September
15

The New Beginnings Fellowship Youth Group will wash cars to raise monies to defray funeral costs for the family of Youth Pastor, Nate Mitchem who passed away on September 11th.  Mitchem is survived by his wife, Crystal and young son, David and other family members.

Saturday will be the perfect sunny day, in which to have your car washed at Wal-greens in Hollister located on the corner of Industrial Park Drive and Birch Street.   The New Beginnings Fellowship Youth Group will begin washing cars at 10:00 am and the final car will be washed at 3:00 pm.

Contributions will be appreciated…even if you don’t get the car wash.

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September
15

The President, Eddie Murphy John Daly and Mickey Gilley are among those included in a tribute to Johnny Lee, as Lee joins Gene Williams on the “Gene Williams Country Music Television Show.” The show will be telecast Sept. 19 and 20.

The tribute will include a video covering Lee’s country music career produced by Williams. Williams said the video honors the career of this amazing man and including Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love” and “Urban Cowboy” to his television appearances, performances on the Grand Ole Opry, induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and an accolade from President Bush.

The Gene Williams TV Show is taped live in the NBC affiliate KY3 Studios in Springfield, MO and features the shows and stars from Branson and country music. The next taping is Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the studios, 999 W. Sunshine, and a studio audience will be welcome. Guests will be the Liverpool Legends, Melody Clemmons and the Keatings.

The show is co-hosted by Katie Lynn who has received the Branson Entertainment Awards Best Support Vocalist twice for her work in the “Mickey Gilley Show.” She has worked with Gilley for more than eight years and also worked with Jim Owen for seven years. She is finishing her fifth CD release titled Me and Jesus Laughing. In addition to her singing career, she is a real estate agent.

Williams began his country music television show in Arkansas almost 50 years ago and for the past eight years taped the show in Branson live before a studio audience. Guests have included the late Ed McMahon, Mickey Gilley, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Johnny Lee, Barbara Fairchild, Sons of the Pioneers, the Osmonds, Johnny Cash’s band The Tennessee Three, the Blackwood Brothers, Helen Cornelius, Leona Williams, Charlie Louvin, Mary Lou Turner, Cal Smith, Stonewall Jackson, Norma Jean, “Diamond” Dave Somerville, Little Jimmy Dickens, the late Porter Wagoner, Jim Owen, Buck Trent and Wanda Jackson.

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September
11
Kate Renfrow
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For Immediate Release

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417-887-2300 or 417-496-1441

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Sight & Sound Theatres® Announces Special Offer to Local Residents

Don’t Miss the Boat!

BRANSON, Mo. (Sept. 11, 2009) —Sight & Sound Theatres is offering a special “Don’t Miss the Boat!” promotion to area residents for “Noah—the Musical.” This limited-time offer gives residents or those employed in Stone and Taney counties the opportunity to see the show at the reduced price of $20 for adults and $10 for teens and children, plus tax. The offer is valid today through October 17, the closing date for “Noah—the Musical” this season. “Miracle of Christmas” will open October 31.

Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are only available for purchase 30 minutes prior to the show at the box office of Sight & Sound Theatres located at 1001 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. With proof of residency or proof of employment each resident 18 years or older will be able to purchase up to four tickets. Show times are listed on our web site at www.sight-sound.com.

What might be considered Sight & Sound’s “signature” production, Noah – the Musical is a show of unbelievable proportions! A favorite of children and grown-ups alike, the sets and scenery for Noah are visually spectacular, and the message is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. The production’s 300-foot stage that wraps around three sides of the audience, 40-foot high sets, cast of 45 actors, elaborate costumes, breathtaking special effects, and hundreds of live and animatronic animals captivate and transport audience members as they experience Noah and his family’s journey of persecution, faithfulness, hope and redemption.

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About Sight & Sound Theatres:
The name “Sight & Sound” was inspired by the teaching of Jesus found in Matthew 13:10-23 where Jesus explains to the disciples why he spoke to the people in parables or stories.

Sight & Sound’s purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of God-given talents and resources. While it is a ministry, the company is not affiliated with any external organization or any particular church denomination. It is a for-profit organization and operates without charitable support.

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September
11

Following an international poll, and the tallying of those results, smiles are even more evident today at Silver Dollar City, the 1880s theme park in Branson, newly named the “Friendliest Park” in the entire theme park industry.

The Golden Ticket Awards were held last night at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, hosted by Amusement Today newspaper. Considered a prestigious annual show by industry insiders and theme park aficionados, Amusement Today oversees the process which seeks to define “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry.

While this is the 12th annual year for Amusement Today’s coveted Golden Ticket Awards, this is the first year Silver Dollar City has taken top honors in a key category. Other awards won by the park this year: #2 in Best Christmas Event; #2 in Best Food; #3 in Best Shows and tied #5 in Best Landscaping.

Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories such as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “shows,” “friendliest staff” and “water rides.”  Silver Dollar City notes that recent events hosted for the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), such as the 2009 national convention, and the European Coaster Club (ECC) in 2008, showcased all the park has to offer to industry advocates who had never visited before.

