Top 10 Craziest events you never would of thought happened in Branson

Top 10 Craziest events you Never would of thought happened in Branson

Branson is just crazy. And I love living here, if you’ve read any of my other blogs, and I’m sure you have-the most popular listed below.  M

Here is my top ten events you would have never thought, happened in Branson.

1)Styx played the Grand Palace-it was a great show and I was there. They rocked! They had a few members that had replaced previous members, but Tommy Shaw did all the fronting, and he nailed all of the old hits. This was in 1999, so it was the beginning of well the end. Of an era, lol Never will forget this night.

2)A very Robust, shall we say. Member of the Road to Rock, dressed as Gene Simmons drove a collectible car down 76 during one of the car shows. I felt like this was awesome. His make up was flawless, as well as his bass playing.

3)A Limo hearse, drove the length of 76 Country Boulevard, when Boxcar passed away. An incredible salute to a man who served our country, and who served Branson well.

4)K.C. and the Sunshine band played the Grand Palace. Didn’t get to attend this show, but I heard it was great. And quite a milestone for Branson. Haveing Styx here, and K.C. We need more shows like this here today.

5)Collective soul played the Grand Palace. What a show, it was sold out all around. Every parking spot around the Grand Palace was full. And it was loud.

6)Nelly played the mansion. One of the most current, amazements. This one was mired in controversy. First the city wouldn’t let him perform at the Grand Palace, and then he was moved to the Mansion. It was another great show.

7)Donny Osmond suprised his brothers, and worked his way down the 76 strip in a ton of traffic, and jumped on stage with the Osmond brothers. They stated later, that it was just like old times.

8)Neil McCoy stopped a show at the Grand Palace to let two people who were late for his sold out show, walk to their seats at the palace. On his signal he would clap his hands and the house lights would come on, and everyone would stop. The people had no idea what was going on. What a show!

9)The Miss USA beauty pagent was at the Grand Palace. I think this was 1999 as well. Arnold Swarzenneger showed up from what I understand and this was a milestone for Branson.

10)Regis and Kathy Lee came to Branson, and filmed an episode of their show. It was great, I recall fans following them all the way to the Roy Clark theater.

So there you have it, 10 things you would of never thought happened in Branson.

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3 Incredible New attractions at Branson Landing

Three Great New attractions at the Branson Landing 

 Branson Landing has really done it this time. A great set of attractions for Kids of all ages. A monster maze, a video arcade, and across the way, a game that you have to find your way out of.

There is a new Maze next to the Belk’s side of the Landing that looks just amazing. I noticed lots of families working their way to this nice attraction. And I think it will stand right in line with all the Parakeet Pete’s stuff on that end of the landing as well. Didn’t get to try it with the kids, but hope to try it someday.

But the video arcade was another thing. When you walk in the front door there is a very nice host, to help you load your card, and make change for you if needed. So all your tokens are on a gaming card. My son and I had a blast playing all the games. And he was very sad to leave, when it was all over. Lots of racer car games, ball games, pick up item with a hook. My daughter even had fun as well. Playing the Paw Patrol games, and the like.

Escape Code is the third attraction across the way, and is fantastic. Even got some news coverage, here locally. And looks very exciting. So when you take the kids anywhere this is the pace to be. Shopping, food, and excitement for the kids.

 

 

There is a new Appetizer in town

Watch out there is a new Appetizer in town!

Sometimes Branson’s dusty doors swing open, and an outlaw from the wrong side of town swings by. And this week it is the Grand opening of the Longhorn steakhouse, on 76. My wife and I got to enjoy this incredible place and an appetizer won many awards between us. Longhorn’s Wild West Shrimp w/Prairie dust, was just amazing. Spicy, deep fried with just a touch of sauce on the side. It was so cool, my kids even liked it. So next time your over that way, breeze into town, and give it a try. Don’t let the outlaw eye of the Baldknobbers theater, hit you when your not looking.

Watch out Folks there is a new Appetizer in town!

Watch out folks there is a new Appetizer in town!

Sometimes Branson’s dusty doors swing open, and an outlaw from the wrong side of town swings by. And this week it is the Grand opening of the Longhorn steakhouse, on 76. My wife and I got to enjoy this incredible place and an appetizer won many awards between us. Longhorn’s Wild West Shrimp w/Prairie dust, was just amazing. Spicy, deep fried with just a touch of sauce on the side. It was so cool, my kids even liked it. So next time your over that way, breeze into town, and give it a try. Don’t let the outlaw eye of the Baldknobbers theater, hit you when your not looking.

Wild West Shrimp Longhorn’s Branson

Non Smoking Hotels in Branson, Mo

Non Smoking Hotels in Branson, Mo

1)Non Smoking in all three buildings. Benches out side each building to sit and smoke.

2)Holiday Inn Express Centeral-100% non smoking, a bench out front to smoke.

3)Honey Suckle Inn-on 248, all non smoking.

