Happy Birthday, America!

by Big Cedar Lodge 3. July 2013 13:40

We thought this might be a good chance to reflect back on a previous 4th of July celebration at Big Cedar Lodge:

 

There is something fascinating about watching families spread out their blankets in preparation for a Fourth of July fireworks show.  Each step is done religiously.  As their parents and grandparents did for them; so they train the little ones.  In time, the ritual will be carried out by their children and their children’s children as well. 

The Rite begins with finding the ideal spot.  Fathers must put thought into how the fireworks will be viewed, and then mothers adjust the position according to safety.  One cannot be too close or too far; in other words, the spot must be perfect.

Next, the blanket is placed and properly squared.  Although just a piece of material, on this night it becomes theatre seating under bursting clouds of celebration.  It’s our country’s birthday, and everyone wants a front row seat.

Finally, everyone takes their position for the evening.  “Daddy, sit by me,” can be heard across the lawn, and “When is it going to start?” echoes again and again.  The anticipation is felt by young and old. 

Then it happens.  The first notes are played from the song engrained in every American heart, the song that silences every crowd, the song that symbolizes what it means to be American… The Star Spangled Banner. 

The sky erupts as color and sound collide.  Each rocket streams upward and envelops the sky in shimmering beauty.  One after another, each color is a little brighter and bolder than the one before.    

Big Cedar Lodge offered Bar-B-Q, pony rides, live music, and kid’s activities throughout the day on the Fourth; but guests came to see the fireworks.  The show is without a doubt, the best display in the area. 

Families travel from across the lake and across the country to find their “front row” blanket seat amongst the Ozark Mountains.  And as each exploding plume cast light on the faces below, the ritual is complete.  Big Cedar Lodge was the perfect spot!   

Happy Birthday, America.

 

Going to the Chapel?

by Big Cedar Lodge 28. June 2013 10:52

 

This week, Big Cedar Lodge would like to introduce JoAnna Stribling, Wedding Coordinator at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. JoAnna is not only wonderful helping couples plan their special day--she is also planning her own! This is what JoAnna had to say about her experiences as a Wedding Coordinator:

As the Wedding Coordinator at Dogwood Canyon I have been blessed to meet some very awesome people and share their special day with them. I am proud to call a lot of them friends, and keep in touch with them after their weddings, and to hear when they are expecting their first born and how their families are doing! It is exciting to watch each and every wedding because they are all very different, even if it is in the same intimate little chapel. I too will be getting married at Dogwood Canyon this September and can’t wait to walk down the aisle and say “ I Do” to my best friend, as I have seen over 80 other brides do in the last 2 years! It is touching to see the emotions and tears, and watch the parents give their children away and the joy that all weddings bring. Dogwood Canyon holds a very special place in my heart, and I would love to share Dogwood Canyon with you too! To find out more about Dogwood Canyon Weddings please contact me at jlstribling@dogwoodcanyon.org.

 

Thank you, JoAnna for all your hard work!  And we should also mention, JoAnna was our Associate of the Month for May.  Don't hesitate to contact her with any questions about your up-and-coming wedding.  She can help make your Dogwood Canyon wedding picture perfect!

  

 

Welcome Our June Horse of the Month, Amigo!

by Big Cedar Lodge 19. June 2013 15:46

Our June Horse of the Month is an Appaloosa horse named Amigo! Amigo came to us in April 2011 through Casey Trost, a wrangler at the stables. Before becoming a trail horse, Amigo was used for roping and other rodeo sports. Amigo not only goes on the hour trail rides at Dogwood Canyon, but is a great cattle drive horse as well as a fun horse for the advanced ride! Next time you come to Dogwood Canyon Stables, be sure to meet Amigo!!

 

 

Get Back in the Saddle at Dogwood Canyon

by Big Cedar Lodge 7. June 2013 09:05

Gather your crew and head out to Dogwood Canyon for a private one-of-a-kind horseback view of the majestic Ozark Mountains!  A wrangler will guide your group of up to 6 people on an unforgettable 2 hour trail ride.  Travel up to the tops of the ridges where you will take in some of the most breathtaking 360 degree views the Ozarks have to offer.  Then make your way down the winding valleys and across rolling pastures filled with buffalo and longhorn cattle.  An adventure like this can only be experienced from the back of a horse. Come join us!

 

Horse of the Month: Skipper

by Big Cedar Lodge 17. May 2013 11:19

 

Our May Horse of the Month is Skipper, one of our oldest trail horses at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. He was born on June 6, 1986. He's a Quarter Horse, and his registered name is Lucky Skippernel! Skipper has taken countless adults and kids on trail rides at both Big Cedar Lodge and Dogwood Canyon. He is an all around horse and one of our favorites for sure. Next time you visit Dogwood Canyon, be sure to ask for Skipper!

