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 29, 2013

Open Mic Night for Songwriters

Come on out every 1st and 3rd Thursdays for this great new showcase for out local talent. This “Songwriters Open Mic” was created with our local songwriters in mind and is open to singers and instrumental musicians alike. Participants are asked to perform original material from one or more performing member. Each act will get up to 10 minutes or two songs (unless otherwise informed). Backing (karaoke) tracks are not permitted… a’capella pieces are permitted, but limited to one song. Sign up here along wit…h what accompaniment you will be bringing.
Special thanks to the City of St. George for providing the Opera House for these event and to our sponsors: The Independent, Spiral Studios & The Music Store.
Currently signed up are: Lauren Wayne, Kaylee Gooch, Isaac Mathews, Carolyn Murset, and Isaac Sloan. Sign up here, confirm when you arrive at the event. Addl. signups: Pier Allred, Christina Osborn.
If you are a songwriter consider joining SUSWA for just $40 annually. http://www.suswa.com/
Open Mic Guidelines:  

Each performer is invited to showcase two songs.

Because we are a song writing organization we encourage an original song be included in your performance, however it isn’t mandatory.

We realize that music is an expression of art and we respect that. However, we often have families with children in the audience, we ask that you consider the material that you will be performing and be respectful in return.

SUSWA Board will pick the performer of the night and they will be posted at the following Open Mic.  These top performers will be invited for a “Best Of Show” sometime in 2014. (Likely the end of the year).

"Songwriters Open Mic" every 1st and 3rd Thursdays

“Songwriters Open Mic” every 1st and 3rd Thursdays

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Veteranse Day 2013 ST. George

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

 

 

 Learn more about our local heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 4, 2013

Our Gazebo is back!

Our gazebo is back up at our outdoor sitting area close to the East Wing indoor section of BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.  It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy friends and the St. George sun.

After a good moment relaxing there are several things to do and see nearby to the BWCH.  We are in the St. George downtown, historic district and are within 3 blocks of 15 great restaurants, there are several museums, historic sites and shopping. when next you come to St. George check out this great area of town.

The restaurants, in no particular order, are: 1 George’s Corner, 2 Pasta Factory, 3 Pizza Factory, 4 Benja’s, 5 Painted Pony, 6 Bear Paw, 7 Piccolo Mundo, 8 Cappaletti’s, 9 Twenty-Five Main, 10 One Hot Grill, 11 Nelsons Frozen Custard, 12 Café Rio, 13 Iceberg 14 Red Ginger 15 Ocean Buffet

Museums include the St. George Art Museum, The St. George Children’s Museum, and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum

There are many art studios that are sure to please the eyes and unique shops.

Activities for kids: The St. George Children’s Museum, The carrousel and splash pad at the St. George Downtown Plaza, Laser Mania with indoor laser tag an miniature golf and 4D rides, Bowling all within 3 blocks or less.

 

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A gazebo at the outdoor sitting area located next to the East Wing indoor section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 24, 2013

Red Rock Film Festival 2013, 7th Annual

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Red Rock Film Festival returns for its 7th season in Southern Utah.

Red Rock Film Festival:
November 1-9, 2013, Southern Utah.
The 7th annual Red Rock Film Festival is a gathering for cinematic art in Zion Canyon of Southern Utah, USA. It is retreat for independent premieres, films, and panels that both enlighten the senses and empower the mind. All genres are considered with a sense of well-being. 

ZION CANYON IS OPEN!!!   TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE  November 1-9, 2013

There are three tickets available: 1) Individual tickets to films for November 1st, 2nd, and 6th. 2) Day Passes 3) Cinematic Passes (with Food and Parties)
This year the festival will offer Pay-One-Price passes.
Each Day pass is good for all Regular and Special Screenings all day. Buy now and decide later which day you wish to attend. The Pass will be activated the first day you use it.
Day Passes are $30 Admission at the door, at Little Professor Book Center on 37 E. St. George Blvd. in St. George or discounts are available online at https://rrff2013.eventbrite.com
Discounts available to all Utah and California residents with a valid ID.

Red Rock Film Series

A limited engagement of screenings selected by the Red Rock Film Festival from award-winning documentaries to up and coming indie features and shorts. Some films are from the recent festival and others have been carefully chosen by the Red Rock staff. These diverse films range from hard to find recent films, rare first run current releases, pre-releases, and even some premieres.  For more information, please subscribe to our newsletter. Order tickets at: redrockfilmseries.eventbrite.com

CLICK HERE for a SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Most venues are located close to BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.

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