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    Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art



    The Museum of Neon Art's
    Las Vegas Neon Cruis
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    Our crew departs from downtown L.A. at 9AM, Saturday, October 22, in our comfortable touring coach and disembarks in Las
    Vegas in the early afternoon. Guests will have hours to play, shop, eat, and gamble before boarding a classic double-decker bus for the Las Vegas Neon Cruise with your affable host Eric Lynxwiler. Sit back, relax, and have a drink as our
    bus cruises from port to port. We will sail through Las Vegas history and sites far from the Strip including a walking tour of the famed Las Vegas neon sign boneyard and several only-in-Las-Vegas pit stops for *fresh* beverages. When the clock strikes midnight, our Las Vegas journey ends as we re-board our original touring coach and turn back toward Los Angeles for a restful ride home.

    Tickets are $250, all proceeds contribute to MONA's move to its new home in Glendale, California! Don't delay! Buy now as seats are limited!

    Call 213.489.9918 to purchase tickets with a credit card, mail a check to The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), P.O. Box 862307, Los Angeles, CA 90086, or purchase tickets online at the Neon Cruise webpage.

    If you have any questions, please drop me a note. I'll be the guide on the Las Vegas Neon Cruise and can guarantee a fantastic time — 21 and over, sorry kids.

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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art

    Whoohoo! We just got the confirmation that we're getting into the Las Vegas Neon Museum's sign boneyard! It's going to be fantastic!

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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art

    We've still got seats left and the Neon Cruise to Vegas is only a week away!
    Get on the bus!

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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art

    This sounded like fun. Please, trip report!
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art

    Quote Originally Posted by lynxwiler View Post
    Whoohoo! We just got the confirmation that we're getting into the Las Vegas Neon Museum's sign boneyard! It's going to be fantastic!
    I loved the Neon Boneyard. Such an amazing experience. Hope the trip went well, I would have gone if I could have! Looking forward to a report.
    Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art



    The Museum of Neon Art’s (MONA’s) trip to Vegas was incredible and exhausting. No hotel room for us, as we hit Vegas like a whirlwind — in an out in less than 20 hours. In no time at all, our coach had gone from downtown Los Angeles to Vegas’ neon museum for an in-depth walking tour of the city’s lost-then-found sign history.



    For those who have walked the outdoor sign yard and taken the museum’s tour, you know how this collection can overwhelm visitors. These signs are gigantic and the collection is jaw dropping. One foot in the gate and we were surrounded by pieces of the city’s history. The Golden Nugget, Stardust, and Moulin Rouge command your attention from the start. The small, mom n’ pop motel signs followed as our group walked ‘round the bend, but were then left behind with a cacophony of layered piles of metal, tubes and glass.





    Remnants of the Golden Nugget, Stardust Lido de Paris, Barbary Coast, and Fitzgerald’s fill this shot.


    One of my favorite Las Vegas signs found its way to the boneyard, the Yucca Motel. Its 3-dimensional florid topper is one of a kind. The leaves lit with novial gold tubes. The sign centerpiece is an overblown arrow outlined in blubs. The sign was a highlight for me.


    Yep, I’m a dork for neon signs. I brought a self-made book of vintage, over-sized postcards from Vegas’ glory days to share some sign history with folks on the bus trip. We were able to see the signs in their original settings through the postcards, then visit the real thing at the sign museum.


    Stardust, Showboat, Debbie Reynolds Casino


    Las Vegas Club, Fox Theater, Stardust, Flamingo, Modern Cleaners Laundry


    Saying goodbye to the boneyard was tough, but I couldn’t stay there forever or they’d arrest me. We hopped back onto our coach and cruised the Strip to Caesars Palace. Our group was dropped off for an afternoon full of whatever they wanted to do. Guests could hit the tables and gamble, shop, eat, drink, walk, anything. One of our guests hit the spa and relaxed while others took a taxi to a favorite bar.

    This downtime was also my chance to relax and prep for the Museum of Neon Art’s nighttime Neon Cruise. Some of you may know that the Neon Cruise is a hobby of mine back in LA. I’ve been hosting the tour of nighttime Los Angeles for over 12 years and I love every bit of it. Once in a great while I take the Cruise to Las Vegas for an evening of debauchery and history and I had to get myself psyched up for the date. I also had to study up a bit to make sure I was getting my facts straight as the tour guide.

    My studies didn’t prevent me from walking the Strip a bit to see what’s new since my last trip to Vegas the month prior. Yes, the city does change just that quickly.

    It was sad to see the façade of the Paris Casino “opera house” had been eaten up by a new sidewalk-placed nightclub and dessert shop. Commerce comes way before culture in this town.


    The Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan was lovely and fun to get lost in. It’s essentially a multi-level bar with glittering, cozy nooks to sit back and toast the crystal scenery.




    With dusk falling and the Cruise time coming up, it was back to Caesars to start the tour.


    Yep, that’s me. The lazy guy slouching behind the mic from the top of the Neon Cruise’s convertible double-decker bus. I wore my neon tie for the occasion, but the costume changes came with each act and the tie was just for act one.


    We started on the Strip, headed to the Fruit Loop, and made our way down Paradise to Frankie’s Tiki Room for intermission number one. I ordered a zombie and another for the road. Whoohoo!


    We zigzagged from Clark County into the proper city of Las Vegas, also known as downtown. Along the way we saw some of the recent architecture coming to the city including a Frank Gehry. From there it was just minutes to the national historic landmark Huntridge Theater by architect S. Charles Lee followed by the Blue Angel Motel with signage by (sign goddess) Betty Willis.

    Stop number two was Fremont Street which proved to be a long intermission. We walked it all, inside and out, with occasional stops for insight and interpretation from yours truly.


    While walking through the crowds on Fremont Street, it was important that no one got lost (like last time). I played follow the leader with my Cape Cod.




    It wasn’t all glitter, rainbows, and Cape Cods, however, as we stepped into the dim mortuary also known as Neonopolis. Pretty gloomy.


    Back on the bus for a double-decker view of Fremont.


    Our neon crew was glowing itself as we entered the third act of the Neon Cruise. Drinks were drunk and the trip continued! We drove out to the Neon Museum to see a few restored pieces along Las Vegas Boulevard such as the Silver Slipper, the Bow and Arrow Motel, and the Horseshoe. Back toward the Strip, we cut through the city’s Arts District which definitely deserves an intermission on my next Las Vegas Cruise.

    The third intermission took us to the glorious Peppermill restaurant and the Fireside Lounge. For those who aren’t in the know about the spot, you must put it on your list. The Peppermill is breathtaking for its ambiance and giant portions of food. Also, it’s the only bar in the universe that seems to know how to make a Golden Cadillac.


    Tired, tipsy, and overwhelmed by Sin City, our Neon Cruise rode the Strip back to Caesars for a little decompression, a bite to eat, or in some cases another round of drinks before we hit the highway for LA.


    On schedule, our bus left Las Vegas at 1am and we all slept very deeply for that return trip home. By 5am we were in Pershing Square — and — I’m still recuperating.

    The Museum of Neon Art’s Neon Cruise to Las Vegas is an incredible experience. To all the guests and museum members who joined in the fun, I salute you! And to those who missed out, boy did you miss out. What a day. What a night!


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    Re: Las Vegas Neon Cruise, Oct 22 with the Museum of Neon Art

    Looks like a great time! I love the Neon Boneyard. Can't wait until the main building complex is finished and operating. I'll definitely have to take your Neon tour in LA, I've been wanting to for a while, in fact!
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