Friday, July 25, 2014

You're Invited to Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic

Southern Gospel Picnic is Silver Dollar City’s grand celebration of gospel music.  The event showcases hundreds of performers, delicious southern-style feasts and, of course, all of Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides, entertaining shows and talented craftsmen.  Southern Gospel Picnic is scheduled for August 22 through September 1, 2014.

Purchase your discount Silver Dollar City tickets or a money-saving Silver Dollar City package today to enjoy performances by some of the most famous names in southern gospel music, including the Booth Brothers,  The Hoppers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Isaacs and more.  For a full list of performers scheduled for Southern Gospel Picnic click here.
Along with the full line-up of gospel greats performing throughout Silver Dollar City, Echo Hollow Amphitheater hosts Southern Gospel Nights Concerts nightly at park closing.
The Isaacs
  • Brian Free & Assurance: August 22 
  • The Isaacs:  August 23
  • The Hoppers: August 24 
  • Mark Bishop and Triumphant Quartet: August 25
  • Tim Lovelace and The Talleys:  August 26
  • The Martins:  August 27
  • Legacy Five:  August 28
  • Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet and The Bowling Family:  August 29
  • Gold City:  August 30
  • Dr. Dennis Swanberg and Jeff & Sheri Easter:  August 31
  • Booth Brothers:  September 1

Hear your favorite artists as they perform an unforgettable concert at Silver Dollar City's 4,000 seat Echo Hollow Amphitheater.   Each incredible concert is hosted by premier gospel emcee Duane Garren.  Seating in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre will begin two hours prior to show time, weather permitting
It wouldn’t be a picnic without chicken and fixin’s.  You’ll have an old-fashioned feast featuring family favorites like southern-style fried chicken, apple-butter glazed chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, hot rolls, and many other delicious items. Gather your family and friends, fill a plate with some succulent food and listen to the sounds of Southern Gospel music waft through the air. It’s a great way to end the summer season in Branson, Missouri!

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Branson Fiddle Festival Full Schedule Announced

Visitors to Downtown Branson will be treated to the sweet sounds of fiddle music during the 26th Annual Fiddle Festival the first weekend of August.  The Branson Fiddle Festival includes the Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship, demonstrations, entertainers strolling the streets of downtown, workshops and more.  Slated for August 2-3, 2014, the event is in an all-new location this year but will keep its tradition of showcasing incredible talent.

At the center of the event is the Championship Contest, which will be held inside the newly remodeled, air-conditioned Historic Owen Theatre.  The emcee for this year’s contest is Wayne Massengale, who is a five-time Branson Fiddler of the Year.  Beginning at 9am, judges will start listening to the many contestants performing in hopes of winning some of the $5,000 in cash prizes.   For the 2014 championship, there is no entry free.  Registration begins at 8am, although pre-registration is greatly appreciated.
Mid-America Fiddler’s Championship divisions include:
  • Pee Wee (ages 9 and under)
  • Junior (ages 10 through 16)
  • Senior (ages 60 and over)
  • Accompanist and Open (ages 17 – 60)
The grand prize winner will take home $1,000 with the other winners taking home prizes $25, $75, $100 and $125 in the Pee Wee division, $50, $100, $125 and $200 for Juniors, $100, $200 and $250 for seniors, $100, $200, $300 and $400 for Accompanist and $150, $300, $500 and $700 in the open division.

The Fiddler’s Championship Schedule is as follows:
  • PeeWee: 9:00am
  • Juniors: 10:45am
  • Announcement of Junior and Pee Wee Winners: 1:30pm
  • Seniors: 1:45pm
  • Accompanist Division: 2:15pm
  • Open Division: 3:45pm
  • Announcement of Senior and Accompanist Winners: 5:45pm
  • Round Robin Finals: 6:00pm
  • Announcement of Grand Prize Winner: 7:00pm
Throughout the day, festival activities will be located on Commercial Street, in front of the theater.  Outdoor events and things to do include craft vendors, a critter meet and greet hosted by the Promised Land Zoo, balloon artists, carnival games, jugglers, strolling entertainment and live music.  Delicious food will also be served, with pulled pork, buttery corn on the cob and brats some of the signature items. 

Outdoor activities are free, while tickets to attend the indoor Mid-America Fiddle Championship are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12.  All championship contestants will have their admission fee reimbursed.
Put on your toe-tappin’ boots and make plans to attend the Branson Fiddle Festival.  It’s old-fashioned fun for the whole family.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, July 21, 2014

White Water Named One of the Best Water Parks in America

Visitors to Branson, Missouri know White Water is one of the top water parks in the country.  Apparently, Fodor Travel thinks so too as the park has landed on the company’s list of the nation’s 10 Best Water Parks.  Ranking at No. 5, White Water is definitely the best place to cool off this summer in Branson. 


