Category Archives: Branson Shows

Midwest Living designates Branson as a “Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escape”

Open, even in the snow, the distinctive earthquake look of "Ripley's Believe" It Or Not" makes it one of the most identifiable buildings in the world.

BRANSON, Mo., January 28, 2013 — “We thought it was ‘cool’ when Branson was designated as one of the 25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots by ‘Midwest Living'” in the summer of 2011, but Midwest Living’s recent designation of Branson as one of the 15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes is really ‘cool,'” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “That’s one of the great things about Branson, summer or winter, it’s always a ‘cool’ place to have fun, be entertained, shop, simply relax, or enjoy any of the many other exciting activities Branson offers year round for individuals, families, reunions and groups of all types,” she continued.

In designating Branson as one of the ’15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes’ the article specifically mentions the beauty of the woods around Table Rock Lake, the simple joy of sipping hot chocolate and enjoying Branson’s “winter landscape from the other side of a picture window.” It emphasizes that even in January and February “the weather is often mild enough by Midwest standards (average highs in the 40s and 50s) to fish and golf” and that “some of Branson’s shows also continue through the winter.”

Johnson points out that although not mentioned in the article, the vast majority of Branson’s major attractions remain open year round. From a Lake Taneycomo sightseeing or dinner cruise with Main Street Lake Cruises to a voyage on the Titanic; Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripleys Believe It or Not to Tigers and Zipliners, even in the winter tBranson offers a myriad of fun and exciting things for Branson visitors to do. Summer or winter, Branson’s famed shopping remains a constant with its three major shopping malls remaining open along with Dicks 5 & 10 and most of Branson’s specialty shops

Branson was the only Missouri destination selected. Beside Branson, the other 14 Midwest Living “Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes” were, in alphabetical order, Bayfield, Wisconsin; Black Hills, South Dakota; Brainerd, Minnesota; Canoe Bay, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Crystal Mountain, Michigan; Dearborn, Michigan; Door County, Wisconsin; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan; Parke County, Indiana; Southwest Lake Michigan shore, St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota and Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

New 2013 Branson show season has Grand opening

Jarrett Dougherty the comedian in the "Pierce Arrow Show "cutting" up with members of the Pierce Arrow Quartet.

BRANSON, Mo., January 24, 2013 — “One of the many great things about Branson is the anticipation and excitement that the opening of each new show season in Branson brings as its shows incorporate new innovations, numbers, routines, acts, costuming and  choreography into their performances to provide their audiences with a fresh entertainment experience,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. Mike Patrick, General Manager & Producer of the Grand Jubilee show and the other shows at the “Grand Country Music Hall” agrees.

Patrick said, “When Grand Jubilee opened its 2013 Season on January 1, about 70 percent of the show’s music and 50 percent of its comedy was new.” He points out that there are certain musical numbers such as New South’s performance of “YMCA” and comedy routines that the audience expects and looks forward to that tend to stay in from year to year until there is an indication that the audiences wants a change. Patrick said that to have the 2013 version of Grand Jubilee ready for January 1 they began rehearsals in early November even as they performed their 2012 Christmas shows.

Typically, and 2013 was no exception, it is the new Grand Jubilee that leads Branson shows into their new season. Other shows have started their new 2013 Branson season during January and, as of today, The Official Show Schedule of Branson.Com, powered by the Branson Tourism Center, indicates that by the end of February the following shows, listed alphabetically with links provided to scheduling, pricing and other information, will be open:

Absolutely Patsy

Amazing Pets

Branson Country USA

Comedy Jamboree

Dixie Stampede

Grand Jubilee

it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Haygoods

Legends in Concert

New Jersey Nights

Ozark Mountain Jubilee

Pierce Arrow

Sunday Gospel Jubilee

Twelve Irish Tenors

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson also points out that the majority of Branson’s major attractions remain open years round. From Tigers to fishing, the Odd to a voyage on the Titanic or the excitement of a Zipliner or a Lake Taneycomo sightseeing or dinner cruise with Main Street Lake Cruises, even in February Branson offers visitors an amazing variety of exciting activities.

Branson magic is no illusion

The unique one of a kind bird illusion of Dave and Denise Hamner is just part of the magic and amazing entertainment of the Hamner Barber Variety Show.

