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Farmers Market of the Ozarks Comes to the Branson Landing

Farmers markets have always held an appeal for folks who want the food they put on their table to be fresh. Recently, with the help of the local food movement that has swept the nation, farmers markets are exploding in both their popularity and number of locations. Here in the Ozarks, there are a number of great farmers markets to attend. One of the largest markets around is Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), located in Springfield, MO – and now, FMO is launching a brand new farmers market in Branson!

Farmers Market of the Ozarks LogoFMO first opened for business in 2012. Today, it has grown into the largest farmers market in the Midwestern United States, and is rated #6 out of all farmers markets in the nation by Food52 Magazine. FMO is located off of Republic Road within the Farmers Park complex, a development centered on sustainability, local businesses, and community partnerships. The facilities at Farmers Park allow FMO to stay open year round –something truly unique for a farmers market! In the warmer months, customers can find FMO vendors in the open air pavilion, underneath the covered promenade, or lined up in tents on the sidewalk. In the winter, the pavilion features drop down sides and heaters so that customers can shop in comfort! FMO boasts more than 100 local vendors, all from within 150 miles of the market. The market is open Saturdays year round (8am-1pm April-October, and 9am-1pm November-March) and Thursdays evenings from 4pm-7pm April through October.

FMO is now expanding their local food community to Branson – and what better location for a farmers market in the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest than at the Branson Landing! The Branson Landing Market, powered by FMO, will be located at the farthest southern end of the Branson Landing parking lot, located on Branson Landing Boulevard. The market will kick off in September of 2015, and will run through the end of October. The Branson Landing Farmers Market will be held on Tuesdays from 3pm to 7pm. In 2016, the market will run from April through October, on Tuesdays from 3pm to 7pm.

The Branson Landing Farmers Market, powered by FMO, will feature local meat and vegetable producers, bakers, artisans, and more. FMO’s mission has always been to “operate a vibrant farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, strengthens the local food economy and serves as a community gathering place for the Ozarks region,” and now, they are extending this mission to Branson. FMO hopes to help foster community pride in Branson with a market that will appeal to both locals and visitors to the Branson area.

In just a few short weeks, the people of Branson with have the opportunity to shop local and ‘love their farmer’ with the Branson Landing Farmers Market, powered by FMO! Be sure to like the Branson Landing Farmers Market Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest local market happenings.

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Art in the Ozarks

Someone was once quoted as saying “Art=Life.” For many people, this quote is very true. Happiness, love, sadness, fear, and almost any other human emotion can be channeled into artwork of any kind. Many different regions have their own special twist on art – Broadway, for example, is all about the music! Western cowboy states feature talented leather artists and silversmiths, while coastal regions usually incorporate the sea into the art that is created there. Branson, Missouri, located in the heart of the Ozarks, also has their own art style that gives folks a true taste of the Ozarks. Read on to learn about some unique Branson area art!

Bluegras Music at Silver Dollar CityBluegrass: There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that music is an art form, and the Ozarks certainly sings to their own tune! Bluegrass music is a sound all its own that is quite localized to the Ozarks area. One of Branson’s original shows, Presley’s Country Jubilee, had a lot to do with this. The Presley family, each member a talented musician with a unique Ozarks sound, used to perform for their local community in underground caves, making good use of the natural acoustics! Folks from all over would come to hear the Presley’s play, and soon the family decided to buy an actual theater to perform their bluegrass music in. Today, Presley’s Country Jubilee, complete with Ozarks bluegrass, is still one of the most popular shows in Branson. Bluegrass music can also be heard at Silver Dollar City, and other great Branson shows and attractions.

Chainsaw Art: When people think of sculptures, they often think of patient artist chipping away at blocks of marble with delicate tools. Well, you can make a sculpture using a chainsaw too! S & S Chainsaw Art, located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, makes some pretty amazing Branson area art with Ozarks flair. S & S is a proud member of the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild, and it is no wonder why when you look at their beautiful pieces! Whimsical black bears, bed frames, benches, personalized name signs, lamps, toilet lids and more are all crafted right here in the Ozarks!

Leather Work: Leather work is quite a craft, and an art form that has been practiced for centuries. For some beautiful works of art, and to see this unique pastime in action, check out Crooked Sky Trading Post located in the Branson Mill Craft Village! At Crooked Sky Trading Post, ‘Rattlesnake Eddie’ can be found hard at work crafting beautiful guitar straps, holsters, belts and more. Only U.S. leather is used in Eddie’s art projects.

