Meet Gakita the Gorilla at Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show

Branson Wildest ShowWorld renowned performers and illusionists, Dave and Denise Hamner, have some exciting surprises in store for Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show this year, including Gakita the gorilla.

Yep, you heard right: a gorilla. Bet you’re never seen that on a Branson stage before!

As always, the Hamners can be expected to treat their guests with a delightfully fun and incredible experience where birds appear, people fly, voices soar — and humans turn into gorillas.

A welcome new addition to the show, Gakita the gorilla showcases the wilder side of Hamners’ Variety Show and is sure to keep your child’s eyes glued to the stage. Pair that with first rate choreography, side-splitting comedy and mind-boggling magic, and you have one experience in Branson that you don’t want to miss.

HamnerThis season’s show features an exciting mix of old and new, including some of those returning favorites like Dave’s close-up baseball magic tricks, Russian acrobatic pair Vadim and Mariya Serykh, ventriloquist Brenda Hahne and the stunningly accurate vocal impersonations of Jeff Brandt.

The Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show of 2015 is packed full of fun and entertainment, suitable for the entire family and is sure to make for and adventurous night out in Branson.

Get your tickets now and head to Hamners’ Variety Theater to see this one-of-a-kind show featuring Branson’s sole performing gorilla and an entire cast of talented individuals.

See the Pierce Arrow Show in 2015

If you didn’t get to see the Pierce Arrow crew in 2014, don’t worry because they’re back and better than ever in 2015.

The Pierce Arrow quartet is always up and at ’em with tight harmonies, soaring melodies and a great blend of hits from yesterday and today. You’ll enjoy favorites from every genre and even some original renditions of old hymns that may bring back childhood memories of childhood Sunday mornings for some.

Of course, Shonna and Kenya heat up the stage with incredible vocals, charismatic choreography and an inviting stage presence that meshes well with the men of the quartet.

This family-friendly show is filled with top notch entertainment, hilarious comedy and some of the most talented vocalists in Branson. Stop by the Pierce Arrow Theater and see what you’ve been missing! Shows start up for the season again on February 13.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

These Amazing Pets are Unbelievable!

Amazing Pets of Grand Country Music HallThis show was created with animal lovers and kids in mind and Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall just can’t get any more amazing!

A talented troupe of cats, dogs, birds and humans all share the stage for one very exciting show featuring some of the most unbelievable stunts you’ve ever seen.

These lovable furry creatures will steal your heart with each and every leap, twirl, spin and jump as they demonstrate the impressive agility and intelligence of their species.

This fun-filled, action-packed show is perfect for the whole family and a great way to start off an exciting day in Branson. So stop by Grand Country and meet some of the most incredible animals in Branson!

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

Experience The Hughes Brothers in Branson

For a true family show, see the Hughes Brothers in Branson when it picks back up late January!

This show has grown immensely since it first started with just five very talented brothers. Today, the cast of 50 incorporates the brothers, their wives and children — all sharing the stage for one mind-blowing performance.

The Hughes Brothers have been developing their musical talents and performing together just about their entire lives and audiences have come to love the group’s engaging stage presence, versatile vocal and instrumental skills and high-energy choreography.

This family-friendly show is so much fun and will leave you in awe of all that this incredible family unit has achieved.

See The Hughes Brothers this January for a great time filled with family fun.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

The Hughes Brothers Theatre is at 3425 W. 76 Country Blvd. next to the Lodge of the Ozarks.

Get Your Laughs at Grand Country with Comedy Jamboree

When you’re looking for a hilariously good time, look no further than Comedy Jamboree at Branson’s Grand Country Music Hall.

Last week, the theater was filled with red-faced audience members, keeled over with laughter as the cast of Comedy Jamboree dished out some of the most comical entertainment I’ve seen in Branson.

The show opened with some humorous banter between three of the performers and from the very beginning, I could tell that this show was going to be a hoot.

