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Best places to get married in Branson

So you’ve popped the question and you’re looking for a place to get married in Branson? You have many options available to choose from to tie the knot, we’ll get you started:

  • Gaines Landing Bed & Breakfast
  • Dogwood Chapel
  • Log Chapel
  • Log Chapel of the Ozarks
  • Emory Creek Bed and Breakfast
  • Bear Creek Bed and Breakfast
  • LaCapella D’Amore

There’s a list to get you started, be sure to call and make sure that all the amenities and services you are looking for are available for your big day!

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Bare Naked Butterflies Roll Into Branson

BRANSON, MO – They may be bare now, but 65 larger than life fiberglass butterflies will soon transform into brillliant works of art as local artists put their creative talents to the test and gather to support Christian Action Ministries’ community-wide art exhibit, Butterflies at Branson.

The kickoff to the project begins on Friday, January 11 as the unadorned butterflies roll into Branson and are delivered to their new homes. Once in the hands of local artists and sponsors, these butterflies will transform into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The completed works of art will then be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Christian Action Ministries.

“Christian Action Ministries impacts thousands of lives in the Branson area each year,” said Dianna Herschend. “The Butterfly Palace is excited to be participating as the lead sponsor of Butterflies at Branson. This is a fresh idea for the Branson area that not only benefits a very worthy cause, but also celebrates the natural beauty of butterflies and the artistic talents of our local artists as well.”

Adorning the butterflies is only the first stage in the metamorphosis process of these unique works of art. The second stage is marked by the unveiling of the newly dressed butterflies at the Butterfly Brunch, a VIP event to be held at the Butterfly Palace on March 29. The third stage begins as the butterflies flutter from the Butterfly Brunch to their temporary homes at local businesses throughout the Ozarks. Visitors to the Branson area will then have the opportunity to view these creative masterpieces throughout the summer of 2008. On October 10, during the final stage of their metamorphosis, the butterflies will gather for the last time at the Butterfly Ball and Benefit Auction at the Chateau on the Lake.

The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure offers an educational, interactive, and exciting journey for guests of all ages. During each 2-hour, self-guided tour, visitors have the chance to experience a 3-D movie about the life of a butterfly, walk among over 1,000 live tropical butterflies from around the world, find their way through the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze, and sneak a peek at some amazing creatures in the Rainforest Critter Center.

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Go Back in Time with ’57 Heaven

Branson, MO – November 8, 2005 – Seeing classic, pristine 1957 automobiles is exciting enough for car enthusiasts, but pair it with a complete lifestyle display of 1957 Small Town America and you have an exhibit that is unique enough to appeal to the whole family. In Branson, Missouri, that is exactly what Glenn E. Patch is doing with his impressive collection of over sixty 1957 automobiles and memorabilia.

For more than a decade, Patch has hunted down, bought, and in some cases, restored, these vintage American-made vehicles, creating what is now known as The Patch Collection. Formerly called ’57 Heaven, The Patch Collection includes every American make of 1957 automobiles including Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Studebaker, DeSoto, Packard, Nash, Rambler and Hudson. Dennis Gage, television host for My Classic Car, has seen the collection and is impressed. ’57 Heaven is incredible, like no other I have seen before,” said Gage.

As of April 2006, ’57 Heaven will be available for the public to enjoy. When visitors enter ’57 Heaven, it will be just like going back in time to the year 1957 – complete with authentic memorabilia and accent items that capture the spirit of that magical year.

Over the last few years, Patch toyed with the idea of opening his remarkable exhibit to the public in Palm Springs, California where he spent much of his winter. Then the opportunity came in Branson, where Patch already owned a considerable amount of real estate. It was finally decided that the vehicles would find a permanent home on Highway 76 in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Complex – the perfect location to highlight those fabulous 50s.

Patch wasn’t satisfied with the cars just being on display. He wanted to truly highlight his collection in a way that visitors would remember. “Instead of making it a car museum, it’s going to depict lifestyle in the 1950s,” Patch explains. “We’re going to put the cars in their natural environments, like sitting at a service station or at a drive-in theater. We’ll have a model home that looks just like a house you’d walk into back in 1957, with an authentic kitchen and a Christmas tree with toys under it. You’ll walk down Main Street USA and there will be a toy store and an ice cream parlor. We want it to be attractive to the whole family, not just car enthusiasts.”

As it currently stands, approximately half of the cars will be housed in the Branson attraction, allowing models to rotate in and out of the exhibit to keep it fresh. Visitors will experience more than just one of the world’s finest car collections with a visit to ’57 Heaven– they will get an interactive blast of art and nostalgia that words, and even photographs, can’t possibly capture. “You have to stand next to them to see how beautiful they are,” says Patch of his collection. “I’ve walked through with friends who had tears in their eyes when they saw them. Their hair stands up on their arms when they see those gorgeous cars.”

