Category Archives: Springdale

Virgin River Flash Flood Video

Mike and Seth caught some revealing footage of the Virgin River in scary flash flood mode as it carried a huge cottonwood tree down-river like an insignificant Poohstick. See how dark the water is? The color comes from the high load of silt, mud, and rock the river picks up in a flood event. 95% of the erosion in Zion happens in punctuated events like this, where sudden, heavy rains create high-volume, high-velocity river conditions that pick up tons and tons of sediment and move it downstream. Once the momentum gets going, all that debris can scour banks and displace large areas of sediment, replacing ankle-deep shallows with deep pools, and vice-versa. It’s super fun to explore the river after a flood event like this and try to find the best “new” swimming holes the flood has created. The guys filmed this footagee just above the Springdale River Park, where we pick up tubers at the end of their runs. Seems like tubing would be a little extreme with that amount of water and debris in the river, don’t you think? If you want to see a flash flood, I highly recommend a viewing it from a safe place like this, … Continue reading

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Free Werner Herzog Documentary at CCC Tonight

It’s not canyoneering, and it’s not in Zion, but exploring long-lost caves and ancient paintings in France is pretty cool. If you’re in Springdale this evening looking for something to do, check out the free Z-Arts! presentation of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, an excellent documentary from Werner Herzog. If you’re interested, just drop by the Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Boulevard, just up the street from Zion Adventure Company) a few minutes before the film starts at 7 PM. Here’s the official even release from Z-Arts!: June 15, 2012, Friday Z-Arts! Film Presentation 7:00 pm – Canyon Community Center, Springdale Free Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) A Film by Werner Herzog Run Time:  90 minutes Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man), follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. One of the most successful documentaries of all time, Cave Of Forgotten Dreams is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago — almost … Continue reading

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Two Great Events Today in Springdale

I want to get the word out about two great events happening today in Springdale: • Worthington Gallery is hosting a tribute gathering in honor of renowned, late Zion painter Jim Jones. Jones passed away in 2009, but his incredible talent, vision, and color lives on in his work, which will be on display at the Gallery. Along with fantastic art, there will be wine, light fare, and even live music under the gorgeous cottonwood trees at the Worthington. Jim Jones Giclee prints will be sold at 25% off this evening, and all proceeds from the event go towards construction of the Jim Jones-inspired Southern Utah Museum of Art Center. • Dr. Gary McClellan Bell, professor at Texas Tech University, will give a lecture entitled A Century of Mismanagement: A Brief History of Wildfire in America. The Z-Arts!-sponsored lecture will take place at the Canyon Community Center at 7:00 PM, and admission is free. Here is the press release: Dr. Bell will discuss the history of wild land fire in America, human responses to that natural phenomenon, with a particular focus on the twentieth century, and then an analysis of the hugely powerful and complex forces, including tremendous economic incentives, that almost guarantee … Continue reading

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The Springdale – Zion Grocery Store Guide

Coming to Zion? You’ll need food. Don’t want to eat out all the time? You’ll need groceries. But sometimes groceries can be hard to find, so we’re here to help with the Ultimate Grocery Guide for Zion Goers. It’s not the sexiest topic, but it looks better the hungrier you get! SPRINGDALE Let’s start local. If you don’t want to bother stopping on the way to Zion, the local Sol Foods Market has you covered. Sol Foods has TWO locations in Springdale, the Downtown Supermarket and the Park Market and Restaurant near the Park entrance.The Downtown Supermarket is a full-service grocery store, complete with produce, deli, frozen foods, beer, and even DVD rentals. The Park Market caters more to hikers and campground residents; it has less conventional grocery selection, and more in the way of snacks, to-go beverages, and camping supplies. Park Market also features a self-serve restaurant (here’s the menu) with beautiful patio seating. Though Sol Foods has the local grocery market cornered, they are not your typical small-town lazy grocer. Sol Foods is really great about accommodating modern, health-aware diets with organic, gourmet, gluten-free, and other healthy options. In fact, Sol Foods has better health food options than some (but … Continue reading

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Robert Burns Gathering This Saturday at Flanigan’s

Every January, the poet Robert Burns is celebrated around the world, and Zion Canyon is no exception. This Saturday, local hotelier and cultural enthusiast, Larry McKown, will host a gathering at Flanigan’s Inn to celebrate the Robert Burns’ birthday (January 25th) in good style. Folks will gather at 6:30 PM for impromptu poetry, music, and Scottish drink, and all are invited to join. Though this is a free event, space in Flanigan’s lobby is limited to around 75 – 100 people (my guess), so show up early to ensure the fire code doesn’t keep you out. If you’ve not visited Flanigan’s before, you can find it next door to Zion Adventure Company, set back just a bit from the Spotted Dog Cafe on Zion Boulevard.

