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nd the Ugly Monkey Trophy is up for grabs again! There are teams currently forming for this years event with hopes of capturing the honor of winning and taking home the bragging rights as grape stomping champs and receiving the Ugly Monkey Trophy. This year will be By the 11th Annual Bryan Sheppard Grape and Fall Festival. In the previous years there have been as many as 5,000 people in attendance, with this year looking to be one of the most exciting and well-attended festivals ever. So folks gather the children and don’t forget grandma or grandpa, and get down to the Old Historic Downing Street, located in downtown Hollister, Saturday, Sept. 26. Events kick off at 10 a.m. and the fun keeps going until 6 p.m. The festival will feature great food, crafts, children’s activities, live music and entertainment from some of Branson’s best performers like SIX, The Red Kneckers, and America’s Kids, with Jim Barber acting as emcee, and a wine tasting garden. In the early 1900’s, Hollister was an important stop on the railroad with fall being the time when everyone brought along their goods to Hollister for transportation to larger markets so they may be sold. This festival is based on an early

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1900’s grape carnival. It has been said that a very long time ago a large grape crop was produced in the Hollister area. This years festival is honoring the history of Hollister’s 100 years and looking to the future of many things to come. The event originated in the early 1900s to celebrate the annual grape harvest, as local growers shipped their produce to markets via the railroads. T h e

modern version features live music and entertainment, great food, a wine-tasting garden, crafts, children’s activities, and the highlight of the festival, the Grape Stomping Contest. Make sure you grab your camera and your stomping shoes for a great time Saturday, Sept. 26. The Grape and Fall Festival is presented by the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce.

White River Valley Electric Coop employees stomping grapes at last year’s Grape and Fall Festival.


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Branson Craft Mall really has it all ... and more

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he “mall that has it all” has something for everyone, from precious accessories for babies to handmade musical instruments and custom designed shirts, to items for anyone on your By gift list. Linda Burlingame The Branson Craft Mall is a “must-see” on your Branson schedule! The 16,000 sq. ft. mall is home to 150 booths and nine working crafters. That includes space for big rockers and an oversized checkers board, in case someone finishes browsing before you do. There is also a husband’s babysitting service back in the Woodshed…. You may have read my articles about Old John’s Woodshed in previous issues of The Shepherd of the Hills Gazette. Paul is a talented wood turner and an entertaining one. His clever ban-

ter fascinates everyone as he explains and demonstrates the items he makes: tops, game calls, pens, husband tamers (rolling pins), pocket knives, pepper grinders, kaleidoscopes, and a few dozen more items. Nan has countless choices for you, too, at her Classic Creations: an endless array and variety of ideas for custom designed shirts, jackets, caps, jeans … love my glamorous kitty cat shirt. I also love Nan’s story. (Most crafters have a good one.) Nan spent many years as a contractor, building homes in New England and New York. When she retired and moved to

Branson, the hobby she loves turned into a full-time business. Originally from Vermont, Nan features Vermont Maple Syrup at Hillbilly Nut & Fruit Too. There

others on the pickin’ porch. At Sunshine Leatherworks there’s Greg, doing what he’s been doing since 1976, when he spent $5 on scrap leather and

are a lot of choices. Art Reed, who crafts wonderful dulcimers, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and other instruments, says he is just a professional musician whose woodworking hobby got the best of him. You might find him and

$2 for tools. No kits or patterns, just an interest in the art of tooling leather. It’s mesmerizing to watch him work and I know it’s not as easy as he makes it look. Walking through I see so many fun things: a sign saying “Martha Doesn’t Live Here” and

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one of my favorites: “Husker Fans Live Here.” Really like that one. Marty’s beautiful baskets and Larry’s striking Silver Highlights; David is making cedar signs back by Old John’s Woodshed. There are gorgeous home decorating accessories, charming country snowmen and scarecrows, pottery, Les’ amazingly intricate, and beautiful brass etchings. You might run into Mark, one of the owners of the mall. You can always find him playing fiddle with Ricky Boen’s “Texas Mud” at the Hamner-Barber Theatre. Mark has been playing since he was 11 and played with Roy Clark’s band. Branson is full of interesting stories, and you can find lots of them … and more … at Branson Craft Mall. Enjoy!