The full list of the best water parks in the United States:

1. Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells, WI
2. Schlitterbahn – Kansas City, KS
3. Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, IN
4. Water World – Denver, CO
5. White Water Park – Branson, MO
6. Water Country USA – Williamsburg, VA
7. Raging Waters San Dimas – San Dimas, CA
8. Dollywood’s Splash Country – Pigeon Forge, TN
9. Wet ‘n Wild – Orlando, FL
10. Kalahari Resort – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Fodor’s is one of the largest publishers of travel guides and information.  The travel guides website stated that while White Water Branson is smaller than some of the other parks on the list, it makes up for its lack of size with incredible attractions like the all-new drop slide KaPau Plummet as well as attractions visitors of all ages can enjoy.  Moreover, Fodor’s chose White Water as a top water park because it is a “well organized, family-centered park.”  Splashaway Cay, for instance, features geysers and aqua shooters in a fort-like atmosphere with multiple slides.  It’s the perfect place for little tykes to play.  Other popular attractions at the Branson water park include the 800 foot Aloha River, the 500,000 gallon Surf’s Up Wave Pool and the seven-story super slide at Kalani Towers. 
White Water is also a visitor favorite as it hosts various special events throughout the summer.  Currently with White Water tickets guests are treated to Dive-In Movies every Friday night.  In addition, there are Red, White and Boom Fireworks shows every Friday and Saturday night.  Both of these events coincides with Night Water at White Water, during which the park is open from 10am to 10pm. 
Reserve White Water tickets to dive into summer fun in the Ozarks. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Shepherd Super Summer Cruise Rolls into Branson this August

The Shepherd Super Summer Cruise will rev its engines in Branson August 6-9, 2014.  Branson’s premier car event will feature a Show ‘n Shine with over 500 cars at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, as well as a Midnight Cruise and best in show awards.

Photo Credit: Shepherd of the Hills
The Midnight Cruise is the highlight of the event. It is scheduled for Saturday night, August 10, and will being at the corner of The Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Hwy 76 and continues down to Roark Valley Road. Spectators being reserving their spot along the cruise route early so don’t delay if you plan on seeing some hot rods rev up their engines!  Click here to see a map of the cruise route. The full schedule of events for the 2014 Shepherd Summer Cruise:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Vehicle Registration & Packet Pick Up
Thursday, August 7, 2014
7:00 am - 5:00 pm - Vehicle Registration - Gates Open for Registrants
8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Judging of Vehicles
9:00 am - 5:00 pm – Pictures taken of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop.
Friday, August 8, 2014
7:00 am -   5:00 pm - Vehicle Registration - Gates open for Registrants
8:00 am -   5:00 pm - Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
9:00 am -   5:00 pm -   Judging of Vehicles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Pictures taken of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop.
8:30 pm – The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama – Car Show Registrants have Free Voucher.
Saturday, August 9, 4013
7:00 am -   1:00 pm - Vehicle Registration - Gates open for Registrants
8:00 am -   5:00 pm - Vehicle Show & Shine at The Shepherd of the Hills
8:30 am -   11:00 am - Judging Concludes
8:30 am -    11:00 am -  Pictures of Vehicles at Trails End Gift Shop Concludes.
4:00 pm -  5:30 pm - Best In Show Awards at Pavilion Theatre and Driver's Briefing for Cruise.
MIDNIGHT -  Shepherd of the Hills Super Summer Cruise 2013
Make sure to reserve your Branson hotel room now to have the best viewing spots on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Hotels like Honeysuckle InnAmazInn and Suites and Southern Oaks Inn provide prime viewing locations at reasonable rates. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Table Rock Lake Named a Top 10 Family Friendly Lake

Table Rock Lake has been named one of the Top Ten Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the United States.  The list, which included 100 lakes, was compiled by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.  The campaign was created to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a list of wonderful places to enjoy boating and fishing throughout America. Two of the most vital criteria include providing excellent fishing opportunities and the lake had to be located within an hour of a major city. 

http://www.visittablerocklake.org/
Fishing on Table Rock Lake.
Photo Credit: Branson Visitors Bureau
 
Ranking no. 9, Table Rock was the only lake in the Midwest to be featured in the top ten.  The honor is no surprise, though, as the lake has long been the jewel of the Ozarks.  Visitors and locals alike flock to the waters for some of the best outdoor activities in Branson.  Cruise through coves, swim at its beaches, get wild with watersports or cast a line to see what’s biting.  There are numerous marinas serving the public where visitors can rent deck boats and pontoons, jet skis, and even house boats.  