“Congratulations to all of the Golden Ticket Award winners and the finalists on their well-deserved honors,” says Gary Slade, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amusement Today. “The competition is friendly, but the voting is becoming tighter every year. It’s fun to see parks and attractions the world over vying for a Golden Ticket Award, which truly recognizes superior quality in all facets of the amusement industry,” Slade said.

Silver Dollar City General Manager Brad Thomas was present to accept the awards. “For five decades, Silver Dollar City has been about our people as they are the individuals who create the heart and soul of this park. The friendliness of our staff is a hallmark in defining this company,” said Thomas. “This award will be shared with every citizen of each decade celebrated at Silver Dollar City.”

Silver Dollar City next presents the National Harvest Festival, opening tomorrow, September 12, running through October 31, Wednesdays-Sundays. For more information, 800-831-4FUN or www.silverdollarcity.com.

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September
11

Branson Mayor to receive Missourian Award

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Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley will be honored with the 2009 Missourian Award at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Mo. Presented by the American Heart Association, the Missourian Award is given annually to nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to their state or nation in civics, business, education, politics or the arts. Mayor Presley will become part of a long legacy of honorees who have contributed to the betterment of their communities. Governor Jay Nixon is the Honorary Chairman of the Missourian Award.

Thirteen men and women will be honored this year at the 16th annual awards banquet. Proceeds for this annual event are to benefit the American Heart Association.

“These awardees have dedicated their lives to making their communities and this state better by their diligent work and their charitable ideals,” said Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association, Heartland Affiliate. “We applaud their accomplishments, celebrate their award, and appreciate their commitment.”
Elected in April 2007, Raeanne Presley is serving her second term as Branson’s mayor. She is co-owner of Presley’s Country Jubilee Theater, which was the first music theater to open on the world famous Highway 76 “strip”.
Ms. Presley has over 30 years experience in the travel industry and is the immediate past chairman of the Missouri Tourism Commission. She is active in the Branson community having served on the Branson Board of Aldermen, on the Skaggs Community Health Center Board of Directors, the Springfield/Branson Airport Board and numerous other civic boards.

She and her husband Steve have three children who work and perform at their theater.

Other 2009 award recipients from southwest Missouri include Frederick McQueary, board chairman and chairman emeritus, McQueary Brothers Drug Company in Springfield; Neil Wortley, CoxHealth administrator emeritus; Dr. Patricia Dix, a perinatologist at CoxHealth and Bradley Bradshaw, a Springfield lawyer and trained physician and surgeon.

Late Lebanon businessman Robert Plaster, president and chairman of the board of Evergreen Investments LLC, will receive the award posthumously.

Past Missourian honorees have included such stalwart individuals as newsman Walter Cronkite, developer John Q. Hammons and Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris.

“Missourians are among the top business leaders, educators, statesmen, writers and artists in our country,” said Ralph Slavens, Chairman and Founder of the Missourian Awards Committee. “This year’s winners have achieved greatness.”
Tickets for the Missourian Award are $125 per person or $250 per couple. The Event at the Capital Plaza Hotel begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony. Master of ceremonies is Michael Nietzel, President of Missouri State University.

For more information, call 417-887-1587 or 636-938-1100.

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September
8

Decision makers from Branson’s tourism industry will want to attend The League of Branson Theatre Owners and Show Producers’ (The Branson Show League) 3rd Annual Business Trade Show on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at the Chateau on the Lake Resort and Conference Center in Branson, Missouri. The annual “Spotlight On Vendors” Trade Show features services, products, and goods that are vital to the theater industry, as well as to the entire tourism focused community.

This business trade show is a great opportunity to review a wide range of products.  Exhibitors, from small to large companies, are participating. Branson.com and Branson Tourism Center are signature sponsors of The Branson Show League Vendor Fair. Over 50 booths provide an eclectic mix of services and products.

Participating vendors currently include: •Branson Tourism Center, Branson.com, Mountain Valley Water, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, CenturyTel, DermaHealth Laser & Skin Care Clinic, •TravelHost, Ticketmaster, Selby Publishing Company, Phil Erb Concessions, KOAM-TV Joplin, Creative Printing & Design, Springfield Grocer, Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM and Financial Associates), Branson Vacation Magazine, KHOZ Radio, Springfield Blueprint & Nimlok Exhibits, The Vacation Channel, A&J Printing, The UPS Store – Branson, •Springfield NewsLeader, PepsiAmericas, Branson TV & On Media, NUVOX, Showtime Catering, Direct To You, DAZZLEWEAR, Dale Nelson Trading Co., Native Signs, VIP Book/Graphix Café, Branson Tri-Lakes News, Sunny Day Guide, National Audio Company, ProAudio.com, D.L. Media, DeLong Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Hillyard-Branson, Branson ETC, DaZZee Intergrations, Bott Radio Network, Blue Water Designs, Table Rock Lake Area Chamber, •Harrison Daily Times, Digital Medium, The Branson Show League, Jack’s Shoe Repair, Insight Solutions, Bright Commercial Lighting, Ozark Mountain Newspapers, Digital LunchBox, and Service Master Restoration & Construction.

