Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Branson, MO

 

Hue and Cry

Traveling is about enjoying new experiences; trying new food, seeing different sights, and immersing our family in local cultures and adventures. Choosing a hotel, however, can cause indecisiveness between the regular franchises or being brave and picking privately owned hotels.

 

Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center in Branson, MO is a privately owned hotel option that will transport you back in time to the ‘castle era’ of the 9th and 10th centuries along with all the comfort and convenience of 2016.

Medieval elegance with luxurious modern amenities

Throw Down the Gauntlet

Stroll down the indoor corridors within the castle walls where you will be safely tucked into your medieval suite. Relax in the jacuzzi with soothing water pouring from a rock or nestle into the beautiful Ozark scenery with a waterfall, gazebo, and indoor and outdoor sitting areas while savoring the free hot breakfast buffet.

 

Outside, the castle moat is full of bass fish caught in Table Rock Lake and relocated to the premises. Walk on the beautiful path of Ozarks rock and landscaping features for amazing photo opportunities.

Savor breathtaking views of the majestic Ozarks

You are sure to find a captivating room to fit your style in one of the 36 themed suites.  There are Branson scape themes such as ‘Titanic’, ‘Dixie Stampede’, or a more classical experience in the ‘Presidential’ suite. None of the suites have the same theme so book early to secure your favorite!

 

By Hook or by Crook

Several areas located around the castle make you feel at home with a comfortable atmosphere such as the large living area with a fireplace and the library which are available 24 hours a day.

 

Seven rooms with over 10k square feet of conference space are available to rent for weddings, crafting, family/military reunions, etc. The conference center can accommodate all your knights in shining armor!

Expert staff will exceed your every expectation when you plan your event at Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Stone Castle houses all of your modern travel desires; free hot breakfast buffet, two heated pools and hot tubs, indoor corridors, elevators, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators in every room, pillow top mattresses, and even a vintage arcade game room. Various room rates welcome every budget, whether you are seeking a royal experience or an inexpensive place to lay your head.

 

A Nest Egg

There are over 40k hotel rooms in the Branson area and Stone Castle is a true Branson gem. It is conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive where you will have the best access to any interests on the Hwy 76 Strip.

Conveniently located on Green Mountain Drive, Stone Castle puts you right in the middle of Branson’s best attractions!

‘Your home is your castle’ and when visiting Branson, you will want to make Stone Castle Resort and Conference Center your home and favorite Branson family tradition. Their utmost personal attention and Ozark Mountain hospitality will bring you back with and for generations!

Branson, MO is a first-rate student performing group destination and The Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center is perfect for student groups! Team Kaleidoscope Adventures has a fabulous working relationship with the entire Branson community and understand the best venues and accommodations to fit the needs of your students.  Let us plan a remarkable trip to Ozark Mountain Country for your group! Call 1-800-774-7337.

 

“If you can think of it, Stone Castle can do it!” Jay Wilson, General Manager, Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

There’s Nuttin’ like a Dutton!

There’s Nuttin’ like a Dutton!

Branson, MO

 

Located in the Ozark Mountain city of Branson, MO, you will find the Dutton Theatre Complex along the famous ‘76 Strip’. Branson has a population of over 11k people and hosts a whopping 56k theatre seats which equals five seats for every local citizen.  There are over 50 individual theatres, many of them are owned by families. The Dutton family purchased the old Boxcar Willie Theatre and the Plantation Inn, which is now their current complex, shortly after they entered the Branson scene over nineteen years ago.

 

The Dutton Experience

 

Putting on a show

The Duttons ‘string you along’ for two wonderful hours with guitars, fiddles, mandolins, cellos, banjos and anything else with strings! Judith tickles and beats the ivories to back up the classical hillbillies while Jonathan plays his harmonica to add an incredible soulful sound. Sit back and relax in the new cushy and comfortable theatre seats and be carried away!

The ultimate in family entertainment by the ultimate family entertainers!

Pick a genre

The different segments of the show flow smoothly from one genre to another. One minute the audience is listening to a lively song from the Beach Boys while tossing giant beach balls throughout the auditorium and the next minute they are tapping their toes to a Branson tradition of the ‘Orange Blossom Special’.

