legends-logo_optThe Legends of Golf event returns to Branson for the second straight year. The event, which runs April 22-26, 2015, is held at two world-class golf courses: Top if the Rock Golf Course and Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course (previously known as Branson Creek).

This tournament event, played over 54 holes, includes team play and gives golfers from the PGA Champions Tour the opportunity to showcase their skills in areas other than golf: Fishing and shooting sports (archery and sporting clays) are featured in the pro-am portion of the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday through Sunday, two-man teams compete for the Legends crown, alternating play between the Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses. The inaugural event in 2014 drew the likes of Jack Nicklaus (who designed the Top of the Rock course), Gary Player and Tom Watson, to name just a few.

Top of the Rock_2Top of the Rock Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Two sets of tees allow for 18 holes of play, with different challenges. The site is a nature-based heritage preserve created by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The facility includes an Arnold Palmer-designed practice facility with 18 target greens, plus a 70,000 square-foot “Himalayan” putting course designed by Tom Watson. Top of the Rock is home to Arnie’s Barn, a classic 150-year-old barn which was moved to the site from Latrobe, Pennsylvania; it serves as a stunning restaurant, bar and golf pro shop.

Buffalo Ridge CCBuffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole course which has undergone extensive redesign by Tom Fazio. Winding through rolling hills, the course contains an abundance of natural as well as man-made water hazards and free-ranging buffalo. Buffalo Ridge has been rated the Number One Public Golf Course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and named one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest for 11 consecutive years. “This has been one of the most rewarding projects that I have ever worked on,” said renowned architect Tom Fazio. “The natural surroundings and undulating terrain are very unique to deliver an extraordinary golf playing experience. On top of it all, its location, in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks, is unprecedented.”

Tickets for the Legends of Golf event are on sale now and information is available by calling 888-347-4426.


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Fireman’s Landing is proving to be the perfect fit for families.  Open only a few short weeks, it is proving to be a successful addition to Silver Dollar City theme park. With six rides and four interactive play zones, all with a fire service theme, Fireman’s Landing puts visitors to the test to see if they can be the newest recruit.  Curious what the new section of Silver Dollar City looks like?  Take my photo tour to get an inside look.


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768Ring the alarm! Fireman’s Landing is officially open at Silver Dollar City. The Branson theme park’s newest area features 10 fun and family-friendly attractions: six rides and four interactive play zones. With a theme geared towards honoring the service of volunteer fireman and fire services in general, Fireman’s Landing puts visitors to the test to see if they can be the newest recruit.

The central point of Silver Dollar City’s Fireman Landing is Fire Station #3. From this area, park goers can easily access all of the new things to do.

Fireman’s Landing Rides

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Fire Spotter: Soar in a balloon ride and try to spot fire dangers.
Fire Wagon Frenzy: Try a bouncing ride for bucket brigade volunteers.
FireFall: An eight-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruits.
Roundabout: A bouncy ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant.
Up The Ladder: A smaller tower-drop ride for junior recruits.
Fireman’s Flyers: A low-flying swing ride for little firefighters.

Fireman’s Landing Play Zones:

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Firehouse Splash Yard: Cool off with squirting water jets and pump hoses
Firefighter’s Fire Drill: A funhouse filled with buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for showering mock fires.
Firefighter’s Fire Escape: An obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides
Firefighter’s Junior Fire Escape: A soft play area for toddlers.

Purchase Silver Dollar City tickets to experience the newest attraction in Branson, Missouri.


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Mel_Tillis_(002)Legendary Mel Tillis is set to take the Branson, Missouri stage once again in 2015. For the third straight season, he will be performing at The Clay Cooper Theatre.

Tillis is one of the stars who originally helped out Branson on the ma, during the “Branson Boom” of the early 90s. He has since sold his theater, but returns each year to perform in the Ozark Mountains. He still draws a large crowd, too. The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry member has charted over 60 songs during his incredible career including “Coca Cola Cowboy”, “Send Me Down to Tucson”, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, and many more.

Mel has also been featured in numerous films including Every Which Way But Loose with Clint Eastwood, W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings, Cannonball Run I & II, Smokey and the Bandit II with Burt Reynolds, the lead role with Roy Clark in Uphill All the Way, and Toby Keith’s music video “Beer For My Horses.”

Don’t miss this legendary singer, songwriter, and actor. Mel Tillis and his incredible band, the Statesiders, are performing 56 selected dates at the Clay Cooper Theatre, April 21st through Dec. 10th, 2015.


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Ready to plan your Branson vacation to Silver Dollar City? Here’s what you need to know about their 2015 season including all of their famous festivals and new shows you’ve got to see!

Silver Dollar City officially opened March 14, 2015, and begins their season with Family Spring Break Days (heldMarch 14-15, 18-22. and 26-29, 2015). This is a good time to visit because the weather is mild, crowds are moderate and rates for places to stay in Branson are reasonable.

