students in the Washington County School District.
For more information, dates and details click on the links above. Then make plans to join us during the month of October as we put the FUN back into FUNdraiser!