Monthly Archives: May 2008

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For May 30 & 31, 2008

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.

Friday, May 30 – Order Tickets

Jimmy C. Newman
George Hamilton IV
Randy Kohrs
Jean Shepard
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Chris Young
Bill Anderson
The Whites
Trent Tomlinson
Jim Ed Brown
Jack Greene
Gene Watson

Saturday, May 31 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Jim Ed Brown
The Whites
Joe Nichols
George Hamilton IV
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Kieran Kane
Jean Shepard
Jack Greene
Del McCoury Band
Bill Anderson
Carlene Carter
Opry Square Dancers
Mike Snider
Jimmy C. Newman
Gene Watson

9:30 performance

Jim Ed Brown
The Whites
Del McCoury Band
Mike Snider
Jimmy C. Newman
Carlene Carter
Jean Shepard
Charlie Nagatani
Kieran Kane
Opry Square Dance
Bill Anderson
Gene Watson
Joe Nichols

Spend This Father’s Day in Branson, MO With the Annual Rods and Relics Rod Run!

Come celebrate this Father’s Day in Branson, Missouri with the Annual Rods and Relics Rod Run at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand! Throughout the weekend, visitors will find a lively time of hot rod celebration, covering everything pre-1950’s! Festivities for the event are set to include a social barbecue, dance, games and awards. Whether you’re looking to show off your own ride or are simply hoping to find a festive time of hot rods, all are welcome to come take part in this always popular event.

While in the area for the Annual Rods and Relics Rod Run, why not keep the excitement on high with a visit to Celebration City? Branson’s Celebration City theme park offers a time of bright lights under the Ozark moon, carnival games, live shows and theme park-style thrill rides on a nearly nightly basis. And best of all, each night is capped off with an amazing laser and fireworks display.

Those that would prefer a more traditional theme park outing complete with the surroundings of 19th century Ozarks culture are sure to find interest in Silver Dollar City. Billed as a sister-park to Celebration City, Silver Dollar City showcases authentic artisans and unique crafts stores, a forested setting and all of the charm of the Ozarks along with live shows, thrill rides and the always delectable assortment of theme park food. Whether you’re looking for a day of shopping and sightseeing or a non-stop time of action, you can find both at Silver Dollar City.

Experience the Taste of Music City!

This June 21, Nashville is putting it all on display as some of the finest restaurants throughout the city converge for Taste of Music City! The festival is set to be held on the Gateway Bridge, offering a beautiful outdoor setting, as true Nashville delicacies are served up. Just some of the more than 30 restaurants set to participate include Corky’s, The Melting Pot, Boscos, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, and Prime 108, with many other notables set to join before the 21.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry! Going strong for more than 70 years now, the Grand Ole Opry is not just a centerpiece of Nashville tradition, but the undisputed official concert series of country music. From legends including Ricky Skaggs and Loretta Lynn to country’s top artists such as Dierks Bentley and Alison Kraus, you never know who’s going to show up to entertain at the Opry. Even if you’re not a fan of country music the Opry is truly a one of a kind experience.

And for those that are country music fans, your Nashville experience can be accented even further with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This truly encompassing, 40,000 square foot memorial of all that is country offers a fascinating walk down the timeline of the genre, complete with a hall of fame paying tribute to the pioneers.

Grand Ole Opry Schedule of Performers For May 23 & 24, 2008

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.

Friday, May 23 – Order Tickets

Jeannie Seely
The Whites
Gary Mule Deer
Jimmy Dickens
Mountain Heart
Jimmy C. Newman
Riders In The Sky
Johnny Western
Keith Anderson
John Conlee
Connie Smith
Emerson Drive

Saturday, May 24 – Order Tickets

6:30 performance

Jimmy C. Newman
Connie Smith
Keni Thomas
Jeannie Seely
Gary Mule Deer
The Time Jumpers
The Whites
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
Jimmy Wayne
Lorrie Morgan
Jan Howard
Mountain Heart
Opry Square Dancers
Riders In The Sky
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
Shooter Jennings

9:30 performance

The Whites
Connie Smith
Keni Thomas
Lorrie Morgan
Mountain Heart
Jimmy Wayne
Jeannie Seely
Charlie Louvin
Shooter Jennings
Opry Square Dancers
Riders In The Sky
Gary Mule Deer
The Time Jumpers

Celebrate Musical Diversity in Chattanooga, TN With the Riverbend Festival

Held along the banks of the Tennessee River, the Riverbend Festival is a nine-day celebration of all musical styles that takes place in downtown Chattanooga. This year’s festival is set to take place from June 6 – 14, and will feature an all-star line-up of eclectic sound. Six stages are slated for the festival to house the talents of the Black Crowes, Futureman, A Fall From Grace, Galactic, Anthony Hamilton, Little Big Town, Mercy Me, Josh Turner, The Ohio Players and more!

