In the summer of 2009, my best friends and I were off on our first Vegas trip. We had planned on taking on all the strip had to offer, but to avoid the typical Vegas pool party at all costs.
And there we are, 24 hours after landing, at the mother of them all, Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. You might know it from the “is this REAL?!” show on TruTV.
(In our defense, we got offered free entry!)
There were giant drinks in souvenir glasses, tiny bikinis, men in bumblebee costumes, a whole lot of tattoos and barely space to hang out in the water…and it was something I’ll never forget.
As I opened the doors leading out the the MGM Grand pool I could already feel the bass and see the line, and it was just shortly after 12 p.m. when the party starts.
All I need is a sweet bumblebee costume and I’ll feel right at home. See all my pictures from Liquid Sundays.
Liquid Sundays is every Sunday from May 27 – September 2 at the MGM Grand Pool from noon to 6 p.m. rain or shine. On July 1 doors open at 11 a.m. in celebration of Fourth of July weekend. All parties are 21 plus and there is a $20 cover charge. This year’s guests include Mario Lopez July 1, Audrina Patridge July 22, Ice T and Coco August 5 and La La Anthony August 26.
Tonight I learned that Pauly D is a man after my own heart.
I hear ya!
We were inside the theater lobby because a sold out crowd had taken over the casino floor outside the club, each person hoping to get a glimpse of the guy who made “cabs are here” part of our everyday language.
As I walked from the parking garage elevator into the casino, the line started almost right around the corner and continued around the casino perimeter up to Shrine’s hefty doors.
I’ve covered quite a few of these events, and I’m STILL trying to wrap my head around how big that crowd was.
But back to the man of the hour, Mr. Yeah Buddy himself.
I was a little apprehensive because I haven’t had many pleasant experiences with “Jersey Shore” cast members in the past, but Pauly D was very enjoyable, and funny! In our brief time with him he discussed season 6 of “Jersey Shore” where he referred to a “preggers” Snookie, his single and upcoming album as well as his new pre game cocktail REMIX.
And yes, he actually said “Yeah buddy!” at least once.
After a few minutes he and his head of security thanked everyone and politely excused themselves because it was time for him to DJ.
I could hardly move as I got closer to the dance floor, and the area in front of a VIP area where they had built a special DJ booth for Pauly D.
I was pleasantly surprised with how nice they all were, very open to a quick picture, JROC, a marketing executive in Las Vegas, even gave me a high five.
Also floating around in the crowd was Albie Mazno, who will sometimes appear on “Real Housewives of New Jersey” with his mom, Caroline. I know this because I have always thought he was adorable, sue me! He was incredibly nice and I found it refreshing that he wasn’t parked at a VIP table, instead I found him at the back bar waiting to order a drink with a few of his friends.
What I took away from the night though is that he may be known for “Jersey Shore,” and you may have your preconceived notions of what he can do, but Pauly D put on a great set, I thoroughly enjoy him as a DJ. I had no idea what to expect, but from the show I figured a lot of house music and fist pumping. Not the case. I heard all of my favorite artists like Drake and Tyga, he kept the crowd going and, of course, dancing until the club closed.
You can see my full photo gallery here.
I can say this was this first time I studied for a Friday night out.
The first annual Farmington Public Schools Foundation Spelling Bee was held at the Sarah Porter Memorial Friday May 11 to help raise money for the Foundation’s grant program. Myself and FoxCT meteorologists Joe Furey and Geoff Fox gave it a go as the FoxCT Anchor Bees.
We always make the kids do it, so why not have the adults give it a shot too, right? The format was a little different, each team of three got 30 seconds to spell the word as a group on their white board then submit it to the panel of judges. Each round, or “swarm,” featured three to five teams, and the final team standing from each swarm made it to the finals. Length of each round depended on how long it took to go from five teams to one.
I was so thankful to find out we were competing as a team so the nightmares of myself alone on a dark stage, a single spotlight and a microphone, spelling “arachnophobia” unsuccessfully…in my underwear…could stop.
Sadly we did not win our swarm, but we did have a great time, it wasn’t nearly as scary as I expected! The night also featured a barbecue buffet courtesy of Flaggstead Smokehouse, a silent auctions, and some teams even played around and posed with the trophy before things got competitive.
Patti Ellett, Ellie Weinberg and Stacey Fresher
The best part? The room was packed to all ends with people all there to help raise money for Farmington Public Schools. I’ll be studying up for the next time!
It was a shopping party.
A DJ spinning today’s hits, breakfast treats and a whole lot of enthusiasm greeted bargain hunters this morning as they waited in line to experience the state’s first Nordstrom Rack located next to the Westfarms Mall.
I got there around 8 a.m. and my mood was instantly transformed from “why did I do this” tired to “alright let’s do this”…and it wasn’t the quad iced latte talking. Even THIS line didn’t shy people away:
Nordstrom Rack offers merchandise from high-end designers at 30 to 70 percent off original prices, from watches and clutch purses to full men’s suits. The Westfarms Shopping Center location at 1600 Southeast Road, Farmington, is Connecticut’s first.
Leading up to the 9 a.m. open, shoppers were encouraged to enter the Race to the Racks sweepstakes, a chance to be the first customer in the store in the form of a $2,000, 90 second shopping spree. Names were drawn at 8:45 a.m. and Sean Keating of West Hartford was the lucky winner.
We followed him every step of the way
I had a prime spot to watch the first woman, who had been in line since 8 the night before, literally run through the door and have everyone behind her follow suit.
Once the store was open, the work ended and the fun began. It’s no secret to those who know me that I love to shop, with shoes being my ultimate paycheck demise. However I was here for one Michael Kors bag in particular, that luckily was still waiting for me after the crowds.