BRANSON, Mo., January 14, 2013 — “It’s no illusion, Branson’s magic shows are a ‘magical’ experience for the whole family,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center . She goes on to point out that although known primarily for the variety and quality of its live music shows, Branson is also blessed with a variety of award winning magic shows offering something for every taste.

The Hamner Barber Variety Show features the spectacular magic of Dave and Denise Hamner who have won numerous awards for their magic including having twice received a “Merlin Award” from the International Magician Society. From the opening through the subtle beauty of Hamner’s presentation of the “Magic of the Silver Coins, ” the death defying excitement and danger of “Vertigo” and inspiration of the “Ark of the Lost Covenant” the illusions in this show keep audiences on the edge of their seats as illusions unfold and hold them in a constant state of excitement as to what was coming next not only in terms of the illusion, but the production, sets, and color that is part of each.

And that’s just part of the “magic” of the show. The ventriloquism genius and comedy of Jim Barber, one of the world’s top ventriloquists is woven together with the Hamner’s illusions the result is a unique magical blend of entertainment not available anywhere else in Branson.

Kirby VanBurch, another International Award-Winning Magician, and his signature ” family of exotic animals including a Royal White Tigers has been entertaining Branson audiences with shows filled with huge illusions, “big time production numbers dancing and hilarious comedy” for over a decade. It has been described as “a thrill-a-second production packed full of astonishing disappearing acts, a helicopter appearing in 3 seconds flat, assistants cut in half, and other never-before-seen illusions.”

Taylor Reed, who has been entertaining audiences in Branson for eight years, was seen by millions when he appeared on the hit NBC primetime show, “America’s Got Talent” and ” amazed judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osborne, and Howard Stern when he made a motorcycle appear during his performance. In 2013 this talented magician will have his own theatre and a new show called “The Magic & Comedy of Taylor Reed”, featuring along with Reed, special guest illusionists that will be appearing throughout the season.

The show will feature ” original illusions, comedy, and dance, along with his menagerie of furry friends,” a “fire eating performance and a disappearing NASCAR illusion.” In announcing the new show Reed said that in performing at his own theatre, ” I am presented with an amazing opportunity to bring out the “Big Gun” illusions, with professional lighting, sound, and special effects. And, the original set from the Las Vegas EFX show designed by David Mendoza.”

For additional information or tickets for any of the shows mentioned in this article or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

Branson a perfect Valentine

The Titanic Museum Attractions spectacular "Grand Staircase" is a precise replica of the original.

BRANSON, Mo., January 13, 2013 — What better place than in Branson to express the meaning to your Valentine of what Thomas Hood meant when he said, “Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine?” Branson is filled with ways to show that special someone just how special they are and that they “Art every day my Valentine!”

Whether your Valentine’s Day is a one day celebration on Thursday, February 14 or runs into the weekend, Branson, with its shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping and other activities is a special Valentine to share with that special someone. A number of Branson’s shows will be offering a wide variety of live entertainment to share with your Valentine includin

Absolutely Patsy

Amazing Pets

Branson Country USA

Comedy Jamboree

Dixie Stampede

Grand Jubilee

Hamner Barber Variety Show

Haygoods

it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Legends in Concert

Ozark Mountain Jubilee

Ozark Murder Mysteries

Pierce Arrow

Sunday Gospel Jubilee

New Jersey Nights

Twelve Irish Tenors

For that special Valentine’s Day meal Branson has a variety of choices ranging from the simple down home cooking of “Clocker’s Café” in historic downtown Branson to the elegant cuisine of the Level 2 Steak House, Table 22, Cosmopolitan Bistro, Chateau on the Lake and others. For a truly special Valentine’s Day memory how about a romantic champagne cruise and dinner aboard Main Street Lake Cruises 100 foot luxury yacht the Landing Princess as it cruises beautiful Lake Taneycomo from its berth in Branson Landing.

The romance of Valentine’s Day is a perfect fit for the Titanic Museum‘s “Sweetheart Month” as they remember the honeymoon couples and brides-to-be who sailed on the ships fateful maiden voyage. The Titanic’s elegant full sized replica of the “Titanic’s Grand Staircase” is a unique and beautiful spot for a wedding or to renew Wedding Vows on Valentines Day or any time.

