Branson’s October Calendar of Events

Tour the 417 Idea Home
October 2, 2008 – October 5, 2008
Times: Thursday 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 12-6 pm
Admission: Tickets are $15 at the door or online
417 Magazine & 417 Home present the 417 Idea Home benefiting the Skaggs Foundation & Ozarks Regional YMCA. Nestled on a breathtaking lot in Branson Hills overlooking the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the 417 Idea Home has been two years in the making. Decked with stellar interior design, gorgeous materials and the most cutting-edge home technology, you’re now invited to see it for yourself. We hope you’ll join us. Hurry – it’s only open for two weekends!
There is no parking at the 417 Idea Home. Complimentary parking and shuttling from the Branson RecPlex will be provided. Your 417 Idea Home ticket includes a one-year subscription to 417 Home. No children under 6 years of age, please.

AREA ’57 CRUISE IN & Drive-In Movie Night
October 3 & 4, 2008
Location: Dick Clark’s
Phone: 800-985-3144

Praise N The Park 2008
October 4, 2008
Times: 2-9 p.m.
Location: Celebration City
Pentecostal families will meet at Celebration City for the 3rd Annual Praise N The Park event. In addition to a great day at the park, attendees will receive a BONUS Card that will provide HUGE savings at area hotels, show, attractions, and restaurants. All proceeds benefit Missouri District Youth and funds used for youth camps, convention, and other programs. For more information email

Branson Festival of Arts
October 9, 2008 – October 11, 2008
Times: Thurs. 5-8 p.m. • Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Hilton Branson Convention Center
Phone: 417-335-6636
Admission: $5

Tour the 417 Idea Home
October 9, 2008 – October 12, 2008
Times: Thursday 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 12-6 pm
Admission: Tickets are $15 at the door or online
417 Magazine & 417 Home present the 417 Idea Home benefiting the Skaggs Foundation & Ozarks Regional YMCA. Nestled on a breathtaking lot in Branson Hills overlooking the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the 417 Idea Home has been two years in the making. Decked with stellar interior design, gorgeous materials and the most cutting-edge home technology, you’re now invited to see it for yourself. We hope you’ll join us. Hurry – it’s only open for two weekends!
There is no parking at the 417 Idea Home. Complimentary parking and shuttling from the Branson RecPlex will be provided. Your 417 Idea Home ticket includes a one-year subscription to 417 Home. No children under 6 years of age, please.

Columbus Day Sale
October 10, 2008 – October 13, 2008
Location: Factory Merchants Branson
Phone: 417-335-6686
Check out the hot deals at the Columbus Day Sale at Factory Merchants Branson, Oct 10-13. Just look for the red roofs and find Pendleton, Sag Harbor, Christian Gift Outlet, Carter’, Crocs, and more!

The Butterfly Ball and Benefit Auction
October 10, 2008
Location: Chateau on the Lake
Phone: (417) 334-1157
Admission: Tickets are available
This event will benefit the building fund for Christian Action Ministries.

Titanic World-Class Wood Carver’s Competition
October 10, 2008 – October 12, 2008
Times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, October 12
Location: Titanic’s outdoor parking area
Phone: (417) 334-9500
Admission: Free
Family event to honor memory of Titanic’s German passengers and crew.
Created in association with LogHoggers Chainsaw Sculpting, this Columbus Day special will give spectators an up-close look at artists as they carve intricate Main Event pieces and wield chainsaws during daily 75-minute speed-carving contests.

