Afternoon: Hotel check-in is available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Dinner: Enjoy a get acquainted dinner with your fellow participants served in a private room at the hotel. Dinner may be a select entree or a buffet.
Evening: Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will then review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
Breakfast: Enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast served each day at the hotel. Buffet includes hot entrees, cereal, toast, coffee, juice. Vouchers will be given for breakfasts.
Morning: Lecture and welcome with a staff member of Branson's CVB who will give a brief overview of Branson and Faith, Family and Flag culture. Following our lecture we board the coach for a guided exploration of Branson learning the local history while enjoying the beautiful Holiday Decorations.
Lunch: Lunch is served at McFarlain's Family Restaurant.
Afternoon: Enjoy some free time this afternoon to take in a popular Branson Matinee Show. Check with your group leader for show availability.
Dinner: This evening we'll enjoy dinner at the popular Uptown Cafe along with a live Country Music Performance.
Evening: Private speaking engagement with producers and owners of a top Branson show. They will discuss their early careers prior to Branson as well as production, and choreography and other information. Top Branson theater show will feature some wonderful Christmas music followed by a meet and greet with the cast.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: This morning we will enjoy a visit with a local wardrobing professional who has worked with such greats as the Andy Williams Show. < >Join us for a fantastic opportunity to have morning tea with Dee Dee Lennon. Diane (Dee Dee) is well remembered as the lead singer of “America’s Sweethearts of Song”, the Lovely Lennon Sisters. Dee Dee will discuss her life as a performer with stories that include Lawrence Welk, Bob Hope, Warren Beaty, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and many more entertainment legends. The Lennon Sisters performed for seven Presidents, have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have been inducted Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Dee Dee has retired and now calls Branson, Missouri her home. There’ll be plenty of time for Q & A
Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel following the morning program.
Afternoon: Enjoy time exploring Branson, visit Branson Landing or take in another Matinee Show on your own. Your group leader will help you find something fun and exciting for your afternoon.
Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Evening: Following dinner enjoy a private evening of entertainment featuring some popular Christmas music and discussion by the Micham's Family.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: This morning enjoy lectures will take place at a local theater with Bill Lennon prior to his morning show. < > This morning we enjoy the Lennon/Cathcart Morning Show. The Lennon/Cathcart Show will includes Branson favorites Gail Lennon, Mike Cathcart and Bill Lennon who will perform the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Beach Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary and much more including popular Christmas songs from the 60's and 70's. Following the show we meet with the performers for a post show discussion.
Lunch: Lunch is served at the popular Montana Mike's Steakhouse Restaurant.
Afternoon: This afternoon we meet with local theater performer and owner who will discuss their family history. Guided exploration of the College of the Ozarks.
Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Your group leader will help you find a restaurant in the area.
Evening: Tonight we travel to a local theater. Enjoy a fantastic evening of music, comedy, dance and fun. First half of show this evening will be the standard show and the second half will be a Christmas Show. Meet and greet with the cast following the show.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
Morning: This morning we enjoy a lecture and performance with one of the area's top fiddlers.
Lunch: Lunch today is served at the hotel or a local restaurant.
Afternoon: After lunch we visit the fantastic Sight and Sound Theater. A million watts of lights, sixty-thousand watts of sound and a massive stage over twenty-thousand square feet in size: Sight & Sound's theater offers live theatre productions on a breathtaking scale. Now, take an exclusive opportunity to go backstage and see how the drama unfolds in our Behind the Scenes Program. Discover the technology and ingenuity that powers the dramatic complexity of each show. Visit the nerve centers that keep the lights, sound, stage - and even animals - on cue. Get a rare glimpse of the state-of-the-art scene shop as our talented craftsmen create sets for upcoming shows, learn how Sight & Sound brings Bible stories to life and step on the stage for an actor's view at our incomparable theatre. < > Following our exploration we will enjoy the production of Jonah.
Dinner: Dinner is included at another popular Branson Restaurant.
Evening: This evening is free to take in another fabulous production on your own. We will make advance arrangements for Road Scholar Participant's to take in the a Christmas Show at a group rate if interested.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Closing lecture with a local historian on the future of Branson and the Ozarks and wrap-up before departure. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!