The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 82
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 82

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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SUKJDAV!'MAY 4, ; 1997 '.BRANS&N,:MO. Hot, Country Nights Heartland's music capital also offers plenty of fun to keep the day busy too By The Journal Staff RANSON, Mo. — Are you looking for bright lights and live mu- I sic for your vacation? Are you looking for beautiful scenery and outdoors activities for your vacation? Are you looking for historical and fun activities you can do with your whole family? You might be looking for Branson, Mo. The Heartland's entertainment capital boasts all these things, making it a popular tourist destination. With three dozen concert theaters offering more than 60 shows a day, music lovers can't help but find something that suits their tastes. New this year is the "What a Country" Theatre to house Yakov Smirnoffs multimedia variety show. Also, piano showman Dino Kartsonkis brings his "Music for All Time" show to the Grand Palace. Visitors also will find Tony Orlando and Wayne Newton under the same roof at the Yellow Ribbon Music Theater. The Welk Resort Center, featuring the Lennon Sisters and JoAnn Castle, is adding three festivals this year: the Ballroom Dance Celebration on June 6-8; a Square Dance Jamboree on July 11-13; and the Dixieland Jazz Festival on Aug. 1-3. When you're ready to escape the lights and noise, plenty of outdoor activities are available, ranging from golf to fishing to spelunking. Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Taneycomo offer plenty offish- ing and water sports, while nine golf courses are within a short drive of the town. And for those who like to explore the underworld, Cosmic Cavern, Fantastic Caverns and Marvel Cave serve as popular attractions. Two long-time attractions continue to draw families to the area. Silver Dollar City, a turn-of-the-century craft village, offers shows, bands, pickers and singers at several outdoor stages. The world's largest "Treehouse" is the latest addition to the theme park, which also includes Grandfather's Mansion and the Thunderation roller coaster. The "Treehouse" will open during the National Children's Festival, June 14- Aug. 24. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre will offer free gate admission this year. During the day, the historic homestead offers horseback trail rides, Inspiration Tower and drive-through tram tours. And at night, "The Shepherd of the Hills," a drama based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 best-selling novel, is performed. If you're searching for the odd or sub- People make time in their lives for what's important. And they make time for the newspaper. Time is more precious than money for many people. They're pressured from all sides with complex responsibilities and a glut of information. Yet every day, readers spend more than half an hour focused on newspapers, relying on us to give them concise, informative news and the most reliable advertising. And on Sundays, we're an even more important part of their lives. Place your advertising where it gets people's attention. Get more impact in the newspaper. KNTO the Salina Journal lime, a number of museums populate Branson. Among them are Ripley's Believe It or Not, Will Rogers Museum, Boxcar Willie Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum. No matter which of Branson's five seasons you visit in — "Branson Country Spring," March to May; "Branson Summer Holiday," June to August; "Autumn Celebration," September to October; "Ozark Mountain Christmas," November and December; or "Hot Winter Fun," January through February.— plenty of options are available for your entertainment. For more information on activities and facilities available in Branson, call or write: . Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 1897 Branson, Mo. 65615 417-334-4136 But we hope you believe it, because it's true! Our professional sales staff will help you with anything you need to know, no matter how long it takes! Travel Time Oil Change Special ^-^^^—"•^•"•^^^^^^^^"^^••Wi^M^^^^l^^^^ Here's proof! Our experts will give you a complete oil change, lube and filter and a free 15 point inspection to make your travels safer with no hassles! High quality service at low prices! Moybe additional charges on replacement parts, if needed. 65ISouthOhio/Salina,KS I23WZ '• "^ visit JJowns •Historic Railroad Community Take an old-fashioned stroll along the avenue of benches and flowers in the historic railroad community of Downs. Shop at the many fine gift stores that are within walking durance of the gazebo and parks on Morgan Avenue. Visit the Sod and Stubble memorials to the |se Family and enjoy endless hours of outdoor recreation in the heart of the Solomon Valley. You're invited to attend the 30 arts events hosted by Downs each year, including: Downs Unplugged Coffeehouse -2nd Saturday fccbMwwb 7PM Kansas Storytelling Festival -Last Weekend in April Downs Celebration -Last Weekend in July TreeFew brochure on Dawn*. wPwP nsas ooi to the

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