Oompah, beer, more on tap at Fredericksburg fete
This coming weekend provides a good excuse to motor out to Fredericksburg, where the 50th annual Night in Old Fredericksburg — actually two nights, Friday and Saturday — celebrates the town’s German heritage. Filled with oompah and sausages (as well as pizza), the family event also offers country music and dancing.
And yodeling. Let’s not forget yodeling. Ronny Tippelt of the Walburg Boys, who takes the stage Friday at 6 p.m., is one of the nation’s best yodelers, I’m told. There’ll also be crafts booths and a domino tournament.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger. A two-day pass is $10. Find out more at nightinoldfredericksburg.com.
Big wheel on way to Vegas skyline
Two huge, industrial-strength legs stood next to the monorail station behind the Flamingo Hotel when I was in Las Vegas last month, and everybody on the monorail wanted to know what it was.
It’s the starting point for the latest development in the Caesar’s empire.
Called the Linq, the development a block off the Strip (right behind the Flamingo monorail station) will be an entertainment complex anchored by what’s being billed as the world’s largest observation wheel — taller than the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Named the High Roller, the 550-foot-tall wheel with 28 multi-person viewing cabins is supposed to make you think of a roulette wheel (though one assumes there’ll be nothing chancy about getting on it).
Below the High Roller, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment complex will feature a Brooklyn Bowl performance arena with 32 lanes of bowling. There’ll also be an Asian night market along with numerous restaurants and stores and a Sprinkles cupcake outlet — because even in Vegas, people want cupcakes.
The Linq is expected to be up and running in early 2014, about the time Caesar’s finished its latest boutique hotel, the Gansevoort, in its hotel complex on Las Vegas Boulevard.
High temps mean hot Scottsdale deals
As I write this, it’s 111 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and do you know what that means? It means Scottsdale’s on sale. The locals know this, and they book themselves lavish resort weekends and enjoy rock-bottom green fees at golf courses.
You can do it, too. Hotels typically slash their rates by half or more. You can get into the cool W Scottsdale, with its hot pool scene, for rates starting at $149 (and no resort fee). A package including free dinner and golf for kids starts at $155 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Rates at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa start at $139.
Find more about these and other deals at summerinscottsdale.com. When you’re booking, always remember to ask about resort fees, parking fees and other fees.
Barton Creek, others now Omni resorts
The Omni brand just took over some top-flight resorts, including Austin’s Barton Creek Resort & Spa. Others are La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.; Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
These prestigious properties aren’t likely to change too much about their guest experience. So why should you care that they’ve taken the Omni banner? Because if you’re a member of Omni’s Select Guest loyalty program (which, among other things, provides free WiFi), you can now earn and use credit at these properties. You get a free night after 20 Omni stays. Sometimes Omnis don’t mention that when you check in, so be sure to inquire.
JFK memorial tix might be hard to get
Dallas will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a memorial tribute at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 22 in Dealey Plaza, but getting one of the 5,000 free tickets — especially if you don’t live in Dallas — is tricky.
Go to 50thHonoringJohnFKennedy.com and register. There will be a lottery, creating a list and a wait list. Both will be screened by the Dallas Police Department, and those who pass might get tickets. Preference, however, will be given to Dallas-area residents. Winners will be notified about Oct. 1. If you don’t get a ticket, you can always watch on video screens located throughout Dallas — or on TV in your own home.
The event will include a reading from JFK’s speeches, music by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, a flyover and prayers.
Benefit dance in Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg’s musicians are throwing a Dance Fest for West on Aug. 10 from 1 p.m. until midnight to help residents of West in the wake of that town’s fertilizer plant explosion.
The indoor event at Pat’s Hall (air-conditioned, thank goodness), 406 Post Oak Rd., will feature music by the Czechaholics, Seven Dutchmen and the Bill Smallwood Band, among others. Beer, wine and food will be sold.
Tickets ($25 benefiting the City of West) are available at patshall.com.