by Angie Roberts Harris
In 1912, the Royal Mail Steamer (RMS) Titanic was touted as the world’s most celebrated luxury steamship. While sailing on calm seas under a clear sky, however, the ‘unsinkable’ ship met its doom on April 14th when it struck an iceberg that rose over fifty feet above the water and dove over 1,150 feet below the surface. In the early morning hours of April 15th, 1,503 souls perished and 706 passengers survived to tell of the terrifying event.
Preserving the Legacy
Two incredible Titanic Museum Attractions, located in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, preserve the legacy of the RMS Titanic and pay tribute to the lives of the crew and passengers.
The museum is a replica of the Titanic and visitors are captivated from the moment they enter! Each guest represents the name of an actual passenger and experiences the ship as that individual would have done. Explore the steam room, music gallery, grand staircase, discovery gallery, first class accommodations, third class living quarters, captain’s bridge, and more! The destiny of the ships passengers and crew is revealed in the memorial room.
Hands-on activities throughout the museum include touching an ice berg, shoveling coal, attempting to stand on a sinking ship, riding in a life boat, and submerging your hand into 28 degrees water!
Knowledgeable crew members are located throughout the ship to answer questions, tell stories, share experiences, and explain truth versus fiction concerning the real Titanic and the movie.
Observe over 400 precious artifacts exhibited at the museum including a deck chair, shaving equipment, dishes, and the only Bible that was saved, opened to John 6:16-24. These irreplaceable relics are valued at millions of dollars.
The Titanic Suite
Continue the adventure by staying in the Titanic Suite at the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center, located two minutes from the museum in Branson! An amazing wall mural portrays the passengers boarding the RMS Titanic and the room is filled with mementos such as a deck chair,
port hole mirrors, vintage luggage, and magazines of the day. The large jetted tub is a soothing and modern ending to a historic day. A yummy hot breakfast buffet, reminiscent of cruise ship life, is included.
The Tale Lives On
Although the tragedy of the Titanic was over 100 years ago, the tale lives on! James Cameron brought the harrowing story to life on the big screen twenty years ago and we continue to learn about this historical event. Watch history unfold at the Titanic Museum Attraction and Titanic Suite at the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center in Branson, Missouri!
John 6: 16-21
16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea,
17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.
19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.
by Angie Roberts Harris, Going Out The Door
Dixie Stampede embraces Ozark hospitality and wholesome family entertainment. Fantastic food, rousing music, rugged loggers, beautiful and brave horse riders, and impressive animals combine to create nearly two hours of thrilling adventure!
Arrive early to meet the stars of the show! The thirty-two top performers are beautiful quarter horses, palominos, appaloosas, and paint breeds and each rider has a special and unique relationship with his or her horse. My husband, Bobby, was a rider in the early years and I love his stories!
Bobby had a routine of giving his horse, Dakota, treats at certain times of the day as did the other riders. A horse named Lucky was in the next stall and every time he got a treat, he would brag to Dakota. As you can imagine, this did not make Dakota happy and he would turn his back on Lucky, swish his tail, and stomp his foot. Guests can sense the distinct personality of each horse as they take their time walking along the famous horse walk!
A brand new pre-show is scheduled to open February 24th for the 2017 season! Look for more information soon.
The four-course suppertime feast at Dixie Stampede consists of a biscuit, creamy vegetable soup, an entire rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked pork loin, corn on the cob, potato wedges, apple turnover, and all the Pepsi products guests can drink from a mason jar. Yummy! Utensils are not used so be sure to ‘wash up’ before suppertime.
The arena is 30k square feet of dustless white sand! The audience and riders are separated into two groups representing the north and south for some friendly competition. Audience members participate in a lively chicken race and horseshoe throwing contest and Skeeter, the hilarious stage hand, keeps guests in stitches!
Keep the excitement of this fun event during your entire Branson stay at the Stone Castle Resort & Conference Center in the Dixie Stampede Family Suite! The cheery lodging was designed by the Dixie cast and features a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed, large bathroom with double sinks and spacious jetted tub, plus a living area with a comfortable sofa sleeper for the little broncos. There is plenty of room for a roll away bed for any extra wranglers!
Experience scrumptious food, horse races, chicken chases, rivalries, rings of fire, rushing wagons, beautiful southern ladies, screaming crowds, stomping feet, live animals, a stunning patriotic salute and much more! Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is a wonderful start to a grand vacation in Branson, Missouri.
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