As someone who has spent many days on Table Rock Lake, I highly recommend carving out time during your Branson vacation for sun and fun on its pristine waters. 

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Branson Hotels with Hot Tubs Relax Away the Day

Grand Plaza Hotel
Treat yourself to a stay at a Branson hotel with hot tub.  You can relax during your vacation when you reserve hotels with hot tubs in Branson, Missouri.  Soaking in a nice hot tub is the perfect way to end your day playing in Branson.

There are a variety of hotels with tubs in Branson, MO.  Some properties have a hot tub located at the pool deck, while others offer in-room hot tubs for secluded relaxation.  Several hotels and resorts offer hot tubs in both locations, making it easy to enjoy a nice, hot soak. 
Some of the hotels with hot tubs in Branson include:
  • Branson Towers Hotel
  • Cabins at Green Mountain
  • Chateau on the Lake
  • Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Still Waters Resort
  • Thousand Hills Golf Resort
  • Village at Indian Point Resort
  • Welk Resort

For a full selection of Branson hotels with tub, browse through the list of properties available on Reserve Branson. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Comedian Jarrett Dougherty Joins Billy Dean Live

Fans of Jarrett Dougherty will be happy to hear he’s back in Branson!  After successfully performing with the Pierce Arrow Show for a number of years, Dougherty had decided he needed time off to spend with his family.  However, when the Starlite Theatre came calling he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  He is joining country singer Billy Dean as part of the Billy Dean Live show featuring the Steel Horses band.

Dougherty is Branson’s most popular comedian.  He pulls his comedy for stories of everyday life, and features a cast of characters and impersonations that will make every member of the family laugh.  Even if you’ve seen him perform before, you’re in for a real treat as he has a new cast of characters for the Billy Dean Live show. 
The addition of Dougherty to the show means there is a large dose of comedy for fans to enjoy.  However, Dean adds his signature top 10 hits to the mix too.  Listen for “Only Here for a Little While,” “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” and “Billy the Kid,” among other selections.  The combination of the two performers creates a variety show Branson audiences are sure to love.

Starlite Theatre is also home to The Texas Tenors, Larry’s Country Diner, Paul Harris & The Cleverly’s, and select performances for Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers. 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Newly Reopened Top of the Rock the Crown Jewel of the Ozarks

Visitors to Branson, Missouri will want to embrace the beauty of the Ozarks at the recently reopened Top of the Rock.  The facility is home to not only one’s of the nation’s finest golf courses, but a nature-based heritage preserve highlighting the best of the Branson area.  In addition, there is an Ozarks natural history museum, a nature trail and a four-story cave with a waterfall, two new restaurants, a cliffside wedding chapel and a Civil War era honeymoon cabin built by Amish Craftsmen. 

 
Bass Pro Shops founder, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock owner Johnny Morris was the visionary behind the new design and offerings at Top of the Rock.  The revamped Top of the Rock pays tribute to the people and animals that inhabited these lands long before us, and gives guests the opportunity to explore the Ozarks in an all-new way.  You can see the beauty of Branson and Table Rock Lake, all while learning about the history and heritage of the Ozarks.

The jewel of Top of the Rock is the golf course, of which the entre facility is named after. Johnny Morris, along with golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer, have spent the past seven years creating one the most amazing golf experiences ever developed. Top of the Rock, known as the first ever Par-3 course to be included in a professional championship, features nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. The experience includes Top of the Rock Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and Arnold Palmer-designed Practice Facility, Tom Watson's 70,000 square-foot putting course called the "Himalayas", and Arnie's Barn housing the Top of the Rock Pro Shop complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer's career achievements.

Attractions at Top of the Rock:

Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail:  Go on a 2 ½ mile ride in an electric golf cart through the Lost Canyon Cave.  Your self-guided Lost Canyon Cave & Nature Trail experience will begin at the Top of the Rock Welcome Center.   Once inside the cave, view the magnificent centerpiece – the waterfall.  Viewing balconies are available on all four levels, and there is even a cave bar accessible by a mining style elevator.  Four seat golf carts are available and you must be 18 years or older to operate a golf cart.  Cost:  $20 Adults, $10 children 4-12 years.

Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum: This ground-breaking museum celebrates the rich ancient history of the Ozarks. It contains carbon-dated skeletons of ancient-Missouri creatures, true-to-life dioramas of animals that once roamed the Ozarks and several rooms featuring Native American and Osage Indian artifacts and artwork, Civil War historical items, and interactive displays for guests. One of the standouts of the museum is the skeletal structure of a giant Wooly Mammoth.

