Jazz at the Station: Cross Town Big Band

The Union Station Foundation and WSU Alumni Jazz presents:

Jazz at the Station with Cross Town Big Band
Don Keipp, director
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Grand Lobby, Ogden’s Union Station
FREE, all-ages

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This month’s concert honors Weber State University Homecoming with former WSU Jazz Ensemble Director Don Keipp’s newest jazz band. 

Created in 2012, the 18-piece Crosstown Big Band is comprised not only of some of the finest professional musicians in northern Utah, but also teachers, lawyers, and musicians of other professions who simply love to play great stage band music. The purpose of the Crosstown Big Band is to educate the Ogden community on the importance of jazz, an American art form born out of the Afro-American community. 

Crosstown’s repertoire covers almost 100 years of jazz and popular music. Crosstown has presented performances for Weber State University, performed for a holiday party for the members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra members, the Salt Lake Choral Artists Women’s Choir, and corporate Christmas parties. 

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Dr. Don Keipp is a professor emeritus from Weber State University where he primarily directed the jazz and percussion ensembles. He also created a course in world music which allowed him to travel to India, Ireland, Brazil, Cuba, and Ghana. As a percussionist, Keipp has performed with the Salt Lake City Ballet Orchestra, the New American Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Ogden Concert Band, and the group An Evening in Brazil. On drum set he has performed with the Crestmark Orchestra from Logan, the Junction City Big Band, the Stratford Street Big Band, the Phoenix Swing and Jazz Band, and his own band, the Crosstown Big Band.

Children are welcome as long as they do not disturb the performers or other audience members. Come early to get your favorite seat. Jazz at the Station often performs for standing-room-only audiences. 

Jazz at the Station is sponsored by the Union Station Foundation, WSU Alumni Jazz, and grants from R.A.M.P., and Ogden City Arts. They are also sustained by donations from their monthly jazz audiences.

Info re: dkeipp@weber.edu

Info re: Jazz at the Station, contact co-producers
Caril Jennings (crjennings@weber.edu) or Benjamin Jennings (benjaminjennings@me.com).

photo credit: Lex B. Anderson


Ogden is a spooktacularly ghostly town. If you want to transform someone into a lifelong (or afterlife-long) visitor or resident, just take them to 25th street in Fall. It’s what sealed my fate as a forever Ogdenite— the quaintly decorated storefronts, dotted with thoughtfully placed witches, scarecrows and ghosts greeting you along your stroll through all the old historic and infamously haunted spaces— all while the towering Ben Lomond peak smiles down on you, like a ray of sunshine between the cloudy, darkening skies, ablaze in every chromatic color of autumn. Beware the “friendly” scarecrow who innocently awaits to scare the shriek out of you!

In this guide, we are pleased to open the Devil’s gate to the most unforgettable season of spooks & ghouls ever, through 25th Street and beyond! 


These fall favorite traditions are totally worth veering off the beaten path! Carve out a day for hayrides, corn frights and pumpkin picking at these local spooky spots:

This one is just a hop, skip and a jump. Little ones will love the wagon ride, cow train and huge slide! And nobody is too old for a haunted corn maze or picking their own pumpkin from a field of over five acres of pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes for only .30/lb! Other adorable activities include Corky’s Corn Pit, Straw Mountain, Pumpkin bowling and rubber duck races. 
Gibson’s Green Acres Dairy Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, 449 South 4700 West, Ogden, $3-$5, 801-940-6339, greenacresdairy.com

Want to skip the crowds? Take a scenic drive and grab a locally grown pumpkin at this quiet little self-serve, self-pay patch that’s been growing exquisite pumpkins for you all summer long! Just 27 minutes (14 miles) up North Ogden Canyon in Liberty. Open daily. Search @everyonelovespumpkins on Facebook for more info.
Bailey’s Ogden Valley Pumpkin Patch, ½ mile south of Liberty Park in Liberty, Utah off Hwy 162, 801-668-3694

Wander over to West Haven to the home of the HAUNTED Corn Maize and Zombie Apocalypse tactical laser tag! Scaredy cats can opt for a monster-free corn maze. This family farm hosts quite the party every year with a  barrel train, hay slides, zip line, and pumpkin patches, too! There’s more: light show, campfires, pumpkin theater, and a bounce house. Also, we can’t fail to mention there’s ALL the carnival-style food, like hot dogs, churro waffles, apple nachos, and Witch’s Brew!
The Corn Maize, 2801 South 3500 West, West Haven, $10-$18, 801-645-5392, thecornmaize.com

