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Choose Branson recently spoke with Andrea Brett, of the Brett’s Family Christmas Show. We discussed her new book ‘I Am A Veteran’.
The book began as a poem that Brett wrote around 2003. The intent was for it to be a part of their show to honor veterans. “I actually wrote it to be a part of the show. When we first came to Branson all the shows were doing patriotic tributes. There were only so many patriotic songs and we wanted our tribute to be unique to us. The poem became something, along with original song arrangements, we have used throughout the years.”
The 88-page publication brings Brett’s poem to life with 45 hand-drawn illustrations. Eight artists and two illustrators combined to create the stunning visuals. However, the book and poem may have never happened if Brett was not inspired by another poem she heard on the radio.
“When we moved to Branson from Dallas we began looking for material for our show that wasn’t used in other shows. I remembered hearing a poem on the radio back in Dallas that was moving to me. I thought it might be something we could use. I called the station to find out how I could get it, who wrote it, that kind of thing. They had no recollection of it at all. I tried tracking it down and could never find it and I got disappointed because I thought it was great. Then one-day inspiration came that said, you can write your own.”
“The thoughts started coming to me. Inspiration came from the veterans we were meeting each day at our show. At intermission and after the show they would tell us stories of their experiences. They were average looking people wearing jeans and t-shirts. Telling stories that were anything but average.”
“The poem is an amalgamation of those stories. Each line represents a story I heard.”
Writing a poem was the first step. Brett knew right away that she wanted it to become a book. Creating a book is a process. One that the Brett’s faced head-on.
“I realized I wanted to make it into a book. It was something that was nagging at me for years. When I would be on the stage reciting it I would think, ‘I’ve got to get this into a book.’ It was something I knew I needed to do.”
“With our schedule, this year, not doing shows in the Spring and Summer, I had a window of time to focus on it. I took that opportunity and knew that it was now or never.”
“The first plan was to get it done. I never looked beyond that to what I was going to do with it. I wanted to follow that inspiration to get it finished and let things happen from there.”
“During the process, we worked with artists who hand-drew in black & white, either with pencil or with charcoal, pictures that went along with the poem. The color in the book was applied digitally. There were two artists, one who also did some of the drawings, who took the black & white pictures and did the coloring. They turned out fantastic.”
“We self-published the book, which was interesting. It is not a cheap endeavor, especially with a hard-cover. It was about the quality that we wanted to make it though. We worked with a printer in New Hampshire who was great – along with all the artists and designers who were fantastic. It turned out to be a beautiful project.”
“We received the finished book in October and began selling them at our show. Since then we have started a website, IAmaVeteran.net, where the book can be purchased as well.”
“The hope for the website is for it to become a forum. There is a part of the site called The Project. One thing I want it to do is to be able to collect military artwork. I learned there are a lot of military veterans who like to express themselves through their artwork. I want the website to be a place that can display their art. Another thing I want the site to do is to be able to collect the stories of veterans. Not only stories of their service, but also what they are doing now. As we speak to veterans that come to our show, many of them are engaged in forwarding the cause of veterans in their communities. They are doing awesome things, we want to showcase that.”
The next step is to find out what the next step is for the book. Once you have it published the life of a writing is not complete. Much like a person, a book continues to find new life and ways to impact people.
“I would love to see the book in as many homes and libraries as possible. It would be great to see it in schools as well as public libraries. We are in the initial stages of that. We are hoping that doors will open and that we will know when to walk through.”
“My biggest goal is to get veterans telling their stories. So many are leaving this world with their stories still in them. They need to be told so the rest of us have a greater appreciation for their sacrifices. They are real people – with real families – and real stories. They come home and they get real jobs and are expected to take those experiences and live life. Carrying those experiences around inside. It is helpful to have a safe place where they can talk about it.”
“They are normal people who do extraordinary things.”
Holidays in Branson are a very special time of the year. There are Christmas shows of a wide variety that everyone will enjoy.
Our live entertainment shows help to carry the season’s traditions to you and your family. Make sure to check out some of the great holiday performances happening around town!
What’s better than a show featuring the world’s largest performing family? Celebrating Christmas with them as well! Filled with love, music, laughter and a surprise visit from Santa, there is a reason that this show has been awarded the “Best Christmas Show” seven times.
During November and December at the Sight & Sound Theatre you can witness the event that is at the heart of the Christmas season. Performed on a panoramic stage that includes live animals, amazing special effects, gifted songwriting and spectacular acting, the “Miracle of Christmas” comes alive. It is one Christmas performance you will not want to miss.
Do you want a show that will leave lasting memories? Look no further than the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and celebrate Christmas with the stars! Join special guests The Osmonds, Lennons and 5th Dimension as they pay tribute to “Mr. Christmas” himself, Andy Williams.
Returning for its 13th season, Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show has become one of the most beloved holiday experiences in Branson. Cozy up with your family around the campfire and enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner at the Pavilion Theatre. No holiday complete without music, poems and stories and you will find plenty of them when you spend Christmas on the Trail.
