The extraordinary Legends in Concert Show in Branson has a rotating line-up of tribute artisits that amaze audiences year round. Their complete performer line-up for the remainder of 2009 is as follows:
Summer: May 21 – Sept. 8
Gretchen Wilson
Marilyn Monroe
The Blues Brothers
The Tempations
Elvis
Fall: Sept. 10 – Oct. 31
Jerry Lee Lewis
Donna Summer
Bobby Darin
The Blues Brothers
Elvis
Winter: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31
Buddy Holly
Patsy Cline
The Blues Brothers
Stevie Wonder
Elvis

A variety of activities are scheduled in Branson this weekend.

Friday night the Bueller Band will take the stage at the Branson Landing, in front of the fountains. The band performs classic metal and rock songs. The free concert starts at 8 pm.

Saturday activities include stupid tricks and an array of knives.

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills will host the Branson Hammer and Knife Show.

The show will continue through Sunday, with continuous demonstrations 9 a.m.-3 p.m. again.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday only, the “Late Show with David Letterman” will be hosting a casting call for Stupid Human and Stupid Pet Tricks at Branson Landing.

Participants selected by show personnel will receive a free trip to New York, a payment for their appearance on the show, and a chance to perform their trick on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater in front of millions of viewers. For full casting call rules and more details, click here.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday will be College of the Ozarks’ 20th annual Honor America Celebration. Activities will be held on the college’s campus and include music, food, children’s activities and fireworks. Music begins at 5 p.m. The evening will be capped off by a fireworks display around 9:30 p.m.

The Branson entertainment scene has a new addition – The White River Comedy Club. Located at the Branson Landing, the club features stand-up comics who have recently been in films, television shows and comedy specials. Since opening in April, they have brought a distinctly different variety of comedy to the area, one the owner, Shane Smith, says is the reason no one under 18 is admitted.

However, for adults in Branson seeking some raucous humor, the White River Comedy Club fits their needs. The club is open Wednesday – Sunday, with show times at 7:30pm. Additional 9:45pm shows are available on Fridays & Saturdays. Starting this weekend, June 19, the comedy club will remain open until 1am and double as a night club called “Flow.”

Regular admission prices for the comedy club are as follows:

Weekdays: $15
Weekends: $20
Locals: $10

There is no cover charge for the night club “Flow.

Here is a list of scheduled performers at The White River Comedy Club:

Gary Valentine – June 17 to June 21
Dov Davidoff – June 24 to June 28
Bret Ernst – July 1 to July 5
Tommy Savitt – July 8 to July 12
Chuck Booms – July 15 to July 19

From an official press release from the Grand Country Square:

Grand Country Square announced Friday the grand opening of their new attraction, Fun Spot.

The NEW Grand Country Fun Spot features the Indoor White River, black light mini-golf course in 3D. This interactive course will take you into the through the sights and sounds of the old river towns. Experience riverboats, fishing and kids in overalls painting fences just like back in the good old days. State of the art computer generated special effects and animations, makes this a “You have to see it to believe it.”

“Grand Country has always been a fun place to visit and we are very excited to have the Fun Spot as our newest attraction! It has something for everyone and for all ages,” said Glenn Robinson, Grand Country owner.

In addition to the 3D black light mini-golf course, Fun Spot’s video arcade game facility has the most popular video and fun arcade games for every age group, from Guitar Hero to Big Bass Wheel, which features a 1,000 ticket jackpot. Fun Spot has all the latest arcade attractions including a state of the art prize redemption center with prizes ranging from glitter rings to Nintendo Wii.

Fun Spot also features Comfyland, the perfect place for toddlers. This unique attraction has a wide range of interactive features to appeal to toddlers at every developmental stage. The Senses, Music and Cognitive Corners will enable children to to develop new learning skills and build self-confidence through fun play.

Fun Spot is enjoyable for the whole family. Everyone will have fun with the two-story interactive Ballocity play feature, Mini Bowling, and the interactive Laser Maze.

The facility will also be equipped to handle Birthday parties and other special events.

Experience all this while dining around the World’s Largest Banjo at Papa Grands Pizza, the all-you-can-eat pizza, soup, salad, pizza and dessert bar with 12 varieties of fresh pizza and 3 dessert pizzas.

Grand Country Square is located in the heart of Branson on the 76 strip and is the home of Splash Country Indoor and Outdoor Waterpark, Grand Country Inn, Grand Country Buffet, Grand Country Market, Grand Country Indoor Mini-Golf, Papa Grands Pizza, Glenn’s Frozen Custard, World’s Largest Banjo and the Grand Country Music Hall featuring the Grand Jubilee, Comedy Jamboree, Buck Trent Morning Show, Amazing Pets, Sunday Gospel Jubilee, Ozark Mountain Jubilee and Branson Country USA.