Festivals at Silver Dollar City are a highlight of Mid-America’s Largest Theme Park. Find out which ones are open during your visit:

World-Fest

SDC-ArgentinaApril 9 – May 3
Experience cultures from around the globe right here in the Ozarks. Each year the line-up changes, and different countries are featured.  Families really enjoy the unique attractions and shows performed during this festival, especially during Spring Break days. New for this year are Cirque Zuma Zuma, Ireland the Show and Ansambel Navihanke.

Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

SDC_Rhonda-VincentMay 7 – May 25
Recently named the World’s #1 Bluegrass Event by IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), this year’s event will host two National Bluegrass Competitions – The National Single Mic Championship and the Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. Plus, you can sample some of the tastiest barbeque the Midwest has to offer.  It’s the perfect slice of springtime in the Ozarks.

Star Spangled Summer

SDC-SpongeBobB_lgJune 6 – July 19
This event, which premiered last year, replaces KidsFest as the festival for families and kids to embrace All-American summer fun.  Starting June 6, there will be special meet and greet sessions with favorite cartoon characters such as Dora and Diego, SpongeBob and Patrick and Team Umizoomi.  Plus, thrilling attractions like the all-new Outlaw Run Coaster, The Giant Swing, Wildfire, PowderKeg, The Lost River and the American Plunge will be open for family fun!

Southern Gospel Picnic

SDC_BBQAugust 27 – September 7
This is your chance to see hundreds of performances from nationally acclaimed gospel acts as well as dine on delicious southern delicacies. Attend one of America’s Biggest Southern Gospel events at Silver Dollar City and you can enjoy Southern Gospel music at its finest. The Allen Family, Tim Lovelace, Chuck Wagon Gang, Old Paths Quartet and the Booth Brothers are a few of the featured performers.

National Harvest  & Cowboy Festival

sdc_09_pr_echo_lgSeptember 16 – October 31
Catch the Salute to the Great American Cowboy, an all-new Western Stunt Show, over 125 visiting craftsmen and a full line-up of cowboy performers during National Harvest Festival. Purchase your Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy all new shows and artist showcases, as well as Silver Dollar City’s signature attractions in Branson.

An Old Time Christmas

November 7 – December 30
 SDC-CMASThis is your chance to celebrate Christmas on a grand scale, with over 5 million lights, a 5-story Christmas tree, holiday light parade, visits from Santa and a living nativity creating a magical holiday world for visitors. This year’s festival features shows It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens Christmas Carol.

All of the Silver Dollar City festival entertainment and shows are included with the purchase of discount Silver Dollar City tickets. Bundle your tickets with lodging to save even more on your visit. Silver Dollar City vacation packages include some of the most popular hotels in Branson, and are an easy way to get even more value from your visit.


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Showboat_Branson_Belle_(006)The Showboat Branson Belle is celebrating 20 years of entertainment in 2015. To commemorate the anniversary, an all-new show has debuted for the season. Accurately named “Celebrate,” the show features more than a dozen performers, including Showboat favorites as well as new singers and dancers creating a four-part production.

Each act will be accompanied by the live band, the Rockin’ Dockers. Previous visitors will recognize the funny hijinks and magic of Christmas James, who also emcees the show. The Showmen return for 2015 to perform a selection of songs of the greatest hits of music history. New to the stage is the four-man dance troupe the Rhythmics. Contemporary dance is their central focus, and they have been dubbed “The Fastest Feet West of the Mississippi.” Cassandre Faimon-Haygood is also joining the show. Her vocal theatrics were featured in her own show for several years at the Americana Theatre.

Showboat_Branson_Belle_(12830)Showboat Branson Belle dinner cruises are currently sailing Table Rock Lake. Lunch cruises will be available starting Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 2015. A separate cast will star in these shows, with aerial violinist Janice Martin headlining. She will be joined by comedian and ventriloquist Phil Hughes and magician Aaron Radatz as well as live band Castaways.

The 1880s-style paddlewheeler, which seats 700 passengers, is a unique way to see a show and the sights of Branson. Purchase Showboat Branson Belle tickets and find out why it continues to be a favorite Branson attraction.


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rsz_trace_adkins_2015The July 4th Holiday Weekend in Branson just got a bit more spectacular! Andy Williams Moon River Theatre has announced Trace Adkins will be performing in Branson, Missouri for the first time on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Big in stature and big in the world of country music, Adkins has large catalog of hits to pull from. With 31 – Top 40 songs including 5 – #1 hits to his name, it is sure to be an amazing concert from one of the world’s most popular country stars.

Trace usually plays big outdoor festivals and large arenas, so the opportunity to see him up close in a smaller venue is very rare. This will be a great way to wrap up the summer holiday weekend. Trace’s first Branson appearance of his career is going to be a very special event for his fans.

Trace Adkins tickets are on sale now.


