November 8, 2012

We Honor Our Veterans

After a rigorous campaign season and election, it is nice to set aside political differences and unite in honoring those who serve our country.  We thank those individuals and their families for their sacrifices, rejoice in their victories, and we pray for their safe return home.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports the following statistics:
America’s Wars Total (1775 -1991) Not including current struggles
U.S. Military Service during Wartime      41,892,128
Battle Deaths                                              651,031
Other Deaths (In Theater)                          308,800
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater)       230,254
Non-mortal Woundings                            1,430,290
Living War Veterans                               16,962,000
Living Veterans (During War & Peace)   22,234,000

To every veteran, thank you for your service.

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November 2, 2012

Visit the National Parks for Free!

Veterans Day Weekend is coming up, and all entrance fees to the national parks will be waived November 10th-12th.  This is to encourage Americans to enjoy the beauty of our nation’s treasures.

Things to see:

Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, and the Grand Canyon North Rim

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October 12, 2012

First Snow of the Season

Skiers, feast your eyes on this…

The first snow of the season dropped 7 inches at Brian Head.  They are projected to open in November, and we’re getting ready for a great ski season.  If you haven’t purchased your season pass at Brian Head yet, do so BEFORE November 6th in order to save some $$.

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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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