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.

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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 21, 2013

Museums in St. George, Utah

Museums continue to pop up all around St. George.

Museums in the area abound with history, education, natural wonders and art in St. Goerge.  Here is a list with links and descriptions to many in the area. The list below each contains a hyperlink to its respective site, and the approximate distance from BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.

  1. Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum - 0 blocks,  FREE to the public, area artifacts and stories
  2. St. George Art Museum - 2 blocks, Minimal cost, well operated and very relaxing
  3. St. George Children’s Museum - 3 blocks, the Newest addition to a great collection, well worth a visit especially for young children with a lot of energy.  Many hands on exhibits.
  4. Dixie State University Sears Art Gallery - 7 blocks, A great rotating gallery of art and history exhibits, minimal cost if any 
  5. Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - 2 miles, full body game animal mounts from across the globe and a vast collection of insects for your young entomologist (study of insects)
  6. Washington City Museum - 3 miles, Pioneer era artifacts
  7. Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm - 3 miles, showcases footprints of a kind raptor only known to exist in this area 
  8. Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum - 5 miles, in the basement of the city offices.
  9. Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum - 6 miles, a great collection of full and operational war planes.
  10. Hurricane Pioneer Museum - 16 miles, local pioneer artifacts
  11. Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum - 10 miles, well operated, artifacts, restored buildings  of an old mining ghost towm
  12. Pilot Peak DUP Museum - Enterprise, Utah, local pioneer artifacts
  13. Zion Human History Museum - 42 miles, natural history
St. George Art Museum

St. George Art Museum

 

For a comprehensive list with addresses and phone numbers for area museums in and near  Washington County click here.

If we were to add another  the next should be a location for a film and movies showcasing the development of the film industry and the many movies made in the Southern Utah area.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a multiple of John Wayne westerns, and SciFi movies such as Galaxy Quest and others. Much of the feature film The Fly Boys was filmed in St. George proper just blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills property.

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

November 14, 2013

Pickellball Courts!

Pickleball continues to grow in popularity and access.

Act like a true local and hit the Pickleball  courts in St. George. The fast-paced game is a cross of whiffle ball and  badminton and great for the old and young.

Watch a demonstration of the game on the USA  Pickleball Association’s website, pick up some equipment and get outside.

Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah

Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah

We have several courts in the St. George area with the closest to Best Western Coral Hills only four blocks away at the Vernon Worthen Park.

The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer smaller version of a wiffle ball.

Pickleball is similar to tennis, but with differences. A pickleball ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball and the court is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court.

Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah

Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah

 

November 11, 2013

Veterans, Thank YOU!

Veteran’s Day in St. George, Utah

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Veterans Day 2013

Click here regarding Our Local Veterans

 

 

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October 21, 2013

Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013

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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

4th Annual Zombie Walk for Hunger 4-7pm: Celebrate Halloween 2013 this year zombie style. Comics Plus will be hosting the 4th annual St. George Zombie Walk as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. This year we walk for a humanitarian cause, hunger. We’re raising food donations for the great folks at Dixie Care & Share to help feed people. After all, zombies crave well-fed brains. To walk in the event, simply dig up your best undead costume and bring 3 non-perishable food items.  Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Phone: 435673322 Admission: 3 non-perishable food items Location: Comics Plus Address: 348 W. St. George Blvd., St. George  Web Site: www.comicsplus.com, Accessible to those with disabilities

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

October 28th-29th

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.

 

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