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Branson Talk / Re: We Always Lie to Strangers, Branson documentary
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:02:31 PM »
I just watched this movie tonight.  The documentary is listed as NR (not rated) but if it were rated it would be Rated R.  Definitely not a movie you want to watch with your kids. As mentioned above one person in the film drops several F-bombs and other assorted profanities throughout the movie.  I also don't know why the producers felt it necessary to show her in her underwear changing costumes a couple different times.  This movie definitely takes some of the "shine" off Branson, and shows a side of Branson I didn't know existed, but probably should have realized.  For instance, I didn't know that Branson had a large "gay" population.  Even the gay actors featured in the movie commented on how ironic it was to have a large gay community in the heart of the Bible Belt.

For most of us, Branson is synonymous with God and Country.  I think the film did a good job at showing that for the founding fathers of Branson, represented in the film by Lloyd Presley, the God-and-Country theme is an authentic representation of who they are and how they feel. But for some of the younger performers, the God-and-Country theme is a facade. It's just a way to earn a paycheck. It's what they have to do to be a performer. And that's just kind of sad.  I used to dream about living in Branson some day.  After seeing this documentary, I'm not so sure.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2015 Project
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:34:13 PM »
Looks good to me. As a father of six, I think it is a great replacement for Geyser Gulch.  It keeps some of the activities that people loved about GG (Giant playhouse, shooting foam balls, etc.) while adding a whole new theme.    As a Dad I want more rides that I can ride with my kids.  From a $$ perspective, surveys have shown that in most families Mom's control the vacation $$ and most Mom's will love this area.

Branson Talk / Re: Homestay Credit Card Information.......
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:35:11 PM »
Let your conscience be your guide on how to handle this info...

My vote is an angry mob with pitchforks and torches!   ;D

Branson Talk / Re: Homestay Inn 2014, 417 336 2666
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:22:01 PM »
Boo!!!!!  >:( ???  :'(
That Stinks!  Where are the Baldknobbers when you need them! (The real ones not the singing group).
Keep Paige in your prayers, she's gone through a lot these last few months.  It's been really hard on her.  But we know that she will land on her feet. 
Paige, let us know where you end up, seeing you is part of our Branson traditions. 

Random Talk / Wilderness Church
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:35:19 PM »
Since this is a personal announcement, I decided to post it here instead of the "General" category. But, I just got an e-mail from Parson Lee.  He's invited me to preach at one of the church services at the Wilderness Church next month!  I'm super-excited!!  This is an incredible honor for me. Plus it means an unexpected trip to SDC!  Can't Wait.  I just wanted to share with some folks who love SDC as much as I do.

A recent SDC brochure promoting "Celebrate America" states that there are "over 100 demonstrating craftsmen creating all-American treasures right before your very eyes!"

It would be interesting to see if we could list them all, if not by name then by craft.  I find it hard to believe that there are a hundred on park at any given time, but then again, there may be. I hope so!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Which Ride Was First?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:26:57 PM »
I know this has probably been discussed on here before, but I couldn't find it.  But of the three--Flooded Mine, Fire in the Hole, and Jim Owens Float trip, which one was put in first?

Branson Talk / Re: Homestay Inn 2014, 417 336 2666
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:29:12 PM »
Things will settle down,,  just irritates me at how this season is progressing.... :(...  And once again this is MY opinion....

Agreed!  :-[

We just received a message from Paige. She says she will post on here as soon as she knows something.  I am sure sanddunerider will also keep us posted.

Just to reiterate what sanddunerider said, this whole mess is out of Paige's hands.  It's all coming from owners etc.  If it were up to her she would have been open by now.

Branson Talk / Re: Homestay Inn 2014, 417 336 2666
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:01:59 PM »
P.S. Parson, is Caleb ready for work this year? Hee hee!

He certainly is!  He'd even ride some of the rides with you if you need him too.  As a matter of fact, he wants you to get ME a job down there, so we could move to Branson permanently.

