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|Felicita Studios custom designs and creates most anything for your wedding, event or home…just ask! They also host Creativity Workshops and offer Interior Design services. |
2962 W Augusta Hills St.
Best Crafty Queens
Angela Shields and Janice Hawkins at Felicita Studios >>>
From their DressUps (adding personal touches to used or inexpensive dresses and gowns to make them one-of-a-kind and super-fabulous) to their handmade accessories, the gals at Felicita Studios are crafty super-stars. They make fun and whimsical items that are adding unique touches to 417-land weddings, but you don’t have to be a bride-to-be to take advantage of their talents. They also make clothing and accessories for every-day or other special occasions, and they even host workshops (in everything from painting and interior design to jewelry making and floral arrangements) during which they share their crafty skills.
Editors’ Pick: Best Young Super-Athlete
This kid plays football. He plays basketball. He runs track and field. And it’s not like he’s just dabbling in those three sports. He’s really, really good at all of them. So good, in fact, that he was named MaxPreps Male Athlete of the Year last year. That is no small feat for any high school athlete, but Dorial Green-Beckman was only a high school sophomore at the time, a rarity for a national award like Male Athlete of the Year. (Now, he’s a junior.) Needless to say, we’re excited to see what’s on the horizon for Hillcrest High School’s super-impressive athlete.
Editors’ Pick: Best Use of Local Talent
We could have also called this “Best Hollywood Connection,” “Best Way to Get 417-Land on the Map” or “Best Film Adaptation of a Local Writer’s Work.” All of them apply. We’re just stoked about the awards this movie is raking in (see story p. 96 to read all about it) and the efforts the filmmakers made to give the movie a local feeling. The woods are southwest Missouri woods. Several of the actors are southwest Missouri talent. There are local musicians, local special effects artists, local crew members. This movie, which is based on Daniel Woodrell’s novel of the same name, is a great way to see familiar names and faces on the silver screen. But it’s also a genuinely fantastic film that’s not to be missed.
Best Branson Performers Who Your Teenagers are Stalking on Facebook
The Haygoods >>>
The New Americana Theatre, 2905 W. Hwy 76, Branson, 417-339-4663, thehaygoods.com
These siblings are the future of Branson. Every single one of them is adorable. They are genuinely talented. They put on a great show. But they’re also savvy and smart. One of the editors believes that everybody, teenagers or not, should be following Tim Haygood on Facebook. Seven brothers and one sister make up the über-talented, extremely charming Branson performers known as The Haygoods. The musical family got their start in Boerne, Texas, after a 5-year-old Timothy saw a famous violinist on Sesame Street and decided he wanted to take lessons. His siblings followed, and eventually, the kids were being home-schooled by their mom, and the family was traveling all over Texas every weekend. After moving to Branson in 1993, The Haygoods performed at Silver Dollar City for nine seasons. Today, the group (Timothy, 33; Patrick, 30; Dominic, 28; Shawn, 26; Michael, 25; Matthew, 23; Catherine, 19; and Aaron, 17) sings and plays a variety of instruments, including the fiddle, guitar, saxophone and piano, in their beyond-entertaining shows, which are performed in their very own theater on the strip, all year long.
Editors’ Pick: Best User of One’s Own Name
There’s Ristorante Gilardi’s. Ristorante Nicola’s. Gilardi pasta. Insalata Gilardi. This guy is getting some serious mileage out of his name. But we find that endearing. So far, everything he has put his name on has impressed the heck out of us. Ristorante Gilardi’s is charming like nothing else. The Gilardi pasta is the perfect delectable mixture of ricotta pasta, Italian sausage and a creamy tomato sauce. Ristorante Nicola’s is chic with a menu full of delicious items. And the insalata Gilardi is a perky salad with champagne vinaigrette and fresh mozzarella. He found a formula, and it worked.
More Readers' Choice Winners
Best Branson Entertainer
Best Solo Musician (Male)
Best Solo Musician (Female)
Best Local Band
Best TV News Personality (Male)
Joe Daues / KSPR 33
Ethan Forhetz / KY3
Steve Grant / KY3
Best TV News Personality (Female)
Lisa Rose / KY3
Maria Neider / KY3
Joy Robertson / KOLR10
Brandon Beck / KY3
Ted Keller / KOLR10
Ron Hearst / KY3
Ned Reynolds / KY3
Dan Lucy / KOLR10
Joe Hickman / KY3
Best Radio Personality or Team
Fotsch & McClain / Power 96.5
Woody & Janet / 105.9 KGBX
Kevin & Liz / Alice 95.5
Keegan Pierce / Grant’s American Family Dining
Reid Roberts / Metropolitan Grill
Victoria Ross / Old Chicago
Ashley Engel / Avanzare Italian Dining
Jim Carr / Red Room
Philip Thomas / Farmers Gastropub