Friday, June 26, 2009

Movie was a Big Success!

Over 300 people came up to the Utah State Capitol last Wednesday night to take part in Movie Under the Stars. With clear skies and warm weather, the night started with a performance by Nate Baldwin and a performance by Sam Burton. The featured film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, pulled off loads of laughs from the crowd that gathered with pillows and blankets on the lawn. Crowd members loved the white chocolate, caramel, cheese, sour cream & onion, cinnamon, rainbow, and bacon & cheese flavored popcorn, all provided free by Popcorn Cottage. It was a lot of fun!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Big Fat Greek Wedding on for Tonight!

With no rain in sight, we hope to see all of you up at the Capitol tonight for Movie Under the Stars! Events will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Capitol’s front south lawn ending with the showing of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
June 24th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: Sam Burton and Nate Baldwin
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film: “Sugar & Ice”
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Popcorn provided by Popcorn Cottage located in Valley Fair and Layton Hills mall!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Interns

Visitor Services Public Relations and Communications Internship

A Utah native, Brittany graduated from Skyline High in 2006 and then went on to attend Utah State University. She recently graduated with her Bachelors in Public Relations and hopes to open a Non-Profit Organization in Peru. Brittany loves to water ski, dance, read and travel. In the fall Brittany will be moving to London with her husband, and can’t wait to explore the country. Until then, Brittany looks forward to her summer here at the Capitol.

This summer Brittany will be working as the Visitor Service Public Relations and Communications Intern, a position created by the Capitol Preservation Board. Brittany will be working under the direction of Allyson Gamble, Director of Public Relations, Communication and Visitor Services at the Utah State Capitol, and will assist in many projects throughout the summer. These projects include Capitol Discovery Day, Movie Under the Stars, speaking engagements and curriculum projects all set to create opportunities for Utah citizens to come up to the “Peoples House.” She will also be working on organization materials such as Web site development, press releases, blog postings, and brochures.

Tomorrow Night's Movie Under the Stars!

Bring your friends and family up to the south lawn of the State Capitol to enjoy the classic

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
7:30-8:30 Live Music: Sam Burton and Nate Baldwin
8:30-9:00 Spy Hop Productions Presents short documentary "Sugar & Ice"
9:00 Feature Film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Free popcorn provided by:

Come hear performances by local talent Nate Baldwin and Sam Burton!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kung Fu Starts The Summer Off With A Kick

Over 150 people came to the State Capitol last night, June 17th, for the kick off of Movie Under the Stars! Due to the persistent rainy weather, the movie was held in the Rotunda. Utahans came from as far as Provo and Ogden to enjoy the spectacular night.

Performances by Goldbug and Caleb Banks entertained everyone as they played songs of the classics and shared their own new sound. After enjoying the live music, excitement was felt as the crowd anticipated the starting of Kung Fu Panda. There were many laughs and cheers, and overall the night was one to remember!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Due to inclement weather predicted for tonight the Movie Under the Stars will be moved into the Capitol. Bring your blankets and get ready to have fun this evening!

The Utah Capitol Store has the perfect Father's Day Gift for you! A signed copy of the book, With Anxious Care! We are excited to feature Capitol Curator, Judith McConkie the books author. Judith will be available to sign your tonight, Wednesday, June 17 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Movie Under the "Dome".

Tonight's Schedule
7:30 - 8:30 pm Live Music: Caleb Banks, acoustic rock, and Goldbug
8:30 - 9:00 pm Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 - 10:30 pm Feature Film: KUNG FU PANDA

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Movie Under the Stars Event in Full Swing for This Wednesday!

With the sun shining more than it has in a few weeks, the movie event of the summer is still set to take place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17th at the Utah State Capitol front South lawn. The evening will kick off with a live musical performance from Caleb Banks followed by a performance from Goldbug. At 8:30 a short Spy Hop Productions film will play before Kung Fu Panda.

And be sure to grab your free bag of popcorn before the movie begins! Don’t miss this free event that is sure to be one of the highlights of your summer! Come out and join us in the fun at the Utah State Capitol this Wednesday night!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Interns

Visitor Service Intern and Docent Volunteer

Born and raised in Holladay, Utah. Debbie graduated from Olympus High in 2004 and then went to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah and received an Associate of Science degree. She worked as an intern with the Walt Disney Company in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as a Quick-Service Food and Beverage server in the Magic Kingdom. She is attending Brigham Young University, where she studies Geography, with an emphasis in Travel and Tourism. She will graduate from BYU in December 2009 with a bachelorette degree.

