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2013 Cast Video — What do you love about being in the Medora Musical?

2013 Cast Video — What do you love about being in the Medora Musical?

We shot this short video last fall, before our wonderful Burning Hills Singers took a [much needed] break. We wanted our fans and followers to be able to get to know them a little bit more — and man we think you’ll enjoy the time with them in this video. We saved it for now, though, so we can enjoy it together as we count down the days until the 2014 Medora Musical!

Enjoy! And feel free to share with your friends.

Park Entrance Fees Waived for Veterans Day Weekend

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To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service is offering free admission at all park units Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11.  Entrance fees will be waived at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, giving visitors one last fee-free opportunity to enjoy spectacular badlands scenery before winter.

“It is important to remember our veterans, including Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, and what they have done for our country,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor.  “Spending a single day or an entire weekend enjoying our national parks is a wonderful way to honor our veterans and celebrate our national heritage.”

The North and South Unit Visitor Centers will be open for business.  The South Unit Visitor Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST and the North Unit Visitor Center will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

The other two national park units in North Dakota – Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site near Williston and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton – are among the more than 200 national parks that never charge entrance fees.

Information on all 401 national park units is available at www.nps.gov.

Bully Pulpit breaks 2012 rounds of play count, on course to break all-time record

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Course logs its 15,872nd round of the year, on track to set all-time record by end of season

(MEDORA, ND) – Bully Pulpit Golf Course announced today that as of Thursday, September 19th, at 12:30 p.m., more rounds had been played to date in 2013 than in all of 2012 – and the course is on pace to set an all-time record of 17,000 rounds-played before the season is out.

During the entirety of the 2012 season, 15,871 rounds were played at Bully Pulpit and it’s year of record came during its inaugural season in 2004, when just over 16,000 rounds were played. The 2013 season is set to surpass both substantially.

“Bully Pulpit’s naming as one of America’s Top 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest has undoubtedly played a big role in bringing more people out to experience the course this year.” remarked Bully Pulpit PGA Pro Casey Moen. “With that honor, I think a lot of area players were reminded that there is a truly world-class golf course right here in the North Dakota Badlands – and they don’t want to miss out on it.”

“The course is the best it’s ever been this year. And the phenomenal number of players we’re seeing is a testament to that.” Moen continues. “We’re seeing an uptick in play from Western North Dakota, of course, but we’re also seeing more players from the Twin Cities area, a region we focused on with our marketing campaign this year.

“Based on pre-bookings and the number of players coming on a daily basis, I feel confident that if the weather holds out, we could hit 17,000 rounds this year and set a new, all-time record for Bully Pulpit.”

Bully Pulpit’s last day of play is scheduled for October 27th, 2013.

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About Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Bully Pulpit Golf Course is an 18-hole venue built right into the rugged North Dakota Badlands. The course’s first year of play was in 2004, with 2013 marking its tenth year of operation by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Since opening, Bully Pulpit has been honored with a number of national accolades including being named one of America’s Top 100 Public Course by Golf Digest in 2013.

The course features five different tees, with total yardage ranging from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees, to a challenging 7,166 at the tips.

Bully Pulpit’s signature holes – number 14, 15, and 16 – have been dubbed “The Badlands Holes” and showcase the Bully Pulpit experience best. From the time players begin their assent to the tee box of number 14, to their last putt on the 16th green, they’ve navigated an up-and-down elevation change of nearly 500 vertical feet, played the most stark contrasts of greens-and-native-rough the course has to offer, and enjoyed a view of the North Dakota Badlands unsurpassed anywhere.

It’s this three-hole trifecta that has attracted golf enthusiasts from 34 U.S. states and numerous countries around the world to Medora’s Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

 

CONTACT:
Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
justinf@medora.com

Medora Musical attendance surges to over 92,000

Medora Musical attendance surges to over 92,000

Show finishes 2013 season with attendance increase for second consecutive year

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation announced today that at the conclusion of the 2013 Medora Musical season, 92,462 attendees had taken in the “Greatest Show in the West” – an increase of 9% over last year’s attendance numbers.

