Travel With Bradley

Day 4 – Our “FOUR” Show Day in Branson!

We enjoyed breakfast this morning in a private room at “Chateau on the Lake”.  Since we are in the South, biscuits replace toast and grits replace porridge.  The chef put out a nice spread of breakfast items for us to enjoy.  The “Chateau” is known for its excellent cuisine quality.

The sales and management team have so warmly welcomed me and my group here.  At most hotels I get to know a single sales person but here there is a large team of some of the most genuine, very nice staff I have ever met.  Its not an exaggeration that there has been a steady stream of them, that have showed up to meet me during our stay.  This is a mid size luxury hotel with the warm friend attitude of a bed and breakfast.  I applaud them.

It was a short drive to our first show of the day – “Clay Cooper”.  Clay has been in town for a few decades and he knows how to entertain.  His wife is the talented show choreographer and one of the many dancers and singers.  Their 9 year old son is on stage singing and dancing too.  

This is truly a big mega production not to be missed.  Its fast paced so the large cast works extremely hard.  Clay re-worked his show this year so its completely new.  Its not to be missed.

Since I always have so many regulars travelers with me to Branson, I like to switch shows around so my passengers can enjoy a new experience when they come to this music destination but the “Clay Cooper” Show is a MUST when I visit Branson.

I consider Clay and his promoter Pat good friends of mine.  They are very special folks.  Unfortunately once one of my passengers had a medical emergency at their theatre a few years ago.  I wasn’t able to travel in the ambulance so Clay loaded me up in his pick up truck and drove me to the hospital.  He gave me his personal phone number and was “on call” if I needed anything at all.  He spoke so fondly of me during his show today but he is the one that deserves the praise.  Clay has a very large heart and I’m honored to know him.

If you visit Branson be sure to pay the “Clay Cooper” show a visit – you will thank me when you get home – what a fabulous show!

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We enjoyed lunch at Branson Landing – a shopping/attraction destination.  My passengers were able to pick one of 3 delicious entrees.  Most decided on the wood grilled salmon (wonderful) and I heard many great comments about the very moist carrot cake.

Guess who showed up to visit us during lunch? Of course entertainer, Clay Cooper and Pat.  They visited with all my passengers and provided everyone with Clay Cooper Christmas ornaments.  Clay goes out of his way when I come to town and if anxious to provide me with a “Private” Meet n Greet.  It wasn’t possible to do this at his theatre so he joined us at lunch.  Thank you Clay and Pat – we all enjoyed your visit!

Las Vegas, “Legend In Concert” was the matinee performance we attended.  The Dick Clark Theatre is beautiful.  This show is high energy, uses impresses multi-media, the impersonators are the best you will ever see and that on stage band is top notch.  Some of the music impersonators we saw today were – Brooks and Dunn, Elton John, Brooks Brothers, Tina Turner – all fabulous but the ELVIS raised the bar – I thought the real ELVIS was on stage.  The MC/Entertainer/Comedian from Vegas was another true entertainer. Another terrific show.

”Hurts Donuts” is at the Dick Clark Theatre – this is a new USA Franchise that has made the Fortunes USA list.  Some of my passengers enjoyed their creative offerings during the shows intermission.

The “Stampede Dinner Show” complex was right across the road from Dick Clarks and that is a good thing.  As we were taking our seats the show begun.  This auditorium complex holds over 1000 ticket holders and I don’t recall ever attending one of their shows that hasn’t been at capacity.  Why is it always full – unique, entertaining, big cast, great for all ages and their food is delicious.

A couple minutes before the production ended I gathered my passengers so we were the first ones to leave the theatre complex.  Paul beat the parking lot traffic as we had another show to attend.

Yes we attended a whopping 4 shows today!  Many tour companies only include 1 show a day and drop their passengers at shopping venues to fill in time…. not me!  When in Branson why not see as many shows as you can!

“Raiding the Country Vault” is one of the highest rated shows in town.  This is a “Classic” Country Show with a cast of very talented performers and singers with music resumes that would impress anyone.  They have performed with the very best and have written many mega hit songs.  My passengers were singing along with all of the familiar lyrics.  There was no intermission so we were back on the road after 90 minutes.

The door man at the “Chateau on the Lake” warmly welcomed us to this our Ozark home.  We relaxed after a very busy but fabulous day!

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