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.

 

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!!

 

 

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!

 

Big Cedar's Horse of the Month!

by Big Cedar Lodge 15. March 2013 12:24

Hershey came to us at Cedar Mountian Stables in 2006 at approximately 6 years old. He quickly became a guest favorite, as well as a favorite among the wranglers. Hershey is known for his awesome personality and ability to do anything you ask of him: cattle drive, advanced ride or one hour trail ride. He got his name because of his chocolate color and sweet attitude. Hershey is currently offering trail rides at DWC stables, be sure to ask for him next time you go for a ride!

 

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.

 

Check Out Big Cedar Lodge's Spring Break Activities

A Note From Friends

by Big Cedar Lodge 13. February 2013 09:52

Dear Big Cedar Lodge,

Thank you for the opportunity to share our wonderful experience at Big Cedar Lodge.  We loved the entire resort, how well thought out it is and how it absolutely has something for everyone.  We truly enjoyed the décor with all of the animal mounts and rustic charm.  It was quite evident that you truly care about those clients who stay with you and want to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in this “home away from home” environment.  We enjoyed the horse-drawn carriage ride and the driver was so personable and knowledgeable.  Dogwood Canyon was breathtaking!  As fellow business owners, we admire and appreciate the use of the Big Cedar logo in everything from the wrought iron railings to the entertainment centers to the cookies left in our room each night.  We are excited to come back because there is so much more that we want to see and do “next time,” which we hope will be very soon!

 

Thanks for providing such a first class resort for everyone to enjoy!

Paul and JoEllen Gonzales

Longmont, Colorado  

 

Check out our Spring Break 2013 Activities!  We have some exciting things planned for families, kids, and over 21. 

Go to: http://www.big-cedar.com/Page/Spring-Break-2013.aspx

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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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