December 21, 2012

Winter Travel Tips & Story Starters
The Lake of the Ozarks Area is On in the Offseason
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Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -
With its many attractions, activities and amenities, the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to plan a getaway in the months ahead. Read on for other hot topics and tips to get you started on winter stories about the Lake. For more info, color images or other assistance, please contact
Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle at The Beenders-Walker Group.

Celebrate the return of migratory eagles to the Lake of the Ozarks area on Jan. 5 and 6 during Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days in Lake Ozark, Mo. Organizers have added several new activities (indicated by an asterisk) as well as a new location to this year's celebration of our national bird. There will be live eagle programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary at Osage National Golf Resort; interactive exhibits, wood carving* and a petting zoo* at Willmore Lodge; and new for this year, a Live Owls of Missouri exhibit* at the School of the Osage Heritage Building Gym*. There will be opportunities for eagle-watching at stations located at the Bagnell Dam Access point, as well as opportunities to build your own eagles nest*, rope making workshops* and Dutch Oven demonstrations*; eagle-watching cruises also will be offered for $5 per person aboard the paddle wheeler Tom Sawyer during the two-day event. Eagle Days hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-964-1008 or visit LakeOfTheOzarksEagleDays.com for more information. 


Valentine's Day is right around the corner and love is always in bloom at the Lake of the Ozarks, especially in the winter months. Treat that special someone to a Valentine's Celebration to remember by scheduling a romantic getaway to the Lake. Area lodging properties offer great values and many have extra amenities, including relaxing hot tubs, cozy fireplaces and shimmering Lakeside views. With five wineries and over 100 restaurants available at the Lake - including several that specialize in the ambiance of a candlelit dinner - the area has added entertainment to spare. For more information on lodging, restaurants, wineries and nightspots at the Lake of the Ozarks, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com. 


Liverpool Legends Sgt. Pepper For the fifth straight year, the world-famous Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, will appear at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach. On March 8 and 9, the Liverpool Legends will perform their memorable show each evening at 8 p.m. This Beatles tribute band will take you on a journey through the legendary group's entire career, as well as the individual music catalogues of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Louise Harrison (George Harrison's sister) hand-picked these talented artists for both a physical resemblance and a vocal similarity to their famous counterparts. Notables such as former President Bill Clinton, Beatles lead singer Sir Paul McCartney, Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa have championed this tribute band. Tickets are available from the Tri-County Lodging Association and The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau. Premium seats are $30 for adults and children; regular reserved seating is $25 for adults and $20 for children. The venue will sell out quickly, so it's recommended that you call to get your tickets early. For more information, call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau's website, FunLake.com


The 12th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will be held February 16. Twenty-eight buses will safely transport participants to and from the 22 Lake-area "pub crawl" bars and restaurants. Most venues will offer some type of live entertainment, such as country, rock or blues bands, while others will have DJs on hand to keep the music flowing. Buses will be "crawling" from pub to pub from 4 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. the night of the event. A ticket to ride the shuttle buses is just $7 per person for the entire evening. Bus fee includes drop-off and pick-up at participating hotels. For more information, call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit  LakeAreaPubCrawl.com


The winter season is loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. (A few additional highlights of Lake-area winter fun are listed below.) For more information about winter getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.  


FEB 23


Make a dash into some possibly frigid waters for charity or just come to cheer on your friends who decide to take the Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lake of the Ozarks State Park's Grand Glaize Beach (Public Beach No. 2) in Osage Beach. Aside from the potentially "unbearably" chilly water, this is an event all about fun and fundraising. Crazy costumes, music and loads of laughs are all apart of this festival to benefit local athletes competing in the Special Olympics. To find out more about this event, call 573-256-6367 or visit TinyURL.com/LakePolarPlunge on the web.


MARCH 23 & 24


Fishermen interested in participating in the Buddy Bass Tournament on March 23 and 24 at Alhonna Resort (677 Outer Dr. on land or the 6 Mile Marker on the Lake of the Ozarks) should register now to qualify for an early entry fee. The entry fee is $100 per each two-person team. An additional $10 fee can be paid to participate in the Big Bass Pot for the largest bass caught. This two-day tournament includes a hot breakfast and a 100 percent payout of entry fees. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. each day. Weigh-in times are at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about tournament registration and lodging, call 573-365-2634 or visit Alhonna.com.


MARCH 29 & 30


Run, jump, slide, roll, scoot and splash your way through the first-ever Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run, a 5-mile adventure-obstacle race, on March 29 and 30 at the River Bottom Motocross Park in Kaiser. Early registration is $65 per runner or $25 for the youth mini-race for children ages 15 and under. This event features live entertainment, a beer garden and concessions. Proceeds will benefit the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Leonard Wood, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Off-Road Riders Matter. Camping is available at the race site. To find out more, call 573-348-6575 or visit  RowdyRun.com. 


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The winter season is full of exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks!  For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle.


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Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-4292 

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

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Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days


Liverpool Legends


Mardi Gras Pub Crawl


Polar Plunge


Buddy Bass Tournament


Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run



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