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can hardly wait, for the time is near. The time to fuel up the automobile grab the map and camera and head out to view some beautiful fall foliage. I’m talking about the time when the majestic Ozark Mountainsides play chameleon and change color for the fall season. Folks have By Bryan Sheppard been flocking to the Ozarks for years to see the breathtaking sights that appear year after year. The Ozarks offer so many different ways to view nature’s splendors. One of the most common ways is by car. Folks can take a nice slow ride around the Branson area by taking one or more of the many scenic highways that wind their way though both Stone and Taney counties. That’s why it is good to grab a map. A lot of these highways have places one can pull over to take in the natural wonders and capture it on film, digital or the real thing.

Either way one will not be disappointed in the trip and will have many treasured photos to share with family and friends. Another way to take in the views is to visit The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, a place where one can view the area from a true birds eye view at the top of the Inspiration Tower: at 230 feet you’re surely to get to see it all. This is a favorite since there isn’t much walking involved. There has not been a time that I’ve visited the old homestead and have not been inspired by the views overlooking Mutton Hollow, the very place that inspired author Harold Bell Wright to write the book, “The Shepherd of the Hills.” One way that I have not had the pleasure to try yet, but is on my to-do list, is to cruise down the great Lake Taneycomo on a boat. I have had the joy of checking out the scenery during the summer months, and a fall trip down Taneycomo surely would be a must do. With the trees lining the rocky

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bluffs, it has to be a breathtaking view with the yellows, reds, and greens mixing together. For this trip you can bring your own boat or rent one from one of t h e m a n y marinas. I would suggest a pont o o n boat and b r i n g friends and family along w i t h f o o d , a n d maybe a fishing pole. One last idea is a train ride. One can board the Branson Scenic Railway in old downtown Branson at the depot. The train will take you on a 40-mile round trip through the Ozark Mountains where you will learn about the history of the area as you take in the views. While on

the train you will cross bridges, encounter tunnels, and view the fall foliage. It seems as long as the autumn weather is just right the once green

leaves of the many trees and shrubs on the mountainsides began to change to their bright yellows, glowing oranges, and vibrant reds. The Ozark Mountain area would be a great choice for your fall foliage viewing. Hope to see you out there.

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Welcome to ‘My Kitchen Window’ THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS GAZETTE

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ne of my greatest passions in life is cooking. I read recipe books like others read novels. I can almost taste a recipe, just by reading it. The really good ones are taken for a spin in my kitchen where I test recipes My Kitchen over and over, Window changing the ingreBy dients here and Sharon Elizabeth there, to make them extra delicious and special. Cooking can be fun and an expression of one’s love to others. Nothing says love like something fresh from the oven. SOUR CREAM POUND CAKE INGREDIENTS: 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (1/2 Pound) 3 cups sugar 6 large eggs, separated 3 cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda

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teaspoon salt teaspoon vanilla extract teaspoon almond extract ounces sour cream

DIRECTIONS: • Cream butter and sugar. Beat well. • Add egg yokes one at a time, beating well after each addition. • Add vanilla and almond extract. • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then • Add increments of 1/3 flour mixture and 1/2 sour cream to creamed mixture alternately. (Beginning and ending with flour mixture.) • Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until stiff; gently fold into batter. • Pour batter into a greased floured 10 inch tube pan. • Bake at 325ºF for 1½ hours or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. • Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely.

TIPS: Use an oven thermometer to verify oven temperature. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

A Sour Cream Pound Cake can be made a couple days ahead of time and still taste fresh. Serve a slice of cake with ice cream then drizzle chocolate syrup or caramel sauce (or both) on top of the cake and ice cream. Another special way to serve the cake is with fresh strawberries and a simple berry

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sauce* with a dollop of whip cream or cool whip served on top or the side with a light dusting of confectioners sugar over plate and dessert. (*Sugar and berries cooked to a light syrup is the base for a simple sauce). Leftover cake can be used to make a trifle. A trifle is made by layering cake, pudding, sauce, cream cheese layers, fruit and whip cream. Your imagination dictates the end results. Top with whip cream, sprinkle with nuts and/or fruit. Usually a trifle is made in a clear container to show off all the layers.


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Putting together an Outdoor Drama

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ephe rd been with The Sh s ha er ff ni K Dorthy e also for 42 ye ars. Sh of the Hills play nt ry. pa od e Crane fo voluntee rs at th

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t is a play but not just any play. It has love, romance, laughter, tears, hatred, fighting, shooting, comedy, music, fire and dancing along with nearly every basic human emotion coursing through its many lines and scenes. It is also the longest running outdoor play in American history. All of this from one book. One hundred By and two years Kurt Moore ago, Harold Bell Wright visited these beautiful Missouri Ozark hills, fell in love with the area and it's people, returned again and again and wrote the fourth most read book in American history, “The Shepherd of the Hills.” It is almost mind-boggling to understand the logistics of putting on this play night after night, year after year. The play started being performed in the front yard of Old Matt's Cabin on the present The Shepherd of the Hills property in 1927. From there it was performed on the Branson lake front, then at the Beacon Hill Theater and finally at its present location, The Shepherd of the Hills Amphitheater at the Shepherd of the

Kei th Thur man , ou tdoor theate r man ager, going over last minute preparat ions. He is ce le brat ing his 42nd ye ar w it h the produc tion .

