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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranked as one of America’s Ten Best Presidential Attractions

The marvelous Theodore Roosevelt National Park has finished 5th in Travel Channel’s competition for “Best Presidential Attractions”. With unparalleled beauty, we can see why it ranks so high.
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4 Astonishing Hiking Trails in TRNP You Must Experience.

If you haven’t heard, North Dakota Tourism came out with some fantastic new ads promoting our great state. One of our favorite’s shows the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in all its majesty. The ad goes on to show many of our favorite land marks and gets everybody here in Medora excited about going on a hike.

The ad also got us thinking, what are some of the must see spots when you go to TRNP? After much debate, here is our top four:

1. The Maltese Cross Cabin
Originally located about seven miles south of Medora in the wooded bottom-lands of the Little Missouri, the Maltese Cross Ranch was one of the places Theodore Roosevelt stayed during his time in North Dakota. Now located at the TRNP South Unit Visitors Center, this is a must-see window into the past, and the President’s time in the Dakota Territory.

2. Wind Canyon
Enjoy hiking this nature trail alongside a wind-sculpted canyon as you climb to the best views of the Little Missouri River. It’s the Park Ranger’s best kept secret for watching sunsets.

3. Buck Hill
Located one mile north of Paddock Creek, Buck Hill is a great vantage point to see wild horses or roaming buffalo. It’s a steep trail, but it’s worth every step.

4. Petrified Forest
Located in the remote northwest corner of the South Unit, this hike takes you through ancient petrified forests and badlands wilderness. The loop includes the North and South Petrified Forest Trails as well as the Maah Daah Hey.

These are just four of the many great hikes TRNP has to offer. If biking is more your style, bicycles are welcome on the paved roads of TRNP, and for the more experienced rider, the Maah Daah Hey trail is an exciting ride. This summer get the family to put down their phones and pick up their feet by coming out to Medora and going on a hike or bike ride through the amazing Badlands.

Oh, here is that video that got everybody excited in the first place!

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

Medora Musical Announces Audition Dates for 50th Season

“The Greatest Show in the West” is looking for talent

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in Conjunction with Stage West Entertainment, announced today that auditions for the 2014 Medora Musical will begin in early February. Auditions will be open for singers, dancers and musicians interested in becoming members of the Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band during the 50th year of the Medora Musical.

“Auditions for the Medora Musical attract some of the nation’s top stage talent, each year,” says Kinley Slauter, Burning Hills Amphitheater Director. “And being able to pick the best-of-the-best for the Show is an exciting process – especially so when members of the cast come from our home state of North Dakota.”

Four separate auditions will be held during the month of February. READ MORE »

Meet the 2013 Co- Hosts of the Medora Musical!

Meet the 2013 Co- Hosts of the Medora  Musical!

The Medora Musical is pleased to announce that Medora veterans Bill Sorensen and Emily Walter will co-host this season’s show.

Bill SorensenBill Sorensen has been involved in Medora for the past thirty years. During those years, he has been a versatile variety performer, acting as a host, magician and producer for the popular 4M Revue, where he has produced at least two thousand shows. READ MORE »

Medora Musical Announces 2013 Variety Acts

Medora Musical Announces 2013 Variety Acts

(Medora, ND) The Medora Musical announced today the three variety acts that will perform during the 2013 season. Organizers say the three selected variety acts will provide audiences with memorable and unique performances.

The three selected acts are:  

High Voltage

High Voltage
High Voltage is a high-flying and flipping acrobatic team that will leave audiences breathless. The group gets audiences on their feet through powerful stunts, high-flying acrobatics, and amazing routines. They have entertained around the world and have been featured prominently on television, most notably on America’s Got Talent, Monday Night Football, BET Spring Bling with Flo-Rida, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. This will be the group’s first appearance at the Medora Musical.

High Voltage will perform June 7 through July 22.

 

Kermet Apio

Kermet Apio
Kermet Apio presents clever, clean comedy that will leave audiences laughing all the way home. The 2009 winner of the Great American Comedy Festival, Apio has appeared on television and radio, has performed in 47 states and three Canadian provinces. A married father of two, Apio’s act is clean, smart, autobiographical and appropriate for all ages.

Apio will perform July 23 through August 15.

 

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Cirque Zuma Zuma 
This African circus act will amaze audiences with rhythmic dance, thrilling music, and show-stopping acrobatics. Cirque Zuma Zuma was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. The group has been described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. Critics and audiences in North America, Europe and Australia all agree – Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything seen before.

Cirque Zuma Zuma will perform August 16 through September 7.

 “One of our producer’s most challenging aspects of putting the show together is the selection of our featured variety acts” says Kinley Slauter, Medora Musical manager.