The scariest thrill in the Ogden area, this is a horrifying wander through 13 acres of menacing forest. Spine-tingling sounds rustle from behind giant old oak trees and every step counts as you creep your way through the woods of terror.
Haunted Hollow, 1550 South 1900 West, West Haven, $21+, 801-888-0281, hauntedutah.com/haunted_hollow_index.html

REAL HAUNTS: Explore the Creepiest Places on 25th Street 
With Ogden Paranormal


“They’re always around us no matter what time of the year it is,” says Dezmond Perkins one of the Ogden Paranormal investigators. He explains that it’s not that spirits, or ghosts, are more active this time of year, more people are just a little more open to it. Perkins has believed in ghosts almost his entire life. His family was open about the paranormal, often sharing ghost stories, and at 10 years old he had a personal experience of his own when a deceased relative paid him a visit. But after over 12 years of ghost hunting, Perkins assures it’s not what most people think. “We’ve yet to come across anything demonic or evil after all these years, and we just open people’s minds to the possibility that ghosts are real and nothing to fear.”  After six or seven investigations in downtown Ogden, we asked Perkins for the most haunted spots on Historic 25th Street.


Ogden Paranormal—Tony Posselli, Dezmond Perkins, Jasim Shah, Cayden Allen, Eric Camp—was started by a group of teenaged buddies who bonded over their belief in ghosts and spent many nights at the cemetery in high school. They have 12 years experience in gathering evidence in the paranormal using night vision cameras, EVP recorders, and electrical disturbance detectors. Watch their nine episodes of actual live investigations, perfect to binge on this time of year. If you think you have a haunted home or building, contact Ogden Paranormal to check it out!

Follow Ogden Paranormal on Instagram and FB, and watch their live investigations on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY-kxDDXfutH0vfYmpKG4hg

According to Ogden Paranormal, these are the most haunted spots on 25th Street: 

1) The Bigelow Hotel (formerly, the Ben Lomond Hotel)
This historic 1920’s era hotel, and Ogden’s tallest building, houses the most regular visitors from the other side, according to local lore. Some long-deceased guests seem to have never left the building: the bride in room 1102 who drowned in the bathtub, Mrs. Eccles who lived bedridden on the 11th floor for over 10 years, and the disappearing cats on the 11th floor (yes, ghost cats). Rumor has it you can still smell Mrs. Eccles’s lavender perfume inside the elevators that have a mind of their own, opening their doors and moving down at random.*

2) Union Station 
The most activity in this twice-burned down historic space seems to be in the main auditorium and toward the ballroom on the top floor. Step inside and take a gander for yourself! Ogden Paranormal has been there to investigate multiple times and caught shadows, voices and other noises. There is good evidence of activity there.

3) Endless Indulgence 
The retro wear shop with one of the best storefront windows on the Street is buzzing with more than just well-dressed mannequins. It was nvestigated by Ogden Paranormal where they found poltergeist activity: Halloween decorations moving and bags falling on their own for no apparent reason. See the episode on the Ogden Paranormal youtube channel. 

4) Grounds For Coffee 
Arguably the most haunted spot on the Street. Ogden Paranormal led a two-night Investigation where unexpected footsteps were among some of the creepy things picked up. Early morning is prime time for paranormal experiences.

5) Making Scents Emporium
This unique fragrance shop is on probably the most haunted corner of 25th Street where you can make customized scents while also sniffing around for a spooky encounter. Larry, the owner, is often a willing ghost tour guide if you ask him.  

6) Outdoor Recreational Outlet (Washington Boulevard)
This super creepy basement was investigated by the Ogden Paranormal team, and Dezmond had the most chilling personal experience of his ghost-chasing career down there by himself.  Watch the episode on the Ogden Paranormal youtube channel.

7) The Tunnels 
These notoriously forbidden tunnels underneath 25th Street where nobody goes— nobody living that is— are rumored to be THE most haunted places in Ogden, and quite possibly all of Utah, where Ogden Paranormal hasn’t even gained access. The entrances have been bricked up and cemented over, but there’s a rumor in town that the tunnels are still accessible underneath The Bigelow Hotel.

