Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome to "The Family Branson"

Welcome to Branson!
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I decided to write this blog when we made the beautiful Ozarks our home in 2007.  Though raised in Iowa I lived in Arizona most of my adult life but began visiting Branson in 1997.  When family ties tugged at our hearts we left the desert behind and headed back to the Midwest.

Living here allows me to truly appreciate the scope of talent, attractions, and natural beauty which attract millions of visitors every year.  As I take in the sights I like to share photos with family and friends.  I found blogging to be the best way to do that, which also extends to our visitors.

Feel free to browse my stories here, check out some links, share your experiences in the comments sections, and enjoy your visit.  Thank you for stopping by!

More about our move HERE.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Billy Gail's Mourns the Passing of Billy

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Billy (George William) Blong of Branson's popular restaurant, Billy Gail's. He passed peacefully this morning, December 29.

Billy's wife Gail and their family will be welcoming friends and neighbors who wish to express their respects and share stories at the restaurant on January 2, 2013, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Cards of condolence may be sent to Gail Blong at Billy Gail's Cafe, 5291 Hwy 265, Branson, MO 65616.  In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the American Diabetes Association online or sent to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

We will all miss Billy so much, but find comfort in knowing that God had taken him to a better place and he is probably already playing golf!