Friday Night Live – concert series in the Trails Park in Summerlin

The Summerlin Council presents the return of the fantastic “Friday Night Live” summer concert series.  You can bring your own food and drink and a blanket on Friday June 7, and head over to the Trails Park, 1910 Spring Gate Lane, Las Vegas Nevada 89134.  You will enjoy live musical experiences and performances that are guaranteed to get up on your feet and “Dance to the Music.”  And to top that off – – – it’s free!!!!!

The concert series gives you the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors in Summerlin and maybe even get to know other people from this incredible community. My family goes to at least one of these free concerts every summer! Be prepared for a wonderful night of fun as the bands play fun music that you know, and you can dance on the basketball court in front of the stage beneath the summer stars.

The popular live show kicks off with ’80s revival band “Loveshack”, which has been voted Best of Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Review-Journal readers poll several times.  The show starts at 7 p.m. however I suggest you get there a little earlier that that to find a place on the lawn for your blanket.

The second concert of the series happens on August 9 with “Yellow Brick Road” scheduled to perform and the third is September 6 with “Boogie Knights” on the schedule.

Originating in 1997 The Summerlin Council is the owner and operator of the Trails, Willows, Gardens and Vistas Community Centers, Willows Pool, Trails Pool, Vistas Pool, Summerlin Tennis Club and the community’s major parks and amenities.

Additionally the Council plans more than a dozen annual events, offers more than 150 community classes and youth camps, and prepares and distributes monthly and quarterly publications to the residents. According to Tom Warden, vice president of community and government relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation, “The Summerlin Council is the heart of the community and is responsible, in large part, for the quality of life for which the community is known.”

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Death Valley is expanding…….land bill added over 35,000 acres to the National Park

Did you know that Death Valley is only 100 miles west of Las Vegas?  I know you wouldn’t want to go there in the summer; however it is nice to go see at other times of the year and take in the beauty of the park.

A major lands bill was approved by Congress last week and part of this bill is to add over 35,000 acres to Death Valley National Park that presently is 3.4 million acres.  In 1849 a party of pioneers taking a shortcut to the goldfields of California stumbled into what is known now as Death Valley. The pioneers were desperate for water, and they too found salvation in the springs at Furnace Creek – one of the few areas in the park that has civilization.

Before the pioneers, the Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived in the valley for centuries. They hunted and followed seasonal migrations for harvesting of pinyon pine nuts and mesquite beans with their families. To them, the land provided everything they needed and many areas were, and are, considered to be sacred places.

Over the years from the mid to late 1800’s many distinct groups of miners and settlers came through Death Valley – for more information click on this link https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Presently you can explore this national park however it is advised to go on a guided tour.  There are also several hotels and other lodging in Death Valley. The Stovepipe Wells Village concession offers resort accommodations and limited recreational vehicle camping with full hookups in the Stovepipe Wells area. The Inn at Death Valley is a privately-owned historic inn that provides first class resort accommodations in the Furnace Creek area.  There is also the Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch) that currently is undergoing extensive remodeling. The private Panamint Springs Resort offers resort accommodations and camping.  There is also Scotty’s Castle that is closed until 2020 due to extensive flooding in the Grapevine Canyon from a severe thunderstorm that has destroyed the road to Scotty’s Castle and caused damage to buildings in this area.

There are many camp grounds available if you like to “rough it”.  There are also many places to eat from fine dining in the hotels to more casual eating spots and a few general stores where you can get a sandwich and supplies.

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Super Summer Theater is NOT going away… despite what you may have heard

Many of us have heard the news that Bonnie Springs Ranch has been sold and will have new owners very shortly.  The intent is to develop a high-end housing community. However, a lot of people are confused and think that means the Outdoor Theater run by Super Summer Theatre is closing as well……Not true.  Super Summer Theater is at Spring Mountain Ranch, which is next door to Bonnie Springs. It is a different entity entirely and is alive and well and hopefully will continue to be around for long, long time.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with beautiful views of the Las Vegas Valley is between Bonnie Springs & the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation. In addition to the theatre, visitors can explore some of the oldest buildings in Nevada, a 1860s blacksmith shop, the Sandstone Cabin that was home to the founding family and the ranch house. Hiking trails throughout the park, in addition to tree-shaded picnic sites with tables and grills, make day trips to the park a family favorite.

For over 40 years, Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park has offered a variety of outdoor shows to enjoy. The venue is exactly 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection.  June, July & August performances run Wednesday –Saturday and September’s production runs Thursday – Saturday).

A couple of interesting facts about Bonnie Springs- The “Bonnie” in Bonnie Springs Ranch comes from Bonnie McGaugh, the woman who purchased the ranch in 1952.  McGaugh, a one-time dancer and showgirl, passed away in 2016.

While she purchased the ranch in 1952, the ranch’s history dates back to 1840.  The zoo at Bonnie Springs Ranch started when the owner took in two pygmy goats from (wait for it) Wayne Newton.

We surely will miss Bonnie Springs Ranch with its “wild west” feel and are thrilled to say Spring Mountain Ranch will still be open for many different activities especially the Super Summer Theatre.

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The Knights got Stoned

The Vegas Golden Knights have made another trade just before the deadline to take another run at the Stanley Cup in their second season. The Knights acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for defense prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and the Dallas Stars’ 2020 second-round pick. Vegas also received minor league forward Tobias Lindberg in the trade.

Stone is a top-line talent the Golden Knights hope can help them make another deep playoff run as they did last year in getting to the Cup Final. “He plays a complete game, plays every situation, and he’s going to really help our hockey club,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “He was the top guy on the board and we went out and got him, so it shows our players what we want to do and get things on track here and get going again.”

