Loftin Family Vacation

   


 

 
  Loftin  Setzer    Goble    Johnson
 


Cirque du Soleil
"KA"

Cirque du Soleil
"O"

The
Star Trek
Experience


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LOFTIN
GENEALOGY
LINE


The
LOFTIN
Family
Tree


Philip
Daniel
Loftin

(1978 - 20??)

Curtis
Dean
Loftin

(1953 - 20??)

Sam
William
Loftin

(1918 - 1979)

Alonzo
Lester
Loftin

(1876 - 1937)

William Alexander
Loftin

(1851 - 1939)

James
Franklin
Loftin

(1827 - 1864)

Thomas
Loftin

(1798 - 185?)

James
Loftin

(1768 - 1836)

John
Loftin

(1740 - 1793)

Cornelius
Loftin III

(1714 - 1785)

Cornelius
Loftin II

(1675 - 1735)

Cornelius
Loftin I

(1648 - 1735)

Leonard
"Laughton"
Loftin

(1610 - 1678)
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FAMILY
NAMES

LOFTIN:
 Beatty
 Corzine
 Cranford
 Fisher
 Givens
 Harwell
 Kaiser
 Lanier
 Lomax
 McCorkle
 Rudisill
 Sherrill
 Upright
 Washington
 Work


SETZER:
Aderholdt
Barringer
Bovey
Bushart
Deal
Heavner
Herman
Ikert
Miller
Motz
Rankin
Witherspoon

GOBLE:
Babst/Bobst
Douglas
Faber
Fink
Fulbright
Hefner
Meinhert
Miller
Muller
Pabst/Bobst
Robinson

JOHNSON:
Corzine
Fink
Hamilton
Kaiser
Leslie
Lewis
Moore
Sherrill
Upright
Wilkinson

 

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Las Vegas, Nevada - Page 3 - Entertainment

 

Curtis & Carolyn Loftin

12 - 17 Jun 2006

 

Carolyn and I, along with friends Duke & Myrl Peeler, enjoyed a 6-day vacation to Las Vegas, Nevada, on 12 - 17 June, 2006.

 
One of our main reasons for going to Las Vegas was to see several Cirque Du Soleil Shows as well as The Star Trek Experience. We saw our first show at Downtown Disney in Orlando years ago and continued to attend Cirque shows when they came to North Carolina. There are several Cirque shows in Las Vegas and most are for the entire family - but there are also some "mature" shows in Vegas.
 
 
Cirque du Soleil - "KA" - MGM Grand
 

"KA" was my favorite of the two Cirque du Soleil shows we saw in Las Vegas.

 
The Cirque theater for "KA" is located in the MGM Grand
 

If you've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, it's kind of hard to describe why they are always so unique, mind-blowing and entertaining. Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world and each show is a combination of circus styles from around the world with its own central theme and storyline. Shows employ continuous live music with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. Even though there may be a main act that you're watching during the show, there are also numerous smaller acts occurring around the theatre at the same time. There are "NO" bad seats at a Cirque show and it's always possible you just might have an unexpected part in the show. If you've never seen a Cirque du Soliel production, I'd highly recommend that you attend one if you ever have the opportunity. Prices for tickets may seem high, but you definitely get your money's worth from the entertainment you receive. There are always Programs and other Cirque merchandise available after the show.

 

"Ka" describes the story as "the coming of age of a young man and a young woman through their encounters with love, conflict and the duality of ""Ka", the fire that can unite or separate, destroy or illuminate. In its review, the Los Angeles Times stated it "may well be the most lavish production in the history of Western theater.

 
The "Ka" theatre scaffolding played an important part in the show.
The show even included a stage that raised, lowered, and would even pivot 90 degrees.
 
 
Unfortunately, since you're not allowed to take photos during the show, I don't have any that I can share. BUT I would recommend doing a Google search for "Cirque KA" for a look into the action, makeup and costumes that you come to expect from Cirque du Soleil or CLICK HERE.
 
 
 
YouTube: KA by Cirque du Soleil - Trailer
YouTube: The Theatre of KĄ by Cirque du Soleil
YouTube: Wardrobe Tour at KĄ by Cirque du Soleil
 
 

Cirque du Soleil - "O" - Bellagio

 

Like "Ka", the Cirque du Soleil show "O" was well worth the price we paid for tickets. The theatre was located at the Bellagio. Like all other Cirque productions, there was pre-show entertainment. "O" was a water-themed show. The stage would actually rise from and ascent into the water. Considering the amazing fountains at the Bellagio, the water theme of "O" was a perfect match.