The King’s Castle Theatre is host to one of the largest holiday productions in all of Branson. This show rings in the Christmas season with high-energy dancing, elaborate costumes, beautiful scenery and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. It is an unforgettable journey filled with all of your favorite holiday classics.
The Little Opry Theater presents a nostalgic musical comedy filled with faith, family and old fashioned fun. It is a heart-wrenching story that will fill your soul with laughter as well. Join in the sentimental journey that is truly something you do not want to miss.
By: Michael Ayo and Kerry Pearson
Vacations are about creating memories, experiencing new things, and fun times with family and friends. One of the best ways to hold onto those beautiful moments is by snapping as many photos as you can along the way. Fortunately, when you vacation in Branson there are many great places for a photo op. We have compiled a list of the most Instagramable places for you to snap the perfect vacation photo next time you visit.
Branson Ferris Wheel
As one of the latest additions to the Branson skyline, the Branson Ferris Wheel and its night-time light show provide perfect chances for photo ops and a little romance.
Photo Credit: Beckie Fairchild and TGC Photography
With several shopping and dining locations and a $7.5 million water, fire, light and music fountain show, there are more than enough opportunities to snap an Instagram-worthy photo at the Landing.
Photo Credit: Branson Landing
Branson’s Promised Land Zoo
As Branson’s only outdoor zoo, Promised Land Zoo gives guests the chance to mingle with animals and bottle feed some of the cutest babies you will ever see; something definitely worth bragging about on Instagram.
Photo Credit: Promised Land Zoo
Cakes-N-Creams 50’s Diner
One of the few places in town that will make you feel as if you’ve travelled back in time, Cakes-N-Creams offers great photo ops with even better desserts.
Photo Credit: Choose Branson
Celebrity Car Museum
Whether you want to go inside the museum or just check out the amazing cars out front, the Celebrity Car Museum includes iconic cars to pose with and you’ll definitely want to share those photos on social media.
Photo Credit: Candance Crocker
Chopper Charter Branson
After seeing Branson from the ground level, take a ride on a Chopper Charter helicopter where you can see sight such as the Table Rock Dam and Silver Dollar City, and head bang with your pilot.
Photo Credit: Chopper Charter Branson
Not technically within the Branson city limits, Dogwood Canyon still entices many visitors to take a hike and check out the natural beauty onsite.
Photo Credit: Hannah Williams
Dolly Parton guarantees the “Dixie Stampede” show is the most fun place to eat, and the stables that line the building are great for visiting the horses and capturing some Instagramable memories.
Photo Credit: Kerry Pearson
Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area
Another wonderful spot to take a hike, Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area features many scenic views and a number of great spots to relax and take a photo.
Photo Credit: Robert Vonch
Parades in Branson
If there’s one thing Branson is known for besides its shows, it’s parades. One of the best and most popular parades to share with your Instagram following is the Veterans Day parade in November.
Photo Credit: Kerry Pearson
Showboat Branson Belle
Table Rock Lake is Instagram-worthy alone. Add the Showboat Branson Belle to the picture and it’s an absolute must-post.
Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City Attractions
Sight and Sound Theatre
Photo Credit: Kerry Pearson
Silver Dollar City
As one of Branson’s most popular attractions, Silver Dollar City is a must-visit while in town and there are several spots to stop at to snap a photo.
Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City Attractions
Towering high above Highway 76, the Titanic Museum and its grand staircase are definitely worth posting to Instagram.
Photo Credit: Titanic Museum
Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.
By: Michael Ayo
Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Whether you get excited for the food, family, entertainment or the conclusion of the holiday in order to start decorating for Christmas, there is so much to anticipate on Nov. 24. If you find yourself vacationing to Branson during Thanksgiving this year, it may be helpful to know what shows, attractions and shops are open for the holiday.
The following is a list of shows performing their regular or holiday/Christmas shows on Nov. 24, 2016.
– Acrobats of China at Yakov Theatre
– Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall
– Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Carpenters Once More at the Historic Owen Theatre
– Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills
– Crazy ‘Bout Patsy and Other Country Legends at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
– Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
– The Duttons at the Dutton Family Theater
– George Strait Country at the Little Opry Theatre
– Grand Jubilee at Grand Country Music Hall
– Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show at Hamners’ Variety Theater
– Hank Williams Revisited at the Historic Owen Theatre
– The Haygoods at the Clay Cooper Theatre
– Hughes Brothers We’re Thankful for You at the Hughes Brothers Theatre
– Hypnolarious at the Lodge of the Ozarks Crystal Theatre
– The Legend of Kungfu: Return of the Dragon at the White House Theatre
– Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
– The Lettermen at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Maxine’s Christmas Carol at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Million Dollar Quartet at the Welk Resort Theatre
– Motown Downtown at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
– A Neil Diamond Tribute at the Historic Owen Theatre
– New Jersey Nights at King’s Castle Theatre
– Pierce Arrow at the Pierce Arrow Theatre
– Puttin’ on the Ritz at King’s Castle Theatre
– REZA: Edge of Illusion at the Starlite Theatre
– Sanders Family Christmas at the Little Opry Theatre
– Shoji Tabuchi at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre
– Showboat Branson Belle
– A Tribute to John Denver at the Little Opry Theatre
– A Tribute to Marty Robbins at the Little Opry Theatre
– Twice Adopted at Hamners’ Variety Theater
The following is a list of attractions open on Nov. 24, 2016.