A Special Press Release from The Branson Vacation Channel:

For the first time ever, Branson area visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite shows, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Area favorites will be recognized with The Visitor Choice Awards sponsored by The Vacation Channel’s ViewBranson.com. Since 1989, The Vacation Channel has provided the information tourists depend on to make the best use of their time and money while visiting Ozark Mountain Country. Now the area’s “televised tour guide” is giving visitors the chance to be heard, voice their opinion, and help their favorite businesses receive the recognition they deserve.
“No one knows better than our guests, which hospitality and entertainment businesses best meet their needs for outstanding service, quality entertainment and exceptional value,” stated Scott Earls, owner and general manager of The Vacation Channel, Inc. “Now it will be easy for visitors to vote for what they like best of all and for those most popular venues to be recognized and rewarded for their efforts.”
All voting for The Visitor Choice Awards takes place on-line. Ballots are tabulated by an outside company that specializes in data collection and management. Visitors (and residents alike) simply go to www.ViewBranson.com and click The Visitor Choice Award link to vote. One ballot per computer, per month, is allowed. And visitors may choose up to three favorites in each of the four categories: Shows, Shopping, Restaurants and Attractions. Voters will also have an opportunity to write-in votes for any business not listed on the ballot. Voting is underway now and will conclude at midnight, September 30, 2009.
The Vacation Channel, Inc. is Branson’s locally owned and operated television station that has provided quality vacation and weather information and award-winning locally produced programs since 1989. Broadcast on channel 38, and carried on several cable systems, The Vacation Channel serves Taney and Stone counties in the lakes region, and the communities of Ozark, Nixa, and Highlandville in Christian County. The Vacation Channel’s ViewBranson.com, powered by ReserveDirect, provides the same trusted information visitors have come to rely on, on-line and on-demand to a worldwide audience.

From the official press release from the Yakov Smirnoff Theater:

Neal McCoy, country music superstar and two-time Entertainer of the Year, brings his show to Yakov’s Theatre in Branson MO. Neal McCoy’s show opens on June 16 at 8:00pm and runs through November 1 on selected dates. Yakov says, “Neal McCoy and I are a great team because Neal McCoy has three platinum albums and I have four…Celine Dion’s, Cher’s, Garth Brooks’, and Frank Sinatra’s. Just like those entertainers, Neal’s show is more then a concert, it’s more then country music, it’s a high energy entertainment experience packed with a variety of musical styles and it’s dynamite fun!”
Neal McCoy says, “I like to entertain and have a great time with the folks. Here in Branson people know how to have a good time! So that’s what we’re planning on doing and you gotta love that.”
Neal McCoy, known for his fast-moving shows and fun music has received Entertainer of the Year two times and other exciting accolades including five #1 singles, five top 10 hits, one Gold album, and many, many others. His hits include Wink, The Shake, No Doubt About It, You Gotta Love That, They’re Playing Out Song, Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On, The City Put The Country Back In Me, Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, If I Was A Drinking Man and more. Along with over 13 USO Tours, Neal has traveled around the world bringing his signature brand of entertainment to the fans.
Neal McCoy, who was named Humanitarian of the Year by multiple organizations, is using his first eight shows in Branson to raise money for local charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, The American Heart Association, and The American Red Cross. Each charity will have a benefit night at Yakov’s Theatre. The first four shows in June also include special performances from Yakov. Neal says, “I just do what I can to help. I hope people will see the great value in being able to see two stars at a great price plus benefit their charity of choice at the same time.”

The Hollywood Wax Museum Branson is currently undergoing a $5 million dollar renovation, with many of the renovations already completed. One of the most noticeable changes is the front of the building. A 15-foot long neon sign with more than 1,200 lights now adorns the Hollywood Wax Museum, located on famous Hwy. 76.

The renovations at the museum were geared towards creating a more interactive experience for visitors, and with more photo opportunities and unique movie scenes the interactivity has indeed increased. It starts in the lobby, where guests can pose with a gigantic ape that is 11 feet tall and 13 feet from shoulder to shoulder. During the tour of the museum there are scenes with characters for visitors to pose with, including sitting on a bench with Forrest Gump, hanging with Spider-Man and getting groovy with Austin Powers. Soon guests will be able to ride aboard the Titanic, sing for “American Idol” judges and fight crime with Charlie’s Angels. All of these new exhibits will be opening soon.
Hollywood Wax Museum tickets are on sale now. Reserve your behind-the-scenes experience today.

