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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June 20, 2012

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD opens at the Shakespeare Festival

Tomorrow, June 21st, is the opening day at the Utah Shakespeare Festival here in Cedar City.  They will be kicking off this season with an evening performance of Charles Sergel’s theatrical adaption of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.

Those who are familiar with this beloved American classic will appreciate Sergel’s skillful compression of events and faithful depiction of characters: Scout, Jeb, Atticus, Boo Radley, etc.

Click the link below to view the play’s synopsis:

Once you have seen this play, feel free to share your experience with us.  What was your opinion of the director’s vision for this story?  How were the actors?  Did you feel that the play was faithful to the novel?  Were there any aspects to the story that were enhanced by the dramatization?

As always, make sure you book your room at the Abbey Inn.  During the summer, our rooms fill quickly, so plan ahead.  Enjoy!

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June 13, 2012

Utah Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

Come enjoy one of the most popular events in Cedar City!

What: USG Opening Ceremonies

  • MTVs Nitro Circus preforming action sport stunts
  • Incredible Vocals of Utah’s Own REMIX
  • March of Athletes and Hall of Honor Inductions
  • Cauldron Lighting
  • and…FIREWORKS! (seriously better than the 4th of July)

When: Thursday June 14th.  Starts at 7:30 PM

Where:  Eccles Coliseum (SUU Campus, 1150 W University Blvd, Cedar City)

For information and tickets call 435-586-7872, visit or

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June 5, 2012

32nd Annual Paiute Restoration Gathering and Pow Wow

This weekend the Paiute Indian Tribe will be hosting the 32nd Annual Paiute Restoration Gathering and Pow Wow.  Come check it out.

When:  June 8th & 9th

Where:440 North Paiute Drive, Cedar City UT 84721


The Pow-Wow is the Indian way of celebrating life and heritage. To the observer, this appears as entertainment or theatrics. Besides singing and dancing, the Pow-Wow is to renew old friendships and to form new ones.

At many Pow Wows there is a Northern Drum and a Southern Drum. There is no limit on drum groups to participate and each drum group comes to participate and compete against each other.

The Dance Arena
The Dance Arena or Arbor can be any open ground large enough to accommodate all participants and observers. The arena has a speaker’s platform where the Master of Ceremonies (MC) sits. The MC has the job of keeping all of the participants and the audience informed of the activities of the day and also the appropriate times when recording and pictures are not to be taken. The audience’s cooperation is well-appreciated at these times. The observers may sit in the surrounding area. Once the dancing has started, the dance area has been “consecrated” for the duration of the Pow-Wow and organized activities may be conducted within the dance arena. Running through the arena at random or children playing in the dance area is prohibited. The arena director has the obligation of maintaning the sanctity of the arena during the Pow-Wow.

Proper Attire
The appropriate term for Naitive Clothing is “Regalia.” All dancers should be dressed in proper attire according to which category they are competing in. There are many different types of dancers. The Fancy Dancers are the most vigorous. The Men Fancy Dancers wear bustles, either one or two, and they have very colorful feathers. Women Fancy Shawl Dancers have very beautiful colored shawls with fringe and beautifully beaded and non-beaded capes. The Grass Dancers have outfits made of yarn, which depicts the swaying of grass. Jingle Dress Dancers have dresses made of seven rows of cones depicting seven stages of life. The most respected dancers of all of them are the Traditional Dancers, both men and women. They dance with grace and pride. It is most respectful of the observers to stand while the Traditional Dancers have their exhibition. The removal of hats is also appropriate.

General Pow-Wow Procedure
The Head man and Head Lady Dancers are selected by the Paiute Activities Committee before the Pow-Wow. It is an honor to be selected as one of the Head Dancers. They are the first to begin dancing on each song. Everyone waits in respect for the head men and head women to begin.

The Grand Entry
The audience is requested to stand while the flags are presented and until all the dancers enter the Pow-Wow arena.

The Invocation
All are to stand while one of the Tribal Elders says a prayer.

Intertribal Dancing
This is a social form of traditional dance. Dancers are not competing with each other but are cementing old friendships and are making new ones. Anyone can participate in this dance.

Sometimes an individual or a family will request time to have a “giveaway.” This is done out of grattitude or to pay social honor to an individual. It is the gesture, not the gift, that is important. This procedure usually takes some time, patience, and courtesy.

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May 31, 2012

Flannigan Arch: The Almost-National Monument

Located near Cedar City, this 550 foot high natural arch was almost made a national monument.  In 1917, efforts to recommend Flannigan Arch as a national monument were dropped once officials determined that financial resources should not be taken from the  Mukuntuweap National Monument (better known as Zion National Park). Nevertheless, Flannigan Arch is a spectacular (though less known)  feature in the Southern Utah landscape.

To see the arch, local expert Steven Heath, recommends the Ashdown Gorge hike. ” This hike begins on U- 14 between mile markers seven and eight, just below the slide area.  After descending to Coal Creek, proceed upstream, until you come to the junction of Ashdown Creek and Crow Creek.  U-14 follows Crow Creek up Cedar Canyon to Wood’s Ranch and on to the top of the mountain.  Follow Ahsdown Creek into the gorge.  About one-and-a-half miles up the gorge is a large alcove with vertical cliffs on each side.  Flannigan Arch sits on the the north wall, about 550 feet above the canyon floor.  You will need to look up frequently in this area to see the arch, since there is only a 100 to 150 foot section of the canyon bottom where it is visible. ”

“There are two pracitical ways to hike up to the arch, but both are difficult.  One is to go downstream about a quarter of a mile, then hike up the steep rocky slide to the rim of the canyon and walk in an upstream direction until you locate the arch.  It will be about 100 feet below the rim of the canyon.  The second way is to walk up the gorge until it tops out, then walk downstream along the edge of the canyon until you find the arch.”

Steven Heath; Cedar City, Utah, Community Update; May 2012

Our friendly front desk staff at the Abbey Inn can help you with driving directions and maps of the area.  If you are coming to Southern Utah to visit the national parks, you won’t want to miss this one.

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