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…
Today was a very special day for two reasons. First, I had the honor of granting a wish for a very special child named Violet from the Make A Wish Foundation. Violet is 5 years old and underwent emergency surgery to remove a life-threating brain tumor located at the base of her cerebellum. Her recovery has been truly remarkable. Through her hard work and determination, she began kindergarten this year after learning to walk again. She continues to receive MRI’s every three months and physical therapy to improve her motor skills.
Her wish was to visit Branson and meet “Greg Brady.” “I would love to meet the real Greg, the one with the curly hair,” said Violet.
She is a special little girl and I was truly touched to not only grant her wish, but to help show her and her family what an Ozark Mountain Christmas really is. In addition to seeing my show and meeting me after for autographs and pictures Violet and her family took a Branson Christmas Light Tour in a stretch limousine provided by Branson Limousine and Executive Charter, saw the Branson Area Festival of Lights sponsored by North Pole Productions, experienced Silver Dollar City, drove through the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, and received special gifts from several other local businesses like the Haygoods and Voices of Glory.
What a great way to end my season; a special show for a special child. I performed my last show of Lunch with the Brady Bunch and although I am sad to be done, I am very excited about what the future holds for my new show, 70s Music Celebration! and my future in my hometown, Branson.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Pictured is the current cast of Lunch with the Brady Bunch along with Violet and her family.
My weekend started out on Friday with a visit to the quaint resort town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which is approximately one hour southwest of Branson. This town cannot be described and must be experienced, but I will do my best. The downtown area is 100% Victorian-era buildings with lots of little shops, restaurants and lodging facilities. It reminds me of a little Switzerland with its winding, hilly roads. There are no traffic lights in the historic downtown area and I am told that the streets wind around in a 5 mile loop with no two intersecting.
Arvest Bank sponsored a luncheon meet and greet for the community. I met a lot of wonderful people both from the area and employees of the bank. I took lots of pictures and signed lots of autographs. I even became an Arvest honorary employee with a name badge and everything.
Once our Sparky’s lunch was settled, it was onto the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Almost 500 acres houses over 100 large cats along with a few other animals. Lions and tigers and a bear, oh my!! It’s pretty amazing being that close to an animal with such power. Of course we were at a safe distance at all times and I noticed that the cages are very solid. This is a government inspected facility and has to comply with their regulations. One of the employees took us on a guided tour of the grounds in a modified golf cart. It was around feeding time, so the animals were feisty to say the least. One of the male lions had just gotten done eating his chicken and decided it was time to mark his territory, coming too close for comfort to marking me!! I was glad I was just out of shooting range. What makes this facility even more interesting is that it’s supported by community donations and these employees work hard to keep the animals happy. If you are a big cat lover, you need to check out their website and visit if you are in town.
We all stopped at the Best Western Ozark Mountain Inn for a short break and recharge with a nice assortment of fruit, cheese and crackers. Then it was off to line up in the Eureka Springs Christmas Parade. I was invited to be the Grand Marshall and got to ride with Mickey Mouse!! Arvest Bank sponsored the float which was the flashiest, coolest float of the parade. Riding with me were several bank employees and their families as we all waved and they threw out candy canes to the spectators along the parade route.
I have to thank the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Arvest Bank for doing such a wonderful job coordinating all the events and taking care of me while I was there. This truly was an enjoyable experience!! Definitely a community that I will visit again!!