AREA ’57 Cruise-In & Drive-In Movie hosted by Street Machines of the Ozarks
October 18, 2008
Location: Dick Clark’s
Phone: (417) 332-1960, (877) 588-1957

Princess Tea Party on Titanic
October 18, 2008 – October 19, 2008
Times: Saturday, October 18 – Noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 19 – Noon to 5 p.m.
Location: Titanic Museum attraction at Hwy 76 & Gretna Rd
Phone: (417) 334-9500 or (800) 381-7670
Admission: $13.50 per person (tax included) – 18 under
Tea time aboard Titanic was a major event in 1912! Young ladies attending will receive tea/mini-manner etiquette lesson at the Titanic Museum:

* Experience a time-honored ritual in gracious living mini-manner lessons taught by First Class Maid Jamie
* Etiquette, proper table settings and serving skills
* Classic finger sandwiches and cookies
* Includes Grand Tour of the Titanic Museum Attraction

Limited availability/Reservations required. 100 young ladies per each hour seating. 18 and under.

For reservations email

Ford Galaxie Club of America Nationals
October 24, 2008 – October 26, 2008
Location: Dick Clark’s
Phone: (417) 332-1960, (877) 588-1957

Trick-Or-Treat Off The Street
October 31, 2008
Times: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Factory Merchants Branson
Phone: 417-335-6686
Bring the kids out for a fun and safe evening of trick-or-treating!

One of Country music’s most enduring performers will make special appearances in Branson this weekend and next week. Roy Clark, a country music pioneer and one of Branson’s first regular entertainers, will perform shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. He will then perform shows on Oct. 20-21 at 8 p.m.

Clark made his fame on “Hee Haw,” which was the longest-running syndicated show in television history. He was also one of the first major entertainers to call Branson home. Although he sold his Branson theater in 1997, he still tours more than 150 dates a year. Branson fans get many opportunities to see the legend perform, but so do fans from coast to coast. Today, renowned good guy Clark remains one of the most popular of entertainers as he looks for new opportunities on stage, on record and on TV.

Here are some of the awards Clark has earned over the years: Country Music Association Comedian Of The Year (1970); Entertainer Of The Year (1973); Instrumental Group Of The Year (with Buck Trent, 1975, 1976); Instrumentalist Of The Year (1977, 1978, 1980).Academy Of Country Music Comedy Act Of The Year (1969, 1970, 1971); Entertainer Of The Year (1972, 1973); Lead Guitar Player Of The Year (1977); Pioneer Award (1997).

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

Veterans Homecoming Special Events

Wednesday, November 5, 2008: 7 p.m. The Showboat Branson Belle Salutes the Veterans with a special show and dinner for a special rate of $38.00 per person (gratuity not included). Boarding begins at 7:15 p.m. Cruise is 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. For reservation for this special production call 1-417-336-7170 or 1-800-618-9283

Thursday, November 6, 2008: 10:30 a.m. Woman’s Veterans Rose Petal Ceremony, to honor women veterans who have died for their country will be held at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. Following the ceremony is a Candle Service, Two Bell Ceremony. Lunch will follow the service with special guest speaker Captain Tamara Spicer, Missouri National Guard, State Public Affairs Officer. Cost $25.00, reservation required please call Barb at 417-339-6823. A great way to honor women veterans.

Friday, November 7, 2008: 10:30 a.m. Gold Star, Blue Star mothers & Gold Star Wives luncheon at the All American Cafe. Brunch is complimentary for Gold Star, Blue Star Mothers & Gold Star Wives. For more information and to make reservations call 417-337-8387.6:00 p.m. Stars and Celebrities Luau – Tuskegee Airmen Reunion at Chateau on the Lake. $47.50 per person. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. Pig presentation and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Floor show at 8:00 p.m. For reservations call 417-777-4063 or 417-336-6350.