Losing 10 of their past 13 games has hurt the Golden Knights in a top-heavy Pacific Division, but Stone should provide an immediate boost. The 26-year-old has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games this season; two points shy of his career high.

Stone is in the midst of his fifth consecutive 20-goal and 50-point season. And he said on Canadian television he agreed to but hadn’t yet signed a long-term contract extension, which makes the trade all the more valuable for the Golden Knights.

“He’s been great for a lot of years now, it feels like,” Vegas center William Karlsson said. “Huge addition for our roster. The guy can pass, the guy can score, so he’s kind of the full package.”

After trading a first-, a second- and a third-round pick at the 2018 deadline for winger Tomas Tatar, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee again anted up for a playoff push. Owner Bill Foley wanted his franchise to win a title within the first five years, and this is another move to help that effort in the short and long term.

All it cost Vegas off its NHL roster is Oscar Lindberg, a 27-year-old who has 12 points in 35 games this season. The team took him from the New York Rangers in the expansion draft, drafted Brannstrom in 2017 with the pick it received from the Islanders to take Mikhail Grabovski’s contract off their hands and got the second-rounder from Dallas for Marc Methot, whom they selected from the Senators in the expansion draft.

Go Knights Go!

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Have you seen Seven Magic Mountains?

If you drive around 10 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 you will find Seven Magic Mountains.  They are located near Jean Dry Lake just off the highway.  I highly recommend you take a short drive to see this fun and inspirational art show of color in the desert.

These colorful boulders stand over 30 feet high and the brain child of Ugo Rondinone, an internationally celebrated Swiss artist.  Seven Mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public art installation and is adjacent to the Sheep Mountains and the McCullough, Bird Spring and Goodsprings ranges. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, The Seven Magic Mountains jolts the Mojave with a burst of form and color with dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders. The cost of this project was $3.5 million, but not in tax dollars. The Nevada Commission on Tourism kicked in $100,000; however the big money came from private donors, with Aria resort being the largest.

The exhibition opened May 11, 2016, and was originally scheduled to be on view for two years – however due to the incredible success of Seven Magic Mountains since its opening,  the artist Ugo Rondinone has shown a strong desire to keep the artwork on view at its current site. The producers- Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art in Reno continue to work on an extension plan that would enable Seven Magic Mountains to remain on view for several years to come. At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a three-year permit extension for the artwork, allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021.

Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Little Theatre will be showing Assassins January 19 through February 3

Assassins is a historical “revusical” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by John Weidman.  The play explores the dark side of the Americas assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald and others from different periods from our historic past.

 This play takes the audience on a scary roller coaster ride where these assassins and would be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and encourage each other to do disturbing acts in the name of the American Dream. This is a darkly humorous musical review that depicts nine misfit men and women who attempted (four of them successfully) to assassinate American Presidents.

Las Vegas Little Theatre is theatre by the community, for the community. It is an amateur theatre company founded in 1978 by Jack Bell and Jack Nicholson and was launched in a converted storefront with an initial seating capacity of 48.

The Las Vegas Little Theatre’s mission has always been: To increase the awareness of theatre arts in Southern Nevada, provide quality productions, and to offer educational, hands-on opportunities in all facets of theatre production.

The current home was renovated with the help of professional design services, donations from patrons and local businesses, and countless hours of sweat and of dedicated volunteers. The long-range goal is to secure a permanent, LVLT-owned facility in which to stage our productions and offer increased services to the community.

​This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For tickets go to: http://www.lvlt.org/contact

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Concerts at the Encore Theater are more than just a concert!

 

If you have not seen one of the concerts the Wynn puts on in their intimate little 1,500 seat Encore Theater, you are missing out on a wonderful show. I’ve now seen Garth Brooks, Billy Joel & John Fogarty there… When I saw Billy Joel, I was enthralled by the stories he told between songs. He talked about his journey through music as if he were talking to Barbara Walters… (I thought maybe she was in the audience). Now, I have seen Billy Joel 4 other times in concert, however, I enjoyed this one the most (by far…) but I just thought he was choosing a different approach, and I felt lucky to have experienced it.

A few months later I was invited to see Garth Brooks perform there, and although I’m not a real big fan of his music, I always love a good concert and figured he would be very entertaining. He opened the show talking about the music played in his home growing up, and (again) took the audience through his journey in a way that made me feel like we had become friends. Of course, he played plenty of music, but it was more than a concert; it was like we were in his living room.

And again, a few months later I took the opportunity to go see John Fogarty at the Wynn… I’ve always loved CCR and just never saw him perform previously. It was not until my 3rd show at the same venue that I realized that the Wynn was approaching concerts very differently. Of course I’ve been to a couple of shows where the artist spouted some political point of view about guns or war or Apartheid or whatever was the hot topic at the time, and many artists will pepper their show with brief anecdotes. But John told a captivating tale about his first guitar… and how much it meant to him… and why he gave it to a poor musician who showed promise… He talked about the honor of having certain other musicians “cover” his music, and various other stories, and he was so human… once again I left there feeling like we had really connected.

What I eventually decided was that these concerts were more than concerts. They were intimate gatherings with real people, who have great stories to tell, and since at least pre-school, I have loved story-time and I have loved great music. John Fogarty is performing there again in April and Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson & Sarah McLaughlan all have 2019 dates there. Go to https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment for details and get tickets. I’m betting you’ll have a concert experience unlike any you’ve had before. And you may even run into me in the refreshments line.

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