August 17, 2013

Charity Yard Sale to Benefit Iron County Care & Share




The Iron County Lodging Association is having a yard sale to benefit the Care & Share and to give back to our wonderful community.  Come join us!

When: August 24th, 9am-Noon

Where: Visitors Center Parking Lot (581 N Main Street, Cedar City)

Proceeds will assist in the following efforts:

Community Assistance-

• Case Management
• Direct Food Stamp Application
• Rental/ Mortgage Assistance
• Medical/ Prescription Assistance
• Rehabilitation Assistance
• Budget and Life Skills Counseling
• Clothing Vouchers
• Gas Vouchers
• Bus Vouchers
• Other Community Referrals
• Monthly food box
• Weekly Pantry

Homeless and Shelter Assistance-

• We continue to shelter approximately 15-18 individuals at the Emergency Shelter each night:
• 3-4 Women and 12-13 Men
• Case Management
• Food- Hot meals and sack lunches
• Shower Facilities
• Laundry Facilities
• Transitional Housing
• Rehabilitation Assistance
• Housing First Pilot Program
• Warm Jackets and other Clothing Vouchers

2011 Donation


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August 3, 2013

Tour of Utah Race

Tour of Utah

The Larry H. Mill Tour of Utah Race is coming to Cedar City on Tuesday August 6th. Many months have been spent in preparation for the highly anticipated event, and we are excited to welcome the athletes and staff. Teams from each continent will be competing in this rigorous race, and Southern Utah offers steep climbs with a gorgeous backdrop for these world-class athletes. The race will be broadcast live in 50 countries.

Stage 1 begins in Brian Head at 9,600 feet, which is the highest starting point of any other race in North America, a this season. Riders will encounter a sharp climb to Cedar Breaks National Monumewhere they will look over the natural amphitheatre comprised of red sedimentary rock sculptures called hoodoos. Next, riders will race to the highest point of the day, Markagunt Plateau, at 10,300 feet. For a reprieve, riders will enjoy a descent to placid Panguitch Lake and down through Cedar Canyon. The excitement will peak as the athlete are greeted in Cedar City and race to the finish line located in the Historic Downtown of Cedar.

The Tour of Utah was nominated for the 2013 Sport Travel Award, and we look forward to hosting such a prestigious event. We hope that many will see the challenges and beauty that can be enjoyed in Southern Utah and that future riders of all skill levels will come test their stamina in our mountains.

Here is a glimpse of the course:

Brian Head

brian head mountain summer


Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks Hoodoos


Markagunt Plateau

Markagunt Plateau


Panguitch Lake

Panquitch Lake


Down Town Cedar City

Down Town Cedar City

July 10, 2013

Neil Simon 1/2 Price Tickets!

Neil Simon Festival
The Neil Simon Festival opens tonight July 10, 2013. To start this season off with a bang, the festival is offering ½ price tickets for the week of July 15-20th. All you have to do is call 435-267-0194 or 1- 866-35-SIMON (866-357-4666)and say you are staying with the Abbey Inn and saw this deal. Here is their season line-up:

Sunshine Boys
Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.

45 Seconds from Broadway
From America’s master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district.45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. Jackie Mason-like Comedian Mickey Fox is surrounded by an eclectic cast of characters. This touching valentine to New York continues Neil Simon’s exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy.

Lost in Yonkers
Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Song Poems Wanted!
In the song-poem industry, people of every stripe and from all over the world submit their poems to be set to music, with the hope of fame and fortune. We see the hopes and dreams of the poets and musicians whose lives are connected through the fictional “Star Records.” run by Sharkey, who is only interested in “grinding out songs like sausages, one after the other.” Josh is hired by Sharkey to compose song-poems. But Josh is not content to crank out one meaningless song after another. He wants to create more than just junk. Christine (Sharkey’s daughter,) in order to win Josh’s attention resorts to submitting poems under a pseudonym. The lives of several other quirky but endearing would-be song-writers are explored. Song-Poems Wanted! features 30 songs, lots of laughs and a big heart. It was one of the winners of the Neil Simon Festival 1st annual New Play Contest and received a staged reading during the 2011 Season.

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December 6, 2012

Christmas Carol on the Air

After a five year absence, the beloved Cedar City tradition A Christmas Carol  on the Air returns to the stage.  Peter Sham and Brad Carroll (the creators of the international hit Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical) bring us this fun twist on an old Christmas classic.