There is no doubt that the Ozarks is a unique region unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s only fitting that some of the Branson area art found here is the same way!

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Furnishing Your Branson Condo

You have just purchased yourself a Branson condo. Congratulations! With such a great Branson real estate option in your hands, you are now in a prime location for great local jobs, live entertainment, an amazing variety of food, unparalleled shopping, top notch schools, fabulous recreation options, and breathtaking natural beauty. With all of these great resources, it is no wonder that a condo in Branson was your first choice. Now that you have your condo, it’s time to make it home, and fill it with things that make you happy and comfortable. Luckily for you, there are some great Branson furnishing options around town for you to check out!

Neill’s Home Store: Neill’s Home Store, located on Gretna Road, is your one stop shop for any and all Branson furnishings. You can find everything you need to liven up your condo in just one trip! With amazing prices and discounts, it’s great for your condo, but easy on your pocketbook. Pick up a Broyhill Bedroom Set, featuring everything you need to make your bedroom cozy, and then shop from a great collection of Serta mattresses to round out a good night’s sleep in your condo. You can also pick out appliances here from brands like General Electric, Maytag and Samsung. Neill’s proudly offers many American products AND has customizable condo furniture packages just for you!

Downing Street Furniture: This quaint furniture store, located in downtown Hollister and just south of Branson, is a great option for furnishing your new condo. With a great mixture of name brand and lesser known brand furniture, you are sure to find all the furniture here to fit your needs. And it’s not just furniture that you can get here – you can also purchase numerous décor items to give your condo a signature style and flair!

Amish Country Store: The Amish Country Store, located on Gretna Road, is not just a fun place to shop for specialty food items and gifts, it’s also a great place to find Branson furnishings for your condo! Quality rocking chairs, dressers, tables, cabinets, and a selection of other handmade wooden furniture items await you here. You won’t regret purchasing on of their handmade furniture pieces for your home – it will last for generations to come!

These are just a few of the great Branson furnishing options around town. Don’t forget to also shop local garage sales and Craigslist – you just might find that perfect furniture piece you’ve been waiting for!

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Late Night Branson – Where to Go After the Show?

Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, is a great place to be any time of the day. But what about at night? If you are in town for a vacation, a weekend getaway, a reunion, or any other occasion, chances are that you want to spend every possible moment getting the most out of Branson. That includes making good use of the nighttime hours as well! So what late night Branson hotspots should you hit after catching a show? Read on to find out!

Hollywood Wax Museum EntranceLate Night Eateries: Looking for a good meal after watching one of Branson’s many live shows? Or maybe you are looking for an evening cocktail and a little more entertainment? Look no further than The Lake House on Indian Point! This beautiful lakeside restaurant is open Monday-Saturday from 4pm to 1am, and Sundays from 11am to midnight. Enjoy drinks and good food on their outdoor deck during good weather! Entertainment is offered on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9pm. For a real late night Branson experience – and a good time! – come visit Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar on the Branson Landing! Open until 1am on Mondays through Saturdays, and till midnight on Sundays, Ernie Biggs is a great place for music, drinks, appetizers, or even a full meal to the sound of pianos. If you are looking to grab a quick bite to eat on your way back to your hotel, condo or cabin, swing by one of the Branson Steak n Shake locations. Open all night, they are your go to for your late night Branson cravings!

Late Night Shopping: Got the urge to do a bit of shopping after seeing a show? Maybe you need to pick up a couple of things to make it through your trip? Run into the Branson Khol’s store, located on Branson Hills Parkway and open from 9am to 10pm. They have all your affordable clothing needs met! Or, check out Target, also on Branson Hills Parkway and open until 10pm, for clothes, home furnishings, and even some staple grocery items. And don’t forget Walmart – with two locations in Branson and all night hours, you have the convenience of getting everything you need no matter what time it is.

Late Night Fun: Looking for a bit of active, late night Branson fun after your show? Take the family mini golfing! Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, located on Green Mountain Drive just off The Strip, is ‘swashbuckling fun for the whole family!’ And with late night hours (Monday-Thursday till 9pm and Friday-Saturday till 10pm), you and your family can have an adventurous experience on into the night! Want to get your picture taken with some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities? Luckily for you, Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum is open daily until 11pm! Swing by to ‘meet’ famous figures like Johnny Depp, Elvis, John Wayne, Jamie Foxx, and dozens more!

There is plenty of excitement to be had after hours in Branson. So make the absolute most of your stay, and check out all that late night Branson has to offer you!