Random Talk / My Christmas thoughts at SDC
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:09:26 PM »
As I mentioned in my review, one of my favorite things to do at SDC during OTC is to walk around the park and just enjoy the lights and music.  It is just so peaceful, and enjoyable soaking up the SDC Christmas spirit.  This year was a bit different though.  In Christmases past I have been accompanied on this journey by my oldest son.  This year he didn't make the trip with the family, and so I began to experience a bit of melancholy.  It is my opinion that only a child is able to experience the pure joy of Christmas.  As we get older, Christmas becomes tinged with melancholy.  Mainly because of the empty chairs we see around the Christmas table... chairs left by our loved ones who have moved on.  First it's grandparents, then aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, siblings, spouses..... On the other side of the table, the chairs of your own children, chairs once filled with such excitement and mischief, are now sometimes empty because they are off with families of their own.  I was standing over by the knife shop thinking about these things, when I began to long for the return of Jesus.  When Jesus comes back, every empty chair will be filled again, every thing lost will be restored, all of the tears wiped away.  And then the thought came to me...that's what Christmas is all about! We get it backwards when we allow this melancholy and the empty chairs around the Christmas table to rob us of the joy of the season, maybe even to dread the season.  Instead, Christmas should remind us that one day all of those empty chairs will be filled.  It is because of Christmas that we have this hope!  So if you are struggling with the season because of some loss, just remember that it is because of Christmas, that you can have the certain hope that those losses are only temporary, that they will be made up, when Jesus makes his second advent into our world.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2013 Trip Reviews...
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:45:46 PM »
Gilligan-I think the kids are going this weekend 12-14.  I forgot, I cant go this weekend. This is the weekend of our Church play "Walk Thru Bethlehem"  Hey Parson. If your not doin anything this weekend (evenings), come on out!

Qwed94--thanks for the invite.  I hope your event went well. Unfortunately, I didn't see the post until it was over.  But thanks for thinking of us.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2013 Trip Reviews...
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:43:52 PM »
It's been a busy week.  But here is the rest of my “review”, though it is a bit dated now.

Even though much of the park was shut down, it was still a great weekend. We had the best seats that we'd ever had at Dickens, It's a Wonderful Life, and the train. I loved virtually having the park to ourselves.  One of my favorite things to do at OTC is to just walk alone through the park and enjoy the music and the Christmas lights.  There were some places where I could stand, and I was literally the only one there. It was so refreshing.

We visited Santa Claus and his assistant Clarence Peabody (AKA Terry Sanders) twice.  The first time we got a “family” portrait with Santa.  This time Grandma (my mom) got to sit on Santa's lap.  That was interesting.  The second time the youngest two got to see Santa and I got some adorable pictures of my six-month old and Santa.

Culinary speaking we were able to enjoy Hot Chocolate with the Works (marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a candy cane)--OMG! One thing I don't understand is why they they only have certain stands that have “the works”.  Why can't they do that at all of the hot chocolate stands.  I feel sorry for those who may not even know that “the works” exist.  Some people have complained about the quality of the Hot Chocolate.  Every cup we had was delicious, except for the last one on Sunday night—it was a bit watered down.  I'm not sure why it wasn't as good.  More importantly, I was able to enjoy an Apple Dumpling on Saturday and Sunday.  They looked at me a little weird  when they asked if I wanted Ice-cream with my Apple Dumpling and I said yes, even though it was only 17 degrees!

The only real disappointment for me (other than going home), was that I was hoping to see the Gifts of Christmas Parade one last time.  SDC has advertised that this will be the last year for the parade.  I was hoping to see it again, but understandably it was canceled due to the weather.

Of course we stayed at Homestay Inn.  Sunday night we were the only guests there.  I thought it was fitting that a member of SDCFans was the last guest to check out for the season.  I'd like to thank Cherie and the staff for taking care of us.  They had the full spread out for us for breakfast, even though we were it.  We were disappointed that we weren't able to see Paige, but we understand that she was sick, so hopefully next year.

Even though it was cold, and the weather was disagreeable, it was still a great trip. Looking forward to next season.


