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DOCUtah, a Southern Utah International Film Festival in its 7th year on and near the campus of Dixie State University, is an independent film-lovers dream!  To select this year’s menu of outstanding festival films, screeners spent several months viewing more than 400 submissions before selecting 62 to run from September 6 – 10, including everything from top-notch educational and entertaining short films to full-length independent movies, each focusing on a wide range of subjects relating to the human experience.  

Playing at a variety of locations around town, films selected for DOCUtah look deeply at current world events, explore quirky habits of interesting men and women; or, look at the resiliency of the human spirit in overcoming hardship as well as life’s social, emotional, or physical difficulties.

This year, according to event organizers, “the festival also includes five additional special screenings of films from the award-winning Independent Film Channel’s series Documentary Now!, hosted by the legendary Helen Mirren.”

According to former football great Phil Tuckett, now DOCUTAH’s Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program, “A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. DOCUTAH isn’t just a film festival…it’s a five day party with every event not to be missed.”

If you enjoy “a night at the movies” this is certain to be a pleasurable experience to add to your Southern Utah vacation “to do” list.  If a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home is also on your list, then register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

Looking for something completely different to do while you are here staying in St. George? If you don’t mind a quick and scenic thirty-five minute drive, then you can make your way a little further south for a visit to Mesquite, Nevada for the evening. Making a little escape for the night to Mesquite can be a lot of fun. Here are a few ideas for you to try to get in while you’re there.

For starters, enjoy your scenic drive along Interstate 15 through the beautiful gorge. If you want to take your time and look around pull off at the pull-outs and take in some of the views. Sometimes you can spot mountain goats along the drive if you’re lucky!

Once you get arrive to Mesquite, Nevada stop over into the Eureka Casino where you will find their delicious buffet or another favorite is over at the Casablanca Casino, Katherine’s Steakhouse. Either of them are great choices in Mesquite, and will leave your taste buds happy for the rest of the night!

Now for some entertainment for the evening…the Casablanca Casino has a comedy show or a fun tribute band playing on the weekends, which can be a lot of fun to get in some good laughs or reminisce on some favorite classic songs! If that isn’t your scene, don’t forget that you are in a casino (and even a few others throughout town)! You can get lost playing all the different slot machines, doubling-down at the black jack table, or hollering out BINGO every once in a while…take your pick or pick them all!

Now you can head back to your cozy and relaxing St. George vacation rental and be ready for your next adventure under the sun! Remember, you are on vacation!

The DOCUTAH Film Festival

The DOCUTAH Film Festival says it best… “come for the films, stay for the scenery.” This unique and incredible festival not only encourages the community and visitors to see the films that are within the film festival, but also to enjoy the majestic surroundings that Southern Utah has to offer it’s guest from all over the world. This 2015 year will be DOCUTAH’s 6th year of hosting this extremely fun and entertaining international film festival. DOCUTAH is put on by Dixie State University and is being held September 8-12, 2015.

There are 77 films that were selected to be included in the film festival this year, after receiving 400 submissions. You will see a wide variety of films among those selected. Some are down right hilarious, where others will be on the other end of the spectrum of capturing more serious issues in the world, and you will also get a taste of a little bit of everything else in between. “Our films this year are filled with colorful characters, exotic locations and stories which are at times compelling, amazing, quirky and riveting. There really is something for everyone,” said Phil Tuckett, Artistic Director for DOCUTAH, associate professor at Dixie State University and the Director of the Center for Media Innovation at the DSU media center.

Here you will find a list of all of the films for the 2015 DOCUTAH Film Festival, along with dates and locations of where the film will be shown  docutah.com

Just as DOCUTAH promotes,”DOCUTAH is not just a film festival…it’s a five day PARTY and every event is one not to be missed!” So come and join the party and be inspired by all of these incredible filmmakers and what they have compiled for our enjoyment, to educate us, and for some good laughs. Be sure and book your reservations to stay with St. George Resort Rentals while you come for the films of DOCUTAH, but where you can also come enjoy the scenery of Southern Utah!

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It seemed a hands down impossibility when Founder Fred Adams first suggested the idea of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City in 1961.  His argument for success was based on two points:  first, the more than 150,000 tourists visiting this southern Utah community needed something to do in the evening after visiting the area’s spectacular national parks; and, second, because he was himself a young actor who needed somewhere to ply his trade.