– Adventure Ziplines of Branson
– Branson Dinosaur Museum
– Branson Promised Land Zoo
– Branson Zipline
– Branson’s Wild World
– Hollywood Wax Museum
– National Tiger Sanctuary
– Ripley’s Believe it or Not
– Silver Dollar City
– Talking Rocks Cavern
– Titanic Museum
– Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum
– Veterans Memorial Museum
– World’s Largest Toy Museum
– Xtreme Racing
Branson’s most popular shopping centers will also have special hours for the evening of Thanksgiving leading into the early morning of Black Friday. The Branson Landing will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day and their Black Friday Blowout event will start at 7 a.m. the next day.
Tanger Outlets will also be having their Moonlight Madness sale beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This will last all through the night and into Black Friday, finally closing at a later time, 10 p.m., on Friday night.
Whether it’s a show, attraction or some shopping, there are plenty of places to check out this Thanksgiving. Be sure to take advantage of everything that’s open for the holiday this year.
Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.
The following is a press release received from ChooseBranson.com regarding their upcoming event at the Branson Landing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 3, 2016)
Branson Landing to Host First Ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash
The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be held at the Branson Landing Fountain and feature Mayor Best along with several local entertainers.
Branson, MO (August 3, 2016) – The first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be held on Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain. This unique event will be hosted by Terry Wayne Sanders, a Branson entertainer/comedian most known for his roles as a crazy German inventor by the name of Doc Harris and prison warden at Silver Dollar City. He also stars in the show “Classic Country’s Patsy Cline and Friends” at the Americana Theatre.
The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will feature five groups made up of Branson entertainers and public officials battling it out to see who reigns supreme at the art of lip syncing. These groups will mouth the words to some of the most popular songs throughout the last 20 years of music along with some original songs by Branson artists.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this event that is completely new to the Branson area,” said Kerry Pearson, social media specialist for Choose Branson and event coordinator for the Lip Sync Clash. “We have some big names participating and they have all promised to put on a spectacular show that everyone is sure to enjoy.”
“Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies” at King’s Castle Theatre have split into two separate teams to compete against one another. The men who make up the five Irish Tenors have a team of their own while the four Celtic Ladies make up another to add a friendly rivalry to the event.
One of Branson’s newest and most exciting shows will also be featured in the Lip Sync Clash. Currently performing at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, the five men from “Forever Young” will lip sync together to try to compete with the rest of the field. The Titanic Museum will round out the groups of local entertainers and attractions competing in the event. The Titanic will include three of their most energetic crew members to try to add the Lip Sync Clash trophy to their impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits.
The final group performing in the Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will be headed by the mayor of Branson, Karen Best. Mayor Best will have two friends at her side as she lip syncs a song that is yet to be revealed.
The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash will take place before an 8 p.m. concert by The Adam Capps Band. It is a free event open to the public, and the winner will be chosen based on crowd applause. To see some exciting and comedic lip syncing by popular Branson entertainers and public officials, be sure to come out to the first ever Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash on Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain.
“We are excited to welcome our local Branson talent and community members to Branson Landing’s stage, as they battle it out in the new and exciting Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash,” said Branson Landing Director of Marketing and Entertainment Tammy Scholten. “Following what is sure to include some hilarious and very entertaining performances, our guests are invited to stay and enjoy The Adam Capps Band as they rock Branson Landing in a LIVE concert from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.”
About Choose Branson
Choose Branson is a leading travel resource company in the Branson area. Founded in 2005, Choose Branson has spent the last 10-plus years providing the highest quality of up-to-date information and unsurpassed deals on shows, attractions and vacation packages. The easy to navigate website offers information on everything from shows and attractions to hotels and lodging, as well as news, discounts, maps, free vacation guides and more. To find out more information or to purchase tickets, visit ChooseBranson.com.
About Branson Landing
Branson Landing is a $435 million – 95 acre public/private project spanning 1.5 miles of waterfront on the beautiful Lake Taneycomo, adjacent to historic downtown Branson, managed by Bayer Properties. Branson Landing is home to over 100 shops and restaurants, as well as the Hilton Promenade Hotel and a $7.5 million water and fire spectacular, anchored by Bass Pro Shops and BELK.
For additional information about the Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash, contact Kerry Pearson at (417) 243-8017 or by email at email@example.com.