Visitors to Branson, Missouri will have a new place to dine come September.  Pasghetti’s, an Italian restaurant, is being built next to Starlite Theatre on Hwy 76 “The Strip.” 

The concept for the Branson restaurant sounds interesting, as the business owners plan to go big both inside and out.  For instance, a 15-foot tall meatball with a 50-foot fork sticking out of the top will sit in front of the building.  You’ll also find noodles scattered in front of the building for children to play on.  Inside the 15,000-square-foot dining establishment, two different themes will be featured.  The top level will have the feel of rooftop dining, with a quiet, romantic atmosphere perfect for dinner for two. Downstairs, families can have the reign in a scene set in the 1920s. 

Plans are for visitors to feel like they are walking down a street from the bygone era, with elements form Italy, San Francisco, Chicago and New York implemented.  The unique design will include a trolley inside acting as a bar, a subway car in the back of the restaurant, and the façade of small businesses like laundromats, garages and dry cleaners lining the street. 

The menu will have the same flair.  Chef Holly Peterson, a renowned chef from Napa Valley, California, will be creating all of the recipes. 

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Are you ready to “Come on Down” to The Price is Right Live?  I know you are!  Make plans to win big in 2014 at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, home of the on-stage, interactive version of the longest-running game show in TV history. 

In its 3rd year in Branson, the show has a new home and a new schedule.  Guests can look forward to 10 weeks of excitement from May 23 through August 3.  Plus, parents can bring their kids for free as those 12 and under are free with each paid adult. 

At the show, you’ll be given a Price is Right name tag and have the chance to compete in popular pricing games that made the show famous.  Over 50 audience members are picked each show.  It could be you playing Plinko, Cliffhangers, Punch-A-Bunch or spinning The Big Wheel!

Reserve your tickets now to “Come on Down” to fun at The Price is Right Branson! 

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Marvel Cave

One of the bonuses of a day at Silver Dollar City is the included tour of Marvel Cave.  A novelty to theme parks, the cave is actually a crucial part of the attraction’s history.  The story is one steeped in heritage and history of the Ozarks. 

Most likely Branson, Missouri’s oldest attraction, Marvel Cave has been providing tourists with glimpses of its corridors since 1894.  At that time it was operated by the Lynch family, and also known as “Marble Cave.”  The Herschend Family, who owns Silver Dollar City, didn’t lease the cave until 1950.  A popular attraction, a lot of times lines would get long to enter.  In order to entertain visitors waiting for their cave tour, the idea of “Silver Dollar City” started at the entrance of the cave.  From there, the Ozark Mountain village them park grew into what it is today. 
Historically speaking, this is Branson’s longest running attraction as it has been toured by visitors for over 100 years.  When you visit Silver Dollar City, make the most of the opportunity to go below these Ozark Mountains.  The tour is included in your Silver Dollar City ticket, and allows you to experience a special part of history – something you can’t get at most theme parks.  Tours depart every 30 minutes, and last about an hour. The cave is located inside the main entrance to Silver Dollar City. During the trip you’ll venture 300 feet below the surface and enter the Cathedral Room.  One of the largest cave entrance rooms in the United States, it’s truly a sight to behold.  Then, you’ll walk the visitors trail as you learn about this wet limestone cave from a trained cave guide.   An inclined tram takes you to the top of the cave, providing a unique exit route.

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Are you ready to spring into fun at Silver Dollar City?  If so, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of Family Spring Break Days, scheduled for select days March 14-30, 2014.  It’s the perfect time to spend some much needed quality time with the family and, with Silver Dollar City vacation packages, you’ll get a great deal on your getaway. 

Here’s what you have to look forward to during your visit:
  • Southern Gospel trio Lineage of David: March 14-16
  • Magic, comedy and more from the Master of Variety, Mike Bliss: March 14-16, 19-21 & 27-30
  • The Berry Brothers Country Variety Show: March 19-23
  • Lindley Creek presents toe-tapping bluegrass & gospel: March 19-23 and 27, 28 & 30
  • Swing St. Louis takes the stage with Big Band era songs, dance & costumes: March 22-23
  • Christian music from The Goulds: March 27, 28 & 30

Spring Break at Silver Dollar City is the place to be for entertainment, thrilling rides and amazing attractions.  Take a ride on the daring Outlaw Run Coaster, soar above the hills on WildFire, PowderKeg and The Giant Barn Swing.  Then, take a spin on the 10 family rides of The Grand Exposition.  There’s so much more to do, too!  One o Two Day tickets to Silver Dollar City are available, so you can choose exactly how much fun you want to have!  Plus, other attractions like Dixie Stampede add even more fun to your stay.  Customize your visit to include your favorite Branson attractions today.