 

You will love the diversity in their versions of ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ which is a beautiful country ballad, ‘When I Ruled The World’ by Coldplay, and the bluegrass folklore piece ‘Boil Them Cabbage Down’ aka ‘Bile Them Cabbage Down’. I am sure that song was originally sung by my dad!

 

‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ sounds like an entire symphony, and the Steam Punk costumes add a fun twist.  If you do not care for a particular genre, don’t worry because a minute later, it will change!

The Duttons deliver stunning sounds and a spectacular musical variety

Searching for Hope

Amy performs a beautiful tribute to her five-year-old son, Josiah, who was diagnosed with leukemia three years ago. She sings her ‘Fight Song’ to a time lapsed video of his journey as well as her father’s battle with cancer. This emotional segment is a perfect faith promoting experience that portrays courage in the face of trial. The entire family is present on stage to sing and show their support and love for courageous little Josiah and father Dutton.

Amy’s beautiful and moving tribute to her son, Josiah, is rooted in faith and strength

Gone Loopy

The Duttons have performed classical music for decades and nearly every family member plays the multitude of instruments used in their show. Their signature performance includes all five siblings playing a different stringed instrument; every few seconds, they pass the instruments to the next person and loop around until every person has played each one. There are also a few special moves that you must see to believe. Awesome!

The audience will be gawking when this family starts rocking- you really won’t believe your eyes!

Tim plays an amazing classical piece by playing and recording an instrument for a few seconds and then playing it back while he records another. He does this with several instruments until the end result sounds like a full orchestra. I marveled that one person could create such a beautiful piece without other musicians in less than 2 minutes.

Astonishing musical talent and a captivating performance

Julio Says It All

What is a good blue grass, classical, or steam punk performance worth if there is no comedy? Well, ‘Cousin Julio’ is a huge fan of the Duttons and appears on stage begging for a job. Jonathan refuses to hire him but Julio doesn’t speak English very well and decides that he is going to be part of the show. Although the family eventually offers him a job in the custodial department, Julio turns cleaning into a career of hilarious entertainment! You will fall in love with Julio and can even purchase a t-shirt in the gift shop to prove your admiration.

Cousin Julio’s crazy antics will keep you in stitches as he tries to join the family fun!

‘The Duttons’ is a delightful, professional, and family oriented show. I especially enjoyed the facial expressions of the cast, the blue grass music, the captivating Amy during the classical piece, and the comedy of the very talented ‘Cousin Julio.” The family comes alive with a set of strings in their hands and love what they do! The aspect I remember most is the highly trained sound of the strings. Oh, and my new boyfriend, Julio!

The Duttons are a fascinating blend of faith, family and extraordinary musical flair!

 

Three brothers, two sisters, and fifteen children comprise the cast of the Dutton show that can be seen most nights at 8:00 p.m. from early April through the first week of December. The theatre complex is located in the ‘neighborhood of the stars’ on the 76 strip in Branson. The Duttons also own and manage the Dutton Inn located directly behind the theatre, and ‘Abby’s Tourist Trap’ next to the front entrance.

Branson, MO is a first-rate student performing group destination! Nearly one hundred high quality shows, such as the Duttons, enjoying mentoring and allowing students to perform in their theaters. Kaleidoscope Adventures has a fabulous working relationship with the Branson community. Let our experts plan a remarkable trip for your group! Call 1-800-774-7337.

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

 

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country and held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This remarkable parade began in 1920 and was produced by Gimbel Brothers’ Department Store to signify the arrival of Santa Clause. The parade is currently produced by 6abc and sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts.

Shake off the turkey and jump into the holiday spirit with the legendary and always exhilarating Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Can Your Students Perform?

Absolutely!! Three performance categories are offered: choir students, tap dance students, and marching bands.

 

Mass Youth Choir

Elementary, middle school, and high school choirs may apply for the incredible opportunity to participate in the mass youth choir that performs for the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade musical production. Approximately 1k singers stand in special formation and perform on the steps of the Museum of Art. The entire cast of about 2k performers also sing in the grand finale telecast.