 
The Cirque du Soleil show "O" was located in the Bellagio
 
 
 
"O", whose name is pronounced the same way as eau, the French word for "water", takes place in, around and above a 1.5-million-US-gallon pool of water, featuring water acts such as synchronized swimming as well as aerial and ground acts. "O" was inspired by the "infinity and elegance of water's pure form," which pays tribute to the beauty of the theater. The cast consists of 85 performers: international acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers - some of them being former Olympic athletes.
 
 
Since Cirque allowed no photography during the show, I have no photos to share. To check out "O" in photos, CLICK HERE.
 
 
YouTube: The Production - "O" by Cirque du Soleil
YouTube: "O" by Cirque du Soleil Pop-Up at Bellagio
 
 
 

The Star Trek Experience - Hilton

 

I've been a "Star Trek" fan ever since I was a 13-year-old boy. "Star Trek" and "Lost In Space" were the two TV shows in the mid-1960s that helped mold me into a life-long science-fiction fan. As an adult, I had heard about "The Star Trek Experience" at the Hilton, so when we planned the trip to Las Vegas, I knew we'd have to see it.

 
The Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas
 
(Right) Hilton Hotel photo by Mark Hardie (Markyboy81) from Edinburgh, Scotland (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 
 

The Star Trek Experience was a themed attraction based on the "Star Trek" entertainment franchise. After purchasing your ticket, you walked through a museum that included numerous items from Star Trek history. It also featured several video display devices and a timeline of Star Trek events. There were displays for each of the major alien races, which included the Borg, Klingons, and Ferengi.

 
Waiting for the exhibit to open
 
The Original NCC-1701
 
 
Large Models of U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701D
 
Duke, Myrl, Carolyn and I pose with a Ferengi as we enter the Star Trek Experience - as well as a Borg
 
 
 
 
 
 
The exhibit displayed a variety of costumes from the many areas of Star Trek including
Lt. Uhura, Captain James T. Kirk, Captain Jonathan Archer, Admiral Kirk, Dr Leonard McCoy and Mr. Spock
 
Captain James T. Kirk Admiral James T. Kirk Guinan
     
Captain Benjamin Sisko Odo Dr. Leonard McCoy
(Left) Lursa & B'etor - (Right) Jadzia Dax and Worf
 
Spock's 3-D Chess Set Ru'afo of Star Trek: Insurrection Lt. Commander Data's Arm
Star Trek Aliens: Ferengi, Vulcans, Borg
   
A large model of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701D - A Mark IV Photo Torpedo
 
 
Carolyn snaps a photo of me as I look at the various costumes and props
 
 
The exhibit was designed to look like multiple levels of a star ship
 
Quark's Bar & Restaurant was a nice place to get a bit to eat
 
 
The Deep Space Nine Promenade had Romulan Ale, Starfleet unifroms and all sorts of other merchandise
 
 
Large models of the Next Generation and the Voyager ships
 
The Salt Monster and the Gorn
 
   
 
 
 
Curtis with Quark and the Borg Queen
 
 
 
Carolyn's not a big science-fiction fan, but she was more than willing to endure it so that I could enjoy it
 
Curtis exiting DS9
 
 
 
Saying Good-bye to The Star Trek: Experience - Unfortunately, The Star Trek Experience closed in September 2008
 
 
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
 
 
 
Saying Goodbye to Las Vegas
 
 
 
OUR VEGAS TRIP CONTINUES
 
Las Vegas, Nevada - Page 1
The Luxor
 
Las Vegas, Nevada - Page 2
Club Rio, Bellagio, Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas Stratosphere, Coca-Cola, M&Ms, Excalibur,
New York New York, MGM Grand, Venetian, Caesars Palace, Paris, Tropicana, Sahara, Wynn, Monte Carlo
 
Las Vegas, Nevada - Page 4
The Grand Canyon (One Day Bus Trip)
 
 
SOURCES
 
Cirque du Soliel - Wikipedia - Click Here
"Ka" - Wikipedia - Click Here
"O" - Wikipedia - Click Here
Star Trek: The Experience - Wikipedia - Click Here
 

A special thanks to Duke Peeler for sharing his photos with me from our Vegas trip