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Gathering of TR’s Two – Schedule of Events

Gathering of TR’s Two – Schedule of Events

The Second Annual Gathering of TR’s will be held in Medora July 17, 18, and 19. Tickets are just $10, and can be picked up at all ticketing locations in Medora. The day will be filled with performances, classes, and much more! Read on for all the details.

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Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Story originally published by The Dickinson Press, 9/3/2013
By: Bryan Horwath

Desiring to move on professionally and get out of the political arena, Joe Wiegand’s career took an ironic turn: It ascended him to the White House.

Now then, we know the current U.S. president is Barack Obama and that nobody named Joe Wiegand has ever actually served as commander-in-chief, but, during the early years of the 20th century, a man named Theodore Roosevelt did serve as president and six days per week every summer, Wiegand channels his inner bully to perform as America’s 26th president in Medora.

Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt

On Monday, Wiegand donned his black three-piece suit and top hat during one of the final hot days of the summer of 2013 as he delighted close to 40 spectators at the Old Town Hall Theater with his performance “A Theodore Roosevelt Salute to Medora.” READ MORE »

Dakota Nights: An Astronomy Festival to be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park & Historic Medora

Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites curious minds of all ages to spend a crisp autumn
weekend exploring our universe. Astronomers, park rangers, historians, and explorers of all
kinds will gather for the first Dakota Nights: An Astronomy Festival Friday, September 27
through Sunday, September 29.

Surprised by Art in Medora

Surprised by Art in Medora

If you’ve never been to Medora or haven’t visited in a long time, you may wonder if Medora is just a place for cowboys and musical enthusiasts.  Cowboys and music lovers abound—it’s true—and they can be seen daily sauntering through town enjoying the view from the saddle, or reveling in the rhythms of the famous Medora Musical.  But for those of you with a wide range of interests, Medora offers a lot to visitors who take the time to explore—more so now than ever before.

A surprising aspect that visitors to Medora are discovering is the artwork to be found throughout town.  Some examples of art in Medora are obvious, and others are more subtle.  You will discover artwork infused with the flavor of the Old West, along with more modern works inspired by nature that add to the visual interest of Medora.

Enjoy these examples and many more when you are here, and feel free to share your Medora art discoveries with us as you find them! Check out www.medora.com/events for special art shows and feature artist events throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.

 

Old Town Hall Theater, 1930s Murals

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall, Medora, ND

Guests can catch an entertaining show in the Old Town Hall Theater every day of the week (“A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora” Mondays through Fridays at 4pm, and the “4M Revue” Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm).

Breckenridge Mural, Old Town Hall Theater, Medora, ND

However, stop in early to take in original murals on the interior walls of the theater. The Old Town Hall was built in 1924, and traveling artist Joe Breckenridge created the murals in 1936.  He then returned in 1960 to touch up his work.

 

 

 

 

Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, Wind Sculptures

A much newer addition to the artistic side of Medora, these wind sculptures were added in the past month.  Five unique metal sculptures, hovering like trees above your head, spin and swirl in the North Dakota breeze.

These sculptures were gifted by the John Andrist family of Crosby, North Dakota, and are located at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center Patio Lawn, adjacent to the historic Von Hoffman house lawn.

 

 

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, “Cowboys and Indians: Alive and Well Today” Art Exhibit and Sale

Along with its fascinating permanent exhibits, The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is currently featuring this traveling exhibit of art.

 

 

 

 

 

The gallery pieces speak to the very purpose of the museum:  honoring the heritage of Native American, Ranching, and Rodeo culture.

 

Take in this colorful exhibit, and while you’re visiting the museum, appreciate the artwork on display in the permanent exhibits such as the beaded Native American moccasins shown here, and the bronze pieces adorning the outside of the building by North Dakota sculptor Arnie Addicott.

 

Downtown merchants

I had to look twice – no, that’s not a longhorn grazing on the lawn of a local merchant’s business, it is in fact a usable grill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This creative cooker and a colorful herd of mini-horses add to the color and fun you will experience walking the streets of Medora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyle K. Glass Photography

“Cowboy Lyle” may wear boots and a cowboy hat, but he’s a photographer at heart.  Lyle’s photography features wildlife and scenery from the North Dakota Badlands.

You’ll find his work displayed in frames and as greeting cards in various locations throughout Medora.  And if you’d like to get a shot of Lyle himself (and maybe even an autograph!), you’ll likely find him outside the Badlands Pizza Parlor in downtown Medora.

