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Many folks have found Branson as enjoyable as Las Vegas for things to do and see.   Kind of an adult amusement park. 



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1. May I suggest a workamping thread all it's own?

 

2. Branson, MO - considering a few months there next spring. I don't speak "Southern" and I'm really not a big C & W fan but we love the idea of being exposed to a totally different lifestyle and culture (for us) and we've never been there. Feedback, thoughts, suggestions, warnings?

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and dont put sugar on your grits!!!!.....its a dead give away

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I grew up in KC Mo. We used to go to Branson when it was just a cafe and gas station, not even a traffic light.
Boy was that a long time ago. 25 cent gas----Who said that ??

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haha, you guys crack me up.

Branson isnt really southern............I guess to Northerners its southern...........but they don't consider themselves Southerners, they are more Midwesterners.

Branson exploded years ago and the traffic got so bad we stopped going there.  It went from a tiny lake town to an out of control tourist town.

Im from Missouri............I didn't learn proper southern till I moved to Georgia!



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I was the same way.....but then again I was born a true Yankee from Mass and then moved to Savannah Ga. for 12 years....LOL


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If I remember, NorcalDan workcamped in Branson a few years ago. He doesn't log on every day.

We felt we were not the demographic for Branson, we were too young and not into country music. We did find shows to see and stuff to do, just not as much as those who remembered the 1950s. For us it was worth going once.

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Lucky Mike wrote:

I was the same way.....but then again I was born a true Yankee from Mass and then moved to Savannah Ga. for 12 years....LOL


 I bet THAT was some culture shock!

Im an original Midwesterner. I have NO accent.  And the people here think I have a funny accent. Hello!



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I'm sorry, but I think everyone has an accent of some kind.

Back many, many moons ago, our high school senior class took a class trip to Washington, D.C.  One of the events that we did was ride a riverboat to an amusement park somewhere.  Sitting in a seat of the roller coaster and waiting for it to start, my classmate and I were talking with each other.  There were two young ladies sitting in the seat immediately in front of us.  They turned around and with the delectable southern drawl asked us where we were from.

I guess we Okies have our own accent and dialect as they couldn't seem to get enough of us talking.

Oddly enough, even though we've lived in Oklahoma City since 1988, we've never been to Branson.  One of Jo's co-workers makes an annual trip there with his family.

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Branson defines "country" to us and despite living in Dallas for way too much time, has never been a destination of choice. Give us the mountains of Colorado any summer and we would be there. However Dale's parents spent their 50th anniversary in Branson and his brother and sister-in-law were there for their 35th, so I figure it can't be too bad, right?

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Lucky Mike wrote:

and dont put sugar on your grits!!!!.....its a dead give away


 Yup, salt, pepper and butter. Sugar is an abomination.



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Clay L wrote:
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and dont put sugar on your grits!!!!.....its a dead give away


 Yup, salt, pepper and butter. Sugar is an abomination.


 If you are going to put in anything else other than the above, make it shrimp.   ;)



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Ohhhh, BJoyce "we felt we were too young for the demographic" ............that hurts, that hurst!!!😂

Terry, " I guess we Oakies have our own accent and dialect..."????? DUH....

Dale and Ruth, have you been EVERYWHERE??

Mike & Jack, butter, salt, and pepper, got it!

Scrappy, I'm with you! You people crack me up.

Oh lord Larry I remember $.25 gas too. Shouldn't admit that to Bill & Diane tho' cuz it was when I was driving!!

Thanks everyone. What about the weather?? Mar thru June. Cool, windy but warming up each month?

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Clay L wrote:
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and dont put sugar on your grits!!!!.....its a dead give away


 Yup, salt, pepper and butter. Sugar is an abomination.


 

It's only an abomination if you put it on your grits!!

Southerners do sometimes like a little tea with their sugar.  biggrin



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I guess I agree with Jack. The only way I have ever liked grits is in Key West Shrimp and Grits. I prefer polenta.

Sherry: I remember 30c gas.

On accents the funniest is when a friend ordered a Happy Meal at McDonald's in Louisiana and got both a Happy Meal and a milk. To them it sounded like he said "Happy <pause> mill".

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nightsky wrote:
Clay L wrote:
Lucky Mike wrote:

and dont put sugar on your grits!!!!.....its a dead give away


 Yup, salt, pepper and butter. Sugar is an abomination.


 

It's only an abomination if you put it on your grits!!

Southerners do sometimes like a little tea with their sugar.  biggrin


 Yup, I grew up in TX drinking sweet tea and didn't know there was any other kind til I met a few yankees when I was near growed up.



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Kids!  KIDS!  I remember when gas was 10 cents!  Sheesh!  I can't be THAT old!  No way. disbelief



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Old Not.........Dusty Maybe!!!!

10 cents a gallon , musta been when you borrowed your dads model- T!!!!!

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Yes, I'm "dusty" too!!! Thanks Mike!

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We did a workamping gig in Branson and were there March through May 2012. It was okay. Not really our scene I guess. The entertainment just wasn't our sort of thing. We would've preferred someplace we could go dancing or listen to some more current country. Too much oldies for us.

Everything seemed to close early. Tried to go to dinner one week night evening at 7pm and the restaurant had closed up.

The weather was okay other than some rainy days.

The scenery is beautiful. Great lakes and hills which we really enjoyed.

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I used to have a neighbor from Georgia, she made very tasty cheese grits, and the absolute best melt-in-your-mouth biscuits.

I have never been to branson and can't say it's on my list. Graceland, now that IS on my list.

Let me know how you like Branson!