In this retelling of Dicken’s beloved story, the characters are putting on a holiday classic radio show; complete with sound effects, commercials, and backstage antics.  As is the tradition, Fred Adams (the founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival) plays Ebeneezer Scrooge.  With Christmas music, hilarious mishaps, and memorable characters, this show is just what you need to get in to the spirit of Christmas.

When: December 6, 7,8, 13, 14, & 15 @ 7:30 pm

Where: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Cost:$10 for adults, $5 for children

To Get Tickets: Call 435-586-7872 or go to or purchase at the door.

September 25, 2012

Stones In His Pockets: Take Two

The Fall Season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival is underway.  If you were hoping to see Les Miserables on a weekend,  you are out of luck.  They are sold out.  However, the weekday showings still have seating, so you’d better move quickly.  Nevertheless, the other two shows are definitely worth a trip in and of themselves.

We are excited to welcome back Stones In His Pockets to Cedar City.  The last time it was performed at the festival was 2005.  It was so well received, that Brian Vaughn and David Ivers are reviving this memorable masterpiece.  Whether or not you saw it last time, you won’t want to miss it!

Vaughn and Ivers single-handedly tackle a multitude of characters, fluidly switching from one to another.  The story is real to life, moving, and interspersed with well-timed humor.

Here is what others had to say about it:

“In the play’s first 15 minutes, it might be tempting to label Ivers and Vaughn a couple of brash show-offs. Thankfully, their craft is so tight you cease paying attention to their skill and instead fall to the charms of the story.”–Brian Fullton, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Is seeing Stones in His Pockets worth the trip to Cedar City? Thanks to the performances of David Ivers and Brian Vaughn, the answer is an unequivocal yes. The emotional core of the story is relevant, even if the script left me a little disappointed.” –Russel Warne, Utah Theater Bloggers

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September 14, 2012

National Parks Free Day

All entrance fees to our nation’s park shall be waived!

“What’s that?” you say.  Yes, you can enjoy all the wonderful sights of Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks for FREE.

“When?” you ask.  Good question!  This one-day event is September 29,2012.

“Wherefore?”  In hopes to encourage Americans to explore our nation’s natural beauty, heritage, and culture.

“What if I live far away from any of our nation’s treasures?”  Well, you can always call the Abbey Inn (which, incidentally, is centrally located to 3 pretty amazing attractions) and make your reservation, today!

Don’t forget, 09/29/12.  I’m glad we had this talk.

August 30, 2012

Cedar Breaks Star Parties

Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Hey all you astronomy enthusiasts!  If you’re looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend, come check out the Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Thanks to the high elevation and remote location of Cedar Breaks, they enjoy one of the darkest night skies in the country-ideal for star gazing!  View our awesome universe and learn about constellation mythology and the structure of the universe all in one night.

The party starts with a laser guided tour of the constellations led by Cedar Breaks park staff and astronomy volunteers.  Next is the star viewing through several telescopes.  What can you expect to see?  Swirling nebulae, twinkling start clusters, nearby planets, and distant galaxies.

This weekend is your last chance to attend a Star Party.  Don’t miss it!

Where:  Point Supreme at Cedar Breaks National Monument (Hwy 14 is open)

When: August 31 and September 1 @ 9:00-11:00 PM

Cost: FREE

On August 31st, be sure to stay for a Full Moon Hike.  WEAR WARM CLOTHES!

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July 14, 2012

“Mary Stuart”at the Shakespeare Festival

Riddled with intrigue, jealousy, murder, deceit, and religious strife, the play Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller and translated by Peter Oswald depicts the political atmosphere of Shakespeare’s England.

Cousins, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, claim legitimacy to the throne of England.  Threatened by their rivalry, Elizabeth has Mary imprisoned for 18 years for the murder of her husband Lord Darnley.

Torn between her desire to rule freely and her fear of Mary’s Catholic allies, Elizabeth hesitates to sign Mary’s death warrant.  Meanwhile, Mary finds support from the nephew of one of her guardians, the newly converted Catholic, Mortimer.  Even among Elizabeth’s advisers, the Earl of Leicester secretly sympathizes with Mary and joins with Mortimer.  But as the Earl’s loyalty comes into questions, he has Mortimer seized as a traitor in order to reestablish his reputation.  Afraid of incriminating Mary, Mortimer kills himself in the arms of the guard.

Elizabeth finally decides that in order to truly be free, she must sign Mary’s death warrant, but she leaves it to Leicester to carry it out and further prove his loyalty.  In order to absolve herself of her cousin’s death, Elizabeth blames her advisers and either imprisons or banishes them.  In the end, she is secure in her reign but all alone.