For those coming for the Valentine’s weekend, the Branson Tourism Center offers a Valentine’s packages combining lodging, shows, attractions, cruises and more that offers not only a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but to save money. One example is its Valentine’s Day Package offering 3 days and 2 nights lodging at the Hilton Promenade, choice of show tickets, two tickets to the Titanic Museum Attraction, a special “romance basket” and more.

Why not plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with your special Valentine, in Branson? For additional information on celebrating Valentine’s Day in Branson or tickets for Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Grand Country is simply Grand Entertainment and Fun

Farm themed 18 hole mini golf currently under construction at Grand Country.

BRANSON, Mo., January 11, 2013 — “For convenience, location, variety and fun in the middle of the Branson Strip, regardless of the weather, Grand Country just about has it all,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. In the midst of adding two outdoor 18 hole mini golf courses with interactive sound effects and animations, the Grand Country Entertainment Complex, located in the heart of the world famous “Branson Strip” offers a virtually “one stop” vacation for the entire family.

From a variety of clean, relaxing and spacious accommodations at the Grand Country the complex offers a variety of shows; dining experiences; shopping; games and activities that is unrivaled in Branson. This  including indoor, and soon to be available outdoor, miniature golf; an indoor pool with water park and the “Fun Spot,” one of the most complete video and arcade game facilities in Branson.

“Splash Country Indoors,” Missouri’s first-indoor water park, is connected to the Grand Country Inn. It  offers its guests 20,000 square feet of tumbling, falling squirting, and watery fun 365 days a year regardless of what the weather is like outside.

Branson is noted for its shows and the Grand Country complex’s “Grand Country Music Hall” offers a variety of exciting shows sure to entertain just about every member of the family. A favorite of families with children is Amazing Pets, an amazing troupe of cats and dogs, many which have been rescued from dog pounds and humane societies across the country. It’s a show that delights children and the young of heart as, along with many other magical surprises, the show lights up the faces of its audience with excitement and anticipation.

The Grand Country Music Hall is also the home of one of Branson’s most popular shows, the fabulous Grand Jubilee. Produced by Mike Patrick, and featuring one of the best live bands in Branson, this musical/comedy variety show features the music of the one of Branson’s most outstanding quartets, “New South,” the vocals of Jackie Brown and Todd Bradshaw and the comedy and talents of Jamie Haage as “Jim Dandy.” In addition, the Grand Country Music Hall has a variety of other shows including the Down Home Country, Comedy Jamboree, New South Gospel, Branson Country USA, Sunday Gospel Jubilee and Ozark Mountain Jubilee.

 

Farm themed 18 hole mini golf currently under construction at Grand Country.

The complex offers indoor miniature golf and the ‘Grand Country Fun Spot’ featuring a state of the art video arcade game facility that has the most popular video and fun arcade games of every style. From motocross racing to space exploring, it has all the latest arcade attractions along with the ‘White River Black Light Mini-Golf Course in 3D; Mini-Bowling with “cool lights illuminating the bowling lanes along with, rockin’ videos and music” and much more

The Grand Country complex is also home to one of Branson’s most popular buffets the “Grand Buffet,” offering a bewildering selection of items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also home to “Pappa Grand’s Pizza” and “Glenn’s Frozen Custard” while being within five to ten minutes walking distance of a variety of other Branson restaurants and Wal-Mart

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson suggests that, in terms of convenience and the variety of entertainment, lodging, food and exciting things to do that it offers, the Grand Country Complex is hard to beat. For additional information on the Grand Country its shows, lodging or entertainment or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

Agility at core of Branson success

Displaying the agility that has made it Branson's oldest and most popular paid attraction, construction is well along on Silver Dollar City's newest thrill ride "Outlaw Run."

BRANSON, Mo., January 1, 2013 — Although many words come to mind to describe Branson, “agility” is not typically one of them. Yet from its earliest days over 100 years ago to Branson’s entry into 2013, “Agility” has been at the core of Branson’s success and what it has become today.

“Agility has been defined as “mentally quick, acute or quick in movement.” It helps keep us, be it a city, company or individual, to be efficient and flexible enough to accept and tackle the challenges necessary to “evolve and meet the future in new and innovative ways.”

