September
10
logo Kathe Hill
Kathe@AndyWilliams.com
Andy Williams Moon River Grill
417-337-9539
www.AndyWilliams.com
2600 W. Highway 76
Branson, MO   65616

Andy Williams Moon River Grill is now accepting Reservations for 2008 Christmas Parties! The Grill has limited dates available and will take group party reservations on a first come first serve basis!

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Andy Williams!

Enhance your Holiday Season Celebration
with a Christmas Party at The Moon River Grill!

For Information and Reservations Contact:
Kathe Hill (417)339-3959

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

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September
8
logo Joseph Cook
jcook@orbtheatre.com
Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
417-239--1333
www.oakridgeboystheatre.com
464 St. Hwy. 248
Branson, MO   65616

The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre welcomes back Delena Ditto and her Show Band of the Year! Delena Ditto and her All-star cast give you the Variety you’re looking for…hilarious comedy, glamorous costumes, Show Band of the Year, and the music you love!

Relive the hits of “In the Mood”,”Unchained Melody”, Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Anne Murray, Merle Haggard and much more.

Call today for reservations 239-1333 or 866-707-4100.

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September
8
logo Linda Ward
prpro@suddenlink.net
Johnny Lee in Concert
417-335-4400
2206 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

“Lookin’ for Love” Johnny Lee with his Urban Cowboy Band opened Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at the new Gene Williams Showcase Theatre inside the Branson Mall on the world famous Highway 76. Tickets are only $15 a person.

With that opening Lee made Branson entertainment history – it is the first time he has had his own show in the live entertainment capital although he has guest starred in other Branson shows. Lee and his Urban Cowboy Band will perform Monday-Saturday at 8 p.m. through December. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre’s box office. Call 417-335-4400.

From having his own band in high school to participating in the film that is said to have started the 1980’s boom in country music, Lee is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. After high school, he took time out to serve his country in the Navy, then worked with his friend Mickey Gilley and appeared in several television roles. It was then that he was asked to perform in the film, “Urban Cowboy.”

His “Lookin’ For Love” from that film and soundtrack, which went platinum, spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard country music singles charts as #1 and #2 on the pop music singles charts. He followed that with a string of Top 10 hits and numerous television appearances such as “Fantasy Island,” “ChiPS,” “The Fall Guy” and “The A-Team.”

He has recorded several albums and is at work now on a completely new CD, yet untitled, on which he will have a duet with Crystal Gayle.

He recently took part in Frizzell and Friends, in which many of David Frizzell’s friends including Merle Haggard, T. Graham Brown, Helen Cornelius, Johnny Rodriguez, Jeanne Seely, Lacy J. Dalton and Gene Watson gathered in the studio in Nashville for “This Is Our Time.” The get together will air next week on RFD-TV.

In late August Lee continued with his many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry where host Trace Adkins introduced him as “one of my heroes.” Lee sang his hits “Lookin’ for Love” and “Cherokee Fiddle.”

His other hits include “One In A Million,” “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “The Yellow Rose (a duet with Lane Brody),” “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break,” “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Prisoner of Hope,” “Be There for Me Baby,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender” and “Rollin’ Lonely.”

Lee continues his busy touring schedule and a few dates during his September through December run at the Gene Williams Showcase Theatre are booked on the road. For Lee who is an avid golfer many of those dates include benefit golf tournaments. Recently Lee participated in the 2008 Hootie & the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. Funds were raised for the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation which supports the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation and the educational needs of children in South Carolina. Lee also recently helped raise funds for the Lions Club in Gallup, N.M.

This fall Lee will participate in Houston’s Project Joy and Hope with a concert and the eighth annual Johnny Lee’s Country Swinging Golf Classic. Project Joy and Hope has as its mission to serve children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

In between working on his new CD, golfing and touring, Lee has been busy promoting and rehearsing for his three month run at the Gene Williams Showcase Theatre.

About the amazing $15 ticket, Lee said, “This price for my concert is for my fans. I set a recession proof price. In spite of rising prices and no matter what the price of fuel, I am sticking with a $15 ticket for anyone who wants to see my Branson show.”