*details provided by Indie Ogden

Save The Date! Family-Friendly Festivities in Town

Friday, October 4
First Friday Art Stroll 
6-9 p.m.
All Ages 
Historic 25th Street

Saturday, October 5
Creepy Doll Class
7-9 p.m.
The Local Artisan Collective 

Saturdays October 5-19
The Fall Market 
by Farmers Market Ogden
9-2 p.m.
All Ages
Ogden Amphitheater 

Friday, October 11 
Ghost Stories & S’mores
7 p.m.
All Ages
The Queen Bee

Saturday, October 26 
Nurture the Creative Mind Spooktacular 
4-7 p.m.
Elementary school-aged kids
Union Station 

Saturday, October 26
Witchstock Festival 
By Ogden Downtown Alliance and Historic 25th Street 
4-10 p.m. 
Free. (Witches Tea Fundraiser $25)
All Ages
Ogden Amphitheater 

Friday, November 1 
Dia De Los Muertos 
By Nurture the Creative Mind 
6-9 p.m. 
Union Station 

Ogden Ghost Tours
By Story Tours

Ogdenties, you know you’ve been wanting to go on one of these ghost tours for years. Do it! You live in one of the most haunted U.S. cities —get to know all the residents of your town. The Story Tours story-guides have all experienced “too close and personal” encounters while guiding the Ogden ghost tours. “We don’t make up fake stories to scare you,” their website proclaims. “You can handle the truth.” Are you ready? Choose from three different tours: -Historic 25th Street Wicked West Ghost Walk

-Historic 25th Street Eerie East Ghost Walk

-Ogden Ghost Tour by Bus

For details and tickets visit the Story Tours - Ghost Tours FB page or storytours.com

Deann Armes, Indie Ogden Magazine

Biz: The "Clown Prince of Hip Hop"

At least two generations have been charmed by the beatbox amusements of the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop,” Biz Markie. If you were a kid or older in 1989 you’ve sung (wailed) along with, “OH BABY YOUUU, got what I NEEEEED,” more times than you’d care to admit, and if you had kids (or were a kid) between 2007-2015 you’ve beatboxed with Super Biz on Yo Gabba Gabba, “Hey kids, just gather ‘round for Biz’s beat of the day, I’m gonna teach you some sounds!” Music-loving millennials may have first met Biz through his collaboration with Ke$ha on the cleverly chaotic Flaming Lips track “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) from the album The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

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Biz started young and managed to survive, beating the odds and going from ‘80s/’90s hip hop star to beloved kids TV show host to one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beatboxing and rhyming. Biz beatboxed his way into the hearts of hip-hop lovers, delivering humorous, witty rhymes that made him lovable and admired by music fans all over. Now 30 years older and immensely wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving hip-hop industry. No easy feat to accomplish, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry. 

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You can find Biz spinning and performing amongst almost every major celebrity in America and abroad, and numerous TV appearances. He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy’s After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events, and many more. He currently DJ's and performs in club and concert venues all over the world, consistently booking over 175 shows a year. He is currently on the I Love the 90's Tour and 80's vs 90's Decades Collides Tour.

With more than 30 prosperous years in the entertainment industry, Biz Markie continues to maintain his longevity while pioneering innovative works. Biz moves with ease through multiple genres outside of the Hip Hop world, having worked with The Rolling Stones, Will Smith and the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips just to name a few. Simply put, Biz Markie is one of the most sought after Entertainers in the business to date.


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You’ve heard Biz Markie, you might not know it but you have. From “Just a Friend” (Oh BABY YOU, you got what I need…) to Yo Gabba Gabba, Men In Black, his “Benny and the Jets” cover on the Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication album and so much more—Biz Markie has been all over pop culture for over thirty years. As a kid in Ogden back in the mid 80’s (I’m old) accessing anything cool was tricky (and we had to walk uphill in the snow for miles). Unless you had cable, or knew someone who did, your sphere of influence was limited to the Zion Curtain. Luckily, I had cousins who lived in New Jersey. While they mainly liked metal, they brought a varied stack of tapes with them when they came to visit one summer, and in that stack lied a tape that would change the way I looked at hip hop.  

