Autumn signals a new commitment to dayplanners and bedtimes.
But many Utah Valley residents are looking for one more quick getaway before the onset of wintry roads and coat weather.
Southern Utah, with temperatures hovering in the low 90s in the fall, offers an ideal weekend trip for two or the whole family.
Here are three events to mark on your calendar.
Utah Shakespearean Festival
September 13 – October 20
If you missed your chance to see the Tony-award winning Shakespearean Festival this summer, you are in luck. The fall season offers performances of “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Fantasticks,” both held in the Randall L. Jones Theater at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
If you make the three-hour trek to Cedar City, you might also want to take advantage of the other activities surrounding this theatrical experience.
“Talk Backs” and “Feste of Fools,” held on the Randall Theatre lawn, give audience members a chance to chat with actors and other festival artists each Thursday through Sunday at 10 a.m. about the plays, theater life and the festival.
At the Feste of Fools, you can laugh, mingle and enjoy concessions. It’s part of the free pre-show entertainment each evening during the fall season. Come early to the plays and enjoy the magical atmosphere created by this talented troupe of players.
But the play’s the thing — at least the main thing.
“Around the World in 80 Days” is based on the novel by Jules Verne. This magical and sumptuous extravaganza is full of eccentric characters, hilarious tales and one intrepid traveler.
“The Fantasticks” is the longest-running musical in the world. It is the simple story of a boy and girl separated by a wall their feuding fathers have built, supposedly, to keep them apart. Naturally, it only makes them fall wildly in love. This moonlight masquerade will leave you humming such memorable tunes as “They Were You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “Try to Remember.”
Tickets range from $16 to $30, with a backstage tour for an additional $5. For more information, call 1-800-PLAYTIX or visit www.bard.org.
Moab Music Festival
Jazz, classical and world-class soprano will be bouncing off of Utah’s redrock for the 9th year at the Moab Music Festival, held Sept. 1-16.
Performers come from the Far East, Ireland, Europe and the United States to share their music amidst the natural acoustics of Moab.
The festival’s signature performance is the Colorado River Benefit Concert, which sends audience members down river for a one-hour jetboat ride to a scenic natural stone grotto with near-perfect acoustics.
Proceeds from the $225 tickets benefit the Moab Music Festival.
Other events include “Joplin to Jelly Roll,” “An Evening in Old Vienna,” and “Songs of the Irish Poets.”
Tickets for the other performances range from $5 to $20, although there is no charge to attend the Utah Power Family Picnic Concert at Old City Park on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
For more information, call (435) 259-7003 or visit www.moabmusicfest.org
Huntsman World Senior Games
More than 5,000 male and female athletes over age 50 compete each autumn in the World Senior Games, sponsored by Jon M. Huntsman, held in St. George.
The Huntsman World Senior Games are recognized throughout the world as the premier sporting event for seniors.
The 2001 Games will include the following 19 sports: basketball, bowling, bridge, tennis, cycling, golf, social tennis, social golf, horseshoes, mountain biking, racquetball, road racing, softball, swimming, table tennis, basketball shoot, triathlon, volleyball and track and field.
During the past 13 years, the Games have been host to athletes from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.
In addition to athletic events, the Games help foster health, friendship and world peace through “healthy lifestyle seminars” and health screenings that include free PSA testing for male athletes, free mammograms for female athletes, free cholesterol testing, free glaucoma testing, free blood pressure tests and free body composition screenings.
Registration is due Sept. 15. Entry includes a shirt, bag, shuttle service and $10 dinner ticket.
For more information, call 1-800-562-1268 or visit www.seniorgames.net.