We have seen the spring blossoms come and wither and the leaves are out and the spring show starts are all opening on schedule.
Being we live in the Branson area we try to take advantage of shows that offer area appreciation schedules. They offer them usually in the beginning and ending of the show season when the they like to show lots of people in attendance and there are less tourists in town.
This is a win for us and for them as all locals are good ambassadors. Different shows have different charges for the appreciation shows some charge $5 others maybe $7-15. A few have even asked for food stuff contributions for the local food shelf as payment.
So far we have bought appreciation tickets for Grand Countries morning show called Down Home Country plus the evening show called The Grand Jubilee followed by the Friday late night show called Branson Country USA.
The late show is a combination show that is recorded live for radio and TV. This is only a one hour show but there are four intermissions in the taping and they offer great comedy and music between taping sessions. These 3 shows are all just great even though in prior years we have had season tickets at the Grand Country so we have seen them multi times in prior years.
A few weeks ago we went to the Hughes Brothers Theater and saw the show called “It”. It features the 5 Hughes Brothers and their complete families. I believe this year there were 30 of their children on stage doing everything from dance, vocals, instruments, comedy etc.
My wife Marilyn and I volunteered at this theater some years ago for another star and knew the Theater and The Hughes Brothers personally.
If you like family entertainment it doesn’t get any bigger of better than the “It” show.
Last week we went to the presleys show. They have had a family show it seems like forever. They built a new theater and had the first show on the 76 Music Blvd. This show has the best comedy in Branson and almost of those on stage are related to the presley original family.
A couple days ago we went to the beautiful Sight and Sound Theater. This year they are presenting the Bible story of Moses. This Theater only does Bible stories and last year they did Jonah and the year before Noah. These shows are complete with period dress and live animals and the stage itself is huge, like and acre, and it wraps around both sides about half way back along the seating.
Last Sunday afternoon we had some free time so we went to Silver Dollar City. If you are not familiar with Silver Dollar City it is the premier entertainment center in the area. It is a theme park that has at least 6 theaters all running different shows back to back all day.
They have about 5-6 different themes during ending with the greatest Christmas season experience anywhere in the world. When we went it was a theme called International World Fest and there were shows by folks from Trinidad, Poland, Ireland, Ecuador, Chech. Republic, the Island Fire group from the South Pacific Islands area and a music/gymnastic group called “Zuma Zuma” from Africa.
If you have always wanted to see the International World Fest theme you have only until the end of April 2016 as after 23 years it is in it’s last year.
For the kids or kids at heart there are tons of wild rides. They have about 5-6 roller coasters one that shoots the cars off with a powder charge and you go from 0-50 miles an hour in about 5 seconds. Their new ride this year is the all new world largest all wooden roller coaster.
Last year they added a fire fighter area with a wild ride that shoots you up from the ground to about 100 feet in seconds.
We always buy annual passes to Silver Dollar City and we try to get out there during each theme time.
And last but not least Marilyn and I sing in our church choir at the Piece Lutheran Church. Our choir director is working this season as a band member for a show called “Patsy Cline and Friends”. CJ Newsom sings the Patsy Cline songs that we all love so much. The costumes were magnificent and the band was great also. Of course we are a little prejudiced because our friend and choir leader Mr. Jim Goldapp is a band member. He plays several different instruments during the show and as he was an instrument instructor for many years. We were guests of Jim and his wife Gayle Goldapp for the evening.
Being we were at Silver Dollar City only Sunday afternoon we only got to see about half of the shows and we plan going out their again this Sunday afternoon and see the rest of the shows. We are to old and fragile so we don’t go on any rides.
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