Medora gears up for a Cowboy Christmas
Enjoy a hayride, eats on the streets, the music, a veterans ceremony and even a chicken fling when Medora hosts its 22nd annual Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas. This year’s celebration is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9 and 10.
“It’s an opportunity for people to get together during the early winter, and for businesses in Medora to thank everyone who has been customers throughout the year,” said co-chairman Barb Bokinskie. She has been planning the event with her husband, Chuck, for the last 3 years or so.
The Cowboy Christmas is always held the closest weekend to Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7. Each year, Medora singles out a veteran to honor. This year’s veteran is Jim O’Brian of Medora.
“The weekend kicks off Friday when we walk down to the Veteran’s Memorial and the Honor Guard fires a 21 gun salute,” she said. “Then we move to the Medora Community Center where we have a tree light ceremony and veterans ceremony.”
Clyde Bauman, who has entertained at Medora for 30 summers, makes a return appearance during his Christmas concert.
Bauman, who teaches music at Bismarck State College, said the concert will be a mix of Broadway material, songs from his own albums and Christmas favorites.
“We always enjoyed being out here -- it’s a great place with so many great people. I’ve gotten to know a lot of the local folk,” he said.
“We’ve already got our tickets for Clyde’s show,” Bokinskie said. “Clyde has a beautiful voice as Clyde and is fun as Mylo Hatzenbuhler. We wanted to change it up this year, and Clyde was the first person who came to mind.”
Saturday is packed with activities-- schedules are available at the Medora Community Center foyer when you arrive in town.
Stop at the Chateau De Mores during its open house, say hi to Santa, take in a hay ride, and walk through town for Eats on the Street.
“Each business runs a little thank-you and customers come in to try samples. Usually we have 23 to 24 businesses who participate,” she said.
Hay rides are scheduled in the afternoon and in the evening so people may look at the decorations.
“We have a decorating competition, and last year, the judges had a really hard time deciding,” she said.
Clyde Bauman returns as Mylo Hatzenbuhler -- the humble farm boy known as “The Strasburg Superstar.”
“I actually started Mylo while in college in Dickinson when I was a student back in the 1970s,” he said. “Mylo is very lovable and very dumb German farmer who sings rock & roll. He will have a nice Christmas segment with “Heifer Balls,” “Walking till my Pants Fit Again” and “Old LittleTown of Amidon.”
The highlight of the weekend is “A Magical Medora Christmas,” featuring performers from the Medora Musical. Three performances are scheduled in the Old Town Hall Theater.
Hungry? Wait until 5 p.m. when a Cowboy Christmas supper is served at the community center. The cowboy menu features -- what else -- pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, buns and desserts.
Then stay for the dance by Thunder Road and dance competition judged by Mylo and Emma Hatzenbuhler.
Sunday concludes with storytime and cookie decorating with Santa, another Chateau De Mores open house and the Taste of Ethnic Christmas Buffet.
The Cowboy Christmas is for everyone near and far, who wish to celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. For ticket information, visit www.medorachristmas.brownpapertickerts.com or call 800-858-5006. Visit Medora Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for further information.
Friday, Dec. 8
Oyster stew, potato soup, 4:30 p.m., Cowboy Cafe/
Opening ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Roughrider Hotel.
Wreath ceremony, 6:45 p.m., Billings County Veteran’s Memorial.
Tree lighting with Santa, 6:55 p.m., and veteran ceremony, 7 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Clyde Bauman Christmas concert, 8 p.m., Medora Community Center.
A Magical Medora Christmas, 8 p.m., Old Town Hall Theater.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Picture yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park photo, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt National Park Visitor Center.
Chateau De Mores open house, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., interpretive center.
Santa Claus, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Rough Rider Hotel.
Hay Rides, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Roughrider Hotel.
Eats on the Streets, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Medora merchants.
Children’s crafts, 1-3 p.m., Chateau De Mores Interpretive Center.
A Very Mylo christmas, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Chicken Fling, 2 p.m., Behind Billings County Courthouse.
Cowboy Poetry, 1-2:30 p.m. N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame.
A Magical Medora Christmas, 3 p.m.and 6:45 p.m., Old Town Hall Theater.
Cowboy Christmas supper, 5-7 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Kiddie Karnival, 5:30-8 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Basket raffle, 7 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Hay rides, 7-9 p.m., Rough Rider Hotel.
Thunder Road dance, 8 p.m. to midnight, Medora Community Center.
Dance contest, 9:30-10 p.m., Medora Community Center.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Storytime, cookie decorating with Santa, 10-11 a.m., Rough Rider Hotel,
Chateau De Mores open house, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chateau De Mores.
Taste of Ethnic Christmas buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chateau De Mores.
* For information, ticket sales, basket raffle tickets, meal and dance tickets, visit Medora Community Center foyer from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.