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September
8
logo Linda Ward
prpro@suddenlink.net
Linda Ward
417-337-8964
americankids.com
158 Pointe Royale Dr. Ste. O
Branson, MO   65616

BRANSON, Mo. — Jocelyn Pullin, 13, of Edmond, Okla., was the top winner in the non-profit American Kids Inc. 2008 National Finals membership talent competition in Branson, Mo. The recent five days of competition included 111 kids from eight states presenting 214 acts.

Pullin danced to In Better Hands and was named Performer of the Year to win a $1,000 cash prize and a $2,000 recording session from Rockabilly Recording Company of Branson. In addition winners in 24 categories were awarded more than $7,000 in cash prizes, trophies and medals along with two college scholarships, American Kids Member of the Year and the top 25 acts that competed for the AllStar honor. Young performers from Illinois, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri took home top honors.

Newton Hippolyte, 17, Carencro, La., was the recipient of the third annual Carolyn Snow Memorial $1,000 College Scholarship presented by the organization’s founder Dr. Dale Smith in memory of his late wife. Snow served as executive director until her death in 2005 following a short battle with cancer. Also making the presentation was Snow’s daughter, Claire Bolen of Tulsa.

Christopher Wilson, 17, of Oklahoma City received the Taco Mayo $1,000 College Scholarship. Taco Mayo Restaurant’s co-founder Randy Earhart of Oklahoma City serves as a board member and is a former chairman of the board of American Kids Inc.

Division Winners

In gospel vocal solo Christopher Wilson, 17, of Oklahoma City took first place with Broken Pieces and Katelyn Stelly, 14, of New Iberia, La., was awarded runner-up with No Orphans of God.

The first place musical theatre solo award went to Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La., with Amazing Mayzie and runner-up to William Grassle, 16, Rogers, Ark., with Tonight at Eight.

Popular vocal solo winner was Koryn Hawthorne, 10, Abbeville, La., with Impossible and Colton Shaver, 13, Monticello, Ark., with Mustang Sally took runner-up.

Country vocal solo first place award went to Carrigan Bradley, 9, Fort Gibson, Okla., with 9 to 5 and Katelyn Stelly, 14, of New Iberia, La., placed first runner-up with I Wonder.

With a tie, serious vocal solo first place winners were Newton Hippolyte, 17, Carencro, La., with Wonderful Tonight and Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La., with If I Can Dream. Katelyn Stelly, 14, of New Iberia, La., with I Have Nothing placed runner-up.

Dance solo first place went to Jocelyn Pullin, 13, of Edmond, Okla., with In Better Hands.

Specialty act solo division first place went to Christopher Wilson, 17, of Oklahoma City with a piano solo, Hallelujah Chorus. Runner-up was Timothy Anders, 14, of Collinsworth, Ill., with a juggling act to Made to Love.

In gospel vocal group division Brittany and Lindsay, Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La., and Lindsay Mendez, 12, Marrero, La., placed first with When You Believe. Runner-up went to Brittany and Kevin, Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La., and Kevin Bental, 17, Marrero, La., with The Prayer.

The first place musical theatre group division award went to A&M Girls with Sisters. Members are Madison Metcalf, 12, Jenks, Okla., and Alaska Holloway, 13, Broken Arrow, Okla. Dream Girls singing Dream Girls earned runner-up. Members are Dominique Hawthorne, 13, and Zion Chisolm, 18, of Abbeville, La., and Irie Hillard, 15, of Delcambre, La.

Country vocal group division first place award went to Kickin’ Cowgirls with Walkin’ After Midnight. Members are Carrigan Bradley, 9, Fort Gibson, Okla., Madison Metcalf, 12, Jenks, Okla., and Alaska Holloway, 13, of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Dance group division first place went to Rhythm’s Dance Company performing Shawty Get Loose. Members are Caitlynn Dupre, 12, Chasidi Caballero, 17, Roxy Comardelle, 12, and Kaitlin Comardelle, 15, of Westwego, La.; Brittany Ratke, 15, of Bridge City, La.; Rebecca Lombas, 12, and Kinni Farve, 14, of Marrero, La., and Alexsa Morgan, 12, of Harvey, La. Runner-up was presented to Fab 5 performing Rocky Top. Members are Rachel Yost, 8, Omega Okla., and Tori Roser, 9, Riley Schenk, 9, Autumn Jones, 10, and Rachel Longnecker, 10, of Watonga, Okla.

