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We always feel like we’re trying to tell everyone how beautiful the resort is, but it’s always nice when our guests go home and tell people themselves (it’s even better than a nice comment card):

One multi-generational family trip involved hiking the nature trails, exploring the caves, and searching for wildlife (and an apparently haunted television).

Photographer Jim Griggs visited and took some beautiful images while staying with us and hiking Mt. Baldy. He also talks about his chat with our chef.

Kim from the Claire Chronicles says, “What a beautiful place this is!” even though she was here workingand talks of being startled by 3 deer one morning.

And while much of the country is covered in snow, your kind words have warmed us – it’s 54 degrees here today and the forecast is for 70 tomorrow. Spring is in our sights!

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It’s very cold at the lodge today.  It’s one of those days where you just want to cuddle up with a warm blanket and stay indoors with a good book.  The sky is as gray as can be, and just looking at the water and the mist on the lake sends a chill down my back.  On a day like today it’s nice to get to sit in front of a warm, inviting fireplace sipping a cup of coffee.  It’s relaxing this time of year.

As I write this, my co-workers are hustling and bustling about to prepare the hotel for the holidays.  It’s amazing to see how they transform the hotel into a winter wonderland.  We have several decorated Christmas trees throughout the hotel and wreaths galore.  Giant star ornaments line the hallway from the entrance all the way to the cafe.  We are preparing for the many Christmas parties we have booked as well as the huge New Years Eve bash we are hosting with the John Arnold Band providing the entertainment.

It’s a busy atmosphere but the soft Christmas music playing in the background makes for a pleasant and soothing environment as I drink my coffee by the fire in the lounge.

As I drove into work today I was reminded of how beautiful it is here.  Even though I grew up in the area I have taken the beauty of my surroundings for granted.  Everyday I notice something new here that I had never paid much attention to.  The natural lighting from the sun, or lack of, changes the entire feel of the park.  For instance, on a cloudy day everything seems to be at a standstill as though nature has stopped.  When the sun is out it seems like everything in nature is moving and busy.  It’s strange.  On a windy day the lake is like an ocean and it’s just moving like crazy.  It’s amazing how each day has a different tone but always a calming feel.  Today was very pleasant.

The leaves have all started to change color now.  Bright orange and yellow outline the road as you drive up the mountain.  Everyday I see small herds of deer throughout the park.  Today as I got to the lodge there was a huge buck right by our bunkhouse.  As I got closer I rolled my window down to snap a photo but I scared him off. As he ran away I spotted four other deer.

It’s amazing getting to see all of the wildlife in it’s natural surroundings, and even makes a pleasant drive to work on Monday morning after a holiday weekend.

July 25th and 26th at 8pm at the Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center (an indoor air conditioned concert hall) at the beautiful Quartz Mountain State Park, classical Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero will be performing in concert with maestro Michael Palmer and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Chamber Players and Orchestra.

Works including the Boccherini: Fandango guitar quintet, Mozart: Oboe quartetand Haffner Symphony, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 and Kenji Bunch: String Circle will be performed.

Tickets are $25 per concert ($30 at the box office). For Tickets, call 580.482.0210. Lodging at Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center, located next to the performing arts center, is available at the special rate of $129 per night. For more information, call 580.649.7596.

Since 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has been hosting educational programs taught by esteemed artists of all different platforms in the visual, literary, and performing arts. These summer classes are specifically designed for junior high school and high school students (and graduating seniors) between the ages of 14 and 18 who are very motivated and serious about their field. Students come for everything from acting and dancing, to creative writing, to photography and video. All students accepted into the program are given full scholarships, worth over $2,400, from the Oklahoma State Department of Education as well as from private donations.

The summer program is held at the Oklahoma Arts and Conference Center, at Quartz Mountain Resort, for two full weeks in June (this year from June 14th through the 29th), with the students sleeping, dining, and performing across the grounds.

A typical day for the talented artists and performers includes a movement class bright and early, morning and afternoon classes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Resort’s Sundance Cafe, ballroom dancing lessons, evening performances and demonstrations, and cabin meetings to end the night.

 

2008 Performance Schedule

Sunday, June 15

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom:

                                    Liza Grossman, Orchestra Conductor

                                    David Brunner, Chorus Conductor

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Body, Voice, and Soul: Part 1 – The Stanislavsky System

                                    Artists Lecture / Ballroom: Marilyn McIntyre & Melina Bielefelt, Acting Faculty      

 

Monday, June 16

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: Isak Applin, Artist                                  

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Film Screening / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Sterlin Harjo, Filmmaker                        

 

Tuesday, June 17

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: George Bilgere, Poet                              

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Photography in the 21st Century – A Digital Primer

                                    Artist Lecture / Ballroom: Huntington Witherill, Photographer                  

 

Wednesday, June 18

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom: Muriel Cohan & Patrick Suzeau, Choreographers and Dancers             

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Artist Lecture and Demonstration / Ballroom: Flavio Salazar, Ballet Dancer           

                                   

Thursday, June 19

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Visual Journey: A Personal Approach to Photography

                                    Artist Lecture / Ballroom: Huntington Witherill, Photography                               

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Body, Voice, and Soul: Part 2 – Viewpoints

                                    Artists Lecture / PAC: Melina Bielefelt & Marilyn McIntyre, Acting Faculty

 

Friday, June 20

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Faculty Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Faculty      

                                    David Hyer and Shelby Rothell, Ballroom Dancers

                                    World Music Performance with Valerie Naranjo, Percussionist                              

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the community of Altus

 