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great time. Cast and kids alike have Hills complex. Since 1960, the play has been a barrel of fun with a sack of huge presented at its present location. It Ozark frogs. Mark Twain would have has been performed night after night been proud of all of them. Keith Thurman, Shepherd of the for the past 49 years. The play takes tremendous resources to produce. Hills Outdoor Theater Manager, took Let me give you examples. Each play performed takes 150 yards of burlap, 90 cast members, 50 gallons of kerosene, 31 horses, 30 pistols and shotguns, 22 wireless microphones, eight mules, seven buggies and wagons, a six piece bluegrass band, a flock of sheep, a donkey, an actual burning log cabin, an antique 1908 DeWitt automobile, a goat named Henry, and a partridge in a pear tree. Oh yes, I almost forgot. It also takes a sack of frogs—just Terry Sanders noted Branson comedian, is added the partridge to see if providing entertainment as the Grand Frog you were paying attention. Master at the All American Frog Race. Bet you are wondering about the sack of frogs, right? Well before the show actually begins me on a personal tour and told me of there is an all out, winner-take-all the logistics needed to put this show frog race. This is run by kids from the on. This month Keith is celebrating audience and boy do they ever take his 42nd year with the play along their frog racing seriously. They take with a fellow trooper, Dorothy Kniffer. My assignment was to tell you it just seriously enough to have a

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instrument comes into play to create the masterpiece you ultimately hear, so it is with Shepherd of the Hills. It is impossible to tell how each piece

This is the cabin that burns during each performance. Burlap is rolled, attached to the side of the cabin, doused with kerosene & then lit. how this show comes together, from beginning to end, to create what you see as the finished product. I found that is really impossible. The show, as a finely tuned orchestra, comes together like an unseen force to create The Shepherd of the Hills, the play. As it is impossible with an orchestra to tell how each individual

Ja so n Hu ds on, so un d engi ne er fo r th e pl ay, ha s se en th e ac tu al pl ay more th an 3,5 00 ti mes .

fits together to form the final product, the play, that people have been enjoying for so many decades. Therefore, I have decided to literally show you in photos and allow your mind to make the journey from before the show begins to the final bow by the cast. Sit back, relax and take a pictorial tour at what it takes to create a single The Shepherd of the Hills play. About an hour before show time, the cast starts gathering about 100 yards off the stage, at the dressing area. There they have time to relax, visit and get their Th e st age area costumes in order. This is as se en from an uppe r tier se at. No m at te where we begin. r w he re yo u si t du ri ng th e pl ay, yo u w ill ha ve a go od view .

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Fall into something cozy at Quilts & Quilts

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utumn in the Ozarks is a beautiful time of year! Leaves on Missouri’s hundreds of varieties of trees dress the hillsides in gorgeous colors, there’s a nip in the air, and crafters head to Branson. Many of these talented, industrious folks are quilt makers; By Linda Burlingame the one place for s u r e they’ll be stopping is Quilts & Quilts Country Store. Located on Hwy. 76 east of Dixie Stampede, Quilts & Quilts is a huge store full of beautiful quilts. There is a marvelous selection of quilts, both handmade and machine made. You’ll find a good selection of styles, colors, and prices. There are more than 10,000 bolts of fabric and

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more than 1,000 book titles to help you make your own quilt. There are patterns for magnificent quilts, cozy quilt jackets, vests, colorful dresses, and dozens of other things. Many of these are sewn and on display, which I think is fantastic. What better gift for someone you love than a unique, handmade quilt? For weddings, Christmas, baby gift, or any time, a quilt is a treasured present. Quilts & Quilts Country Store is owned and run by three generations of women (a fourth in training) I’ve known for 20 years. Marlys, her daughter Cindy and granddaughter Lacey; and Lacey’s daughter Evelyn

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is just a year old! The quilts you’ll find at Quilts & Quilts Country Store truly are works of art. They buy from only a few select quilters around the country. People come in and say, “It’s like a quilt show!” Quilts & Quilts is a unique store because it carries so many samples. I’m always impressed, and I know that for quilters and other people who sew, it’s Seventh Heaven. Quilts & Quilts carries gift items, accessories, cards, and other fun things as well. If you are creating a quilt or sewing another project, you’ll find what you need … and more … at Quilts & Quilts Country Store.


