Branson Bulletin Newsletter February Issue

Wow, how quick another month slips by. Sorry to say I had a nice list of all the Feb. news worthy notes kept on my computer and now I come to look for them and they are gone so we will start all over.

Each spring it seams that Branson Attractions and Branson Entertainment gets off to a earlier start in the spring. In fact it really doesn't seem like spring because we have had the longest/coldest/wettest winter in history. I a waiting to start pouring concrete on my new boat house and leather shop and it is just too cold. It was 22 degrees the last two mornings.

Many of the Branson Shows are already open and many more to open before the middle of Mar. Also, remember that some shows like those at Grand Country run all year around and we sure have enjoyed them this past winter.

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Two great attractions in Branson are celebrating anniversaries and they are Silver Dollar City 50 years and Shepherd of the Hills show and pageant 100 year centennial at the virtual home of Old Matt's Homestead, Missouri's Number One Historical Attraction, and The Old Mill Theater, the Most Performed Outdoor Theater in the Country.

Silver Dollar City is really giving out a good deal if you qualify during their 50 year anniversary and that is if you are also celebrating a 50 year wedding anniversary you can take your marriage license and personal ID to Silver Dollar City and they will give you free Season Passes now how great is that YA. Silver Dollar City is also offering great deals at all their other attractions as well. Silver Dollar City is also having a grand opening of their new water ride named after Hick Finn and Tom Sawyer called Tom and Huck's River Blast.

Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater  Lampe Missouri We understand this outdoor concert venue has seating for around 5,000 and a great show schedule lined up so Google them and check them out.

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I would like to tell you about another of our favorite friends and that is Home Town Daily News. It is the local radio station and they just do it all and do it right. My wife Marilyn loves to listen to Steve and Janet and usually between 7-9 AM they will have someone drop in with great news or upcoming events and they always chat all about it and keep everyone informed. A good share of the news on my newsletters is gained from this source. They are again our best friends.

HometownDailyNews.com (is it your homepage yet?) 100.1 FM KOMC-FM Kimberling City-Branson, 106.3 FM KRZK Branson 1220 AM, KOMC Branson ...www.hometowndailynews.com/

Here is another local secret when you listen to these radio stations and they have
worked out a special agreement with one of the local shows (usually on one of the morning chats) and if you have stopped at the radio station and picked up a free loyal listeners card you can use it to get into these special shows free NOW HOW
GREAT IS THAT...They usually have 2-4 of these yearly.

Here is another secret which is the result of how much local businesses love and appreciate the locals. A lot of shops and restaurants will give you a senior discount if it applies and many have discounts if you say you are a local customer.
Branson sure is a great place to visit and even better place to live...

I wanted to bring you up to date a little on the New Branson Airport. They are in their second season kinda as they started last spring. They had two airlines going to 4 destinations. I understand one or two of those destinations were dropped for lack of business. One of the airlines was Air Tran and the other Sun Country which suspended service during this winter but said they would return in the spring.

Now for the new news! Frontier Airlines will start new service this April between the new Branson Airport and their hub in Denver.

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The group that owns the airport is negotiating with the city of Branson on the subsidy they had agreed upon when the Airport started as it seems the city says the subsidy is not legal as written and the Airport says it is so only the Court will know for sure so keep tuned. This subsidy says that the city of Branson was supposed to give the Airport $8 for every passenger deplaned here. The city says they don't know if these passengers are actually intending to go to Branson or somewhere else. But what I meant to tell you about the Airport beside the Tug of War follows.

The Branson Airport Owners group has announced that the private deal they had made last year to fly folks from Shreveport La. at Christmas will become a regular flight schedule plus adding four other destinations. Houston Tx, Des Moines Iowa, Terre Haute Ind. and Austin Tx. the carrier is called Branson Air Express . We all hope you will make use of these flights here to Branson so the Airlines and The Airport can survive and hopefully flourish. Check out Branson Airport. 
   
One of the main highway  roadblocks was taken care of by the new mega clover leaf traffic exchange in Hollister and now the DOT is helping the cities of Branson and Hollister by putting a new bridge over Lake Tanneycomo and creating a traffic go around at the end of the bridge where it ends now at the intersection and a sheer rock wall. Blasting to Begin for the Roundabout Construction at Bridge 2/26/2010 
News release from MoDOT
Blasting operations are scheduled to begin along Route 76/Business 65 at the rock bluff east of the Lake Taneycomo Bridge during late afternoon and evening hours beginning the week of March 1st.
Traffic will use the old bridge and be directed through the blast and construction area of the Roundabout until construction of the new bridge and roundabout is completed.

On a sad note one of our original  Country Comedy Greats has passed away.

by Sally Kaucher

A graveside service will be held Tuesday for one of Branson's entertainment pioneers.

Lyle Mabe passed away over the weekend. Back in 1959, Mabe and his brothers began performing as The Baldknobbers. The show celebrated 50 years in Branson in 2009, still drawing visitors in large numbers to the theater on the strip.

Lyle Mabe retired from performing in 1991. He died Saturday Feb 27th at the age of 71.

Tune into for our next newsletter in Mar. and we will let you know about the new Gondola planned to join the East and West banks of Lake Tanneycome and terminate up on the mountain side. There is also a Zip Line under construction so come back and see us Ya Heer!

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