Saturday Night Live & Lawrence Welk

Saturday Night Live - Lawrence Welk Cold Open - Video - NBC.com.

I joined America last Saturday night, eager to watch one of the SNL's most anticipated hosts, Betty White.  As the episode started, I was even more surprised to see North Dakota's own Lawrence Welk!  Obviously, I know it wasn't the real Lawrence Welk - but to have SNL paying tribute to America's favorite "champagne music" bandleader is pretty cool.

Lawrence Welk's story of German-immigrant roots and American dreams lives on at the Birthplace of Lawrence Welk - the family homestead near Strasberg, ND.  Visitors can tour through the well-kept sod house where Welk was born, a summer kitchen, barn, blacksmith shop and learn about Germans from Russia and the immigration stories of the area.  Tours are offered weekends, Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend.