November 30, 2010



On December 4, 2010, at 2 PM, Cedar City will kick off our Christmas Holidays with our favorite Story Book Cavalcade Parade.

The Storybook Cavalcade Christmas Parade takes place on Main Street each year and is a part of the American Children’s Christmas Festival. The parade includes floats, walking characters, large balloons, marchings bands, cars and more.

Bundle up for the cold weather. Bring your chairs and blankets.  Enjoy the parade with Disney Characters,  Bagpipes,  floats, and much much more! Mr & Mrs Santa Claus will be there too!

Following the parade at about 3:15 pm, There will be the Merry Tuba Christmas, outdoor concert. What is Merry Tuba Christmas?  TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. Tuba players, from all over, will gather together, to play some of your favorite Christmas Carols.

The concert is located at the Festival Hall Outdoor Stage (NW corner of the Heritage Theater parking garage). For more information on Tuba Christmas visit

And don’t forget to call the Abbey Inn to reserve your room, with our wonderful amenities and great rates !!

See you at the Parade!

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November 26, 2010

Great Winter Activities in Cedar City and Southern Utah!

Winter is a great time of year to visit Southern Utah because of the variety of activities offered in such close proximity to Cedar City.  Here are some ideas to help you start planning your winter get-away.




1. Ski & Snowboard at Brian Head Resort

2. Tubing with the family at Brian Head Resort

3. Snowmobiling at Cedar Mountain Snowmobile Complex

4. Cross-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing in Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks National Monument, or Brian Head

5. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides at Brian Head Resort

6. Sledding on Cedar Mountain or in Cedar City

7. Plays, concerts, art galleries at the Heritage Center or Southern Utah University in Cedar City

8.  Visit Bryce and Zion National Parks to see breath-taking winter scenery

9. Golf, bike, or play tennis in St. George’s balmy weather (just 45 minutes south on I-15)

10. Ice Skate in St. George @ Dixie Sunbowl


Abbey Inn has low winter rates and offers special discounts to skiers and snowboarders (must have ski pass).  Many families come for the holidays and recieve discounted group rates with 5 or more rooms.  For a romantic get-away, try our luxurious Anniversary Suite with our get away package deal which includes a gift basket and dinner reservations.  Call the Abbey Inn of  Cedar City for more details about our packages and deals.

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November 16, 2010


Press Release:



Planning is underway for the 9th Annual 2011 Groovefest American Music Festival in historic downtown Cedar City!

The success of the 2010 fest was so overwhelming that organizers have already planned the first event of the 9th Groovefest with what is quickly becoming an annual event of its own; The Groovefest Rummage Sale.

One of Cedar City’s most colorful and ambitious festivals has been a staple since 2002, when it began as a mere few-hour event with a couple hundred attendees. Cedar City witnessed the largest Groovefest crowds at its 8th annual festival with almost 50,000 estimated for the five-day happening. Once more, Groovefest will be joined by the Cedar City Arts Festival and be presented together on June 24th and 25th. This two-day segment of the five-day festival will provide great music and visual arts in the beautiful Cedar City Main Street Park for everyone who loves art of all kinds to enjoy!

Some new things are already being planned for next years Groovefest, as every year something new has been added since its inception – these events, for now, will be kept under wraps until a later date – but for now the planning committee has released the dates for 2011 to be from June 22 through June 26.

The committee will later be announcing the other news related to the festival which not only hosts musical entertainment from all over the United States, but also features arts and crafts as well as various food vendors.

The Groovefest American Music Festival has gained national attention and a momentum in its popularity over the years and has become known as one of the only festivals of its kind to be free to the public. Featuring American music of all kinds; including folk & bluegrass, country, roots-rock, jazz and afro-beat, etc., the only way that it can take place is through advertising from sponsors that would like to help Cedar City’s music festival be the best that it can be.

This highly anticipated yearly event would not be possible without the revenue generated from its sponsors, and the only way that it has been able to continue for so long is through their generosity. Another way the city benefits is from the tax revenue generated from the festival while it takes place, last year calculated at close to 1 million dollars in new economic impact.

Proceeds from the rummage sale, which, in addition to the many past sponsors that Groovefest is hoping to retain as well as gather new ones, will not only supplement the many costs that are required to put on a festival that is the caliber of Groovefest, but it will create awareness for the annual music and art event.

The fund-raising efforts will begin with a rummage sale on Saturday, November 20, from 9:00AM until noon, with all of the proceeds going to the preliminary booking efforts for next year’s Groovefest. The sale will be held at St. Judes Episcopal Church at 70 N. 200 W. in Cedar City. Donations are needed for the sale can be dropped off at Groovacious or Braun Books.

Questions about the Groovefest Rummage Sale can be answered by calling Tyler Braun at 586-8303 or Tim Cretsinger at 867-9800.