For fellow shoe lovers, welcome to (some of) the shoe department
This certainly wasn’t their first rodeo. To accommodate all the shoppers, mobile check out centers were located all over the floor with all the same functionality as a regular checkout counter to keep the wait to a minimum. And it worked.
The deals weren’t a one-time things, and the store isn’t going anywhere, so why all this hype? Kendall Ault with Nordstrom Rack explains the draw of the store but also some of the specials only available today.
I may not have found a golden hanger, and I may have broken three nails along the way, but all this loot at the price of what the Michael Kors bag would have cost me (and a free tote bag) made it all worth it.
Did you visit Nordstrom Rack on opening day? Share your story or steal of a deal!
So why does one voluntarily let people shoot paint at them? It’s fun of course!
DAYGLOW is known as “The world’s largest paint party” and it is stopping at the XL Center in Hartford April 19 and 20 so the Capitol City can experience “life in color” as their motto reads.
The crowds, donned in all white or neon…the highly suggested dress code…made their way down the stairs and lower level of the arena coated in plastic to the plush flooring below. My favorite quote of the night came before I even hit the first stair, “let’s get weird!”
Weird indeed…but in the most flattering of ways.
DAYGLOW had perfected the waiting game. The first two hours of the night actually have no paint involved at all. The DJ spins techno music and the crowd was dancing for almost all of the two hours solid. There’s a merchandise booth on the floor where you can purchase glow sticks, gloves with light-up fingers and shutter shade glasses…which turned out to be the best investment I made as the paint started to fly.
Once we got to the final seconds and you’re finally fully prepared, the stage just went black. The whole crowd was yelling “We want paint!” and all of the sudden without the clock my adrenaline was pumping because I had no idea when, all of the sudden, paint would start raining from the stage.
Powerful guns shot neon paint into the crowd and from that point on, it’s every man for himself. The stand that once sold me my now coveted shutter shades was selling bottles of paint for $5 a pop and the crowd showers their fellow revelers in blue, green and pink neon rain, all while the DJ keeps the music going.
The doors had opened at 8 p.m. and by about 10:30 p.m. DAYGLOW is finally in full swing.
This was certainly unlike anything I had ever seen before, and that’s what they’re going for.
“This is a great event for the venue and the city. AEG prides itself on its ability to attract unique and diverse events to Hartford. This is just another example,” explained Tim Kemp, senior marketing manager at the XL Center.
If you find yourself intrigued by the colorful mystery that is DAYGLOW, and I have to say it was a heck of a good time, just make sure you wear some comfortable, sturdy shoes and pack a towel for your ride home.
Then come Saturday, you might also find yourself with a pretty interesting before and after
I already told you that these UConn Women’s Basketball fans are some of the most dedicated around. They travel the country for years following the team to show their support, like these friends I met in Kingston that have been traveling for over 15 years to Final Fours, regionals and more.
But what I began to catch on to is they also go all out when it comes to beads, stickers, tattoos and more. These are some of the most decorated fans around.
Before the UConn Women took on Notre Dame in Denver in the National Semifinal, I stopped some fans to get a few portraits. Here is my homage to the jingling, sparkling, go-get-em UConn Women’s fans, rock on.
It’s not very often you see a dancing tree or a dog doing the worm, okay, you never do. But Sunday before the Women’s Final Four Tournament the Mascot Challenge inside Tourney Town wasn’t much like anything you see at your average pregame.
Jonathan of UConn, the Stanford Tree, Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and the Baylor Bear each got a chance to hype up the crowd, then were paired with a group of kids and performed in a relay race. In the end Notre Dame took it, which was a little odd because, it’s really just a person in a funny outfit, but it was all based on crowd participation and man did Notre Dame have that place packed.
Watch Jonathan the Husky in action, including one sweet worm and a booty shake
The Pep Rally followed, where the Pep Band the cheerleaders from each team got the crowd going. I was dancing in the aisles, it was a great atmosphere. That Stanford band is unlike anything I have ever seen before. At one point a dance team member took over on the drums, while the sunglasses-clad drummer danced around. It was immensely entertaining.
Watch some of UConn’s Pep Rally performance
Before Uconn, Notre Dame, Baylor and Stanford all face off on the court for the National Title, their loyal support system of musical proportions all got their chance to shine.
The Battle of the Bands filled the Pepsi Center Saturday afternoon, with each band playing two songs in a fight to the pep death. I met up with the Blue Band in Denver for UConn before they headed court side to talk about how they prepare and what it’s like to be the ones going for the win this time.
In the end, Baylor came out on top. But the audience was the deciding factor, so I’ll let you make your own decision!
UConn Pep Band
Stanford, Baylor and Notre Dame
So who would you choose?
It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday, the temperature flirts with 80 degrees. A crowd donned in tank tops and sunglasses of all shapes pack the patio overlooking Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and the natural wonders for which the baseball team is named sit in the distance.
This doesn’t sound like your typical UConn Country, but for the duration of the Women’s Final Four Tournament in Denver, it will be.
That was the scene at The Tavern Downtown, a lively restaurant and bar with a patio rooftop hailed as one of the best in the country. They were selected as the official fan headquarters for UConn fans to meet, mingle and gear up for all the basketball action.
Manger Hilary Kemptner explains what “official fan headquarters” means, how they got chosen, and the specials Husky fans can take advantage of
I wish I had some down time to enjoy this place, every seat was full and the people looked like they were having a blast in the picture-perfect Denver weather. If you are a UConn fan in Denver for the games, there will be a Husky Hoopla event held there tonight from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., take advantage!
This was the fifth annual run, and is a key event during the Women’s Final Four. The run is held to honor the late North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. The proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, much like the Play 4 Kay basketball game I participated in during the Big East Tournament in Hartford.
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