Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gem Theatre & Scoops from the Past

We read about this new little ice cream shop that just opened in Panguitch, Utah. So, on our way home from Cedar City, we took a detour to go check it out. It was totally worth the extra few score miles we put on the car.

Scoops from the Past ice cream parlour is actually in front of the Historic Gem Theatre. The Theatre was in ruins and a couple from Las Vegas bought it and spent money to rebuild. Now it is a quirky little oasis in the middle of small town Utah. Stop on by next time you go down that way.

Jill enjoying her double-scoop of homemade ice cream

Me and Dave enjoying the view from the VIP seats - they only cost $2 more than the regular ticket and you get to sit in the nice leather seats of the balcony

I think this was one of the ancient projectors once used in the theater

An old calendar advertisement from 1958 says that the Gem was showing Merry Andrew with Danny Kaye on July 13-14. (This darling movie just came out on DVD and I would like a copy of it for my birthday coming up next month. Please let Dave know since he doesn't often read my blog. Thanks!)

Utah Shakespeare Festival 50th Anniversary

We took our annual trip down to Cedar City this month and Played! We saw The Music Man, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. We're going back down in October to catch Noises Off! and The Winter's Tale (which is my absolute most favorite play from the Bard so I have to make a return trip).

Here are some of the highlights...


Pay no attention to Dave's crazy eyes.

Jill looking very Persian

My knight in shining armor :)

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration there are several exhibits around town featuring artifacts from seasons past and an amazing collection of old publications on loan from London. Dave is leafing through a book of some of Shakespeare's plays that is at least 200 years old.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Utah State Capitol

I have finally seen the renovated Utah State Capitol and it is beautiful! Seriously one of the prettiest buildings in Utah, especially when you know a little about its architecture.

Vera is standing on skylights that take in the light from the rotunda and filter it down to the ground level.

Here the docent is explaining about the Butterfly Marble found on several walls in the main rotunda area.

I remember having a family picture taken on these steps when I was a kid and we came to see the capitol.

Isn't Jamison a great photographer?

One of the beautiful white lions that guard the east entrance.

Free tours of the capitol are given daily on the hour and last about 60 minutes. Click here fore more details.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Continuing Education

Dave has been at a three-day dental course sponsored by Ultradent this week in Salt Lake City. The founder of Ultradent opened up his home to all attendees and their families the other night for a Western-themed party.

We filled up on fabulous food,

danced to a great band (Charley Jenkins and friends),

and ordered Sprites at the open bar -- though they definitely served much harder drinks.

I also met Dave's uncle Kelly for the first time and found out that Dr. Craven and I are 2nd cousins once removed on the Hinckley side.

Dave may not like all these continuing education courses he has to attend too much but I sure do have fun (remember St. George in April and now this). Can't wait to see which one he goes to next!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Independence Day

Dave and I had a fun-filled holiday weekend. We enjoyed a concert in the park, fireworks, a parade, four barbeques, a pool party, s’mores hot out of the fire, family, and two water balloon fights.

Serious fun!