Chapel of the Ozarks:  This three-story chapel is perched on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, offering panoramic vistas of Branson’s premier lake and rolling mountains.  A salute to iconic American country churches, arch windows, a copper roof, and a steeple with bell tower lend to an ethereal quality to every service.

Dining at Top of the Rock:

Osage Restaurant:  The cornerstone of the Top of the Rock dining experience is the Osage Restaurant.  It features American cuisine in a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain Views. Decorate with custom artwork and native artifacts, the entire design is a stunningly elegant atmosphere. 

Buffalo Bar:  Located on the lower level of Osage Restaurant is Buffalo Bar offering a casual menu including wood-fired pizzas, premium cocktails, and open-air dining. A stone-lined stairwell leads from the Buffalo Bar to the expansive "End of the Trail" All-American Wine Cellar which includes a wine tasting bar, whiskey room and banquet space with glass doors that open to an infinity pool.

Arnie’s Barn:  Unique in both design and cuisine, Arnie’s Barn is a 150-year-old wooden barn that was brought from Arnold Palmer's hometown in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and reconstructed at Top of the Rock by a local Amish family. This magnificent structure houses a Mexican restaurant that features soaring, vaulted ceilings and two lofts and is also home to the Top of the Rock Pro Shop.

Reservations are suggested for dinner.  Collared shirts and resort attire is required in all restaurants after 5pm for guests 12 years and older. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

August 2014 Branson Events

August 1-3: Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness
Your favorite Branson theme park will be open late during Moonlight Madness with special shows and exclusive events. Watch the country music show GAC Country Nights in Echo Hollow and participate in Street Dances at 9pm each evening. Park closes at 10pm. 


August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: White Water Dive-In Movies
Soak up summer entertainment when White Water features family-friendly films on the park’s new Surf’s Up Wave Pool Big Screen.  Click here for movie schedule.

August 1-30: Night Water at Night Water
Park goers can enjoy Night Water every Thursday, Friday & Saturday this summer.  Night Water lets guests play all day and stay past dark, with park hours extended to until 10pm each night.
August 2-3:  Branson Fiddle Festival
This annual festival in downtown Branson attracts fiddlers from all across the country. Take part in a free demonstrations, strolling performers, workshops and a Saturday night Square Dance.
August 6-9:  Super Summer Cruise
This annual premier car event is held at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead. Over 500 cars and trucks will be on display. Get all the details on pricing and registration on their website.

August 22-September 1:  Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City
Enjoy 11 days of Southern gospel music and southern cooking during the Southern Gospel Picnic. Catch hundreds of performances throughout the park from some big names like Jeff & Sheri Easter, Brian Free & Assurance, The Isaacs and more.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Acrobats of China Celebrates 16th Season in Branson at RFD-TV The Theatre

The Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus celebrate their 16th season in Branson, Missouri with a new troupe of performers and a new theater location.  Visitors can now catch performances if the show at RFD-TV The Theater.

CEO and Owner Mr Lizhi Zhao said, “RFD-TV The Theater is perfect for displaying this amazing new troupe from Jinan, China. Having our show on the world famous 76 strip in a highly visible location and such a spacious theater has long been one of my goals.”

The Jinan troupe is one of the world’s most awarded Acrobatic Troupes and these will be their first performances in Branson. Known for their colorful costuming and daring feats, their breathtaking renditions of classic Chinese dance and human performance art is awe inspiring. This troupe features more than 20 acrobats, and they performed in venues across the globe. 

Lovely Fish, Director of Sales for the New Shanghai Circus said, “While we’ve enjoyed other acrobatic troupes through the years, this is hands down the best we’ve seen yet!” The Jinan Troupe is considered to be one of the most skilled and highly awarded Chinese Acrobatic Troupes.  Their daring feats of acrobatic skill are amazing and the beauty they bring to human performance art is breathtaking. Called FenMo because their brilliant costuming is reminiscent of the Peking Opera, this troupe features over twenty acrobats from China and has been seen around the world. 

Mr. Lizhi Zhao brought the Incredible Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus to Branson in 1998, making them the first international show to permanently perform throughout the year in Branson. Each year they have a revolving line-up of acts that, while using traditional Chinese Acrobatic performances, is distinctly different in presentation, costuming, and performance style.  Lizhi Zhao has been awarded the highest awards from the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles as well as the Chinese Acrobatic Association for his daring in bringing a successful Acrobatic show to Branson, Missouri.  The New Shanghai Circus has received awards for its success in showcasing the artistic culture of China to world audiences. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.