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Family Reunions in Branson – Fun for All

family-reunion-checklistAlmost everyone knows how much fun a family reunion can be, especially when you have family that are spread out and scattered across the United States – or maybe even the world! Family reunions draw people together to share memories and make new ones. Reunions can provide the place to get reacquainted, or maybe even meet distant family for the first time. Whatever your reasons for holding a family reunion, getting the family together is always a good thing. And there is no better place to host a reunion than Branson, Missouri! Rest assured Branson family reunions never disappoint – young and old alike will be talking about this gathering for years to come! This town has all the components for making great memories.

What to Do: Most Branson family reunions have a fantastic schedule of fun things to do – and yours will too! Branson is packed with amazing shows, attractions and activities; you’d have to move in to see and do everything here. But there are always a few ‘musts’ for any family reunion or gathering that everyone will enjoy. Silver Dollar City is always a crowd pleaser – with craftsmen, shopping, shows and thrilling rides, there is something here from great-grandparents down to the littlest members of the family. Group ticket discounts are sometimes available for the park as well. A visit to Table Rock Lake for a day of fishing, swimming, exploring, and grilling should also be included on the family roster – this historic and beautiful emblem of Branson is always pleasant to visit. You’ll also want to make sure that the family gets the best possible view of Branson from the top of the Inspiration Tower at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead and Old Mill Theater. And if they’re feeling brave, ride the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider down to the bottom! Sometimes the ladies get an urge to go shopping, while the guys need to burn some energy – so send the girls to the Tanger Outlet Mall to shop name brand items at outlet prices, and have the boys head over the golf course at Thousand Hills to play 18 holes!

Where to Stay: Chances are, you’ll want the family to all stay together – but you’ll want to do it in comfort, without breaking everyone’s bank. Luckily for you and your family, Thousand Hill’s Hotel and Golf Resort offers roomy, affordable options! If you want a typical housing style for your family’s comfort, check out their four bedroom, four bathroom condo that sleeps 10 people; you also have the option of renting a five bedroom, five bathroom townhouse that comfortably sleeps 12 people. If a cabin setting is more your family’s style, Thousand Hills has a 12 sleeper cabin option, and even an enormous cabin that will sleep 16 people! All these great lodging options come with great amenities, and all are in close locations to the best of what Branson has to offer visitors.

Branson family reunions are a fun, affordable way for loved ones to spend some quality time together – so start planning your get-together today!

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Volunteer Opportunities in Branson

The word ‘volunteer’ means ‘a person who performs a task willingly and without pay.’ Being a volunteer for any activity or enterprise is a noble act, and in today’s society, volunteering is more important than ever. Being a volunteer fills a need for many charitable and non-profit organizations, and provides a valuable service to your community. Volunteering is a good, productive use of your time, and can often times help people or animals who are in need. Want to be a person who really makes a difference? Volunteer in Branson! There are many great organizations around town that can use an enthusiastic Branson volunteer like you.

Taneyhills-Branson Community Library: If you like books and helping out your community, consider being a volunteer at the Taneyhills-Branson Community Library! This great library, located near downtown Branson, is operated almost completely by Branson volunteers – they are the spokes that keep the library wheel turning. The library does not receive any federal, state or local funding – instead, their funding comes from the Friends of the Library group, who support the library through donations, a used book store, a thrift shop, and special events. The Branson Community Library provides many valuable services to the area, such as access to great books, children’s programs, meeting space, free Wi-Fi, use of public computers, proctored test taking, copy and fax machines, and more!

Veterans Memorial Garden: There is no better Branson volunteer opportunity than honoring our nation’s veterans. When you choose to volunteer with the Veterans Memorial Garden, you can do exactly that. This beautiful living tribute, started in 2008 by a nonprofit gardening group and located at the intersection of Roark Valley Road and Highway 76, is just one of the ways that Branson honors veterans. The garden features flowering trees, shrubs, and annual and perennial plants of all varieties, and has been visited by hundreds of veterans and their families since its opening. Friends of the Garden volunteers are always needed to keep this beautiful memorial in tip top shape – weeding, mulching, pruning, fertilizing and planting are all important Branson volunteer duties that you can give time to.

The National Tiger Sanctuary - White TigerNational Tiger Sanctuary: For one of the coolest volunteer experiences in and around Branson, donate some of your time to the National Tiger Sanctuary! This great facility, located just a few miles north of Branson, is home to lions, tigers and more – oh my! NTS is dedicated to protecting and preserving big cats both at the sanctuary and in the wild, as well as providing educational and personal encounters for the public with these amazing animals. You can be a part of the action by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers at NTS will help with facility maintenance and upkeep, big cat observations, assist tours, and interact and educate the public about NTS.