The Beastie Boys had dropped License to Ill a few years prior, and Run DMC along with Aerosmith had brought hip hop out to the suburbs. But looking at the cover of Biz Markie’s Goin OFF with the rapper’s tongue sticking out in a “mirror selfie,” I had no idea what I was in store for. Unlike the self-aggrandizing machismo that permeates hip hop today, songs like “This Is Something for the Radio” and “Make Music with Your Mouth, Biz” were unlike anything I had heard before. Biz was funny, intelligent and delivered his flows in a sly cadence that allowed his unassuming mastery of the beat to almost go unnoticed as he spit humor in songs like “Pickin Boogers.” Legendary DJ, Producer, and all-around hip hop icon Marley Marl produced the album and his genius, mixed with Biz’s playful rhymes, created an album with street cred and laughability. “The Vapors” is also on that album and is such an inspirational song to anyone on the hustle, and has been covered by everyone including Snoop Dogg. I listened to that tape so much it wore out—I tried to get everyone to listen to it but in comparison to what else was out there, my friends thought it was cheesy.  

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So I listened to Biz by myself, for about a year. I’ll never forget the time I was at a friend’s house after school, and his sister was watching MTV. In between Madonna songs, I heard a familiar delivery. “Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date.” It was the intro to Biz’s iconic song, “Just a Friend” and it only took a few bars before I knew my “secret” was out. The following week at school, kids were wearing cardigans and Nikes with gold chains. One of my friends who had dismissed me when I tried to introduce him to “The Vapors” was now telling me how great this new dude named “Diz Markie” was. That’s when I realized how diabolical Biz really was. He could joke and beatbox his way from the streets of New York onto the TV screens and radios of people in Ogden, who were still excited that Tiffany had recorded a music video here. That’s when I knew the genius of the phrase, “Nobody Beats the Biz.” As a lifelong fan, I’m so excited to help bring Biz Markie to Ogden for the first time in person, and I get to tell my friend when he asks for tickets, “Nobody beats the Diz…”

—Daniel Mathews, Indie Ogden Magazine

Life Lessons by Ogden Comedian Christina Miller

Christina is “O-Town Fierce” and we love her! Catch her THIS SATURDAY at The Comedy Loft, 8:15 p.m.

*See event details below.


By Christina Miller

Why should you, or I—or anyone do improv comedy? Because there are a ton of life lessons that improv teaches. There are more obvious ones like improving your public speaking skills with improv. I definitely grow less nervous and afraid to perform or speak in front of people every time I do improv. But here are two less obvious life lessons that have had a big impact on me.


My introduction to improv was on a work trip to Amsterdam in 2005. As a team-building activity, we all went to see an improv show. During the show, I leaned over to my friend and colleague Linda and said, “I can see myself doing this. I would love to do this.” She nodded and agreed.

I still remember that first show and how in awe I was of the performers. I never thought of myself as funny, but I loved the spontaneity of the interactions and thought maybe I could do that. I also loved how I felt watching the improvisers and wanted to make people feel that same way. Little did I know it would take me over 12 years to start to make that dream happen and learn how to do comedy improv.

But that’s the cool thing about dreams, they can sit idle for years and be ready for you when you are finally ready to make them happen.

Which is life lesson #1: don’t give up on your dreams because you haven’t gotten around to making them happen yet. Dreams don’t have to die because you can’t make them happen at this moment. Tuck them away for the day you can make the dream happen. No, holding on to your dreams until you can make it happen isn’t a life lesson specific to improv, but my improv journey really made that rule clear to me. This is great because I have several other dreams tucked away in my brain that I’ll make happen when the time is right. 

Life lesson #2 is also not specific to improv, but my improv journey is how I learned this lesson—everything can change in a moment. Late summer 2017, I see that Chris Bodily is offering an improv class through Weber State’s Continuing Education program. I had seen on Chris’s social media posts that he did improv, but I’d never been to one of his shows. I liked his art and I thought, “this might be my chance to try improv.” I signed up for his class which was an 8-week course on the Introduction of Improv. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Chris was a great instructor. His class was on long-form improv, and I admit I was completely in over my head, especially since Matt Tse, Eric Holmes, and Kelsy Thompson were also in the class. Little did I know my intro class was with these experienced and regularly performing improvisers. I learned a lot in the class but not enough to start performing.

