The Springdale Town Council has chosen Betina to be Citizen of the Season for summer 2007, because of her vision and determination to create the Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival, which recently concluded a very successful third annual season.
She says the idea for the Flute Festival was born when, as Secretary of the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council (Z-Arts), she was volunteering at the Springdale Art and Jazz festival. She had been selling Native American flutes from a small retail shop behind the Lazy Lizard Boutique and had also been offering flute workshops, so she asked if flutes could be part of the next festival. A grand idea was born. From the very first year, the Flute Festival was a success.
Betina worked closely with the Flute Circles from all over the country, Marty Lisonbee, who designed the festival website and many other key volunteers to bring talented flute musicians, flute teacher, flute makers, gifted artists and food vendors to Springdale. Each year, the festival has grown- the impact on local businesses was big enough that the Visitor’s Bureau requested that the festival dates he changed from fall to early summer. The town became a key partner in the festival this year, which furthered the growth as well.
Betina is creative in many ways: she is a published, award-winning writer, a musician and a parent. She has five children-two girls and three boys, only her youngest, Ethan, still lives at home part-time. One of her daughters is expecting Betina’s fourth grandchild.
Betina has been a member of the Visitors Bureau since she arrived here ten years ago and has operated busine3sses from her home and in different storefronts in Springdale. She is a flute enthusiast, but she modestly says she doesn’t play well; she says she would play better if she could attend the classes at the festival. In the ‘90’s, she established sound healing conferences at the Zion Park Inn, bringing together talented sound healers and those interested in sound healing. She has studied with several spiritual teachers, who have broadened her outlook. She says it is imperative to have an open mind. Her most recent book is called “Sacred Earth, Silent Angel”, which she calls a tribute to the pilgrims that came to Zion Canyon for its healing energy.
She credits the success of the festival to the ‘community’ that surrounds the effort. She says the Flute Festival is helped by the hard working communities of several Flute Circles as well as by the hard working community of Springdale. She says she would also like to see a Yoga Festival and a Weaver Festival in Springdale.