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Sears Invitational is Art at its Best

Now in its 31st year, the Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale is a springtime tradition and has become one of the biggest art events in the state of Utah.  Open this year from February 17 through April 1, the show held in the Sears Art Museum Gallery on Dixie State University’s campus and named for founders Robert N. and Peggy Sears, will feature hundreds of works-of-art produced by many amazing artists.  In addition to the show itself, this popular event also includes a symposium and a dazzling opening gala with delicious food and an opportunity to mingle with artists as well as other art lovers.

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The Art Around the Corner Foundation here in St. George is “dedicated to supporting the arts, enhancing the community’s lifestyle through art; and, displaying fine art on nearly every street corner in historic downtown St. George.”  This organization – which has changed names a few times since its formation in 1988 – was a driving force in restoring the long-abandoned St. George Opera House to its former glory, and building the St. George Art Museum and Social Hall in the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex on the corner of Main Street and 200 North.

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18th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival

In addition to the St. George Marathon, our busy first weekend in October will also include our breathtakingly beautiful end-of-summer weather as well as the 18th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival, where more than 60 juried artists have been selected to showcase their artistic talents including painting, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, woodworking, photography and other disciplines.  This 3-day event – October 6 – 8, 2017 – will entice and inspire more than 6,000 visitors attending this popular event held at the Kayenta Art Village who are certain to enjoy our spectacular red desert landscape, continuous entertainment, tasty food for sale and, of course, the art.

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The Jubilee of Trees

The Jubilee of Trees, held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November, kicks off the holiday season here in Southern Utah.  This incredibly beautiful, eagerly anticipated, festive, fun-filled and family friendly holiday tradition, supports patient care and programs at Dixie Regional Medical Center.  In its 35th year, the theme of “Growing Up Together” reflects the amazing and life-changing advances in medical care and treatment available, both locally and regionally, right here at home in Southern Utah.

The Jubilee of Trees offers something for everyone!

The Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, WY, will deliver pure harmony, musicianship and hilariously funny ranch humor on Wednesday, November 16.  Tickets are $25 per person.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

On Friday, November 18 the Jubilee’s Gala Dinner and Auction will give attendees the opportunity to be first-in-line to purchase one of more than 25 one-of-a-kind, uniquely exquisite or holiday inspired fully decorated Christmas trees.  Tickets vary in price based on seating.

On Saturday at noon, children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Teddy Bear Picnic.  This popular event features timeless holiday fun at a cost of only $15 per person.   In the evening, Jubilee patrons will enjoy a “Night of Utah Stars,” featuring popular local entertainer Eric Dodge and friends.  This evening is free with your general admission ticket with on stage entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m.

The Jubilee fashion show luncheon will begin at noon on Monday, November 21 with fashions and models selected from the local community.

After a day – or evening – viewing spectacular Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses, enjoying continuous entertainment and whispering in Santa’s ear, you will also want to know you have a beautifully decorated home-away-from-home waiting where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah.  So register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We’ll be waiting for you!

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on the campus of Southern Utah University, will kick off its 54th season of “entertaining, enriching and educating audiences” in the all-new $36 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 7, 2016.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (to be known simply as The Beverley) will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education to dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City, the region and beyond. The Beverly, located at the corner of University Street and 300 West in Cedar City, will be a year-round destination for thousands of patrons of the arts, including those attending any or all of the eight summer shows.

The Beverley will include USF’s new outdoor theatre, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, which will feel very similar to the now retired Adams Theatre but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating. 

The Festival’s other new Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre is a flexible, black box space, with seating capacity to about 200 people. The Festival’s indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is still immediately next to the new Southern Utah Museum of Art. 

A large covered plaza welcomes patrons and includes a state-of-the art museum which features 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries. The Beverley offers many large public gathering spaces, which will be used for receptions and special events. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre has a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. Landscaping for the Center includes a sculpture grove, tree-lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.

Named for the long-time arts and education champion, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is made possible of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation which had given millions of dollars to this project and other programs at Southern Utah University. In addition to the Sorensons’ contributions, the over $36 million center is being made possible thanks to the generosity of hundreds of benefactors. A gift of $5 million for the New Shakespeare Theatre and Festival outreach programs was received from the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Famiy Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation also committed $4 million toward the project. Additionally, the State of Utah, Iron Country and Cedar City have all energetically supported this effort to create this newest center for the arts in Southern Utah. 

In 1962 the Festival attracted 3,276 visitors. Today the audience is over 100,000 and expected to increase during the 2016 season with the impressive new facilities and the nationally acclaimed professional productions.  Enthusiastic patrons come from around the globe to attend the Festival’s professional performances, including drama, comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and more. It is interactive free green shows each evening, backstage tours, give-and-take seminars in a beautiful outdoor grove with experts, artists and actors … and its all within an easy drive to the beauty of three national parks and breath taking scenery. No wonder it is called a festival!