Specialty act group division first place went to Lindsay and Newton performing One Last Cry with Lindsay Mendez, 12, Marrero, La., and Newton Hippolyte, 17, Carencro, La. Runner-up was The Ultimate Band with Eye of the Tiger. Members are Megan Wilson, 9, Oklahoma City, Adam Duran, 11, Choctaw, Okla., and Jordan Pullin, 11, and Jacob Pullin, 12, of Edmond, Okla.

Serious vocal group division first place went to Jenni Lyn and Philip performing All the Way with members Jenni Lyn Robin, 17, New Iberia, La., and Phillip Fisher, 17, Carencro, La. Runner-up was Sons of the Morning Star with Who Am I. Members are Daniel Fair, 16, and Nathaniel Fair, 17, of Rogers Ark.

The 2008 Oklahoma Kids Member of the Year Connie Sparks, 15, of Okmulgee, Okla., was named 2008 American Kids Inc. Member of the Year. The honor is based not only on talent capabilities, but also on community service, grade point averages and willingness to share their God given talents in helping to lift others. Sparks won a plaque and a 2009 competition scholarship.

In her essay she wrote about performing in nursing homes. “American Kids teaches us to love all people…I love working with the younger people and I like talking with the older people…People who join get to see all kinds of lifestyles. American Kids teaches us to love people for who they are, not what they look like or what they talk like. None of that matters. This program brings together kids from all different backgrounds. We learn to love all people.” She credited the program, “American Kids has helped me come out of my social shell…has been my confidence booster” is a “miracle of a program” that “has helped me to live life to the fullest” and “is my second family.”

Nominees came from the states that are fully developed in American Kids. The 2008 state members of the year are Nathaniel Fair, 16, Rogers, Ark.; Dianne Jones, 17, Palestine, Texas; Laura Miles, 12, Branson, Mo.; and Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La.

In addition to Jocelyn Pullin, performers in the top 25 AllStar Show included Christopher Wilson, 17, Oklahoma City; Carrigan Bradley, 9, Fort Gibson, Okla.; Madison Metcalf, 12, Jenks, Okla., Alaska Holloway, 13, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Jennifer Robin, 17, and Katelyn Stelly, 14, of New Iberia, La.; Brittany Morvant, 16, Lafayette, La.; Kevin Bental, 17, and Lindsay Mendez, 12, Marrero, La.; Newton Hippolyte, 17, Carencro, La.; Koryn Hawthorne, 10, Abbeville, La.; Christy Mohrman, 14, Nixa, Mo.; William Grassle, 16, Ammarie Grassle, 13, and Daniel Fair, 16, of Rogers Ark.; Colton Shaver, 13, Monticello, Ark.; Keri Spivey, 8, Palestine, Texas; and Morgankate Trammell, 11, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Young performers traveled from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and across Missouri for Nationals, according to Brenda Hoffstatter, national office manager. A panel of distinguished judges from the entertainment industry critiqued the young performers and selected the winners. American Kids is different from other competitions in the performance opportunities given the group’s membership outside of the competition. The organization is open to all youth from ages 3 through high school seniors, alumni, their parents and supporters.

American Kids began 26 years ago as Oklahoma Kids and has its headquarters in Branson, Mo. Young people join American Kids just like adults join a civic club. In the program, they find a peer group all involved in making a difference in the world by using the performing arts as the vehicle. In addition to the membership competition, shows range from fairs, festivals and theme parks on a national and international scale to the touring cast of Raising America, a patriotic musical.

“We promise exposure, growth, character development and opportunity. Because of the experience gained from being on stage, our members are better prepared for whatever they choose to do in life,” said Smith. “Fame and fortune are not promised, but personal development is.”

