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Pre-Rally Event (Elkhart 2023)

  • 17 Jun 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Blue Gate Restaurant and Theater, Shipshewana, IN
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SOITC has arranged a Pre-Rally Event at the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana!

For our new Rally attendees or those not familiar with the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theater, please visit the following web site for information about offerings at the Blue Gate or click on the adjacent logo!

On Saturday evening, the evening prior to official opening of the rally, we have arranged for special pricing and seating for SOITC guests.  The event includes an incredible buffet dinner and the theatrical production of Dear Soldier Boy. 

The Buffet

The food is everything you expect from an Amish home-style restaurant. We recommend starting with dessert!

The buffet features Chicken, Smoked Ham, Shrimp, Meatloaf, Roasted Turkey, Roast Beef and other Homestyle Amish Entrees. Enjoy many of your favorite homemade sides like Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Dressing, Homemade Noodles, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Corn, a soup & salad bar, as well as a large dessert bar. Plus, many other delicious made from scratch family recipes to choose from! 

The Story

It's 1990 and Iraq has just invaded Kuwait. Anna King knows that war is contrary to her Amish ways and figures her father might not approve of her getting involved in any way. Yet, wanting to do something to help America's troops, Anna and her feisty friend Sofia volunteer to write letters of encouragement to the men who are deployed into the conflict. Anna just wants to be a blessing... Sofia just wants to find a husband. What could possibly go wrong with such a pure and noble mission?

It turns out plenty! Especially when all these lonely pen pals happen to get a weekend pass to surprise the girls, and end up arriving at Fern's Cheese Shop where the two girls work - on the very same day!

Will Anna's father find out about her secret mission? Will Sofia finally find a husband? Will true romance be in the air for Anna (or is it just the Limburger cheese?)

Come watch the drama unfold at Blue Gate Musical's hilarious new show, Dear Soldier Boy, written by Martha Bolton, with original songs composed by Wally Nason.

Blue Gate Restaurant and Theatre

105 E Middlebury St

Shipshewana, IN 46565

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