Best of 417 Awards 2007

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Entertainment & Hotspots


Best Branson Show

Kirby Van Burch
Dixie Stampede
Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

This is a completely remade map of Best Branson Shows over 2006, when Shoji Tabuchi won, with the Presleys and Andy Williams as runners-up. Two of the current winners—Van Burch and the Dixie Stampede—have shows including animals. Van Burch’s magic show features Kirbam the white tiger and other exotic animals such as a lion, while the Dixie Stampede has ostriches, buffalo and horses. As the self-proclaimed entertainment powerhouse, the Baldnobbers focus on a combination of music and comedy that has kept the show alive since 1959.

Best Comedy Show

Skinny Improv
Yakov Smirnoff
Jim Stafford

Though Yakov and Jim Stafford both have larger audiences than the Skinny Improv (which now has a theatre seating 210 people, 60 more seats than in its first location), 417 Magazine readers prefer the Skinny’s Johnny-on-the-spot comedy stylings. the Valentine’s Day–themed Skinny event, of which 417 Magazine and GO Magazine are the key sponsors.

Best Live Music Venue

Outland Ballroom
Cartoons Oyster Bar & Grill
Ernie Biggs Piano Bar

The Outland Ballroom, slightly larger than the Outland itself, is a quintessential rock-band venue, which may be why it beat last year’s seemingly untouchable winner, Cartoons, for this honor. Ernie Biggs, with its pair of dueling pianos, is unique to the region as far as live music concepts.

Best Place for a Bike Ride

Ozark Greenways
Dogwood Canyon

The trail running through Sequiota Park and Galloway Village was most frequently cited as readers’ favorite part of the Ozark Greenways network. Owned by the Bass Pro/Big Cedar Lodge people, Dogwood Canyon features a chance to bike from Missouri to Arkansas and back again in a well-manicured private-park setting. The terrain’s relatively flat, so biking here isn’t too strenuous.

Best Place to be Seen

Downtown Springfield
417 Magazine People Pics

Downtown Springfield wins it again; people are proud of the revitalization. Specific center-city things that readers like include Bijan’s Sea & Grille, Gallery Bistro, Hammons Field, First Friday Art Walk and Springfield Brewing Company. We also encourage you to check out the new Ophelia’s, Ella Weiss and Gracie’s Bridal. As to the runners-up: Readers did seriously vote for 417 People Pics and “church” as places to be seen.

Best Place to Get Married

Eureka Springs
Chateau on the Lake
Mansion at Elfindale

Eureka Springs is in Arkansas, but close enough that we let it slip on the list. Chateau on the Lake and Mansion at Elfindale double as beautiful reception venues. As you might expect, “church” came up quite frequently, with a lot of readers setting down the name of their own congregation.

Best Place to Go Dancing

Icon Nightclub
Cartoons Oyster Bar & Grill
Martha’s Vineyard

If your idea of a good time is sipping chablis on your back deck in the midst of your gated community at sunset, you’ll have quite a wild time at any of these three venues. Icon got the most votes and is the ritziest; Cartoons is the least pretentious; Martha’s is the gayest.

Best Place to Show a Tourist

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
Downtown Springfield

Bass Pro wins it again; people mentioned Hammons Field as a great central Springfield attraction, while Branson Landing, Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake and Big Cedar Lodge came up as reader favorites in Taney County.

Best Place to Take the Kids

Discovery Center
Incredible Pizza
Silver Dollar City

If you want your kids to FREAK OUT WITH COMPLETE JOY, head to the new-and-improved Discovery Center, which expanded in 2006. While you adults may think the little ones will go ga-ga over the new high-up bike ride attraction, we’ve seen little kids go bonkers over actual scientific exhibits. Incredible Pizza and Silver Dollar City remain kiddie paradises also.

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