Join your voices with more than a thousand others on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

All Star Tap Team

Tappers of all ages can apply to be part of the All Star Tap Team with more than 600 tap dancers from across the nation! The team performs a fantastic parade telecast presentation and also participates in the parade opening and grand finale.

Keep the beat with a spirited performance by the All Star Tap Team

 

Marching Bands

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered to be one of the most band-friendly parades in the country! The parade has 19 spots each year for high school, university, and specialty marching bands. Each band must have 90 or more members and are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Bands march down Benjamin Franklin Parkway along with spectacular floats and gigantic balloons to delight families and the viewing audience. Many local performers and recording artists ride on the floats.

The perfect venue to showcase your band’s extraordinary skills

Televised

The televised section of the parade occurs near the end of the 1.4 mile route, directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is free except for the grandstand seats which are reserved for sponsors and VIP’s. It is syndicated to stations in markets east of the Mississippi and can also be viewed on a live webcast on 6abc out of Philadelphia.

Grab your 15 minutes of fame during this nationally televised tradition of excellence

Future Parade Dates

Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Thursday, 24 November, 2018

 

 

Educational Sites

Student travel groups love the ‘City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection’. Experience sites of great historical significance in the city where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Step off the parade route and into our nation’s history when you visit Philadelphia’s treasured landmarks

 

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season celebrations! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity that you and your students will never forget.

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!  1-800-774-7337.

 

Traveling Abroad

The possibilities for your next adventures are endless!  Your talent and knowledge have no boundaries, so why should your travel plans? Your trusted partner in domestic trips, Kaleidoscope Adventures, is now taking your group abroad! Imagine performing in Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, taking Flamenco classes in Spain or learning history in France! Try authentic poutine in Canada or mouthwatering pizza in Italy. Take a selfie at the Berlin Wall or a panoramic shot of the city from the London Eye.

Don’t see your favorite destination? Get in touch with Kaleidoscope Adventures for a customized quote and introduce your students to new cultures and experiences.

Canada

Canada, stretching from the U.S in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, is filled with vibrant cities.  Canada is an ideal destination for student groups.  You can chose from natural wonders to world-class museums, spectacular attractions, professional sports, unique historical sites, delectable dining, trendy shopping, excellent performance venues and Broadway Theater.

Majestic views and magnificent fun await when you visit our neighbors to the north!

France

Located in Western Europe, France combines beautiful historic cities, tiny villages, mountains and Mediterranean beaches.  In Paris, France you will find many classic art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower.  To diversify the trip check-out the shops, ranging from little vintage bohemian boutiques to the well-known designer fashion labels.  As if that wasn’t enough, there are still plenty of attractions to explore- enjoy the view of the Palace of Versailles, learn the tales of Notre Dame Cathedral or discover the Montmartre district!

Brighten your days exploring the “City of Light”

Germany

Germany is the largest Central European country as well as one of the most culturally influential.  It combines rich history and beautiful nature including forests, rivers and mountain ranges. The capital and cultural center, Berlin is home to thriving art, the iconic Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. It is easy to cover many different historic periods in a short time within the city center, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz to the ultra-modern glass and steel structures at Potsdamer Platz.  Leipzig presents a unique music and cultural scene.  A must visit is the Gewandhaus, the Leipzig Opera and the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir.

Experience Germany’s quaint charm, influential history and sophisticated culture

Ireland

Ireland’s capital Dublin is located at the mouth of the River Liffey on the Emerald Isle’s east coast and is world-famous for traditional Irish music and dance, the shamrock and the vast and untouched green landscape.  If you get the chance to spend st. Patrick’s Day in the capital, you will celebrate with the locals and people from all over the world alike! The city combines its ancient heritage with its modern side, including elegant restaurants and cosmopolitan shops.  Popular destinations include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

Friendly locals and lush green landscapes greet Ireland’s “lucky” visitors

Italy

Italy has made a tremendous impact on Western culture.  In addition to that, it is famous worldwide for its delicious cuisine, trendy fashion industry, luxury sports cars, for its beautiful coast, alpine lakes and mountain ranges.  Famous artists and architects, such as Bramante, Bernini and Raphael resided for some time in Rome, contributing to its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.  Student groups will enjoy strolling through the ancient streets of Rome and studying art and architecture. Rome is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