“I’m used to seeing finely finished racing machinery, but The Patch Collection takes the experience to a new level,” says Don Miller, President of Penske Racing. Ryan Newman has a similar response. The NASCAR driver for Penske Racing, AllTel Dodge has also seen the collection and is thoroughly impressed. “I always thought that 1957 was a wonderful year of automobile design; The Patch Collection proves it,” says Newman.

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Winter & Spring events in Branson

Spring is almost here! We have compiled a list of some of the most popular and best Branson events you need to be sure not to miss! With so much going on all of the time, there is always a great event for you to attend while you are in Branson.

  • The Hot Winter Fun Big Show (February 11): Some of the Branson’s best entertainers get together for a night full of fun, music and entertainment!
  • “Sweetheat Month” celebrations with Titanic’s Jack & Rose
  • NAIA Basketball Tournament (March 12 – 18): A basketball finals tournament that’s held here in Branson!
  • 15th Billboard World Song Contest (March 29): At The Mansion Theatre here in Branson
  • BransonFest (April 8 – 12): A festival of food, fun and entertainment spanning 5 days!
  • Branson Collector Car Auction: One of the nation’s most-respected and highly-attended car auctions.

There’s always something to do in Branson! Be sure to check out our upcoming Summer & Fall events posts!

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Branson Driving Ranges

Branson Driving RangesNot looking to play a full round of golf, just want to hit a few balls? In addition to the great golf courses located here in Branson, there are several driving ranges where you can practice your swing.

  • Branson Creek Driving Range
    1001 Branson Creek Blvd
    Hollister, MO 6562
  • Branson Driving Range
    574 Songbird Dr
    Branson, MO 65616

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Branson Miniature Golf

Branson Miniature GolfThere are hundreds of things to see and do while you are in Branson, Missouri! Over a half-dozen great golf courses are spread throughout the Branson area, with more being built each year. If you are looking for a fun way to spend time with the family and kids, however, you might want to take a look at some of the fun mini-golf courses that Branson has to offer! The options for playing mini-golf are endless: Play indoor or outdoor, on the 76 Strip or off, there are so many different neat courses that you could stay busy for days!

Branson Mini-Golf

  • Branson Family Fun Factory
  • Gator Golf at Track 4
  • Grand Country Indoor Mini-Golf
  • Lost Mine at Track 3
  • Lost Treasure Golf
  • Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
  • Story Book Land at Kids Kountry

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Branson Golf Retail & Pro Shops

Branson Golf Pro ShopsWhether you need to stock up on new golf equipment and gear or you forgot to bring your clubs along, Branson has some great golf stores while you are in town. Also, many of the golf courses in Branson offer some great products so you never have to go far for your golfing needs!

In addition to offering great golf products, many of the pro shops offer invaluable tips for your next golf outing while you are in Branson.

Branson Golf Retail & Pro Shops

  • Branson Creek Pro Shop
    1001 Branson Creek Blvd.
    Hollister, MO 65627
  • Holiday Hills Pro Shop
    630 E. Rockford Drive
    Branson, MO 65616
  • Pointe Royale Pro Shop
    1000 Pointe Royale Drive
    Branson, MO 65616

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Murder Rock Golf & Country Club

Murder Rock Golf CourseJohn Daly’s Murder Rock Golf & Country Club is a semi-private club located within the acclaimed Branson Creek Residential Community just south of Branson, Missouri. The golf course has been built on portions of the property with elevations that provide for expansive and dramatic views from every vantage point.

John Daly’s Murder Rock Golf & Country Club is a semi-private golf club designed and features a community clubhouse with dining, a members lounge/bar, pro shop, fitness room, tennis, and swimming.

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Museums in Branson

In addition to the great shows, attractions and outdoor activities in Branson, there are several great museums that you can visit while you are in Branson:

For your next trip to Branson, combine education with activities and be sure to check out some of our diverse options for fun available!

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Barbara Fairchild returns to Welk Resort in Branson for Sunday Morning Worship Services

Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild and her husband, Roy Morris, are bringing their popular Sunday Morning Worship Service to the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson, Missouri. The worship service will be held on Sunday mornings from May4 to December 7, 2008.

The worship services begin at 10:00 am, with the lobby doors opening at 9:00 am. Fairchild says “Roy and I are so excited to be back in Branson and blessed to be doing our Sunday Worship Service. The Welk Resort was so gracious to allow us to do the Sunday Service there for several years and we are happy to be back with their theatre family. We look forward to seeing all of our old friends and meeting many new ones.”

Welk Resort General Manager, Dathan Atchison, says “Together, Barbara and Roy are a dynamic couple who have a powerful impact on the people they meet. They have a strong message that inspires and encourages and we’re looking forward to their association at the Welk Resort.”

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