Branson is known for its family-friendly activities, and during the summer months there are even more fun things to do in Branson. The Branson theaters offer shows like the Acrobats of China, Jim Stafford and Dixie Stampede that bring exciting entertainment and hilarious comedy to the stage. Branson attractions like Silver Dollar City, White Water and Ride the Ducks are also a great way to experience Branson and see sights that are truly beautiful.

During June, there are several special events happening, including events that celebrate dear old dad. At the Titanic Museum, they are hosting a Titanic Father’s Day Boat Show on June 20 & 21. This free event will feature numerous boats including pontoon fishing boats by Tracker. A trip to the Titanic Museum might also float dad’s boat, so be sure to make time to tour the more than 400 artifacts located at the museum.

Other attraction Dad might like include the ’57 Heaven Museum, which showcases automobiles from 1957, complete with lifestyle exhibits to really bring the culture of ’57 home. Neal McCoy is also performing in Branson during the month of June and will showcase his Top 20 songs, such as “No Doubt About It,” “Wink,” “ The Shake,” and “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On.” If Dad is a big Beatles fan, then he’ll love The Liverpool Legends. Their two hour show pays tribute to The Beatles and is produced by Louise Harrison, the sister of George Harrison. If a taste of the islands is needed, head over to Island Fire at the Dutton Theater, where Samoans perform traditional dances and create fiery entertainment, all served with a delicious Polynesian inspired meal.

Golf in Branson is another way Dad’s are sure to have fun, as Branson is home to several world class golf courses. Whether he tees off at the extraordinary Branson Creek Golf Course or Murder Rock Golf Course, or sets his sights on the holes at Pointe Royale or Thousand Hills, there are plenty of ways for Dad to score a hole-in-one in Branson.

While visiting Branson, you’ll need a place to stay. Reserve Branson lodging now for the best savings and guaranteed lowest rates. Whether you are looking for a hotel, like 1st Inn Branson, or a condominium, like those offered at Still Waters Resort, Branson has something to fit your vacation needs.

Honor America at College of the Ozarks

July 28, 2009
Times: 4:30pm – Fireworks (will show at approximately 9:30pm)
Honor America : College of the Ozarks (C of O) will host the 20th annual Honor America Celebration the evening of Sunday, June 28, on campus. With great music, food, children’s activities, Uncle Sam and dazzling fireworks, Honor America is a great way to begin Independence Day festivities. It all begins with a kids activities and a picnic, where guests can purchase barbecue items at 4:30 p.m. The music begins at 5 p.m. with the Southwynns Bluegrass Band followed by the 50’s at the Hop at 6 p.m. and Cajun Connection at 7 p.m.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert at 8:30 p.m. Prior to the patriotic concert, there will be a special tribute to the military and veterans. This old-fashioned Fourth-of-July event will end with an elaborate fireworks display. Honor America is free and open to the public. Tobacco products, alcohol, fireworks and pets are strictly prohibited. For more information, please call Public Relations at 417-334-6411 ext. 2212.
Branson Landing’s 2nd Annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks Show
July 3, 2009
Times: 8 p.m.
Location: Branson Landing Fountains
Admission: Free
Join us for Branson Landing’s 2nd Annual Liberty Light Up – and celebrate Independence Day – in a BIG Way – a Day Early! Don’t miss our special FRIDAY, July 3rd Concert at 8:00 pm in front of the Branson Landing fountains with the amazing band, Chain Reaction – A Tribute to Journey. Following the concert – Branson Landing’s 2nd Annual Liberty Light Up – an amazing choreographed Fireworks Display Show produced and provided by Gateway Fireworks Displays will dazzle the night. Mark you calendars and bring the kids – both young and old – to the Branson Landing and join us as we Celebrate Independence Day – on Friday, July 3rd! Enjoy an evening of great entertainment, shopping and awesome eating options, topped off with an unforgettable concert at 8pm in front of the Branson Landing Fountains, featuring Chain Reaction – A Tribute to Journey AND The Branson Landing’s 2nd Annual Liberty Light Up Fireworks Show.