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a definite “must see” on your list of “things to see and do” in southern Utah, so now’s the time to reserve a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation home-away-from-home.  Register online for a week or a month at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing you.

Kite flying brings families together, welcomes spring, and, in the case of the 17th Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival, held again this year at SunRiver in St. George, gives children an exciting reward for their efforts to develop reading as a habit for learning and fun. 

Held this year on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SunRiver St. George, the Kite Festival has a long history as a family-oriented event with a goal of having “everyone participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical ability.”  Toward that goal – and a secondary goal of “promoting reading as a fundamental basis of education for every elementary age child” – the Dixie Power Kite Festival will provide a high-quality kite or age appropriate book to children who qualify through their reading efforts.  If you have your own favorite kite, there will be plenty of blue sky in which to fly it!

This family-friendly one-day event has no fees for parking, admission, entertainment or fireworks – and there is no cost to ride the shuttle.  In addition to kite flying, other activities include free games and fees of $1-$2 for such goings-on as bouncy toys, small trains and other rides.  And, there will also be plenty of reasonably-priced but yummy food available from an assortment of local vendors. 

One of many highlights throughout a day of continuous entertainment will be performances by the recent winners of “Dixie’s Got Talent” from 6 – 7 p.m.

There’s lots to see and do at the Kite Festival and other springtime events here in Southern Utah. For more information about the Dixie Power Kite Festival, see dixiepowerkitefestival.com.  To reserve your beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation rental under our crystal clear blue sky and overlooking the spectacular red hills of Dixie, find us online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  We’ll be waiting for you!

Pictured: Close to Home … Our Own Spectacular National Parks, a juried, all media exhibit at the St. George Art Museum features what Utah tourism marketers have dubbed “the Mighty 5.”  Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are considered the state’s top national parks, because they draw millions of visitors from around the world to enjoy the spectacular scenery, slot canyons, hoodoos, hiking, biking, rafting, exploring, stargazing … and a few of those visitors even schedule the opportunity to capture the amazing views with paint and canvass.

Here in Southern Utah we are particularly proud of these parks, two of which are not only “Close to Home,” but Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are right here in our own backyard.

We encourage you to drive the 50 miles from downtown St. George to view Zion National Park for yourself.  Bryce Canyon is a little further north, but definitely worth the trip. 

After your trip to one or all of these spectacular national treasures, stop by the St. George Art Museum where artistic depictions in a variety of mediums are available for you to relive your memories. 

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 47 E. 200 North.  There is a small admission fee, but your payment will help the museum continue toward their goal to purchase art for their permanent collection.

For those of you who are thinking about a vacation getaway not “Close to Home,” you’ll want to register online for a comfortable, affordable and beautiful vacation home-away-from-home.  See stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!

Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of Great Britain and Ireland said,  “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  But, in the spring, the heart of a young man (or woman) also turns to gardening.  That’s why, since 2006 here in Southern Utah, thousands of lovers of the soil can be found at the 15th Annual Spring Home and Garden Expo, Southern Utah’s largest and most complete showcase of  all-things-garden and landscape.  On the weekend of March 18-19 at the Dixie Center in St. George, you’ll find more than 100 vendors with amazing ideas, information, inspiration and home, gardening and landscape experts who can help you create the backyard of your dreams. 

You’ll find everything from landscape rock designs, gorgeous tile outlays, the latest faucet heads for your kitchen sink, hot tubs, and even vibrating pillows … in short, ideas and products available to make the interior and the exterior of your home beautiful.  Learn to prune your trees, mulch your soil, create magnificent flower beds or find out more about low maintenance synthetic grass.

But, if you’re thinking about taking a break from yard work back home to enjoy a week or a month vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll want to check out our beautiful, affordable and comfortable vacation resort rentals.  Find St. George Resort Rentals online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

St. George has a well-earned reputation as a retirement community, but it is also becoming a mecca for artist lovers, drawn to the area by the spectacular scenic beauty of the area.  Some come here to live fulltime while others come for a quick dose of inspiration from our beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies. Come Check out the Kayenta Art Festival.

About 75 artists in a variety of mediums and from all across the country will come on the weekend of October 9-11 to be featured in the 16th annual Art in Kayenta Festival, where, in just 90 minutes about a dozen of them will exhibit their skills and demonstrate the processes necessary to produce creative art.  Enthusiastic spectators will have the opportunity to watch, photograph and encourage their favorite artists to complete their pieces which will then be sold in either a live or expanded silent auction.

The fundraising event to benefit the Kayenta Art Foundation, will welcome art lovers from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The festival will also include live entertainment, specialty food vendors and the popular Beer and Wine Garden.

Add the Kayenta Art Festival to your list of exciting and fun things to do on your southwestern Utah vacation.  Register online today at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

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