Rodeo and Wild West Show Tickets on Sale!
Tickets for the 2014 Buffalo Bill Rodeo, June 18-21, went on sale this morning on the NEBRASKAland DAYS website and in the office at 509 E. 4th Street. What better place to see rodeo than in the town where it was invented by Buffalo Bill Cody 132 years ago?
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of NEBRASKAland DAYS, Nebraska’s official state celebration. To commemorate the milestone, the celebration is bringing back the Wild West Show!
The Great American Wild West Show is the most true-to-life reproduction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders ever produced! Performances of the Great American Wild West Show will be on June 24 and 25.
Tickets also went on sale this morning for the The Great American Wild West Show. If you purchase tickets to both the Rodeo and Wild West Show, you’ll save 50% on your Wild West Show ticket!
The production, directed by NPCC theater director Ritch Galvan and NPCC music instructor Elizabeth Peters, will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 with a matinee set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” As the cast performs “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.
“We are very excited to bring musical theatre back to NPCC after a 15 year hiatus,” Galvan said, adding, “Godspell is going to be the first of many musical we will bring to audience of North Platte. This musical production is fun for all ages and shows off not just the talents of NPCC students, but also several community members who’ve lent their talents as well.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and can be purchased at the door.
What’s new at the Golden Spike Tower? Join them for their open house, Wednesday, December 4 from 4:00 – 7:00pm, 1249 N. Homestead Road.
Meet the new Executive Director and staff, enjoy complimentary tours and refreshments and watch the sun set from the top of the Spike.
For your Christmas shopping, there will also be exclusive discounts in the gift shop and prize giveaways!
“Blind Date” is the theme for the 20th annual Robert M. Rouch Memorial Living Christmas Tree at North Platte’s First Baptist Church, 100 McDonald Road, Thursday December 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Each year the sanctuary is transformed by a massive “living” Christmas Tree, peopled by wonderful performers from the congregation. The event is free to the public, but as it is a very popular show, tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, December 2 at the church office, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 1 :00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or can be held in reserve by calling the office at (308) 532-6772. There will be a free will donation taken during the show.
As an added treat, the audience will have an opportunity to browse the World Crafts Boutique in Fellowship Hall after the Living Christmas Tree performance. All of the profits from these sales go back directly to the artisans involved to improve their family’s daily life. Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall after the performance.
The City of North Platte presents Christmas in Cody Park! Santa’s workshop will be open December 4 – Dec. 30, from 5pm to 10pm nightly. The mayor’s lighting of the North Pole will be at 6:00pm on December 4th.
Hayrides will be offered 4-9pm on Sundays and 6-9pm Tuesdays through Thursdays. Horse Wagon Rides will be offered 6-9pm Fridays and Saturdays and 6-9pm on Sunday, December 22.
Pictures with Santa will be available Fridays and Saturdays – bring your own camera!
St. Nick’s Flicks in the Sticks movie nights are December 14 and December 21. Titles TBA.
There will be free carousel and glider rides Tuesday through Friday, 6-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays 4 – 9pm.
Children on Parade is at 4pm on December 15. Come in your favorite costume! There will be a Golden Goose game and prizes!
Concessions will be available Tuesday through Friday 6 – 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 4 – 9pm.
Santa’s workshop only will be open December 25 – 30.
The fun kicks off on Saturday, November 30 with “Shop Small Store Saturday”. There are lots of great independent merchants in downtown North Platte. Be sure to check out some of their offerings. The little ones can enjoy cookie decorating at the Espresso Shoppe, 419 North Dewey, from 2 – 4pm.
The Christmas season kicks into high gear on Thursday, December 5, starting off with a soup cook-off at the Depot, 520 N. Jeffers, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Then there is the downtown Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the corner of 5th and Dewey at 6:30pm. At the Neville Center, 301 E. 5th Street, you can get a free photo with Santa and enjoy horse drawn rides, compliments of First National Bank, from 7 – 8pm.
