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Senior Branson trip attendees will fly instead of bus

March 2, 2010

Now we're flying! said a local tour guide.

Danny Sinnott has been organizing senior-friendly trips for the last few years in the area. This year, instead of going by bus, he is organizing tours by air.

"We will be going to Branson, Missouri, the live music show capital of the world by plane this year, rather than the bus."

The tours are senior-friendly, and he said one reason for the change is that many seniors were concerned about a long bus ride.

"The nice thing about opening this trip up by plane is that it is now open to all Fort Myers area residents, rather than just North Fort Myers and Cape Coral because that's where the bus was," he said.

The tour will happen April 5 through April 10 and includes the air fare, hotel, nine shows and breakfasts and dinners.

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What: Senior-Friendly tour to Branson

When: April 5 through 10

Information: 222-9464 or 731-1465

"And because we're flying, we'll see a show the very first day," he said.

Sinnott started organizing these types of tours seriously four years ago to take his parents to the Branson hot spot.

"The whole purpose of the trip as to get to be with others, enjoy the senior-friendly place and to get seniors more active," he said.

It is important to him to make the trips super senior friendly.

"Everyone is like my mom and my dad - the first to sign up for the trips. I take my cues from my parents. What they need is what others in their neighborhood need. That's to get away, enjoy themselves and forget about their problems," he said. He personally has seen more than 100 Branson shows.

"I like that they are family friendly, clean, wholesome shows and I like that they have such a variety," he said.

The nine shows he is picking for this tour are a big variety as well, from The 12 Irish Tenors to the Acrobats of China and a Neil Diamond Tribute.

"There is also the Magnificent 7 Variety Show which is seven decades of music with more than 300 costume changes," he continued.

One of his featured stops will be the Branson Belle Showboat, with a dinner and a cruise and shows. "We also have a Ozark Country Jubilee and a Comedy Jamboree Night where we are staying."

He has a lot of fun planned. "Doing this trip they will hear all their favorite music from country, Big Band, Swing, 50s and 60s. There will also be Rock n' Roll, Broadway and Gospel. There will also be lots of tributes to Veterans and the Armed Forces," Sinnott said.

Outside of the shows, there will be a winery tour, complete with wine tasting and sightseeing.

"And of course we have time set aside for shopping in ld time downtown Branson," he said.

He planned several trips last year, but this year only one be cause of the economy.

The venture isn't a money maker for Sinnott. In fact, last year he lost money but still enjoyed the trips. "Rather, it is to save seniors money, and make it affordable for them to do," Sinnott said.

The cost is $1,199 and includes travel, rooms, meals and shows.

For information, call Sinnott at 222-9464 or 731-1465. There will also be a "Meet and Greet" in March. Call for details.



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