Well April is now in the books as they say. Early spring is always a discerning time here in Branson and Ozark Mountain Country. New shows are getting set up in theaters and older ones that don't have there own theater are deciding to stay where they were or move to a larger or smaller venue depending on they were able to draw visitors last season. It is kind of like musical theaters (musical chairs) here in Branson with all the shows moving each season. I know I have had to review all my show pages and check where they will be this season.
By the end of April and early May we have seen several anniversaries taking place. The Baldknobbers and the Presleys celebrated 50 years in show business and Silver Dollar City had a 50th anniversary also and really put on the dog for that. They had special shows in Echo Hollow and visiting dignitaries like the Governor and Legislators came to visit and share a few words. (well to a politician a few words can take a half hour to saw) The City of Hollister celebrated a 100 year Centennial celebration and also had special activities for that.
We here at the Raether house have had two groups of visitors and we took them to shows at Grand Country, Circle B Chuckwagon and Silver Dollar City. The Mrs. and I also went to see the Osmonds and Paul Harris shows. We drove past the new Clay Cooper Theater the other day and it really looks great. It was purchased from the Osmonds and completely remodeled including the parking area. It is just across the street from the Titanic.
We are in the process of building a large two story workshop and boat and truck storage building here on our property on Table Rock Lake. We are building it of ICF Styrofoam forms and 6in. reinforced concrete walls and hope it will be tornado proof. It is costing a lot of money and our time even with hired help but we hope to get a lot of trouble free use out of it in the future. This seems to kind of tornado alley which covers a good part of Oklahoma/Kansas/Arkansas/Missouri and one took down about 12 commercial buildings in Monnett, Mo yesterday morning. We had strong straight line winds or aprx. 70 miles an hour but our building still stands unfinished. We poured the concrete in the forms for the first story last week and hope to pour the second story next week. We hope to get the walls completed and the cement floor poured before we go north to our Northern Minnesota Ranch for the summer and that will be in just a few weeks. We have medical appointments and our Grandson Maxx will graduate from high school the first week of June.
Branson and the Ozark Mountain Country always has vehicle accidents and law breaking of one kind or another just like every other area so I will not bore you with that kind of details. A vehicle crashed into Town and Country Propane the other day and that could have been a real blast.
The New Branson Landing and Convention Center seems to be quite busy and they say they are pleased with the volume of visitors. Just South of Branson Landing on highway 76 where it crosses the bridge over Lake Taneycomo they are building a new vehicle bridge and it will terminate in a new traffic go-around carved into the face of a huge stone cliff along the lake. When they get done with this bridge they will reroute traffic to it and close the old bridge for rebuilding and repair. This will really help with the traffic that backs up in this location.