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ranson always has something “Peter Pan” is marvelous and returns to new: new shows, guest stars that stage for six weeks in November at your favorite theater … and December. Also coming up at The here’s just some of what’s happening! Mansion: Johnny Mathis October 9 and 10 Mickey Gilley will be returning to the Gatlin Brothers select dates Sepstage here in October. He suffered a back injury when he fell in July and has tember and October Asleep at been recuperating in Texas … the Wheel actually, Sept. 25-27 chompBy N i t t y Linda Burlingame ing at the Gritty Dirt bit to get Band Oct. 23 back in T h r e e action from what I hear. This Redneck is Gilley’s 20th year in his Tenors select Branson theater and his show dates in Ocremains one of Branson’s tober most popular! O a k Th e M a n s i o n a n d O a k Ridge Boys Ridg e Boys Theatre always Theatre: have something new happenDalena ing. Tom Mullica’s Tribute to Ditto delights Red Skelton, one of my fa- M i c kke eyy audiences vorites, plays regularly at The G i l l eeyy mornings at Mansion. Cathy Rigby in

the Oaks theater and Country Tonite dazzles evening audiences … here’s what else is happening: Oak Ridge Boys select dates September, October, and November Colin Raye with Country Tonite Sept. 8 - Oct. 18 T.J. Sheppard with Country Tonite Oct. 2024 Debby Boone's "Christmas Memories" with Country Tonite No- D e b b i e vember and December Boone “Country Tonite” made a trip to Iraq to entertain troops; when you see their show, be sure you ask about it: they have unbelievable stories! They’ve joined forces with Operation Shoebox, a non-profit organization, which was founded in 2003 in an effort to send support, snacks and

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much needed personal care items to troops deployed outside of the US. Items can be dropped off at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre and at The Mansion. Find out how you can help. In September The Osmonds are back at The Os mond Theatr e, across from Titanic Branson. The Magnificent Variety Show (love that show, too) is also at The Osmonds Theatre. Speaking of Titanic Br anso n, it’s a spectacular attraction. You must see it! Oct. 9-11 don’t miss the World-Class ______________ See Events, Page 19


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Acrobats of China will amaze and astound you

’ve read that in China there are 25,000 acrobats and more than 250 acrobatic troupes. But in Branson there is only one—the New Shanghai Circus at the New Shanghai Theatre. These young people amaze audiences with their skills of contortion, flexibility, endurance, balance and magic. This By award-winning troupe is one of Linda Burlingame t h e best in the world, and the theater itself is one of the newest in Branson. The 1000-seat theater is on Hwy. 165 near the intersection by Stone Hill Winery. Flowers, plants and waterfalls decorate the front; the courtyard features a threelegged bronze pot more than six feet tall. From Xi’an, China, the Chinese name is “Ke Ding.” The lobby area inside is roomy and the show is enhanced by the state-of-

the-art lighting, music and sound. From balance to trapeze to group bicycle riding, the Acrobats truly are amazing. I love the show and enjoy watching the faces around me. Gasps, oohs, aahs, smiles of unbelief, and resounding applause and approval for the feats on stage. The costumes and sets are gorgeous and different for every act. Beautiful silks and brilliant colors help make the show a feast for the eyes. The show is well staged and moves smoothly from one astonishing segment to the next. I think the balancing acts the Acrobats do amaze me the most. Whether it’s the stacks-tothe-rooftops of people on chairs, or 10 people on a bicycle … “how’d they do that” doesn’t begin to express my reaction. Practice makes perfect and they’ve been practicing and training since the age of six. They are dedicated to their art and take pride in the show they present. Don’t miss Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus!

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A Rocky Mountain High in Branson

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he first night James Garrett was to perform at the Imax Theater, he grouped the other players in the show around him and told them, "We probably are not going to win any By awards playing in a Kurt Moore 200 seat theater, but we are going out there, put on a show and have a lot of fun doing it." He was right on half of that prophecy. They did put on a show that night and had a lot of fun doing it. James Garrett and his group have been at the Imax's Little Opry Theater for going on their third year and each of the first two years that same show has managed to garner the Branson Critic Award for Best Morning Show in Branson. James says he has the littlest band in Branson, playing in the littlest theater in Branson. He is right on both counts. But oh my gosh, what that group can do in that little theater. Folks whatever I am

about to tell you, you will not believe until you go see for yourself. The times I have been there, the theater was nearly standing room only with people traveling literally hundreds of miles just to see his show. James Garrett has one of the finest tribute shows I have had the pleasure of seeing in Branson. He pays tribute to John Henry Deutschendorf— who you say? John Denver, that’s who. The same man who wrote 146 songs with one of them, “Rocky Mountain High,” being enacted as the Colorado State Song.

