November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving Trip

Garland and I returned Sunday from a four-day trip to Branson, MO. We took Garland's mom and dad along with us too. We left Thanksgiving morning and stopped in St. Robert, MO and enjoyed our Thanksgiving lunch at Cracker Barrel. It was pretty good, but certainly didn't compare to the traditional feast that we normally have at my mom and dad's. We arrived in Branson and checked into our room at The Palms Hotel. The hotel is nothing fancy, but was clean and for $36.00 a night, we could handle just about anything. When we checked in, the gentleman at the front desk said he could "hook us up" with some good show tickets. We initially declined as we figured he would try to get us to sign up for some kind of timeshare stuff, but we decided to check out what he had to say a little later. He offered us FREE TICKETS to "#1 Hits of the 60s," which we actually already had reservations to see. Luckily, we had not prepaid for our tickets, as we saved $60.00 by taking the free tickets from The Palms. They also offered us discounted tickets to The Hughes Brothers. We stopped in at Branson 2 for 1 and got four tickets to see Clay Cooper's Country Music Express show for the price of two. So, Friday night we headed out to our first show which was "The Haygoods." We were completely blown away with the talent these guys had. There were four brothers who did the majority of the show and two younger siblings (a boy and a girl) who had a smaller role. These guys were phenominal. They sang, played instruments, did a beautiful instrumental with all of them playing violins, did some acrobatics, and even some clogging or tap dancing that was amazing. When we left we thought surely no one could impress us more than they did.

Friday morning we saw the Hughes Brothers. This was a group of four brothers who sang and played instruments. They were very good. They involved their entire family. One of the brother's and his wife have TEN kids!!! They brought all of the kids out on stage and it was simply unbelievable to see them all standing there. The show was very good. Here a few pictures of the kids in that show.

That evening we met Gary, Melissa and Colby at Danna's Bar B Que for supper. They were visiting Melissa's folks who live near Branson.

After supper, we headed over to see #1 Hits of the 60s, which was good. Saturday morning we saw Clay Cooper. We had seen him before when Paul Harris was in the same theater, but hadn't seen a whole show with just him. It was very enjoyable. His three-year old son Colton was very funny. He does a mean robot dance.

Saturday night we saw Pierce Arrow. They had the most elaborate stage of all the shows we saw and had the funniest comedian I think I have ever seen at a Branson show. We all laughed until we had tears in our eyes I think. After that show, we made a trip to Mel's Hard Luck Diner and had supper, then headed over to Cold Stone Creamery for some AWESOME ice cream. We left Branson at 6:30 this morning and got home around 1:00. It was a great trip and the weather was amazing. The only thing that would have made it better would have been having Sadie there with us!! Well, maybe next time! I sure hope she will love music as much as her daddy and I do!