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April 2011

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Branson's Ozark Mountain Spring Underway with 40+ Special Events and Festivals Through May!

Branson, MO — Branson is off to a fresh start for spring! With more than 40 special events and festivals through the month of May, Ozark Mountain Spring offers both new, as well as tried-and-true, shows, attractions and other activities for visitors to enjoy.

“For more than 50 years, the Live Music Show Capital of America has been a favorite for springtime travelers,” says Jimmy Osmond. “We moved our families here in the early ’90s and continue coming home to Branson because of the beauty of the seasons and the wonderful people. Branson blooms in March, along with the dogwoods, redbuds and wildflowers, while it showcases the world-famous music shows, family attractions, unique theme parks, new acts, features and exhibits.”

Internationally-awarded theme park Silver Dollar City opens a new million-dollar area for kids, Half Dollar Holler, and presents two Spring festivals, bringing in international performers from countries around the globe for World-Fest, followed by Bluegrass & BBQ, presenting the top performers in bluegrass music and a huge all-American barbecue.

Spring is a great time for activities on the water, and the 700-seat Showboat Branson Belle cruises Table Rock Lake presenting the new show ENCORE!, starring the world’s only violin-playing aerialist, Janice Martin, and a new male vocal group, The ShowMen, plus a new menu, new staging and new décor. In late May, White Water water park debuts its new highly-themed tropical river adventure, Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay, a $3 million expansion.

From the Branson collector car auction to the 3rd annual Missouri Food & Wine Festival and the FLW Bass Fishing tournament, spring is the perfect time to experience all the Branson/Lakes Area has to offer.

New for 2011, Armed Forces Celebration is the weekend of May 21 and will include a golf tournament where the active-duty personnel are the celebrities; the Showboat Branson Belle’s special salute to the Armed Forces; and the “Branson Doesn't Forget the Armed Forces” show – A star-studded USO-style show done as only Branson can!

“Those of us who live here know that Branson honors our veterans every day,” said Clay Cooper, who has been performing for Branson audiences since he was 16 and has his theater across from TITANIC.  “We’re excited about a celebration in May to show our servicemen and women just how much we appreciate them.”

Special events are planned each week during Ozark Mountain Spring, including Kewpiesta and Historic Downtown Branson’s Plumb Nellie Arts & Crafts Festival.

For a complete listing of all the shows, attractions, festivals and events during Ozark Mountain Spring, visit ExploreBranson.com!


Branson Hosting New Tribute to Active-Duty Military Personnel

Join us May 20-21 for a new two-day tribute to our active-duty armed forces. Of course, Branson honors America's heroes and veterans every day, but this new event gives those servicemen and women and their families an opportunity to reunite with others from all branches of service.

“We feel it is important the active duty Armed Forces get as much recognition as the veterans of the past wars,” said June Tillis, interim vice chairwoman of the Branson Veterans Task Force.

The weekend's schedule:

Friday May 20, 2011 – Golf Tournament

Where active-duty personnel are the celebrities...
7:00 am Registration for 8:00 am Start
Thousand Hills Golf Resort
Contact Branson Veterans Task Force at 417-337-8387 

Friday May 20, 2011 – Showboat Branson Belle “Special Armed Forces Day Salute”

7:15 pm Boarding begins for the 8 pm Cruise
Call 1-800-417-7770 and ask for Special Rate Code: #6308
Special Rate: $41.00 plus tax $44.06, gratuity not included

Saturday May 21, 2011 – BSA Pancake Breakfast

7:00 am to 10:00 am Branson United Methodist Church (next to Veterans Memorial Museum)
The Boy Scouts of America will serve pancakes. Open to the public for a donation and free to active-duty military and their families.