For those attending the entire festival, Chattanooga offers a wide variety of activities to keep you busy during the festival’s downtime. In fact, outdoor enthusiasts can find an entire day of activities waiting at Lookout Mountain Attractions. Lookout Mountain Attractions includes admission to Rock City for unprecedented views of the Appalachians; the Incline Railway, a train with a 73% grade steep that can take you to the top of Lookout Mountain for the highest views of the area; and the 145-foot underground water fall, Ruby Falls.

And for those that won’t have a full day to spend, you can always take a few hours out of the musical festivities to enjoy the nature of Chattanooga through the Chattanooga Nature Center. Featuring 30 species native to the Tennessee area, the Chattanooga Nature Center is a great representation of the countless area’s of untamed nature that can be found throughout Tennessee.

Relive the Old West in Mount Rushmore, SD

The Black Hills of South Dakota may not be quite the same as they were during the 19th century, but there’s still a rustic, cowboy feel for those that know where to look. From exploring the area by steam engine to taking in authentic cowboy entertainment, Mount Rushmore can offer both the feel and the entertainment of the 19th century for a unique look into the area’s past.

1880 Train

There’s no better way to explore the natural beauty of the Hill City area than by authentic steam train. And that’s exactly the setting you’re in for with the 1880 Train. Slowly creep past the tall timber and rocky countryside by passenger car, and even order an old-fashioned box lunch for a complete feel of 19th century westward travel. From reliving the nostalgia of an era to merely seeing the sights of South Dakota, the 1880 Train is the way to travel.

Chuckwagon Dinner and Western Music Show at Circle B Ranch

Circle B has been entertaining Mount Rushmore area visitors with authentic cowboy dining and entertainment since 1976, and continues today as an experience that every weekend cowboy should take in. Set on 60 acres, guests will find activities including trail rides and shooting galleries taking place before the actual show, though the dinner and entertainment stand as the stars. Supper consists of roast beef, barbecue chicken, cowboy beans, biscuits and more. As for the show, you’ll hear a variety of campfire songs and hits from legends including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers for a purely cowboy experience.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

At the Big Thunder Gold Mine Mount Rushmore visitors will find an authentic gold mine that offers the ability to try your own hand at mining for gold! On the premises, guests will find a working gold mine, mining museum, and even an area for panning for gold! Whether you’re looking to strike it rich or would simply like a hands-on experience of Mount Rushmore in the 19th century, the Big Thunder Gold Mine can offer a great time of family fun, and is a perfect compliment to your old west vacation experience.

Dinner Shows in the Washington DC Area

Those looking for an encompassing time of entertainment during their next vacation in our nation’s capital need look no further than the area’s dinner shows! From Maryland to Virginia, there are a number of quality choices throughout the area that can offer undeniable entertainment and a truly filling meal. Below, you’ll find a couple different options featured to help showcase the diversity of dinner shows throughout the DC area, and to help you put your plans in motion.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Hanover, MD

Combining a feast fit for a king with equestrian artistry and thrilling combat, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is an engaging dinner experience to say the least. Throughout the show you’ll cheer on your section’s own knight as six brave individuals fight for the hand of the princess. As for the meal itself, you’ll be treated to 1/2 roasted chicken, vegetable soup, garlic bread, spare ribs, 1/2 herb basted potato, apple pastry and two soft drinks, beer, coffee or tea.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse – Arlington, VA

The Mystery Dinner Playhouse offers an experience every bit as interactive as Medieval Times, though in a different way. Instead of cheering on the contestants, you’ll be needed to use a keen eye and sharp intellect to uncover a murder mystery throughout your dinner experience. The show will play out through five scenes, each offering a wealth of clues as to the identity of the murder. Of course, a mere murder won’t stop the party! Throughout your time of unraveling the facts youâ’ll dine on your choice of prime rib, grilled tuna, grilled chicken or vegetarian lasagna.

Experience San Diego, CA By Air, Land & Sea

Located off the coast of the Pacific Ocean and within proximity to the Mexico border, San Diego features a stunning landscape of natural beauty encompassing towering buildings of the big city. And whether you choose to experience the area by air, land or water you’re sure to find memorable sights and exciting times for vacation memories that are sure to last. Below, we’ve highlighted a few different San Diego tour ideas to help you get started on planning your next visit the bayside setting of San Diego.

Double Decker Downtown Loop

Those looking for a standard time of sightseeing will find the Double Decker Downtown Loop to be a perfect example in San Diego. Tours are held on a double decker bus, providing great views for all on board, as you visit areas including the San Diego Zoo and Old Town. And best of all, you’ll be able to get off at each stop and spend as much time as you like without worry. As soon as you’re ready to make your way to the next stop just hop on any of the double decker busses constantly traveling the tour route.