The quality and variety of Branson’s live music shows and family entertainment productions bring tens of thousands of new and repeat visitors to Branson each year, pumping big money into the local economy.  As member theatres celebrate their more than 50 years of success,  those businesses working with the show industry know first hand the partnerships necessary for the local economy to thrive and the buying power the show industry represents.

Buyers from tourism related business are invited to attend this one day event.  Please pre-register by sending an e-mail with your name, company you represent, and your position to [email protected]

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September
7

Legends in Concert New 2009 Fall Lineup

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Legends in Concert,  now located at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, is announcing our new 2009 Fall lineup.  Beginning September 9th through October 31, Legends in Concert proudly presents Jerry Lee Lewis, Donna Summer, The Blues Brothers, Bobby Darin and Elvis.  This new cast will be performing daily at 3 and 8PM, closed Wednesday.

Legends in Concert is also now offering “Party Box” seating for the show.

Please call 417-335-STAR for more information and prices.

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September
7

Stone and Taney County residents

FREE with proof of residency.

Date:  September 12, 2009

Time:  8pm

Mr. George Dyer

George Dyer soared onto the operatic scene in 1996, making his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  He has performed extensively to wide acclaim in prestigious opera houses and concert halls across North America and in many countries throughout the world.

His operatric prowess notwithstanding, Mr. Dyer is a gifted performer of muscial theatre; he has enchanted countless audiences in the United States and Europe with solo concerts that feature a delightful mix of opera and Broadway favorites.  It is variety of musical performance that he has brought to Branson to the delight of audiences of the Dutton Family Theatre.

“Easily one of the finest tenors in the world, living or dead…so breathtakingly beautiful, so utterly exquisite, rich and resplendent, glorious, magnificent, stunning, amazing, there aren’t words enough in my thesaurus.” –Amazon.com

“With a silken yet ringing tone, excellent dynamics, and fine sense of line, George Dyer … captured the role perfectly.  Each aria topped the previous.” — The Honolulu Star Bulletin

Come see the show that raises the musical bar of Branson to a whole new level.

Performing at The Dutton Family Theatre.  For reservations please call 417-332-2772.

www.georgedyer.com

www.theduttons.com

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September
7

A Business After Hours and retirement party honoring Jo Hadley and her more than 15 years of service at the Table Rock Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at The Garden Terrace restaurant in the Kimberling Inn complex, 11863 State Hwy 13, Kimberling City, MO, Thursday, September 10, 5:30-7 pm. Chamber President Wyli Barnes said, “Jo Hadley will be missed immensely by Chamber members and especially by staff. We so appreciate her loyalty, dedication and tremendous service over the years.” All area acquaintances, former co-workers, business associates and friends of Jo Hadley are welcome to attend this free event at The Garden Terrace. RSVP’s are appreciated by calling the Table Rock Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office, 417-739-2564 or email [email protected] by September 8th.

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September
6

CAM Gospel Sing Off Benefit

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Don’t miss the Branson Christian Action Ministries’ (CAM) Gospel Sing-Off at the Sight and Sound Theatre at 2:00 p.m. on Monday September 7 as 12 finalists compete for prizes from a $5,000 prize purse. In addition to being a lot of fun it is also a major fund raiser for CAM.

CAM Executive Director, Joan Westfall pointed out that the CAM Gospel Sing-Off is one of the major fund raisers for the CAM Food Pantry which helped 11,686 people last year. Of those, over 4,000 were children. In a recent interview Westfall pointed out that the need for CAM’s services are growing at a record pace this year.
She pointed out that all the money raised through the benefit will go directly to the CAM Food Pantry. She said that is possible because of all the volunteer work that has gone into the event, Sight and Sound Theatre has donated the theatre for the event and the $5,000 cash prize purse was donated by the Branson Tourism Center.

In sponsoring the $5,000 prize purse, Lianne Milton, co-owner of Branson Tourism Center (BTC) said, “CAM’s work and its Food Pantry directly impacts on the lives of thousands of people, a lot of them children, within our local community.” Lianne explained that Branson Tourism Center’s sponsorship of the prize purse for this major CAM fund raising effort is intended to support that work and is part of BTC’s ongoing commitment and involvement with its community.

The 12 finalists and one alternate were selected by a committee headed by veteran Branson show producer, Joe Sullivan, based on audio, video and other material submitted by the prospective contestants. The event will be emceed by Bob Hubbard, formerly with the Foggy River Boys and the Jordanaires. The judges deciding who will win the first place prize of $2,500, second place prize of $1,500 and third place prize of $1,000 will be Lee Loughnane, founding member of the legendary rock group Chicago, Ben Dutton of Branson’s Dutton Family and Mark Wright, Director of Benevolence for the James River Assembly in Ozark.

Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the Sight and Sound Theatre box office or call 1-800-377-1277.

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