Friedrich Schiller, the play write, said: “The theater has the power to punish the thousand vices which justice must patiently tolerate; the thousand virtues which the latter must let pass without comment, on the stage are held up for general admiration.” (Translated by John Sigerson and John Chambless, Theatre considered as a Moral Institution,

For those who have seen the play or are familiar with the story, did one queen demonstrate greater virtue or vice?  Did one have greater claim to the throne?

go to for the complete synopsis, history, essays, and photos of the play.

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July 11, 2012

The 30th Annual Utah Midsummer Rennaissance Faire

“Frame thy mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.”-William Shakespeare

Join us for…

When: Wednesday July 11- Saturday July14th

Where: Main Street Park

What:  Free entertainment, crafts and concessions, children’s games, fun for everyone!

The festival known as the Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire has a long-standing tradition of fun, excitement, and great memories. For 30 years, people from around the world have gathered in Cedar City, Utah to be a part of these festivities.

On festival days in medieval times, vendors brought their wares, along with their families, in wooden carts to the base of the city’s walls. They set up a temporary shelter where their families slept, ate and played. Guildsmen worked at their crafts whenever business was slack, and everyone sold hard, shouting their wares at passersby. Festival days were a joyous gathering of people, a bustling social event, full of colour, music, laughter, and endless commotion.

We invite you to come and be a part of our wonderful world. Come take a look at our magnificent renaissance history and life-style that surrounds these festive traditions.

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June 29, 2012

Plan For Your 4th of July Weekend in Cedar City


City Cedar Ordinance NO. 0627-12-1
Wednesday June 27, 2012

The Mayor and City Council are encouraging residents to be very careful this year with all fireworks and suggest that parents speak to their children about the fire danger. Due to unusual extreme hazardous fire conditions the discharge of any and all fireworks including Class C common fireworks is prohibited in Cedar City except in the following areas:
1) The asphalt parking lot to the north of the Bicentennial Softball Fields.
2) The asphalt parking lot to the west of the Cedar City Aquatic Center.
3) The asphalt parking lot on the south side of Canyon View High School.
4) The asphalt parking lot on the south side of Cedar High School.
5) The asphalt parking lot at Iron Springs Elementary.

The Cedar City Police Department will be strictly enforcing these restrictions. Violation of this ordinance shall be a class B misdemeanor punishable by both fine and imprisonment.

Fortunately, there are other ways to celebrate our independence:

July 3
CAIFA: Independence Day Eve Concert, “Diverse America, One Nation Under God” held at the Christ the King Catholic Church (690 S Cove Dr, Cedar City), admission is FREE.

July 4
18th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival held 9:00am to 6:00pm at the Brian Head Town Mall (259 S Village Way), FREE. Enjoy viewing amazing handmade art and crafts and family fun vendors and a lot of good food. For more information call 888-677-2810.

July 4
4TH of July Parade held 10:00am along Parowan Main Street. For more information call 435-477-9022 or 435-477-8190.

July 4
Independence Day Celebration in Cedar City with a Parade at 9:30am followed by activities in the Main Street Park. For more information call 435-463-5501 or 435-559-4877 (Lions). Admission is FREE.

July 4
Enoch 4TH of July includes the Freedom Run (5-K, 10-K or Family Walk), Mighty Mud Mania, and activities all day in the Enoch City Park (Enoch Road & Jones Ln), also a fireworks display after dark. For more information call 435-586-1119.

July 6 – 7
Annual ATV Rally held from Brian Head to Panguitch Lake come for Poker Run, Food, Music, Prizes, ATV Education Certification, Non-Resident Permits, and Obstacle Course. For additional information please visit or call 435-677-2029.

July 6 – 27
Friday Night Summer Concerts in the Park held in Parowan every Friday evening. For information call the Parowan Visitor Center 435-477-9022 or 435-477-8190.

July 7
Cedar City Fire Road Cycling Event includes a two day expo in Cedar City Main Street Park and courses of 25km, 60km, and 100km races. All on improved dirt roads offering riders of every level the opportunity to experience the spectacular beauty of Southwest Utah. For information visit

July 7
Cedar Breaks National Monument Star Parties held 9:30pm at Point Supreme Overlook, includes a constellation tour and telescope viewing through several large telescopes. Visitors are welcome to bring their own telescopes. NOTE: This event is dependent upon good weather. For information call 435-586-9451, 435-586-0787 or visit

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