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CCC Lecture 12/17: “Global Warming: Its Causes & Effects”

Zion Canyon Field Institute is bringing Dr. Eric Grimsrud in from Kalispell, MT this Saturday evening to talk about global warming and the nefarious gap between scientific evidence and contrasting public opinion. Dr. Grimsrud is the author of Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen, and Grandpa on Climate Change: Bridging the Gap between Scientific and Public Opinion, the result of his many years of involvement in the global discussion of climate change while teaching atmospheric chemistry at Montana State University. On his website, he prefaces his book with this statement: We are now live in critical moment in the history of human civilization and have a choice of monumental importance to make. Are we or are we not going to aggressively address the issue of anthropogenic global warming? If we do, the short term costs are likely to be quite high. If we don’t, however, the longer term consequences are sure to be horrendous even during the lives of my grandchildren. So, how do we decide which of these choices to make?  For starters, we must learn what Mother Nature will actually do in response to the decisions we make – and what She does do can be predicted only via our understanding of the science involved. Therefore, a primary goal of Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen, and … Continue reading

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Zion Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair This Weekend

Some folks are hesitant to travel to Zion during the “biggest shopping weekend of the year,” while others come to Zion BECAUSE it’s so crazy everywhere else. Whichever side of that coin you might be on, the annual Arts & Crafts Fair at the Canyon Community Center is a great Thanksgiving tradition here in Springdale, and a fun opportunity to meet some our local artisans and residents. Whether you’re working on a big shopping list or you just like to sample some true local flavor when you travel, this is a great opportunity while you’re here this weekend. Here’s the news release from Z-Arts!: ZION CANYON ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR “Handcrafted to Fine Arts” Everyone is invited to attend the 22nd Annual Zion Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair being held at the Canyon Community Center on Thanksgiving weekend. We will be featuring handmade arts and crafts, as well as, some beautiful fine art from regional artists. This year we have also invited artisan food vendors to participate with their tasty fares. Don’t miss your opportunity to win a fabulous two-night stay in Zion! The package includes lodging, dinners and spa treatments. This package is valued at over $600. Tickets for … Continue reading

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Musical and Literary Performance at CCC This Thursday

While Zion’s winter months offer plenty of splendid outdoor opportunities, the longer, colder nights encourage us to find warm and exciting indoor engagements at day’s end. If you are in Springdale this week, consider attending this event at the Canyon Community Center… it promises to be a good one. November 10, 2011, Thursday Z-Arts! Literary Event 7:00pm – Canyon Community Center Free “Death and the Maiden” by Musician and Author Gerald Elias Violinist, Conductor, Composer Z-Arts! is excited to present musician, and author, Gerald Elias, for a special evening of mystery and music. Mr. Elias will share excerpts from his latest book, Death and the Maiden and will serenade us with his music. Death and the Maiden is the third title in his mystery series set in the classical music world. Mr. Elias’ first novel, Devil’s Trill was selected for the Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” 2009 catalog and Danse Macabre was named one of the top five mysteries of 2010 in the Library Journal. A book signing will follow the presentation and 20% of the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Z-Arts! Gerald Elias has been Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony since 1988, after thirteen … Continue reading

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Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky Plays Tonight in Springdale

Gabriel Bolkosky, Violinist With Michelle Cooker, Accompanist Thursday, November 3, 2011 Performing Arts Concert 7:30 p.m. @ Canyon Community Center, Springdale $10.00 for Z-Arts! Members / $15.00 for non-members Gabriel Bolkosky, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began his violin studies at age three. His primary mentors were Michael Avsharian of Ann Arbor, Paul Kantor at University of Michigan, and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gabe earned a Bachelors of Music, a Masters in Jazz Improvisation, and a Masters in Chamber Music from U of M. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Wellerstein’s teaching assistant and won the Darius Milhaud prize. He attended the Aspen Music Festival/Institute from 1991–98 on fellowship, first playing with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and then the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for four years. During those four years he premiered hundreds of new works, and with his group, Non Sequitur, conducted workshops and concerts for thousands of students in the Aspen valley. As a recitalist, Gabe has appeared across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works with different collaborative artists from many genres of music making. Recently he performed … Continue reading

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Toronto Poet Adam Sol Visits Springdale Next Week

Autumn always kicks off a wonderful local arts calendar in Springdale, and I have been slow to blow the trumpet this year. But no more! Next Tuesday, come hear Toronto poet, Adam Sol, read verse to stir your soul and rouse your thoughts from the day-to-day. He’ll be reading at Therese Feinauer’s Sundancer Books in Springdale, just across from the Shell station downtown. If you like to preview your poets (I do), here’s an interview and a poem to give you a taste of Mr. Sol. Hey, “Mr. Sol” is a pretty sweet name, isn’t it? He’ll be right at home at Sol Foods. Harharhar… Anyway, bring a friend or two along, and it’s always a good idea to bring the wallet too for whatever you might find in our fabulous local bookstore. See you there!

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