Chris encouraged me to watch shows at the Comedy Loft, where he performed with the troupe Sasquatch Cowboy. It took me a moment, but I found the time and courage to take the monthly workshop offered at the time at the Comedy Loft and then stay to watch Sasquatch Cowboy. Matt was at that first show and paid for me to watch because he wanted to encourage me to be there. 

I started to regularly attend the Sasquatch Cowboy shows and would go to the monthly workshops. I wanted more. I still didn’t know how I was ever going to learn enough and get the chance to perform. Then everything changed in a moment!  

In February of 2018, Matt started a beginner improv class every Tuesday. Matt also invited Jordan Sanders to join, so Jordan and I spent the next few months learning improv basics. Stephen St. Peter and Rachel Washington would join us at some of these classes and we all learned to perform together. In May 2018, Matt thought I had learned enough to finally be on stage in front of an audience and invited me to perform with Déjà Vu.  By July Déjà Vu had become O-Town Throwdown, and I was performing regularly at the Comedy Loft. Now, I was rough in those first improv shows and that’s part of the learning process. But what I did experience was as soon as I made the steps to make my improv dream happen, everything changed and within 6 months I was performing. 

If you’d like to learn improv and experience the power of how improv can change your life, the Comedy Loft offers weekly free workshops on Saturdays at 7 pm. And stick around for Cleaver Endeavors improv comedy show at 8:15 pm where you’ll get to watch some of Ogden’s incredible improvisers! 

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Comedy Loft is located above Ziegfeld Theater at
3934 Washington Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84403

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ogdencomedyloft/

Christina Miller is a local improviser performing regularly with the Ogden Comedy Loft. She’s also a writer and photographer. Christina loves all things Ogden, and you'll see her supporting many Ogden art and community events. Christina also helps run PoetFlow and has been a part of PoetFlow family since the first gathering in September 2015. Follow Christina at www.instagram.com/crellim or at her blog www.crellim.com

Fall Market by Farmers Market Ogden Begins!

Ogden Downtown Alliance is excited to present another season of Fall Market by Farmers Market Ogden! Fall Market features a vibrant array of fall produce, specialty artisan goods, live acoustic music by local artists, warm seasonal beverages, yoga, community activities and more.


Held at the Ogden Amphitheater, Fall Market starts Saturday, September 28th and will continue every Saturday through October 26th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering five additional weeks of supporting our local farmers, artisans, food vendors and musicians. This year, Fall Market has accepted 58 vendors with 19 of them being local produce vendors with a wide range of from the farm offerings such as meat, honey, vegetables, fruit, flowers, jams, microgreens and more!

Stop by for breakfast or lunch and enjoy two live acoustic performances by local artists featured weekly starting at 10:30 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee from Wasatch Roasting Company, snag a sweet potato pie from James Gourmet Pies, indulge with a fresh-made crepe and pick up your favorite type of fresh-baked bread from Volker’s Bakery.

Fall Market is a great opportunity to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. With the holidays quickly approaching, bring your shopping list to Fall market and find gifts for your loved ones that you won’t find anywhere else while supporting local artisans. Our artisan vendors are hard at work preparing their goods for Fall Market. What to expect this year: leather goods, pottery, custom clothing, beautiful art prints, metalwork, mosaics, buy and take crafts, beard products, jewelry, 3D printing, dog chews, spices, sauces and more!

For their second year, Front YogaLoft will be hosting weekly community yoga classes on the Amphitheater stage at noon. All skill levels are welcome to attend this relaxing yoga class, just make sure to bring your own mat! New this year, hear from Make Ogden about the status of our downtown and how you can be involved in upcoming changes and projects. Additionally, every week we will invite a different local nonprofit organization to have a booth, share information about their mission and host an interactive kids’ activity.

With Farmers Market Ogden ending in September, harvest continues, creating a gap in fresh produce access in our community. Ogden Downtown Alliance recognized this need and responded by producing Fall Market and Winter Market. Excitingly, this means Ogden is now home to 24 weeks of Farmers Market Ogden. 

 “I can’t wait for our community to bundle up and enjoy this quaint market with new vendors they wouldn’t have seen during Summer market,” says Mikkol Richins, Event Coordinator for Fall Market, “this one really has an ambiance of its own.”

