Betty Rydell and Friends Christmas Show continues a holiday tradition

A holiday tradition continues as Betty Rydell brings her Christmas show to Medina Dec. 9.

Betty Rydell (left) and Randi Rae will take the stage in the Betty Rydell and Friends Christmas Show set for Dec. 9. Photo submitted

Betty Rydell (left) and Randi Rae will take the stage in the Betty Rydell and Friends Christmas Show set for Dec. 9. Photo submitted

The Betty Rydell and Friends Christmas Show will take the stage Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Medina Entertainment Center.

The show will feature Christmas music, country and gospel songs. There will also be tributes to Taylor Swift, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts and Michael Jackson.

“Mine’s kind of a relaxed show,” said Rydell, an Anoka resident who has been entertaining audiences since she was a young child.

Rydell has been voted Best Female Entertainer of the Year two years in a row by the Winter Texan. She performs throughout Minnesota and Texas playing many instruments, singing and yodeling.

Also joining Rydell on stage is her 18-year-old granddaughter Randi Rae. She will be singing songs by Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts as well as yodeling, fiddling and doing duets with Rydell.

Young singers joining Rydell and Rae on stage include Selena Brill, who Rydell describes as a “little girl with a big voice.”

Julius Andrews IV of Coon Rapids will also perform as will Alaina Wolfe and Alexander Mallon.

Edward Bearse, Jo Anne Hed and others will also take the stage.

Band members include Gregg Dopp on guitar, Terry Nord on keyboard, Terry Skoquist on drums and David Carlson on bass.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance at the annual Christmas show.

For Rydell, the show is about more than just entertaining audiences. It is also about giving young singers an opportunity to perform.

“They’re very professional kids,” Rydell said.

They pick out their own songs to perform, she said.

Many of the young performers have moved on from the Christmas show to attend college and pursue other singing opportunities.

Andrews, Brill and Wolfe have all found success at the Minnesota State Fair, which is where Rydell finds many of her young singers.

The Betty Rydell and Friends Christmas Show began as a free concert at Anoka Covenant Church. It was held at various other locations and for the past five or six years has taken place at the Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55 in Hamel.

“It’s a lot of work but enjoyable too,” Rydell said about the annual show. “I really enjoy it.”

Tickets are $19 for adults in advance. Groups of 10 or more receive advance tickets for $16. Children 14 and younger are admitted for free. Tickets at the door are $22.

To order tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a check or money order made payable to Betty Rydell Bearse at 712 Jefferson St., Anoka, MN 55303. For more information, call 763-422-0544.

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