These are just a few of the opportunities for Branson volunteers to give back to their community. Branson also hosts dozens of 5Ks and sporting events that require volunteers, as well as veteran events, many different kinds of festivals, and parades. The ways to help are endless – start making the Branson community an even brighter place today!

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Lakefront Living in a Branson Condo

 

 

Your dream vacation is finally coming to reality. And it is coming true right here in Branson Missouri. Everything that you ask for in a dream vacation is in Branson. It is overflowing with attractions and activities for people of all ages. You can bring the whole family, your own group of friends, or you can even go by yourself to have some personal time.

 

The perfect vacation for you would probably be one that involves the best theme parks and various other nature parks. It also should be the one wherein you will find the best restaurants and shopping places. Integrating good music in it would make your vacation even more hip. In Branson, you will find all these. It has a world-class amusement park Silver Dollar City, which has an 1880’s theme in it. The nature parks of Branson are also notable like the Table Rock Lake State Park and Dogwood Canyon. Branson can also be quite a treat for your stomach with its delightful restaurants. There is a restaurant in Branson to satisfy your every craving. Being up-to-date with the latest in the fashion industry would not be a problem as you take your vacation because Branson has outlet malls like Branson Landing and Tanger Outlet Center. Branson is also famous for its live music shows, so you better catch it while you are on vacation.

 

To make your vacation more majestic, why not book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort? Thousand Hills Offers you the luxurious and posh lakefront condo units, which are aptly called The Majestic. These Branson lakefront condo units are located near Table Rock Lake, which is one of the most beautiful lakes in Branson Missouri. You can feel the cool breeze and the fresh air brought about by the lake. Add to that the scenery provided by the Ozark Mountains. Does that already spell perfect to you?

 

Now, let us take a look at what awaits you once you decide to rent a Branson lakefront condo. First, it has fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms, with a king-sized bed, luxurious linens, and a Jacuzzi-type tub for your ultimate rest and relaxation. If you love to cook, these lakefront condo units also have fully-equipped kitchen so you can do the cooking for your family and friends. Entertainment in the lakefront condo would not be a problem since there are cable televisions equipped with premium cable channels. Also, there are DVD players if you want to pop in a copy of your favorite movie. You can also go swimming in its lakeview pool. For your own convenience, a resort dock is also available for you.

 

What are you waiting for? Book your stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort now to have that dream vacation of yours. For reservations and questions, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Experience the Branson Tradition in Kings Castle Theater

 

 

Branson Missouri has a number of theaters that offer the guests a world class experience. Each theater has its own unique asset to entertain the guests, but there is that one theater in Branson where you can have it all. On your trip to Branson, don’t forget to visit Kings Castle Theater for a musical adventure. Kings Castle Theater serves as a home to some of Branson’s greatest shows. A Kings Castle experience is surely one that you should not miss.

What makes Kings Castle Theater different from other theaters in Branson’s The Strip? This theater will lets you in on a unique experience by giving you shows featuring the traditional, tributary, cultural, classics, festive, and a lot more. World class shows are no longer a far-fetched dream for the Branson guests. Have one right in Kings Castle Theater!

Kings Castle Theater shows are backed with a world class producer, David King. King is one of the most respected producers in England, and he is well known for his shows of class, quality, and variety. David King now brings his talents to Branson to produce world-class shows.

One of the shows in Kings Castle Theater is Dancing Queen: ABBA’s Greatest Hits. Hear good ol’ 70’s music in this show as the talented performers belt out ABBA’s chart toppers like The Winner Takes It All, Waterloo, Money Money, and other songs with the modern touch to these classic songs. Party the 70’s way in Dancing Queen!

Another show is New Jersey Nights, a popular show that has traveled the world. This show is a tribute to the hits of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Guests will enjoy songs like Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man. Hooray for Hollywood is also one show in the theater that will make you feel nostalgic as they perform songs and dances from your favorite movies like The Lion King and Singing in the Rain. Another gem of the Kings Castle Theater is the Twelve Irish Tenors. This singing group is composed of Ireland’s most talented singers and they are known to put off the greatest shows in Branson and in America, too. The Twelve Irish Tenors performs hits like Danny Boy, You Raise Me Up, Music of the Night, and more.

 

A truly world class experience is waiting for you here in Kings Castle Theater. Make it a part of your trip to Branson. For your lodging needs in Branson, stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort to have the right lodging according to your needs. Thousand Hills is also situated near Branson’s Highway 76 to make it easier for you. Call 1-877-262-0430 now to reserve.