Saturday May 21, 2011 – Armed Forces Meet & Greet

10:30 am to 1:00 pm - A reunion of each branch of the military... Reunite with friends and make preparations to wave flags and banners and show your colors for the afternoon “Big Show.”
AIR FORCE:  Branson Towers - 417-336-4500
ARMY:  Lodge of the Ozarks - 417-334-7535
COAST GUARD:  Veterans Memorial Museum - 417-336-2300
NAVY:  The Savannah House - 417-336-4540
MARINES:  Starlite Theatre - 417-339-3141

Saturday May 21, 2011 – Branson Doesn't Forget the Armed Forces “Big Show”

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Tri-Lakes Center Theatre – Hwy. 248
Tickets are free! Come show your support for our Armed Forces. Special guest speaker Gen. Steve Danner, Adjutant General of the MO National Guard; a star-studded "USO" show done as only Branson can! Featuring Todd Oliver & Irving, The Lennon Sisters, Dave Hamner and Jim Barber, John and Ambrus Presley, Paul Harris and The Cleverlys.

For more information on Military/Veterans Activities in Branson, visit ExploreBranson.com/veterans or call 1-877-BRANSON


Branson Airport Named in America’s Top 10 Stress-Free Airports

Branson Airport (BKG) has been named one of America’s Top 10 Stress-Free Airports by SmarterTravel.com. 

Branson ranked along with airports in Seattle, Washington; Palm Springs, California; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Tucson, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; New Bern, North Carolina; Orlando and Palm Beach, Florida. The announcement cites airport amenities, the rustic décor, customer service and the “Branson Wave” as bragging points.

“This is a great honor as customer service is one of our top priorities,” stated Jeff Bourk, Branson Airport’s executive director. “We are pleased to be among the airports recognized and all of our employees are to be commended for their efforts.”

Branson Airport is serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Branson AirExpress.  AirTran offers nonstop flights to Atlanta (ATL), Orlando (MCO), Chicago (MDW), Houston (HOU) and Baltimore/Washington and Frontier flies nonstop to Denver (DEN) with seasonal service to Milwaukee (MKE). Branson AirExpress, a public charter service operated by Corporate Flight Management offers nonstops four days a week to Austin (AUS) and Dallas (RBD), Texas. With over 100 connections to cities all over the globe, you can get to and from Branson in no time. 

To take advantage of low fares call toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541), 417-334-8857 or visit FlyBranson.com.


Silver Dollar City’s 2011 Festival Highlights

WORLD-FEST (April 7 – May 8)
America’s largest international festival gathers top-notch performers from around the globe:

  • NEW: Mayorov Russian State Circus, showcasing acrobatic feats, barbell juggling, the famed German Wheel, comedy and more
  • NEW: Canadian Powerhouse, headlining world-champion fiddlers and internationally-awarded step dancers
  • NEW: Rhythms Of Rajasthan, showcasing music and dances from India
  • NEW: Irish Eyes Are Smiling, starring Ireland’s premier harpist Dearbhail Finnegan, alongside Irish tenor Michael Londra
  • NEW: Slovenian Polka Party, with 3 bands creating a huge dance party (May 6-8 only)
  • Returning favorites: Russian Academic Band, Trinidad’s Footprints Diego Martin & Ecuador Manta

BLUEGRASS & BBQ (May 12 – 30)
The nation’s premier bluegrass and barbecue event featuring:

  • Award-winning performers and the bluegrass music scene’s biggest names including Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the Grascals and IIIrd Tyme Out
  • The top new up-and-coming bands including Monroeville and Redhead Express
  • Two National Bluegrass Competitions - The National Single Mic Championship (May 21 & 22) & The Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest (May 28 & 29)
  • Grills filled with over 40,000 pounds of barbecue: Memphis dry rubs, Carolina vinegars, smoky Texas eats and sweet KC-style

NATIONAL KIDSFEST (June 11 – July 24)
The Ultimate Summer Vacation destination for families presents:

