Branson, Memphis, Nashville Christmas Journey
Its been a very busy week.
A couple days ago “The Walters Family” performed our annual Christmas shows in Brantford at the beautiful Sanderson Centre. This was our 18th year performing our Christmas Shows here!
The weather that day took us all by surprise. The last time we had such a major snow storm this early was 26 years ago! When we left home for the theatre we saw green grass but by the end of the packed matinee performance it was a winter wonderland outside. We have many devoted fans who had evening tickets and braved miserable driving conditions in order to attend our show. It was wonderful to see such a huge crowd for that evening show.
Opening our Christmas show was “Oh What A Night”, excellent entertainers from Las Vegas who have dazzled the crowds at the “Walters Theatre” for many years. They performed their Christmas Tribute to Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers.
Our dinner theatre caterers Quehl’s, provided us with a Christmas Feast between performances.
Yesterday, my brother Darren headed to Toronto Airport as he has the “Oh What A Night” cast on tour with their Christmas Show from coast to coast in Canada.
I kept busy preparing for the “Travel With Bradley” Branson, Memphis and Nashville tour.
My passengers all gathered at a hotel in Woodstock, ON for a Welcome Dinner and overnight.
This morning after enjoying a bountiful breakfast buffet we boarded an Ayr Coach and were on our way. Paul Ariss is once again our very professional driver.
Road conditions were ideal as we headed to the border. We cleared the formalities quickly and then we made our first break stop at the Cracker Barrel General Store. They were happy to see us.
I passed around yummy pecan cookies to hold us over until we arrived at our luncheon in the quaint community of Marshall, Michigan at Schuler’s restaurant.
Schuler’s is a local landmark. I use to dine there with a Great Aunt who lived close by in, Three Rivers MI when I was a young teenager. I remember their house cheese spread from back then and they still serve it today. Along with the cheese spread we were served Butternut Squash Soup and breast of Chicken served over mashed potatoes covered with an amazing, unique tasting sauce and fresh mixed vegetables. Dessert was an ice cream sundae and as another sweet treat I purchased “still warm” cookies for everyone to enjoy as we continued to travel south.
Here is the recipe for the Cheese Spread – 12 servings
4 oz sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz garbanzo beans
8 oz cream cheese
5 oz sour cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 ounce horseradish
1 dash brown ale
In a food processor grind cheese and the garbanzo beans
Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in cream cheese, sour cream, butter and mix til smooth
Then add the rest of ingredients and beat until well whipped and spreadable
Chill til serving
When we crossed into Indiana we were back into Green Grass territory – no snow here and it was mild enough when we stopped for our afternoon break that most left their jackets on the coach.
Our very comfortable overnight hotel was in Indy. We gathered for complimentary cocktails at 530pm and I provided everyone with money to enjoy “Dinner-Off-The-Menu” at the adjacent Firebirds Wood Fired Grill” Restaurant. I selected the salmon which was just exceptional.
Tomorrow we continue to St. Louis, MO. We’ll be there in time of a “surprise location” lunch followed by a city tour and overnight.