Titanic Turns 100
There are many events currently being planned in the USA and the UK to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic’s epic maiden voyage. James Cameron’s “Titanic” movie will be re-released in 3D. There are commemorative Cruises setting sail from both the US and the UK. ABC television will present a four-part miniseries, and John Joslyn, owner of Titanic Museums in Branson and Pigeon Forge, TN. will re-release his ratings-breaking Titanic television show.
The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson has planned a year-long schedule of unique and exciting special events for Branson visitors as well. The planned events include:
*A “Back to Titanic” Ireland Sweepstakes voyage to Titanic’s birthplace
*Interactive participation in a Rose Petal tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew who lived the experience.
*A candle light service, lighting of an eternal flame, and a rescue rocket display.
*Guests can meet descendants of Titanic passengers and crew who have traveled from all over the world in order to appear at the Titanic in Branson ( 2012).
We will post more information about specific schedules and more details about the events as this information becomes available.
23rd Annual Branson Fiddle Festival
The 2011 Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival gets underway Friday August 27th with a great line-up of fun activities for your entire family. The festival includes concerts, street dances, a square dance, music workshops, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, childrens play area, pony rides and more. You can meet the celebrity guest, Mary McDonough from the TV show “The Waltons”. Admissionto the Festival is free.
The “Big Kick Off” starts Friday at 8 PM with a Big Smith concert at the Branson Landing in front of the fountains.There will be entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday at both the Downtown area and the Branson Landing. Don’t miss the genuine Square Dance on Saturday night beginning at 7:00pm. Fiddling seminars and other events will be held in the “Ozarks Music and Heritage Tent” located in the Downtown Historic District.
This years schedule is as follows:
Kick off at Branson Landing with “BIG SMITH” Performing at 8:00pm in front of the fountains.
9:00am-6:00pm in the streets of Historic Downtown:
Vendors, Entertainment, Food, Children’s Area, Seminars and Demonstrations.
Prelims 10:00 am-6:00pm at the Branson Landing
SQUARE DANCE in the streets of Historic Downtown 7:00pm-10:00pm
Gospel Celebration 10:00 am
Finals 12:00pm-5:00pm at Branson Landing
9:am-4:00pm in the streets of Historic Downtown:
Vendors, Entertainment, Food, Children’s Area, Seminars
FREE Trolley service to both locations!
The Hornet Spooklight
In a rural area of southwest Missouri near the old village of Hornet and not far from the point where Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri meet, lies an ordinary section of dusty road, bordered by a shallow ditch and a narrow patch of trees that adjoin ordinary looking grassy fields. This area is known to locals as the “Devils Promenade”. Though ordinary looking at first glance, this section of road is visited by many believers, whom with the doubters riding along,come to see the extraordinary, an eerie enigma that has attracted countless visitors since the 1800′s. This unexplained phenomenon is described by witnesses as a “huge ball of light with an orange glow”, ” a dancing ball of light” that seems to appear out of nowhere. It dances, weaves and bobs, but never allows anyone to approach or pursuit it. Those who have allowed the light to come near and experienced it up close speak of an immense heat emanating from the light.
Many paranormal and scientific investigators have attempted to determine the cause or origin of the Hornet Spooklight. They have presented various explanations including escaping natural gas, reflecting car lights and billboards, and will-o’-the-wisps, a luminescence created by rotting organic matter. However, these explanations all fall short of being conclusive.
LegendsofAmerica.com writes, “As to the theory of escaping natural gas, which is common in marshy areas, the Spooklight is seemingly not affected by wind or by rain, and how would it self-ignite? The idea that it might be a will-o’-the-wisp is discounted, as this biological phenomena does not display the intensity of the ball of light seen along the Devil’s Promenade. Explanations of headlights or billboards are easily discarded, as the light was seen years before automobiles or billboards were made, and before a road even existed in the area. One possible explanation that is not as easily discounted, but not yet proven conclusive, is that the lights are electrical atmospheric charges. In areas where rocks, deep below the earth’s surface, are shifting and grinding, an electrical charge can be created.”