Monday, November 10, 2008: 5:30 p.m. The Few, The Proud, The United States 233rd Marine Corps Birthday. Location: Chateau on the Lake, Branson, MO. 5:30 pm Cocktails – open bar, Ceremonial Birthday Celebration, Dinner, Dance. Keynote Speaker – Lt. Col. Oliver North. Cost – $45.00 per person. Attire – Semi Formal. For Reservations call 800-619-5708. Hotel Reservations if needed 800-268-4014 ask for Russ.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008: NO Reveille, NO Retreat, NO Day Room, NO Registration, VENDOR VILLAGE CLOSED, NO FREE LUNCH

11:00 a.m. 74th annual Veterans Day Parade sponsored by American Legion Post 220 through downtown Branson. For parade information contact American Legion Post 220 at 417-334-2296.
2:00 p.m. “FREE” Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Show at the Welk Theater. Please contact the Welk Theater for tickets. 417-337-7469.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News & Branson Veterans Task Force

Veterans and active-duty military personnel will get the opportunity to see and meet Lt. Col Oliver North this November. North, one of this nation’s most popular veterans, will highlight Branson’s Annual Veterans Homecoming events.

Once again, veterans from all over the United States will travel to Branson to celebrate its 15th annual Veteran’s Homecoming from Nov. 5-11.

North’s appearances will include being the keynote speaker at the U.S. Marine Corps’ 233rd birthday party and an appearance from 8-10 a.m. on Nov. 11, for a breakfast event at a location yet to be determined.

This year, the headquarters and Veterans Village will be at the new Tactical Operations Center at the Branson Convention Center.

This year’s theme is “Branson Doesn’t Forget Our Military and Their Families.”

There may also be a special tribute to former Branson Mayor Lou Schaefer, who recently passed away, according to Veterans Homecoming chairman Steve Weyher.

Since 1993, thousands of veterans have traveled to Branson during this week-long tribute designed to honor service men and women. The homecoming week also means more tourism for Branson. Last year, approximately 2,500 veterans registered, but at least 50,000 veterans came to Branson for the tribute.

“The city of Branson anticipates the homecoming each year,” said Jerry Adams, Branson’s communications director. “We have plenty of lodging facilities in Branson and restaurants to accommodate the influx of veterans and we welcome the opportunity to show our veterans the honor and respect that they deserve.”

A free lunch for veterans and active-duty personnel will be served daily at the tent in the Belk parking lot at Branson Landing.

Registration is also free and will be held at the Grand Country Square and at the Convention Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Veterans who register will be included in daily drawings for special prizes.

“Registration is so important,” said Arlen Lipper, Veterans Task Force office manager and retired U.S. Air Force and Army veteran. “This allows us to know how many are in town and who came. So many are afraid that we will share their personal information, but we really keep that private.”

Lipper expects an increase in the number of veterans who will visit this year and has had a large number of phone calls from people who have never been to Branson and are coming for the first time.

Veterans can look forward to several days of special events such as a World War II encampment, Showboat Branson Belle Show and Dinner, an opening ceremony, a Rose Petal ceremony to honor women veterans, a Gold Star, Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Wives Luncheon, Korean War Veterans Association reunion, and the United States 233rd Marine Corps birthday party.

All former and active duty veterans are invited, as well the general public.

For more information, call Lipper at The Branson Veterans Task Force office at (417) 337-8387.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

Golf Magazine, one of the world’s most respected periodicals for golf enthusiasts, announces in its September 2008 issue that Branson Creek Golf Club, located in picturesque Ozark mountains of southwest Missouri, has been named as one of the ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play’ in 2008-2009. Featured at number 76, Branson Creek is making its third consecutive appearance on the prestigious Golf Magazine list.

