Fall Social Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Festival Hall/Heritage Center

Cedar City Arts Council Presents Marty Warburton and Home Girls, Learning Tree, and Southern Utah Woodturners

CEDAR CITY, UTAH: You are invited to the free public Fall Social celebrating local arts on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at Festival Hall (upstairs at Heritage Center, easily accessed from 2nd floor of parking garage). The Cedar City Arts Council sponsors these socials to engage those involved in the arts with live music, art exhibits, and to provide recognition for those developing the artistic life of Cedar City.

Presenters are past mini-grant recipients Marty Warburton and Home Girls, Learning Tree, and the Southern Utah Woodturners. The 2017 Arts Award will be presented to the Iron County Today for their dedication to connecting arts events and patrons through their newspaper coverage. Refreshments by JaNell Wood of Simply Delicious and Tae’s Tea.

What began as a family simply sitting around at home and singing just for the fun of it, has become a highly sought after band on the Bluegrass music festival circuit. Relying heavily on vintage acoustic instrumentation and amazing 4 part family harmonies, Home Girls allow you feel the music as well as hear it. “Marty Warburton & Home Girls” are his wife Pam and two of their daughters, Kylee Landon, Hayli Cizmas and son-in-law John Landon.  The group has recently released the CD “Home Sweet Home” which was produced in part with a Mini-Grant from the Cedar City Arts Council. Their music is available online at iTunes, CDbaby and locally at Whittlesticks, Park Place Eatery and Groovacious.

The Learning Tree is a Family Child Care program in Cedar City Utah.  “We are a play-based and child directed program. We serve a variety of children from our community providing high quality care and early childhood education. Music and the arts are integral parts of our daily play!  Last year we received two drums from the CCAC mini grant and we’ve loved learning more about music and rhythm though play with the drums!,” said Kristy DeGraaf. More information at: cedarlearningtree.com

The Southern Utah Woodturners was formed by Will Arcularius of Enoch and Jerry Keller of Boulder City, NV.   While Will was working at Home Depot he gave assistance to Jerry and while talking they realized that both enjoyed woodturning.  After meeting a few times they thought that there must be other woodturners in the community and decided to place posters out in the community and a small ad in the paper to advertise that a woodturning group was going to be formed.  The first meeting was in November 2009 at Will’s home in Enoch.  Twenty-five woodturners showed up with samples of their capabilities.  In January of 2010 the club was officially formed and became a member of The American Woodturners Association (AAW) in May 2010.  As of October 2017 we have 86 members and growing.

The club continued to outgrow their meeting locations.  Todd Thorley, Woods Instructor at Cedar High, invited the group to meet in his classroom and use his equipment if necessary and we have created a great partnership with Iron County School District, Cedar High School and Todd Thorley.  At the end of our first year we decided to get involve with the Dixie Regional Medical Center & their Jubilee of Trees event in St. George as a community project.  The following year we started supporting the Foundation of Cedar City Hospital (aka Valley View Medical Center).  As of June 2017 the club is responsible for generating in excess of $20,000 in donations.

The 2017 Cedar City Arts Council Arts Recognition Award will be presented to Iron County Today for outstanding support of the area arts community.  In addition to publishing arts events and reviews, the Iron County Today has published a CCAC column for four years under the direction of Mary Anne Andersen.  “This publication is essential in connecting audiences and performances for our area.  We appreciate their commitment to being a valuable source of information for the growing arts community,” said Tom McFarland, CCAC President.

You are invited to this arts celebration and free public event.