Fireburst/Flotilla 2009
July 4, 2009
Times: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Kimberling City
Phone: 417-739-2564
Celebration of the nation’s Independence Day has become an explosive annual event on Table Rock Lake. The lake will explode on 4th of July with Fireburst ’09. The 30 minute fireworks show will be jam packed with bright sparkles and booms which will echo down the lake. There will also be live entertainment, games, concessions and activities for the entire family. Fireburst ’09 will take place on Saturday, July 4, over beautiful Table Rock Lake beginning promptly at 9:30 p.m. Spectators may catch the show from a boat anywhere near the Kimberling City Bridge or a car by parking at Kimberling City Shopping Center, Summer Fresh Supermarket or the field just north of Summer Fresh Supermarket. There will be entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. staged at Summer Fresh parking lot to help pass the time while you wait for the fireworks to explode.
Fireworks Display
July 4, 2009
Times: Dusk
Location: Historic Downing Street in Hollister
Phone: 417-334-3050
Longest running fireworks display in the Ozarks. This celebration has been presented by the City of Hollister Fire Department for over 50 years.
Gift of Hope Inc.
July 4, 2009
Phone: Tina Hansen 417.546.8062
We will have lots of fun activities and entertainment not to mention a large Fireworks display.
Spirit of 76 – Sponsored by Branson Veterans Task Force
July 4, 2009
Phone: 417-337-8387
Independence Day celebrations are held in numerous park areas of the town sponsored by the Golden Corral. Flags and ice cream are given free to the participants at each location. And don’t forget about the other celebrations Branson has to offer with the support of all the other military organizations.

Big Cedar Fireworks Display
Location: Off State Highway 86 in Ridgedale, MO
Phone: Big Cedar – 417-335-2777
Date: July 4 at dusk.
Good Viewing Area: In front of Registration Building or from Table Rock Lake.

Chateau on the Lake Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2009 – July 05, 2009
Experience Independance Day Chateau style under the most spectacular fireworks display in Branson. Summer is in full swing on the lake at the Chateau. After our outdoor BBQ event, complete with live music, we will light up the evening sky to celebrate Independence Day and you won’t want to miss it. The BBQ and fireworks will be on Saturday, July 4th. Make your Chateau on the Lake room reservations early and enjoy a weekend full of activities.

From the official Payne Stewart Golf Course press release:

Opening to much fanfare in Branson, Missouri is the spectacular Payne Stewart championship golf course. Located in the residential community of Branson Hills, the club is an 18-hole facility, managed by Hilton Golf that caters to community residents and visiting golf enthusiasts.
According to T. J. Baggett, Director of Golf, “We are excited to host this grand event as many people have anxiously been waiting our grand opening.”
A celebration for members and their guests, local dignitaries and the general public will begin on June 6th at 1:00 pm. The festivities will begin with an official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house of the clubhouse and complimentary poolside barbecue. Special activities highlighting the amenities the club has to offer including tennis exhibitions, fitness and wellness presentations, mini course putting contests with prizes will also be conducted throughout the afternoon. Beginning at 5:00 pm Branson Ridge Winery will be hosting a wine and cheese tasting preview and to top off the evening attendees will enjoy a live concert by Take it to the Limit, the Eagles Tribute Band starting at 7:00 pm.
Property tours will be conducted throughout the day beginning at 1:30 pm through 7:30 pm. Any interested parties may schedule appointments beforehand to speak with a real state agent to become familiar with the property. “We would love for anyone to visit the Estates at Branson Hills and the Payne Stewart Golf Club at anytime, but I believe the grand opening is a fantastic occasion to experience many of the opportunities available at Branson Hills and our staff is excited to meet our future property owners,” said Robert Allen, V.P. of Sales.

Golf course architect, Chuck Smith and course collaborator, PGA commentator and golf professional, Bobby Clampett designed the Payne Stewart Golf Course and have made it a superb golfing experience for players of all levels.

The course meanders through lush, mature trees while passing by several lakes that come into play on multiple holes, and experiences significant elevation changes as it plays through the hills and valleys of the southwestern Missouri countryside. The topographic challenges encountered during the design of the course gave way to the esthetically pleasing beauty of the dogwoods and redbuds that dot the landscape. The course is a work of art and deserving of the Payne Stewart name, according to Bobby Clampett, course collaborator and PGA Professional.
“Mr. Smith and Mr. Clampett have designed an outstanding golf course, the owners are providing first class amenities and the Hilton staff will provide a level of service equal to other nationally recognized high-end private golf facilities,” stated Director of Golf, T.J. Baggett.
In addition to the top-quality course, the club offers a practice area including a driving range (opening in 2010), and recreational amenities such as tennis and swimming. The clubhouse features a full-service golf shop, fully appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms, lounge, restaurant, exercise facilities and meeting rooms. The clubhouse and surrounding facilities are built with Old English style and modern technology, taking into account the charm, culture and architectural subtleties of the natural landscape.