In August of 1912, less than five months after being incorporated as a city on April 1 of that year, a devastating fire destroyed downtown Branson’s entire commercial district except for three buildings. Branson’s agility in handling that situation and others along the way put it in a position where, at the beginning of its Centennial Year in 2012, it was and had been for decades one of the premier family travel destinations in the United States, entertaining upwards of 8 million guests annually.

Families like the Herschends, Presleys, Mabes, Trimbels, Snadens and so many others had the agility to recognize the full future potential of tourism to the Branson area and act on that recognition in a timely manner. Each of them, and many others, in their own way evolved segments of Branson’s Tourism industry using what was at the time, and to some of them personally, life changing, new and innovative concepts.

Where would Branson be today without the agility of the Herschend family in recognizing the potential of Silver Dollar City and the numerous innovative things they have done over the last 50 plus years to evolve it into one of the top theme parks anywhere? The agility of the Mabes and Presleys as they pioneered Branson’s early entertainment industry? The agility of the Presleys in evolving their original theatre, that could also be used to store boats if all else failed, into one of Branson’s first state of the art theatres and their innovation in sharing their show and Branson on a weekly basis with millions of TV viewers via RFD-TV?

How important was the agility of the Trimbles and Snadons in establishing the spectacular outdoor drama “Shepherd of the Hills” in helping to preserve the area’s history and culture and promoting the heritage that is such a major part of Branson’s charm? Where would Branson’s entertainment industry be without the agility of the long list of entertainers, entrepreneurs and others who quickly recognized Branson’s potential and had the flexibility to not only become part of it, but to help its shows and attractions evolve into what they have become today?

The same agility that has helped make Branson the wonderful place that it is to visit for millions of tourists today is as necessary tomorrow as it is today. If the past is any indication, that agility is an inherent part of the Branson’s spirit and heritage that will help ensure that the excitement, fun, and adventure that is Branson will continue into the future providing Branson visitors with a great experience that will bring them back again and again.

Winter or Summer Branson is “Hot” fun

Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction takes passengers on an exciting “voyage” no matter what the weather.

BRANSON, Mo., December 28, 2012 — “The ‘Hot’ fun Branson offers has nothing to do with temperature,” said Tiffany Isnard, the Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “Whether the temperature is 100 degrees or 17 degrees, Summer or Winter, there is always a choice of entertainment, attractions, shopping and other activities in Branson providing visitors with the ‘hot’ fun that is an inherent part of the Branson experience.” Isnard points out that even though Silver Dollar City and many of Branson’s shows are closed for the season, that there are always shows open and the vast majority of Branson’s attractions and shopping are not weather dependent and remain open year round. Even in January and February the weather is comparatively mild permitting an exciting range of outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

In fact, as reported consistently over the years in the Weekly Branson.Com Fishing report, the trout fishing on Lake Taneycomo and bass fishing on Table Rock Lake is excellent during the Winter months. From the National Tiger Sanctuary and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to the Titanic Museum Attraction, built to one half the size of the original ship and towering a hundred feet above the famed Branson Strip, Branson attractions provide “hot” fun, excitement and adventure year round.

The cruise boats of Main Street Lake Cruises, the river boat paddle wheel replica Lake Queen and the 100 foot luxury yacht, The Landing Princess, with their fully enclosed environmentally controlled decks, provide sightseeing and dinner cruises on Lake Taneycomo. Each cruise includes an unique view of Branson Landing and its dazzling $7.5 million light, fire and music attraction at the Branson Landing Fountains, with fire blasting from “cannons” in choreographed splendor with 120 foot geysers of water, and light, as well as an unparallelled view of the constantly changing Ozarks scenery, water fowl, animals and a chance to see the Bald Eagles that make Lake Taneycomo their home.

Although the Winter weather impacts on the ability to use Table Rock Lake for swimming, Branson’s selection of indoor water parks offers an opportunity to swim and enjoy water activities. Welk Resort’s “Splash-A-Torium, Grand Country’s “Splash Country” and Castle Rock Resort all provide the convenience and comfort of an indoor water attraction providing water slides and fun filled water excitement even on the coldest and snowiest of days. In addition many of Branson’s hotels and lodging facilities open during the Winter, such as the Grand Plaza Hotel, Hilton Promenade, Baymont Inn and Suites and others have indoor heated pools.

