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St. George Farmers Market

St. George Downtown Farmers Market

The sudden push to buy produce and other products from local sources is more than just a fad. It’s one of the best ways to help the environment, contribute to the local community, and get the freshest, healthiest products. Being able to enjoy locally sourced items is easy thanks to the St. George Downtown Farmers Market.

About the Farmers Market
Every Saturday throughout the summer, beginning on Saturday, May 13th and concluding on Saturday, October 28th, the Downtown Farmers Market will take place. Each Saturday, it will open at 8:00 am and close at 12:00 pm.

The Downtown Farmers Market will be held at Ancestor Square. The exact location is 2 W St, George Blvd.#22- St. George. Over thirty local vendors will open tents and stands to sell their locally grown and made products. From vegetables and eggs to arts and crafts, there will be something for everyone at this location.

Products Available
Local vendors from the areas of Iron and Washington Counties will be selling organic produce, live plants, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, homemade food items, handmade crafts, photography, and much more. Everything available has been either made or grown locally, so shoppers can be sure they are getting the best products while keeping their money in the community.

Market Entertainment
To support local musicians, the center stage at the Farmers Market will feature live bands and musicians. These performers are from the local area and are sure to entertain. The lawn around the stage will be open to sit and enjoy the music. Shoppers can also listen to the music as they purchase their goods from the market.

Shop Smart, Support Local Businesses
The St. George Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestors Square is the perfect place to do the weekly shopping, purchase home décor, and find unique gifts for friends and family. Shopping local means finding things that the big box stores don’t have and feeling proud of the purchases made. Get in on the action by shopping at the St. George Downtown Farmers Market.

Photos by Gemma Billings

Family Activities In St. George

When it comes down to it, we really cannot think of a reason why people would not enjoy coming to St. George. It is the perfect family vacation spot year round! All it’s missing is the beach, but hey, we have Sand Hollow, close enough right? Here are some fun family activities to try when visiting St. George.

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Pioneer Park

Also known as “Dixie Rock”, this is a fun family friendly hiking area that sits atop a hill overlooking St. George. Enjoy short hikes, historic “buildings”, picnic areas, slot canyons and so much more! Also located right next to Pioneer Park is The Desert Garden, which can be a fun and educational stroll.

Tuacahn

Depending on the time of year you are visiting, there will be different shows and events going on at Tuacahn no doubt! Some spectacular shows that have hit this amphitheater stage are The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and more! They also hold holiday shows like Halloweens Thriller!

Sand Hollow

This Reservoir is the go to spot for families during the blazing hot summers. There are all kinds of fun things to do there, cliff jumping, tubing, Razors and so much more!

Zion National Park

We really truly believe that St. George is one of the best places to visit simply because Zion Natoional Park is right in our backyard! A mere 40 minute drive away. How lucky can you get?!

Flag Day & Flag Retirement Ceremony

Happy Flag Day Everyone!   Scroll to the second half of this blog to find out about the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

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Do you know about flag day?

On June 14, 1777 the second Continental Congress adopted a resolution establishing the flag of the United States.  Over a hundred years later a Wisconsin school teacher began to advocate for recognizing June 14 as the Flag’s Birthday or Flag Day.  Then in 1916, President Wilson issued Presidential Proclamation 1335 in which he “suggested” and “requested” that every community in the United States should observe June 14 as Flag Day.  Congress subsequently passed a law in 1949 which established June 14 as Flag Day and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation for Flag Day.  This proclamation instructs U.S. government officials to display the flag on all Government buildings and asks the people of the United States to observe the day in honor of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.  The current law can be found in the United States Code, Title 36, section 110.

As well as law establishing the official flag and Flag Day, Congress has also passed laws regarding the design of the flag as well as laws regarding the time, occasions, position and manner of display. These laws can be found in Title 4 of the United States Code, sections 1-10.

  • Section 5 of this Title states that this law pertains to the display and use of the flag for use by civilians or civilian groups.
  • Section 6 lays out the “Time and occasions for display.”
  • Section 7 gives information about the position and manner of display.