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The Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival has announced dates for 2014.  This year the 26th Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival and Mid-American Fiddlers Championship will be held August 2-3.  Hosting the Branson Fiddle Festival the first weekend of August makes attending the festival more convenient for both competitors and visitors. 

Garnering national attention, the Branson Fiddle Festival has been added to the top three outstanding Fiddle Festivals in the United States. 

Registration for the Mid-American Fiddlers Championship begins at 8:30am on August 2, with competition held from 10am-5pm, Finals will take place on August 3 from 11am-5pm.  More than $7,000 in cash prices will be awarded.  There is no entry fee for the championship. The Fiddling competition will be in the “Ozarks Music & Culture Tent” in Historic Downtown behind Dick’s 5 & 10.
Daily tickets to the Branson Fiddle Festival are $3 for adults, $1.50 for kids ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free.

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As a native of Branson, I’m always looking for ways to share my hometown with visitors. Most people know about Branson entertainment – the town is famous for it! However, there are plenty of things to do in Branson that are absolutely free (and fun)! Be sure to experience these five free things to do in Branson on your next vacation. Combine them with discount tickets to shows and attractions for an affordable Branson vacation.

1) Branson Landing Fountain Show: The Branson Landing is the area’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex. It may cost to shop or dine at the stores and restaurants, but you can stop by to watch the $7.5 million light, water and fire fountain show for absolutely no cost to you. Located in Town Square, the show is performed at the top of every hour. Note: The show is even better at night!

2) Table Rock Lake: There are a variety of free things to do at Table Rock Lake. Explore Table Rock Lake Dam, a modern engineering marvel. Walk (or run) the 2.2 mile Table Rock Lakeshore Trail for beautiful views of the lakeside or stop by Table Rock Lake State Park for a picnic on the shoreline.

3) Dewey Short Visitor Center: While you’re at Table Rock Lake make time to tour the Dewey Short Visitor Center, which has been called “The Crown Jewel of Table Rock Lake.” The new, $7.9 million, 15,000 square foot building offers an unforgettable view of two of Branson’s lakes – Table Rock and Lake Taneycomo. Interactive attractions, displays on the history of the Ozarks, Branson’s natural side and other elements are explored. You can also start a tour of Table Rock Dam at this facility, although there is a small fee for that tour.

4) Take the Trolley: The Discovery Trolley is one of the best ways to explore downtown Branson. Get an overview of the historic area and get a glimpse of old-time Main Street, preserved building facades, and Victorian lampposts. It’s also an easy way to travel to the Branson Landing and Branson Convention Center.

5) Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery: Do you like to fish? If so, stop by the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery to see one of the premier fish hatcheries in the nation. The complex is located at the foot of Table Rock Dam, and offers guided tours of the hatchery weekdays at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pn. You can see thousands of trout in various stages of development while taking in the race ways, trout runs and aquarium.

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RD-CalendarTake a look at these Branson events planned for March 2014:

March 12-18:  NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship
The 23rd annual basketball championship will be held at Keeter Gymnasium at College of the Ozarks. Teams travel from around the country to compete in the 32 team, single-elimination tournament. For tickets call 417-335-NAIA.

March 26-30:  Vietnam Veterans “Welcome Home Celebration”
A welcome home seminar, meet and greet, parade, and POW/MIA Awareness Ride & Flame of Freedom Ceremony.  Please call 417-230-2278 for more information. 

March 28-30:  Silver Dollar City Young Christians Weekend
Praise, worship, special services and entertainment are planned for this annual event at Silver Dollar City.  The 3-Day Celebration is packed with the biggest lineup in Young Christians Weekend history featuring Audio Adrenaline, Kutless, Big Daddy Weave, Finding Favour, Group 1 Crew, Tim Timmons, and Shine Bright Baby.