Regardless of the season of the year, it’s always a “hot” shopping experience in Branson. The spectacular Branson Landing, major discount malls and hundreds of specialty, art and craft shops are open year round providing a unique shopping opportunity.

“New South” performing “YMCA” during performance of Grand Jubilee.

Although many of Branson’s shows are closed in January and February the Branson show scene is still “hot” with some of its best shows performing during that period. This includes shows such as Absolutely Patsy, Amazing Pets, Branson Country USA, Comedy Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Grand Jubilee, Hamner Barber Variety Show, Haygoods, “it” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, Ozark Mountain Jubilee, Pierce Arrow, Tribute to Four Seasons and The Beach Boys and the Twelve Irish Tenors.

Branson Tourism Center’s Isnard points out that all shows will be operating on a Winter schedule with some of them opening up at various times during that period. She suggests because of that, and the reduced availability of shows and lodging, that advance reservations be made especially for the water park properties and over holiday weekends. For additional information or tickets to any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC can be reached by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or on their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

 

There is nothing like New Years Eve in Branson

The Haygoods are just one of the shows having special New Year's Eve celebrations.

BRANSON, Mo., December 17, 2012 — “What a great place to celebrate New Years Eve and bring in the new year,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “There is always so much for families and individuals to see and experience in Branson. From Zip lines, butterflies, museums, shopping  and scenic cruises to an amazing choice of live shows and New Years Eve celebrations. There is a multitude of choice of exciting and entertaining ways to build memories and have fun as 2012 fades away and 2013 starts,” she added.

The vast majority of Branson’s attractions will be open New Years Eve day offering a full range of fun things to do. What better way to spend the last day of 2012 with your family than sharing an historic last chance to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic at the Titanic Museum Attraction, seeing the unique and spectacular “White Flight” at the Butterfly Place & Rainforest Adventure, taking an exciting cruise on Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen with the chance of seeing Bald Eagles or some of the other exciting attractions and activities that Branson offers. The following list, sorted alphabetically, is a list of some of Branson’s most popular attractions and includes a link to more information on each, including pictures, videos, schedules and pricing:

ATTRACTIONS

Adventure Ziplines of Branson

Amazing Waltzing Waters

Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tour

Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure

Castle of Chaos

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hollywood Wax Museum

IMAX Adventure Films

Inspiration Tower

Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum

Shoot for the Stars Mini Golf

The Track Family Fun Parks

Titanic Museum Attraction

Trail of Lights

Vigilante Ziprider

SHOWS

Branson will offer a variety of exciting quality live shows and entertainment with something for everyone. From the Amazing Pets show at 10 AM until the curtain falls on the last show as 2013 begins, Branson’s famed shows will provide a breadth and quality of live entertainment that is as spectacular as it is amazing. Many of Branson’s shows will also be offering special New Years Eve shows and “parties” to celebrate the New Year. The following is a list of the shows, sorted alphabetically by time, that will be open on December 31 with a link to more information on each, including pictures, videos, schedules and pricing. In addition, if a show has indicated they are doing something special to celebrate New Year’s Eve the words “New Year’s Eve Show” follows the shows name

10:00 am

Amazing Pets

2:00 pm

Doo Wop and Chico Vega Drifters

Todd Oliver & Friends

3:00 pm

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus

Comedy Jamboree

4:00 pm

Showboat Branson Belle

5:15 pm

Christmas on the Trail

5:30 pm

Dixie Stampede

6:00 pm

Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show

7:30 pm

Grand Jubilee

8:00 pm

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus

Hank Williams Revisited

Paul Harris & The Cleverly’s

Showboat Branson Belle

8:30 pm

Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tour

9:00 pm

Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express New Year’s Eve Show

Doug Gabriel’s #1 Hits Tribute Show New Year’s Eve Show

Hamner Barber Variety Show  New Year’s Eve Show

Haygoods New Year’s Eve Show

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show

Jim Stafford New Year’s Eve Show

Kirby VanBurch New Year’s Eve Show

Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen New Year’s Eve party cruise

Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess New Years Eve party cruise

Pierce Arrow New Year’s Eve Show

9:30 pm

Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show

“From attractions’ and shows to great shopping, golf, fishing, cruises and so much more, its hard to imagine a better place than Branson for families to celebrate New Year’s together,” said Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson. She also points out that, particularly at this time of the year, schedules and activities could be impacted by weather. She offers the services of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, the Branson Tourism Center in answering any questions anyone might have or assisting with tickets or lodging arrangements. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

 

Branson a unique “gift” among travel destinations?