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So what about that Flag Retirement Ceremony?   ST. GEORGE – Flag Day, a day set aside nationally to honor Old Glory, the United States flag, is this Saturday. That morning, city streets will be lined with American flags as one home after another has the flag posted in front of it by Boy Scout troops, volunteers and citizens. To conclude the day, old and worn flags will be disposed of in a reverent and respectful manner at the community’s first large scale Flag Retirement Ceremony and Military Tribute at the Dixie Sunbowl, just three blocks from Best Western Coral Hills.  The purpose of the flag retirement ceremony is to take old American flags that are beyond repair and burn them in an honorable and dignified manner. 

The public is invited to attend the flag retirement ceremony and military tribute Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Dixie Sunbowl, 150 South 400 East in St. George. Admission is free.   Scouts are asked to be in uniform and arrive at 7 p.m.

Event recap

  • When: Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Sunbowl, 150 South 400 East in St. George
  • Admission: Free

 

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

“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.

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

 

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

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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, St. 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.

 

National Park Closures

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Highway 9 through Zion National Park is still open

National Park Closures

DON’T PANIC and don’t cancel your plans!  There is still a lot to do and see in southern Utah.  INCLUDING seeing a portion of Zion and Bryce National Parks

Yes, it is true National Parks across the country are officially closed.  However, talk to the locals and you will find there are well traveled locations to overlook into the parks that are still viewable for the general public.

There is still A LOT to do and see in southern Utah!

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK:  Highway 9 through ZION NATIONAL PARK is still open which provides views to many of the popular park features including the mile long tunnel and Checkerboard Mesa.  Also open is the giant screen movie Treasure of the Gods which presents grand views of Zion’s not readily accessible from the general areas.

CEDAR BREAKS, is the road through Cedar Breaks, also open and the views are accessible, but all buildings will be closed and unmanned.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, 20 minutes outside of St George, is a great spot to visit as well.

BYRCE CANYON NATIONL PARK: Best Western Ruby’s Inn offers a private shuttle and viewing location into Bryce Canyon.  Southern Utah also has several historic sites, and ghost towns worth checking out.

We recommend calling a Best Western close to each National Park to find out what additional attractions there are to visit in each area.  There are known outlooks that give access into the parks.  Those still make a trip worthwhile.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, St. George, BW Coral Hills 800-542-7733

ZION NP: BW Zion Park Inn 800-934-7275

BRYCE NP: BW RUBY’S INN: 435-834-5341, BW PLUS Grand Hotel: 435-834-5700

CEDAR BREAKS: BW El Rey Inn & Suites: 435-586-6518, BW Town & Country 435-586-9900

Visitors Information for St. George, Utah

Visitors Information for St. George, Utah is readily available at the front desk of Best Western Coral Hills or at the St. George Chamber of Commerce located two doors away.

FREE maps of the Downtown, Historic District are available at either location.

The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale

Visitors Information inside the Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale

On interesting bits of history regarding the courthouse:

Legend has it that the domed cupola on the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George was designed specifically for hangings, although it never was used for that gruesome purpose.

But that’s not to say the county never had a hanging. 

Douglas Alder, a past president of the Washington County Historical Society and Dixie State University, said that in about 1875, a miner working north of St. George in Silver Reef was accused of killing a fellow miner. The alleged killer was arrested and jailed in the basement of the courthouse. But he wasn’t there long. Shortly after he was put in the jail, a group of the murder victim’s friends descended on the courthouse, broke out the prisoner and hung him from a nearby tree.

A common case that was heard within the walls of its upstairs courtroom in the late 19th century was theft charges against ranchers and farmers accused of releasing irrigation water too early, Alder said. Today, visitors to the historic building can watch a re-enactment of a water theft trial.

“We always find them guilty,” said Alder.

Alder tells another story about Will Brooks, a county sheriff in the early 19th century who was responsible for feeding the inmates. Alder said Brooks sometimes ignored jail procedure and took the prisoners home with him for a meal.

The basement jail space is now used for storage, while the Chamber of Commerce occupies the main floor. The former courtroom on the top floor is now used for lectures.