 

 

 

Theodore’s Dining Room, stained glass windows

When the Rough Riders Hotel Dining room was refurbished and renamed Theodore’s Dining Room in 2009, the interior underwent a total transformation.  One of the beautiful additions to the dining room is a set of identical stained glass windows, placed back to back and looking out onto the dining room on one side, and TR’s Tavern on the other.

The windows were gifted by Jim and Joanne Kack, who purchased the pieces from a Minnesota stained glass collector in the mid 1980s. The glass was thought to have originated from the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Superior, Wisconsin, which opened in January 1892. Two similar pieces given by the Kacks are also displayed above the front desk of the adjacent Rough Riders Hotel in Medora.

 

 

 

Golf entertainer Joey O to perform in Medora July 13-28, 2012

NEWS
July 3, 2012

For more information contact:
Dylan Edwards
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
dedwards@medora.com
800-633-6721 ext. 8812 

Golf entertainer Joey O to perform in Medora July 13-28

Medora, N.D. – Acrobat golf comedian Joey O will perform nightly in Medora July 13-28. His performances will start at 7 p.m. MST at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Cost is free, and performances are open to all.

An acrobat with masterful motor skills and an entertainer with motivating words of encouragement and self-belief, Joey O will amaze and inspire audiences young and old. For more than two decades, this motor-skill genius has made people smile and laugh worldwide, performing with Bob Hope at the Bob Hope Classic to the Hawaiian Open and as far away as the Hiroshima Open in Japan, as well as appearing with Tiger Woods on the Tonight Show.

“Joey O will entertain and inspire audiences with his fantastic golf acrobatic skills and motivational messages,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “We hope the golfers in the crowd will be moved to practice their game at the nearby Bully Pulpit Golf Course.”

More information about Joey O and his performances at Medora can be found at: www.joeyogolf.com and www.medora.com/events/?Joey-O-performs-at-the-Tjaden-Terrace.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora and the Medora Musical, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

July in Medora!

July in Medora!

July in Medora, ND

The month of July marks the middle of the summer. If you haven’t made it out to Medora yet, now is a great time! If you already have, come visit us again as there is so much more to do and see! You deserve it! Check out what’s coming up in July:

Medora Musical Variety Act #2 – George Casey, July 1 – July 28

George CaseyThe Medora Musical performs nightly through September 8 this year and we’re quickly approaching the opening night of Variety Act #2 of 4. Don’t miss BreakSk8’s final performance on June 30. Back by popular demand, George Casey returns to the Medora Musical. He was born in a remote seaside village on Ireland’s west coast that is legendary for its storytelling. Growing up in a large family, he saw humor everywhere and honed his skills as a comic at the expense of his brothers and sisters. In 1970, George immigrated to the U.S., earned his citizenship and now calls Branson, Mo., home. Some of the acts George has opened for and toured with include Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton. He has performed at Caesar’s Palace, The Sahara, and The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and for corporations including McDonald’s, Hasbro, AT&T, Lucent Technology and Panasonic.

Family Fun Center – New in 2012!

Family Fun Center SlideSummer is heating up making it the perfect time to check out the Medora Family Fun Center, brand new in 2012. The Family Fun Center is one of many new attractions this summer as a result of feedback from our many patrons. The Family Fun Center features a rock climbing wall, dual bungee jumpers, and is crowned by “the world’s largest inflatable water slide!” The Family Fun Center is exciting entertainment for the entire family… that includes you, parents! Let that child inside come out and play! We promise not to tell! Admission to the Family Fun Center a very reasonable $8/person for an unlimited two-day pass.

Independence Day 2012 – July 1 & 4

American Flags at the 2012 Medora MusicalIndependence Day is a special time of celebration for many and Medora is no exception! Since July 4th is on a Wednesday, we’re celebrating twice! Fun, family parades held at 3:30 p.m. MDT through the streets of downtown Medora on July 1 and 4. Out-of-town entries are welcome! After the patriotic Medora Musical on July 4th the crowd makes their way downtown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance fired from the buttes on the east end of town.

Medora’s Veteran’s Day – July 8

All Veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora as we honor their service to our Country. Veterans will receive a FREE Medora Musical ticket and a FREE ticket to the “Adolph Burkhardt Concert.”  Tickets to the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue, along with ALL tickets for spouses and family members must be purchased in advance.

We are requesting all veterans to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service. Please call 1-800-Medora-1 in advance to make reservations.  A block of rooms is set aside for Veterans Day at the Badlands Motel and the Bunkhouse Motel.  Just ask for the Veteran’s block when calling for reservations.  If you make reservations for the Badlands Motel, the Bunkhouse, or the Rough Riders Hotel.