This summer Debbie will be working as the Visitor Service Intern and Docent Volunteer position created by The Capitol Preservation Board Visitor Services Program. Docents are trained to relate, in an exciting and meaningful way, information highlighting the Capitol, its grounds, its restoration and renovation, artwork and artifices, exhibitions and events, as well as the people who serve the citizens of the state of Utah.

The Docent Program Internship for the Visitor Services Program will consist of working developing expertise in leading groups on an interactive exploration of the Capitol. They will receive training in:

-Public speaking and presentation skills from professional communicators
-Legislative processes from current government officials
-Art history, appreciation and collection information from art historians
-Historical perspectives on Utah and the State Capitol taught by historians and architects
-Technology computer skills

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just In Time For Fathers Day!

Only 14 more days to head over to The Utah Capitol Store to find the perfect Fathers Day gift.

Starting 8 a.m. this Monday morning the Capitol Store will be offering free samples of gourmet Chocolot Artisan Toffee. This award winning toffee comes locally to us from an Ogden citizen, being made in small batches by hand for more than 50 years. Satisfy Dad’s taste buds by bringing home the rich, smooth, premium chocolate toffee.

These mouth watering toffees along with other fun fathers day gifts, will be sold at The Utah Capitol Store. Everything from ties, pictures, books, Capitol apparel, patriotic merchandise and popular games can be purchased within.

Come in before 5 p.m. Monday to take advantage of the free toffee sampling for your perfect Fathers Day gift!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Movie Under the Stars!

Ah, the pleasures of summer... Sunsets over the Great Salt Lake, warm dry evenings, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the gentle glow of the silver screen. The Utah State Capitol is thrilled to announce their premier outdoor film series:
Movie Under the Stars!
The summer film series will run June through August. All feature films will be preceeded by live music and a locally produced short film.
The 2009 schedule will be:
June 17th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: Caleb Banks, acoutsic rock, and Goldbug
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: KUNG FU PANDA
June 24th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: The Little Big Band
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
July 8th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: Caleb Banks, acoustic rock
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: SHREK THE 3RD
July 22nd
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: Nate Baldwin, Nicole Hansen Christensen
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: ANT BULLY
August 12th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: The Crescent Super Band
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: IRONMAN
August 29th
7:30 – 8:30 Live Music: The VooDoo Orchestra
8:30 – 9:00 Spy Hop Productions Film
9:00 – 10:30 Feature Film: BEDTIME STORIES
So bring your family and friends to the southwest corner of the Capitol lawn at 7:30PM and enjoy free popcorn, great music, and the magic of a movie under the stars!
Questions: Please contact Visitor Services at 801-538-1800

Monday, June 1, 2009

Patriotism Runs Deep in Utah!

Utahans were thanked by Air Force officials for their show of Patriotism at the Utah State Capitol Monday morning. Selected as one of three cities, Salt Lake City was privileged to host the Proclamation Ceremony for The Air Force Week.

Capitol attendants watched as four F16 jet fighter planes flew above Capitol Hill to pay tribute to the honor awarded to the state. This honor was given to Utah because of its aid and dedication to the Air Force. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley personally thanked Utah for its great example of community involvement expressing thanks for the “remarkable support our airmen have received here.”

“This week the Air Force is glad and grateful to call Utah home,” Secretary Donley said.

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., delivered the Proclamation officially deeming June 1st through the 7th as Air Force Week. He thanked the Air Force for their work and achievements and saluted them for becoming the largest and technically advanced in the world. “Thank you Secretary for honoring the greatest state in the country,” Governor Huntsman said. “Patriotism runs really deep in this state.”

Governor Spends Time With Elementary Students

A group of approximately 60 Altara Sandy Elementary students got a little surprise during their field-trip tour through the Utah State Capitol building Monday afternoon. Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. stepped out of his office to talk with the fourth-grade students about the famous “Tornado Desk” and fun facts about Utah. This unexpected visit from the Governor allowed the students time to learn more about what happens on Capitol Hill and how some of his time is spent while in office.

During their 20 minute
visit, the students were shown the Governor’s High School Musical basketball signed by all members of the cast. This unexpected interaction with the students brought their tour of the Utah State Capitol to life. We thank Governor Huntsman for making a life memory for these students!