Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SLIG Sunday Activities and Adventures!

Whether arriving early for Tech Day, research or both, Sunday can be a perfect day to relax and rest...or not! The following suggestions can be walked and/or combined with TRAX, taxi, Uber or Lyft. A few fun suggestions are outside of the usual circle of SLIG experiences but, if ventured, will definitely create memories of SLIG 2018! Enjoy!
  • Theatres are available at The Gateway Megaplex Theatres in the popular outdoor mall, The Gateway. The train will transport for free and drop off across the street from a portion of the mall; for those who enjoy walking it is less than a mile each way.
  • Broadway Centre Cinemas, operated by Salt Lake Film Society, 1st-run foreign & indie films along with unique concessions & pizza. 111 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
  • Tower Theatre, 876 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 theatre opened in 1928, indie flicks, weekend classics.
  • Clark Planetarium Sun - Wed: 10:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • Shopping, shopping, shopping!
  • Grocery shopping at Harmon’s [Incredible!!!] Grocery Store
  • Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory
  • Wandering Temple Square
  • Blue's Chocolates
  • Brigham Young’s Beehive House, 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • Blue’s Chocolates at Tony Caputo’s, 314 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at The Gateway, Noon to 6 pm—not open at the City Center site on Sunday.
Brunch, anyone?
  • The Hilton
  • Pig & A Jelly Jar, 401 E. 900 S., Salt Lake City. 7:30 am to 9 pm.
  • Ruth’s Diner, 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City. 8 am to 9 pm
  • Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade, 54 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. 7:30 am to 4 pm.
  • CafĂ© Niche, 779 East 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. 8 am to 3 pm.
  • The Rose Establishment is a coffeehouse with exotic beans & loose-leaf tea, plus in-house bakery & sandwich menu. 235 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101Open 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Foundry Grill at Sundance serves brunch every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 8841 Alpine Loop Road, Provo. RESERVATIONS needed!!!
  • Wandering through the Capitol building
  • The Leonardo (The Leo) 10 am – 5 pm, presenting Woman/Women, Flight and the Illusion of Reality
  • Red Butte Gardens: Lucy Peterson Watkins Fiber Art Exhibit, 9 am – 7:30
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 10 am – 5 pm
Reenacted Golden Spike
Feel like a drive?
  • Park City shopping and restaurants
  • A day trip to Sundance for brunch
  • Promontory, Utah site of Golden Spike National Historic Site 9 am – 5 pm. 1 hour drive.
From movies to museums with chocolate on the side, SLIG Sunday has a lot to offer those who are seeking something to do! See you soon for SLIG 2018!

SLIG Sunday Church Activities

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Music and the Spoken Word features the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a live performance on Sunday at 10 am in the historic round tabernacle on Temple Square. The Choir sings several musical selections amid an uplifting narrated theme.  Admission is free, doors open at 8:25 a.m. and guests should be seated by 9:15 a.m., when the doors are closed. The broadcast ends at 10 am.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir also rehearses every Thursday evening in the Tabernacle. Most rehearsals are open to the public. Doors are opened at 7:30 p.m. and rehearsals typically run 90-120 minutes.

Church Services
Those who would like to attend church on Sunday morning, will find that there are many churches within a very reasonable distance.
Cathedral of the Madeleine
  • Cathedral of the Madeleine on South Temple is not only a fabulous historic and artistic landmark, Sunday services are held at 8:30 am, 10 am and 11 am.  
  • The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, just west of the Hilton, holds Orthros at 9:00 am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am.
  • City Presbyterian Church meets at 10 am for services; First Presbyterian Church has 3 services on Sunday: Contemporary Worship at 9:00 am, Sunday classes for adults at 10 am and Traditional Worship at 11 am.
  • First United Methodist Church of SLC meets for services at 10 am followed by Sunday School and 1 pm services.
  • LDS Sacrament Meeting is held at 11 am in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly the Hotel Utah.
  • Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church holds Holy Communion Worship on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Further information on local churches can be found at Visit Salt Lake.  Directions and maps can be found by googling the church or inputting the available address into your preferred GPS system.

See you soon for SLIG fun in SLIG style!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Behind the Scenes at SLIG: Liz Miller

Elizabeth Cays Miller has worked for six months organizing lodging reservations and whatever else is needed for SLIG 2018. During this time, Liz states, “I love the people and the sense of camaraderie that builds as we work together.”

Her short time on the committee gives her a fresh perspective on what is happening to pull off a quality conference like SLIG. “I am amazed by what it takes to pull off a successful Institute—the foresight, the planning, the coordinating, the attention to details and special needs not only for the participants, but also for the instructors and the rest of the SLIG staff. There are so many details, it blows my mind! I just want to say thank you to the SLIG committee for a memorable experience and thank you to the participants who are patient and kind while we work out wrinkles and kinks.”

Liz’s love of family history research can be traced back to her great-uncle Joseph Ringland's family genealogy book. Many years later, Liz received her formal training in Hispanic family history research through the Family History program at Brigham Young University.

She loves to use computers and other modern-day technologies to tackle and solve problems often encountered in complex family history mysteries. Research opportunities have taken her to archives in Spain, Ecuador, Scotland, Wales, Canada, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Utah.

Liz has been a presenter at the UGA conference for the last two years. She also taught classes at her local Family History Center in American Fork.  As to Liz’ day job, she “contracts family history research for Legacy Tree Genealogists, private-client research, and serves on the UGA board.”

Outside of pursuing trace clues for elusive ancestors and writing, Liz especially enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite family traditions are the 4th of July family picnic in the park and watching fireworks with family and friends, baking cookies or orange rolls with my grandchildren during the holidays and planting flowers in the springtime with my grandchildren.

In her spare time Liz enjoys helping others make new discoveries about their family history, quilting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and, more recently, making hand-tatted lace.  

Until the next time, the next committee member, and the next Behind the Scenes SLIG 2018 magic!
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