Fossil Dig – July 23 – 29

Woman excavating a fossil in Medora.60-million-year-old fossil site containing crocodile, champsosaur (crocodile-like animal), turtle, fish, and other fossils is being excavated in the beautiful and rugged badlands near Medora, North Dakota. The North Dakota Geological Survey and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will co-sponsor a scientific, professionally conducted, fossil excavation at that site in July 2012. Public participation is invited; open to anyone 12 years or older. There will be three Family Dig days available, from July 27 – 29th (open to anyone 6 years or older, with adult supervision).

Fossil in plaster awaiting transport.Package is $145 per day per person and includes:

  • Dig
  • Breakfast
  • Sack lunch
  • Transportation between Medora and dig site
  • Bottled water
  • Souvenir with 2012 logo

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the North Dakota Badlands.  Reserve lodging, Medora Musical tickets, Pitchfork Steak Fondue tickets & more.  Call 1-800-Medora-1.

*Preregistration is required. Payment is due at time of registration. Limited to 8 people per day. Participants ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Registration ends July 1. Moderate hiking required. Rain or shine.

The O-Mazing Joey O! July 13 – July 28

This trick golfer and inspiration speaker will be performing at the Tjaden Terrace during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue starting at 7 p.m. MDT.

Book your trip today!

For tickets and lodging reservations or more information call 1-800-Medora-1

See you in Medora!

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

35th Annual Classic Car Show – June 23

NEWS
June 11, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

35th annual Classic Car Show slated for June 23 in Medora

Medora, N.D. – More than 100 antique and classic cars will be displayed June 23 in Medora when the Dakota Western Auto Club cruises into town to host its 35th annual Classic Car Show. This year’s special exhibit car is a 1932 Packard Dietrich convertible, which has been a Pebble Beach first place winner.

 The cars will be displayed on the east end of Medora by the Badlands Motel. The show is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.MDT, with a parade at 4:30 p.m. MDT.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded for more than 20 categories based upon car and truck year, make and model, as well as oldest car and Pioneer Award.

Prior to the car show on Saturday, there will be activities on Friday, June 22, in the Medora Community Center. A slide show, starting at 7:30 p.m. MDT, will highlight rare cars featured in the Medora Antique Classic Car Show since 1978. This will be followed by a reception and music by the Friday Night Gang.

The public is invited to attend all events on June 22 and 23.

For more information or to register a car for the show, go to www.medora.com.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

Medora’s Von Hoffman Dedication June 16

NEWS
June 7, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
Office: 701-223-4800
Cell: 701-471-3335

 

Medora’s Von Hoffmann House dedication scheduled for June 16

The historic home was restored to showcase historical significance

Medora, N.D. – The Von Hoffmann House in Medora, formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, has been restored and will be dedicated on Saturday, June 16.

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation recently restored the Von Hoffmann House to showcase its historical significance, and it now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. In addition, it features a display of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend, Theodore Roosevelt. This project was part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative.

The historic house was built by Medora Vallambrosa’s parents, the Baron and Mrs. Von Hoffmann in 1884 and is featured on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The dedication will take place in the back yard of the Von Hoffmann House at 1 p.m. MDT on June 16.

The Von Hoffmann House dedication ceremony will also include the dedication of the Founder’s Park, the Wall of Honor and the Elaine Andrist Garden. The Founder’s Park honors the individuals who were instrumental in Medora’s history and early beginnings including Harold Schafer, Theodore Roosevelt, Marquis de Mores, and the various donors to the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

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Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday

2012 Medora Musical Opens Friday!2012 Medora Musical Cast

The day that we prepare for and eagerly anticipate is just a few days away! Opening night of the Medora Musical and Pitchfork Steak Fondue not only marks the beginning of an exciting season for us, but also the start of many new adventures and life changing experiences in Medora. The beauty of the North Dakota Badlands, historical landmarks, and fun family attractions continue to captivate folks from across the region, nation, and even the world!

The Medora Musical performs nightly at 8:30 p.m. MDT debuting this Friday, June 8. This year’s show will feature catchy songs, high energy choreography, beautiful sets, and fantastic guest variety acts. Eight brand new Burning Hills Singers join our host, the Queen of the West, Emily Walter and our live band, the Coal Diggers! The Medora Musical showcases the talent of the Burning Hills Singers while remaining true to the founding principles set forth by Harold Schafer: horses, singing, dancing, world-class variety acts, gospel, patriotism and much more in a family show!

Reserve your tickets today!

