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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July 2, 2014

Sand Hollow Reservoir

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Sand Hollow Reservoir State Park

 

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK

With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah’s newest state park is also one of its most popular. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain

The sprawling 20,000-acre park, which rests mostly on USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, rivals Utah’s two largest state parks – Wasatch Mountain and Antelope Island. Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.

A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.

Sand Hollow is located approximately 15 miles east of St George and seven miles east of the I-15 Hurricane Exit. Visitors should exit I-15 at Exit 16 (Highway 9), travel east for about four miles and turn right on Sand Hollow Road, travel south for about three miles and turn left at the park entrance.

Opened to the public as a state park in 2003. Park Elevation: 3,000 feet Park Acreage: 20,000 Surface Water Acreage: 1,322 Sand Mountain OHV Acreage: 6,000

I-15  to Exit 16- Hurricane and you are on your way to 3351 South Sand Hollow Road off of SR-9 in Hurricane Utah. (435) 680-0715.  Located about 20 minutes away from Best Western Coral Hills.  If you are pulling a boat the hotel has a lot of parking next door in our large dirt lot or in the back of the property if you want to avoid the dirt.

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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.

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 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

November 27, 2013

Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving, St. George, Utah

Going out to eat for Thanksgiving?  Almost all restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving, but Christmas is a different story.

Here is a list of some of the restaurants that are open for Christmas  in St. George, Utah. There are 18 nearby restaurants within 3 blocks of Best Western Coral Hills.

Eating at the restaurant for Thanksgiving this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

ADDRESS

PHONE

CHRISTMAS

TYPE 

BEAR PAW* 75N. MAIN ST. 634-0126 7AM-3PM BRUNCH
BUCA DI BEPPO 1812 E RED CLIFFS DR. 627-6832 11AM-8PM ITALIAN
CHUCK-A-RAMA 127 N. RED CLIFF DR. 673-4464 11AM-3PM BUFFET
IHOP 275 S. GREEN SPRING DR 627-2282 6AM-MIDNIGHT DINER
PANDA EXPRESS 245 RED CLIFFS DR. 674-0300 11AM-8PM CHINESE
PANDA GARDEN 212 N. 900 E. 674-1538 11AM-9:30PM CHINESE
SAKURA 939 E ST GEORGE BLVD 275-2888 11:30-2:30; 4:30-10 JAPANESE
STARBUCKS 250 N. RED CLIFFS DR. 673-8320 6AM-4PM COFFEE

*Walking Distance.

When choosing a place to stay one of the first things people look at after the property itself is the location to things to do and nearby restaurant options.  At the BEST WESTERN Coral Hills there are 18 restaurants within just three blocks and they are all worth checking out.  If you want to know what we recommend…well, that will depend upon what you are in the mood to eat!  But within those three blocks you can choose from Italian, Pasta, Pizza, Cosmopolitan, Mexican, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, American, Fast Food, Yogurt, and Seafood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25, 2013

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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