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Happy Birthday to The Grand Ole Opry

Its that time of year again. The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating another birthday. And, as usual, you are invited to the party.

The 89th birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry will fill the Opry Plaza with festivities for all. Join in the fun for all the free activities at the Opry Plaza Birthday Party, October 11th. You’ll be treated to free live music, games and prizes, balloon artist, caricaturist, face painting and even free line dance lessons. The Pucketts Trolley will be available for tours, and you can find treats and beverages for purchase, like cotton candy and kettle corn.

The special birthday concert Saturday afternoon features Craig Morgan, who produced hits like International Harvester and Little Bit of Life. And the Saturday evening concert brings Trace Adkins and Clare Bowen to the stage, along with others.

Join in the celebration in Nashville, October 10, 11 and witness the 89th birthday of the show that made country music famous.

 

Thanksgiving, eh?

Did you know that Americans did not invent the Thanksgiving holiday? It may come as a surprise to many, but Canadians actually had Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1641 for the bounty that ended a year of hardships.

There are many similarities between the celebrations in these two countries. Aside from turkey and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s harvest, to gather with loved ones and enjoy a feast as you reflect upon the blessings of the year. The major difference between the American and Canadian holiday, is the date. Whereas in America the holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. And we think that is an additional reason to be thankful, since you can easily have two Thanksgivings every year.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner ShowWhy not plan to spend the weekend in Niagara Falls, for the October 13 Thanksgiving, and give thanks for our neighbors to the North and the beautiful Niagara Falls? Book a Weekend in Niagara Falls Getaway, for two-nights lodging in your choice of more than 50 hotels, plus admission to the All Canadian Tour, and the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show.

With the All Canadian Tour you will encounter some of the most beautiful natural scenes at the falls. Check out the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Giant Whirlpool and more! The breathtaking scenery will fill you with true awe and wonder.

In addition to your tour, you will also get to experience the Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show. This dinner show will entertain you as it pokes fun at various Canadian stereotypes through song. As the show continues, you will be introduced to many famous Canadian characters such as Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, and mounties. It’s a three hour comedy show that the whole family will love!

Two Thanksgivings? Now, there’s something to be thankful for, eh?

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Most people visiting Los Angeles are thinking somewhere in the back of their mind that they just might glimpse a movie star while they are there. Others are sure of it and plan on meeting Hollywood’s superstars.

To make sure that you get to meet your favorite celebrity while you are visiting, you should plan to walk the red carpet at Madame Tussauds. The celebrities may be molded from wax, but they are none the less glamorous, and always happy to pose for a picture.

The museum is divided into several sections featuring icons of different eras or genres. You can see the current A-listers like Johnny Depp and Brad and Angelina, or step into the past era of cinematography in scenes from famous films. Imagine walking into Its a Wonderful Life alongside Jimmy Stewart, or sit next to Liz Taylor’s Cleoptra. There is a section for Western films, Crime movies, Action Heroes, and Pop Icons.

You wont be disappointed in your celebrity sightings in Hollywood if you make Madame Tussauds a part of the trip.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Country singer and songwriter Marty Stuart will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry, on September 30. Stuart, an Opry Member since 1992, admits he’s been obsessed with country music since an early age. He joined Johnny Cash’s backup band in the 1980s, and has had a string of hit singles including Arlene, Hillbilly Rock and a remake of Cash’s Cry, Cry, Cry.

The Opry performance coincides with the release of Stuart’s double album, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Created with his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, The Saturday Night side features rollicking country music, and covers of some country classics by George Jones and Hank Williams. Stuart covered the hits with an intricate balance of the band’s own touch, and honoring the original artists. The Sunday Morning side is all Gospel, built with powerful vocals and ornate harmonies. Both sides promise to give you a “they just don’t make them like this, anymore” feeling.

After the Opry Show on September 30, Stuart will be on hand in the Opry Shop, for photographs and autographing copies of the new release. Be sure to book tickets for this Opry show, and stop in for an autographed copy of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. While you’re there, you may want to wish Marty a happy birthday as well, the show and album release happen to be on his 56th birthday.

Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s Bill Cosby

Comedian Bill Cosby will be in Branson, MO, for a limited engagement at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.  With only one show, October 10, you should book your tickets early, before it sells out.

One of America’s favorite clean humor comedians for more than five decades, Bill Cosby is a master of telling simple life tales in a such a way that everyone can identify with it. His warm and genuinely funny style enables him to generate big laughs without any controversial or risque topics. He has the ability, through his humor, to level the playing field and make everyone recognize that we are all more alike than we are different.

Cosby’s professional stand-up career began in the 1960s with a schedule that took him all across the country, and landed him a spot on The Tonight Show in 1963. He produced a number of comedy LPs, and had a role on TVs I Spy. Who could forget his hit animated children’s program, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids? The Saturday morning favorite through the 1970s was based on Cosby’s childhood and the subject of his dissertation with which he earned his Doctorate of Education.

