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Antietam Rec offers holiday show

November 21, 2007

The holiday season is in full swing at Antietam Recreation. The 2007 Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Show debuted Nov. 10 and performances will continue every Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 9:15 p.m, through Jan. 5.

The evening of wholesome family fun includes a hay ride, square dancing, a live nativity and petting zoo, marshmallow roasting, an ambush game and more. Holiday decorations, a forest of trees and thousands of white lights surround guests as they enjoy their meal. The meal is served by costumed characters and includes barbeque beef, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, biscuits, applesauce, baked beans and dessert.

This year's dinner show is all new with new characters and new musical numbers. The "Christmas Reborn" musical-drama unfolds in a Western town of yesteryear. There are horses and fight sequences in addition to romance and a script that is both funny and heartwarming.

As always, a special feature of the show is World Champion Roper Andy Rotz, who thrills the audience with his incredible stunts, horse tricks, bull-whip cracking, trick-roping and knife throwing.

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The 2008 Guinness Book of World Records features Washington County-native Rotz, for his Guinness Record of 11,123 Texas Skips (consecutive jumps through a twirling lariat).

"Amidst the busy world of hectic malls, traffic jams and long to-do lists, this is a place where families can retreat to a quieter time, a magical story and a simple kind of joy," said Mary Rotz, owner of Antietam Recreation.

Washington County schools music director Rob Hovermale produced the lyrics and music for the show. Antietam Recreation is at 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Hagerstown.

Reservations are required for the Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas Dinner and Show. For a full list of dates, go to www.antietamrecreation.com or call 301-797-7999.

Tickets cost $29.70 for adults, $27.50 for seniors 60 and older, and $19.80 for children 3 to 12. Group rates are available.

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