We found all kinds of Vintage Vegas notables last night at the Downtown Cocktail Room.
Richard Dashut joined us and got to meet Brenda Hughes from the city's office of Downtown Economic Development, and some of her staff. He also seemed to hit it off well, based on the long conversation he had with Jazz Singer and recording artist Mary Ellen Spann and her husband Steve Spann, who's a well known local artist with a gallery in the world market center.
Trinity Schlottman joined the fun. He's the builder of the URBAN LOFTS at Maryland & Carson and Fremont & Bruce. They're getting a featured write up next month in the VURB MAGAZINE which will be mailed into Very Vintage Vegas on Sept.1 and can be picked up at the VURBSPACE in the Arts Factory this coming First Friday. (Their launch parties are always great, don't miss it). Pictured here is Amy Schmidt and Phil Hagen and Candice, the publisher and editor and staff of Vurb.
Susan Dean came out to party with us. She's all hustle and bustle getting ready to start teaching next week, but took a break to meet some of her "gonna-be-soon" neighbors. Mary Alderman, our favorite lifelong downtown resident got to share with her some of her great stories about growing up in LV in the 40's and 50's (WHICH SHE HAS PROMISED TO START POSTING FOR US)
We met Jeff Victor, President of the Fremont Street Experience. He told us their new marketing campaign will be based on the theme "THE REAL VEGAS". He's real excited to have the whole new Fremont EAST music and entertainment district as an additional draw for both LOCALS and Tourists. The official lighting ceremony is Friday 8/24 at 7pm. I'll be there, camera in hand.
Hopefully Heidi Swank, the UNLV professor and Beverly Green resident has forgiven me by now for calling her "Naomi". It was a Vodka and RedBull moment.
Uncle Jack's best friend Terry Wilsey, of AANSWERTRAVEL showed up to meet some of the neighbors. He's on Sego Glen in Winchester Township. (we're going to start talking about townships in a later posting). Terry's traveled most everywhere, which is a good thing for being a travel agent. He'll be a sponsor soon at VVV.
You are also welcome to come join us tomorrow, Saturday night around 10 pm at Downtown. Steve will be celebrating his birthday (technically 8/14) along with another amazing DJ friend of his, named Stephany who shares the same birthday with him! My the synchronicity continues! You just have to promise not to judge his professional abilities by his birthday celebrating persona. (there was another birthday party there earlier this year for a friend that involved a humorous red bull & vodka incident with the planters out front of DTCR.)