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March/April 2017 Issue

New festival at Silver Dollar City

Branson’s popular theme park, Silver Dollar City, will roll out a new festival this spring. It’s called Festival of Wonder and will feature curious performances centered around music, dance, and visual art.

One of the acts, the Earth Harp Collective, is billed as the world’s largest stringed instrument. With wires stretching the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall, the strings will vibrate above the audience’s heads as it’s being played.

The Flamenco Kings, a dance group of seven brothers, fuses flamenco, tap, martial arts, and acrobatics into its act. Speed painter Dan Dunn will demonstrate his surprising art during the festival, which will run April 6–30.

Unusual food will be a part of the festival, too. Try shark or gator kabobs or chocolate-covered bacon.

Festival of Wonder replaces World-Fest, a large multi-national gathering of performers, which closed its successful run in 2016.

To purchase discounted tickets to Silver Dollar City, visit the AAA branch office nearest you.


The Earth Harp Collective is part of the new Festival of Wonder. Silver Dollar City


Travel and save on Amtrak

Amtrak will double its AAA discount to 20 percent off the best available rail fares on select trains for springtime travel. In addition, up to two children (ages 2 to 12 years) may ride at half the adult fare when accompanied by an adult.

For tickets purchased online between April 1 and May 15, AAA members can receive the extra discount when using code H271. Travel has to be taken April 22–June 12, and there are additional restrictions and/or blackout dates. Advance reservations are required a minimum of three days prior to travel. No upgrades, and the offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.

For full restrictions, including applicable trains, and to purchase tickets, visit



Free Travel Events

• Tuesday, April 25, at 6 p.m., AAA Travel and AmaWaterways presents a river cruising program at Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, 303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers, Ark. RSVP (479) 254-9223, Ext. 101 or (479) 444-9222, Ext. 107.

AAA Member Choice Vacations will present a program on Europe. Call these AAA branch offices for details.
• Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP AAA Jackson (601) 957-8484, Ext. 0
• Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP AAA Shreveport, (318) 797-0262, Ext. 0
• Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. RSVP AAA Slidell, (985) 781-7068, Ext. 0
• Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP AAA Metairie (504) 838-7500, Ext. 0
• Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP AAA Baton Rouge, (225) 293-1200, Ext. 0

Trust AAA Travel to create a memorable vacation for you and your family. From river cruises to European tours, you can learn more at these free public events. RSVP to offices listed above.



Solar Eclipse

Although the 2017 solar eclipse is months away, there’s a significant buzz concerning the celestial event that will take place in August.

And according to GreatAmerican, three of the Top 10 places to view the event are in the southeastern United States: Nashville, Tenn.; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and Columbia, S.C.

The eclipse on Aug. 21 will be the first total solar eclipse on the continental U.S. since 1979.


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