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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August 23, 2012

USF “Scapin” Reviews

As the summer season for the Shakespeare Festival is coming to a close soon, it seems redundant to discuss the synopses of plays or try to provide greater insight.  Therefore, I thought we could provide a service to our guests by collecting some reviews about a couple of plays that you may have thought about seeing, but weren’t sure of.  Hopefully, this will help you to decide if the play is a good fit for you.

Scapin, the modern adaptation of Molier’es “Le Fourberie de Scapin,” is the lightest of all six plays this season, and can provide relief from some rather heavy topics.  Here is what others had to say about it:

“Colors and sounds bombard you, creating a feast for the senses….Fun but bawdy.”-Carole Mikita, Deseret News

“I love seeing actors have that much fun on stage…featured a sampling of familiar tunes from pop culture….hysterical references the the Festival itself and the season.”-Paige Guthrie, Utah Theater Bloggers Staff & Reviewer

“So weedthick and slapstick that the cast rib, slap and beat eachother with plastic clubs-for real…If you’re taking kids with you to this year’s festival, save ‘Scapin’ for dessert after main courses such as ‘Mary Stuart,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ or Titus Andronicus.’”-Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune

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August 9, 2012

Races in Cedar City

Late summer and early fall are the perfect time to run a race in Southern Utah, and there is definitely no shortage in opportunities.  Listed below are some upcoming events, ranging from a 5 k and half marathons to relays and a triathlon.  Whether you’re starting out on your quest to fitness or you’re a seasoned athlete, you’ll find something that will challenge and reward you.

August 25

Cedar Express 31 Mile Relay Race- The race begins at 7 a.m. at the”C” overlook on Cedar Mountain and ends at Park Discovery.  Teams are five (or less).  Each runner runs two times throughout the day, completing about six miles total.  For more info or to sign up, visit

August 31

Moon Walk/Run 5 K Race-This popular event begins at the rise of the full moon (about 9:00 p.m.) at the Bicentennial Softball Complex (660 W 1045 N) and proceeds along the Coal Creek Trail.  The cost is $8 each and it includes a T-shirt; Aguatic Center swim pass; water and fruit; and a glow in the dark necklace.  Register at the Aquatic Center at 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive.

September 1

Color Country Triathlon-For those who enjoy biking, swimming, and running, this event begins at the Lake at the Hills and finishes at Park Discovery.  For more information call (435)463-1964.

September 8

Red Rock Relay-For those with great lung capacity, this relay begins at 10,500 feet in Brian Head and ends at Snow Canyon for a total of 180 miles of gorgeous scenery.  This even last for 24 hours, and team sizes range from 6-12.  For more info go to

September 15

Cedar City Half Marathon- This scenic down hill race is perfect for anyone preparing for a full marathon like the St. George marathon.  The race begins at 7 a.m. on US-14 at Woods Ranch (about 11 miles up Cedar Canyon)  The road is closed for safety and and enjoyable running experience.  Each participatn will receive a shirt and a finisher medallion.  Those who register before August 15 will have the chance to win a pair of high end running shoes.  Entry fees are $40, due by September 1.  For more info visit

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August 7, 2012

Festival of Flavors and Brewfest

August 10 – 11

3rd annual Festival of Flavors & Brewfest held at Double Tree Resort and Spa & Cedar Breaks Lodge. Join the Brewfest, Wine, & Spirits Tasting event – Friday held 7:00pm to 1:00am at the Lift Bar & Patio and Cedar Breaks Bar & Grill. Kegs are tapped, bottles corked, spirits poured, food served, and live bands start jamming Saturday at 11:00am and go until 8:00pm – the party then moves inside to the Lift Bar & Patio and Cedar Breaks Bar & Grill. For information go to or call 435-677-9000 or 435-677-3000.

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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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July 2, 2012

Fire Road Cycling 7-7-12

Light the fire of competition within!  A mountain bike experience for everyone, the Fire Road Cycling event features a 25 k, 60 k, and 100 k course.  Starting and finishing in Cedar City, this race follows the off-road trails up and down Cedar Mountain.  Registration is open until July 4th @ 11:59 PM.  For more info go to

Want to get in better shape?  There is a Health and Fitness Expo in conjunction with the race.

Where: Main Street Park in Cedar City

When: July 6th @ 12-6 PM & July 7th@ 7 AM- 4 PM

This is also the finishing line for the race on Saturday.  You won’t want to miss this.  Come catch the bug and start preparing for the race next year!

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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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