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THANK YOU for helping Joplin!

We've known for a long time that Branson has truly amazing and wonderful fans, and your generous spirit was on display again this weekend as so many people came forward to support the Branson Cares Joplin Benefit Concert and Telethon on Sunday, June 26.

The League of Branson Theatre Owners & Show Producers coordinated the three-hour, nationally televised event, which featured live music and performances from more than 30 Branson artists.

To date, your donations and support have helped raise more than $220,000 for our neighbors in Joplin, and a number of band and orchestra instruments have been donated as well. These will be used to help rebuild St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, and also to help rebuild the music programs at Joplin schools.

In addition to the telethon and auction, two new songs have been written and recorded by Branson artists: "Joplin," recorded by Doug Gabriel and "Just Hold On," recorded by Trey Wilson, Jason Robinson and Michael W. Davis. These songs will continue to be available for sale, and proceeds will go to help Joplin rebuild.

For updates and more info about how you can download the songs and also continue to help Joplin, visit www.JoplinBenefit.com

Branson Celebrates America's Independence

Branson is red, white and blue every day, but our nation's Independence Day takes on special importance, and several of the region's longest-running patriotic celebrations can be found here.

July 4th weekend is packed with activities for your family, including a number of picnics, sales, concerts and fireworks displays.

The weekend's concerts and fireworks start up on Saturday night with Kimberling City's annual Fireburst celebration, which follows a special concert at the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater of 38 Special and The Kentucky Headhunters.

The patriotic fun continues Sunday, July 3, with a free concert at Branson Landing from The Souled Out Band, followed by the 4th Annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks. Shepherd of the Hills also celebrates with fireworks following the Sunday night outdoor drama!

And on Monday, July 4, Branson's celebration of America and independence continues with a day of events and more fireworks Monday night. See the weekend's calendar of events below for all the details!

Through Sept. 5 Ducks Celebrate America, Ride the Ducks
Through July 24 National KidsFest, Silver Dollar City
June 27 - July 1 Branson Gospel Music Revival, Tri Lakes Center
June 30 - July 4 July 4th Summer Sale, Factory Merchants Branson/The Shoppes at Branson Meadows
Friday, July 1 The Lennon Brothers & Gail Lennon (with special guest Carl Hose), The Buzz Boys, Andy Williams Moon River Grill
Through Aug. 14 Artist Rachel Wilson's Amazing Hedgewood Sculptures, Titanic
Through Sept. 3 Night Water, White Water
Saturday, July 2 38 Special & The Kentucky Headhunters, Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Saturday, July 2 26th Annual Fireburst, Harter House Parking Lot; Kimberling City
Sunday, July 3 The Souled Out Band – Live In Concert!, Branson Landing Town Square
Sunday, July 3 Branson Landing’s 4th Annual "Liberty Light Up" Concert!, Branson Landing Town Square
Sunday, July 3 Shepherd of the Hills Fireworks Celebration, Shepherd of the Hills Homestead
Monday, July 4 Spirit of 76 Independence Day, Branson Landing
Monday, July 4 Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks, featuring the Clay Self Band, Big Cedar Lodge
Monday, July 4 Cape Fair Fireworks Display, Cape Fair Marina
Monday, July 4 Annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks, Rockaway Beach Park
Monday, July 4 35th Annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks Display, Shell Knob (1 mile S. of Bridge)
Monday, July 4 58th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration, Historic Downtown Hollister
Monday, July 4 Symphony of Hearts For Joplin – Benefit Concert For Homes of Hope, Branson Landing

Come On In! The Water's Fine!

Find out more about one of the Branson/Lakes Area's main attractions, Table Rock Lake, in this new video.

Like many areas in the central United States, the Ozarks experienced heavy rainfall this Spring. Lake levels continue to be higher than normal, but it's still a great time to get out and experience the area's three amazing lakes!

Table Rock Lake has a surface area of more than 43,000 acres, and it winds through some of the most beautiful areas in the Ozark Mountains. The lake's pristine waters are perfect for recreational boating, jet-skiing, parasailing, kayaking ... and of course world-class fishing! And because of the lake's size, it's easy to find a quiet cove or out-of-the-way spot for swimming or fishing.

Frontier Airlines Launches New Seasonal Service Between Branson and Both Austin and Phoenix

Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., has announced plans to add nonstop seasonal service between Branson, Mo. (BKG) and both Austin, Texas (AUS) and Phoenix, Ariz. (PHX) to its route map. The carrier will be the only airline offering nonstop service on these new routes.

Branson-Austin service will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept. 16 through Dec. 14, 2011. Branson-Phoenix service will operate Saturdays from Sept. 17 through Dec. 10, 2011. Austin service will be provided on 50-seat Embraer 145 aircraft; Phoenix service will operate on 138-seat Airbus 319 aircraft, which feature available STRETCH seating with 5 inches of additional legroom and 24 channels of DirecTV® at every seat.

Branson is a great family-friendly entertainment destination that our customers have really responded to,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning for Frontier. “We’re delighted to have found the opportunity to add more routes into Branson and deliver our high-quality, affordable service.” Frontier already serves Denver and Milwaukee nonstop from Branson.

“Frontier’s new nonstop service to Austin and Phoenix is very exciting,” stated Jeff Bourk, executive director at the Branson Airport. “Frontier now offers four nonstop cities and we are pleased they continue the Branson Airport tradition of convenient air travel and low fares.”

Introductory fares begin at $89 each way for the new Branson-Austin nonstop route and $105 each way for the new Branson-Phoenix nonstop route. The fares are available at FrontierAirlines.com/introfares through Sept. 17, 2011 for travel through Oct. 31, 2011.


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