Branson Creek Golf Club is managed by Scottsdale, Arizona based Troon Golf®, the world’s largest golf management company with international offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Dubai. Founded in 1990, Troon Golf overseas operations for more than 200 courses located in 31 states and 31 countries. Thirty-six Troon Golf facilities have enjoyed a ‘Top 100’ ranking in various categories by national or international publications.
Mark Ophoven, Branson Creek Golf Club’s General Manager & Director of Golf shared, “The kinds of accolades that we have received through the years from entities in the industry such as Golf Magazine, have helped confirm that our mission to create spectacular golfing experiences at Branson Creek is on target. I am proud of each and every member of our dedicated team at Branson Creek and Troon Golf®.”
The list of awards received by Branson Creek Golf Club is lengthy. It was named by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the ‘Top 10 New Courses in the Country’ in 2000. In its May 2001 issue, Golf Digest also named Branson Creek Golf Club the ‘Top Public Golf Course in Missouri’. In March 2002, Golfweek named it the ‘#1 Public Course in Missouri’. Golf Digest currently ranks Branson Creek #60 on its list of ‘Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America.’ Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine said Branson Creek is one of the ‘Top 100 Courses Under $100’ and the ZAGAT Survey named Branson Creek as one of ‘America’s Top Golf Courses’.
Within a day’s drive of fifty percent of the nation’s population, Branson Creek Golf Club is considered by many as the centerpiece for golf in the heart of the country as evidenced by Midwest Living Magazine’s award naming Branson Creek as the ‘Best of the Midwest’.
Designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, Branson Creek features a challenging seven thousand yard, Par 71 championship layout, with 5 sets of tees, etched into the magnificent Ozarks landscape with a view second-to-none.
“When you play Branson Creek, the rest of the world disappears. You can’t see the other holes, or houses, or cars- nothing encroaches on your experience. Golfers are entirely immersed in the natural setting of beautiful rolling hills and native trees. Seven holes have water features, including creeks, waterfalls, and two small lakes” Ophoven says. ‘To be able to enjoy high-quality golf like this, just a few miles from the heart of Branson, is an amazing thing.”
Information courtesy of Branson Creek Golf Course

Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival Premiers All-New Culinary & Craft School; National Harvest Festival Runs September 11 – October 25

Silver Dollar City, long known as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” celebrates its roots with the debut of the new Culinary & Craft School during the Ozarks’ premier fall festival, Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival. Showcasing interactive culinary arts and craftsmanship, this new project opens as the theme park presents the nation’s largest gathering of demonstrating craftsmen, award-winning musicians, fall food and harvest-time activities.

Also, two events within the festival highlight American institutions: the popular Salute to the Great American Cowboy featured in September, followed by the new Tribute to the American Farmer in October. The festival runs September 11 – October 25.
Designed for a special experience, Silver Dollar City’s Culinary & Craft School, opening September 11, brings participants behind the scenes to learn the culinary techniques of legendary Silver Dollar City home-style cooking, as well as the techniques of creating handmade crafts for home decor. The all-new 3,000 square-foot timeberframe building features a state-of-the-art kitchen showroom and a Craftmen’s Showcase room furnished with the work of the park’s expert craftsmen.
Widely recognized as the foremost event for fine craftsmanship, the National Harvest Festival features handcrafted jewelry, bronze sculpture, basket weaving, pottery and stained glass, with more the 100 visiting artists demonstrating their art, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists. Entertainment includes 400 musicians on stages throughout the park, and the original musical production Headin’ West, telling the story of the American pioneer spirit in the 1870s west. The production comes to life with elaborate sets, surround-sound, and special effects from deep cave prospecting to white water rafting. A talented cast of 14 actors performs, with live music enhanced with an original orchestra score. Headin’ West runs through October 19.
The tastes of the fall harvest are served up throughout the park, with smoked turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob and hearty skillet meals cooked on open grills. For a full festival feast, guests can dine at Tastes of America in the Red Gold Heritage Hall, featuring barbecued ribs, roasted prairie chicken, southwestern tacos or buffalo chili, and desserts from blackberry cobbler and peach pie to hot apple dumplings.
Cowboy Features, September 11 – 28
From the Red Gold Arena with trick riding and mild mustang presentations to western saddle and tack makers, the flavor of the West is featured in September. Watercolorist and Gunsmoke star Buck Taylor hosts stars of classic American Westerns, and nine-time Grammy winner Asleep at the Wheel performs in a special concert on September 20. Dancers can kick up their heels at the country barn dance.
Performers include:
Asleep at the Wheel
Bill BarwickSons of the San Joaquin
Native American Hoop Dancing
Sons of the Silver Dollar
Judy Coder & Pride of the Prairie
Roy Rogers, Jr.
Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave
Tribute to the American Farmer, October 1 – 25
A new event within the National Harvest Festival, the Tribute to the American Farmer includes border collie sheep herding demonstrations, an antique John Deere tractor display, show cattle from FFA, life-size dairy sculpture, and Southwest Dairy’s mobile classroom with cow-milking demonstrations. The “Touch of Ear” Draft Mule Hitch will parade on the Square daily, showing the power and beauty of eight mammoth draft mules. Plus, “Lassie” star Jon Provost appears with the 9th generation of the famous collie, and country music artist John Conlee performs on October 11.
Performers include:
John Conlee
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Larry Stephenson Band
Les Gilliam & Silver Lake Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Wilders
The festival at the theme park near Branson, Missouri, runs September 11 – October 25, open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Information courtesy of Silver Dollar City