San Diego Harbor Whale Watch

With the San Diego Harbor Whale Watch you’ll take part in a journey that focuses less on the city of San Diego and more upon the beautiful natural sights that surround the city. You’ll travel by Coast Guard certified vessel along the San Diego harbor as you experience a collage of wildlife including dolphins, sea lions and the mighty gray whale. Few experiences can compare to witnessing a whale in the wild, and even fewer areas the world over allow for such a unique experience.

1920’s Open Cockpit Biplane Flight

More than an airplane tour, the 1920’s Open Cockpit Biplane Flight is a true adventure. You’ll be able to experience the beautiful California countryside as you fly in a historic 1920’s open cockpit biplane, and will even have the chance to take control! The unique dual cockpit planes allow for even completely inexperienced pilots to take the helm while the certified guide waits on ready just in case anything should happen. From reliving the nostalgia of flight to enjoying the dream of flying yourself, the 1920’s Open Cockpit Biplane Flight is a one of a kind tour in San Diego, CA.

Adventurous Sightseeing in Las Vegas, NV

The neon lights of Las Vegas may get all of the attention, but all around the desert city you’ll find extraordinary sight after extraordinary sight hidden amongst the dust that covers the outlying areas. Whether coming across a stunning oasis or exploring top secret, government areas, you’re sure to find a tour just right for you while visiting Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire – Lost City Museum Photo Tour

With the Valley of Fire – Lost City Museum tour you’ll travel back in time and visit stunning formations and images made by natives long past. During your journey you’ll be joined by a guide specifically educated in the history of the area to ensure that you come away with not only spectacular memories, but an understanding of what your memories mean. From visiting areas generally frequented by Pueblo Indians as far back as 10,000 years ago to exploring hand-made petroglyphs, the Valley of Fire – Lost City Museum tour is definitely an interesting look back in time.

Area 51 Photo Tour

We’ve all heard the stories, and now you can find the truth for yourself with the Area 51 Photo Tour. Along this eye-opening tour you’ll visit an array of sights pertaining to the possible existence of extra-terrestrial life. From first-hand encounters with Indian petroglyphs that bear a striking resemblance to “alien” life form to actually uncovering cameras hidden among the desert cactus, this is an interesting and informative tour that is sure to have you looking at the world around you differently for quite some time. The truth is out there, but you’ll never find it if you don’t look in the right place!

Death Valley Photo Tour

Another famous area surrounding Las Vegas, Death Valley is an ocean of sand offering a wide variety of unique sights and desert environments for a time of sightseeing that will provide an array of photo opportunities. During your adventure you’ll visit a ghost town and experience Death Valley from both 5,475 feet above sea level and 282 fee below sea level for numerous vantage points of one of America’s more prominent natural settings.

The Tales of Harold Bell Wright Come Alive in Branson, MO

Harold Bell Wright’s classic tale “Shepherd of the Hills” sparked a boom in travel to what is current-day Branson when it was first published in 1907, and for a century now his depiction of the Ozarks has been held in high esteem by not only visitors, but locals as well. And whether you’re an avid fan of Wright himself or simply interested in discovering the culture of the Ozarks, there are a variety of activities and attractions documenting the works of Wright that can offer visitors not only better insight on the man himself, but the area he helped make popular.

Old Mill Theatre

At the Old Mill Theatre Branson visitors will find Harold Bell Wright’s “Shepherd of the Hills” brilliantly retold through outdoor theater complete with 80 cast members, 40 horses and even a burning cabin! Along the journey you’ll see the history and culture of the Ozarks conjured for a time that will make your stay in the area all the more meaningful.

Historic Homestead Tour

The Historic Homestead Tour offers visitors additional insight into both “Shepherd of the Hills” and the real life counterparts that inspired Wright’s tale. Along the journey you’ll visit landmarks made famous from the book including Old Matt’s Cabin, Little Pete’s Cave, Wright Church and Inspiration Point. You’ll even have the chance to explore various artifacts belonging to the real-life individuals that inspired Wright, and gain a behind-the-scenes look at the Old Mill Theatre’s production of “Shepherd of the Hills.”

Harold Bell Wright Museum

Shifting from “Shepherd of the Hills” to Harold Bell Wright’s complete life, the Harold Bell Wright Museum is a must-see attraction for fans of the popular author and those wanting to learn more about his work. Numerous artifacts are featured in the museum including the original manuscript of the “Shepherd of the Hills,” a letter from Ronald Reagan that was addressed to Harold Bell Wright and even Wright’s extensive, personal gun collection. Even if you’ve followed the works of Harold Bell Wright your entire life, you’re sure to find new and interesting insight at the Harold Bell Wright Museum