If you are intrigued and would like to know more about the sponsorship levels or the rummage sale, details can be viewed on the Groovefest American Music Festival website at; or to design a unique sponsorship package for you or your business, contact the Groovefest organizing committee for more information at 435-867-9800 or email

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November 11, 2010

Cedar City Arts: Autumn Entertainment

Artists, actors, musicians. and dancers!  Cedar City has a thriving artistic community, and now is the time to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Over the next month or two, Cedar City Music Arts, Orchestra of Southern Utah, SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, and others will be presenting a variety of concerts, plays, and exhibits to stimulate your mind and satisfy your creative appetite.

This week alone, SUU Theatre and Dance performs“A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,”  SUU Opera performs “Damsels & Demons,”  CCMA presents Kazemerz Brzozowski, Pianist, SUU Jazz Band performs a concert, Braithwaite Art Gallery presents Art Exhibit: Wihslow Homer Wood, and SUU South Hall displays Matt Dickson Oil Painting. 

Check out these events and more on the calendar at

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November 2, 2010

SUU Invited to the Big Sky Conference

Thunderbirds Accept Invitation to join Big Sky Conference

Southern Utah University’s athletic program will have a new home, beginning in the fall of 2012, as the Thunderbirds have accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference.

SUU received and accepted a formal invitation to join the conference on Friday. The University of North Dakota also accepted an invitation from the Big Sky on Friday and will be announcing its intent to join the conference today.

“The presidents wanted to position the Big Sky Conference as a major player in football in the West,” Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton said. “But most importantly, we wanted the right kinds of schools. Our presidents have always been driven by adding institutions that fit with the schools we currently have. We’ve added two institutions that meet the criteria, and we’ve positioned ourselves to meet the visions of the presidents. We’re building a new kind of FCS conference.”

“Today marks the culmination of many years of effort on the part of countless people committed to Southern Utah University and its future,” SUU President Michael T. Benson said. “We are delighted to accept a spot within the Big Sky Conference as a full member in all sports and thank the institutional presidents and chancellors — and Commissioner Fullerton — for their vote of confidence in SUU.

“SUU has continued to make progress academically and athletically and these strides forward have been recognized by the Big Sky in extending this invitation,” Benson went on to say. “We pledge to do all we can to bring notoriety and distinction to the Big Sky by excelling in the classroom and on the fields of competition with our outstanding student-athletes and committed coaches.”

“This is truly an exciting day for Southern Utah University and the community,” SUU Director of Athletics Ken Beazer said. “I’m thrilled for our coaches, student-athletes and fans.”

“We look forward to working with Comissioner Doug Fullerton and the Big Sky Conference, to enhance what already is one of the premiere NCAA Division I FCS conferences in the nation,” Beazer added.

The new teams will join existing Big Sky members Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State.

Coupled with the addition of Cal Poly and UC Davis, which both accepted invitations to join the Big Sky as affiliate members in football on Sept. 7, the league will have many familiar faces for the Thunderbirds. SUU, North Dakota, Cal Poly and UC Davis have all been members of the Great West Conference for the past three seasons and will continue to compete in the GWC next year. This year the Thunderbirds also have Big Sky members Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington on the schedule, and in recent years have played Idaho State, Weber State, Montana and Montana State.

The Thunderbirds have also traditionally competed with the Big Sky schools in all the sports the conference sponsors. Men’s and women’s basketball have squared off against Weber State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Sacramento State in the past several years. The men’s team has two games against Weber State scheduled for this season while the women’s team will meet WSU and Montana State this coming season.

Southern Utah will reap many benefits as members of the Big Sky, including reduced travel costs, ease of scheduling and, at least in the case of football, the opportunity to play for an automatic post-season bid. Last, but certainly not least, SUU’s programs will be able to build on natural regional rivalries within the conference rather than with institutions with no geographic ties to Utah.

The Thunderbirds currently compete in The Summit League in the majority of their sports, with the closest conference opponent located in Tulsa, Okla. With the exception of North Dakota, every school in the Big Sky will be closer geographically to SUU than the nearest Summit League institution. That translates into savings in the travel budgets of all sports as well as regional name recognition for the conference rivals.

In the case of football the Thunderbirds have just four conference games in their current situation but the Big Sky will provide a full schedule of opponents, most likely eight, each year, leaving the team to find just three games a year rather than seven. The Big Sky also has an automatic bid into the 20-team FCS championship, something the Great West does not offer, and with Cal Poly and UC Davis already announcing their intention to leave the GWC, that conference’s football future was in doubt.

“We have enjoyed our time in both The Summit League and the Great West Conference,” Beazer said. “We have made many friends and developed some rivalries, but moving to the Big Sky is in the best interest of our program as a whole. The Summit League has been good for us and we have been good for The Summit League.

“We will continue to compete for championships in The Summit and Great West through the end of the 2012 spring season and look forward to continuing those rivalries we have developed when we can.”

(article is courtesy of The Spectrum)

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