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center has captured two more awards from the meetings industry. Meetings & Conventions magazine’s highly coveted “Gold Key Award” for 2008, and Association Meetings magazine’s prestigious “Inner Circle Award” for 2008 were both awarded to the resort. Plaques commemorating the awards will be presented to Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the AAA Four-Diamond resort, which stands on a beautiful Ozark mountaintop overlooking scenic Table Rock Lake.

The “Gold Key Award” is presented annually to the finest meeting properties in the world, as nominated and selected by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine. Votes are based on the overall professionalism and quality of the property, and on such criteria as staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical, support equipment, and range of recreational facilities. Winners will be showcased in the magazine’s November 2008 issue.
Association Meetings magazine’s “2008 Inner Circle Award” was presented to only 40 hotels and resorts. Properties were selected by the magazine’s readers for their high level of service, flexible function space, quality of food and beverage, and good value on room rates. Winners were profiled in the magazine’s August 2008 issue.
Ranked by Expedia as one of the top 50 hotels in the world for value and quality, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center offers something to please virtually anyone. Boasting an impressive 10-story sky-lit atrium that features meandering streams brimming with colorful Koi fish, the resort provides breathtaking vistas of the lake, lush gardens, and surrounding mountains. Its 301 spacious guest rooms and suites feature cherry wood beds, down comforters, tiled stone baths, dual-line telephones with data port, WiFi access (at a nominal fee), iron and ironing board, coffee maker, in-room movies and music (at a nominal fee), and in-room safes.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

As the season begins to change from summer to fall, the line-up of entertainment in Branson is changing as well. This Fall, several stars will grace the stages of Branson creating an exciting mix of entertainment!

John Anderson – Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
His platinum-plus album, Seminole Wind, is the story of the country music “come-back” of the decade. John has lived the larger-than-life saga of one of the most dramatic career turn-arounds! “Swingin’” was not only the Country Music Association’s 1983 song of the year; it was more recently cited by the AMOA as one of its all-time top-forty jukebox hits – right up there with Hey Jude and other perennial favorites by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and the Rolling Stones. As the vocal genius who won Country Music Association’s Horizon Award – John Anderson helped lay the cornerstone for the 1980’s neo-traditionalist boom. Hits which showcased Anderson’s arresting, instantly recognizable vocal style are a provocative mix of honky tonk fervor, rockabilly/outlaw gusto, and just a hint or rock and roll.
John Anderson appears on stage at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre on Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 7 PM.
Bill Cosby – The Mansion
Humorist, author, star of stage and screen – Bill Cosby is by any standards one of the most influential people in America today. Whether it be through concert appearances or recording, television (Oprah Winfrey, Meet The Press) or films, commercials or education, published works (Come On People!) – Mr. Cosby has the ability to touch people’s lives!
The Mansion Entertainment and Media Center is pleased to announce a return performance of our favorite well-known comedian and five-time Grammy winner – Bill Cosby on Saturday, October 25th, at 8 PM.
This season – bring in the 2008 holidays with Bobby Vinton. A multi-talented musician, singer and actor, Bobby Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. In this full-stage musical gala, the “Total Entertainer” Vinton is joined by an orchestra, and family members to sing all of his most beloved hits and many more favorites. It’s a dazzling concert event.
Treat yourself to a magical night with Bobby Vinton! “Blue Velvet”, “Roses are Red”, and “Mr. Lonely” are just a few of the songs that have Billboard Magazine calling Bobby the all-time most successful love singer of the “rock era”.
You’ll be enjoying two shows in one – Bobby Vinton along with the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra. The most popular and sought after big band tours the world for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all times.
The Bobby Vinton Show and The Glenn Miller Orchestra perform at The Mansion from November 2nd through December 7th, 2008.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

