Posts Tagged ‘festival’

Quilts as Utah’s Pioneer Heritage

September 7th, 2015 by BBIU

Quilts have been a part of Utah’s heritage since the very first days of the pioneers. As they travelled west, they brought the age-old technique of quilting to provide both needed warm covers, and in time, as works of art.
According to Wikipedia,
“A quilt is a type of blanket, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blanket because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth. “Quilting” refers to the technique of joining at least two fabric layers by stitches or ties…
In the early days of United States colonies, “It was essential for most families to use and preserve textiles efficiently. Saving or salvaging small scraps of fabric was a part of life for all households. Small pieces of fabric were joined together, to make larger pieces, in units called “blocks”. Creativity could be expressed in the block designs, or simple “utility quilts”, with minimal decorative value, could be produced. ”
Quilts have long been a solution to what to do with the fabric from worn out clothing. By cutting and sewing the pieces together, quilts used pieces of cloth that might otherwise have been discarded.
Often reflecting cultural influences, quilts were frequently made to commemorate major life events, such as marriages and births.
Today, making quilts continues primarily as an art form, with festivals, competitions, and shows dedicated to quilts and quilting.

Panguitch Quilt Walk- Quilts were critical to survival

Panguitch Quilt Walk

Utah has some of the best quilt shows around, many reflecting the pioneer heritage as part of heritage festivals.
Of particular note is the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival in June. It remembers the hardships of a group of early settlers who travelled across the mountain to another community in search of supplies. The deep snow hindered progress until they realized that they could spread quilts on the top of the snow and could “walk” on top of them. This feat is celebrated each year in an annual festival.
Quilt shows can be found throughout the year. A very short list appears here. In January, find the St. George Annual Quilt retreat and the Winter Fest in Logan. In Delta,
the Snow Goose Quilt Show in February takes place along with Snow Goose Festival.
Brigham City’s June Heritage Days includes a quilt fest.
July and August seems to be the time for the most activity. Sites include the Springville Museum of Art, Alpine Quilt Show, the Castle Country Quilter’s Show and the Western Legends Quilt Show in Kanab.
September has Farmington’s Art & Quilt Show and Layton Quilt Fest
In addition to festivals, exhibitions, and competitions, many Pioneer Museums feature quilts. Often on display are the utilitarian ones used for normal day to day living as well as “art” quilts made for special occasions or as decoration.

When planning a visit to a quilt show, check Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah for a nearby Member Inn.

Cache Valley Storytelling Festival

May 15th, 2014 by BBIU

Cache Valley storytelling Festival June 4-8, 2014Cache Valley Storytelling Festival – June 4 – 7, 2014 at The Elk ridge Park, 1100 East 2500 North, North Logan, UT.

The Cache Valley StoryTelling Festival is the realization of a dream… Organizer, Wayne McKay a former entrepreneur, educator and international consultant had settled in the Cache Valley.  He spent time singing songs, telling tales, and doing voice work on occasion. He soon discovered “storytelling” as a festival and began to dream of Cache Valley as the home of a festival of its own.

This is the inaugural year of the Cache Valley Storytelling Festival. There will be a variety of storytellers appearing. Along with traditional storytellers, there will a cowboy storyteller, a Native American storyteller, a pioneer storyteller, and a mountain man storyteller. Storytelling will include anecdotes, songs, tall tales, short stories, and poems of all sorts.

On Wednesday, June 4, the “Roadside Raconteur Tour” takes visitors to historic as well as folkloric sites. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in this 8 AM – 4 PM tour. Also on Wednesday, there will be a stroll through Historic Downtown Logan with a storyteller/guide. OR enjoy a three-hour horseback ride through Logan Canyon in the Cache National Forest. A guide from the Beaver Creek Lodge guides and shares stories along the way.
Thursday, June 5, Workshops are scheduled form 9 AM to 5 PM. From 7 PM to 9 PM, the official opening ceremony will feature introductory performances of many of the storytellers.
On Friday, June , 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Story Time takes place. Storytellers will perform at a several venues at the same time. Story Exchange, and Yawn Yarns complete the day.
Saturday June 7, continues the Story Time experience with Story Exchange and Who Told! completing the day and the festival.
For more information and tickets

When visiting the Cache Valley, stay at one of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah North region member inns. The Riter Mansion is in Historic Downtown Logan and The Old Rock Church/ProvidenceInn is in nearby Providence.  Not too far away is the Valley House Inn in  Huntsville, and The Snowberry Inn in Eden on The Pineview Reservoir. Ask your innkeepers for stories of their own. We are sure they have at least one stashed away.

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival

April 18th, 2014 by BBIU

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival April 18-May 3

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival
April 18 – May 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Point Institute welcomes Spring with the Annual Tulip Festival.  Thousands of tulips will be on display during the Festival April 18 through May 3, 2014.  Nearly 100 different varieties of tulips are displayed throughout the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  In addition, there is music, vendors, food, and garden tours available.  Regular Garden admission applies, with child, senior and military discounts.  Admission is free to institute members.  Hours are 8 AM to 8 PM.
Stay in a nearby Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front  or Park City/Wasatch Back Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member Inn. Be sure to ask the innkeeper for other activities in the area. They are a wealth of knowledge and may even share their own favorites.

