Special shows, events in Branson

BRANSON, Missouri – Silver Dollar City Attractions are preparing to present over 70 acts performing for 12 days and nights on 8 stages as top artists gather for events on land and lake that began August 24.

Silver Dollar City presents Southern Gospel Picnic, one of America’s premier Southern Gospel events, and the Showboat Branson Belle presents Southern Gospel Cruises.

Southern Gospel Picnic features hundreds of performances from Grammy winners, Dove Award winners and fan favorites, along with a picnic-style feast at the Branson theme park through September 4.  Featured top artists include The Booth Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, The Hoppers, The Martins, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, with 23 of the visiting acts currently in the top 40 charts in The Singing News.

Another festival highlight is a special performance by the Second Half Quartet, a combined group showcasing select members of Greater Vision and The Mark Trammell Quartet.  The festival also features up-and-coming performers including The Hyssongs, The Erwins, and HighRoad, an all-woman group from Nashville, plus the Southern Gospel Nights concerts each evening in the park’s 4,000-seat Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.  Special Sunday worship services are presented with the Hosea Bilyeu Family on August 27, and with pastor and noted humorist Dr. Dennis Swanberg on September 3.

Southern cooking expert and food blogger Christy Jordan presents all-new recipes in The House of Chicken & Fixin’s.  The new menu features chicken dishes including lemon Parmesan chicken and savory angel chicken along with favorite sides including tomato pie and desserts.

Throughout the festival, the park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 4 with extended hours on Saturdays. The park stays open until 10 pm on Sept. 2, and is open 9:30 a.m. – 7 pm Sunday, Sept. 3. For information, call 800-831-4FUN or go to www.silverdollarcity.com.

Southern Gospel fans can also cruise with their favorite artists aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, as Southern Gospel Cruises return through September 3.  These special noon cruises feature a 3-course meal and showcase Southern Gospel artists including: The Bowling Family on September 1; Gold City Quartet on September 2; and The Taylors on September 3.

The Showboat Branson Belle cruises Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri through January 1. Information: 800-775-BOAT(2628) or www.showboatbransonbelle.com.