A Fabulous Last Day in Branson

Sunrise outside one of our four hotel windows – we have a corner room.0Notice the moon on the large building. That is the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.

1We decided to fill our last day with music. After a delicious brunch at Grand Country Buffet, we walked to the other end of the building to enjoy the 10:00 a.m. show at Grand Country Music Hall. The guy on the left and the lady are husband and wife. I understand their children also perform on some days.

1aWe enjoyed his personality. Can you tell that we had good seats? We were in the third row – center.

1bThe Master of Ceremonies and lead singer has a great voice.

1cHow he looked without his hat during the gospel songs.

1d (1)We enjoy this comedian – we had seen him in a different show in this building on Monday. Here he was pretending to cry over a misunderstanding with his wife.

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1d (3)In this skit he and his “Siamese twin” were singing a song. The man on the left was also a delightful musician.

1d (4)This is the comedian in street dress. Who would guess that he is a comedian.

This was a delightful old country, Christmas, and gospel music show.

2Our next stop was to see The Duttons. Cerwin wanted me to get a picture of their truck/bus.

2bFive of the seven siblings were in town for the 2:00 p.m. show You may remember them as a top ten finalist for America’s Got Talent in 2007.

Their parents are usually involved in the show, but were in Phoenix (where the family performs their winter shows) for some medical attention the father needed.

2c (1)They are classically trained – and play classical songs – but they also do amazing bluegrass.

2c (2)Amy has been voted Branson’s Best Violinist for the last six years in a row.

2c (3)Ben is the family comedian and Jonathan is his straight man. Here they are playing Dueling Banjos with horns and a banjo. Ben played the horns by using his legs, arms, and hands.

2c (4)Many of the grandchildren are included in the show and demonstrate that the Duttons will continue for many years.

2c (5)

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2c (6)Judith and Tim (wife and husband) singing Baby It’s Cold Outside.

2c (8)Clogging

2c (9)Jonathan’s wife, Bella, is from the Islands of Samoa. Their family did a song portraying an island Christmas.

2c (10)In their finale they did a fabulous job of singing and playing Boil the Cabbage Down. I took this picture just before they began playing each other’s instruments – and the brothers on the end did it by reaching above their other siblings.

2c (11)This was the real finale – when this little one did a back bend while playing fiddle.

If I could go back to see only one show from this trip – it would be the Duttons!

2d (1)Our next appointment was at Dixie Stampede where horses are a highlight of this dinner theatre.

2d (2)  I missed our granddaughters Abby and Gloria here because of their love for horses.

2d (3)We walked by the stables to get to the arena.

2d (4)This guy did some amazing performances during the preshow act.

2d (5)

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We could not take photos during the Stampede, so I got a few off the internet to show you what we saw. We did not see the above show – ours was the Christmas show – but this shows exactly where we sat – front row, right seats in the section on the left.

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This was our delicious meal – top center, clockwise: soup, iced tea or Pepsi, Cornish hen, smoked pork, corn on the cob, dinner roll, baked potato, and apple turnover.

3b (1)

We did see this performance. However, she was in wintery/Christmas finery.

3b (2)

The loggers competition was fun to watch.

The Christmas story was beautiful with real camels and sheep – along with a nativity scene and angels coming down from the ceiling.

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Then we went to our last show of this trip – and believe me it was fabulous – as only these guys can do.

3cAfter getting to Branson, we heard that the Oakridge Boys were in town on Wednesday night, I called about getting tickets, thinking it may already be sold out, but they had a cancellation of two tickets in row 13 on the left. That sounded good to us – in a stadium that seats 2,150 people.

4 (1)Of course no one sings Elvira like they do. 🙂

4 (3)But for me, the best song of this entire trip was their last song.

Glorious Impossible

See the Virgin is delivered In a cold and crowded stall Mirror of the Father’s glory
Lies beside her in the straw

He is Mercy’s incarnation
Marvel at this miracle!
For the Virgin gently holds
The Glorious Impossible

Love has come to walk on water
Turn the water into wine
Touch the leper, bless the children
Love both human and divine

Praise the wisdom of the Father
Who has spoken through His Son
Speaking still, He calls us to

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible

He was bruised for our transgressions
And He bears eternal scars
He was raised for our salvation
And His righteousness is ours

Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
Of this lavish grace so full
Lift your souls now and receive the
Glorious Impossible!

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Glorious Impossible
Glorious Impossible

Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
Of this lavish grace so full
Lift your souls now and receive
The Glorious Impossible

Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Hallelujah

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Oh, my! What a way to close our time in Branson! The words and tune to Glorious Impossible are still running through my head.

Now we are on our way to Osage Beach, Missouri, where Cerwin will go hunting, and I will relax.

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