For more information about American Kids Inc. call 417-337-8964 or go to www.americankids.com.

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September
5
logo Branson Tourism Center
417-334-4400
http://www.bransontourismcenter.com
220 Branson Hills Parkway
Branson, MO   65616

The 233rd Birthday Ball will take place on November 10th, 2008 from 5:30pm – Midnight. The keynote speaker for the event is Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. The ball will be located at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Missouri. The celebration is for Marines, Veterans from all branches of service, and the General Public. Seating is limited so please be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible!

Tickets may be picked up between October 1st and November 9th. The cost for the event is $45/person which includes:

  • Cocktail hour (Cash bar)
  • Birthday Ceremony
  • Dinner
  • Dancing

For reservations or information, please call (800) 619-5708.

This event is proudly sponsored by Branson.com and Branson Tourism Center.

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September
5
Pat McGrath Avery
patavery@gmail.com
Branson Veterans Task Force
www.bransonveterans.com
PO Box 128
Branson, MO   65615

On September 11, in honor of emergency personnel and veterans, the Ulster Band, a group of Canadians who trace their heritage and musical roots back to Ireland and WWI, will perform a benefit concert at Tri-Lakes Center at 7:00 pm.

Area emergency personnel are free with proper identification. All others tickets are $15.00; couples $25.00. All proceeds benefit the Branson Veterans Task Force and their Veterans Week activities.

Each ticket includes a dinner catered by Golden Corral at the Tri-Lakes Center. Doors open at 4:00 with dinner served from 4:30 – 6:30. Theater doors open at 6:00.

For tickets call the Tri-Lakes Center at 417-336-0219 or email [email protected] For show information visit www.trilakescenter.com. A First Responder will be honored at the concert that evening.

The Band will join area firefighters and emergency personnel in the 8:00 am September 11 Remembrance under the mural on the back wall of the Grand Palace Theater.

They trace their roots to the 36th Ulster Division of the British Army in WWI. Children of these veterans migrated to Canada and formed the band to keep their Irish history and music alive. They are the official band of the 36th Ulster Division Old Comrades Association and Branch 11 of the Royal Canadian Legion, both in Toronto.

They have performed worldwide including celebrations at the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France; anniversary celebrations in France and Holland commemorating the Battle of the Somme; the 500th anniversary of the founding of Newfoundland; and Disney World in Florida.

Fifty members form three sections of the band: accordions, percussion and colour party. Most of the accordionists play the 23-button British Chromatic Accordion, frequently called the Irish accordion.

For more information, contact the Branson Veterans Task Force office. The Branson Veterans Task Force holds activities year-round to commemorate important events in our history and to honor our veterans. The BVTF office is located at 138 Pointe Royale Drive in Branson. To contact the office call 417.337.8387 (417.337.VETS) or visit www.bransonveterans.com.

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September
4

Saturday Art Stroll

Posted In: Events by Linda Guthrie


Linda Guthrie
lindaguthrie1@yahoo.com
MPS Marketing
154 Mulligan
Branson, MO   65616

1st Saturday Art Stroll
Historic Downtown Branson
4pm-9pm

Enjoy a stroll through Historic Downtown Branson and view local and area artist’s work. The participating businesses will display an Art Stroll Banner in their window. Maps will be available, also.

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September
4
Shelly Miller
smiller@bransonducks.com
Ride The Ducks
417-266-7600
www.bransonducks.com
2320 W Hwy 76
Branson, MO   65616

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shelly Miller 417-266-7607
[email protected]

RIDE THE DUCKS SALUTES VETERANS

THIS FALL IN BRANSON

Branson, MO (September 2, 2008) – Ride The Ducks is saluting Veterans this fall in Branson! From September 3, 2008 through November 16, 2008, Veterans will be celebrated with a patriotic salute and a special ticket offer. All Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard and Reserves buy 3 tickets and get 1 free.

