Let’s call this an “open and shut” day, just for the fun of it.
OPENING: The National Hockey League training camps open today. Officially they started yesterday, but Day 1 is just checking in and quick physicals before they hit the ice today. They have about three weeks of sorting out lineups, deciding who makes this year’s roster and where the up-and-coming prospects will be spending their season. The regular season starts on October 7.
CLOSING: In Las Vegas the Liberace Museum announced that they will be closing their doors in one month, October 17. As memories fade and newer generations who have never seen nor heard of Liberace come along, the museum has seen its visitor count tumble from nearly a half-million yearly to only 55,000 last year.
New York Times photo
The huge collection of rhinestone-covered everything and pianos of all sorts was established by Liberace himself with a $10 million endowment. He bought a strip shopping center in Las Vegas and set up the museum on one end and leased the rest of the stores. Today the stores are empty, symbolic of the local economy, and the 33 employees are idle. The head of the museum says the entire collection will be put into storage, not sold. He hopes to one day sell the real estate and re-open at a new location closer to The Strip.
OPENING: The famed Oktoberfest in Munich opens today for the 200th annniversary of a wedding celebration that just keeps on going and going. Originally begun as a public party to celebrate the nuptuals of Princess Therese of Bavaria to Crown Prince Ludwig, the annual beer fest has grown to become the world’s largest fair with 16 million visitors/eaters/beer drinkers. Prosit!
Oktoberfest fairgrounds in Munich
OPENING: The 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival opened last night.
And now it’s time to open and close our compartment doors as we check out the equipment for the day. I’ll open the coffee pantry and get another pot started.