Antelope Island Stampede – A fun way to spend Labor Day

August 22nd, 2013 by BBIU

Antelope Island Stampede - the Labor DAy Weekend Balloon, Kite and fun fest.Many visitors to Utah are familiar with Antelope Island – that big “rock” in the eastern side of the Great Salt Lake that the plane flies over before landing at Salt Lake International Airport. Many have also visited the island and hiked, biked, camped, watched birds, or visited the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Many also know that the island houses a great herd of Bison. BUT did you know that the island also plays host to one of the area’s most FUN Festivals? It’s the Antelope Island Stampede – not “stampede” as in rounding up the Bison – that’s later in the year, but the Balloon, kite, and entertainment festival.

The event takes place on Labor Day weekend (August 30 – September 1, 2013 ) in the White Rock Bay Area of Antelope Island. There are hot-air balloons (launches if weather permits), professional kite flying, BMX bike stunt show and clinics, pie eating contests, kid’s activities, music and MORE.
The event is open:
Friday: August 30 – 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday: August 31 -Noon – 10:00PM
Sunday: September 1 – Noon – 8:00PM

There is a $10 per vehicle state park fee to get on the island, and a $15 fee per vehicle to get into the event. If you buy in advance from Smith’sTix, tickets are only $20 plus Smith’s service charge.
See for complete schedule of event, activities, vendors and other information

Also visit the Stampede Pinterest page for great photos

Though there are no Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah members in the immediate area, Salt Lake Metro area inns are nearby.  Even when staying in a Wasatch Back or Northern Inn, a day trip to the Stampede makes a fun getaway.


2013 Utah Shakespeare Festival tickets on sale now

March 13th, 2013 by BBIU

Ticket are on sale NOW for the 2013 season of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The Festival, beginning it’s 52nd year, is held in Cedar City, UT on the campus of Southern Utah University, at 300 West and Center St.  The festival will open June 24, with performances and events throughout the summer, closing October 19.

Four Shakespearian classics, two musicals, and the regional premier of a new play will be featured.  Check the Festival website for more information about the festival and the numerous related activities associated with it.

When visiting the Festival, consider also visiting the nearby Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Area Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Members are located in Cedar City, Panguitch, and Tropic. Innkeepers at the inns can tell you the “secrets” of the festival, and how to find the special places in the parks that few visitors know about.

Memorial Day Weekend in Sanpete County, Utah

March 9th, 2013 by BBIU

Looking for something different to do on Memorial Day Weekend?  It’s not too early to make plans…
These two Heritage events are great for family fun, with a bit of history thrown in.
Scandinavian FestivalScandinavian Heritage Festival  in Ephraim, UT
Thursday, May 23, 2013 through Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim, Utah, running Thursday through Saturday prior to Memorial Day, is possibly the largest Scandinavian heritage event in the Intermountain West.
The event is held from Friday noon through Saturday at dusk. The festival grounds are on the north side of the Snow College campus and at Pioneer Park, 50 N 100 West. The grounds “will buzz with costumes, dancing, storytelling, entertainment, historical tours, craft and food booths and more.”
Location: Snow College, Pioneer Park in Ephraim
Contact: Ephraim City
Phone: 435-283-4631

Spring City,UTah Heritage Days CelebrationSpring City Heritage Day
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The big event for the Friends of Spring City is Heritage Day!
On this day, and this day only, many residents open their historic homes, which have been carefully restored, to tours for the public. Spring City is the best preserved example of an early Mormon pioneer village. Spring City is on the National Register of Historic Pioneer Towns.
Location: 150 East Center in Spring City
Contact: Alison Anderson
Phone: 435-462-5225

Call a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Member in Manti or Spring City for reservations and tips on how to enjoy the festivals “like a local”.

Bear Lake Chocolate and Craft Festival

February 4th, 2013 by BBIU

7th Annual Bear Lake Chocolate and Craft Festival

Are you looking for a different WINTER time activity in northern Utah?

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Most folks are familiar with the  famous Raspberry Days Festival held each year in August…

Well, here is a festival to satisfy those winter cavings.  Located near Bear Lake, the “Caribbean of the Rockies”, the event is less than an hour’s drive from Logan on Scenic Highway #89 through the spectacular Logan Canyon.

The event takes place Friday February 15, 2013 from 3-7 PM and February 16, 2013 from 10 AM to 7 PM

The Garden City Town Hall will host the event which features local sweets, treats, and artists.

Call 801-721-2297 for more information

To make this a real “getaway”, select either the Riter Mansion in Logan or the Old Rock Church/Providence Inn in Providence for your overnight stay.  Both inns are inspected and approved Member Inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah




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