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St. Judes LogoThis March, The Starlite Theatre will present an explosion of comedic chaos in beautifully synchronized rhythm when they present the first performance of Buckets N Boards at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 12. The evening’s focus will be on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the wonderful work they do to help their young patients and the patient’s families, with a portion of the evening’s proceeds being donated to the organization as well as an online silent auction.

Says Linda Merkling, General Manager, “The goal for the evening is to raise enough money for the purchase of 500 new toys for the Children’s Research Hospital. Many of these children and their families make a very hectic trip to the St. Jude’s facility, and it is amazing what simple joy a new toy can bring a child in those first, tense days.” Each toy costs ten dollars, but the smiles they bring are priceless to the children and parents alike.

Buckets june-2011-show (1)Bringing joy to kids and families are what Buckets N Boards is all about. Rated “#1 Show in Branson” by bransonrank.com for 2013 & 2014, Buckets N Boards is regarded as a must see family show for any Branson visit. Buckets N Boards co-creators Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have handcrafted a hilarious, high-energy show full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, and unique musical talent. Think you have seen it before? Not likely. In this show, a propane tank never sounded so good, and no musical genre is overlooked.

The creative duo has a very personal reason for wanting to give back to St. Jude. Matt’s sister, Natalie Marie Levingston, was a patient at the Memphis St. Jude Hospital from ages 7 – 9 while she was undergoing treatment there, and Matt remembers spending time at the facility with his family.  “I remember waiting on my sister for treatment once and playing NHL Hockey on Nintendo with another patient my age that had tubes coming out of everywhere.  St Jude helped everyone forget about the illness and it was just a kid playing Nintendo with another kid…”

Everyone is invited out to help St. Jude’s let kids be kids with an evening of laughter, ridiculous antics, and amazing music. The fundraiser will run Thursday, March 12, thru Saturday, March 14.

Press release courtesy of The Starlite Theatre


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april_eventsCheck out these Branson events scheduled for April 2015:

April 5: Easter Brunch at The Keeter Center
From 10am-2pm, join The Keeter Center for Easter Brunch featuring made-to-order omelets and hickory smoked ham.

April 9-May 3: WorldFest at Silver Dollar City
Don’t miss America’s largest international festival. WorldFest at Silver Dollar City features amazing performances from all over the world along with topnotch international cuisine.

April 11: Party with the Stars
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, beginning at 9:00pm until 1:00am, at the Chateau On The Lake Branson hosts Party with the Star. Highlights inlcude a live band, silent auctions, appearances by Branson stars, dance contest, karaoke, and more. Tickets are $15 at the door and $9.95 in advance.

April 22-23: See the World in Branson Music Fest
Enjoy two days of internationally inspired activities in the Marketplace Tent and Music Showcase. See 20 different Branson shows on one stage in two days! For reservations or more information, call 417-337-7469.

The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre is one of the major theaters in Branson to showcase special artists and shows. 2015 will be no different, as there are a bevy of stars ready to take the stage. For the full list of performers, read on.

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Craig Wayne Boyd
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Craig Wayne Boyd
June 13
Best known as winner of season seventh of “The Voice,” Boyd will be performing in Branson for the first time.

The Oak Ridge Boys
Select Dates in April, September-November
Legendary hit makers The Oak Ridge Boys bring their signature songs to Branson. You can look forward to “Elvira” and “I’ll Be True to You,” among many others.

The Little River Band

The Little River Band
Photo Credit: Carl Lender

The Little River Band
July 26 and November 20
One of Australia’s prominent musical exports of the 1970s, The Little River Band is best known for hits like “Cool Change” and “Take it Easy on Me.”

Bill Cosby
September 26
Best known as the dad on “The Cosby Show,” the veteran comedian brings his classic stand up to Branson. He will muse on everything from family to politics to generational changes.

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Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd & the Big Noise
October 3
Following her successful run as part of The Judds, Wynonna decided to embark on a solo career in the early 1990s.  She has sold 10 million solo albums and has six solo chart toppers to her credit.  Her best known songs include “No One Else on Earth,” “I Saw the Light,” “My Strongest Weakness,” “ Girls’ Night Out” and “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain.”

Don Williams
October 24
Don Williams is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Listen to him sing “I Believe in You.”

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Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels Band
November 6
Sure to be one of the biggest and best shows in Branson this year, the Charlie Daniels Band always packs the theatre. With hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Long Haired Country Boy,” it’s easy to see why.

Neal McCoy
Select Dates this November
McCoy is best known for his hit songs “No Doubt About It,” “Wink,” “The Shake,” “For a Change,” “You Gotta Love That,” “Billy’s Got his Beer Goggles On” and “They’re Playing Our Song.”

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
November 13-14
Mathis returns to Branson just in time for the Christmas season. Hits like “Misty,” “Chances Are,” and “Wonderful Wonderful” fit the scene well.

Which of these shows are you most excited to see?


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.