Night at Medora

It has been almost a week since we were there and I am finally getting around to posting about our time in Medora. For those of you who are not from this area, there is a little tiny tourist town in North Dakota named, Medora. It was named for the wife of an investor who lived there in the late 1800s. It is located in the North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Teddy Roosevelt was our 26th President and he spent time in that part of North Dakota, and even though he wasn’t born in the state, the people of North Dakota pretty much claim him as theirs.

Anyway, now that the short history lesson is over, we like to go to the musical every now and then because it is where James and I went on our honeymoon. Technically we have only been back three times in 33 years, but with Nate and Victoria living in Dickinson, which is only 30 miles away, we might get there a few more times. Also with Ana planning to have a part as one of the musical’s dancers when she grows up, we might have to get season passes.

Here are a few of the pictures that I got at the musical.

Heading down the escalator

Heading down the escalator

Back in 1982 when we were there for our honeymoon, this was a path and the seats were not individual chairs as they are now. Nate remembers them as being split logs in the beginning. I know all the seats were general admission and you just sat where you could find space. I also don’t remember the crowd being so large at that time either. Now the shows are very professional, and very entertaining.

Paulina and Jaxon

Paulina and Jaxon

I messed up this picture by not getting all of the background. The sign behind them said “50 years.” This was the 50th year of the musical and so they put on a show to reflect that.

Elk up on the hill behind stage

Elk up on the hill behind stage

Setting up the behind the scenes

Setting up the behind the scenes

 

The hills are used for a scene during the musical. It usually involves a horse and rider, and happens in the dark with a spot light. As I said, it is entertaining.

Early in the evening, the children are called up to the stage. Last year Jaxon was pretty afraid to go and Jessica went with him. This year he headed there alone and had no trouble finding his way back to where we were seated. I was impressed. All the children were given a small container of Mr. Bubble. Harold Schafer, who owned Mr. Bubble was the man responsible for turning the musical into the major production that it is today.

Jaxon in the crowd of children. He has on a yellow top, black hair just right of center.

Jaxon in the crowd of children. He has on a yellow top, black hair just right of center.

One of the acts.

One of the acts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left view of stage

Left view of stage

The stage set up is on a rolling track and moves in and out as needed. It is supposed to be an old frontier town. I guess much like Medora was in the days it was settled.

Center of stage, band plays in the lighted bandstand

Center of stage, band plays in the lighted bandstand

Right part of stage

Right part of stage

The town of Medora has lots of tourist shops and places for you to unload your money. We skipped out on those spots this year. It is never fun to drag around when it is hot and you have little ones. I missed not getting to buy a new set of earrings, since that is about the only thing I ever pick up when we are there. Come to think of it, I have a coffee cup from our first year and two different sets of earrings. The other thing we skipped out on doing were buying taffy and stopping at the ice cream shop. Maybe those were good things. After I was having so much trouble bending over to pick beans today, I am thinking that ice cream may become a memory in my life instead of a treat.

Oh yeah, for that story about the bean picking and other garden news, stop by the lucindagardens site. For now stay cool and hope you enjoy the last few days of summer.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stillsearching2
    Aug 15, 2015 @ 21:29:55

    It looks like it would be a great show to see. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. christinelaennec
    Aug 15, 2015 @ 10:21:59

    What fun! I never knew about this place. America is certainly full of surprises. Most places are, I guess. It’s nice to see people putting time and energy into some good old-fashioned family entertainment.

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