4)Green Gables inn-exterior door property with no smoking

5)Rosebud Inn-100 Percent non smoking

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Longhorns Grand Opening Branson,Amazing food

Longhorns Grand Opening Branson, Amazing food

I was impressed from the get go! The staff was so nice, parking was effortless, and the decor amazing. It was an invite only event, and I couldn’t have asked for more. What did you eat?, you dare say, here are some snap shots.

This was the sirloin, and it was amazing, cooked all the way throught to perfection. I was amazing. Also the potato was a sweet potato to lower those cards. With cinnamon, and butter on the side. It was a drizzling delight. Also had some soup on the side, that they through in for the event.

My wife had the chopped steak Salad and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

They gave these to my kids, which had enough sugar to fly them to the moon. So all were happy and will return again, to this awesome steakhouse.

Plus’s-Great easy parking, close to the Grand Village,Amazing food & Service! And a great smiling staff!

 

Top theater shows of yesteryear in Branson, Mo

Top Theater shows of yesteryear in Branson, Mo

The one thing I regret is not having pictures of shows, from the last 27 years, of Branson’s heydays. There were shows from just about every genre, shape and size. There were shows with puppets, and chainsaws, and anything and everything.  What I will highlight here, doesn’t contain any chainsaws, or puppets, this will be in my opinion the top 10 shows.

  1. Ray Stevens-one of my first jobs in Branson. Every night was an original night. Ray is an incredible musician who knows absolutely who he is. He use to play this crazy red piano. With hits like everything is beautiful, the streak, and on and on. He even had a ufo come down in the middle of the show. #1 by far.
  2. Kirby Vanburch/Jeff Daniels-I think I got that right. The first part of the show was Jeff, second part of the show was Kirby, at the Majestic Grand Palace. A heck of a show, with more magic than you could shake a stick at, or a magic wand.
  3. Louis Mandrell at RCC theater-this woman could stop a show. She would come out and work the crowd better, than anyone. She was very personable, and quite a singer. An amazing show.
  4. The wild west show w/Sunny-I always heard crazy stuff about this show. Live Horses, whips, chaps, all the good stuff. I wish I could of had a chance to see it, as it was always sold out.
  5. Johnny Cash-yep he was here. I wish I would of taken advantage of it and gone to see him. Many a great show he did perform.
  6. The Irish tenors-what a great show, that ran for a long time, at the King’s Castle theater. Lots of happy fans would return year after year.
  7. Jim Stafford-in his heyday he was phenomenal. Really down home jokes, classic songs, saw this show many times. A must see.
  8. Baldknobbers-then and now this show had a lot of energy and excitement. If you get a chance to go over and take a look.
  9. Roy Clark-this guy had some exciting music. From Meleguana, to Orange Blossom special, he is and was multi talented.
  10. #10 is left blank for you! What was your favorite show? Leave in the comments below.

 

Top Abandoned Hotels of Branson

Top Abandoned Hotels of  Branson

Since I’m such a historian of Branson, I love creating top tens, and reminding people that Branson is a place of history. Here are some condemned hotels you might of forgotten about.

 

1)Melody Lane Inn-my favorite of course, that is now a steak house. This property boasted 140 rooms, and was one if not the best located hotel in Branosn. It was missed after the 2012 Tornado.

2) Fiddlers Inn-closed down because the managers were doing some things they shouldn’t this was a great boutique hotel, that was located behind the old Christie Lane theater, that is now Bigfoot.

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3)Silver Fountain inn-pictured above this was a very cool property. Dixie Stampede and Fritz are there now, but what a location. It will be missed.

4)the old Days inn-422 rooms the most ground floor rooms in Branson this behemoth was quite the spot back in the day. Spread out over 7 acres, this property had more bus tours than you could shake a stick at.

5)Hillbilly Inn-still standing but half demoed this down home, hoedown hotel was located, and is on the 76 stip.

6)Branson inn-Located where the new Hospital project is, this hotel was an exterior corridor property and was the first viewed when you came into town.

 

 

Get Married in Branson, what that looks like an actual wedding!

Get Married in Branson, what that looks like an actual wedding!

Branson is the ideal place to get married. So much to do here, and so little time. That’s when I was surprised to be a party to a plain, simple, yet elegant wedding. And I got to put it on video as well. A hotel I’m doing some work for, asked me to come and film this little tid bit. So enjoy this is worth the watch.

 

Branson says Goodbye to a once local favorite

Branson Favorite Glenn Campbell has passed away

One of Branson’s Favorites died today. I had met him many times, and he was always very personable. When i worked at Roy Clarks I got to talk to him often, and chat about that Wichitaw lineman album and what it meant to me.

I purchased several albums at the theater as I got them for a very good deal, and even got an occasional t shirt. Glenn’s guitarist also gave me some guitar lessons. He was a very nice guy. I used to stand on the side of the stage and watch him pick, and man could he. He always used that white and blue guitar pictured above, and left Roy’s to go and open the Grand Palace. He will surely be missed. R.I.P Glenn Campbell.

Branson at its best!

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