James spent a lot of time in past years with John Denver and is the ultimate knowledge base for James Garrett anything to do with him. He also is very careful not to detract from Denver’s songs and does them as the master himself would have done. I have to say, he does a marvelous job. I have seen a lot of tribute shows and

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by the time I saw his show the second time realized why it is so well received by audiences. Even though there is money involved with any show in Branson, including this one, they are not in it for the money. When putting on this show they are at play. They are having fun and it shows. It is catchy and the audience dives right in on the fun. Even though James Garrett takes Denver’s tribute to heart, as well he should, he has mastered the art of having fun while doing something serious. James tells stories of John Denver lore that are both knowledgeable and interesting. John Denver had a lot of personal charisma and so does James ______________ See Garrett, Page 21


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Jim Stafford celebrates 20th anniversary

he Jim Stafford Show is always fun and fresh, as often as I’ve seen it these 20 years. When Jim opens the show and visits with the audience, it’s hilarious, different every night. Jim has added new numbers this year. G.G. on the harp and Shea on piano do “ChariBy ots of Fire” and Linda Burlingame it’s amazing; the audience loves it. Shea, 16, and G.G., 12, are Jim and Ann’s children and have been on stage since they were babies. They love being in the show; it’s second nature to them. They’re incredibly talented; Jim says they work hard on stage, always challenging their abilities. Lauren Heavner is the new female

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vocalist, a delightful young lady with a fantastic voice. She has a charming, comfortable stage presence and is good with the audience. Lauren does the “Auctioneer

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Song” (fabulous) and later, dressed in a pretty fringed dress that shimmies and sways with her, an energetic version of “L Is for the Way You Look at Me” — with the help of a lucky gentleman in the audience. Lauren is from Fayetteville, Ark., and told me she first performed with American Kids there. She was “scared” when she started singing a Shania Twain tune but by the end of the song, “I was hooked!” Lauren sent the Staffords a CD. Ann Stafford told me, “Her voice … just hits you in the heart.” Jim and Ann met with her and three days later she was ______________ See Stafford, Page 17


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Fabulous dining, lodging … and beautiful history

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he beautiful Keeter Center is a wonderful lodge, dining room and meeting center. Dobyns Dining Hall is perfect, whether breakfast for two or dinner for 60. Ozarks food at its finest. Staying at the Keeter Center is a treat in rustic elegance. Each suite is uniquely furnished; you’ll appreciate local materials, By handmade furniture, beautiful Linda Burlingame décor and fireplaces, spacious rooms. There’s no mint on the pillow at night: guests are treated to a small bottle of milk from the C of O dairy and homemade cookies! Much of the Keeter Center construction was done by 250 College of the Ozarks (C of O) students; 200 work there now. C of O students pay no tuition, so they work at one of more than 80 campus work areas to help defray their education costs. I recommend the self-guided tour (There’s no charge for a motor coach tour either) to learn more about the his-

tory of College of the Ozarks and see the amazing campus. The design and construction of the Keeter Center is a captivating story. The Williams Memorial Chapel with its bell tower and 3,000 bells is magnificent. Edwards Mill is just as fascinating — the water flowing through the wheel comes from Lake Honor, which gets water from Lake Taneycomo. (Some of that water is used for air conditioning. “Green” idea.) Downstairs you can view the workings of the Mill. On the main floor you can buy flour, corn meal, baskets, the Edwards Mill Cookbook, placemats — which are made by students upstairs on the looms! Outside the Mill are some old millstones; two are French, 48-inch stones from the Pyrenees

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Mountains, brought to America, here from St. Louis by ox-drawn wagons. Remarkable! Nearby are the greenhouses. The orchids are especially gorgeous. Those are C of O orchids in the ladies room at Shoji’s. On down the road is the dairy, where they milk 60 Holsteins. It’s all very interesting and incredible. The Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen is great; you’ll toss out all those fruitcake jokes after sampling theirs. They bake 40,000 cakes from January to October, then start shipping, along with 30,000 jars of jelly, 22 varieties — can you even name 22?! The Keeter Center also houses the Program of Hotel/Restaurant Management. Another important program there is the Community Convocation ______________ See College, Page 21


