LambertsIf you’re driving to Branson, Missouri for your vacation be sure to stop at Lambert’s Café, a southern cooking establishment located just about 30 minutes north of town.  Known for their throwed rolls, gigantic portions and pass-around fixin’s, Lambert’s is a tradition for many.  Families love it because of the laid-back yet entertaining atmosphere and the prices aren’t bad either.

Located off Hwy 65 at the CC exit in Ozark, Lambert’s is a big green building you can’t miss.  Sometimes there is a line, but believe me…the wait is worth it!  Everything inside the café is pure Americana with license plates and interesting décor from across these United States lining the walls.  Once you are seated, the wait staff begins throwing rolls before your order is even in!  What’s the story behind the throwed rolls?  Well, it all started in 1981 when the restaurant was experiencing a lunch rush.  During the busy service, Norman, the original owner’s son, was pushing a cart of hot rolls from table to table when an impatient customer asked him to “just throw me one.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  Lambert’s Café has been the home of throwed rolls ever since.

Lambert’s is also one of the few places to have the distinction of being named one of the “World’s Best Places to Pig Out” by The Travel Channel.  They had this to say about the restaurant: “After months of research and untold amounts of food, it has become obvious that the best place to pig out on the planet is Lambert’s Cafe.  This quaint, southern-style restaurant is a living shrine to gluttony – in the finest sense of the world, or course.” 
Lamberts-InteriorAs someone who has ate at Lambert’s multiple times, I agree with The Travel Chanel whole-heartedly.  My favorite thing to order at the café is the chicken fried steak which comes in rooster (16 oz.) or hen (11 oz.) cut. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and covered in milk gravy, the dish brings me right back home to my southern roots.  Two sides are included too, and you can eat as much of the pass-arounds – fried okra, fried potatoes and onions, black eyed peas, macaroni and tomatoes and hot rolls and sorghum – as you like.  Other southern-style entrees served include meatloaf made from scratch, fried catfish filets, barbeque ribs, pork chops (smoked, battered or deep fried) and country ham.

Make plans to eat at this famous restaurant on your Branson vacation and find out why Lambert’s Café keeps guests coming back for more, year after year.

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When you visit the Titanic Museum in 2014 you’ll gain entrance to an all-new exhibit dedicated to the musicians aboard the famous ship.  The Titanic Musicians’ Gallery will pay tribute to these men, as well as tell their personal stories.  Legendary for playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the ship sank, little about their personal lives is known.  That changes with this gallery at Titanic Branson.

In addition to a video wall and a Steinway & Sons baby grand replicating one of the five that were aboard the Titanic, a cast member dressed as a first-class passenger will share stories about the musicians and their roles on the ship.
The musicians were:
  • Wallace Hartley, 33, bandmaster and violinist
  • John Clarke, 28, double bass
  • Theodore Brailey, 24, pianist
  • John Hume, 21, violinist
  • John Woodward, 32, cellist
  • Roger Bicoux, 20, cellist
  • Georges Krins, 23, violinist
  • Percy Taylor, 40, pianist.

Stories about the musicians come from numerous letters exchanged before they left their final port.  Observations about life on ship offer unique insight, as does several artifacts on display.  A letter from bandleader Wallace Hartley, found on his body, is valued at $150,000, and speaks of what would become the final days of the Titanic RMS. 

This exhibit is one of many at the Titanic Museum Attractionhonoring the everyday heroes aboard the Titanic ship.

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It’s that time of year where Branson Theaters announce what they’ve got lined-up for the new season. The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre recently unveiled their 2014 Branson show schedule – and there are a lot of stars on the list. Read on to find out who is performing and when.

  • Oak Ridge Boys: April 22-24, September 16-18, October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, November 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
  • Three Dog Night: July 12
  • Bill Cosby: October 10
  • Charlie Daniels: November 7
  • Neal McCoy: November 12, 13, 19, 20, 25
  • Johnny Mathis: November 14-15
  • Sandy Patty: Christmas featuring 100 Voices Choir: November 21-22, December 4, 5, 6

 

The show schedule at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre looks entertaining so far. Stay connected to our Travel Guide for further additions to the line-up of performers.

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The Moon River Theatre is continuing Andy Williams’ legacy in 2014 with a stellar line-up of Branson shows.   A combination of old and soon to be new favorites will take the stage. 

Shows appearing at the Moon River Theatre include:
The Osmond Brothers:  The Osmonds American Jukebox Show comes to the Moon River Theatre stage in October.  You can look forward to listening to Osmond hits like “One Bad Apple,” “Love Me for a Reason,” “Down by the Lazy River” and other all-time favorites.  Dates are set for October 23-25, 30-31.
Daniel O’Donnell:  O’Donnell brings his popular combination of Irish folk, country classics and 60s rock ‘n roll to the Moon River Theatre for the Christmas season.  Performances are set for November 1-22.
Andy Williams Christmas Show featuring Osmond Brothers and Lennon Sisters:  Preserving the legacy of Mr. Christmas, this Branson Christmas show features holiday classics, a full band, dancers and a well-rounded cast of talented performers who bring the magic of Christmas to Branson. 
The Red Neck Tenors:  Comedy and real musical talent combine at The Red Neck Tenors.  Harmonies featured in the show range from gospel to country to Broadway to pop and classical.  They will perform select shows at the theatre May 2- December 6. 
Lennon Sisters:  America’s sweethearts of song – Kathy, Janet and Mimi Lennon – will perform their most popular songs, share stories and be joined by other talented members of the Lennon Family.  They will perform October 20-22, 27-29. 