Unique view the beauty of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake from the top of one of Silver Dollar City's world class coasters,"Wildfire."

BRANSON, Mo., December 15, 2012 — With its spectacular location in the midst the natural wonders of Ozark Mountains, four distinct seasons, lakes and an assortment of live shows, attractions, shopping and other activities, Branson provides a unique experience for families, individuals and groups that has made it one of America’s primer travel destinations. In the normal context of thinking about Branson, even at this special time of the year when it is so often thought of, the word “gift” does not often come to mind in describing what Branson has to offer.

A definition of the term “gift” as it is generally used at Christmas is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation” and describes the ” presents” normally exchanged at this time of the year and that precious Gift that “Is the reason for the season.” However, another definition of the term “gift” is a “notable capacity, talent, or endowment” and it is that definition that truly makes Branson a unique “gift” among travel destinations not only during Christmas, but every day of the year.

Branson is “notably endowed” with more than 100 live entertainment shows filled with some of the most talented performers anywhere, three pristine lakes and the natural beauty of the Ozarks. Branson’s capacity to integrate and combine all of that with world class shopping and a variety of exciting fun filled attractions and activities would be notable anywhere, yet alone in a travel destination of its size, and speaks volumes about the “gift” that is Branson.

Is there another place in America where a person can be watching one of over 100 live shows less than 10 minutes away from a 45,000 plus surface acre aquatic play ground like Table Rock lake? Is it not notable that within five minutes of the heart of Historic Down Town Branson and all that it has to offer is Branson Landing with over 100 retail shops and restaurants, Lake Taneycomo with some of the finest trout fishing in the Midwest and sightseeing and dinner cruises with Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen or Landing Princess. And speaking of cruises, where else can one take a “voyage” aboard a half scale replica of the R.S.S. Titanic at an attraction like the Titanic Museum Attraction and less than 10  minutes later be enjoying a wonderful cruise on a lake like Table Rock Lake with dinner and great entertainment aboard the likes of the magnificent Branson Belle?

Is it not notable that Branson’s largest and most popular paid attraction, the award winning 1880’s styled theme park, Silver Dollar City is endowed with a “Natural National Landmark “Marvel Cave?” It’s also notable that its capacity to entertain thousands of guests each day has been integrated into the natural beauty from which it was hewn making the park a virtual part of the Ozark Mountains surrounding it and whose culture, history and crafts it preserves and shares with the world?

As notable as those tangible things are, it is an intangible element that makes Branson the special “gift” that it is. It is the notable capacity of those offering those things to do so while sharing the spirit of small town America, service, hospitality, patriotism, God and family that adds special meaning to the “gift” that Branson is blessed to share with the world.

Lennon Sisters and Osmonds continue Andy Williams Christmas show legacy

Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon on Skype with the Osmonds during the press conference.

BRANSON, Mo., December 13, 2012 — In what may have been one more unusual press conferences in Branson’s ” show history,” it was announced that the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds will star together in the “2013 Andy Williams’ Christmas Show…… The Legacy Continues” at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre from November 1 through December 7 of 2013. During the press conference, held at the theatre on December 12, the Lennon Sisters, Mimi, Janet, and Kathy, who were present at the conference, interacted with the Osmonds, Jimmy, Merrill and Jay via “Skype.”

In their exchange with the Osmonds the Lennons Sisters expressed their excitement and said, “It’s going to be so much fun.” Jimmy Osmond agreed saying that it was going to be a lot of fun and that working together is something they have wanted to do for years. Both the Lennons and Osmonds expressed what an honor it was to be “able to continue Andy’s legacy” by participating in the show.

Other information received indicates that the full production show will continue the traditional Andy Williams format. In addition to its stars, the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds, there will be “spectacular sets with dancers, a full orchestra, lots of variety acts and the lovely music and sounds of Christmas all presented in the beautifully decorated Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.”

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center said, “It means so much to the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas, Branson and its visitors that the tradition and heritage of ‘Mr. Christmas’ is carried on and what better way to do it than with two of the family acts that Andy mentored, the Lennon Sisters and Osmonds.”