Cosby may be remembered best and most for his role as Cliff Huxtable, on The Cosby Show in the 1980s, which became the highest ranking sitcom of all time. Ever the advocate for family-based humor, the show closely resembled Cosby’s adult life.

Plan an evening of uproariously funny, family-based comedy, with Bill Cosby in Branson.

Imagination on Sand

A new show has come to Pigeon Forge. Not just another show, it is a new show, brand new, original idea, completely fresh, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And once you’ve seen it, you’ll want to see it again.

This one of a kind, amazing show begins with the captivating creation of sand art live, right before your eyes, by a world renowned artist. The imaginative, flowing sand art creation is projected on to a huge hi-definition screen. Then, magically, the scene depicted, comes to life on the stage. From wispy sand drawing to galloping horses and fanciful dancers, even ballet-dancing horses.

Imagination on SandFeaturing acrobats, dancers, equestrian exhibition, and incredible story-telling, you will be mesmerized by a tale that is told through the scenes, woven together with imagination and artistry. Imagination on Sand is at once powerful and graceful, humorous and romantic, honest and completely imaginary.

Country Cares

For 25 years country music radio stations and country music artists have given their time and efforts to help raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the program radio listeners can call in to make donations to the hospital.  Since the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program began in 1989, it has raised $200 million in pledges to support the hospital.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, the Grand Ole Opry is hosting a special show on September 23, 2014. The special show will feature a St. Jude patient as guest announcer, and will share photos and videos of special moments from the 25 years of the successful fund-raising program.

Grand Ole Opry bradpaisleyArtists performing in the anniversary celebration show include the Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Paslay, the Opry debut of Maddie and Tae, and closing the show with a full 30-minute set, country superstar Brad Paisley is scheduled to perform including music from his newest CD, Moonshine in the Trunk.

Make plans to be in Nashville to be a part of this commemorative show and radio broadcast.

Killagain’s Island

If you enjoy an interactive dinner show experience, and maybe fancy yourself something of a sleuth, the Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is right up your alley. Plan an evening of great dining and entertainment in Branson, MO with this unique murder mystery comedy.

Upon arriving at the Theater, you’ll be directed to an elegantly set table, where you’ll be served a 5-star, 3-course meal with a fresh Caesar salad, fresh baked dinner roll, baked breast of chicken on a bed of fluffy rice, garlic roasted red potatoes, slow cooked green beans, and a scrumptious dessert of cheesecake, drizzled with chocolate and raspberry.

Killagain's IslandPay careful attention to the show for clues to solving the murder mystery. The Killagain’s Island show follows the story of Eunice Powell I, whose yacht, the SS Tadpole, is shipwrecked and she finds herself on a deserted island with a group of castaways. When one of them is found murdered on shore, the remaining crew are desperate to determine who among them is the culprit. The audience is invited to participate, even encouraged to holler out, make wise-cracks, as everyone is seeking clues to solve the mystery.  Was it Captain Morgan? His first mate, Killagain? Maybe the TV Celebrity, Cayenne Pepper?

Keep track of the clues you decipher, and during intermission, your clue sheet is graded by the staff. Whoever is closest to solving the murder mystery wins a ‘killer’ prize!

The Smoky Mountain Opry

The Smoky Mountain Opry is a high-energy production that you must see while in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area.  This show is packed with so much variety, it’s perfect for everyone.

The Smoky Mountain Opry showcases a talented collection of amazing dancers, musicians, singers, aerialists, magicians, jugglers, comedians, even a white lion.  It’s a feat they can fit it all into the two-hour stage production.  Complete with state-of-the-art special effects including lasers, pyrotechnics, and big screens, the performance covers nearly every musical genre.  From Disco to Country, Motown to Broadway and everything in between, you’ll delight to songs from Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood, George Jones and the Beatles, just to name a small few.  This show has it all, even lions and tigers!

Smoky Mountain OpryMake sure to include the Smoky Mountain Opry on your next Gatlinburg vacation.

Country Music Fan Vacation

While you are in Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry, include a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, for a full-on country music experience.

Vacations Made Easy has a convenient vacation package that includes your admission to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a Homes of the Stars Tour and four nights lodging in your choice of more than 90 hotels.

Tour the Nashville area past homes of some of your favorite recording artists, like Alan Jackson and others, plus former homes of musical pioneers, including Hank Williams.  There is plenty on this tour to satisfy any country music fan appetitie.

Country_music_hall_of_fame2The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a work of art in itself.  The astounding building designed to resemble piano keys, and in the shape of a bass clef, houses exhibits along the timeline of country music.  Country music fans will delight to explore at their own pace the countless artifacts and memorabilia and the Hall of Fame.

Of course the Grand Ole Opry is the main attraction, with an amazing line-up of artists.  Make a plan to enjoy a Country Music Fan Package.