Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Silver Dollar City Discounts!

Have some extra time in Branson? Want to visit a unique "city?"

Arrangements have been made with Silver Dollar City to visit the park for $10.75 per ticket. Regular admission price is $55.00 adult, $45.00 children (4-11).

This offer will be available September 24th through October 2nd. However, after Labor Day the park is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Hours of operation are Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Silver Dollar City website for more information about this famous Branson attraction!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Don't Forget to Pack...

Those of you getting on the Bus to Branson, please bring chamber materials, publications, anything related to your processes, to share with others at the Legislative Expo!

Share with your colleagues innovations or new approaches your chamber has used during this year's session and learn what other chambers are doing across the country.

For questions, and to confirm your spot, please contact Alan Whittington at
alan.whittington@capitol.tn.gov or by calling 615-741-7913.

Remember to "Bring it to Branson".

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Buzz in Branson!

So what’s in Branson, anyway? There’s shows - LOTS of live shows. In fact, Branson is known as the “Live Music Show Capitol of the World,” boasting to have more than 50 live theater performances. Popular shows include Legends in Concert (which ASLCS will see on Thursday, September 29th), SIX, an a capella group, Twelve Irish Tenors, the famous Andy Williams show (with Ann-Margaret) and many, many more!

But, live music shows aren’t the only attraction. Branson also boasts three lakes, 12 championship golf courses and many unique attractions. Learn more about the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Friday, August 19, 2011


One of the wealthiest and most colorful characters on the Titanic's maiden voyage was Charlotte Cardeza of Philadelphia. Traveling with her only son, they boarded the ship on her 58th birthday and occupied the most expensive stateroom available. Mrs. Cardeza was divorced from the grandson of a Portugese Count and had inherited a fortune from her father. She had circumnavigated the world several times in her private yacht oftening navigating the helm herself. She and her son were accompanied on the Titanic by her maid and his valet.

On the night of the sinking of the Titanic all four members of their party made it to a lifeboat and were rescued by the Carpathia. Mrs. Cardeza filed a claim against the White Star Line for loss of personal property including a pink 7 carat diamond valued at $20,000 in 1912.

Come learn more about the other passengers on the Titanic and see the largest private collection of Titanic memorabilia. A fascinating location for our first reception with a behind the scenes look at history.

And who are Carter and Molly?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

General Session Speakers: Morag Barrett, Meagan Dorsch, David Landis

This year’s PDS is jammed packed with three – YES THREE – general session speakers! Morag Barrett, Meagan Dorsch, and David Landis will each be providing information about topics that can assist your work in the legislature.

Morag is the CEO and founder of the Executive and Leadership development firm, Skye Associates, based in Colorado. I heard her speak about conflict resolution during a leadership training and was amazed by her ability to listen, breakdown scenarios and provide helpful solutions to large problems. In Branson, she will speak about “Cultivating Winning Relationships” and provide guidance on how to address adversarial and ally relationships.

Meagan is the Public Affairs and Social Media Manager at NCSL. For those that have seen Meagan speak, you know she’s a dynamic and energetic speaker with lots of information to share. Meagan will be talking the basic principles of social media and providing some guidance on how to use these tools in the legislature.

David is a former State Senator from Nebraska and understands the value that legislative staff provide to members and the institution. David will be speaking about the “Art of Negotiating,” a useful skill that everyone needs. Want to hear David’s speaking style before you get to Branson? Here’s a speech he gave at the “Salute to Legislative Staff” session in Louisville, Kentucky in 2010.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jeanne Robertson

Feeling overwhelmed? Losing your sense of humor? Come to Branson and have your sense of humor restored.

Jeanne Robertson is hilarious and her humor is based on her life experiences. She was the Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant. She focuses her message on team building and working together while maintaining a sense of humor,

Friends of ours heard her speak at a college graduation and they have said it is the only graduation speech they can remember. I ordered her dvd and my family laughed so hard they had tears.

You can check her out on Youtube! Come to Branson and enjoy laughing!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Taking the (Air)bus to Branson (BKG)

Some of you might be taking a bus to Branson, but it won’t be the Greyhound variety. Your bus will have wings and can cruise comfortably at 30,000 feet.

Did you know that Branson has it’s very own airport (call sign is BKG) and that three airlines fly into BKG? Air Tran flies to BKG from the east (most flights connecting through Atlanta), Frontier flies to BKG from the west and midwest (connecting either through Denver or Milwaukee) and Branson AirExpress takes our Texas friends straight into BKG.

A few fun facts about the airport (courtesy of Branson airport):

  • It opened May 11, 2009
  • It is the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S.
  • It has one runway and a partial taxiway
  • It is located in the Branson Creek development. So, your typical drive to and from the airport will include spectacular views of private homes and some of the region’s golf courses.

Take a look that the BKG Flight Map, which shows the routes you can take to get to BKG.

Attendees can also fly into the Springfield-Branson National Airport, which is approximately 60 miles from Branson. American Airlines, United, Allegiant and Delta all serve this airport.

Get on the bus - or Airbus - to Branson!