May 1st – 4th ~ Las Vegas, Nevada
Last summer Tim and I flew up to Medford where we had the chance to have a mini reunion with two dear friends that I have known since Junior High School, Karen Snyder and Cheryl Erickson Scott. We had so much fun that we decided to try to make it an annual event.
This year our destination was LAS VEGAS!
With all of our husbands in tow, we rendezvoused at Bally’s where Steve and Karen were able to get our rooms comped for us. Nice!
There are many ways to fill the time in Las Vegas. Of course going to any number of great shows, gambling, eating, shopping and people watching are all options, but we also wanted to have time to visit, laugh, get caught up on each others lives, and do a few “off beat” or not so traditional things while here.
If you find yourself in Las Vegas and are also looking for different options, may I recommend:
Bellagio Conservatory Flower Display
“Most hotels have gardeners, but the Bellagio has 120 of them. That’s not including the designers, engineers and electricians who work behind the scenes to make all that magic happen. With 15,000-18,000 visitors to impress every day, you don’t have to be a genius to understand why they need so many hands on deck. Five times a year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall and winter, the Bellagio Conservatory team creates a full-blown floral production…During the course of each seasonal exhibit, more than 10,000 potted flowers are hand-watered and switched out every two weeks.” ~ vegas.com
While you are at the Bellagio, don’t miss the art work of glass mystro, Dale Chihuly. Over two thousand glass flowers hang overhead in the check-in lobby.
“Fiori di Como is a garden of hand blown glass that is one of Dale Chihuly’s better known public installations. The entire structure weighs over 40,000 pounds, there are more than 2,000 flowers displayed in the glass garden. The structure is a representation of Italian Fields in the spring. The structure is said to be worth about 3 million give or take a few million” ~ vegas.com
And of course, if you have not already seen their dancing fountains set to music, they are both entertaining and relaxing. The 1214 water jets shoot up to 460 feet in the air and are choreographed to 30 different songs.
The Mob Museum – This first class museum is located near Fremont street and well worth the time. If you are even slightly curious to learn more about the history of Las Vegas and the mob, you will find the stories, movie clips and displays engaging.
“The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories. From the birth of the Mob, to today’s headlines. Shadows and whispers. G-Men and Made Men. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. This eye-opening, authentic view of organized crime’s impact on the world reveals an insider’s look at the events and characters of the continuing battle between the Mob and the law.” – The Mob Museum
Menopause, The Musical – With Cindy Williams of “Laverne & Shirley” fame guest starring, one laugh followed another. Obviously, this show is more hysterical for us ladies who have reached a certain stage in life…
Not sure if Cheryl has forgiven me yet, but I somehow managed to drag her on stage with me at the end of the show to join in the last dance number where we celebrated our membership in the club.
Shelby Museum – Tim was able to arrange a VIP tour through the Carroll Shelby Museum for the guys while we girls went for a stroll through the mall (that is code for shopping).
“From CSX2000, the first Cobra, to the latest Ford Shelby GT500 “Super Snake” and the first Ford GT prototype, the museum celebrates the life and cars of Carroll Shelby.” ~ CarrollShelbyMerchandise.com
Casa de Shenandoah (Wayne Newton’s estate) – Wayne Newton is synonymous with Las Vegas. Karen had purchased some discounted tickets for us ahead of time for a package that included the movie, a tour of his mansion and a visit to see his exotic animal collection. The magnificent Arabian horses he raises can be admired when driving through the property. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 wild peacocks roam the grounds.
I was fascinated by Wayne Newton’s eclectic art taste. One wall was covered in Margaret Keane paintings, but on the floor to the right of the sofa was a Van Gogh, Sunflowers! Could this possibly be an original??? Our guide said yes, but I can find no information to confirm it.
HELPFUL HINT: Sometimes discounts and two for one tickets can be obtained either through Groupon or if you have a priority gaming card with your favorite casino.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: I love traditions, and am delighted that we are starting a new one. Our get together for next year is already set, as it will coincide with our 50th class reunion to be held in Medford on 8-18-18. Having friendships that have lasted for over 50 years are priceless. I am already looking forward to seeing many more of my classmates at the reunion who I have been fortunate to have found and rekindled a relationship with through the miracle of Facebook, this blog and other forms of social media.