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awesome!” She especially likes that they are always working on something new. She sings “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Lonesome Whippoorwill), with Jim on guitar, that’s beautiful. Shea and G.G. have recently added new solo numbers. G.G. does a wonderful jazzy version of “Route 76” on the piano. Dad has new lyrics, about “Andy … Gilley or Moe Bandy!” It’s a great arrangement and she really “nails it!” Shea’s rollicking adaptation of “This Little Light of Mine” is not like you’ve ever heard it. It’s really a demanding piece and takes Shea to the top of his game on the piano. Russian dancers Genya and Sasha are fantastic! With Jim on guitar, their flamenco number, the gypsy number…everything they do is beautiful and amazes the audience. I talked with Jim recently after a show and he played a new guitar piece he’s working on. It’s a familiar George M. Cohen tune, but with new “licks,”

new chords, a whole new sound. Then he took it apart for me. “This is a Merle Travis chord,” he strums, “this one I wrote.” It’s amazing to watch him up close, his fingers reaching for the intricate chords and changes It wouldn’t be the Jim Stafford Show without his chart topping “Spiders and Snakes.” I love the “Cow Patti” segment — and California thinks they have happy cows. Near the end of the show G.G. does a fun dance number with Genya and Sasha. Shea gets the audience to “Party” and it’s an anniversary celebration you don’t want to miss. If you’re back for the holidays, there’s an all-new Christmas show and a New Year’s Eve dance party. Stay tuned for more fun at the Jim Stafford Show.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2009 Wood Carver’s Competition there. The Titanic was a “floating tribute to the wood carver’s art.” Just down the street at M oon River Theatre Bill Medley with Paul Revere & the Raiders play through Oct. 24. (Love their show) Sept. 1-30 don’t miss The Andy Williams All-Star Variety Show. You’ll love it! Andy’s Christmas Show is Nov. 2 – Dec. 7. Make your reservations early for this remarkable show. You’ll love Moon River Grill as well. Pam Tillis appears at RFDT V The The at re Oct. 2 and 3. Pa m The theater has other guest T i l l i s stars coming in too. Neal McCoy has been at Yakov ’s theater this year and still has dates there Sept. 29 – Nov. 1. Yakov’s Moscow Circus runs

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Events ... Continued from Page 9 through Sept. 7 and is back next year. Don’t miss Yakov’s amazing show; you’ll love his Christmas show too, it’s one of my favorites. Dino’s Christmas Spectacular takes the stage at Yakov’s Nov. 2 – Dec. 12. Spectacular indeed. Mel Tillis & Family Christmas Show is at Tri-Lakes Center Nov. 328. Tell Mel and the kids I sent you. Lee Greenwood and the Bellamy Brothers are doing a show at the Welk Res or t Theatre Sept. 14-Oct. 24. The Lennon Sisters join Tony Orlando there in November and December. Don’t miss Christmas with them. D ixi e Stamp ede always has a beautiful Christmas show that even includes a live nativity. New this year is the musical fantasy “Toys Come to Life” … and if you haven’t seen

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their new regular season show, be sure to catch it. Skeeter’s Big Event is hilarious. (And … I just discovered that the delicious soup served at Dixie Stampede is available online! I knew you’d want to know!) Many of your favorite shows are planning New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Jin Stafford Show is planning a party with Lodge of the Ozarks, right across the street. Besides Jim’s 9 pm show, your evening can include L e e G r e e n wo o d dinner at the Lodge and dancing to the Bobby Layne Big Band Orchestra! Enjoy!


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Show and Attraction Guide

#1 Hits of the 60’s - Caravelle Theatre ...................... 339-1960

‘50s At the Hop - Branson Meadows.......................... 335-5300

‘57 Heaven Museum - Dick Clark’s AB Theatre......... 332-1960

Acrobats of China ..................................................... 336-8888

Allen Edwards - Golden Corral ................................. 336-6297

Amazing Pets - Grand Country Music Hall ............... 335-2484

American Bandstand Theatre ................................... 332-1960

American Presidential Museum ................................ 334-8683

Andy Williams - Moon River Theatre ........................ 334-4500

Asleep at the Wheel - The Mansion .......................... 239-1333

Area ‘57 - Dick Clark’s AB Theatre ........................... 332-1960

Baldknobbers Jamboree ........................................... 334-4528

Bambi: Princess of Magic - Music City Centre .......... 339-7469

Bob Anderson Dinner Show - Dick Clark’s AB .......... 332-1960

Bob Nelson Show - Clay Cooper Theatre ................. 337-7123

Branson Brothers - God & Country Theatre .............. 334-6806

Branson Country USA - Grand Country Music .......... 335-2484

Branson Diva’s - IMAX ....................................... 800-419-4832

Branson Entertainment Hall of Fame ........................ 336-3263

Branson Family Fun Factory ..................................... 332-2110 Branson Scenic Railway ........................................... 334-6110