Step back in time as you wander through the ancient ruins of one of the most visited archaeological sites in history

Venice

Venice, the famous “floating city,” is truly an archaeological miracle being built on water.  So unique in its characteristics, the best way to discover this city is to walk it and to take gondola rides.  Within the city, student groups will find many artisans, museums, churches and shops.  Yet, there is only one piazza (square).  With its many artistic masterpieces, beautiful waterways, unique culture and overall charm, student groups will marvel at the many features Venice has to offer.

Awe-inspiring views and stunning architecture abound in this “floating” city

Naples

Naples being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, is the third largest city in Italy.  In the heart of Campania, Naples provides a picturesque look into life during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods of time. Neapolitan music was created with the invention of the romantic guitar and mandolin as well as notable contributions to opera and folk standards.  Naples is also widely known for its wealth of historic  museums, trendy shopping, art and pizza.  If your group craves Italian history, then Naples will bring history and your classroom to life.

Grab a slice in the city where it all started!

The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland, and is an island nation in northwestern Europe.  It is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and The Beatles, and the site of neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa dating the the 5th century, and the centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a modern city with history stretching back to Roman times.  The highlights include, but are not limited to, The Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of the British monarch coronations.  Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

London is the perfect juxtaposition of historical significance and modern luxury

The Team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can plan a safe, culturally enhanced, international adventure for your group.  1-800-774-7337

Disney Grad Nite H2O

Disney Grad Nite H2O

by Angie Harris

 

 

One of the hardest things about high school graduation is leaving the security of home and school and going in a different direction than your friends. Disney World has created a spectacular island party, Disney Grad Nite H2O, which will send you and your classmates off with a splash!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney's Grad Nite H2O!

Text your besties for an epic night at Disney’s Grad Nite H2O!

Paradise

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will host the first ever Disney Grad Nite H20 2017. The attraction is the second most visited water park in the world and Disney turns on the magic to create the beach party of a lifetime! Pass through thundering waterfalls, tube down Mayday Falls, slide under bridges and through caves, or experience a Hawaiian roller coaster ride in North America’s largest wave pool, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool.

Surf's up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Surf’s up! Grab your BFF and ride the impressive waves at the massive Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Exclusive

The Typhoon Lagoon experience is exclusive to groups of ten or more high school graduating seniors and their chaperones. This party is sure to go down in “history, history, history… of course.”

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

Typhoon Lagoon hosts the ultimate party for graduating seniors and their chaperones

When does the party start?
This once-in-a-lifetime incredible party will be held on April 7, 21 and 28, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The celebration begins after normal park hours as high school seniors converge on the incredible island of paradise! A special ticket is required for this event.

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don't forget your ticket!

Hang with old friends or make some new ones- just don’t forget your ticket!

Event Includes:

ï    DJ dance parties

ï    Disney character meet-and-greets

ï    Food and a commemorative souvenir  mug with unlimited drinks

ï    Option to purchase a specially priced Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket

ï    Splash Back bonus visit—a complimentary return to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park one day over the next year!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!

Unlimited drinks, dancing, Disney character meet and greets- Awesome!

Bonus

Complete the Disney celebration and add a special Walt Disney World Theme Park ticket.

Keep the fun going all summer long!

Keep the fun going all summer long!

Kaleidoscope Adventures

 

Kaleidoscope Adventures has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.

 

Kaleidoscope is located in the heart of Orlando and they have worked with Disney Team for decades. An experienced tour director will know every detail of your itinerary, stay with your group throughout the entire trip! Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!  1-800-774-7337.

 

 

“We’re always looking for ways to help guests celebrate their special milestones, and we know our guests like to celebrate their high-school graduation at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Andrea Finger, a Walt Disney World spokeswoman. “With this in mind, we are reimagining this special event and introducing a new way for high school seniors to celebrate their achievements with friends and classmates.”

For more on this story, link to the Orlando Sentinel