We packed a picnic lunch and headed out to Table Rock Lake. We found a very nice table overlooking the lake and enjoyed the beauty of the area.

A toast to 31 years of friendship and travels!

We had been to Sight and Sound Theatre to see Noah and enjoyed the behind the scenes tour. This time we were to see Joseph. We were met by two actors who lead our tour of the stage, sets, dressing rooms, animal quarters and sound system. It was amazing to be on the stage (20,000 square ft) with the HUGE props, to see the many stage markings and how they store the pieces of the scenes. This production used pyrotechnics, 60,000 watt sound system, live animals, animatronics and special effects. The theatre is truly one of a kind theatre in the Ozarks.

The artist do mock ups of the set designs before they go into full production of the build out.

These are pieces of the set before they were painted.

This cast included 45 professional adult and children actors and dozens of live animals coming down the aisles and across the stage. The unbelievable dream sequences included Joseph in his colorful coat “flying” over the audience. The larger than life staging, which included a spectacular Egyptian palace scene spanning 300 feet and wrapping around three sides of the audience was wonderous! The twenty original songs were marvelous floating out over the theatre.

When looking at the stage look at how small the people are on stage and the largeness of the sets behind them. As the story unfolds, the enormous scenes were quickly changed, with very little effort.

Andy Williams Moon River Grill is our favorite place to eat. We enjoy the live music in the dining room but also enjoy the atrium. No matter what part of the grill we eat in the food is always outstanding. A ground hog on the outdoor patio was enjoying rolls as his dinner.

On one of our evenings, we did The Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show. It entertainment was The Sons of the Pioneers, a Grammy award winning group. In 2012 they returned to the Pavilion Theater in Branson to celebrate 78 continuous years as one of America’s best loved groups. Designated as “National Treasures” by the Smithsonian Institute, the Pioneers have received countless awards and accolades over the years to include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have appeared in 98 movies. The great show features a delicious dinner served off an authentic 1800’s chuckwagon and toe tapping music.

Fantastic Caverns is a show cave located in Springfield, Missouri. It is the only cave in North America to offer a completely ride-through tour, which lasts 55 minutes and is held in a Jeep-drawn tram. The trams drive along the path left behind by an ancient underground river.

The caverns were used as a meeting place for the KuKlux Klan,then as a speakeasy during Prohibition. The caverns also hosted music concerts during the 1950s and 1960s. Our tour guide standing on the “stage” in the cave.

Lambert’s Cafe, located in Sikeston, Missouri, known for throwing hot rolls to the customers. It was listed as 19th on the Travel Channel’s Chow Down Countdown, a list of the 104 best places in America to gorge Their food is good ole country cooking with amazing generous portions.The Lambert’s in Silkeston made the No 19 spot on the Travel Channel’s Chow Down Countdown a list of the 104 best places in America to gorge.

Their rolls, right of the oven, were fresh, super soft and melted in your mouth. The young man throwing them must have been a baseball pitcher! There were times he tossed the rolls and other times he pitched the rolls clear across the dining room. Only one time did we see a roll miss its target.

Lambert’s have what they call “pass arounds” at no charge when you order a meal. The “pass arounds” are brought to your table by servers carrying pots of fried okra, fried potatoes, macaroni and tomatoes, black eyed peas and sorghum. You don’t leave Lambert’s hungry!!!