Farmers Market Ogden is an authorized EBT/ SNAP provider and will be offering participants an opportunity to make EBT exchanges at Fall Market for fresh produce by checking in at the information booth. Vendor registration is now closed. No on-site registration or weekly vendors will be allowed.

 Fall Market by Farmers Market Ogden

Saturdays, September 28th to October 26th

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ogden Amphitheater

For event information visit farmersmarketogden.com and follow @FarmersMarketOgden on Facebook and Instagram.


Ogden Yoga Festival


Fall for yoga and wellness this weekend at Ogden Yoga Festival, Saturday 8:15 AM - 5 PM, right downtown in historic O Town at Davinci Academy. Started by Michelle Taylor in 2011, the festival is now in the hands of a team of dedicated community supporters led by 5-year yoga instructor Charlotte Evans who says they’re all “working hard to create something really cool and special to share.” The purpose of the festival is to educate the Ogden community about yoga and wellness and all are welcome. “If it’s your first class or your 500th, there is something for you,” says Evans.

The festival, only $35 /ticket, showcases yoga teachers volunteering their time and talents from studios all over the greater Ogden area. “Not every person is going to vibe with every studio,” explains Evans. “I love the diversity we have here and the festival is a great opportunity to showcase that. Plus, why not throw a big yoga party and have a great time?” 

Tickets holders get access to all of the yoga and wellness classes on the schedule, and more:  lunch-time drum circle, live music, closing ceremonial sound bath by Higher Ground Hot Yoga, and local vendors toting unique gifts for your loved ones. Lunch will be available for purchase by The Lotus Cafe. 

To support a family atmosphere kids ages 4-14 are free! All proceeds will go to yoga awareness and YMCA of Northern Utah. 

Check out the schedule of events and get your tickets at ogdenyogafest.com.

Photo courtesy of Ogden Yoga Festival

Photo courtesy of Ogden Yoga Festival

Deann Armes Indie Ogden Magazine

Get Ready for Harvest Moon: Ogden's Biggest Street Bash!

If summer is for adventuring, fall brings us home again. And Harvest Moon Celebration is Ogden’s homecoming! The place we reunite, delighted to be back in hoodies meandering our favorite two city blocks with a local brew in hand. Held on the Saturday before the Fall Equinox, and between the last summer Farmers Market Ogden and the first Fall Market by Farmers Market Ogden, the annual celebration marks the transition from summer to fall. It’s the pinnacle event of the year, a community grounding ritual, and the culmination of every farmers market, music festival and art stroll of the season packed into one grand bash.


It started in 2002 with a team of committed Historic 25th Street small business owners who pulled it together with a lot of love and hard work. In those early years, Heidi Harwood (Brewskis/City Club owner) says they could have been spied crawling through the upstairs window of Rooster’s where they’d stand on the rooftop to watch their beloved event happening on the streets below. For many years, it was a volunteer effort led by Kym Buttschardt (Roosters, Union Grill Owner), Heidi Harwood (Brewkis/City Club Owner), Sara Toliver (Visit Ogden), Jo Packham (Urban Studio), Todd Ferrario (Weber County Parks and Rec), Ryan Christiansen, and other key players, Kallee Genta (State Farm Insurance) and Tina Yu (Tona). 

The city had shut down the annual Ogden Street Festivals of the 80s and 90s that drew crowds of 60,000 people but that had become more of a drunken brawl and a drain on city resources. But it left a void - there were no real events left for the community. Heidi Harwood says, “Harvest Moon was our answer to bringing the community back downtown for a more intimate experience.” 

“We probably had 300 people come the first year and we considered it a big success! We closed a portion of the street in the middle of the 200 block for the event and pulled a trailer out for the stage,” Kym recalls, and gives a very big shout out to Heidi, referring to her as the “mom of 25th Street,” for the time she dedicated over the years to keep the celebration going.

It’s been growing like a wildflower ever since.

