One of the single greatest artistic endeavors in the Jubilee’s storied history is the 'new look' being unveiled this year.
“We have a complete renovation underway to the infrastructure and architecture of the Jubilee,” said Ken Wilson with the Intermountain Foundation. “Rosalie Scholes and the amazing team of artisans she has marshaled are completely transforming the set into a life-size replica of a quaint Alpine village. I promise it will delight and impress.”
The outlaying buildings and walls of the new décor are several stories high and reach more than 25 feet in places. They boast high-pitched roofs, shuttered windows, and hand-painted facades that encapsulate the essence of turn of the century charm and craftsmanship.
“Between planning, building, prepping, painting, engineering, assembling and decorating, there have been about 30 volunteers involved in this project,” said Scholes. “When I say it has turned out beautifully, I’m bragging our volunteers. The way they have worked together and the end result is amazing. It’s just amazing.”
The details of the new set that will not go unnoticed are thanks in large part to a team of artists who have hand-painted the shoppe fronts and other village structures giving them each a unique look. Among the talented volunteer painters who have leant their talents to the transformation are Louise Crosby, Jean Jones, Kay Miner, Bill Sherwin, and Jerry Wind. “Each storefront tells a story and each building cleverly incorporates Jubilee services,” explained Rosalie.
For example, tucked beneath the towering 27-foot church steeple is the entry to the Church Bazaar where the Dixie Regional Medical Center Guild peddles their lost art of handcrafted wares. The Gingerbread Shoppe, constructed of gingerbread-inspired wood beams, has frosted windows that display sweet art of another kind. Likewise, the town bakery is brimming with plates of culinary works of art. The village hospital is where the Jubilee shares the message of this year’s cause -improving cancer care in southern Utah.
In addition to the artistic displays ranging from chocolate to crochet is the Jubilee’s full line-up of performing art. For those looking to be entertained and inspired by talented performers, the main stage at the Jubilee offers continuous entertainment by local artists, companies, choirs, and school groups. A special performance by Diamond Talent is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24 from 6 -8 p.m. for the Festive Family Fun Night.
The big show-stopper is the “Jubilee in Concert”, A Night of Utah Stars slated for Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. The concert is free with general admission and boasts seven high-caliber performers with notable national reputations.
On the bill for Saturday are Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, Tony-awarded winning vocalist and Broadway veteran; Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, country vocalist and American Idol finalist, Brodie Perry, a leading man in productions at Tuacahn, Dixie State, and Broadway West; Ben Hale, who currently stars as Johnny Cash in the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet; Shayla Osborn Beck, a Dixie High graduate and Tuacahn regular who just completed the national tour of Wicked; Lyndy Butler, a local singer/songwriter with an eclectic flair and a loyal following; and James Royce Edwards who has toured with national Broadway productions and stared in Tuacahn’s productions of Tarzan and The Little Mermaid.
“We wanted to draw from the amazing wealth of talent in Utah,” said Kerry Perry, event coordinator. “Everyone in the show has some roots to our state, and they offer a little taste of everything.”
She added that this is the second year for the concert that helped draw great crowds last year. “It was a hit last year and we just want to build on that success. We want the Jubilee in Concert to be an annual event that offers a little taste for everyone, and everyone leaves with a smile on their face.”
Ken Wilson commended dedicated volunteers for the countless hours in which they share their talents with the Jubilee of Trees. “It is evidence that this is a community that cares about one another, and the health and well-being of their friends, family, and neighbor.” The designation for the all the hard work in making the Jubilee a success will go towards the improvement of cancer services in southern Utah, as well as the major expansion of the River Road campus.