Things To Do
Posted in Arts & Crafts
on April 28th, 2014
Branson has several entertaining activities to offer including golf, shows, shopping, lakes, and so much more. If you also enjoy the history of the area, you may be on the look out for soap making.
My first interest in lye soap was when I worked as a college student at Silver Dollar City. I was taught by Oma how to make lye soap for the park on a rather enormous scale. It’s been a few years so I don’t remember the exact recipe, but I know it involved an extremely large cast iron kettle, lye, water, and about 75 lbs. of lard. We let people know originally the lard came from when it was time to butcher a hog, and the lye came from rain water being dripped through oak wood ashes. At Silver Dollar City, we used regular purchased lard and lye. We melted the lard and water together, then added the lye mixed in water very gradually, and stirred, and stirred some more. As we added the lye, it was always a good sign if it curdled like cottage cheese. If it did not, we needed to cook it more and wait a bit before adding any more lye. As the batch began to look like cottage cheese, it was time to dish it out in the wooden boxes lined with wax paper. It seemed like this process took 3 or 4 hours if my memory serves me well. Once all the soap was out, it set the rest of the day in 3 large wooden crates. Before going home, we drained the extra liquid out of the soap. There was a hole at the back of the crate that we could punch through and let it drain. The next morning we dumped the crates over and cut the soap into strips then bars, and let it set for a spell.
Jim and Clayton were two other men that worked at lye soap with Oma and myself. Jim would occasionally put his tongue to a soap chip just to let people know it was not going to hurt them. Oma, Jim, and Clayton all signed my stirring paddle, and I still have it to this day about 21 years later.
Since my time at Silver Dollar City, I’ve always enjoyed finding a good bar of home-made soap. On your next trip to Branson, you may want to venture out to Silver Dollar City, the 1800s theme park, and check out the soap making process.
Posted in Shows & Entertainment
on October 4th, 2013
A mainstay in Branson, and the start of the Branson phenomenon, Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama will be closing after 54 years. Shepherd of the Hills will continue its current season with their last performance on October 19th.
Shepherd of the Hills will continue to run the other attractions such as the Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower, the Chuckwagon Dinner show, Vigilante ZipRider, and tours of Old Matt’s Cabin. The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead will be maintained and preserved as it is on the National Historic Registry.
The Shepherd of the Hills Drama, Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, and hardship, is brought to life every night underneath the stars in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The play has over 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, vintage guns and rifles, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and an actual burning log cabin.
If you have never seen the Shepherd of the Hills and would like to experience the outdoor drama that has entertained millions of Branson visitors since 1960, or if you would like to see it one last time call 1-800-768-3892 to make your reservations!
Posted in Museums
on September 19th, 2013
Worlds Largest Toy Museum
Toys represent childhood for all ages and the Worlds Largest Toy Museum is a place of nostalgia. Rekindle the memories of your childhood while you enjoy looking through thousands of toys dating from the Civil War period to present. Enjoying the large displays will take you down memory lane; back to simpler times growing up playing with cars, games, dolls, and trains.
The Worlds Largest Toy Museum has over one hundred antique toy trains, toy tractors, pop guns, Barbie dolls, Board Games, and old character toys such as Power Rangers, Popeye, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. There are many displays of die cast toys, antique bicycles, miniatures all the way up to a full size Rolls Royce. There is even a gift shop if you wanted to pick up some unique Branson gifts. With over a million toys you will rediscover your favorite toys and maybe even find some new ones!
Harold Bell Wright Museum
Harold Bell Wright, probably best know for one of his best sellers “The Shepherd of the Hills”, was one of the most read authors of the early 20th century. Harold Bell Wright published nineteen books between 1903 and 1942, wrote many scripts, and several movies were made from his works. Harold Bell Wright was a master of description writing about things that mattered morally. He would research his locations in depth often living at his locations before writing his books. Published in 1907 “The Shepherd of the Hills” was set in the Ozark Mountains during the late 1800’s. It is a timeless story of simple mountain folk about love, hate, and forgiveness. “The Shepherd of the Hills” is what started Branson, Missouri off as a tourist destination with people coming all over to see where the story took place. It has inspired The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. Stop by and take a journey into the life of a great author Harold Bell Wright.
