By David Lewis
Fruitland, WA – Southwest Stevens County is the least populated area in the county – pristine and yet rugged, filled with pine trees and acres of farmland, and pastures where herds of cattle graze peacefully. Mostly served by state highway 25 with small county roads, it is not a place where one would expect to find a major Christmas holiday production, but that’s exactly what is being offered over the next two weekends in the heart of Fruitland, Washington.
“A True Country Christmas” is a fun-filled dinner theater with a two-hour musical production and five-course dinner at Fruitland Bible Camp. When you arrive, parking attendants will direct you as you walk through thousands of sparkling lights to the reception where doors open at 5 p.m. with the 2-hour dinner and show starting at 6 p.m.
My wife and I attended the second evening on Dec. 2. We highly recommend making reservations with your entree choice and treating yourself to a quality dinner theater and musical production. Here’s what you can expect:
When you reach the reception, you are greeted by hostesses, Riley and McKenna, who will take your coat, and you’ll feel like you are walking into your grandmother’s living room with holiday beverages laid out on the table, including hot chocolate, coffee, tea, spiced cider and cranberry punch. This is a great opportunity for family holiday photos as you gaze at the fireplace and enjoy relaxing conversation with your family and friends. The Christmas tree will set the mood with a 1950’s electric train circling its base around the wrapped gifts.
Host Paul Tappero will greet you at the dining room, where you’ll be dazzled by decorations and lights and enjoy alluring aromas from the kitchen, signaling the start of a delicious five-course dinner prepared by Keith Silverton, renowned five-star chef, with twenty years of experience in major restaurants along the entire west coast. Be sure to select your main entree when you make your reservation. Your choices are roasted prime rib, baked salmon or a full turkey dinner. Each course is prepared fresh with ample portions, and served gradually over the two-hour program. We cannot say enough about how uniquely flavorful each course was, including the dessert.
The entertainment is provided by Thad and Rebecca Huseby who have been traveling and performing together for over 50 years throughout the United States, and who have recorded over 20 albums and written 500 songs. Rebecca wrote her first song when she was just three years old (her mother wrote the words down for her). Not only will they get you into the spirit of Christmas with their talents, but engage the audience with a fun sing along with many of your Christmas favorites. Soft seasonal music is playing as you are seated at your table. The Huseby’s extend a warm welcome and encourage folks to sing along with old favorites of the season. Two songs written by Rebecca will touch your heart, “A Soldier’s Christmas,” and “Hope is Born.” Host Paul Tappero will take you on a nostalgic trip with Christmas stories from the past 100 years as well as the history of the bible camp and its impact on communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Some may say the price for this event is high at $75. But factor in a highly-skilled chef, elegant ambiance and very attentive service at a similar-style restaurant with similar food and it would be much higher. Not to mention the addition of a wonderful show that is uniquely entertaining. Your host, Paul Tappero, realizes this is not an everyday dining choice for most people, but it can be a memorable and enjoyable splurge for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.
Treat yourself, your spouse and your family, and come on out for “A True Country Christmas in the Country” – a Christmas event that will be fun for the entire family.
Reservations and entree choice
Call (509) 722-3665 to make your reservations and select your entree of roasted prime rib, baked salmon or a full turkey dinner.
Dates: There are two more dates to choose from: Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16.
Time: Reception is at 5 p.m. with Dinner Theater from 6 – 8 p.m.
Address/Directions: From Springdale, take Springdale-Hunters Road to Hwy 25 and turn left. Coming from Kettle Falls, take Hwy 25 south Coming from Davenport, take Hwy 25 north to Mudget Road. The parking area is well lit up with parking attendants. Hunters Road to Hwy 25, trun left, go to Mudget Lake Road, turn left. The bible camp is 1/2 mile on your left.