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Charlotte Vaillancourt Shares Georgian Stories This Wednesday

This Wednesday, August 10, former ZAC outfitter, Charlotte Vaillancourt, will share stories of her Georgian adventures over the last year. Entitled, “No, Not That Georgia!”, Charlotte will discuss her experiences teaching English in the former Soviet Republic, where she worked at both a village’s public school and a regional university in Batumi. After initially having a tough time adjusting to Georgian culture, Charlotte has come to embrace Georgia and is returning for a second year there in just a few weeks. Catch her at the Canyon Community Center on Wednesday (7 PM) before she takes off! For a preview of Charlotte’s insights and commentary on Georgian culture, check out her blog.

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1st Annual Zion: Joy to the World Festival, 11/26 thru 12/24

First Annual Zion: Joy to the World Winter Festival Scheduled in Springdale, Utah The Town of Springdale, Zion Canyon Visitor’s Bureau and Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council (Z-Arts!) have combined forces for the first time to host a winter festival in Zion Canyon. Local businesses and local musicians have been enjoined to fill the weekends of the holiday season with fun and – you guessed it – joy. Kicking off the festival is the 21st Annual Z-Arts! Arts and Crafts Fair on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday and Saturday November 26 and 27 at the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Boulevard, in Springdale. This popular fair features handmade arts and crafts by regional artists. An added feature this year is the opportunity to have your pet’s photo taken by a professional photographer. The Downtown Christmas Tree will be illuminated at 5:00 pm on November 27th. The tree is located at Under the Eaves Bed and Breakfast, 980 Zion Park Boulevard. Our first “Music at the Mart” performance, featuring the Kate Godfrey Ensemble, begins at 4:00 and after an intermission for the tree lighting, will continue until 6:30. Throughout the festival, free outdoor performances are scheduled on Saturdays from 3pm-5pm at the … Continue reading

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Local Artists Offer Southern Paiute Lecture Next Wednesday

If you can make it to Springdale next week Wednesday, join the crowd in attending a free lecture and book signing by Rockville writer Logan Hebner and Springdale photographer Michael Plyler. Hebner and Plyler are both skilled artists AND engaging speakers, making their presentations consistently enjoyable. These gentlemen have undertaken some great work in recording oral histories from Southern Paiute elders, pairing these stories with authentic portraits of the storytellers. Fortunately, they have finally committed their endeavors to a printed book; I look forward to turning the pages of a copy. Here is the news release from Z-Arts!: Join us for an evening with local author, Logan Hebner and local photographer, Michael Plyler for a discussion of their highly anticipated book, Southern Paiute: A Portrait, compiled from the Southern Paiute Oral History project.  A book signing will follow the presentation. “In this carefully-wrought book, thirty unforgettable Southern Paiute people speak to us.  Logan Hebner is our guide, our Studs Terkel – unfailingly generous and warm.  Hebner asks: ‘Why, in all this time, has nobody simply asked the Southern Paiute for their stories?”  Hebner did just that, and in doing so, he was able to record stories that exist nowhere else … Continue reading

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Author Craig Childs Lectures in Springdale Tomorrow!

One of my favorite Southwestern authors, Craig Childs, comes to Springdale tomorrow for a lecture/reading supporting his newest book, Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession. Childs’ new work centers around the Four Corners Raid of June 2009, when the FBI and BLM made a huge bust of folks suspected of illegally gathering, transporting, and selling ancient Puebloan artifacts. The aftermath of the bust spurred lots and lots of discussion and debate in wide circles, all surrounding the questions of who, if anyone, has rights to historic artifacts and what becomes of them. While I haven’t read the book (yet), my impression is Childs takes a typically sophisticated approach to his examination, injecting much personal experience and a lifelong log of reflections into a balanced exploration. For more on the book, check out the New York Times review on Childs’ Utah book tour. Childs is an amazing writer and speaker, able to easily capture any crowd’s attention with both stunning tales of wild adventure and delicate, intimate ponderings on a slate of philosophical areas. The pure beauty of Childs’ language grabs me, as does his humble, sincere personality. There is a certain touch of something crazy about Childs, something … Continue reading

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