Hello Camp Courageous!
The Travel Group had a wonderful day!! We started off our day meeting all 17 of our travelers and 5 volunteers here at Camp. As we were preparing to start our journey to Wisconsin, it started snowing!! How fitting since we were on our way to watch a Christmas show! Seeing the beautiful snow filled the group with Christmas spirit so we had to listen to some Christmas music on our drive!! The drive to Wisconsin was smooth, the snow stopped shortly after we left time and the rain stopped by the time we reached the Wisconsin border.
We arrived at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells around 11am. The group hopped off of the bus and took a big group picture in front of the theater. The inside of the theater was all decorated with Christmas decorations and looked great. While we waited to be seated we took some pictures in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree! Traveler Karolyn Thier came decked out in a awesome light up hat and she also had a Christmas light necklace that lit up! Way to show your Christmas spirit!
Before we knew it, it was time to head into the theater. The usher directed us to our seats where we found our tables set up for lunch! The travelers were in awe of how fancy the table settings were! The travelers were also excited to find that we had great seats in the second row with a perfect view of the stage! Our tables were already filled with delicious bread and salad to start so we quickly grabbed our seats and started eating!! Our next course was a bowl of creamy tomato basil soup! The main course included ham, turkey breast, stuffing, roasted veggies and a twice baked stuffed sweet potato! The food was delicious!
After we enjoyed our lunch it was just in time for the show to start (Sorry, we don’t have pictures of the show, photographs were not allowed during the performance). Christmas at the Palace is the name of the show and the theme this year was “Christmas in the City”. The first act featured lots of great Christmas songs such as “Deck the Halls”, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, Silver Bells” and more! The cast portrayed New York City residents getting ready for Christmas, elves, carolers and toy soldiers while singing and dancing away! The cast did a lot of medleys where they combined multiple songs into one number. The travelers loved it! They were singing and dancing along in their seats, especially travelers Josh Jostad, Jesse Sterzenbach, Chris Bradley and Michael Novotny.
After the first act, there was an intermission. The travelers loved the first act and couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the second act. Intermission meant that we had some time to get up and stretch our legs but it also meant it was time for dessert!! Our servers brought out our delicious dessert which was a pound cake drizzled with chocolate, raspberries and whipped cream! Yum!
The second act was awesome! We had visits from Frosty, Rudolph and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus!! The travelers cheered and sang along louder when these characters came out on stage!! Santa asked the audience to do a sing-a-long with him to the songs, “Welcome Christmas” and “Here Comes Santa Claus”. Travelers Barb Shulz and Stephen Esker were loving the sing-a-long!! There were also really great tap dancing routines and the second act featured great songs such as “Happy Holiday”, “Toyland”, and “I Wonder as I Wonder”. The show ended it a live nativity scene! It was beautiful! There was even a real life camel, donkey and two goats! The cast sang a “Worship the Gift Medley” and ended with an amazing performance of “O Holy Night”.
The Palace Theater never disappoints! The Palace always put on a great show for us and fills us with a lot of delicious food! First time traveler, Spencer Fransen said “I had a blast!”. After the show ended we made our way to the bus to start our drive back to Iowa. We stopped to grab dinner to go from the Culver’s in Platteville. The manager Zack and his crew were amazing and super efficient with getting our large group order ready for us to pick up and go. Excellent customer service! During our drive back to Iowa, traveler Chris Bradley was leading the group in some Christmas songs! We made stops in Maquoketa, Davenport, Coralville, Marion and Camp to drop off the travelers.
Thank you to all of our travelers, Sara Billhorn, Stacy Boehler, Barb Shulz, Don Schaul, Iver Hovet, Stephen Esker, Chris Bradley, Josh Jostad, Austin Roehrig, Danny Lind, Jesse Sterzenbach, Darlene Cavin, Afton Proudfit, Susie Schneiter, Karolyn Thier, Spencer Franson and Michael Novotny for traveling with us today! Thank you to all of my volunteers, Treva Guyer, Diane Sneed, Danielle Thyfault, Tara Roehrig and Sam LaFrance, for all of your help today!!
– Travel Team