Cruisin’ to Mesquite fest for the 10th annual Motor Mania

Jan 2, 2018 5:31 PM

Happy New Year! Somehow it always feels good to start a new year; it seems to bring freshness, excitement and anticipation. Of course we gave up those silly resolution lists long ago, which has probably contributed to our enjoyment of the holiday.

But even though we don’t resolve to change our habits, we do make a list of things we’d like to do. And near the top of the list this year is a trip to Mesquite for a three-day, jam-packed weekend Friday through Sunday, Jan. 12-14, featuring roaring engines, slow drags, burn out competitions, open header cruises and more.

For the 10th year, Mesquite Gaming and the Mesquite Resort Association have partnered with the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association to bring their classic cars, custom automobiles and vintage hot rods to the streets of Mesquite for the annual Motor Mania event.

Now, we are not talking about a couple dozen cars. The event expects to draw more than 900 vehicles and will be giving away $15,000 in cash and prizes to car show participants. The Cruisin Association will give out more than 260 total awards including the Top 150 Vehicles plus specialty awards including dignitary and sponsor picks, Peoples Choice, Participant’s Pick and more.

There will also be plenty of entertainment. Sharon & the Chevelles will play a rockin’ tribute to the 50s and 60s inside the Skydome Lounge at CasaBlanca Resort and Marshall Star will rock the River Lounge with classic and current country, classic rock and originals. Plus Serpentine Fire entertains Saturday, Jan. 13, with an exciting tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire.

You can get a complete schedule of events and more information at

MAMA MIA! We recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner at My Mother’s House Italian Restaurant in Summerlin, compliments of our very thoughtful employees who gave us a gift certificate as a birthday present. This is a delightful place and they make you feel right at home.

Chef Michael Leonetti greeted us at the door and asked one of his “aunts” to show us to our table. Staff members are referred to as aunts, uncles or cousins, adding to the family atmosphere. The walls are covered with autographed pictures of entertainers, many from the 50s and 60s, and there is a small stage for live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays they offer piano music.

Of course the menu is authentic Italian cuisine with a number of items named after family members such as Uncle Carl’s Eggplant Parmigiana. There is also a “family style” option with the entrée served on a large platter for all to share.

The night we were there they had a salmon special with lemon butter sauce and a side of pasta that we had to try. The salmon was cooked to perfection, moist and flaky, and the sauce had just the right amount of lemon to add a bit of zest. The pasta was al dente, the way we like it, and the marinara sauce was very good. For dessert we enjoyed a delicious cannoli.

A great big thank you to the GT staff for a wonderful gift.

See you around town.