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My mom  use to live outside of Springfield so we went to Branson several times during out visits.  We generally enjoyed it and there are enough variety in the shows that you should find some you like.  Range from Hillbilly to old time Country to modern C&W.  However, when we were there and in our 50s we did often feel we were the youngest people in the theater!  Some of the Christmas shows are particularly nice.

Other things in Branson are Outlet Malls, but I have to believe that shopping is not high on the list of people who live full time in a 300 sq ft home!  And in the many boutiques you could find enough kniknacks to fill a home.

Silver Dollar City is a nice theme park, in fact our kids said it was as good as Disney.

Is it a tourist trap?  Well, yes probably, but if you search you can have fun in those too.

Final note, park the RV outside of Branson, it is not a fun place to drive a big rig.  It is basically a tiny town that out grew itself.  Main road is a parking lot, side roads are winding and steep following the contours of the surrounding hills.

 



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My mom  use to live outside of Springfield so we went to Branson several times during out visits.  We generally enjoyed it and there are enough variety in the shows that you should find some you like.  Range from Hillbilly to old time Country to modern C&W.  However, when we were there and in our 50s we did often feel we were the youngest people in the theater!  Some of the Christmas shows are particularly nice.

Other things in Branson are Outlet Malls, but I have to believe that shopping is not high on the list of people who live full time in a 300 sq ft home!  And in the many boutiques you could find enough kniknacks to fill a home.

Silver Dollar City is a nice theme park, in fact our kids said it was as good as Disney.

Is it a tourist trap?  Well, yes probably, but if you search you can have fun in those too.

Final note, park the RV outside of Branson, it is not a fun place to drive a big rig.  It is basically a tiny town that out grew itself.  Main road is a parking lot, side roads are winding and steep following the contours of the surrounding hills.

 


 Agreed on the traffic.

I wonder if Starvin' Marvin's is still there!! 

 

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Thanks all for the great info!

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I don't speak "Southern" ...........

 And don't pronounce Pecan Pie as Pee Can Pie.  A Pee Can is something our grandparents put alongside the bed at night so as not to have to trek to the outhouse. biggrin



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I grew up in MI and when I moved out of my house went to Nashville...So now in FL they have told me I have a Michigan accent with a southern twang!?! In Nashville I was called a yankee until I could put ya'll in a sentence along with calling ppl hun or sweetie. Tea for me came out of the country time can..that is just so wrong in the south!!

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I still think I have no accent, but if I do its whatever eastern Missourians speak.  I haven't picked up any southern twang yet, but HAVE picked up my favorite:

'Preciate ya! Pronounced:  pre*she*ate*cha

Everyone says it here.

 

The one thing I cannot do is refer to a shopping cart as a "buggy".  The first time I walked into a store and heard "git you a buggy!" I was like........huh???

Git you a buggy!! 

huh??

She pointed.....a buggy! Git you one!

Ah. A shopping cart.  I should get one.  Got it!



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I'm from New Jersey (no NOT new Joisey) Hubby from Louisiana. When we met and he moved up to NJ, people such as bank tellers I had dealt with for YEARS immediately knew his name. Still had no clue who I was. Thinking it was not only the accent but the cowboy hat, boots and rather large belt buckle. I told him if he lost the accent I was shipping him back until he found it.

I can remember as a child traveling in the south and stopping for gas. The attendant asked Dad if he wanted him to check his Awl. Awl?????? Oh, he meant OIL!

We would like to spend just a few days in Branson sometime. Just not real high on the Must Do's.

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Check the awl. lol!

Guy told me he needed some war.  War?  W-I-R-E.

And some pop.  ??  P-I-P-E.

 

lol.  I don't speak it, but at least now I understand it!



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As seems to happen a lot lately on this forum, this thread has turned funny.

I actually lived in Texas for a few loooong months way back in the dark ages. I was a very young bride and worked in a restaurant. An "older" (to me then, they were probably in their 30's!) regular couple were as sweet as could be and explained to me the difference between a Yankee and a damn Yankee. The first visited and the second stayed. An old line but fun at the time as I was from the U.P.

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Sherry,

We live about 30 minutes from Branson and seldom go there.  The last time we went, it took us 30 minutes to get to the city limits and 45 to get to the show!  The shows aren't just country, some are more like a Vegas revue.  The Red Roof Mall closed up and Tanger is the only one left, I believe.

As someone mentioned, Silver Dollar City is a must-do if in the area.  I especially enjoy the bluegrass music.

And, yes, Starvin Marvin's is still there!  Ate there once some time back and it was ok.

PM me if and when you come to the area.

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My DH and I have gone to Branson a few times. We love the shows. There is a lot of CW but a lot with other music and entertainment. Silver Dollar City is great for the whole family. There is also a water park, go carts, Zip line and other things. When you come off the highway at (I think the second stop light), to your left is a purple house. We got some great discount tickets there (buy one get one free type.) It can get pricey if you let it. Just shop around for tickets. As far as getting around...when the shows let out it gets busy. There are alternate routes they go around the theaters that make it a lot easier to get around.


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Thanks for all your opinions! Very helpful to us.

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We're about 90 minutes north of Branson. We don't get down there as often as we'd like, but probably more often than the bank would like. We do enjoy the shows, and for those who aren't into the shows, there are many other things to see and do. Silver Dollar City by itself can easily take 2-3 days.

For those who are interested, we do have space for visitors and a 30A electrical connection. We do enjoy company.

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We've decided to accept the hosting position mostly because it will be a totally different experience for both of us and because the job sounds VERY simple and easy! Plus hosts get VIP tickets to see the shows. That and good restaurants and shopping within walking distance will be a nice change for us.

Sherry

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