That Crazy Night at Bobby Vinton’s

That Crazy Night at Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet Theater

Hello everybody, thanks for visiting my blog. All my blogs are geared towards celebrating my hometown Branson. So this isn’t a negative towards Branson, this is just  a story of what happened to me one night.

In the 90’s I was doing spotlight at the Roy Clark Celebrity theater. And I thought all spotlights were alike. A guy a new, a Texas looking guy, with a cowboy hat. Approached me about subbing for him at another theater, while he couldn’t make it. He was doing spotlight, somewhere else at the time. So I agreed. I showed up at the theater and got to meet Bobby and he was fantastic. He seemed to work very well backstage, so I was pretty impressed. He was very down to earth as well.

When I got up to the spotlight area, I realized I had never run these kinds of spotlights before. I had run a limousine style spotlight, which was very large and bulky. I’m even surprised today, that I showed up for the job, as I was nervous. When the show took off they gave me a headset, which  couldn’t run either, and would coach me through the set. At one point I had literally missed all my cues. So I went dark, but the other guys were very patient. As they needed someone desperately. So I persevered! The Glenn  Miller orchestra he had at the time was fantastic. Couples would get up and dance as Bobby sand and I thought that was awesome. At the end of the night, they sent me home, and I did not get paid at that time.

Months later I ran into Bobby’s son and he promptly paid me. And said they had to let the spotlight guy go, that I had replaced. So all the way around it turned out to be a great experience.

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Yesterdays job posts

02/04/2019-10:07-Lots of Things are starting to heat up. I noticed this morning that Montana Mike’s is still looking for cooks, might be an idea to go in and apply and see what happens. I’m sure you could apply online as well.

Hotels-Also hotels will begin taking applicaitons, some are open now, and may be looking for some help. Also above is yesterdays jobs posts, but were actually posted on Friday. Happy job hunting!

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Montana Mike’s is hiring for cooks, apply within.

  1.  Stonebridge Accounting
    Part time Accounts Receivable & Membership
    Degree or at least 3 years’ experience.
    Position Status: Part-time (please do not apply if your looking for full time)
    Position Function: Employee is responsible with all collection efforts pertaining to the StoneBridge Village POA. The position requires printing monthly statements for accounts receivable including all member charges, dues collection, rebates/credits and special billing. Employee is responsible for explaining charges to those who are billed in a professional manner and must have the ability to handle complaints by phone and face to face. As a function of AR the employee must be able to create and present reports as desired by the General Manager. Employee is responsible to generate, produce, file liens and lien releases. The Employee is responsible for the daily reconciliation of revenue departments including Assessments, Activities, and Administration. The employee must act as the administrator of new member accounts. Must be able to work well within a team environment. Have the ability to handle a fast-paced office with daily interactions from owners, residents, and guests who live or frequent the property.
    Job Type: Part-time
    3)Posted directly from the Branson Jobs page on Facebook!
    We have the 3 locations in Branson and all pay $10.50 an hour, plus commission! Fulltime! Apply below

February jobs posts take a L@@k!

Top 12 Amazing Restaurants that Kicked the bucket in Branson, mo

Top 12 Amazing Restaurants that Kicked the bucket in Branson, mo

Branson is a Restaurant town. We have tons of incredible eateries over the last 20 years. Today, I wanted to share just a few of them, that have come and gone. And been Amazing over the years.Five Branson stars that passed while playing Branson

1. Mcguffy’s-What an amazing place. They had five here in Branson, Mo. The menu was incredible, from the Mississippi Mud, to the Blackened Chicken Pasta. Even the seafood was an incredible dish. They also had various Mixed drinks, formed in very bright colors. I had met the owner a few times over the years, and he was a very motivated guy. He even had a restaurant in Springfield, Mo. (Locations included Springfield, Mo, The Crown Plaza,Highway 248,highway 165,Highway 76, and a location off of Gretna road) All great locations specializing in their own culture

. 2. Shorty Smalls-what a great Restaurant-BBQ was their specialty, and the decor in the place was amazing. Various nautical things hanging from the ceiling, fish nets, boat anchors all kinds of stuff. And the Taco Salad was amazing, Hardwood floors, and on, and on. The original incarnation had two location. One on 165 and one at Branson Landing. Both independently owned, the new location, of all Places at the old Mcguffy’s and Andy Williams Moon River grill is fantastic.

3. Andy Williams Moon River Grill-Oh the Chicken Pot Pie-it melted in your mouth. And the Deserts were incredible as well. Service was very good, and the Andy Warhols on the wall. It had two large dining rooms, and was always very outgoing with locals. The food overall was a mix of Andy’s favorite dishes. Here’s a link to our Restaurants page on our website.

4.Spagattata’s-I wonder if that is spelled right. Upscale Italian, this place boasted a very large dining room, and Kitchen. All the reviews I often heard were this is an amazing place. Located on Green Mountain drive, it had some of the best parking in town, and also the best lasagna. A must have!It is now a meeting space for Surrey vacation resorts.

5.The Pasta House-Scampi all griglia (Gulf sized shrimp, over linguine with a garlic and butter sauce) was located right next to the Grand Palace. A very easy to read menu, with Salads with Artichoke hearts. This wasn’t a Friday night Restaurant, but Saturday was very busy once it was discovered. Appetizers were great, with fried mushroom friti,and spinach artichoke dip (spin art) among other specialties. This restaurant eventually sold and is now

6.The Pasta House company-same great location as above. But had an additional night club attached to it. The menu was different from the St. Louis Pasta house above, but was still good. And highlighted all of the great aspects of Italian cooking. Black olives, vine ripened tomatoes, bread, and balsamic vinegar. A must have.