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Why Stop By Dewey Short Visitors Center

 

 

Branson’s TriLakes Area is known to many tourists as the perfect vacation destination for the most exciting water activities. One of the lakes in Branson TriLakes Area is Table Rock Lake, which is also considered to be one of the most popular and most perfect man-made lakes in Branson. Table Rock Lake started as a flood control project, and now it is one of the most visited tourist spots in Branson. If you want to get to know more about the story of Table Rock Lake, one place that you can visit is Dewey Short Visitors Center for more history, interactive displays, and so much more.

Located off Highway 165 next to Table Rock Dam, Dewey Short Visitors Center is named as such to give honor to Congressman Dewey Jackson Short. He is a Republican US Representative from Missouri’s 7th Congressional District and he was a public servant for twelve terms. During his terms, Short was a supporter of the funding for Table Rock Dam. Nowadays, if you visit Dewey Short Visitors Center, you can also learn more about Short’s vision, the dam, and a lot more.

Dubbed as the “jewel of Table Rock Lake”, the Dewey Short Visitors Center is a modern-style building that you can find on the shores of the lake. It is not your typical shopping mall, since it has an outdoor viewing deck, a walking path, a small rock garden with a wooden bridge. These are only some of the exteriors that will give you peace and relaxation while enjoying. Inside of Dewey Short Visitors Center, you can find a theater and The Discovery Shop. The Discovery Shop is often visited by tourists because it is in this place where you can find unique souvenir items of the Ozarks. When you are in Branson, don’t forget to drop by and get some trinkets for yourself and for your loved ones back home. The crafts that you can find in The Discovery Shop are made by local artists and craftsmen. Get exclusive and unique jewelries, wood carvings, hats, shirts, books, toys, and a lot more.

On the lower floor of the Visitors Center, you can find a huge room full of learning. Here, you can know more about the history of Table Rock Dam through the wall murals and displays. There is also a Native American Artifact Exhibit so you get to have an idea about the lives of the Indians who lived in the area before. There are a lot of things that you can learn here – from the parts of a hydroelectric dam, water safety, and a lot more. Before your trip in Dewey Visitors Center ends, don’t for get to stop by the viewing deck to capture great photos.

 

For your vacation, why not stay closer to Table Rock Lake so you get to enjoy all the fun and adventure that it offers? Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort and choose from a variety of lodging options for you. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430.

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The Best of Branson Live Music Shows

 

 

Branson has carved into its name the moniker of being the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Because of this, Branson has been the place that is most frequented by tourists in the Midwest. With a dozen state-of-the-art theaters and more than a hundred Branson shows that you can catch in a day, there will never be one dull moment in Branson. Bring along the whole family for a vacation that will be remembered for a lifetime.

There are a lot of Branson live music shows that will catch your fancy. People of all ages will also find what they enjoy watching. Most of Branson’s live music shows are in Highway 76, or more popularly known as The Strip. If you are not familiar yet with the Branson live music shows, here is your guide.

First off, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show is a must-watch family-friendly show. It features comedy and music in one show. The Cat’s Pajamas are also one of the best upbeat vocal band in Branson. Performing in Andy Williams Theater, The Cat’s Pajamas will surely make you swoon and sing along as they treat you to the hits of yesterday and today. You may be familiar with the Cat’s Pajamas because you might have seen them on TV. Another one of the Branson talents that you are familiar with is The Dutton Family. Having been finalists of America’s Got Talent, they surely have undeniable talents in music. This family is such a joy to watch onstage as each of them have their own style. Speaking of families, the Presley’s Country Jubilee is a show that you should not miss out on. The Presley’s show is considered to be the first show on The Strip. The Presleys are Branson’s first family in the entertainment scene. For more than 50 years, their show never fails to amaze their audiences.

If you want to see more of Branson talents who’s got music in their blood, catch a show by SIX. This is a show featuring six Knudsen brothers who have been in the music scene for more than 30 years! The Liverpool Legends in Branson will also treat you to the most amazing tributes to The Beatles. Reminisce to the Beatles hits as the Liverpool Legends take you to down memory lane.

 

When you are in Branson, you will be surely treated to a world-class musical experience. The Branson live music shows will take of your musical treat. For your Branson lodging needs, let Thousand Hills Golf Resort take care of it. Thousand Hills is located right in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district so it will be more convenient for you to watch live music shows and be home in a jiffy. Several lodging options are also available so you can find one that suits your needs. For inquiries and reservations in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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