General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2013 Trip Reviews...
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:44:52 AM »
Here are some pictures from last weekend, December 7-8, 2013.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2013 Trip Reviews...
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:12:11 PM »
Our family had planned on attending Ace's Coaster Christmas, but mother nature had other plans.  Due to in-climate weather, the event was canceled.  But SDC graciously offered complimentary weekend tickets to anyone registered for the event.  So with the promise of free SDC tickets, vacation days already requested off for work, and knowing this weekend would be our only opportunity to see OTC this year, we decided to go anyway.  The Interstate from St. Louis to Springfield (I-44) was in really good shape, as was 65 from Springfield to Branson.  I usually take the Ozark Mountain High Road, but given the amount of snow and the fact that so much of that road is elevated, I decided to take Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in to town—that road was a mess.  It was snow-packed all the way to Homestay Inn.  By the time we hit it, Highway 76 was mostly clear out to the city.  There were a few slick-spots, but no real problems.  We arrived at the City at about 4:30pm. It was right about dusk. As you have seen by some of the pictures (I will try to post some more soon).  The city was just beyond gorgeous.  Given the small crowd (around 2,300 on Saturday) they only used the one lot for parking, but we parked in the preferred-parking lot.  It was cold (21 degrees) and we didn't want to have to wait for a tram.  We actually lucked out and had a bus pull up at the disabled drop-off and he had room for us.  He commented (tongue-in-cheek) that some folks had complained that they were only using buses and not any trams!  We picked up a Pathfinder to check out the show schedules. It's a Wonderful Life was getting ready to start, so we walked right in and sat center stage.  By the time the show started, I'd say the auditorium was bout 1/2 – 2/3 full.  The show was good.  The production, given the small space, was quite impressive, the use of scrims, video and smoke was very effective.  One song that really stuck in the kids heads was (Monty Python's) “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, sung by Clarence the Angel.  The kids broke into a chorus of the song during a trip through The Flooded  Mine (one of the only two rides open that weekend, the other was the carousel).  Since we were the only people on the ride at the time it was no big deal.  But, it was rather humorous listening to the two boys singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” at the top of their lungs while floating through The Mine.

I'd say about 1/3 of the park was shut down due to the snow and coldness.  The park was offering the general public discounted tickets ($30) if they came over the weekend.  The Grand Exposition was completely roped off as was Wilson's Farm, Midtown, the path to Wildfire/AP, and the path up the hill to Powder Keg.  The Skillets were closed as were many of the food stands.  Some shops were closed, most notably the Woodcarvers and Christmas Hollow.  Seemed ironic to have Christmas Hollow closed, but I'm thinking that it might have had something to with snow on the accessibility ramps.  Geyser Gulch was open on Saturday but roped off on Sunday; and Half-Dollar Holler was closed (with the exception of the carousel).

The sing-along-steam train was also open both days (though it was shut-down for a time on Sunday due to ice in the brake lines).  We rode Saturday night. We were able to walk right on and sit in the middle car.  When we stopped we were right in front of Grandpa.  Best seat ever.  But when the train moved, it was ccooolllddd, with snow blowing in your face off the roof of the train car in front of you.  It started sleeting when Grandpa started telling the story.  But it was as beautiful as ever.

On Sunday we arrived in time for the 2:00pm worship service.  We (our family) were the only ones there, other than the Parson, Linda (piano) and the guest speaker and his wife.  Grandma is always bragging about how well her grandsons are able to sing, so they were invited to sing “Silent Night” as a special during the service.  After the service we rode the Flooded Mine, and then saw the new Frosty show.  It is much better than the previous one (IMO).  Shorty Hatfield still plays “Chris” and the same girl plays “Holly” but the new program features a new character-- the Sugar Plum Faerie. If you've seen the city's rendition of “A Christmas Carol” the new Faerie is very similar to the “Ghost of Christmas Present,”  and she adds another dimension of humor to the show.  In the new show, the Sugar Plum Faerie helps the kids bring Frosty back to life.  It was really a fun show. Though, if they ever asked me, I'd still tell them to bring back TINKER!!!  After Frosty we went to see “A Christmas Carol”.  Walked right on in, sat center stage, best seats ever.  And the show was fabulous as usual.

Well, I've got more to share, but I'm home now and I have to work tomorrow so bed-time beckons.

To Be Continued....

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Snow in the city
« on: December 09, 2013, 05:14:32 PM »
Parson-so you are the one that stole MY apple dumplin!!!!   Well Im sorry for the ringing in your ears all day.   :P   Naw I wasnt down there (darnnit), but I am glad that you got an apple dumplin.   Hope you made it back to "THE LOU" in good shape.
qwed94--If I knew you wanted one, I would have saved it for you.  Cause, I was able to get another one on Sunday.  ;D

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