Posts tagged Harold Schafer

Opening Weekend Was a Success!

Last weekend was opening weekend at the Medora Musical–and it was one rootin’-tootin,’ boot-scootin’ heck of a time!

There was singing.

There was dancing.
There was singing while dancing.

And of course, there was laughter all night long!

 

Here are some photos of the show in case you missed opening weekend, or just want to
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10 things you didn’t know about the Gold Seal Company

10 things you didn’t know about the Gold Seal Company

Medora as we know it today never would have happened if it wasn’t for the hard working  Harold Schafer. Harold achieved many successes throughout his life; all building off one another. One of his achievements in particular spurred on the resurrection of our fair town, Medora. That achievement was the creation of the Gold Seal Company; which Harold started in his basement. To find out 10 more interesting facts about the Gold Seal Company, continue reading.

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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 »

July 4th in Medora: A Visit with Sheila Schafer

July 4th in Medora: A Visit with Sheila Schafer

For decades, families, parade-goers, employees, park rangers, Medora Musical cast members, and countless others have enjoyed the 4th of July holiday in this patriotic little town.

Sheila Schafer, the unofficial “First Lady of Medora”, is busy gearing up for the 4th at her log cabin home in Medora.  She may be eighty-seven years old, but her calendar is jam-packed with appointments, lunches, interviews, family time, and frequent evenings watching the Medora Musical.  When I stopped by this week, she was baking all-American apple pies in preparation for the arrival of several relatives over the course of the next few days.   A neat row of American flags—which she proudly notes are labeled by the manufacturer “Made in the USA”—wave in the wind from her front yard flower beds.  And of course, 400 ice cream bars are chilling in her freezer (…we’ll get to that later).

When asked why Medora is such a fun place to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, she quickly replied, “Well, there’s three big reasons to come out to Medora on the 4th of July. First, we always have a big crowd at the Medora Musical, and those kids [the Burning Hills Singers] are fired up and ready to do that show!  Second, we put on a great parade. Third, we put on a big fireworks show that no one can beat, and everyone congregates on my lawn to watch.”

The 400 ice cream bars await employees and volunteers who come to take in the fireworks show at Sheila’s house, the best view in town.  Sheila and a crew of helpers happily hand out the ice cream to the people who keep Medora running all summer long.  Around 11:15pm, members of the crowd quiet down, lie on blankets looking up at the stars, and await the dramatic artillery of a fireworks show that will light up the sky and shake the ground beneath them.

Sheila (pronounced “shy – la”) is the widow of Harold Schafer, owner of the Gold Seal Company, founder of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, and the philanthropist who lovingly poured money and energy into the rejuvenation of the town of Medora in the 1960s.

Harold passed away more than a decade ago, but Sheila says she thinks about him more during the 4th of July than any other time during the summer season in Medora.  “After Christmas, the 4th of July was Harold’s favorite time of year!  He was very patriotic. He so honored people that served.  How proud he would be that we’ve got a grandson now that just got his sergeant stripes in the National Guard.” In fact, Sheila tells that in Harold’s will, one of his wishes was that Medora continue to hold 4th of July Parades and a big fireworks show every year.

When Harold and Sheila were younger, they spent 4th of July holidays riding horseback in the Dickinson and Medora parades, duded up in Roy Rogers-like apparel.  Sheila is proud of the number of parade entrants Medora usually sees, saying the parades here used to be much smaller. She laughs, “Bill Sorensen [of the 4-M Revue] used to joke during his show that our parade was so small, we would just park the parade and let the people walk around it!  Now we get a pretty good sized parade.”  Harold was also known to buy hundreds of little American flags and send Sheila downtown to hand them out to all the children on the boardwalks of Medora.

This year, Harold would have been 100 years old in February.  Sheila knows he would be proud of the patriotic pride still on display today, and throughout the year, in Medora.

(See the Medora calendar of events for listings of patriotic celebrations and parades.  Medora’s special Veteran’s Day is July 8 and honors all armed service veterans.  Click here to read details.)

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!

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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

 

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

NEWS
May 24, 2012

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

Rough Riders Hotel earns TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

Medora, N.D. – The Rough Riders Hotel in Medora recently earned TripAdvisor’s® Certificate of Excellence, which honors the hotel’s hospitality excellence.

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, gives this accolade only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on its site. About 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award, and qualifying businesses worldwide are eligible.

“We’re honored to be recognized by one of the leading online travel sites – and most importantly our guests – for our hospitality excellence,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “The staff at the Rough Riders Hotel strives to provide our guests with a positive experience ranging from friendly customer service to clean, comfortable accommodations.”

Located in the heart of downtown Medora, the Rough Riders Hotel is operated by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. In 2008, the Rough Riders Hotel was renovated and expanded to feature 68 guest rooms, a conference center, and Theodore’s Dining Room and TR’s Tavern. The hotel dining room and conference facility is available year-round for business meetings, social functions and for guests.

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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

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Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

NEWS
May 18, 2012

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

Winners for 2012 Bully Expedition 4th grade essay contest announced

Medora, N.D. – Three North Dakota fourth-grade students were selected the top winners of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation’s 2012 Bully Expedition essay contest. This annual contest is open to all fourth grade students in North Dakota and ties Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands with the fourth grade curriculum of North Dakota History. Entrants responded to the prompt, “North Dakota is a beautiful place because…”

The winners are as follows:
1st Place
Name: Aleasha Marcotte
School: Saint Anne School, Bismarck
Teacher: Paulette Tescher

2nd Place
Name: Josie Wutzke
School: Rita Murphy Elementary School, Bismarck
Teacher: Clarissa Sailer Wald

3rd Place
Name: Isabel Jain Grueneich
School: Ellendale Public School, Ellendale
Teacher: Mrs. Fastnacht

“The quality of entries this year was very impressive, and it was hard to choose only three winners,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Every student who submitted an essay did a remarkable job demonstrating their love for North Dakota and explaining why they think North Dakota is a beautiful place. In addition, their strong knowledge of our state’s history was very evident.”

The first prize winner receives a $300 college scholarship and a Bully Vacation Package for a family of four. Second place winner receives a $200 college scholarship and a $50 Medora gift card. Third place winner receives a $100 college scholarship and a $25 Medora gift card. The first, second and third place winners will be recognized onstage prior to the June 10 performance of the Medora Musical.

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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

 

You’ll Come Home to North Dakota

You’ll Come Home to North Dakota

I have lived in North Dakota my entire life and have learned that, whether you are from here or not, you will always come back to visit especially when it comes to Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There is something about the quiet little town on the western edge of North Dakota. A piece of my heart will always be there and it is because of Harold Shafer that I am able to return every year and grow fonder of the little town.

I am married now with children of my own and my six year old daughter already has given her entire heart to Medora. She eats, sleeps and breathes everything that has to do with that little town. She is not well and suffers from asthma and when she goes to Medora she can breathe easily. She sat on Santa’s lap for the first time this winter and said “Momma Medora is magical”.

I truly believe the spirits of Theodore Roosevelt, Harold Schafer and Wade Westin live on. When asking her if she could have one wish where would she go and she said “momma all I want in my life is to go to Medora”. She will be getting her wish of going to Medora everyday when she transfers schools and attends Demores Elementary School in Medora next year. Until then we have to make it through the summer. That is not that hard to do, we attend the musical tri-weekly and take in everything there is to offer.

Until June 8th my six year old informs me that there are only 43 more days to go before the quiet little town on the western edge transforms into a bustling little city for the summer. I recommend everyone young and old come and visit at least once because when you do you will always want to return for more!

— Lynn Jorda
http://crazyaboutmedora.blogspot.com/