7.Taco Hut-located on the srtip back in the day. This was a pre-boom Restaurant. Great cheese dip, and everything to go with it. This was a great local restaurant.Burritos were loaded with cheese,jalapenos,and more.

8.La Chinita Poblano-put out of business by the 2012 tornado. You could have it all. Chinese or Mexican. They even had a buffet. The mexican side was good, but just a touch greasy. The Chinese side eggrolls were great. This place was located right across from Clay cooper theater. A sombrero with chopstics says it all.

9.Garcias’-this was located right next to the Osmond theater Lots of Locals worked at this restaurant, and this had amazing food. Spanish and English were both spoken here, and the food was amazing. Owners decided to close after many years of great business.

10.Last but not least. Hardees on 76. Boy have the locals missed this great place. I know its hard to believe this is a chain. But it offered burgers no on could resist, and now have to drive to Springfield, Mo to enjoy.Please check out our website for more on current restuarants.

11) Burger King on 76-we miss this restaurant, the parking and entrance and exits were just impossible. Burger King struggled for years, but with all of the issues went out. 12)Backyard burgers- same challenged as Burger King, but a better look and

How a Restaurant dies in Branson Mo in 2019

Waiter with arms around choking man’s stomach in restaurant

How a Restaurant dies in Branson mo in 2019

ts not always a sad day in Branson, when a Restaurant dies. It could be that the venue is turning into something else. A fusion if you will, no pun intended.
Pasta house turned into Florentinas. La Chinita Poblano turned into Pasgheties, and the Plantation morphed into CiCi’s Pizza. And if anything is creating a more competitive landscape in Branson, it’s having better Restaurants. As everyone has to eat, there will always be more and better Food places here. And that’s what we surely need. New inventive tasty food, to entice people to enjoy their stay and enjoy the food. The city (SDC) can’t be the only reason for people to come here, which was about the only draw before the boom hit.
For the employees, they always find new places to lant. The last I’d heard there are over 35,000 Restaurant seats here. New Restaurants in the last year” Pasghettis, CiCi’s Pizza, Shorty Smalls on the strip, Buffalo Wild Wings on the landing, and more to come! If you can think of anymore, please leave a comment below and I will include it

How to avoid Branson Tourist traps 2

How to avoid Branson Tourist traps 2

Updated: How to avoid Branson Tourist Traps!

As you all know I love where I live, I love Branson. And as with any tourist areas, there are always a couple of bumps in the road. And in Branson the tourist traps are prevalent, and sometime worth avoiding. 

1. If the sign on the outside of the business seems to good to be true, it probably is. 

2. If you go in and they try to step you over to something other than buying tickets for your show or attraction , i.e. a timeshare tour, a meeting, a sit down, beware they want to sell you something else. This is a  trap!

3.If they ask for a $200.00 deposit on the phone its probably a little fishy.

4. If they call you on the phone via a telemarketer its probably a trap. 

5.If they want you to go somewhere other than the theater or the attraction to pick up your tickets, or get your deposit back its probably a trap. 

6. If they have a great sign outside, and when you get inside they only have shows that no one would ever go see its probably a_______!

These are six great ways to protect yourself from ____________ and have a great time in Branson. 

Leave your comment below about good and bad experiences you’ve had in B town. 

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Updated: Bigfoot Sightings in Branson, Mo-Branson Attractions

Bigfoot sightings in Branson, mo

01/21/2019 MLK Day

Well, It’s been quite a few years, since the bigfoot attraction has opened. And it seems to be doing very well. I’ve been impressed with how the attraction has faired, and am glad that it is here in Branson. No real Bigfoot sightings so far, but who knows, this attraction could be the real Bigfoot!


No its not the kind of Big foot that could kick the winter blues. But its still a good one, or great one. Bigfoot is coming. The ride and it will over look the luxurious 76 strip, and the 7 acres of Days Inn property. Giving visitors something to smile about. And plenty of internet video and pictures to boot. All of the approvals have been met, with maybe a few still left on the table over at the city. This project has been in the works for a while, and will make a fine edition to Branson. And bring some much needed excitement to Branson, once again.
More on bigfoot right here     We haven’t had any editions to rides on the stip, and guests have had to travel over to SDC to take a gander at taking a challenge of something like this. And with our roller coaster at Celebration being torn down, hopes of this kind of thing coming back, seemed slim.
Branson has always been known for safe, fun excitement, and this will be no exception. The area that it is going up in, has some amusement already budding there, and this will be a fine addition.

It’s Meatball Monday over at Facebooks Branson Restaurants

It’s Meatball Monday over at Branson Restuarants on Facebook

So what does that Mean? Glad you ask! It means we’re celebrating where to have the best meatballs in Branson, Mo. Here is our top list, bet you will really get a kick out of it!

1)Pasghetties-this is a great place to enjoy a meatball. And besided the place is shapped like a meatball, or has one outside it’s establishment, so it’s got to be the best Meatball in Branson.

2)Florentinas-Located on Green Mountain drive, this place is worth the stop. Great Italian food all the way around, and I’m sure the Meatballs are great as well.

3)Olive Garden-All great apps here as well, but Great Spaghetti too!


Branson at its best!

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