 

April's Horse of the Month: Bandit

by Big Cedar Lodge 12. April 2013 15:28

Our April Horse of the Month is Bandit! Be sure to request him next time you go on a trail ride at Dogwood Canyon. He is a great horse that can do almost anything: trail rides, cattle drives, and advanced rides!  We are lucky enough to have a picture of Bandit when he just a young foal.  He's 17 years old now and still as handsome as he was back then!  He's always ready for a trail ride so come say hello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 U.S. Bow Fishing Championship at Bass Pro Shops' Long Creek Marina

by Big Cedar Lodge 5. April 2013 07:37

Join us for the Bass Pro Shop and Tracker Marine Group’s 2013 U.S. Open Bow Fishing Championship on April 6th, at the Long Creek Marina Dock. We will have activities from 4-7pm Saturday for the entire family including: Free Food, Live Music, Kid’s Activities, Vendors, Giveaways, and much more!

 

The tournament runs from 7pm Saturday, to 7am Sunday with a Fish Weigh-In Sunday Morning.  Don’t miss your chance to see the top bowfishermen from 25 states participate in this ultra-competitive sport. The clear waters and big carp make Table Rock Lake the ideal location for this exciting event!

 

Parking is limited so for your convenience shuttles will be available every 30 minutes starting at 3:30pm.  Pick up will be at the Big Cedar Lodge Registration Building. For further information contact Guest Services at ext. 7107 on property or (417) 335-2777 off property.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

A Big Welcome to Patches the Pony!

by Big Cedar Lodge 3. April 2013 12:06

Cedar Mountain Stables introduces its newest edition, Patches.  Patches belonged to Big Cedar Lodge’s own Singin’ Cowboy, Clay Self.  She has a sweet, gentle demeanor and loves to have her picture taken with the kids.  If you’ve been looking for a good reason to stop by the Stables, here you go… Let’s give a big welcome to Patches!

Are You Sure You are Not an Artist?

by Big Cedar Lodge 29. March 2013 10:21

By Stephanie Watson, Paint & Pour Instructor

 

There is a common misconception that you are either born an artist or you’re not—like it’s part of your DNA or something! I believe what makes a person an artist begins with a simple decision to become one.

 

“Paint and Pour” was designed to demonstrate that we ALL have the ability to create great art, and not only that--but it can be really fun and fulfilling! One of my favorite parts of creating a painting is to stand back at the end and think to myself, “I didn’t know I could do that.”  And to see that happen to each and every student over the course of a two hour class, is even better! The participants walk in, look at the painting, and usually say, “I’m not going to be able to do that.”  Two hours later, they stand back and are surprised at what they've accomplished. I love it!

 

So the next time you are at Big Cedar, come see for yourself. We provide the supplies, wine, and soft drinks; all in a beautiful setting. We will even send you home with your own painter’s apron, because most likely you will get hooked!

 

Spring Break 2013

by Big Cedar Lodge 27. February 2013 16:22

 

Spring Break in the Canyon--Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 

Wonders of Wildlife Demonstrations Join us for a special wildlife demonstration brought to you by the Wonders of Wildlife Museum. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Fridays: March 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10-11am Birds of Prey and 1-2pm Endangered Species

Local Flint Knapping Artist Demonstration Come and watch local Flint Knapping artists demonstrate how the Native Americans fashioned weapons. This event is complimentary with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to Great Spirit Rock Shelter in the heart of DWC, next to our authentic Tipi. Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th and 28th from 11am-2pm

Kids’ Trout Fishing Tournament There’s no place better suited to introduce a young person to fishing than DWC. Come and learn from our professional trout fishing guides, and then take what you learn and catch the biggest trout. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 biggest fish. This event is complimentary for kids 6-16 with a paid wrist band to the park. Join us next to the Hope Wilderness Chapel. Saturdays: March 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 11am with Demo on fishing equipment and techniques, Tournament starts at 11:30am for one hour.

Fly Fishing We offer half-day guided catch and release, fly casting clinics, and hourly self-guided opportunities to catch and keep or release.

Segway Modern innovation comes to the wilderness! Experience the adventure of traveling via Segway through Dogwood Canyon’s most breathtaking sites on this round trip tour to the Glory Hole, a magnificent blue-green pool where some of our largest trout reside. We also offer advanced Segway tours for more experienced riders with a round trip tour to Wishbowl Falls.

 

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Big Cedar is tucked into the wooded hillsides of the Ozark Mountains just 10 miles south of Branson, Missouri on Table Rock Lake. This popular vacation paradise - complete with Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park - offers cozy accommodations, delicious dining options and first class service.

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