Saturday, August 28, 2010

Medora Musical

This show is supposedly one of North Dakota's top tourist attractions. The variety show has western style music, song and dance routines, and a gospel selection in tribute to Teddy Roosevelt. We attended the show Thursday evening and it reminded me a lot of the musical shows which we have seen in Branson Missouri. A special feature of the program when we attended were the NY Goofs, a comedy group out of NY city.  At the end of the show an actor moving slowly down a distant hill on a horse was spotlighted. It was a tribute to the 26th president and quite moving. I have a picture of the stage below.
 The Medora Musical's Burning Hills Amphitheatre is set on a hill in the North Dakota Badlands. From this bluff there is a beautiful view of the Little Missouri's River Valley. While we strolled around this bluff after supper we saw a herd of elk feeding in the valley below. The river can be seen in the background.
We chose to eat at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue outdoor restaurant on the Tjaden Terrace near the amphitheater prior to the show. If one chooses steak for their meal it is cooked on a pitchfork in hot oil.
It had been quite a warm day, but once the sun set and the show started, the evening hours became cooler. It was quite a delightful way to spend a summer evening, complete with a full moon shining above us.

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