The curtains opened to reveal the always-amazing Grand Band and the talented Comedy Jamboree singers. They sang a variety of yesterday and today’s country hits between sets filled with side-splitting comedy, which gave all of us in the audience the chance to catch our breath after laughing so hard.

And believe me, the laughs are endless. If you’re not sure what to expect when you pick up your tickets for this show, I’ll just tell you now — prepare to see some of the wonkiest costumes, experience the most ridiculous impressions, sing along with the silliest of songs and of course, you can expect to laugh until your sides hurt.

The Comedy Jamboree crew is most certainly a rowdy bunch that likes to have a whole lot of fun. And they’ll make sure you’re having fun too! If you’re not, they’ll pull you up onstage with them and make sure you do. Just kidding. Kind of.

Well what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on one of the funniest shows in Branson, Comedy Jamboree! The show picks up again January 16 at 3 p.m. inside the Grand County Music Hall.

For tickets or more information, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

A Peek Inside Copper Run Distillery

Last week I spent some time at Copper Run Distillery, a unique small batch craft distillery tucked away in the Ozark mountains.

Just off of Highway 65 in Walnut Shade, Missouri, you’ll find a small, rustic building that may look unassuming at first glance, but it actually houses the first legal distillery in the Ozark mountains since prohibition ended in 1933.

Copper Run Distillery prides itself on the handcrafted small batches of spirits it produces, a tireless work ethic and a dedication to long-time tradition. The fruits of their labor prove to be an entirely unique experience for alcohol drinkers yielding high quality Ozark Mountain Moonshine, Small Batch Spirit Whiskey and the “Overproof” Ozark Mountain Moonshine, a 120 proof white whiskey.

The small staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they offer free samples of the spirits as well as daily tours of the distillery at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

My friend tagged along to the distillery with me and we both took a tour, hoping to learn more about the traditional process of making moonshine, whiskey and rum. It was extremely short — just about 10 minutes — but within that brief time, our tour guide managed to walk us through the traditional Copper Run Method.

This award-winning distillery makes all its spirits using a 140-gallon copper pot filled with the freshest ingredients, mixed with nutrient-rich Ozark water and then aged in barrels made from locally grown white oaks.

Although the tour was short, it gave us plenty of time to explore the property and browse the gift shop.

Definitely make an effort to stop by Copper Run Distillery just north of Branson and enjoy an educating and unique experience right here in the Ozark mountains. The building is also available for private event rental so visit www.copperrundistillery.com or call 417-587-3456.

 

5 Ways to Stay Warm and Still Have Fun in Branson This Winter

It’s true that Branson is somewhat quieter during the winter months, but there are still a host of ways for you and your family to have fun while avoiding the winter cold and staying warm. Try one of these five fun and family oriented activities out for size.

1. Go to a museum

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - Branson Odditorium

Branson is full of interesting museums that appeal to visitors of all ages. Take your pick from the Hollywood Wax Museum, The World’s Largest Toy Museum, the Veterans Memorial Museum, Celebrity Car Museum or check out the Dinosaur Museum or Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum if you have younger kids.

 

2. Explore the skies over Branson

Chopper Charters Helicopter Tour

Head for the skies with Chopper Charters and take in the bird’s eye view of the city. Instead of being cooped up all winter, enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure while still keeping warm in the cockpit of the helicopter.

3. Go caving

Talking Rocks Cavern

 

Located in nearby Branson West, Talking Rocks Cavern is the perfect underground family adventure for a warm winter day. Learn all about the rock formations, minerals and wildlife that populate this deep cavern beneath the earth and explore the rest of the 400-acre nature preserve.

 

4. Shop till you drop

Branson Landing

The Branson Landing is the perfect place to get your shop on. With more than 100 retail shops and restaurants, you could easily spend an entire day browsing, dining and picking up new apparel, home decor, gifts and more.

 

5. Head to the IMAX

Branson IMAX

Many of the shows in Branson are closed during the months of January and February but you can still catch some great entertainment at the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. With more than 15 different indoor shops, a restaurant and snack area and both independent and main stream movies, you’re bound to find something fun to do here!