Texas entertainment just a few hours away

By Angela Peacock

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history.
“Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning at 8:15 (CDT) with a chuckwagon barbecue before each performance beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT).
Neil Hess, known for his work in developing the show “Texas,” brought “Lone Star Rising” to the stage to entertain, enrich and educate visitors about the history, heritage and culture of the great state of Texas, according to a Center for Texas Culture press release.
“People are thrilled by the setting for Lone Star Rising,” Hess said in the release. “Many consider the amphitheater at Lake Meredith one of the most beautiful outdoor theaters in the country.”
Last summer for the shows second season visitors came from Chile, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada and other foreign countries to watch a play that Center for Texas Culture Office, Manager Staci Phipps said is quality family entertainment.
“It’s a beautiful setting right here by Lake Meredith, and it’s affordable if you want to stay overnight,” Phipps said. “Lone Star Rising really portrays the cowboy, Native American and Mexican culture of this area. There is lots of color, it’s really upbeat with a lot of signing and dancing, and there is definitely a lot interesting history.”
“Lone Star Rising” will run through Aug. 17, but will having a free entry night Aug. 2 for all military personnel who show a current military ID.
For information or to make reservations, call (806) 274-9050 extension 32.