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My trip to the 4th
Hotel reservation made May 24, 2004 (yes,
2004), non-smoking room with two queen beds,
The Big Deal 2005 Convention Registration Confirmation, Sept. 30, 2004
Confirmation ID: NV05-14367-1-358, Purple Track, and Extra Day (Sat. 25 June 2005)
T-Shirt, Convention Pin, DVD of convention, Amount paid $539.24 (after Purple Perks discount of $95.16 taken off) Southwest Airline reservations made May 6, 2005
Las Vegas Red Hat Society’s fourth annual convention.
1st April, 2002 – 425 Red
Hatters gather in Chicago
Friday, 24 June 2005
I picked up Charlie Jo at 9 a.m. and we were off for Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ.
We arrived at McCarran Field, Las Vegas, NV about 1:15 p.m. After getting our luggage we went to the MGM Grand desk in the terminal and check in, getting our room “keys”. Next rode the shuttle to the MGM Grand on “the strip”. We spent the afternoon going to the registration and various area of the Convention Center in the MGM Grand, getting our Players Club cards (for shot machines) and checking out everything. After unpacking we returned to the main floor and had a very good all-you-can-eat buffet in the Grand Buffet, and spent the evening visiting the various areas of the hotel.
Professional photographs were taking pictures
though out the whole conference, which of course
Saturday, 25 June 2005
Breakfast at McDonald’s on way to registration area in the Convention Center of the MGM Grand Hotel.
Registered in Premier Ballroom Foyer, we took taking Clubs as our suit for seating at the multiple functions.
We talked with many ladies from all over the USA. Learned every state was represented, plus Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. Made reservations for the Tuesday evening Las Vegas Evening Tour from the MGM Grand. We then visited The Tropicana and made reservations for the Monday afternoon Extreme Magic Show staring Dirk Arthur.
6 to 9 p.m. we attended The Studio 54 Exclusive “Vegas Style” Party Buffet dinner, entertainment, DJ and dancing for those of us who registered for the extra day. Good buffet food, open bar, packed with ladies, dancers and LOUD music, like Studio 54 in NYC.
Sunday, 26 June 2005
the Red Hat Society Store (in a ball room) that was open Sunday through
5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom
Foyer, I used my two drink tickets for two
7 to 8:30 p.m. were the opening ceremonies in the Grand Ballroom with founder Sue Ellen Cooper and her assistant Linda Murphy.
Monday, 27 June 2005 8 to 9:30 a.m. Pajama Breakfast with entertainment by Dr. Maxine Harper and author Kelly Lange (formerly of KTLA in Los Angles and now writing mystery novels).
2 p.m. We attended the Extreme Magic Show Featuring Dirk Arthur and his white tigers, cheetah and black panther. The show was worthwhile and we enjoyed attending, plus visited with other visitors to Las Vegas and again and again explained The Red Hat Society.
5 to 7 p.m. Reception in Grand Ballroom Foyer
7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Royal Banquet in Grand Ballroom. Dinner, an Elvis impersonator and then the real Tom Jones entertained us.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Tea in the Grand Ballroom, speaker five-time Olympian Anne Abernathy known as “Grandma Luge”. She was the best speaker of those we heard and by far the most interesting and inspirational. Anne will be participating in her sixth Olympics in early 2006, and will break her own record (set in 2002) as the oldest woman ever to compete in the Winter Olympic Games! At the time of her event, on February 13 and 14 she will be 52 years old! Anne announced at the convention that, although she will be racing for the U.S. Virgin Islands, she also considers the Red Hat Society her “nation.” To demonstrate this fact, she will be wearing a red helmet with purple racing stripes. She is doing this for all of us, as one more way to make the world aware that women in our age range are not nearly done yet!
4:30 p.m. we again ate in the very good Grand Buffet at the MGM Grand, again with king crab legs, prime rib, multiple selections of sea food, salads, pastas, desserts and much more.
6:15 p.m. until midnight we were on the Las Vegas Evening Tour. We visited the over-all Strip …. were inside the Tropicana Hotel for their “Air Play” show; inside the Rio for their Masquerade Show in the Sky; I nside the Bellagio to view the indoor garden extravaganza and the dancing 1,000 fountains from the bus and from the sidewalk at the Bellagio; The Venetian Hotel and Madame Tussauds wax museum; then to the Fremont Street Experience where we walked around and enjoyed the light and sound show with more than 2 million lights with sound. After Fremont Street we returned to the MGM Grand Hotel. Snacks and bottled water were provided to us on the bus.
Wednesday, June 29 6 a.m. Charlie Jo and I checked out of our room, and took luggage to the Bell Captain for storage.
7 –10:00 a.m. was a buffet breakfast with open seating. There were so many of us there they opened the doors at 6:40 a.m. Noon checked our luggage out of the Bell Captains area, and they took it to the
curb for us as we were using the airport shuttle again. Our plane was to leave Las Vegas at 3 p.m., but due to mechanical problems didn’t leave until about 5 p.m. Arrived back in Phoenix, found our luggage, and I took Charlie Jo home. I arrived home about 7 p.m. as the first musicians were arriving for our weekly Bluegrass Jam Session …. Howard had things pretty well set up and the ice out for soft drinks.
I am glad I attended this festive convention! But, I probably shall not attend another Red Hat convention again, depending on the location.
Copyright 2005 and beyond by Susan L. Anderson
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