  • NEW: The Grand Opening of Half Dollar Holler, a new million-dollar play area for kids, with treetop fun houses and climbing nets, box crawls and slides, mini-wave swings and Silver Dollar City’s hand-carved carousel with whimsical woodland creatures to ride
  • NEW: The Legendary Fabulous Wallendas, Guinness World Record High Wire-Walkers & winners of the coveted international Silver Clown Award
  • Back By Demand - Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience
  • NEW: Tales take flight at the Highlights Storytelling Stage in Half Dollar Holler
  • Cartoon Character Meet & Greets with SpongeBob & Patrick, Dora & Diego, the Backyardigans and more

MOONLIGHT MADNESS (July 23 – August 7)
Rides run until 10 p.m. for summer night thrills:

  • Ride on into the night with extended time on over 30 rides and attractions
  • Nightly Street Dances on the park Square
  • NEW: Science Madness with David Willey, featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

SOUTHERN GOSPEL PICNIC (August 25 – September 5)
Hundreds of performances from nationally-acclaimed gospel acts, including:

  • The Booth Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Isaacs and the Collingsworth family
  • 2-hour Southern Gospel Nights Concerts each evening
  • Mouthwatering picnic-style foods including the number one requested menu item -- CHICKEN: golden fried, apple-glazed and hickory smoked

NATIONAL HARVEST FESTIVAL (September 10 – October 29)
One of the country’s top-rated craft festivals showcases all that we love about the great outdoors:

  • NEW: Timberworks Lumberjack Show
  • NEW: Chalk Street Artists
  • NEW: Turning Wood Into Art Showcase
  • Birds Of Prey Shows including Bald Eagles, Hawks, Owls and more
  • Made In Missouri Juried Exhibit & Sale featuring Best Of Missouri Hands artists
  • Over 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country
  • Chainsaw Carvers
  • Returning favorite Headin’ West, voted World’s Best Overall Production, “Big E” Awards

AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS (November 5 – December 30)
Heralded “The Most Illuminated Park on Earth” by the Travel Channel and “One of the most sparkly, lively holiday celebrations anywhere” by Midwest Living with:

  • The Christmas on Main Street light & sound show featuring the 5-Story Special Effects Tree
  • The acclaimed production A Dickens’ Christmas Carol
  • The colorful Holiday Light Parade
  • A musical Living Nativity
  • 4 million lights, holiday shows, rides, shopping and Silver Dollar City legendary dining

For more information, visit SilverDollarCity.com.


Best Western Music Capital Inn Recognized As Tripadvisor Top Family Friendly Hotel

The Best Western Music Capital Inn has been recognized by TripAdvisor as a Travelers’ Choice Family Award Hotel.

The top family-friendly hotels were determined by the highest review ratings from those who traveled with family. Unlike other honors, TripAdvisor winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews from travelers around the world.

“Receiving this award from TripAdvisor’s members is a tremendous honor,” stated Gail Myer, Vice President of Operations for Myer Hotels. “The Best Western Music Capital Inn continually strives for excellence.” 

"Our entire team works very hard to daily exceed our guests’ expectations” noted Sue Gordy, General Manager of the Best Western Music Capital Inn.

In the last few years, The Best Western Music Capital Inn has also received the Best Western Chairman’s award and was featured in NBC television’s The Great American Road Trip. This property is also consistently rated one of the top hotels in Branson according to TripAdvisor.com.  Across from the Shoji Tabuchi Theater, and within walking distance to several other theaters and restaurants, the Best Western Music Capital Inn is a popular destination in Branson. 

About Myer Hotels

In the lodging business for 44 years, the Myer family has actively contributed to Branson’s hospitality market for 28 years and received numerous national awards.  Myer Hotels includes the Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Best Western Music Capital Inn, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, Comfort Inn West, and Holiday Inn Express Green Mountain Drive.  The properties emphasize excellent locations, countless amenities and exceptional customer service while focusing on great value in the upper mid-scale area. For more information about these hotels please visit www.myerhotels.com.
 


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