Marjory, Gerry, Abigail, Jayne and Linda at 12 Irish Tenors
Marjory, Linda, Abigail, Gerry and Jayne at Dixie Stampede
Marjory, Gerry, Jayne, Linda and Julie at Lambert’s
Monday and Tuesday of last week — November 18th and 19th — were a busy couple of days for residents Margie A., Gerry, Jayne, and Linda. At 8:00 on Monday morning, packed into a rented Chevy Tahoe, the five of us took off for an overnight adventure in Branson, Missouri, the first ever of its kind in our community’s history.
The drive south was uneventful, other than a lunch break in Springfield. Once in Branson, we had plenty of time before our first show, so we took a drive through town seeing much of the strip—theaters, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Our own accommodations at the LaQuinta Inn were ideal. The inn is located right on the busy main drag through town, nestled between two theaters and across from some great shopping.
After checking in, the gals and I headed to the Mickey Gilley Theater to see the highly-recommended group The SIX Show. While a group of brothers performing together is notable, the most incredible thing is that they make all of the music with their voices—drums, a trumpet, guitar—throughout the show without any assistance from background music, a band, or actual instruments. Amazing!
From there, we made our way back down Highway 76 to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, our evening entertainment. We arrived early and were able to enjoy the preshow: a man juggling fire while balancing on a two-legged ladder which itself was teetering on a tightrope which was also on fire!! It was astonishing and made us wonder what wonders awaited at the main attraction.
As the opening act came to a close, we filed into the main area for the headlining show. There were over a dozen horses, sequined costumes, a live nativity complete with camels and goats, and fantastic live music. If that wasn’t enough to keep the crowd entertained, the guests were divided into two groups—the North Pole and the South Pole—and there were competitions between the horses, with wins tallied throughout the evening. We were members of the North Pole and our team won!
After the show closed, we split into two groups: one that went back to the hotel for rest and the other to check out the fantastic outlet stores just down the road from the hotel. Linda found great bargains at Izod and Reebok, and Abigail picked up some specials at GAP. It’s hard to argue with a great sale!
The next morning, our well-rested group gathered for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. then headed out for the final show of the trip: the 12 Irish Tenors. The performance was filled with beautiful harmonies, traditional Irish tunes, Christmas classics, dancing, and a visit from Frosty the Snowman. After the show, Abigail got all 12 tenors’ autographs!
One might think the fun ended as we finally pulled away from the sparkling Branson strip, but we had one more stop to make: Lambert’s Café, Home of the Throwed Rolls, where we met with Primrose KC resident Bette’s daughter, Julie, for a filling and fun lunch.
The trip went very quickly as both days were filled to the brim with things to do and places to go. On the way home, we discussed where our travels will take us next!
by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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