Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog
My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…
Happy Veterans Day everyone! I had another incredible Branson experience late Friday night, a 5k run/walk for The Caring People. The race started at 10:15 pm in the administration parking lot at Silver Dollar City, wove through the parking lot, onto the road and then back through the park. They advertise 4 million lights in the park, but I think I counted 4,000,001! Its one of the most beautiful places at Christmas and mother nature cooperated in giving us perfect walking weather.
Before starting the race, I got in a preliminary 5k simply walking around the park. I made sure to hit all four rollercoasters at least once and the incredibly fast 4 loop Wildfire twice. I wanted to view the lights from atop of the tracks but was too focused on the rails in front of me where I was trying to pilot the rollercoaster safely. When finished I felt I could add time to my logbook. Had a nice dinner at the Mine Shaft restaurant and headed out for the start of the ceremony which included 1,600 participants. Families welcome, and there were a couple of 9 year olds who beat my time.
The Caring People was founded by Peter and JoDee Herschend and serves single moms around the globe. You can find out more about this wonderful organization on their website.
Pictured from left to right: Pete Herschend, Me, JoDee Herschend, Brad Thomas
Monday night was a true integration into the Branson Community where I attended my first Vets for Vets event at Starlite Theatre. Several of the entertainers in this community are veterans and were an inspiration for us all as they took the stage. The lineup included current and retired Branson show entertainers as well as vets in the community that just enjoy singing.
My father was a retired Captain in the US Coast Guard for 25 years in active duty and reserves. Growing up in a military family gave me a special appreciation for the military so that’s why I decided to make a special contribution of $10,000 to the Branson Veterans Task Force (BVTF). BVTF is a non-profit, volunteer organization that presents Branson Veterans Homecoming, November 5 – 11 each year. This organization helps to welcome thousands of veterans, active duty personnel and their families to Branson. You can find out more information on their website at: http://bransonveteranswebsite.com/ or read the full press release here: http://www.70smusiccelebration.com/media.html