The two museums, located at 3609 West Hwy 76, are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm during the regular season and 9 am to 6 pm during the winter season. The museums are closed on Sundays and Christmas day.
Posted in Special Events
on July 1st, 2013
July 4th Celebrations in Branson!
Start your Independence Day celebrations with fun in the sun on any of our 3 beautiful lakes, Silver Dollar City, or Whitewater! Then you should definitely take in a live show at one of our world-class entertainment venues! Finish off with any of our spectacular fireworks displays!
- Sunday, June 30: Honor America Celebration-College of the Ozarks: music starts at 6:00 pm fireworks at 9:00 pm
- Wednesday, July 3: Branson Landing’s 6th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks-Branson Landing: The Horn Dawgs Concert 8:00 pm fireworks to follow
- Thursday, July 4: Celebrate July 4th at Copper Run-Copper Run Distillery: 1:00pm-9:00 pm $5.00 admission
- Thursday, July 4: Silver Dollar City’s Independence Day Celebration-Silver Dollar City
- Thursday, July 4: Big Cedar Independence Day Picnic and Fireworks-Big Cedar Lodge
- Thursday, July 4: 60th Annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration-Historic Downtown Hollister: Dusk
- Thursday July 4: Chateau on the Lake 4th of July Celebration-Chateau on the Lake
- Saturday, July 6: Fireburst 2013-Kimberling City, Table Rock Lake: 9:00pm-9:30pm
Come to Branson for a holiday week that explodes with fun! Call us at 800-768-3892 to book your reservations!
Posted in Shopping
on June 10th, 2013
Branson Landing has over 100 specialty stores and restaurants anchored by Belk Department Store and Bass Pro Shops. Branson Landing also features a scenic boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo and at the heart you will be amazed by the $7.5 million fountain show with lights, music, and fire! The Branson Landing Fountains put on a performance every day on the hour starting at Noon.
Branson Landing also brings to the fountain area a concert series with amazing performances throughout the season.
Branson Landing Concert Series
June 14th 4:30 PM 2013 KHOZ 102.9 TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN COMPETITION – WITH CLAY COOPER & THE COUNTRY MUSIC EXPRESS BAND!
June 15th 8:00 PM McKENNA & BROCK IN CONCERT!
June 20th 7:00 PM THE CATE BROTHERS IN CONCERT!
June 22nd 8:00 PM SAVANNAH JACK IN CONCERT!
June 28th 8:00 PM CHAIN REACTION – A TRIBUTE TO JOURNEY IN CONCERT!
July 3rd 8:00 PM 6TH ANNUAL LIBERTY LIGHT UP CONCERT FEATURING…
THE HORN DAWGS IN CONCERT!
July 12th 8:00 PM THE WONDERLAND BAND IN CONCERT!
July 27th 8:00 PM BACKLIT BAND IN CONCERT!
August 1st 7:00 PM JOHNNY LEE & FRIENDS UNPLUGGED IN CONCERT!
August 9th 8:00 PM THE MARK CHAPMAN BAND IN CONCERT!
August 24th 4:00 PM SMOKIES VS. OZARKS – THE GREAT KARAOKE SING OFF!
August 24th 7:30 PM T. GRAHAM BROWN, BAILEY & THE BOYS, STEVIE LEE WOODS & BILLY DEAN IN CONCERT!
Sept. 1st MDA TELETHON & CONCERT – LIVE FROM THE LANDING FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
6:00 PM IROC IN CONCERT!
8:00 PM PEARL NATION IN CONCERT!
Sept. 14th 8:00 PM GYPSY – A TRIBUTE TO FLEETWOOD MAC IN CONCERT!
Sept. 27th 8:00 PM CHAIN REACTION – A TRIBUTE TO JOURNEY IN CONCERT!