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2008 Hot Winter Fun Big Show Rescheduled

The Hot Winter Fun Big Show for 2008 has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The show, initially scheduled to perform at the Jim Stafford Theatre on February 11, 2008, at 7:00 pm, has been postponed until February 12, 2008.

For more information or to order tickets to the Hot Winter Fun Big Show please call toll-free: 1-800-785-1550.

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Branson Dixie Stampede’s “Journey West” in 2008!

Dixie Stampede LonghornsDixie Stampede is unveiling it’s largest new show addition and changes in more than a decade for 2008! Visitors to the show this year will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience unlike anything ever seen in an indoor theatre and arena. This year Dixie Stampede features several amazing new additions that are sure to WOW audiences the next time that they visit Branson!

Here are a few highlights that are going to be included in this year’s brand-new show:

  • A herd of authentic longhorns that can have a six to eight foor horn span and weigh up to 1,800 pounds.
  • A Native American medicine man who calls on the “Spirit of the Bird” that features an aerialist that flies throughout the theater.
  • New music and lighting that is specially tailored for the new Dixie Stampede additions.

Dixie Stampede in Branson will also feature the horses, ostriches, performers, illusions and comedy that have become a staple of this great dinner show!

Be sure to remember to catch the pre-show that is performed by Guinness-Winning juggler, Albert Lucas, that is performed 40 minutes prior to the main arena show in the Carriage Room in Dixie Stampede.

For more information or to order tickets please call: 1-800-785-1550 or click here for Branson Dixie Stampede.

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Where can I get CD’s or DVD’s of Branson Shows?

CDIf you are looking to buy CD’s or DVD’s of your favorite Branson shows or performers you have a couple options where to buy these items:

  • Straight from the Theatre
    Many times you can purchase your favorite shows’ CD or DVD by calling the theatre direct or through their website.
    A new site that recently launched offers: CD’s, DVD’s Books, Maps, Apparel and much more, be sure to check it out if you are looking to buy anything Branson-related! Visit


Andy Williams Presenter On Sunday’s Grammys

Andy Williams, who will open his 2008 Branson season at his Moon River Theatre on April 4, will be a presenter on Sunday”s 50th annual Grammy Awards to air on CBS.

Williams, who hosted the first seven Grammy Awards, will be joined onstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado to present the prestigious Song of the Year award, said William’s spokesman Paul Shefrin.

Williams has had five Grammy nominations during his career. He’ll open his Branson season performing with the cast of “The Entertainers,” a show produced last season in his theater. Beginning June 6, Williams will share the stage with legendary performer Ann-Margret, who also has become a Branson favorite.

This year, four of the five Grammy nominated songs were also sung by the songwriters including Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson for “Hey There Delilah,” Corinne Bailey Rae for “Like A Star,” Amy Winehouse for “Rehab” and Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, for being a co-writer of “Umbrella,” performed by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z. Songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins are nominated for Carrie Underwood’s recording of “Before He Cheats.”

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Branson, Missouri, Emergency Phone Numbers

Here’s a handy reference guide of important emergency phone numbers for your next trip to Branson.

  • Emergency: 911
  • Branson Police Department: 417-334-3300
  • Branson Fire Department: 417-337-8580
  • Skaggs Hospital: 417-335-7000
  • Taney County Sheriff: 417-546-7250
  • Taney County Ambulance: 417-334-1441

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Spring Break in Branson

One of the more popular times to vacation in Branson in March is during Spring Break. With the weather comfortable and with the majority of the shows and attractions open for the year, it is a perfect time to get away for a little rest and relaxation before the new year is in full-swing.

Not only are there great show and entertainment options, but the shopping and outdoors provide hours of fun and enjoyment!

From fishing to hiking, shopping to attractions, there really is something for everyone to do in Branson!

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Artists Invited to Premier “Branson Festival Of Arts”

The Branson Festival of Arts 2008 to be held Oct. 9 through 11 is bound to make history, says Bob Cohn, president of the Branson Arts Council. And now’s the time for artists to register for the juried show.

There are several reasons Cohn predicts the three-day indoor festival will become a landmark annual event. First, Branson is a city known for fostering artists and artisans since it first beckoned visitors in the early 1950s.

The event will be held in the new Branson Convention Center. The building is spectacular and inviting, designed to pay homage to the natural beauty of the Ozarks with a curved glass front reflecting nearby Lake Taneycomo. The extensive use of wood creates a warm ambiance. And the convention center adjoins Branson Landing, the new $420 million lifestyle center with shopping, restaurants, the Fountains of Fire and a stunning lakefront boardwalk.

While first-time art festivals may suffer a shortage of spectators, Branson now attracts nearly eight million visitors a year, and autumn is one of the busiest times. They come for the live entertainment bonanza, the many choices for active relaxation on three lakes and wooded trails and the friendly Ozarks” hospitality.

The Branson Festival of Arts will soon be another annual attraction, Cohn says.

