Special Programs

Escalante Historic District Tour

LOCATION: People’s Exchange
September 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Escalante was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 as a National Historic District with areas of noted significance in architecture, social history, commerce, agriculture, and exploration/settlement.  Meet at the People’s Exchange, one of Escalante’s most photographed historic buildings, to take a walking tour to learn more about many of the historic structures within the district.

Tour will be led by Dr. Larry Barnes is co-owner of the Peoples Exchange, an early (1899) co-op store on old Main Street, Escalante. His interest in Escalante history has led to several invitations to give lectures, and to assist in preparation of the guide to the Escalante National Historic District.

Sacred Journey Drum Circle

LOCATION: Escalante Community Center Lawn
September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Simply stated a Drum Circle is a group of people playing hand drums.  But drumming is so much more than that.  Every culture has a history of drums and group drumming used for music, dance, and rituals.  The ancient ritual of drumming is alive and well in our western cultures.  Drumming circles are increasing in popularity as a platform for learning something new, creating community, healing, boosting energy, celebration, self-expression, communication, meditation, stress reduction and even creating joy!  Come join our drum circle to celebrate life, community, and music making in the moment.  Everyone is welcome!  Bring your drums, rattles, and an open heart.  We will have extra drums and rattles for you to use!  See you at the Sacred Journey Drum Circle!

Would you like to make your own drum?  Escalante’s own drummaker, Keven Peterson, will be offering classes on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30 on drummaking.  Classes last approximately 2-3 hours and the fees are:

  • $175 for a 18″ handdrum
  • $200 for a 20″ handdrum

Contact Keven direction to sign up:  435-616-4700

Classes also available October 1 by appointment only.


“Our Monument” Story Corp Booth

LOCATION: 520 West Main Street Suite C
September 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Take a few minutes to join Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners and share your story about Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Your story will be added to a collection that expresses the personal impact of engaging with all OUR public lands.

Local & Vendor Goods and Services Silent Auction

LOCATION: Festival Hall
September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Plan to stop by the Silent Auction that features goods and services from local area businesses and festival vendors to bid on items to help support festival programming.  You never know what great items and fun services you might find to bid on.  Be sure to bid often and generously!

Women of Plein Air Panel Discussion

LOCATION: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center
September 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The women who participated in the Group Demonstration earlier in the week will convene to discuss how they approach their art, what inspires them, and the influences on their work.  The discussion will be facilitated by Sandy Larsen, retired art festival director.  Those participating in the panel include:

Emily Boespflug, Jackson WY

Terry Chacon, Redlands, CA

Gail Denton, Longmont, CO

Loretta Domaszewski, Bozeman, MT

Katy Ann Fox, Jackson WY

More information about these artists can be found here.