We left Killeen, TX on a cool Tuesday morning, in one of Arrow Trailways’ brand new buses, with additional pickups in Groesbeck & Mexia.
The tour group spent our first night in Ft. Smith, AR. so we could get up the next morning to visit Miss Laura’s Social Club, the only former bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Back in its heyday, Miss Laura’s was a thriving Bordello, very posh, a $3 house or $5 if the Gentlemen spent the night. Most pictures taken were too racy to show. Guess you’ll just have to visit next time we go.
Then off to Bentonville, AR for a quick look at the Walmart Museum. The people and displays were very informative. If you have time, downtown is a sweet little Square filled with enough to keep you occupied for hours. Five minutes down the road is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art at 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712. We were welcomed by a beautiful silver tree, where the bus unloaded, but then we had to pass under the LARGE spider in order to view an overwhelming variety of Art. You can do a guided tour or take a leisurely stroll, as we did, thru the various exhibits. We ran into this half-a-man, Evan Penny hanging on the wall. It’s a possible self-portrait and crazy-real looking! Finally, we made it Branson, MO, just to have dinner in a giant meatball. Pasghettis has different seating themes throughout the restaurant.
We all experienced a good night’s sleep at the 1000 Hills Comfort Inn (VERY nice) and then we were off and running on a beautiful day for a scenic train ride, followed by lunch and shopping. The Little Opry Theatre is a small theatre, BUT they gave a first-class performance with the George Straight Tribute. Take a close look at the performers. You may recognize them form other bands. Our final show of the evening took everyone by surprise. “Million Dollar Quartet” is the celebration of a brief moment in history when the music world stood still just long enough for legendary artists, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins to enjoy a jam session at Memphis’ iconic Sun Studios. This show was well worthwhile. We could NOT keep our feet still. We had an opportunity to meet the four boys and the Elvis’s girlfriend got on the bus to thank us for coming.
The next day started with the Brett Family Show. They are my favorites – a great collage of music and entertainment – Oldies, as well as original music. These folks can entertain people of ALL ages and if you have lunch there, well you just might meet the Dad. Unfortunately, we could not take pictures in the Titanic Museum. This museum had everything… history, artifacts, hidden tidbits and parts of it made you feel like you were there. Next, we were on to the Sight and Sound Theatre for the final destination of our trip. Moses the Musical…Wow! is the best way to describe this show. Again, photography was not allowed, but that’s OK, because there is no way to capture all that was going on and we were far too busy enjoying the show to bother with a camera.
Branson, MO turned out to be quite a trip! Wondering how Arrow Trailways is going to top it next time? You’ll have to join us to find out.