Ogden Downtown Alliance (ODA) now hosts the 18-year-old celebratory event that brings 25,000 community members to 25th Street to gather for a day to play, dine, and shop — the most unified and inclusive celebration of the year. When ODA took it over they wanted to make sure it was inclusive of the downtown districts at large as well as cultivating the downtown corridor, something the organization focuses largely on. Vendors and business from other districts were invited to participate.  “Although it was hard to let go for several of us, it was a huge relief when the Alliance took it over because the event had gotten so big, and was run by volunteer business owners who did not have the bandwidth or the vision to do it any more,” says Kym. Heidi is still involved every year, housing the volunteers and staging on ground floor of City Club, and helping get bartenders ready. “I support my ODA posse any way I can!”


“The Harvest Moon Celebration is a vibrant celebration of local businesses and culture that seeks to provide free community activities for children, highlight local nonprofit organizations, and provide access to local art and music. Harvest Moon serves as a barometer of culture and inclusion efforts within downtown Ogden while serving as a signature piece for the Historic 25th Street Business District.” -Ogden Downtown Alliance




Heidi says some of her best memories have been on 25th Street at Harvest Moon, and gets teary-eyed remembering years’ past. “Local artists like Brad Wheeler and Dan Weldon teaching harmonica to kids, Lukas Nelson with his big, old party tour bus pulled up behind the stage on the street, Officer Ron Gardiner on his trick horse Sundance, Dwayne Doopsie and Matt Moon on stage...and Imagine (the Beatles band) that rocked the entire crowd no matter the age —one-one of the most loved bands to ever grace the stage!” 


Let’s make new memories at the 18th Annual Harvest Moon Celebration! Dine at your favorite 25th Street restaurant— it’s a great time to invest in your local artists and local businesses. Free arts and crafts, games and fun for kids galore! They’ll marvel at the big colorful Great Basin Tractors on display, tackle the gigantic climbing wall and take a stab at axe throwing (ages 13+)— all free before five. For grown-ups, a full beer garden and music lineup all night! Send the kids home with a babysitter at 5:00, and stay for the adult fun. Be sure to sign up for the 2nd annual Social Axe Tournament. First, 2nd, and 3rd place to win a custom trophy axe!


This event is held in conjunction with NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk, which kick-starts the day’s events at Ogden Amphitheater. A wonderful opportunity to support suicide awareness. For details visit, nuhopeutah.org

HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION presented by Ogden Downtown Alliance

Date: September 21st
Hours: Noon-8pm
Location: Historic 25th Street
Beer Garden: 100 & 200 blocks
Free admission, service animals only

• Located at Amphitheater
• Registration/Check-in 8:30-10am
• Program & Walk 10-11:30am
• Info Booths 11:30-Noon
Register at nuhopeutah.org

-Giant Pumpkin carved by local artist Adam Smith
-Hand Drawn Photo Booth
-Great Basin Antique Tractors and Gibson Green Acres pumpkin patch displays
-Magician Elias “Lefty” Caress 
-Locally Twisted balloon artists 
-Plaster Fossil Casting by George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
- Wooden Moon Phases art project by Local Artisan Collective
-Dartside activity course
-Create Your Own Pumpkin activity by Eccles Art Center
-Climbing Wall 
-and many more from all of our amazing organizations and vendors!

Free until 5:00, ages 13+
-Tournament starts at 5:30
-Axe Throwing Competition is back for its second year! 
-50 pre-registered participants will compete
-Custom Trophy Axes gifted to the 1st , 2nd , and 3rd place title holders

Main & Community Stages, all day
-Branson Anderson
-Ogden Taiko Drummers
Caleb & Canvas
-Endless Indulgence Retro Wear Fashion Show
-Congolese Drummers
-Ballet Folklorico
-Utah Irish Dance Co
-and more!


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Hot Ticket! JAZZ at the STATION this Wednesday

Enjoy the last week of summer at a special location —The Junction, this week only! Dine outside at one of the restaurant patios or bring a blanket and sit on the grass and grab this FREE hour of AMAZING, groovy jazz by seasoned local musician Bill Bitner’s latest music project, BBX: a collective of local musicians of all styles, playing an eclectic mix of funky beats. Expect to want to dance and feel free!

The Union Station Foundation and WSU Alumni Jazz present

Jazz at the Station


Bill Bitner Experiment


Wednesday, September 11
7-8 pm
Junction Movie Plaza
All Ages

Jazz at the Station is sponsored by the Union Station Foundation, WSU Alumni Jazz, and grants from R.A.M.P., and Ogden City Arts. They are also sustained by donations from their monthly jazz audiences.