On Thursday December 12th, the Espresso Shoppe will again be hosting cookie decorating, and there will be a petting zoo featuring Santa’s reindeer at NebraskaLand National Bank, 121 North Dewey, from 3 – 5pm. The highlight of the evening will be the “Light up the Bricks” holiday parade at 5:30pm along Dewey Street between A and 6th Streets.
Each year the North Platte’s headquarters for the Miss Nebraska Pageant, the Quality Inn and Suites/Sandhills Convention Center, hosts the Festival of Trees. The event benefits the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Fund and Children’s Miracle Network.
Participants decorate Christmas trees and wreaths, including table top trees and table top settings in any theme they choose. The trees will be displayed to the public at the Sandhills Convention Center on November 29, 30 and December 1. An auction to sell the items will be held at 4:00pm on December 1, 2013.
Awards will be presented for: People’s Choice Tree; Most Unique Tree; Best Home-Made Tree; Best Wreath; Best Table Tree or Table Setting
Take the time to enjoy these wonderful holiday decorations, then stick around for the auction! If you’re a savvy bidder, one of these wonderful creations could grace your Christmas celebration!
If you’re coming to visit North Platte or one of our other Lincoln County communities in November or December chances are you’re not coming for our many attractions and festivals. You’re probably coming to visit family for the Holidays. For some of you it’s coming home and for others it may be a new experience following someone back that is from the area. As most of us know often times the key to a successful holiday isn’t so much how much time you spend with the family, it’s successfully spending time with family without everyone losing their minds and creating conflict. Do you know what the easiest way to avoid conflict is? Get out of the house. Sometimes you need some time to yourself or just some time with your family and especially your crazy uncle. North Platte has a ton of options to make sure that you can spend quality time with the family without feeling trapped in the house.
If you’re looking for a place to build up a sweat and work out the stress head to the North Platte Recreation Center. It has everything you need and it’s open everyday during the holiday season except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The daily rates are very reasonable and they even provide free childcare if you need it.
Escaping through exercise isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, maybe you’d just like to break away and have a nice quiet cup of coffee, read a book, or catch up with your favorite aunt away from the hubbub of the holidays at the house. Luckily North Platte has you covered, there’s several coffee shops so you can be sure that you’ll find one that has just what you’re looking for.
Maybe you don’t need an escape, maybe the kids just need to get out of the house and run around, burn off some energy or just experience something new and different. Take them to the North Platte Children’s Museum. It’s a great way to let the kids learn and explore while getting them out of the house before they break the good china. (What? Your children would never break the good china. Must just be the kids in my family.)
Lastly it may not just be you or the kids that needs to get out of the house for a bit, maybe the whole family is going nuts. In that case it may be best to find an activity that the whole family can do together. I’m going to suggest bowling. There are three very good reasons that I’m suggesting bowling. One, it gets people up and moving. I mean not a ton, but some “exercise” is better than none. Two, it allows you to keep score and use that score to claim family bragging rights or propose insane bets with other family members. Three, bowling alley’s have “beverages”.
There you go, a whole list of activities that you or the whole family can embark on to ensure that you get the break you need during the holidays. We all hope you have a great visit in North Platte and come back soon.
Soldiers, Sailors, Army Air Corps, Marines, WACs and WAVES came through the North Platte Canteen during World War II.
We salute all who have served and say “Thank You!”
Join the Lincoln County Historical Museum for a celebration of the North Platte Canteen. This is a special season to remember the service that our men and women give for our country. Homemade recipes from our local Canteen Cook Book will be served.
The event is Friday November 8 at 5:30pm and Saturday November 9 at 12:00pm.
Live music! Dress in 40′s styles or military uniforms to add to the fun!
Tickets are $20 and are available at Alco, 201 Est 6th St. on Mondays; Gary’s Super Foods, 1620 East 4th St on Wednesdays; A to Z Books, 507 N. Jeffers St. during business hours; RSVP, 901 East 10th St. during business hours; Lincoln County Visitors Bureau, 315 W. Eugene during business hours.
Make checks payable to Lincoln County Historical Museum or LCHM