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Palm Springs Casino & Follies Bus Trip

February 23, 2002

Palm Springs Follies

A full busload of SGYC members and their guests enjoyed a trip to the Palm Springs Follies. Before getting on the bus for the trip to Palm Springs the day started at 8 a.m. with coffee, mimosas and lots and lots of doughnuts.

The bus was stocked with drinks and snacks enough to keep everyone happy until our arrival at the Aqua Calienti Casino where there was time for some gambling and lunch before continuing to the show in beautiful downtown Palm Springs.

Many thanks to Bill & Lucille Thornburg and John & Linda Mitchell who put together this wonderful event.

The Follies has been a Palm Springs tradition for the last ten years. The company of the show are all 'senior citizens,' I think the youngest was 56 years old and the oldest was well into her eighties. These 'youngsters' performed dazzling production numbers, song and dance routines and rousing high kick lines.

The master of ceremonies entertained with a walk down memory lane spiced with many jokes and the introduction of all the different audience groups who arrived by bus, including the SGYC. He had a few humorous references relating to the fact that we were a yacht club in Palm Springs.

The finale was a spectacular patriotic production including a full size steam locomotive headed right into the audience. All veterans of military service were asked to stand; It was amazing how large a percentage of the audience were vets.

The trip home included the 50-50 drawing, the proceeds of which will go to the construction of our 2002 boat parade entry. There was also an attempt to get the tired travelers to finish the doughnuts.

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