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Prayer Turned Me Into a Halfway Decent Piano Player

November 19th, 2022

As it turned out, the rumor about washing dishes all week as punishment for being late was not true, and soon we found ourselves in Ugwam Mess Hall, which was certainly an appropriate name. The camaraderie of a dining room full of enthusiastic Scouts, the coziness of the Lodge with it’s huge rock fireplace crackling cheerily, and the comfort that came from eating our first (and best) meal of the week quickly erased our memories of the bus trip and our apprehension about the rest of the week.

Boy, were we ever wrong.

The insistent bleating of a bugle burst rudely into our little 4-Scout tent at 6:30 sharp, abruptly ending our first cozy night’s slumber. Little did we know that this was to be the only uneventful night of the week. Rock, our ex-con tent leader, snorted and mumbled that he was going to sleep in. We let him be and headed for breakfast. We knew, from stern announcements the evening before, that during breakfast each tent would be checked for neatness, cleanliness, and of course, beds made up in the prescribed Scout manner. We giggled about how Rock was about to get it.

We underestimated Rock.

After breakfast we all lined up for personal inspection of our uniforms, hair, teeth, and other Scout parts. Much to our surprise, Rock was there, looking spiffy in his brand-new Scout outfit. The Scoutmaster team in charge of inspecting tents announced that all tents were approved, except Teepee #34, and would Scout Shinn please come forward.

5 Little-Known Myths About Branson Missouri

April 22nd, 2022

Everything you never knew about this quaint town Branson Missouri is a fantastic place to visit and vacation, but the area has gained some interesting misconceptions over the years. Contrary to what you may have heard, the city has more to offer than country music, motorcoaches, and the famous Highway 76-though that’s certainly part of the attraction!

Here are some widely believed Branson Missouri myths that just aren’t true.

1. If you don’t like country music, don’t bother.

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, it’s only natural that Branson would crank out country. However, less than half of the live shows on Highway 76-where there are more than 100 weekly performances to choose from-feature country music.

You’ll find a great variety of genres and performers to choose from: popular music, rock and roll, traditional Irish, patriotic, Broadway hits, ’50s and ’60s dance music, and tribute bands that cover Red Skelton, The Beatles, Elvis, and more. There are also many live dance, comedy, and magic shows to take in.

2. Live shows are the only entertainment around.

Sure, there are plenty of shows, so it’s natural to assume that all local activities are built around the stellar performances. However, you can keep yourself busy in Branson MO without ever stepping foot in a theater.

Three sparkling lakes, picturesque scenery, and a whole crop of outdoor activities and visitor destinations provide entertainment, relaxation, and much more. From swimming, fishing, boating, and scuba diving at Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake, to shopping at the premium malls and outlets, to the Branson Landing scenic boardwalk, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and Stone Hill Winery, there’s plenty of entertain visitors of all ages. And for thrill-seekers, there’s Silver Dollar City, Branson’s award-winning amusement park.

3. It’s clogged with tour buses and traffic jams.

Fact: Branson Missouri is a hub for motorcoach tours and bus groups. Fiction: Traffic is jammed for hours because of all the buses. The truth is that tour buses bring in only 5 percent of Branson’s visitors. More than 80 percent arrive by car, and the rest fly into the Springfield / Branson National Airport.

As far as traffic flow, Branson has invested millions in roadway infrastructure improvements, adding new four-lane highways that run north and south, and laying out a color-coded route system that allows for easy navigation without getting caught in a jam on Highway 76.

4. You’ll eat at buffets and budget restaurants the whole time.

While Branson Missouri does offer several affordable dining options that are ideal for big families or travelers on a budget, you’ll find an excellent selection of upscale choices, too. There are nearly 100 restaurants in Branson and another 44 in nearby Silver Dollar City.

Try Buckingham’s Restaurant for mouthwatering prime rib, steak Diane, or seafood flamb√©. The Chateau Grille offers grand views of Table Rock Lake and exceptional French fare, along with a rich, varied wine menu.

You can also enjoy high dining at the Candlestick Inn, Clarion at the Palace, the Radisson Hotel, Big Cedar Lodge, Chateau on the Lake, and many more. The new Branson Landing lakefront features the Hilton Promenade, with a number of unique restaurants and shops to choose from.

5. Branson is a premier destination for visitors of all ages.

Okay, this one is true. Whatever your getaway interests, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Branson, Missouri. From the excitement of live shows along Highway 76 to the scenic thrills of outdoor recreation-not to mention an exceptional bounty of shops and restaurants-you’re sure to have a great time in Branson. We hope to see you soon!