While Ride The Ducks is proud to honor Veterans every day of the year, this celebration brings out the red, white and blue with a star-spangled land and lake sightseeing adventure. Quack along to patriotic and military music, see historic military vehicles, ride an amphibious DUKW and experience a heart-felt salute to our service men and women.

Veterans will be saluted at both Ride The Ducks locations in Branson. Enjoy a 60-minute excursion through historic Downtown Branson and splash into Lake Taneycomo for a ducks eye view of Branson Landing or set out on a 70-minute adventure that includes cruising Branson’s 76 Country Music Boulevard, fantastic Ozark views from high atop Baird Mountain and a fun-filled splashdown into Table Rock Lake. The Downtown/Lake Taneycomo excursion departs Branson Landing from the Ride The Ducks kiosk near Bass Pro. The Table Rock Lake/Baird Mountain adventure departs the Ride The Ducks dock at 2320 West Highway 76, just west of Wal-Mart on the 76 strip.

Ride The Ducks, the nation’s largest amphibious sightseeing company, offers unique land and water adventures that are fun, informative and family friendly. United States Coast Guard licensed Captains entertain guests with stories that you won’t want to miss. It’s the best way for Veterans to enjoy the sights, sounds and history of the Branson area.

Robby Hultz, Ride The Ducks General Manager in Branson, says, “We are very proud of our veterans and wanted to designate a special time this fall to say thank you for their dedication and service to our country.”

The Ride The Ducks amphibious vehicle is based on the famous WWII DUKW design and all vehicles are United States Coast Guard certified. Ride The Ducks heritage stems from the brave men who boarded these amphibious vehicles in WWII to serve the United States of America and the women, like Rosie the Riveter, who built these amazing vehicles while the men were off to war.

Ride The Ducks International has entertained millions of guests in the United States with owned operations in Branson, Baltimore and Philadelphia and licensed operations in San Francisco, Seattle, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia and Newport, Kentucky. Ride The Ducks International is a subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE). HFE owns numerous entertainment venues, including Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle and Celebration City in Branson, MO.

Ride The Ducks operates seven days a week during daylight hours. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-887-8225. Special discounts apply for groups of 15 or more. For more information about Ride The Ducks in Branson, visit www.bransonducks.com.

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September
4
logo Jon England
jon@jonengland.com
Azurre Entertainment LLC
334 5100
www.jonengland.com/reviews
Box 765
Branson, MO   65615

Direct from London, England – International Piano-Entertainer Jon England (yes, from England) returns to Branson’s Caravelle Theatre Tuesday to Saturday at 2 p.m. in “Royally Entertained”.

His gorgeously-featured, Golden-Age style musical entertainment show combines song-and-dance, Virtuoso Piano-playing, Jon’s own brand of gentle, self-deprecating humor, THREE pianos, some fine guitar playing, unique English video-insights plus a “Royal” guest and outrageous Emcee who will ‘flabber-your-ghast’!

From winning outright the Legendary Las Vegas “Showmanship” Championship Competition – Jon’s unique contribution in the second half of his show is to play as many of his audience’s own musical requests as time allows.

Having delighted millions of Americans already at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach since 2003, his sunny demeanor and charming elegance on stage will put you in mind of Cary Grant-meets-Floyd Cramer (with scintillatingly-brilliant touches of Liberace’s flamboyant stylings thrown in for good measure)

Rarely stumped for a requested tune, Jon’s show never misses a beat as he moves from Broadway’s “Memory” (from ‘Cats’), George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”, Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and classic favorites by Frederic Chopin – to his very own “Branson Boogie-Woogie”, “The Wind Beneath My Wings”, Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and Hollywood’s “Love Story” among many, many others.
His moving Finale tribute to his adopted Country (“Rhapsody In Red, White and Blue”) has audiences standing with a handkerchief, so come prepared!

At $23 a ticket, Jon’s is one of the BEST bargains in Branson right now – call 334 5100 for ticket availability and the best seats in the house. Be prepared for a moving, dazzling afternoon of entertainment you’ll talk about long after the show is over – you’ll want to tell all your friends about it – guaranteed!

Officially rated “G”, for GREAT.

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