“Artists will come to be part of a high-quality, juried fine arts show in a brand new facility on beautiful Branson Landing,” Cohn said. “And the spectators are already there.”

The show is limited to 100 artists. Frank Neef has already been accepted. Neef specializes in crystalline glazed and pierced porcelain at his studio in Highlandville. He travels to shows in states including Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado, “…so anytime I have the opportunity to market more locally, I’m willing to give it a try,” Neef said.

“It’s taking place at the Landing, which is a very happening place right now, and has quite a good buzz, and the fall is always a big time in that area,” Neef said.

Neef began his art career nearly 30 years ago at Branson’s flagship theme park, Silver Dollar City.

“Fall was always the biggest time of year there with the color reaching its peak. And people come from all over the country at that time,” Neef said.

Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival draws thousands of visitors to its arts and crafts, and that festival will be in progress during the Branson Festival of Arts, ensuring art lovers will be in town.

“It’s just an opportunity close to home that wouldn’t cost much as far as hotel and travel expenses, so why not try it?” Neef said.

Neef said he did a major show in a large city, “and it was a bust. With the economy being in question right now, it’s probably easier to stay closer to home and not risk as much.”

Branson Festival of Arts:

Date: Oct. 9-11

Hours: Thursday, Meet-The-Artist Reception, 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with teardown at Saturday close

Setup: Wednesday, Oct. 8, until noon Thursday

Festival admission: $5

Fee: $250; Jury Fee: $25

Prize money: $3,250

Register at Call 417-335-6636. Email: [email protected] Write: R.Cohn, 89 Westwood Dr., Branson MO 65616.

Branson Has Always Welcomed Artists

* One of the first attractions in Branson, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Drama, held a contest in the early 1950s with the backing of the community and invited artists to paint a model for sculptors to use in creating statues of the best-selling book’s characters. The contest was judged by Missouri muralist Thomas Hart Benton. It was won by 15-year-old Wally Nickel, a high school student at School of the Ozarks, now College of the Ozarks, according to author Kathleen Van Buskirk in the book, “In The Heart of Ozark Mountain Country.” Springfield art teacher Roberta Stoneman Baker sculpted the seven-foot figure of The Shepherd, which was placed on display in 1954.

* In 1960, the popular theme park Silver Dollar City opened, designed to resemble an 1890’s Ozark village. Among the first craftsman there was woodcarver Peter Engler. As word of Engler’s work spread, other carvers were attracted to the Ozarks. It wasn’t long before their work gained national attention, and Branson became known for its fine woodcarvers. Other artisans also gathered at Silver Dollar City and spread into other area attractions including the Engler Block.

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Sight & Sound Theatres(R) Brings ‘Christian Broadway’-Style Shows to Branson, Missouri

Imagine witnessing the most beloved stories of the Bible come to life on one of the largest stages in the country. Sight & Sound Theatres(R), described by some as “the Christian
Broadway,” will premiere the epic Bible story of Noah on May 24, 2008, at its new theatre in Branson, Mo., a month ahead of the originally scheduled

The new Branson theatre, located at 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, is 339,000 square feet with a stage area of 26,550 square feet
and seating for 2,085 patrons.

The production’s 300-foot stage that wraps around three sides of the audience, 40-foot high sets, cast of 45 actors, elaborate costumes,
breathtaking special effects, and hundreds of live and animatronic animals captivate and transport audience members as they experience Noah and his
family’s journey of persecution, faithfulness, hope and redemption.

Sight & Sound Theatres is the nation’s largest professional Christian theatre company and one of the most-attended live theatres on the East
Coast. Founded in 1976 by Glenn and Shirley Eshelman, Sight & Sound Theatres has produced spectacular, epic stories of the Bible at its
original location in Lancaster County, Pa., where more than 800,000 theatergoers from across the country and around the world attend shows

“We are committed to remaining on the forefront of bringing the word of God to life with exceptional quality, honoring God and encouraging the
faith of our guests,” said Eshelman.

About Sight & Sound Theatres:

The name “Sight & Sound” was inspired by the teaching of Jesus found in Matthew 13:10-23 where Jesus explains to the disciples why he spoke to the
people in parables or stories.

Sight & Sound’s purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational
productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of God-given talents and resources.

While it is a ministry, the company is not affiliated with any external organization or any particular church denomination. It is a for-profit
organization and operates without charitable support.

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Branson Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) Spots

Looking to connect while are away? Branson offers several places to connect to the internet wirelessly while you are on vacation.

  • The Click’n’Sip Internet Cafe
  • McDonald’s (Hwy 248, 76 & Downtown)
  • Mailbox It
  • Panera Bread

The next time you need to connect to the internet while you are away, try out these spots!

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Flying into Branson? A list of Branson-area Airports

Branson AirportsIf you are planning to fly into Branson, there are several options for airports and airlines that you have to choose from. Over the past several years it has been getting easier and easier to catch a flight with only a short drive to reach Branson.

Branson Airports

When flying into the area you have several airports to choose from:

So, if you’re looking at flying into Branson, be sure to check out these airports to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.

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