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SDC Memories/ Park History / Dried Flower Shop
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:52:00 PM »
This is as good a place to post this as any, so here goes!  Hubs and I went to Hollister's Fall Grape Festival this year, and it happened to be our anniversary.  The first display we saw was a couple with a very cool antique car selling (giving away) dried flower arrangements. One of the baskets looked identical to one we bought on our first anniversary many years ago.  We started talking with the couple running it, and here's the story:

For many, many years this couple operated the dried flower business at SDC beginning in the 70's. They ran it until their shop got pushed so far back that they weren't able to generate enough business to continue.  They took their business to craft fairs.  A couple years ago, this man had a stroke and his wife decided to help with rehab by having him fill baskets.  It worked!  He's doing very well!  To reduce the overload they decided to  give their flowers arrangements away!  Such generosity and kind people! As they told their story, we shared that we bought a basket of flowers on our 1st anniversary.  Hubs noticed a photo on their table and said that he remembered them being the couple we bought them from in the 70's. So, we took the basket that looked just like the one we bought years ago. They had their wedding album with them and showed us the photos.  Such a cool afternoon!  Junior, you probably met these people.  I can't remember their names. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Gluten Free at SDC!
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:18:47 PM »
This post isn't for everyone, but I have to commend SDC for their efforts to provide a safe meal for visitors with celiac. Hubs and I purchased tickets for Dessert on the Porch, even though I planned to take my own gluten free dessert in order to be safe.  One of the ladies at the Culinary School let me know that they were preparing a cheese and gf cracker plate with fresh fruit for me. She wanted me to verify that the packaged food they bought would be ok, and also, let me know the fruit would not be served cut because they didn't want any airborne flour to land on it, thus making me sick. I can't speak highly enough about this experience!  SDC rocks!

Each food vendor has a notebook that lists every ingredient listed at their stand.  While there are many gluten free choices on park, there are only a few I feel confident recommending mostly because of shared surface contact, utensils, etc.  Here are my favorites -

- hand cut potato chips. Most of the seasonings are gluten free.  Ask about them - I haven't ckd out all of them.
- spiral potatoes on a stick. Again, ck the seasonings served on the side
- spiral potatoes w/hot dog.  They use Nathan hot dogs
- kettle corn - nothing in the pot but corn, oil, sugar
- pork rinds - I haven't ckd out the bbq rinds, but a very thorough cleaning goes on before they switch flavors.
- ice cream - If you ask, they will wash the scoop and dip yours from an untouched container of ice cream
- Copper Kettle Candy - 90% of the products sold are made on site.  They make only one type of fudge, truffles
   per day so little chance of contact.
- Taffy Shop - all flavors of taffy are safe
- Frozen lemonade
- Call ahead of time and they will bring a g free Shephed's Pie to you at your chosen time/place.  I haven't tried

There are many other places, including the buffets, that offer gluten free, but most celiacs would never risk anything from a buffet.  If you can verify something safe that I haven't tried, please add to this post.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Mug Refills
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:47:31 PM »
I know there were posts about this recently, but I can't find them.  So, here we are again!  Refills!  Hubs and I took our old mugs good for $1.25 refills and they were not honored.  We were charged $1.65, which is the refill price stated on menus, at 3 different food/drink stands.  I would've said something at the time, but Hubs picked up the drinks and I didn't notice it right away. 

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Fireworks!
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:31:11 PM »
Is the City having fireworks tonight? I didn't see anything on their website.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Sarsaparilla gone???
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:04:46 PM »
Hubs and I took the lake hike over to the Belle and went into the gift shop for our usual Sarsaparilla.  It's gone! They no longer sell it! Sales clerk pointed to the root beer in the cooler and offered me one. It's not the same thing!  Then...I started thinking about the Coke signs all over the City.  Are they no longer selling it because of a contract with Coke?  Anyone see Sarsaparilla at the City?  This could be devastating....   :-[

Random Talk / Best route to KS from Branson
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:14:49 PM »
Kansas City Friends, what's the quickest best route from Branson to MCI (Kansas Airport)?

Random Talk / Airports!
« on: January 31, 2017, 08:17:58 PM »
What are your experiences with airports within 3-4 hrs drive from Branson? Sand, aren't you from Kansas City? Chittlins, you fly frequently? Looking for airfare from Branson to San Francisco.  What airport do you suggest? Kansas City, Springfield, Bentonville area? Come on guys - help me out.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Season Pass
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:35:04 PM »
You may already know there's a magazine subscription that comes free (?) with your season pass, right?  If you don't want it, you're directed to request a refund of $6 by mailing in the enclosed postcard.  If you ordered multiple passes, did you get a postcard for each pass?  When ordering multiple passes, one set of coupons is enclosed with the packet.  If passes are ordered separately, will I get the coupons with each pass, or is it based on mailing address?  We always use the 25% coupons.  It seems only fair to have multiple coupons if I'm buying multiple passes. What do you think?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Blacksmith
« on: November 15, 2016, 08:06:43 AM »
I just read on Facebook that Wayne Rice, SDC blacksmith, had a stroke and is in ICU at Mercy Hospital.  The Hubs and I always make time to speak to Wayne. He's an interesting guy and always wears a red shirt.  If you know Wayne, please keep us updated on his progress.  Wayne, get well soon! We love you!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Pure Heart
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:01:00 AM »
Just read that Pure Heart isn't going to be at the City any longer.   Why is that?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Guilds
« on: July 08, 2016, 08:34:40 PM »
At one time, SDC had a quilt guild that used to show at the National show in Paducah, KY.  I haven't seen them in years. Do you know if they still have any active guilds?  Such as blacksmithing, wood carving, furniture making, etc?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / A SDC Junior Dugan
« on: January 14, 2016, 04:25:46 PM »
Junior, Did you know or work with Karl Allan?  I just read that he was a Junior, and he recently passed away.  I think he may have been about the same age as you.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Run to the Lights 5K
« on: November 11, 2015, 07:13:54 PM »
 The race is Friday night! Anyone going?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Black Friday
« on: November 03, 2015, 04:20:16 PM »
For those of you who have received the latest Times, was there any mention of Black Friday? It usually opens at 8:00 a.m., but I haven't heard anything about it this year.  Is it happening?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Glass blowers
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:55:05 PM »
Has anyone noticed the missing glass balls where the glass blowers work?  Remember the groups of amber colored glass balls across the top of the area near the ceiling? I noticed them missing as soon as I walked in.  Did they fall?  Are they a hazard?  Hubs thought perhaps OSHA made them remove them.  He noticed lots of new barriers, especially in the loading area in front of the wreath, and the posts were painted caution yellow at the bottom. 

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