“Every year our goal is to offer something for everyone while also trying to top what we did the year before. We’re confident we’ve achieved that with this year’s three variety acts.”

The Medora Musical will be performed nightly from June 7 through September 7, 2013, at 7:30 PM MDT. The outdoor show takes place amid the splendor of the North Dakota Badlands in the 2,852 seat Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, ND.

Tickets and further information about the show are available online at www.medora.com.

CONTACT:
Suzanne Wentz, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
(701) 223-4800 / suzannew@medora.com

Explore It. Adore It. 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!

Comedian George Casey performs July 1-28 at Medora Musical

NEWS
June 25, 2012

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

Comedian George Casey performs July 1-28 at Medora Musical

Medora, N.D. – Back by popular demand, comedian George Casey will return to the Medora Musical July 1-28.

For more than 30 years, Casey has been entertaining audiences all over the U.S. with his self-deprecating humor and clean jokes and stories. Casey 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.

Casey has opened for and toured with acts like Rosemary Clooney, The Osmond Brothers, Ray Price, Three Dog Night, Brooklyn Bridge, Donald O’Connor and Bobby Vinton.  He also 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.

More information about Casey can be found at www.georgecasey.com.

The Medora Musical is a professionally-produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the North Dakota Badlands. It features nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. MT through September 8.

Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now 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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Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora’s early July events offer a patriotic salute

NEWS
June 19, 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 early July events offer a patriotic salute

Medora, N.D. – Two events in early July offer a patriotic salute to our country’s independence and those who have fought to maintain our freedom.

July 1 and 4

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July Medora style. Line up along Medora’s Main Street to watch the Independence Day parades, starting at 3:30 p.m. daily July 1 and 4. Following the Medora Musical performance on July 1 and 4, fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing display of vibrant colors, patterns and presentations. The professional fireworks show is conducted by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, an international award-winning pyrotechnics company.

July 8

19th annual Veterans Day in Medora

All veterans and their families are invited to a special day in Medora to honor their service to our country. As a token of appreciation, all veterans will receive a free ticket to the Medora Musical and the Adolph Burkhardt Country Western Concert. The day-long recognition event features activities like an ice cream social, flag retiring ceremony and a special presentation before the nightly performance of the Medora Musical. Veterans are asked to wear their service caps to honor their branch of service.

More information about both events can be found at 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

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets

NEWS
For immediate release

June 15, 2012

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

 

Active military receive discount for Medora Musical tickets 

Medora, N.D. – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation honors the service of all active military personnel, along with their spouses and dependent children, by offering a 50% discount on their tickets to the Medora Musical.

The Medora Musical is a professionally produced, high energy, Western style revue set in the Burning Hills Amphitheater in the North Dakota Badlands. It features an array of music, fireworks, horses and nationally known variety acts. Performances are held nightly at 8:30 p.m. MST June 8 through September 8.

“Our military does so much for us on a daily basis, and this is our way of honoring their service and saying thank you,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

Hatzenbuhler notes that the Medora Musical cast once again has a military connection. Emily Walter, who serves as this year’s host, was the lead vocalist and Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command Band in the Gulf War.

To receive the active military discount, call 1-800-633-6721 and indicate military status. Military ID must be presented when picking up the tickets. For more information about the Medora Musical and other activities, go to www.medora.com.

The variety acts performing during the 2012 Medora Musical season include:

June 8 – June 30

Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew

Breaksk8, a Hip Hop dance crew on roller skates from Kokomo, Ind., 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.

July 1 – 28

George Casey, comedian

George Casey returns to the Medora Musical by popular demand. 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.

July 29 – August 18

Etta May, character comedian

To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass and will take you on a ride through the Deep South. Born and raised in Bald Knob, Ark., Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers. “That’s where my comedy comes from. I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stupid, and then I write it down.”

As the winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards’ “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” Etta May is a regular on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and on XM and Sirius Radio’s comedy channels. Her television appearances include Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.” But that’s not all, Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” selling out theatres all over the country. She’s also a headline comic on CMT’s “CMT Comedy Stage,” which is the second highest rated show in CMT history. Etta May also was the subject and first female comic ever on the biography show, “Comedy Club.” She joins the elite comedy company of Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, who are also featured in this series.

August 19 – September 8

Sammy Cortino, illusionist

Taking magic back to its basics in its purest, up-to-date form, mystique runs through Sammy Cortino’s blood. His title in magic, “Magic’s Royal Duke,” can be traced to his 15th century Sicilian royal lineage. With Siegfried and Roy and Lance Burton endorsing his International Brotherhood of Magicians membership, the illusionist is giving audiences the essence of magic: inspiration to follow their dreams. Sammy focuses on the people who make magic possible: the audience.

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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