The legendary country and southern rock ‘n roll musician Charlie Daniels will perform at the Mansion Theater in Branson on Thursday, April 28 at 8pm.

Daniels will perform a variety of songs, including his hits “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “Uneasy Rider” and “Still in Saigon.”

The Charlie Daniels Band recently released a patriotic album titled “The Land that I Love,” and select songs from this album will also be performed during his show in Branson.

Daniels has earned numerous awards during his career. He is a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Charlie Daniels tickets are on sale now.

Branson is known for its unwavering support of veterans. There are several events planned throughout the year that honor veterans in Branson, including Veterans Homecoming Week in November. New details have just emerged regarding a new veteran’s event, slated for June.

Veterans Freedom Fest will be a four-day celebration in honor of our nations veterans. An opening ceremony with Bob Nichols is planned for June 9 and on June 11, a sporting clays shoot is planned at Ozark Shooters. Proceeds from the clays shoot will benefit Honor Flight, which sends World War II veterans to visit a memorial in Washing D.C. A closing ceremony is also in the works. Organizers are hoping Branson shows and Branson attractions will aid in the Freedom Fest by offering discounts and other incentives to veterans.
The Camden Hotel will hold a registration and veterans expo June 9-11 as well.
A four-day Vietnam veterans event is in the works for 2012 too, tentatively schedule for March 28-April, 2012. During that event the Veterans Memorial Museum will host a candlelight ceremony for veterans and will also host a Welcome Home Veterans Day Ceremony.
More information about these events will be released as it becomes available.

The Branson Airport has been named to another Top 10 list. This time, the Branson Airport has earned the distinction of being one of America’s Top 10 Stress Free Airports.

The ranking takes into considerations such as airport amenities, the rustic décor, customer service and the special “Branson Wave,” which is when employees wave to departing planes.

Branson was included among other cities such as 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 Branson Airport is serviced by AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and the Branson AirExpress.

The 3rd Annual Hand In Hand – Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients event is scheduled for April 28-30, 2011 at the Hamner Barber Theater, home of the Hamner Barber Magical Variety Show.

One of the events scheduled is a special sneak peek of a new motion picture named Last Ounce of Courage. The screening will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 9:30am. The picture is the inspirational story of a small town mayor, who is a decorated Vietnam veteran, who, along with his grandson, explores questions of freedom and sacrifice.

A few of the highlighted scheduled activities of the weekend include:

Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Hamner Barber Theater at 2pm on April 28. A special presentation on benefits for veterans, focusing on women veterans and families is planned, along with a question and answer segment.

On April 29, a free entertainment show will be performed at the Hamner Barber Theater in Branson at 10am. A free fishing tournament is also planned at 1:30pm. Visitors must register for the vent at the opening ceremony, and from there 40 select individuals will be selected for this special day of free fishing. A Fish Fry is scheduled to start between 6pm-6:30pm. Purple Heart recipients are free. Other individuals are $10.
On April 30, along with the showing of a Last Ounce of Courage, a Purple Heart Motorcycle Run departs Branson at 1:45pm, and a closing ceremony will take place at 3pm at the Hamner Barber Theater. The special guest speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Colonel Michele Hovland, who is the Director of Intelligence and Communication for the Missouri Army National Guard.

Although The Duttons first appeared in Branson in 1997, they are celebrating 20 years of performing. Known as masterful musicians, The Duttons rose to fame during the 2007 season of America’s Got Talent as they made it into the Top 10 finalists portion of the show.

To celebrate their 20th year of performing, The Duttons have renovated their theater to include granite countertops for the concession areas and new fixtures in the bathrooms to new flooring and fresh paint. They have also created a new show, highly-energized anniversary show for their fans. The Duttons have brought back favorite songs, sketches, and dance routines from past shows to truly showcase the past 20 years.
A few of the songs showcased during the production include “Cotton Eyed Joe,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “Rocky Top,” “Vivaldi” and “I Saw the Light.”

Purchase your Dutton tickets today to help celebrate their 20th year of great performances!


Chateau on the Lake Resort

The 3rd Annual Missouri Food & Wine Festival returns to Chateau on the Lake Resort in Branson, Missouri April 29-30, 2011. This festival is the largest annual food event in Branson and is also one of the biggest in the state. Featuring entertainment, seminars, cooking demonstrations and celebrity appearances, the Missouri Food and Wine Festival is the place to be for foodies.

Some of the unique events planned include an “Iron Chef” style Kitchen Theatre where chef demos by The DJ Chef Marc Weiss will be performed, as well as a KSFX Performance Stage that will host seminars and book signings by The Lennon sisters and others. Competitions for “Chef of the Fest” and “Best of Missouri Wine Classic” will return and new competitions such as “Branson’s Best Pizza” and “Branson’s Best Burger” will be featured.
A special Vintner’s Dinner is also planned for April 30. The gourmet feast will be prepared by Chef Douglas Knopp of the Chateau Grill and will pair wines with five special culinary dishes.
Passes for the Missouri Food and Wine Festival in Branson are $24 for one day and $36 for a two day pass. The Vintner Dinner is not included with these passes.  Festival hours are from 2pm-9pm on Friday, April 29 and noon-9pm on Saturday, April 30.
The Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson MO features over 2000 exhibits showcasing the wars of the 20th Century including WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. With an extensive collection of artifacts and photos, there is only one element missing – your story. That is why director June Tillis is actively seeking stories from veterans located in Arkansas and Missouri.

The museum is planning an extensive update to its current military exhibits. In doing so, she’d also like to display the stories she receives, as a tribute to the community.

The Veterans Memorial Museum Branson is also hoping to utilize items from private collections on a short-term basis, including artifacts, photos and other wartime treasure locals may have.

The Branson Airport has begun non-stop service to and from Austin and Dallas, Texas.  Chartered through Branson AirExpress, the flights feature low fares and flexible dates.

Non-stop flights will be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Earlier this year, AirTran and the Branson Airport announced a new nonstop service to Branson from Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway) and Houston. The service will begin in May. Officials say the expanded service comes in response to increased demand from customers wanting easier access to the Branson area.

Last year, Branson welcomed 8 million visitors who take in an array of entertaining Branson shows and enjoyed the various Branson attractions available.

The Showboat Branson Belle is presenting the biggest changes to date for the Branson dinner cruise. With an all-new show, menu and renovated interiors and exteriors, the Showboat is ready to cruise into 2011 in style.
The new menu features several delicious items, including Beef Pot Roast and Chicken Foccacia on the noon cruise menu and Aged Beef Tenderloin and Mediterranean Chicken Kabob served during the afternoon and evening cruises. The meals all include a salad, sourdough bread, tasty side items like sweet potato mash and green beans, and dessert.
Two new shows debut at the Showboat Branson BelleEncore! and Funny Fiddles. Funny Fiddles doesn’t take the stage until May, and it is set to be performed primarily at the noon cruise. Encore! brings two new acts to the Branson stage, The Showmen and the multi-talented Janice Martin. The acts perform separately and together throughout the show, complimented by the Showboat band – The Rockin’ Dockers. Comedian and Magician Christopher James is master of ceremonies, and he keeps the audience laughing and in good spirits throughout the production.
The Showmen perform a variety of music, from the Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas to The Temptations and The Eagles. They were selected from a nationwide casting call, and were selected for their vocal quality, personality and showmanship.
Janice Martin has previously been featured at Silver Dollar City during World-Fest. She is the world’s only violin-playing aerialist and she can also sing and play the piano. She highlights her piano skills on “Rhapsody in Blue,” and shows off her violin talent on “Orange Blossom Special” and her vocal range is on full display during “Amazing Grace.”