Vegas Nights owner, Gary Burger, invited me and a friend to the Filly’s charity event at Val de Vie race course. The invite informed us it would be a Harlem Nights, Cotten Club themed evening and hosted by none other than the fabulous Vegas Nights. Now I’d heard amazing things about Vegas Nights evenings and pair it with with a charity function organised by the Val de Vie Fillys and how can you go wrong?
My friend and I, dressed to the nines, left Cape Town behind us and headed out to Paarl with the sun setting behind Table Mountain. As we drove up to the beautiful function venue our excitement reached new heights. What looked like the rich and famous 1920’s Great Gatsby guests with feather boas flowing in the breeze and long stemmed cigarettes gently tucked between ladies fingers, we made our way up the stairs.
We weren’t the only ones excited. As we entered the buzzing room we froze for a second. Guests were everywhere, mingling around authentic sized gaming tables sipping on Oude Meester awaiting Ryk Neethlings welcome speech. He looked as gorgeous as ever and just like that, the evening was underway. We were entertained by gorgeous burlesque dancers and talented musicians and a magician as well as none other then Kurt Darren who sang some of his best hits.
Starting with horrendous luck at the roulette table, my friend and I decided to give craps a go. That was much more successful so we decided to try our hand at Black Jack. Third time lucky. The croupier was amazing. She explained the rules to us and we got going. We had so much playing and everyone was in such good spirits. Guests around the table who weren’t playing were enjoying our highs and lows as much as we were. After a winning streak we decided to hit the elaborately decorated sweet table.
After a couple more hours of superb entertainment and exciting Vegas Nights gaming we decided to throw in the towel. As we were leaving we overheard many of the guests saying how fun the evening had been. Vegas Nights and Filly’s from Val de Vie impressed again.