In 1946 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studied the “Hornet Light”, but could not find a cause for it. In their words, it was classified as a “mysterious light of unknown origin”.
There are many legends that provide a more ghostly explanation. According to one legend, two Quapaw Indian lovers who had eloped, were close to being caught by warriors sent by the maidens angry father when they jumped to their death into the Spring River from a cliff. The Spook Light is supposedly one of the young Indians walking this quiet road searching for their lost love. Others say the Spook light is the ghost of an Osage Indian chief who was decapitated in the area and continues to search for his lost head, with a lantern held high in his hand.
The Devils Promenade is about a two hour drive west of Branson. To get there:
- Take Hwy 65 North to W. Hwy 60 ( James River Expressway)
- Take Hwy 60 West to Interstate 44
- Take Interstate 44 west of Joplin, Missouri and then take the Route 43 Exit and go south
- Turn onto Coyote Road (Right) off Route 43 and pass through Hornet
- Take another right onto Gum Road
- Take Left onto State Line Road
- Take the first Right to what is called “Spook Light Road”
- You’ll likely see markings on the road where people park and watch for the light
This is only a four-mile stretch of road that extends into Oklahoma. At a dip in the road, park your vehicle. There will be a field on your right side, facing left. This is the best location and you should see a slight rise ahead of you to the west and a much steeper hill behind you. Be sure to park your vehicle as far to the side of the road as you can (we suggest turning around with your car facing back toward Missouri) and watch out for any oncoming cars, or Indian maidens.
Celebrating Labor day in Branson
History of Labor Day
Labor Day was originally created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It celebrates the countless hours Americans have devoted to the strength and prosperity of our great Nation.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The next year it was again celebrated on September 5th, but in 1884 it was decided that the first Monday in September would become the official day of celebration, giving many workers the beloved 3-day weekend!
Bring on the Celebration!
Labor Day has long been celebrated with great food and music, and in Branson we continue on with tradition.
September 4th: The Branson Landing 6PM-Midnight
Entertainment, dining, shopping, and activities for the whole family! CBS affiliate KOLR 10 will also be at the Branson Landing broadcasting for the MDA Telethon.
September 4th: The Branson Landing 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Country Music Artist Candy Coburn who has shared the stage with many notable performers, including Brooks and Dunn,Montgomery Gentry, Black Shelton, Josh Turner, and Lady Antebellum will be performing in the Town Square.
September 4th: The Branson Landing 9PM
Considered by many to be the premier Classic Rock cover band in the St Louis area, a 9-piece powerhouse with full horn section and 6 vocalists with a repertoire approaching a 150 songs, including Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, Southern Rock Funk, Jazz, Disco, Blues, and Country Rock will take the stage in the Town Square!
September 5th: Tanger Mall
The fantastic annual Labor Day Sale!
September 5th: Chateau on the Lake- Dusk
A truly spectacular fireworks display, backyard BBQ Buffet, and live entertainment!
Branson will also be in full swing with its’ fantastic line-up of live music shows, golf courses, museums, go-kart tracks, mini-golf, Silver Dollar City, zip lines, and water sports on our beautiful lakes!
We love Labor Day weekend in Branson, Missouri!
“Stupid Human and Stupid Pet Tricks”
Now is your chance to acquire fame and fortune. The crew from the David Letterman Show will be at the Branson Landing on August 6th to conduct auditions for their “Stupid Animal Tricks” and “Stupid Human Tricks”. So if you would like to show your “Stupidness” to the world, come down to Branson the Branson landing Saturday, August 6th and register. Be there early as the casting call starts at 10 AM. Winning contestants will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York, payment for your show appearance, and a chance to perform on the stage of the famous Ed Sullivan Theater in front of millions of television viewers.