Christmas dinner as presented by casino restaurants… Most casino restaurants will be open for regular hours on Thurs, Dec 25, Christmas Day. See Casino Dining Guide, pages 20-21 for complete restaurant listings. The information in this section is for restaurants offering Christmas Day specials; prices listed are per person and don’t include tax or gratuity.
All you need to hear is the piano rill followed by the falsetto “Yaaaaaaaaa….ya, la, la, laaa….” and it’s 1957 all over again, even if you missed 1957 the first time around.
That piano and all those “Yaaaas” serve as introduction to “Little Darlin’,” the song that has been dubbed “the national anthem of rock ‘n’ roll.” This was the song that put a group of unassuming Canadian singers called The Diamonds on the musical map. Though it copied strains of earlier songs (the bass talking refrain is right out of the Ink Spots‘ well and the “doo watta watties” are pure doo wop), the song was, in turn, copied. It became so synonymous with the ’50s scene that if you start thinking about malt shops and craving a Mel’s Diner burger at the song’s first notes you can be forgiven.
Every year about this time, this publication visits an often overlooked resource for holiday gift giving ideas—casino gift shops and boutiques. Amidst the souvenir dice, playing cards, snacks, sundries and logo items that you would expect to find, are surprisingly cool gift giving gems that will have people wondering “where did you find that?” We’re talking high end handbags, jewelry, Tommy Bahama shirts, ceramics, unique ornaments for the holiday tree and a variety of items for the collector.
They have dressed up like elves, donned Santa suits and thrown snowballs at each other. They have adorned themselves as Renaissance minstrels, traded Old English barbs and even threw a pig’s head on the stage. And always, they have sang their hearts out.
Who are they? The Voices of the River Choir, a group of locals from throughout Mohave County, Arizona who have volunteered their time to be part of a unique musical group. Every year, this choir puts on a “Christmas Gala” that serves as both a fund-raiser (see “For a Good Cause” on facing page) and as a gift of the season for visitors and locals alike.