Saturday, June 21

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.     Tours for Visitors

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.              Donor Tribute / Great Plains Amphitheatre

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.              Dinner for Guests, Faculty, and Staff / Sundance Café and Patio

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.         The Institute Chorus and Orchestra / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center

                                    David Brunner, Chorus Conductor and Liza Grossman, Orchestra Conductor       

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Blair, El Dorado, and Hollis

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band                        

 

Sunday, June 22

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.           Celebration of the Spirit / Great Plains Amphitheatre:

Honoring the memory of special friends of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

 

Monday, June 23

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artist / Ballroom: Flavio Salazar, Ballet Dancer                   

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Student Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Students                            

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Granite and Mangum

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band

                       

Tuesday, June 24

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Conversation with the Artists / Ballroom:

                                    Kazem Abdullah, Orchestra Conductor

                                    Pearl Shangkuan, Chorus Conductor                               

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Artist Demonstration / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    COHAN/SUZEAU, Speaking of Dance . . .                                  

 

Wednesday, June 25

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.         Artist Lecture and Demonstration / Ballroom: Isak Applin, Artist             

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Faculty Showcase / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Eine Kleine Quartzmusik, Music Faculty                              

 

Thursday, June 26

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.              Poetry Reading / Great Plains Amphitheater: George Bilgere, Poet            

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Film Screening / Great Plains Amphitheater: Nathan Young, Filmmaker    

 

Friday, June 27

4 p.m.                           ONSTAGE: Gallery Opening / Great Plains Amphitheatre

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.         ONSTAGE: Acting, Ballet, and Modern Dance Performances /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center 

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.            Deck Reception hosted by the communities of Hobart, Lone Wolf, and Sayre

Featuring the Quartz Mountain Jazz Band

 

Saturday, June 28

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.        Gallery is Open (except during performances) / Ballroom

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     ONSTAGE: The Institute Chorus /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Pearl Shangkuan, Conductor                              

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.         Deck Reception hosted by the Altus Air Force Base community

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.         ONSTAGE: Creative Writing Performance and Film Screenings /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center 

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.              ONSTAGE: The Institute Orchestra /

Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

                                    Kazem Abdullah, Conductor                             

 

Sunday, June 29

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.       Closing Ceremonies / Robert M. Kerr Performing Arts Center:

The Institute Chorus, Pearl Shangkuan, Conductor

                                    The Institute Orchestra, Kazem Abdullah, Conductor

 

 

Are you like us…dealing with “Spring Fever?” Well, we have just the right cure. Come and experience the Quartz Mountain Golf Course. It is like no other course you have played on – the Wichita Mountains create a beautiful backdrop for a great afternoon with good friends.

Why not make a weekend of it?! Stay at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Resort, play a round of golf, and then head back to the Lounge inside the Sundance Cafe and talk about the great game you had (or almost had!).

See John at the Pro-Shop. The price for 18 holes of golf and a cart rental will greatly surprise you.

Monday special — all day golf and cart for just $17! We’ll see you there! Fore!!

Quartz Mountain Resort is proud to present our first food & beer reception – and everyone is invited!

 Who says wine is the only perfect compliment to a meal? On Friday, March 28, 2008, join us at Quartz Mountain Resort and taste how Samuel Adams Beer can show you otherwise.

Beer and food pairing has been gaining in popularity all over the world, from Canada to Belgium to Switzerland to the U.S. And now it comes to Quartz Mountain Resort.

We at Quartz Mountain Resort are pleased to bring this delicious event to Southwestern Oklahoma. Whether  you enjoy fabulous gourmet meals or good ol’ American cook-out, come and taste how cooking with beer as well as pairing a glass of beer with your meal can add that extra flavor enhancement.

For only $20 per person (all inclusive) you can sample the pairings at the five stations. Taste a variety of foods cooked with beer as well as a small sampling of different kinds of beer.

As each station is announced, you will move from one to the other, sampling the food at that station. Quartz Mountain Resort’s General Manager, James Shandor, along with a representative from Samuel Adams, will guide you through each station.

Join us beginning at 7pm for the Quartz Mountain Resort Beer and Food Pairing that is sure to thrill your taste buds!

This year’s New Years Eve event at Quartz Mountain Resort was by far the best on record!

 The food was over the top. Our chefs absolutely outdid themselves for this party. There was something for every palate on the buffet table, and we’re sure no one went back to their room hungry!

The John Arnold band was fantastic! From the first song to the last dance, the floor was never empty and those dancing seemed to be really enjoying themselves.  Again, there was something for everyone – from country, to rock ‘n roll to swing! There are some wonderful dancers in Oklahoma!

So, don’t miss out this year. Mark your calendars now to call us as early as November to make your reservations. Call your friends and have them do the same so you can reserve a table where you can all sit together and party!

Have you ever seen a Bald Eagle? Our national bird is undoubtedly one of the most majestic creatures on Earth. If you’ve never had the chance to catch a Bald Eagle in flight, you should make it a point to come out to Quartz Mountain for a visit this winter, during bird-watching season.

The trees are bare, the skies are clear, and there are approximately 96 different species of birds that will be gracing the mountain during traveling bird-watchers’ favorite season. Hike down to the trails of Quartz Mountain State Park to see the Lake Sparrow and Painted Bunting. Bring your camera to capture those memorable shots and upload them onto Quartz Mountain Resort’s new Flickr account…you may even win a free visit to the Resort!

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