The Branson Landing Princess offers just about everything guests could want in a lake tour.

The Landing Princess launches daily at 5 p.m. for one and a half hour long dinner cruises that feature a four course meal. The meal consists of a buffet of ribs, chicken, vegetables, desserts and more, and there are two cash bars available as well, one on the upper and lower decks.

General Manager and Captain Paul Lentz said “the scenery is gorgeous” on the 10 mile round trip that takes guests from Gage’s Branson Landing Marina and Shops, located in the Wharf District, to Rockaway Beach before making the return trip.

According to the captain, every cruise gets a unique view of the Landing’s fountain show.

Lentz also said passengers are sure to see lots of wildlife through the Landing Princess’ panoramic windows, including foxes, squirrel and even an eagle’s nest.

“Every seat here is a window seat,” Lentz said. “You have a great view no matter where you are.”

The captain also explained that the Landing Princess is “fully climate controlled and has a coast guard inspected capacity of 149 people.”

While sightseeing on the cruise, passengers also get the opportunity to learn a little about how Branson got its name and other historical facts about the area.

But the 100-foot, $2.5 million motor yacht isn’t just for sightseeing. It can also be used for private parties, charters and weddings. Lentz said since the cruises began, the Landing Princess has hosted about eight weddings.

Lentz added when it comes to charters and private parties, the menu selection is “whatever they want” as the Landing Princess’ full galley allows virtually endless possibilities.

For more information about Landing Princess cruises visit or call (800) 979-3370 to purchase tickets.

Branson is all about tourism and there is no better way to see the sights than on Branson Landing Cruises’ old fashioned paddle wheel boat, the Lake Queen.

Like its companion, the Landing Princess, the Lake Queen takes guests on a one hour, 30 minute, 10-mile round trip on Lake Taneycomo, beginning at Gage’s Branson Landing Marina and Shops and heading toward Rockaway Beach.

The Lake Queen is a 100-foot boat that holds 149 passengers with an outdoor upper deck and an enclosed, climate-controlled lower deck. The panoramic windows on the lower deck ensure guests will be able to see all of the beauty and wildlife along the lakeshore.

General Manager and Captain Paul Lentz said, “The scenery is gorgeous” and added with the onset of autumn “the colors ought to be gorgeous this year.”

Lentz explained that on the cruise, visitors can see myriad types of local wildlife along the shores of Lake Taneycomo, including a nest of bald eagles.

Unlike the Landing Princess, the Lake Queen does not offer a dinner cruise, but on weekends, passengers can partake in a pizza cruise.

Lake Queen pizza cruises feature hand-tossed gourmet pizza with cheese, pepperoni or sausage topping and the food is included in the price of the ticket. For regular cruises, guests may purchase a deli lunch before send-off to eat aboard the boat. However, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase aboard the Lake Queen.

While on the cruise, passengers can learn about Branson history, including how the town got its name and a little about the Baldknobbers, the orignal Branson gang, not the show. Children can even help Lentz captain the Lake Queen.

The Lake Queen is also available for private parties and charters, as well as weddings.

For more information about the Lake Queen and Branson Landing Cruises, visit or call (800) 979-3370 for ticket information.