Access Vegas Insider Vibe – July 25, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! I’m not sure if we are in Nevada or Florida with the wacky weather we’ve had the past few days. Thunderstorms in the evening, periods of heavy rain and wind, and temps below normal with muggy nights. While some places get rain and wet winters, summer is our “monsoon” season. Having said that, nothing that really interrupts a vacation. The rain dumps then moves on 20 minutes later and cools the air a bit.

A few of you wondered where the brand new Bellagio Conservatory Route 66 photos promised for last issue were. Because of the huge piles of great Las Vegas info we had backlogged, we put out a special bonus issue over last weekend. This regularly schedules issue is here, and has all the great photos as promised. The Route 66 themed botanical display is truly one of the best seasonal displays they have ever done (and I’ve seen most of them)! Click to View Bellagio Gardens Route 66 Theme Photos

Our congratulations to Judy Craymer, the Producer of the world-renowned Mamma Mia! including Mamma Mia! Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. She was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her exceptional contributions to the theatrical community. Craymer was awarded Member of the British Empire, MBE, at the Queen’s Birthday Honours amongst other prominent figures in the entertainment industry. “This is one of the most exciting things to have happened to me in my professional life,” said Craymer. “Obviously I’m delighted. You never think you will be chosen and it is just wonderful to receive such recognition. It’s a real honor.”

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Featured Report and Photo Set:
Bellagio Gardens Summer 2007 Route 66

Take A Route 66 Road Trip Through Bellagio’s Conservatory and Gardens – Celebrate the Joys of Summer with Colorful Flowers – a Classic Corvette and a 42-foot Ferris Wheel (photos by Mark Jacobs, story courtesy of Bellagio) – This summer Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens provides nostalgic stops along the historical Route 66, the 2,400-mile highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through three time zones and eight states. The Conservatory’s route is filled with thousands of vibrant plants, flowers and trees, a country fair and an automobile museum piece, offering a captivating view of summertime adventures. The Conservatory welcomes guests with a sumptuous roadside market replete with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Coastal Redwoods, Weeping Willows, red roses and blue agapanthus flowers are overgrown along the roadside where the two market carts have made a home. The market’s red and green apples, cantaloupes, watermelons, tomatoes, broccoli and peppers tempt travelers and set the mood for the colorful and diverse display. The next stop on Bellagio’s Route 66 is a quiet town park. Here, beautiful rose hedges lead to a three-tiered fountain, 12-feet-tall and eight-feet-wide, where water gently flows amid luscious white statice flowers, red yarrow plants and moss. The rose hedges, filled with 4,000 red, orange, pink, yellow and peach Russian-cut roses, form cozy areas with vintage park benches while street lamps provide a soft glow.

The enchanting centerpiece of this memorable exhibit is a 42-foot Ferris wheel within a country fair setting. Surrounded by sunflowers and tent-tops, the authentic Ferris wheel’s seats are full of flowing ivy and glorious sunflowers.

High above the fair, three “cold air” balloons float up and down as would-be spectators survey the magnificent gardens and roadways below. The Conservatory’s Route 66 road trip ends as guests watch a classic convertible “drive” into the sunset. The 1962 fawn beige Corvette, loaned to Bellagio by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, is featured on a road of “Chocolate Chip” Ajuga plants and white statice flowers. A trio of vintage gas pumps, a desert landscape with Saguaro Cacti, and beautiful red Celosia and white azalea flowers provide the backdrop. Visitors are invited to enjoy the summer display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens through September 8.

Summer Exhibit Fast Facts:

  • Total number of plants used: 10,000 flowers and 4,000 plants
  • Number of flower species: 7
  • Number of tree species: 3
  • 1962 fawn beige Corvette on loan from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY
  • 42-foot authentic Ferris wheel was specially installed without a motor to ensure minimal movement

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Bellagio Gardens Summer 2007 Route 66 Photo Set

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Toni Braxton Extends Her Run At Flamingo Las Vegas Through February 16, 2008Flamingo Las Vegas announces that it will extend the successful live show, Toni Braxton: Revealed, through February 16, 2008. (Tickets) Six-time Grammy Award-winning artist and international headlining performer Toni Braxton opened her spectacular production in August 2006 and has been dazzling audiences ever since. Toni Braxton: Revealed is a sexy, entertaining and intimate evening with the woman who interprets the emotional essence of a song as no other artist can. Click to Read The Full Story …

The Ultimate Summer Party With Country Music Star Toby Keith As He Brings His “Big Dog Daddy Tour 2007” To Mandalay Bay Saturday, Sept. 8 With Special Guests Miranda Lambert & Flynnville Train – Toby Keith, a multi-platinum country music superstar and one of the most recognizable entertainers in the nation, will bring his “Big Dog Daddy Tour 2007” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Sept. 8. (Tickets) ACMA award-winner Miranda Lambert as well as Flynnville Train will open the show at 8 p.m. Following a career-changing 2006, Keith launched his 2007 blockbuster tour in March and has big plans for the remainder of 2007 that include Las Vegas! Click to Read The Full Story …

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater Continuing The American Legacy Of Excellence In Dance – Premiere Performance September 4, 2007 – Las Vegas’s new multicultural repertoire dance company, The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater (LVCDT), presents its debut season at The Cashman Theater on September 4th at 7:30pm & 5th at 2:00 p.m. LVCDT will present world-premiere Ballets, performed by acclaimed dancers from around the world, by choreographers, Donald McKayle and Bernard Gaddis. The evening will begin with the premiere performance of LVCDT at 7:30pm, following a post performance reception. Click to Read The Full Story …

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Dear Ted:Up until now all of our trips to Las Vegas have leaned more towards shopping, sight seeing etc. This year we are planning a trip to Vegas but haven’t decided when yet because I’d like to aim this trip more for my husbands interests, (after all that shopping it only seems fair!).

He is very much a car enthusiast, anything relating to cars, car shows, hot rods, racing etc. having been in the body shop industry all his working life. When and where would be some good things to take in along these lines? Any advice would be appreciated it, especially by him.

Heather Holcik

Ted Responds:

Imperial Palace Auto Collection is a must see on The Strip for any car enthusiast. The selection changes on a regular basis as cars are displayed and sold, but plenty of interesting variety. They claim $100,000,000 worth of inventory at any given time.

If a racing fan, Richard Petty Experience isn’t cheap, but will let you drive an actual race car around the same speedway NASCAR races on.

Wynn Las Vegas has Nevada’s exclusive factory-authorized Ferrari and Maserati dealership. Might want to poke your head in there.

Hope this helps!

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