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A Gathering of TRs

It’s going to be a Bully good time in Medora this weekend!

 

This weekend, July 14 – 16, marks the 4th Annual Gathering of TRs sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

 

A troupe of TRs will take the city by storm this weekend as Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors from around the nation pour into Medora for this much anticipated annual convention. READ MORE »

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.

A Gathering of TRs

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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 »

13 people you should meet in Medora!

13 people you should meet in Medora!

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Sheila Schafer – Sheila Schafer is the heart and soul of Medora.  Sheila, pronounced Shy-la, and her late husband Harold are likened with rejuvenating Medora and it’s historic presence. She has been in love with Medora since she visited for the first time and we love it every time she returns.

The Burning Hills Singers – This terrific group of 12 singers and dancers kick their heels up in Medora nightly for the Medora Musical. Keep an eye out, they work throughout the town of Medora during the day! Click here to meet the 2013 cast.

The Coal Diggers – Banjo’s, Fiddles and Drums are what the Coal Diggers know, and boy can they play! They bring the Medora Musical to life every night with their foot stomping slapping tunes. Find out who the 2013 Coal Diggers are here! READ MORE »

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.

 

 

 

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

 

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

NEWS
May 8, 2012

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

New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors

Medora, N.D. – The summer travel season kicks off with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. And this year, more adventure and fun await visitors to Medora. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has a variety of new activities and attractions, ranging from kids’ activities and entertainment to shopping and history, in store for its summer guests.

“In addition to the fun activities we’ve always provided our visitors, there’s a lot more to take in this year,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Kids of all ages will get a thrill bungee jumping or rock climbing at our new Family Fun Center. Historians have more opportunities to delve into the past, and shoppers can bring home souvenirs made in the U.S.A. And, of course, the Medora Musical boasts new variety acts, some nationally known.”

New Family Fun Center & re-opened Badlands Shooting Gallery

In addition to the existing family activities like mini golf, guests can enjoy the Family Fun Center. This newly-created fun center is entertainment for all ages and features the world’s largest inflatable slide, a bungee jump and rock climbing wall. And back by popular demand is the Badlands Shooting Gallery. This long-time favorite returns in its original spot, around the corner from the Old Town Hall Theater.

Medora Musical variety acts

This year’s Medora Musical spectators will be entertained not only by the talented Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band, but also by variety acts ranging from a Hip Hop roller skating crew featured on  NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent” to a popular comedian featured on CMT and an illusionist.

  • June 8 – 30:               Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew featured on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent
  • July 1 – 28:                George Casey, comedian
  • July 29 – Aug. 18:    Etta May, character comedian featured on CMT’s Comedy Stage
  • Aug. 19 – Sept. 8:    Sammy Cortino, illusionist

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com.

Opening of the historic Von Hoffman house

As part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative, the Von Hoffmann house has been restored to showcase its historical significance. Formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, the Von Hoffmann house now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. Here, visitors can learn about two of Medora’s well-known families and enjoy the gallery of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend Theodore Roosevelt.

Made in the U.S.A Mercantile

This new shop provides a unique patriotic shopping experience. The Made in the U.S.A. Mercantile offers a wide variety of souvenir gifts made entirely in the U.S.A., including “Pride of Dakota” items.

A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora

Theodore Roosevelt comes to life in this new, vivid presentation. Learn about Theodore Roosevelt as President, husband, father, soldier and hunter. Much of this new show focuses on Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands. Roosevelt is portrayed by Joe Wiegand, who has performed this role nationally, including a White House appearance in celebration of TR’s 150th birthday.

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About Medora

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

About National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-13, 2012):

National Travel and Tourism Week, held annually in May, is a salute to travel and tourism in America. It’s a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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