Rick Thomas:  Thomas has a 15 year tenure in Las Vegas and performances in more than 50 countries under his belt.  He has also been named Magician of the Year and Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts.  His show, which will open March 28, will feature grand illusions in his own unique style.

The Lettermen:  Formed in 1959, The Lettermen are responsible for 16 top 10 singles including the No. 1 Billboard hit “When I Fall in Love.”  Another big hit was “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1961.  The Lettermen will perform October 7-18 at 8pm.

Sha Na Na’s Rockin’ Christmas Show:  The Sha Na Na’s gained popularity in the late 1970s, when there was a resurgence of 1950s nostalgia.  They hosted several variety shows during that time, and are well known for their trademark 50s attire, as well as performances of songs from that era.  They’ll recreate those classic shows November 24-December 6.

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legends_in_concert_001Legends in Concert has plans to present modern and contemporary artists this year, in the addition to the classic tributes they’re famous for in 2014. The show, which is famous for its unique brand of talented tribute artists, presents four distinct line-ups throughout the year. This means you can attend the show no matter when you visit and see a totally new show. Read on to find out who is scheduled to perform during your Branson vacation.

Spring

February 20 – May 20

Adele
Tina Turner
Johnny Cash
The Blues Brothers
Elvis

Summer

May 22 – September 2

Justin Timberlake
Whitney Houston
Kenny Chesney
The Blues Brothers
Elvis

Fall

September 4 – October 31

Michael Buble
Marilyn Monroe
George Strait
The Blues Brothers
Elvis

Winter

November 1 – December 31

Rod Stewart
Nat King Cole
Reba McEntire
The Blues Brothers
Elvis

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Get ready to welcome spring in Branson during Ozark Mountain Shindig.  The all-new event will celebrate the best of shows, culture and traditions of the Ozarks.  Mark your calendars for April 1 through May 31!

During Ozark Mountain Shindig, you can look forward to these special events:
  • Shindig Shopping Spree: April 5-6, May 3-4
  • Hootenanny in the Park: April 10
  • Jammin’ at Area 57: May 8
  • Savor the Flavor: April 23-24
  • World’s Largest Shindig Shuffle Line Dance: May 31
These are just a few of the things to do during Ozark Mountain Shindig.  I’ll provide more information as it is announced.

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RD-CalendarTake advantage of these Branson events planned for February 2014:

February 3: Hot Winter Fun Big Show
Branson’s Hot Winter Fun Big Show is the perfect event to see tons of great Branson’s performers all in one place. It’s your chance to see portions of shows that are open during the winter, like the Baldknobbers Jamboree, Grand Jubilee, Legends in Concert, and others. The show takes place at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased for $30 by calling the theater directly at 417-339-3003.

February 14: 18th Annual Tri-Lakes Building & Home Show
The Home Show is Branson’s trade show of the year for homeowners and consumers. The three day event includes vendor booths, prizes, seminars and special guests.

February 21-23: Ozark Winterfest
Gospel music, praise and worship is featured during this three-day festival at the Welk Resort Theatre.

Winterfest at the Welk Resort Theatre returns February 21-23, 2014.  The three-day festival in Branson, MO features a stellar line-up of the best gospel music artists.  Eager to find out who will be performing?  Read on.

When you attend Winterfest you can look forward to seeing:
  • Tommy Bates
  • Curtis Bridgeman
  • Tommy Hart
  • Josh Carter
  • Julian Drive
  • 4 Trinity

Geared towards fans ages 13 and up, Christian comedians and speakers, as well as additional musical guests are planned.  Winterfest emphasizes the importance of worship and praise, bringing evangelism to the forefront of the festival. 

Tickets are on sale now.  Three-day tickets are $125.

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Branson-crowd-applause2Every year, the Branson show scene shifts a bit, with shows moving theaters and new shows coming to town. To give you a head start on where your favorite shows will be, take a quick look at what we know about Branson shows in 2014 so far.

– The Sons of the Pioneers are moving to the Baldknobbers Theatre after a successful 10-year tenure at The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Sons of the Pioneers will perform matinees at 2pm, while The Baldknobbers will retain their 8pm showtime.

– The Haygoods are moving from the RFD-TV Theater to join the stellar line-up at Clay Cooper Theatre.

– Clay Cooper Theatre is also hosting a new show next summer – Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience.

– The Rankin Brothers are taking their show to the Yakov Smirnoff Theater, after performing the last season at Clay Cooper Theatre.

– Liverpool Legends is returning to their original Branson home, the Caravelle Theatre, and have plans to refurbish the theater as a yellow submarine. Their show in 2014 will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

– The Magnificent Variety Show will move from the God and Country Theater to the newly renamed Hamner Variety Theatre.

– The Hamner Variety Theatre will also feature a new show – The Hamners Unbelievable Variety Show – as Jim Barber departed the show after this last season.

– Sight and Sound Theatre is welcoming Jonah in 2014, after hosting a successful run of both Noah and Joseph.

– Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers will appear at the Starlight Theatre.

– Kings’ Castle Theatre is replacing The Twelve Irish Tenors with another Ireland-inspired show – Dublin’s Irish Tenors featuring The Celtic Ladies.

– Buck Trent will perform his morning show at the Baldknobbers Theatre.

– Barry Williams brings his “70s Music Celebration” to the Hughes Brothers Theatre.

I’ll update you on what’s next for Branson MO shows and additional show theater relocations as the details are released.

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