BBX Band: bbxband@gmail.com
Jazz at the Station, co-producers:
Caril Jennings: crjennings@weber.edu
Benjamin jennings: benjaminjennings@me.com

Workshop Theatre in Ogden this Month

Do you ever wonder how a script makes it on stage? Theatre fans can find out one process, workshop theatre, in two of its forms and two different companies in Ogden this month!

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A workshop production is modestly staged without costume or scenery. The actors are on book, script in hand. The workshopping provides the playwright with a better understanding of how the story runs, as well as immediate audience reaction, sometimes causing sections to be reworked for a better script.

At the beginning of the workshop process is the Wasatch Playwright’s Residency, sponsored by Weber Arts Council, August 5-17. The playwright is NYC graduate student Daniel Rattner, with his play “Better.” Public events are held at the Argo House with a final performance in the Ogden High School Black Box Theater.

August 5 • 4pm:  a reading of the existing script for “Better.”  Argo House

August 9 • 4pm: workshop session. Argo House

August 17 • 3pm: Public reading of the workshopped script. Ogden High School Black Box Theater

All events are free and open to the public.

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“The Jungle” cast members

“The Jungle” cast members

Good Company Theatre NYC theatre professionals are nearing their end of the process, polishing off the latest version of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Dame and Rob Baumgartner, Jr.  Dame and Baumgartner have been working on this musical theatre piece for several years.

Last two shows this weekend! August 9, 10 -  Friday-Saturday at 8 pm, 4pm matinee 10 Aug.



Workshop playwrights Baumgartner and Dame

Workshop playwrights Baumgartner and Dame

Good Company Theatre presents “Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.”

Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Dame and Rob Baumgartner, Jr.

 How did it happen? How did this whole thing start?

Nathan Dame says, “Rob and I met at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, hosted by Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut, in I think 2013. We were both there working on separate projects, but became friends. And he pitched me the idea of adapting The Jungle while we were there. Then last year, in 2018, we were at the Mercer Colony writing The Jungle, and we finished the first draft of the show in the same house where we met and where Rob first pitched me the idea 5 years before.”

 How did you end up workshopping this in Ogden?

“I was born and raised in Ogden, and graduated from WSU with a BA in Theatre Arts in 2006. I very soon made my way to New York, where I’ve been ever since. Early on I pursued acting and made a living for a while mostly acting in theater and a little bit of television. My main pursuit for the past few years has been writing - plays, primarily. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is the first full-length musical Rob and I have written together, and we’ve begun working on our second. I make a living as a musician in theater in New York, conducting musicals, playing piano all over the place, and doing a lot of music notation for various composers and orchestrators while composing and orchestrating my own stuff. My wife is in the photo editing department at Scientific American magazine. We met on the subway and we love to travel. We have two poodles named Bette Davis and Annie Hall.”

Nathan Dame is a writer and music director for theater. He has had plays developed by Roundabout Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage (JAW Fest 2016), The New Group, and Barrow Street Theater. His musical based on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle has been developed at Goodspeed Musicals and Bucks County Playhouse. Some credits as Music Director include: Off-Broadway: Pretty Filthy (The Civilians, Original Cast Recording); Dying For It (Atlantic Theater Company); Mr. Burns (associate music director, Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Be More Chill (Two River Theater, Original Cast Recording); A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Geva Theatre). Developmental work at Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, Aspen Theatre Festival, among many others.

Rob Baumgartner, Jr. is a New York based composer/lyricist and musical director. His original musicals include: The Jungle (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Roundabout Space Jam), Adam Lives (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Baldwin Wallace First Takes, New York Theatre Barn, NAMT, Cap21), Date of a Lifetime (NYMF, New Jersey Rep) Alone World (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, West Village Musical Theatre Festival-winner of Best Score), What the Moon Saw (Cap21), Under Construction (NYU), The Hole (St. Clements ’09), Radiant Ruby (Vital Theatre Company ’05) and Lullabies. Rob has served as an assistant to composers Galt MacDermot, Debra Barsha, Rob Reale. Rob is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing MFA program at Tisch School of the Arts. Rob is a proud faculty member at Cap21/Molloy College, Wesleyan Univertsity, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Harlem School.