Branson Variety Theatre ........................................... 334-2500

Brett Family Singers - Dick Clark’s AB Theatre ......... 336-4222

Broadway! Star Spangled Celebration ...................... 334-2500

Goldwing Express ..................................................... 334-6806

Grand Country Music Hall ......................................... 335-2484

Grand Ladies - God & Country Theatre .................... 334-6806

The Great Passion Play - Eureka Springs ......... 479-253-8559

Hamner Barber Variety Show ................................... 334-4363

Hank & Patsy...Together Again - Owen’s Theatre ..... 336-2112

Happy Trails Theatre ................................................. 339-1900

Comedy Jamboree - Grand Country Music Hall ....... 335-2484

Country Tonight - The Mansion ................................. 239-1333

Dalena Ditto Country Variety Show ........................... 239-1333

Dino’s Christmas Extravaganza - Yakov .....................336-3838

Dixie Stampede ......................................................... 336-3000

Doug Gabriel - Jim Stafford Theatre ......................... 335-8080

The Rankin Brothers ................................................. 337-9333

Red, Hot, & Blue - New Americana Theatre ............. 339-4663

Red Head Express - Circle B Chuckwagon ....... 800-678-6179

Red Skelton Tribute - The Mansion .......................... 239-1333

Ride the Ducks .......................................................... 334-3825

IMAX Entertainment Complex ................................... 335-4832

Ripley’s Believe It or Not ........................................... 337-5300

Hollywood Wax Museum ......................................... 33-STARS

Island Fire - Dutton Theatre ...................................... 332-2772

Inspiration Tower - Shepherd of the Hills .................. 334-4191

Jim Owen Show - Clay Cooper Theatre ................... 337-7123

Jim Stafford Theatre .................................................. 335-8080

Jimmy Osmond - The Osmonds Theatre .................. 336-6100

Joey Riley Show - Mickey Gilley’s ............................ 334-3210

Kirby VanBurch ......................................................... 337-7140

Ricky Boen & Texas Mud - Hamner Barber Theatre . 334-4363

Righteous Brothers Bill Medley w/Paul Revere ........ 334-4500

Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum .......................... 339-1900

The Shepherd of the Hills .......................................... 334-4191

The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama ........ 800-653-6288

Shoji Tabuchi Theatre ............................................... 334-7469

Showboat Branson Belle ........................................... 336-7171

Sight & Sound Theatre ...................................... 800-377-1277

Ladies of Motown - Owen’s Theatre .......................... 336-2112

Silver Dollar City ........................................................ 338-2611

Little Opry Theatre .................................................... 336-5348

Solid Gold Motown .................................................... 336-1141

Legends in Concert - Dick Clark’s AB Theatre .......... 332-1960

Liverpool Legends - Starlite Theatre ......................... 337-9333

The Lowe Family of Utah - Welk Theatre .................. 337-7469

Magnificent Variety Show - The Osmonds Theatre ....336-6100

Mickey Gilley ............................................................. 334-3210

Clay Cooper .............................................................. 337-7123

Presleys’ Country Jubilee .......................................... 334-4874

The Hughes American Family Theatre ..................... 336-3688

The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest ..............................332-2231

Club ‘57 - Dick Clark’s AB Theatre ............................ 336-1960

Pierce Arrow Theatre ................................................ 336-8742

RFD-TV The Theatre ................................................ 332-2344

Mel Tillis & Family Christmas Show - Tri-Lakes Ctr ....335-5715

Circle B Chuckwagon Show ...................................... 336-1828

Peter Pan - The Mansion .......................................... 239-1333

The Haygoods - New Americana Theatre...................339-4663

Buck Trent Breakfast Show - Grand Music Hall ........ 335-2484

Buddy & Beyond - Music City Centre ........................ 339-7469

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The Mansion Entertainment and Media Center ........ 239-1333

Moe Bandy - Jim Stafford Theatre ............................ 335-8080

Moscow Circus - Yakov ............................................. 336-3838

Motown Ladies - Owen’s Theatre .............................. 336-2112

SIX - Hughes American Family Theatre .................... 336-3688

Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Show ................. 334-4191