“It is nice to see the attendance growth for the second consecutive year; it is good for Medora,” remarked TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler. “Last year we saw a slight increase in attendance of the Musical and we used what visitors told us they wanted to see improved to make some great changes for 2013 – including a new 7:30 p.m. MDT show time and updates to the musical performance itself.

Hatzenbuhler adds, “We’ve had wonderful feedback from our guests about the improvements to this year’s show. When we hear such positive comments, together with the increase in attendance, there’s no doubt that the prospects for the 50th year of the Medora Musical in 2014 are bright. It is also the 125th year of statehood for North Dakota, so we are already working on the 2014 show.”

The final attendance numbers released today come on the heels of another exciting announcement that, for the third year in a row, the Medora Musical was named one of North America’s 100 Best Events for 2014 by the American Bus Association (ABA).

Events eligible for the annual award are chosen by an elite tourism industry selection committee that evaluates hundreds of events from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Judges consider the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria. Winners are selected from celebrations, festivals, fairs and commemorative events.

The 2014 Medora Musical will show June 6 – September 6. For more information, visit medora.com.

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About the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is a public non-profit organization that was formed in 1986.

The TRMF operates lodging, entertainment, recreation, and services in the beautiful North Dakota Badlands through the contributions and teamwork of a board of directors, a full time staff of approximately 30, over 300 seasonal employees, nearly 500 seasonal volunteers, and financial support from generous supporters of TRMF’s vision to connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences

 

CONTACT:
Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
justinf@medora.com

13 Gorgeous Places to Visit Around Medora

13 Gorgeous Places to Visit Around Medora

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park scenic drive: Surely our 26th President would be proud of his namesake.  He loved the badlands and advocated the protection of our natural wonders.  Come drive a loop in the park, and you’re sure to fall in love with the North Dakota badlands, just as Roosevelt did so long ago.  You’ll be able to step back and imagine the scenes that may have greeted him when he first came, complete with wild horses, buffalo, and prairie dog villages.  Just be sure to drive slowly around the buffalo!

2. Wind Canyon at Sunset: Take a short, ten-minute hike off the loop in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to experience a truly beautiful sunset.  It’s a great way to end a day of fun and adventure in and around Medora. Don’t forget your cameras! The scene is truly breathtaking.

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3. Buck Hill at Sunrise: Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!  If you’ve been reading your Poor Richard’s Almanack and missed the sunset in Wind Canyon, there is still a beautiful view for you.  Buck Hill is the perfect place to catch a sunrise!

4. Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch is now encompassed by Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  It’s an amazing portion of the park, and surrounded by natural beauty.  Once you drink in the visual aspects of T.R.’s old property, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature, free from the noises of modern hustle and bustle.  You won’t be disappointed!

5. We in Medora are proud of the Bully Pulpit Golf Course! It features some of the best golfing in the west and was even ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The scenery is truly breathtaking – especially for our 3 signature holes: Peaceful Valley, Bully Pulpit, and Perched Rock!

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6. Painted Canyon Overlook: One of the best views of the North Dakota Badlands!  Take a short detour off of the interstate, and you’ll glimpse the buttes, scoria, and natural beauty of the area. You might even see a wild horse or two!

7. The Chateau de Morès: The Marquis and Marquise certainly knew where to build their Chateau. Their view of Medora was unrivaled. Come see Medora from the vantage point of her founder!

8. Medora is surrounded by marvelous buttes, and a good, strenuous hike is just the sort of thing Roosevelt would enjoy. Come hike one of those buttes to get a new perspective on Medora.

9. On your way to the Medora Musical?  Take a right off the path and you’ll get to Medora’s cemetery.  It’s a peaceful resting spot for many Medora residents, and offers another great scenic view for those who visit.  The view from the flagpoles is a sight to behold!

10. Tjaden Terrace Overlook: After or during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, be sure to take advantage of the view before going to the Medora Musical.

11. There’s no more authentic way to explore the Badlands than on the back of a horse across a primitive trail.  For a truly western experience, come on a guided tour of the badlands on the Medora Riding Stables Trail Rides!

12. Burning Hills Amphitheatre – What better venue to experience the Greatest Show in the West? The Burning Hills Amphitheatre is nestled into the beautiful badlands that captivated the Marquis de Morès and Theodore Roosevelt.  The scenic view lends itself to the Medora Musical, both as a backdrop and as a part of the set.

