Sunday, November 30, 2008

Andy Williams Christmas Show in Branson

Greg, Mia, Miss Joy and I went to Branson today to see the Andy Williams Christmas show. Andy will be 81 on Wednesday and he's still putting on a great show.

There are other acts, but Andy is on stage almost the entire show.

He starts the show in his trademark scarf and does a couple of Christmas numbers, then changes into a more formal outfit.

The stage is simple - mostly Christmas trees and two staircases, but they do a lot with the lighting.

It's not all Christmas music, but a large portion is.

We have talked about going to see him and just never actually got around to buying the tickets and doing it. We're all glad we did.

The theatre is interesting, and there are Christmas scenes everywhere, including this life size Santa.

We ate lunch and dinner at his grill, which is next door to the theatre. We had hoped he would come over after the evening show, but he didn't. We were hoping to get photos with him. We understand he does come over often either before the early show or after the late one but he must have been too tired to do it tonight.

We went to the 3:00 p.m. show and then looked around Branson afterwards. I'd never been before. They have a new attraction, The Titanic. Greg got out to take a photo. I couldn't resist getting pix of Greg in this unnatural environment.

It's made to look like the ship, except it's only about 1/3 of the vessel and it's a corrogated building. I think we may have pinpointed part of the problem. Greg brought up an interesting question - at what point is a disaster something you can make into an attraction?

We also went to see the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills. I can't recommend it strongly enough. It's very cool. Two and a half miles of neat displays including lots of old automations.

And for your general Christmas extravaganza dollar, I think Andy Williams would be hard to beat.

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