13th Amazing Earthfest 2019 – A Collaborative Festival

Creative partnerships are thriving in one rural southern Utah town. The tiny nonprofit Amazing Earthfest, based in Kanab, Utah, for the thirteenth consecutive season, will celebrate America’s public lands May 11-18, 2019. This public festival promises week packed with learning experiences, outdoor adventure, arts and community engagement designed to deliver unforgettable memories for residents and visitors to Utah. The variety and richness of experiences offered at Earthfest arise from the collaborative spirit of individuals and organizations sharing love for the world of nature, expressed in the wild ecology of the National Parks, Forests and Monuments of southern Utah and the Arizona Strip.

Every year, millions travel here from across the nation and beyond to pursue their passion for nature. Kanab’s Earthfest strengthens a growing perception that southwestern Utah is a cool destination for a natural experience; perfect for awakening the spirit of our connectedness with the land and interdependence with each other.

Thirteenth annual festival collaborators include local individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government, plus a few organizations outside the region, too. Who are the players contributing to this continuing expansion of creativity? Let’s look at some events planned for the 2019 festival.

On May 11, Willow Canyon Outdoor Company and Gilberg Design (each based in Kanab), launch To Grand Canyon With Love, a commemoration of the centennial of Grand Canyon National Park with a 45-minute presentation and discussion of the dramatic and the serene; conditions and challenges a visitor to the interior of the Park is likely to encounter while hiking the immense inner canyon back country, or rafting the Colorado River. In evening on that opening day, Zion Mountain Ranch in Mt. Carmel, Utah, is the locus for celebrating National Astronomy Day with an exquisite “farm to fork” supper at the Cordwood restaurant, followed by the first of a series of five Moon and Star parties scheduled for this year’s festival.

Amazing Earthfest events in astronomy are the product of collaboration with Kanab’s Stellar Vista Observatory Project, The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative, Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, The Kaibab Paiute Tribe, Kane County Office of Tourism, Kane County Water Conservancy, Kanab City Planning Commission, Salt Lake City solo Guitarist Rex Seabury, and local amateur astronomers offering their telescopes, knowledge and experience to generate enjoyment, wonder and reverence for the infinite universe we are so fortunate to witness over the rural West. Additional astronomy events through the week will take place in Kanab on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, and in Escalante on Friday evening. Visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org for full details. And, oh, be sure to catch the Emmy award winning documentary film on cosmology, Journey of the Universe, a stupendously told story of our inter-relationship with the cosmos, screening at Parry Lodge Old Barn Playhouse, Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

Award-winning documentaries are a signature of southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest. In a new collaboration for 2019 called, “Dinner and a Doc”, each film at this year’s festival will be screened inside the rustic Barn at Parry Lodge, complimented by a nightly gourmet buffet and desserts prepared by Chef Mike Cooper from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the elegant, historic dining room. Beer and wine are available. The Fund for People in the Parks, a nonprofit based in California supporting smaller and lesser known units of the National Park System is also a collaborator in this year’s documentary film series along with The Video Project, Bullfrog Films, The National Park Service and Public Television. Emotionally uplifting, informative, complex and sometimes riveting stories told through film at Amazing Earthfest engage the mind heart and spirit in a deeper understanding of our relationship with our natural environment and the impacts we humans have upon it.

Other collaborators at the 2019 Earthfest include the Utah Rock Art Research Association, Pipe Spring National Monument, Southwest Chapter Great Old Broads for Wilderness, WinGate Wilderness Therapy, Red Pueblo Museum Fredonia, North Kaibab National Forest, Canyon Dames, Kanab area artists, creative individuals and regional nonprofits working to study, protect, appreciate and preserve the natural and cultural wonders that make living in Kanab, Utah, so rewarding!  For complete festival information visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org, or find us on Facebook and book your accommodations now!


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