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13. Come enjoy North Dakota’s State Scenic River, the Little Missouri River! It’s the perfect place to bring a kayak and soak in the sun and a little scenery at the same time.  As Queen of the West Emily Walter would say, “Unpredictable, primitive, and panoramic, the Little Mo passes through all three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The river characterizes North Dakota’s adventurous spirit, and is a great spot for us to gather awhile!”

 

For more information on Medora:

Visit us at medora.com

or Call 1-800-MEDORA-1 [1-800-633-6721]

 

The Delicious Pitchfork Steak Fondue

The Delicious Pitchfork Steak Fondue

There are many exceptional dining experiences in Medora!  The most unique is the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Where else can you savor a fondued 12 oz. rib-eye steak as you overlook the Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace. We might be a little bias but Beth Schatz Kaylor who writes the fabulous blog Rhubarb and Venison agrees, the Pitchfork Fondue and the Medora Musical make for a wonderful evening!  Here are a few snippets from her recent post about the Pitchfork Fondue and Medora Musical.

“Deep fried steak. That’s supposed to be the star attraction at the Pitchfork Fondue in Medora, ND, but I’ve gotta tell you, although the steak is great, the view from the Pitchfork Fondue dining area is simply spectacular. Bring your camera.

But back to the food. As any visitor knows, when you go to Medora, you have to make a night out of 1) the Pitchfork Fondue, followed by 2) the Medora Musical. My carnivore husband LOVES the Pitchfork Fondue. As someone who treads a little heavier in vegetables than meat, even I admit that this is one tasty steak. Throw a steak in a pot of boiling hot oil and it sears immediately, creating a juicy cut with a crispy crust. As a crust fanatic, I completely approve of a crusty steak. A country band plays as diners load up their metal lunch trays (yay for reusable trays!) with coleslaw, baked beans, baked potatoes, raw veggies and Texas toast. The sides aren’t particularly interesting – they all play second fiddle to the meaty entree. “

 

You can read Beth Schatz Kaylor’s  full post Pitchfork Fondue in Medora, ND here!

Medora Nightlife

Medora Nightlife

Medora is a swingin’ town.  During the day, you can go on trail rides and buggy rides, visit the museums, or enjoy the Family Fun Center. You can hike, go mini golfing, or enjoy the different day shows.  One would think that things slow down toward the evening; but the fun really kicks up in Medora when the sky starts to dim. READ MORE »

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

1. Experience the greatest show in the West: the Medora Musical!  You’re sure to have a toe-tapping time at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre as you enjoy our wide variety of country and western music and the amazing talents of our performers.
2. Where else can you enjoy meat that has been prepared on a pitchfork and accompanied by the greatest side dishes in the west and a great view of the Badlands? Enjoy the Pitchfork Steak Fondue when you visit Medora!
3. It was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt.  And that was before it had indoor plumbing! READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit Golf Course – The Crescendo Effect

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Bully Pulpit is truly a golf experience unmatched anywhere else. But sometimes we wonder if we’re a little biased because of our love for the Badlands as a whole. Recently, though, Minnesota Tee Times Michael Herzog made the trek to Medora to take in the Bully Pulpit experience for himself.

After a day on the course and night on the town, we think Michael may now have the same feelings for the Badlands as we do. Here are a few snippets from his recent story.

 

“I am often asked by friends, “Why would I invest my time, money, and resources into the eight hour drive to Medora to play Bully Pulpit?” and I can answer that with one word: simple. You will find that Bully Pulpit Golf Course and the city of Medora provide what Bully Pulpits’ PGA Head Golf Professional, Casey Moen, refers to as ‘The Crescendo Effect.’  READ MORE »

13 Things You Never Knew About the Greatest Show in the West!

13 Things You Never Knew About the Greatest Show in the West!

1. The rows in the Burning Hills Ampitheatre are designated by letter.  There are no rows lettered “I” or “O” in order to avoid confusion with the numbers one and zero.

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2. Medora’s original stage production “Old Four-Eyes” ran from 1958 to 1963.

3. The Burning Hills Ampitheatre is considered the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s first major project. READ MORE »