Posts in category 2014

10 things you didn’t know about the Marquis De Mores

10 things you didn’t know about the Marquis De Mores

The Marquis De Mores, whose real name was Antoine Amedee-Marie-Vincent-Amat Manca de Vallombrosa, came to Little Missouri County in March of 1883. His master plan for the area was to build a meat packing plant and then ship his processed beef on refrigerated cars to the east coast; essentially cutting out the middle men. Through this, and many of his other exploits, the Marquis left and indelible impression on the history of this area. Here are ten things you may not know about the Marquis De Mores.

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Improve your game with these tips from Bully Pulpit Head Professional Casey Moen

If you’ve got a golf tournament coming up, you’ll want to watch these three tips from Bully Pulpit PGA Professional Casey Moen! They’ll help you hit you hit straight drives, piercing irons and escape the sand trap in one swing!

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Medora to Host First Ever Meeting of Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors

Medora to Host First Ever Meeting of  Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors

Six “Teddies” and one Mrs. Roosevelt to be featured in performances throughout the day, Wednesday, August 6.

(MEDORA, ND) – The actor James Whitmore portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in the play “Bully!” on Broadway. Actors Brian Keith, Tom Berenger, and Robin Williams have played TR in film. North Dakota humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson has rivaled his own Thomas Jefferson with his version of TR.

Medora, North Dakota, is one of the many places where an actor or re-enactor has been known to portray Teddy Roosevelt, so it is more than fitting that Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are playing host to the first ever “Gathering of TR’s”, a performance review and conference featuring six Theodore Roosevelts and one Edith Roosevelt, TR’s second wife and First Lady of the Nation. The gathering is slated for Wednesday, August 6, Mrs. Roosevelt’s 153rd birthday.

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Will it ruin your day if I use the word ‘snowblower? A guest blog by Clay Jenkinson.

Will it ruin your day if I use the word ‘snowblower? A guest blog by Clay Jenkinson.

This post was written by Clay Jenkinson, and originally published in his weekly column for the Bismarck Tribune.

July is almost gone. Any day now the box stores will carve out large spaces for school supplies. We all know what’s coming — what every North Dakotan knows must come — and it makes us want to linger outdoors in the evening, makes us want to schedule more picnics, more hikes, more days at the lake, more time on the river, more afternoons in the Badlands than we would think appropriate if this were southern California and summer lasted forever.

We cannot afford to pace ourselves here. North Dakotans have to squeeze in an awful lot of recreation between July 1 and Labor Day. It’s use it or lose it on the northern plains.

My daughter and I were in Medora last week to see the Medora Musical with the great Sheila Schafer, now enjoying her 50th summer in the Badlands. READ MORE »

10 things you didn’t know about Theodore Roosevelt

10 things you didn’t know about Theodore Roosevelt

Many of you know that President Theodore Roosevelt spent time in Medora. You’ve also probably heard his famous quote, “I never would have been President were it not for my experiences in North Dakota.” However, there is more to the former President’s time here than these two stories. Here are ten things you may not know about Theodore Roosevelt.

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Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Misti Koop part 2

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When we first start rehearsing in May, we have the advantage of a wall of mirrors. This helps so much to learn choreography! But once we reach the amphitheater, it’s all about numbers and spacing and timing… no mirrors anymore. The stage is lined with ascending numbers out from the center (being “0”) to each side. Besides, lyrics, correct notes, and precise choreography, we also have to be in the right place at all times. This precise placement of each moment of the show is called our “blocking.” READ MORE »

Karen Bakke to be Medora’s “Artist in Residence”

Karen Bakke to be Medora’s “Artist in Residence”

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(MEDORA, ND)
 – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Karen Bakke, of Fargo, ND, as Artist in Residence August 6 through August 12.

Studio-style painting demonstrations, a gallery exhibit, and one and two-day painting workshops will be available for visitors and members of the public throughout the week. Bakke’s Medora studio will be located at the End of the Trail building in downtown Medora.

Bakke has worked as a professional artist for over 38 years and comments,

 “Art is my passion and profession. Working as a muralist, fine artist and graphic designer since 1976, I’ve just been living the dream. And to do it in Medora — I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful setting for artistic inspiration.”

The “Painting the Badlands” workshops will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 and 7, from  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the End of Trail studio. This in-depth painting workshop (participation limited to 10-12 people) is designed to stimulate participants’ creative thinking and problem solving. One day workshops cost $100. Two-day workshops cost $175.

For more information or to register contact Karen Bakke at 701-866-1152 or at www.KarenBakkeArt.com

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

Cast Blog: Becoming a Burning Hills Singer with Delanie Wiedrich

This blog was written by Burning Hill Singer Delanie Wiedich. It is her first blog in a series of blogs from North Dakota Burning Hills Singers.

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It is a beautiful May morning when I wake up in a hotel bed in Plymouth, Minnesota. I lay there for just a moment, trying to wrap my head around what is happening.

Within the past 24 hours my world has been flipped upside down; I have turned 18, left my hometown, said goodbye to my friends and family, not quite completed high school, and am starting my first professional job as a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical. Panic is about to set in when I rip myself from the comfort of my bed and dress myself for the day. READ MORE »

Five Must-Experience Family Attractions in Medora, North Dakota

Five Must-Experience Family Attractions in Medora, North Dakota

This blog was written on July 17, 2014 by . We encourage any visitors to Medora to share their stories with us the way Kathryn has. For more of Kathryn’s writing, go to: mommykatandkids.com

One of the things I love about travelling is discovering the hidden treasures in every region, places that might not be as well-known as the big cities but that have their own special magic and appeal. Recently my boys and I visited North Dakota for a week and were able to discover one of those hidden treasures first-hand: the tourist town of Medora, just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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Beat the heat at the Family Fun Center

Beat the heat at the Family Fun Center

You’ve checked into the Rough Riders Hotel, picked up the the perfect souvenirs for your best friend at the Rough Riders Gift Shop and treated yourself to the best ice cream this side of the Missouri. Your’re going to a Theodore Roosevelt Salute to Medora and of course you already have your tickets to the Medora Musical. Only thing is, you still have a couple of hours to kill. What do you do? If watching your smiling kids do all the running and jumping while you sit and relax sounds amazing, saunter on over to the Family Fun Center.

Medora's Family Fun Center

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