The initial 2-week season, featuring a playbill including The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice and performed by a small company of college students and townspeople, attracted an audience of 3,276.  It also put $2000 in the coffers in anticipation of a second season based on continued support from Southern Utah University and the residents of Cedar City.

Today, the Emmy-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival is a year-round operation in three theaters – including the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theater – one of the most authentic Elizabethan theatres in the world.  And, the Festival now has a $5 million dollar budget and a fulltime staff of nearly 30.

In 2005, Fred C. Adams stepped down from his role as the Festival’s executive producer to focus his full-time effort toward fulfilling a dream of an art center to house the Festival.  He is now executive director of the Festival Centre Project.

Ground was broken in 2014.  Construction on the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is moving along quickly.  When complete, in time for the 2016 Festival season, the Center will include the current Randall L. Jones Theater, the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater (replacing the aging Adams Shakespearean Theater), the Allen Anes Studio Theater; the Southern Utah Museum of Art (with galleries and storage for SUU’s permanent art collection); Festival offices and artistic work spaces.  Outside, the Center will also feature lush gardens, walkways and statuary.

In the upcoming 2015 Festival season (the last in the Adams Theater), patrons will enjoy Henry IV: Part Two, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear, three Shakespearean offerings in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theater and which will run on alternating nights from June 25 through September 5. 

On stage in the indoor Randall Jones Theater, shows will include South Pacific and Amadeus performed on alternating nights or matinees from June 25 through September 5.  The hilarious and popular Charley’s Aunt will also be performed beginning June 25 but will run through October 31.

The Bard’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Dracula based on the Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, will alternate on the Randall Jones stage from September 23 through October 31. 

Cedar City is an easy 50-mile drive up the I-15 freeway from St. George.

Even if you don’t think you are a fan of Shakespeare, the Festival will likely change your mind.  If not, you’ll still enjoy our beautiful accommodations waiting at St. George Resort Rentals. We look forward to serving your vacation needs whether for a week or a month. 

historic-st-georgeHave you ever wondered about the history of St. George, Utah or about some of Dixie’s pioneer leaders? Wondered why St. George is referred to as Dixie?  Or who helped settle St. George, Utah? Those may be a few of the questions you have thought about. If a little history happens to spark your interest, we can recommend a unique, fun, and extremely informative tour that is put on during the summer in St. George.

St. George Live” is a tour to learn about some of Dixie’s prominent pioneer leaders back when St. George, Utah was first being settled in 1861. While going on this particular tour, you will see some of Dixie’s very own ‘come alive’ and share stories about what life was like over a century ago! It is a great family-friendly tour where you can have lots of fun and even learn…what more could you ask for, right?

The “St. George Live” tour runs during the summer starting in June and goes through August. You can catch one of the tours on any Tuesday through Saturday at 10am. The “St. George Live” tour starts and leaves from the St. George Museum right off of Main Street.

St. George Live tour information:

  • Children 11 & under are FREE
  • $3.00 per person 12 & over
  • Tour starts at the St. George Art Museum
  • Tours begin at 10am on Tuesday-Saturday (June-August)
  • For additional questions please call 435-627-4525

Be sure to pencil this unique “St. George Live” tour in on your next visit here to good ‘ol St. George, Utah!

St. George Art Festival

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Nothing says “springtime” in Southern Utah like the St. George Art Festival with its vibrant display of original works of art, live performances on two stages, an entertaining children’s area and a wide variety of food booths to satisfy any pallet.   All this is set in the community’s gathering place known as the Town Square at 50 So. Main Street (an added feature to the Festival in the Town Square is a fully-restored and very popular carousel, fountains and water features, numerous bronze art works, scattered through flower gardens, and surrounded by historic buildings).

Now in its 36th year, the St. George Art Festival, open free-of-charge for wandering and gazing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, showcases the talent and unique creations of approximately 110 local and national artists juried from hundreds of entries from throughout the United States.

The St. George Art Festival, produced by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department, is no small event with more than 30,000 in attendance.  Festival-goers are families, friends and neighbors from the local community as well as visitors from around the West coming together in beautiful downtown St George every Easter weekend since 1980.

To enjoy the St. George Art Festival and all the beauty and history of southern Utah, reserve your favorite condo over and over so you have a place to call home as you discover each new adventure.  We’re St. George Resort Rentals … and we’re waiting to meet your vacation needs!

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