BreakSk8 – June 8 – June 30, 2012

BreakSk8

In 1964, Harold Schafer contracted with Al Sheehan of Minneapolis to create a show for his newly acquired amphitheater. Harold asked Al to identify variety acts to include in the show that the folks from North Dakota would not have to travel far from home to see. World-class variety acts right in our own backyard! Continuing with that tradition we are kicking off the 2012 season with a variety act that you won’t want to miss!

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Indiana, has been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.” Since the group formed in 2001, Breaksk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Most recently Breaksk8 was featured on the Hunan Satellite Network, which was viewed by more than 500 million people in mainland China.

Convinced? Get your tickets here! www.Medora.com

Bully Expedition – Sunday, June 10, 2012

Education is an important part of our mission and we have a lot to give! Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis and Marquise de Mores, and North Dakota’s own Harold Schafer provide volumes of rich history in Medora and the Badlands. Bully Expedition offers a unique opportunity to intertwine fun and learning (shh don’t tell your kids!)

With the $5 Registration Fee, each 4th Grader will receive…

  • Complimentary Medora Musical ticket
  • Complimentary Family Fun Center admission
  • Medora bandana
  • Ice cream
  • Medora Vacation Journal
  • Bully Fun Pass

To register your 4th grader today just print our registration form to mail back, or call 1-800-Medora-1 and ask for Group Sales. The registration form lists a deadline of June 1st, but we will take day-of registrations.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course – Open now!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

If you haven’t made it out to Bully Pulpit yet… What have you been doing?! Our 18 gorgeous holes are waiting for you.

Some courses impose themselves on the landscape. The Bully Pulpit Golf Course, surrounded by the dramatic North Dakota Badlands, conforms to the surrounding terrain. Some holes play in meadows and woodlands, while others follow the meandering Little Missouri River. Holes fourteen through seventeen are built into the rugged Badlands.

Located three miles south of Medora on East River Road, this 18-hole course features five tees, ranging in length from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees to a challenging 7,166 at the tips. Plus, you can warm up your swing on the driving range.

Follow is on Facebook and Twitter for access to exlusive deals and giveaways!

Call 1-800-Medora-1 or reserve your tee time online today!

Upcoming Events

If you’re not yet convinced that you need to make Medora and the Medora Musical a part of your June plans, here are some more things to entice you:

Full list of events at www.Medora.com/events

We’re Social!

You’re social and so are we! We would love to see and hear about your time in Medora. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! Connect with us today. You may even see some social media specific deals, news, and sneak-peaks!

Facebook.com/MedoraND • Facebook.com/MedoraMusical •  Twitter.com/MedoraND
YouTube.com/MedoraND • Facebook.com/BullyPulpitGolf • Twitter.com/BullyPulpitGolf

Medora Musical Opening Weekend Activities

Medora Musical Opening Weekend Activities

 NEWS
May 30, 2012

For more information contact:
Suzanne Wentz
Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
SuzanneW@medora.com
701-223-4800

Medora Musical opening weekend offers activities galore

 Run, walk, eat and entertain your way through the North Dakota Badlands June 8-10

Medora, N.D. – Whether you enjoy fitness, nature, entertainment or food, Medora is the place to be the weekend of June 8-10.

The 2012 season of the Medora Musical kicks off Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. MDT. This professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue is set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances through September 8.

Breaksk8, a hip hop roller skating dancing crew, is the variety act featured June 8-30 at the Medora Musical. They have been featured on several TV shows including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and Disney’s hit show “Shake it Up.”

Foodies will enjoy the Pitchfork Fondue, also opening June 8 at 6:15 MDT at the Tjaden Terrace, overlooking the North Dakota Badlands.

The 5th annual Bully Run, which is a road race through the scenic North Dakota Badlands, has a shot gun start at 9:30 am. MDT on Saturday, June 9. Participants can choose from the 5K run, 10K run or the 5K walk. Details can be found at: www.medora.com/what-to-do/?Bully-Run

Nature lovers will enjoy free gate admission to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, courtesy of National Park Fee-Free Day. On June 9, all National Parks, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, waive entrance fees.

“The weekend of June 8 through June 10 is an exciting time to be in Medora,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Visitors can start the day by participating in the Bully Run, enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and cap off their day by eating at the Pitchfork Fondue and watching the Medora Musical.”

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com. Also available online are vacation and golf packages, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course information. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1.

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About the Medora Musical

Celebrating its 48th season in 2012, the Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. Audiences are treated to an exciting array of song and dance routines performed by the Burning Hills Singers and accompanied by the on-stage band, the Coal Diggers. This family-friendly show is dedicated to the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the Badlands.

Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.

For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm