Crowns and Gowns 2015

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Welcome to the biggest prom event in the Midwest! Hirschfeld’s Prom Shoppe is bringing you over 1000 NEW PROM DRESSES from over 30 of the hottest designers! This is the ultimate prom shopping experience. Plus this year we are adding a high intensity, hugely amazing fashion show on Saturday night! The fashion show will feature participants in the Miss Nebraska Organization, other special guest, and a live performance by Miss Nebraska 2014, Megan Swanson!

This mega prom dress event from Hirschfeld’s Prom Shoppe will be even bigger and better than last year! We have tripled in space and almost doubled the number of dresses for our big weekend. We will also have over 20 DRESSING ROOMS – making your experience even better. We will also have over 100 dresses under $100, sizes 00-28 and every style imaginable, so no matter the look or price you want – we have it. With our dedicated and experienced staff of wonderful girls, we are here to truly make this your most memorable shopping trip.

This is a don’t miss weekend so plan now!! Saturday shopping opens at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The doors then close as we prepare for the fashion show, and we will reopen at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. Then, Sunday the shopping continues from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Miss Nebraska Organization will also be hosting an amazing line up of pageant workshops and more all weekend long! For more invormation, visit the Crowns and Gowns website.

Super Bride Sunday

It’s Super Bride Sunday at the Quality Inn and Suites / Sandhills Convention Center. January 25, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The Fashion Show begins at 3:00pm.

Vendors from across the state and area will be showcasing bridal fashions and wedding goods, perfect for any wedding. Register for a Honeymoon Cruise Give-away as well as other door prizes. Some restrictions may apply.

Free admission!

Spamalot LogoThe North Platte Community Playhouse will present Monty Python’s hit show SPAMALOT Feb. 6-8 and 13-15.

It will be a treat for the eyes, the ears, and funny bone.

Directed by Anne Schmit and with music by Donna Pucket, The show stars Jim Shreck as King Arthur, Scott Carlson as Galahad, Mark Cullinan as Lancelot, Tom Clements as Robin, Thomas Bartling as Bedevere, Butch Lehmkuler as Patsy, and Elizabeth Peters as the Lady of the Lake. Appearing as Laker Girls, French Taunters, Dead People, Fish Shlappers, horses, dancers, Tim the Enchanter, etc. are Jen Clements, Will Knox, Justin Morgan, Philip Ryan, Corey Scott, Florence Gonzales-Todd, Katy Walker, Seth Vapenik, Traci Sawyer, Amariah Gesinski, Sue McKain, Susan Williams, Craig Cullinan, Ty Waits, Sam Fornander, Ben Bartholomew, Ashley Aloi, Chantel Burch, Misty McClain, and Darien Myers. Working on crews they have Bryan Solko, Muffy Morris. Jean Culey, and Martha Orcutt.

Members of the NPCP Board of Directors give a sneak peek of the amazing costumes that will be featured in the upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Pictured: (Back row from left) Wayne Pressnall, Todd Turner, Bea Webster, Sara Morris, Daniel Harder, Rajean Shepherd.  (Front Row) Lou Cox-Fornander.

Members of the NPCP Board of Directors give a sneak peek of the amazing costumes that will be featured in the upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Pictured: (Back row from left) Wayne Pressnall, Todd Turner, Bea Webster, Sara Morris, Daniel Harder, Rajean Shepherd. (Front Row) Lou Cox-Fornander.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004–2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Tickets sales for the production begin Monday, February 2. Tickets can be purchased at the NPCP Box Office, Monday-Friday Noon-5:00 p.m., online at or at the door prior to any performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m.

This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment of the Arts.

If you’ve got family in town for the holidays and you’d like to get out of the house for a while to enjoy some great local scenery, a good suggestion might be viewing some of our most magnificent winter visitors – Bald Eagles.

Lincoln County boasts a large number of winter visitors, as many Bald Eagles choose the central flyway for waterfowl migration as their preferred overwintering home. North Platte’s Cody Park is a convenient and comfortable place to watch these magnificent birds during their winter sojourn. A drive along the Platte River between North Platte and Sutherland will also provide the opportunity to see many Bald Eagles.

Perhaps the best viewing of all is at the Sutherland Reservoir. On the east, there’s the Outlet and Hershey Beach, where the cooling pond from the Nebraska Public Power District’s Gerald Gentleman Power Plant is open water all year long and fish and waterfowl provide a constant food supply for the Eagles. On the north is Hole in the Wall, Omaha Beach and the Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course. A drive along the road within the wall will put you in close proximity to many Eagles. On the west is the Inlet with more opportunities to view the overwintering Eagles. Find more information on area birding opportunities HERE.

Blessings of Christmas Joy to all!

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December 17, 1941. Ten days after Pearl Harbor. North Platte residents met a troop train coming through on Union Pacific Railroad’s main line.

They had heard would be carrying their loved ones to war. There were soldiers on it all right, but from Kansas, not North Platte. After an uncomfortable silence, the townsfolk surged forward to share their Christmas treasures with the Kansas boys, and the idea for the North Platte Canteen was born. Eight days later on Christmas day, the Canteen opened and would remain open for the next 54 months, serving more than six million service men and women for the duration of World War II.

The story lives on in North Platte in the Canteen exhibit at the Lincoln County Historical Museum that will open for the season on May 1.

Pickin with Santa

Join the North Platte Country Bluegrass Festival on December 20th, 2014 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for their “Pickin’ With Santa” fundraiser!

They will be serving hot soup, delicious deserts, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee all for a FREE WILL DONATION. While you are eating, kick back and listen to some great LIVE bluegrass music! Bring the kids and get pictures with our Bluegrass Santa.

Proceeds will go to support the 2015 Country Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for April 23-25 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

Make a day of it celebrating Christmas in North Platte! Enjoy the Christmas at the Cody’s, beginning at 5:30pm at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, then after enjoying an evening of Bluegrass music, make your way to Cody Park for the Cody Park Winter Wonderland!

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Every nook and cranny of Buffalo Bill’s North Platte home is filled with holiday cheer. Outside, cider, cookies and roasted chestnuts are served in a recreation of Christmas past. Horsedrawn rides complete with carolers will keep you warm and toasty no matter the weather. Inside you’ll find live entertainment in the parlor, and even Santa will make an appearance. Of course, Buffalo Bill himself will be there to make you feel welcome. December 19-22, 5:30pm. Admission is $5 per person, children 3 and under free.

Soar high above Christmas at the Cody’s, then come out and visit for yourself!

Even the horse barn is filled with Christmas cheer!

Santas Train Village

Join Conductor Bernie as he shares Santa’s Train Village at his home, 1609 West 1st St., North Platte.

Santa’s Trail Village will be open December 10, 11 and 12 in the evening from 4pm – 8pm, and on Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 14 11am to 4pm.

A Free will Donation to North Platte’s Original Town Association will help with Rail Fest 2015.

You may pick up tickets at the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation, 502 S. Dewey St. after December 2nd.

Small children must be held.


For your musical enjoyment, one of North Platte’s premiere vocal groups, the Heartland Singers perform their Christmas concert on Sunday, December 7 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

There will be some traditional music performed, such as “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah and “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” as well as beloved Christmas carols like “The Little Drummer Boy.” There will be songs that not everyone will know but some they can recognize, too, like “Still, Still, Still” and “Mary Did You Know?”