Spirit of the Dance - Branson Variety Theatre ........... 334-2500

Tall Timber Lumberjack Show ................................... 338-2957

TITANIC Museum ..................................................... 334-9500

Tony Orlando & the Lennon Sisters - Welk Theatre .. 336-3575

Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience ...................................... 339-4663

Tri-Lakes Center ....................................................... 335-5715

Twelve Irish Tenors - Branson Variety Theatre ......... 334-2500

Veterans Memorial Museum ..................................... 336-2300

Music City Centre ...................................................... 339-7469

Wedding Italiano ....................................................... 243-1500

New’s Country - IMAX ............................................... 335-4832

White Water .............................................................. 334-7487

Oak Ridge Boys ........................................................ 239-1333

World’s Largest Antique Toy Museum ....................... 332-1499

Neal McCoy - Yakov Smirnoff Theatre ...................... 336-3838

Noah - The Musical - Sight & Sound Theatre .... 800-377-1277

The Osmonds Theatre .............................................. 336-6100

Welk Resort & Theatre ....................................... 800-505-9355

The World Famous Platters ...................................... 337-9333

Yakov Smirnoff .......................................................... 336-3838

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The Dutton Family Theatre ....................................... 332-2772

Elvis & the Superstars - Owens Theatre ................... 336-2112

Ozark Mountain Jubilee - 76 Music Hall ................... 335-2484

Penny Gilley - RFD-TV Theatre ................................ 332-2282

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Garrett. Garrett is the right man for the job. James Garrett does John Denver just as John Denver would do John Denver. If you can understand that one statement, you understand the show. The people he has on stage with him are multi-talented individuals who are certainly leaders in their respective musical fields. Randy Plummer, who has been performing in Branson almost from the beginning of Branson plays slap bass and sings gospel. Jim Glasby an award-winning National Dobro Champion and Texas champion flattop player adds a lot of humor and great music to the show.

Rick Quincey plays anything with strings including a hammer dulcimer. Rick adds a lot of personality

and good solid music to the mix. Once in a while, Paul Bluto, owner of the Imax Complex, sings a song or recites a poem thereby adding a special touch of humanism. I commented to Roy Clark one

day that I thought the people he had in his show were just as good as he was. Roy said, “That’s not true at all. They are all better than I am, but my, my, don’t they make me look good.” James Garrett is smart enough to realize what Roy knew. If you surround yourself with the finest musicians you can possibly find, they are not only going to make you look pretty darned good, but you will wind up with a winner of a show. Well, he does and he did…… He also, like Roy, does not take himself seriously. He is pretty much what-you-see-iswhat-you-get. He is comfortable with himself; therefore the audience is comfortable with him. That is a good thing. I am sure John Denver is looking down on the Little Opry Theater with that wide grin of his, nodding his head and saying job well done my friend.

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Series. Well-known individuals such as Lady Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, President Gerald Ford, and Tom Brokaw have spoken there. Plan time at the Keeter Center and College of the Ozarks. Check out their Web site: KeeterCenter.edu. You’ll enjoy!


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Church Directory THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS GAZETTE

Assembly of God First Assembly of God 600 West Main, Branson 417-334-3803

Christian Branson Christian Church 213 S. Commercial, Branson 417-334-3453

Episcopal Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal 107 Walnut, Branson 417-334-3968

Lutheran Faith Lutheran Parnell & Malone St., Branson 417-334-2469

Baptist First Baptist Church 400 South Sunshine, Branson 417-334-7437

Church of Christ Church of Christ Hwy. 165 (near Welk), Branson 417-336-3120

Foursquare Branson Foursquare Church 2287 Fall Creek Rd., Branson 417-339-5911

Methodist United Methodist 1208 W. Hwy. 76, Branson 417-334-3423

Church of God Church of the Apostolic Faith 100 East Main, Branson

Full Gospel River of Life, Church Alive! 1307 Bird Rd., Branson 417-334-8287

Non-Denominational Salvation Army Church 1819 W. Hwy. 76, Branson 417-339-4434

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Hwy. 65-70, Branson 417-334-5507

Non-Denominational Unity of the Hills 4868 Hwy. 248, Branson 417-334-6224

Calvary Baptist Church 625 Truman Dr., Branson 417-336-3475

Bible Church Fellowship at Cross Creek T Hwy. - T10 417-335-8008 Catholic Our Lady of the Lake Vaughn Dr., Branson 417-334-3350

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church Road, Branson

Cowboy Chapel Shepherd of the Hills Expwy. 417-334-4191

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Pentecostal Old Branson Pentecostal 600 West Main, Branson 417-334-3803 Presbyterian FIrst Presbyterian 420 West Main, Branson 417-334-3468

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