Have I mentioned it recently how much I love living in Utah? One of the greatest parts is all the wonderful entertainment that is accessible, affordable and family friendly. I have long thought of doing a blog called Utah52 and talk about a different cultural event every weekend of the year in Utah. Unfortunately I would need a group to help me with such a project as I have things going on some weekends.
Nevertheless, you could easily go to a great quality event every weekend. In December you could go to something every day.
People that are long-timers in Utah don’t understand how unique it is. My parents live in Sacramento and thy have a professional musical theater called Music Circus and a youth theater and that is basically it. I wanted to see Christmas Carol there and nothing. In Utah you can see Christmas Carol like 100 different places.
Dance is heavily supported. Ballet West is one of the best companies in the country. Same with Utah Symphony. There’s the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and every town has their own little playhouse. Where I live in Draper has the amphitheater and Draper Historic Theater.
It’s just a great place to live!
The universities here make everything special also. The choirs, dance troops, productions are second to none.
In this vein, every year BYU and the City of Provo puts on a huge production called Stadium of Fire. They usually get a popular recording act- often country and then surround them with the longest fireworks display in the country and much more.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to attend for a long time because of family stuff but this year I was so I snatched up tickets. Carrie Underwood was the singer and I particularly wanted to see her because in 2005 I was supposed to see her but the traffic into USANA Ampitheater made us an hour late and we missed both opening acts to Kenny Chesney 😦 (That is why I hate USANA)
So I got tickets and pretty good one’s too. I went with my new friend Adam and we had a great time. Carrie was awesome and did all my favorite songs. One especially cool moment was when she went from Jesus Take the Wheel to How Great Thou Art. It was great.
(I wasn’t as close as this guy but I still enjoyed it)
There was also a field worth of dancers, a super hero trampoline troop that was amazing. If these 2 routines don’t make you smile than I worry for you… 😉
The fireworks were then pretty awesome. I made this video of the night using a new app called majisto. It turned out pretty well.
War veteran and land mine survivor JR Martinez was the emcee of the night and hearing his story and the Utah Army Band play made me ponder about the freedoms I enjoy. Too often these days we are talking more about rights than freedoms. Rights are important but we also need to step back and be grateful for the many freedoms we do have that others do not. The push for more rights can make us forget what tremendous blessings we have.
Let’s just say there is a reason so many including children are desperate to come here and we forget that or at least I do. Sometimes it is helpful to have all the pomp and circumstance of a stadium of fire to remember how great it really is.
I loved it and am grateful for all the volunteer work which goes into such a production. Thanks to all!
God bless America!